Friday, February 26, 2010

ATN: February: please end!

I hate being cold.
 And I'd like to give February a big punch in the face...

Sweater: thrifted
Tshirt: thrifted
Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Payless
Hat: thrifted

With the constant snow here in mountainous PA I find myself very uninspired to dress in "real clothing". I find myself mostly in outfits such as this one. I long for the days of throwing on a little dress and flats and bouncing out the door. My friend Hillary is convinced that the bare tree branches are "clawing at her" everytime she goes outside.

Here are a few pieces from my shop that are in line with this theme of being as warm & feeling as comfortable as possible in oversized sweaters, boots, and hats... 

Happy Snow day!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

cranberry & white chocolate oat scones!!

Since February has been such a cold, snowy month i have been doing a lot of baking. i think half the appeal is the fact that turning on my oven heats up almost my entire cottage..I also really love having semi healthy baked goods around to eat for breakfast with my coffee.

This is the second time i've made these scones, and not to toot my own horn, but let me tell you...i think they are the BEST scones i've ever had!! And guys, I never knew this, but...scones are super easy to make!! you HAVE to make them, they are sooo so simple...
The recipe came out of my Williams-Sonoma "Essentials of Baking" book. I chose to add dried cranberries, white chocolate chips & walnuts. I  used 50/50 whole wheat & white flour mix....

Oat Scones

1 cup flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
2/3 cup half -and-half or whole milk

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or dust with flour ( I used flour).
Mix all dry ingrediants and cut in the butter until mixture forms into large, course course crumbs.
Pour half an half into dry ingrediants and mix with rubber spatula until moistened.

On floured surface form the dough into a 1/2-1" thick rectangular rounded log. Cut the round log into wedges.
Bake until golden brown 13-17 minutes (12-13 worked for me!)

Enjoy with tea or a latte!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Yoga vacation in Mexico

I have been a very bad blogger lately.. but you see i was on my honeymoon part II in Riviera Maya Cancun, Mexico!  Since we got married in August, we decided to wait for our Caribbean trip until it was winter here..
So I have been playing a lot of catch up with my store since then.
I got to spend the week with this handsome devil. I was hired by the resort to teach yoga classes every morning and then had the rest of the day to sip pina coladas & lounge on the white sandy beach. We went snorkeling and sailing and ate ourselves silly.
It was wonderful!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

vintage valentine pinks and reds..

a few pretty things from my shop in the spirit of a vintage valentines day!
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