Saturday, January 30, 2010

Delicious Blueberry Scones

I've become skeptical of online recipes recently. The last few left me with hockey pucks masquerading as snickerdoodles, and a chicken entree that found its home in the trash.

But today I found the most delicious recipe for blueberry scones! They were fluffy, moist, delicious little bits of carb heaven! Yes, I know this has nothing to do with jewelry or Etsy - and I'm ok with that :) Here is the recipe I used with my own personal tweaks added...

Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence,


Blueberry Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones
1 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream and vanilla. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries.

Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape.

Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.

Mix the milk, vanilla and confectioners' sugar together. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add melted butter. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale and Giveaway!

Today is a good day!

I'm so excited about Eternal Eden's stellar review on The Ivy Twines, that I've decided to do a special Cyber Monday BOGO sale just for my readers, today only - January 25th! Buy one get one half off! Just enter the phrase "The Ivy Twines" in your note to seller and I'll refund via Paypal.

As if that wasn't enough, if you visit today's post on The Ivy Twines you can get details on how to win a FREE pair of Eternal Eden earrings! Are you feeling the love? I know I am!

 Speaking of love, Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. If you see something you love, why not treat yourself? Or even drop your honey a little hint...These beauties are limited edition and won't be around for long!

A BIG thank you to Bethany of The Ivy Twines for the fabulous review and giveaway! xoxo

♥ Elizabeth

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Take me out to the Fair...The Antique Fair that is!

This Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the Antique Fair in downtown Sacramento, with the fabulous Charles and Kari Shipman!

Kari runs an incredibly successful fashion blog and consulting business called Juniper James. This isn't your run of the mill fashion blog though - Kari is passionate about thrifting, and shows you how to leverage your dollars by shopping at thrift stores. Check her out at

So other than the fact that it was freezing and the boots I wore were much too high for walking on asphalt for two hours, I had such an incredible time! I felt like a kid on Christmas. There were so many painfully gorgeous pieces with history, personality and charm. It was hard not to buy everything!

This lovely set of teacups and saucers made my heart stop. So beautiful and delicate, even with a small chip. I hope they found a good home.

This mini-billboard (maybe 24x36) was just too awesome for words. If my kitchen wasn't so tiny, and it wouldn't cost me a fortune to ship it home to Alabama, this would be mine! Gallo Winery is in Sonoma, California and they make fantastic wines. My little wino self had a hard time passing this one up.

And what's an antique fair without a $65 six pack of coke?

Just. Plain. Humorous. "For medicinal and family use." Really? Hmmm...Genius! Because if we're honest about the real reasons one drinks whiskey, this label about sums it up. Don't you think?

But here are the real treasures, the only things I actually went home with. I practically had fire alarms going off in my head when I laid eyes on these. Oh the possibilities! I absolutely cannot WAIT to use these vintage glass briolettes in my designs. What a find!

A big thank you to Kari Shipman of Juniper James, for inviting me on this fun little outing!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Three Reasons Why I Love Etsy

I truly believe Etsy is on the cusp of a social and cultural movement. The longer I've been a part of the Etsy family, the more I feel there is something big happening here. Here's why:

1. Real accountability: I feel a personal obligation to my customer. I treat each piece with so much care, from the design to the packaging, because I care about my customer. I also know they have power to positively or negatively affect my business. It keeps sellers in check and on their toes in a way that's not possible with big corporations.

2. Personal Touch: When I make a purchase off of Etsy I know that a real person has handled and created the item. I know that they created it because it expresses a part of who they are. And I get the privilege to own that. Amazing. Conversely, when I sell an item on Etsy I get the chance to connect with my customer, hear a bit of their story, and start to form a relationship in a real and genuine way. You just can't find that freedom in the business world.

3. Creative Expression: Etsy literally gives hundreds of thousands of people an outlet to express and support themselves with creativity - something that is so healthy and vital to our happiness and growth as human beings. I believe creativity nourishes us on a soul level. Etsy gives us a platform to support that growth.

There are many other reasons, but those are definitely my top three. So what do you think? Why do YOU love Etsy?

♥ Elizabeth

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