Jan 31, 2017

Easy Bridal Shower Scones

Perfect for a bridal shower, but to be honest, I make these simple raisin scones all the time. And I follow this recipe as shown (courtesy of All Recipes) except for one or two changes that make it easy and more fun for me. Always use cold butter, the colder the better. Yes, it's a little more effort (than softened butter) to work into the dough to make coarse little crumbs, but the results will be moist and delicious. A box grater for butter? Just use a knife and slice up the butter in as many small pieces as you like to add to the flour mixture. (I'd rather change a flat tire than clean butter out of a box grater.) Always sprinkle a little white sugar on top of your scones before baking, whether you ice them or not. And if you're not a big fan of raisins, try using 1/2 cup of dried apricots, cherries, cranberries, or blueberries instead.

 
Scones:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.

Stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7 or 8 inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.  Serve warm if you can, they're delicious!

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Jan 25, 2017

Eucalyptus Flower Girl Headpiece

If there's anything more exquisite than this eucalyptus flower girl headpiece on the internet today, it totally escaped my notice. A sweet little bohemian flower girl that steals your heart away. The only regret from this Southern California bride - I didn't dress up my four year niece in lace like this with a lovely crown of fragrant eucalyptus leaves. She was available with her charming smile and beautiful blonde curls, a happy little princess who would have made that sunny December day even more unforgettable.

Jan 17, 2017

Open Bar Card - Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

I'll be honest, this hilarious will you be my bridesmaid card at $3.80 each, printed on kraft cardstock with matching envelope, is not this shop's biggest seller. Either are my other favorites "free wine" and "free alcohol." (Sounds like I may have a serious drinking problem, or I just don't like to pay for stuff - you decide.) The most requested card by far is "I Need Your Help To Hold My Dress While I Pee." Wow, no way I can turn down that offer. Why be serious when you need your best friends on this day more than any other. Let them know it might be a lot of work, but will seem like a joy instead of a job with a funny will you be my bridesmaid open bar invitation.

 
 
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Jan 16, 2017

Breathtaking Spring Wedding Bouquets

Looking at these breathtakingly beautiful spring wedding bouquets, makes me wonder why I chose to be a December bride. In a big hurry to marry my lover and very best friend, spring seemed as far from reach as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. The top photo displayed here - a pink, peach and red rose bouquet with gum ball pink hypericum berries and silver dollar eucalyptus leaves steals my heart away. It's more captivating than all the rest - can you guess why? The random mixture of color and height makes it appear like a sweet spring bouquet of freshly picked garden roses, not made by a highly paid florist, but lovingly created by you or I.

 
 
Fresh and lovely spring tulip bouquet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Jan 8, 2017

Rustic Wedding Cupcake Display

A closer look at this rustic wedding cupcake display and you can see these could have easily been baked and decorated by you and I with very little knowledge of sugar paste daisies or fondant flowers or anything else mind-blowing that might win a prize on an episode of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." So what makes this so impressive? Rustic cupcake stands made from birch wood slices that have been sanded and sealed are created at various heights to create interest. Each stand has a small, hand written chalkboard sign with your favorite cupcake flavors. Make one of mine Banana Cream Cupcakes, a simple but sweet recipe using heavy whipping cream, white cake mix, vanilla and banana cream pudding. Arrange these two and three tier stands together and add additional cupcakes near the base of each stand. It looks expensive. It looks hard to resist. An easy and elegant cupcake wedding display.

 
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Jan 7, 2017

Peach Floral Wedding Decorations

Other than their obvious beauty, peach floral wedding decorations are a tie to the ancient past. Believed to be a symbolism of longevity by the Chinese and Japanese, this cherished fruit was offered up to the gods, especially at weddings in the hope of a long and happy marriage. A "happy" marriage up until about 250 years ago, meant a pre-arranged contract between two families, which by dumb luck happened to work out for many who became man and wife as strangers and eventually fell in love. Can you imagine? For me, that would have meant no beautiful Italian boy, just a familiar kid down the street whose dad owned property and prize-winning pigs. Consider these breathtaking peach wedding decorations - simple and elegant, perfect for your spring or summer celebration.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jan 1, 2017

Breathtaking Succulent Centerpieces

Breathtakingly beautiful succulent centerpieces like these would be a breeze for a close friend whose sweet little succulents thrive in spite of hurricanes, snow and heavy spring rain. Every summer she hands over three or four lovely potted plants, thinking because we live in the same city, under the same hot sun or cloudy winter day, I can be trusted to not screw up. And in six months or so I am forced to give her the same dismal report. I can do many things well. My homemade spaghetti and meatballs might be more delicious than any I've tasted in a fine Italian restaurant. But making these radiant green rosettes thrive and multiply year after year is temporarily (but I'm not giving up!) out of my reach.


 
 
 
  
 
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