April 20, 2015

Make This Now: Strawberry Shortcake Scones


With our strawberry patch opening here this week, I thought it would be appropriate to post a DELICIOUS Strawberry Shortcake Scone recipe I made with my boys a few weeks ago. The ingredient list is short and the recipe is simple as can be. Most importantly, they are so full of flavor and I know freshly picked strawberries will make them even better!


Strawberry Shortcake Scones 
(original recipe here)
Scones
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 12 strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 3/4 cup half and half

Glaze:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 425. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (I only had tin foil, so I just sprayed it first with a little coconut oil spray so the scones wouldn't stick)
2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or your hands. 
3. Toss in the strawberries, completely covering them with the flour mixture. Fold in the half and half until you get a soft dough. I had to add a bit more flour because mine was too sticky. It should be sticky, but not so sticky you can't form it into a ball. DON'T overmix or handle the dough!
4. Put the dough on a floured surface and pat it into a flat rectangle, about 1 inch thick. 
5.With a sharp knife cut the rectangle into 6 even squares, then cut those squares into triangles. You should now have 12 scones (on the smaller side).
6. Place carefully onto a baking sheet and bake for 16-18 minutes.
7. Once they are done, let them cool for a moment on the sheet, then move to a cooling rack.
8. In a small bowl mix together the glaze ingredients with a whisk. Adjust with more milk or more sugar if it is too watery or too thick. 
9. Generously drizzle the scones with the glaze. 

Enjoy! They were so good the boys insisted on bringing some to Daddy at work!

April 10, 2015

DIY Ripped Skinny Jeans: My Most Popular DIY!

*I decided to repost my most popular DIY I've ever done. Every week I have over five hundred people visit this post through its Pin from Pinterest! I have plans to do a white skinny pair this year, so stay tuned!

I don't know about you, but as soon as the kids start going back to school, I immediately want Fall to be here.  I am thinking about pumpkin flavored everything, tall boots and cozy sweaters. Of course I always have a Fall clothing wish list as these JBrand Skinny Ankle Jeans are high at the top of my list. 



At over $200 though, I didn't think it was something I could justify. So, since I made a great pair of distressed denim shorts (tutorial here) earlier in the summer, I knew I wanted to give this look a try myself.  Low and behold I was walking through Target, of course, and I noticed a pair of skinny jeans by Mossimo (similar here and here, check stores for same option) that were $29.99 then on sale 40% off.  I grabbed a pair, threw it in my cart and said a little prayer hoping they would work. 



First up, try on the jeans and cuff them where you'd like them to hit. Most skinny jeans are fairly long, at least for me, and the jeans I was trying to copy were ankle length, so I knew I wanted to take off a good chunk at the ankle. 


Next I took a pair of scissors and made a cut horizontally across both knees. You don't have to make a large cut as you'll do that after taking them off. 


Next, lay them flat on the ground and snip off one side at the desired length. Remember you can always go back and cut more, so don't go crazy with the first cut!


I used the piece I cut off the help guide the other leg. This way I was sure both sides were of equal length. 




Using the mark that you made on the knees, cut across the jeans in both knees. Go just about to the seam.  I also made another cut just above one of the knees on one side, just as the JBrand ones do. 





I thought the length was a bit long, so I trimmed off a bit more.


Now they are ready to throw in the wash! This is where the magic happens :)


When they come out they'll be soft and perfectly frayed. You may have to trim off a few strings here or there, but otherwise they are ready to wear!



What do you think? I LOVE how they came out and can't wait to show you how to style them next week. I have about 101 different outfits already that I've made! Stay tuned!



April 8, 2015

Easter: What I Wore

                  
shoes/jeans/sweater/cami (same style, different pattern)/necklace 

I really liked my Easter outfit this past weekend. It was totally comfortable, feminine and layered so I could adjust according to how the weather changed throughout the day. I love layering a silky cami with a cardigan. These J Crew Factory ones are super affordable and come patterned and in solid colors. The necklace is a staple in my wardrobe and goes with virtually everything!