Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze, fit for a Princess!


 

In honor of the royal wedding, I thought I'd share a recipe with you.  My daughter and I plan to get up early tomorrow to watch the footage on T.V.  We decided to make a special breakfast to celebrate the event.  We plan to have these yummy scones along with a spot of tea, all while wearing the biggest hats we can find!  Wanna make some scones of your own? Here's what you'll need:


4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cold & cut in chunks
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
zest of 2 lemons
small amount of cornstarch (not pictured)

SCONES

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Using a fork, mash 10 tbsp of the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like coarse crumbs.  Make a well in the center, and pour in the cream.  Fold everything together, taking care not to overwork the dough.  Gently fold the blueberries into the mixture.

Divide the dough in half. Press half out onto a lightly floured surface into a rectangular shape about 12x3 inches and 1 1/4 inches thick.  Cut the rectangle in 1/2, then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) square. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a rectangle to make a triangle shape.  Repeat all this with the other half of your original dough. 

Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Brush the tops with a small amount of the heavy cream.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool, then apply the glaze.

LEMON GLAZE



In a small saucepan, mix the lemon juice and confectioner's sugar together until sugar dissolves.  Add the lemon zest and remaining 2 tbsp of the butter. 

(I highly recommend a juicer for this recipe.  I have had this one forever, and it really comes in handy.)




Heat slowly, stirring frequently. Once the mixture has started to incorporate, turn the heat up to high. Gradually add small amounts of cornstarch (a tsp or so at a time) and continue stirring. The mixture will start to become glossy and thicken. As soon as it becomes the yummy glazy consistency you want, turn your heat off, and pour the glaze into a different bowl, so it won't burn.  Drizzle over your scones and enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Some Great Photo Deals for Mother's Day


Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and there are some great deals out there for photo gifts.  Moms and Grandmas love pictures!  Here are the ones I've seen so far:


See Here  - 50% off photo magnets + FREE shipping with code magnet-21 at checkout. (expires today!)


Canvas People – FREE 8×10 canvas or $50 off a larger canvas. You only pay shipping at $14.95.


Shutterfly – FREE 5×7 personalized greeting card with code MOMCARD at checkout. (expires 4/28)


Tiny Prints – FREE personalized Mother’s Day card with code MDGIFT at checkout. Plus, get FREE shipping when you ship it to yourself. That makes it completely free! (expires 5/3)


Enjoy!

Vinyl Wall Lettering Coupon Deal (This would make a great Mother's Day gift!)



Love vinyl wall lettering, but don't have a Cricut or Silhouette?  Right now, there is a great deal over at Love Letterings where you can pick some up for a steal!

Here's how it works:

1. Put two designs in your cart.
2. Enter code BESTMOM to get $29 off.
3. Enter code freeship to get free shipping.
4. You end up paying $10.50 each.

Vinyl is a great way to decorate without the commitment of paint or wallpaper. It peels right off without damaging the walls. (Great for those who are renting and don't have other options.)

A big thanks to Jenny at Southern Savers for sharing this deal!

Make a DIY Sunburst Mirror


Today I thought I'd share a project I actually completed a while back but never posted.  I had been admiring these lovely sunburst mirrors for a while, and just trying to figure out exactly how to knock one off.  It's actually really easy.







For this project, you will need the following:


1 pack of wooden skewers (Walmart $1.99)
1 round mirror (Michael's $2.75 with coupon)
1 plate hanger (Dollar store $1)
Oil rubbed bronze spray paint
Hot glue gun and LOTS of hot glue sticks


I was a bad blogger and forgot to take pics during the gluing process.  I started off arranging 16 skewers equal distances apart around the back of the mirror, then one by one filling the rest in at equal distances from the center. (It helps to mark the measurements on the back of the mirror with a pencil.)  It takes a TON of hot glue to attach them all, but be careful to put them where you want them the first time, as they are next to impossible to move after the glue dries.  Once the hot glue was dry, I taped off the mirror and gave it a couple of coats of ORB (oil-rubbed bronze) spray paint.  Then, attach the plate hanger and you're done!

And, the best part? It only cost 6 bucks to make!





Happy crafting everyone!

I'm linking up to these awesome parties:











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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I have a decorating secret to tell you! (You won't believe this!)

I'm not sure you're ready for this.  {I wasn't.}

So, you see all those awesome reupholstered projects out there but know it's just not something you are capable of tackling on your own?

Don't worry, me too!

Are you also thinking there is no way you can afford to have someone do it for you?

Don't worry, me too!

Wanna know where you can go to have it done for these prices?

Club chair    $25
Love seat     $35
Sofa              $50

Yes, I am serious.

So, no judging, ok?

I just can't put it off any longer, so here it is:

The Prison does reupholstery!!!

No, it's not just a silly name for a design store, like "The Dump."  I mean, for real prison, as in convicts and stuff.  You know, robbers and bad guys.

Head over to Richmond Thrifter to see how she got this gorgeous piece done by those bad boys.



Yes, seriously.

Here's the info for our local prison if you are interested.  I am thinking this probably happens in other areas too, so it's definitely worth checking out.


Haynesville Correctional Center
421 Barnfield Road
P. O. Box 129
Haynesville, VA 22472
804-333-3577



There is one catch. You have to have someone who works for the state set it up.  But guess what?  Teachers count!  We pretty much all know a teacher, right?  I know a bunch!  Let me know if this works out for anyone.  I'm on the hunt for a thrifty piece to get reupholstered! 

Happy thrifting!







Sunday, April 3, 2011

Easter Ideas and a Great Party Planning Blog

Happy Sunday everyone! Since I seemed to take a break from projects this week, I thought I'd share some Easter inspiration with you.  Are you hosting Easter this year and need some ideas? Ever want to put together a great holiday or kids' party and find yourself not sure where to begin? Head on over to


Check out how she put together this sweet little Easter-themed party, while managing to keep her budget under $100



 


Talk about inspiration! She is super creative! While you are there, hop on over to her Etsy shop where you can get all your party supplies for any occasion!


Shindig Parties to Go

She has every theme imaginable, including Star Wars, fire trucks, fairies, peace signs, sports, and a whole lot more!

Not to mention, her blog is so super cute!!!

Hope you enjoy! Happy Sunday everyone!


Friday, April 1, 2011

My Newest Favorite Blog & Some Yummy Peeps Treats!

Hi all! Today I'd like to introduce you to a sweet little blog I stumbled upon while on the lookout for Easter crafts.  If you are a Peeps fan, or even if you just like to look at those cute little guys, you gotta check 'em out!



Take a peek at these fabulous Peep treats:



















How cute are they?


And...


If you like these, then check out these other cuties I saw out in Bloggyville:


Mix Mingle Glow shows us how to make a festive little Peep centerpiece.



Brook got her Peeps all dressed up. See them here




Peep-tini anyone?




Serious Eats made some yummy Peeps sushi! {The kids would love this}




Big Sis Little Sis will soon have yummy melted smores Peeps.


What do you like to do with your Peeps?