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the adventure of pumpkin spice scones

my dear friend Casey and i spent halloween doing what we love most… creating.

we had our 2nd annual pumpkin decoupage party and made pumpkin spice scones from scratch. not only was it lovely spending time with Casey, but we both felt such satisfaction in what we made. we talked about how important it is to cook and make things that you like, things that just make your body feel good. i believe cooking is an art form and i think that’s why i love it so much. it can be challenging, you never really know how it will turn out, sometimes it’s rather abstract, and sometimes is stunning and magnificent! what a way to talk about food, right? but i believe every single one of those things. and this time, making pumpkin spice scones created another one of those artistic moments…

here’s how things went down: i have never made scones before, so this was starting off as a new adventure to me. we didn’t have a recipe- so we began our online search (which is always risky as you never know what to expect from a new recipe). the recipe called for a few things that we no longer had. the cake flour had weevils- those things are incredibly disgusting and looking them up online made it about 1,000 times worse- so that was out in a flash. and the milk was gone- so we had a couple of things to figure out. and of course, this realization occurred after a trip to 2 different stores. you all know the feeling- you’re not going out again. so as you can see, our artsy baking had a rocky start- but we persevered with confidence!

we mixed the dry ingredients (weevil free, thank God), mixed the liquids, combined everything to create the dough, cut our dough pie into 8 slices, and put it all in the oven…

as our scones baked, my house began to smell of pumpkin spice amazing-ness. it was beautiful. Casey and i managed to whip up an icing that include a little bit of heavy cream and water instead of milk. the clock struck time and our delightful scones were about to to make their debut…

a little cinnamon sugar icing to top things off and we had the most incredible scones i’ve ever seen and tasted :)

if only you could smell and take a bite through the computer! these scones were, dare i say- magnificent?! it was not because the triangles were equal and perfect or because the icing was zig-zaged just right. they were magnificent because it was something that Casey and i did together and it was something that we created. it was a process and it was a success. and i think it’s okay to be proud of that. we truly found a great recipe and only had to alter it slightly due to our little… bugs.

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here’s the recipe:

*makes 8 scones, so if you’re like me and live with a few other people- you might want to double the recipe :) they go QUICK!

2  c. regular flour

1  1/2  t. baking powder

1/2  t. salt

1/2  t. ground cinnamon

1/2  t. ground nutmeg

1/4  t. ground allspice

1/4  t. ground ginger

8 T. (1 stick) butter

1/3 c. pumpkin puree

1/3 c. heavy cream

6 T. brown sugar

1 t. vanilla extract

directions: preheat oven to 425 degrees. get out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper (not required but makes cleanup easy!). cut the butter into small pieces, put it in a small bowl and put it back in the refrigerator. in a medium bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, salt, and all spices. whisk together well.

in a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. whisk together well. dump the butter pieces into the bowl with the flour mixture. using a mixer or pastry cutter, combine butter and flour mixture until it becomes crumbly in texture.

pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture all at once. stir with a wooden spoon until everything is just moistened. the dough will be very crumbly, this is the way it should be. turn the mixture out onto the counter and push the pile together with your hands. it should stick together fairly well. knead it just a couple of times until everything is together. don’t knead it too much or the dough will get too sticky.

pat the dough out into a rough circle, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. cut it like a pie (or pizza) into 8 pieces. place pieces on the baking sheet so that they are not touching. bake scones for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees. they should be light brown on the bottom, the tops will darken as they cool.

icing: mix 1 c. powdered sugar with 1/2 t. ground cinnamon, add 1/2 T. heavy cream and 1 1/2 T. water (or 2 T. of milk if you have it!) mix all together and drizzle over scones.

original recipe found here.

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these scones are perfect for this fall season as we start gearing up for thanksgiving (and then christmas!). they would make great gifts and are nicely paired with a warm cup of coffee :)

oh, and here’s the family picture of our little pumpkin trios:

i will do my best to do another post on our pumpkins. they deserve a post of their own!

well, happy baking to you all! or happy creating art in the form of food, i should say :) be inspired during this beautiful season… with red, orange, and yellow leaves all around, my heart is bursting with warmth and a desire to jump in piles of leaves. and i hold this longing to be creative.  –> what does that word mean to you? what do you create? i’d love to hear from ya! and i hope you make time to create something special for yourself in this season.

oh i just love fall…

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inspiration: mason jars

i’m not sure where this love for mason jars came from, but for some reason i can’t get enough of them. there is something so simplistic, yet stunning about them. and they can be used for so many different things! i browsed through some Flickr pages to find some jar inspiration and ideas…

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i love the idea of using jars to hold different craft supplies… crayons, markers, paint brushes, buttons, and other embellishments. maybe one day i’ll have a huge craft room with mason jars full of all my goods… okay, i’ll keep dreaming.

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mason jars also make great cups! they seem so southern and sweet. i love big cups that hold lots of ice to keep my drink cool.  don’t you wish you were drinking lemonade out of that glass?

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if the ranunculus weren’t enough in this picture, they’re in a mason jar on top two great suitcases. just about every flower (except for maybe roses, but those are so generic. or classy ? take your pick) looks good in a mason jar. but ranunculus and mason jars- perfect combo. think i might move here.

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hanging mason jars look amazing! the way they shine at dusk is indescribable. i love that these jars in the picture have some twine wrapped around them. so pretty. so that dream house with the craft room- include these too. hanging above my wrap around porch… oh a girl can dream, right?

feeling crafty, but unsettled with out a place to call home. so this post will have to do for now…


planner update

well, i have been working on my planner and wanted to show you all the progress i’ve made :)

it’s coming along- slowly but surely. so far, i’m really happy with it. i am loving the handmade look and feel of the whole thing. drawing in all the lines has been a little tedious, but i knew that was going to be the worst part. creating the rest of it has been really fun! here’s a peek on my june pages:

my lines aren’t perfect, the measurements are uneven. and that was something i had to give up right away… this planner will not be perfect. this planner will not be perfect. i have to keep reminding myself of that. this is a fun project that will be special because of the time and creativity i put into it.

it’s hard to make all the months look different. i’m trying to space out how many pages i “decorate” at once. otherwise, they’ll all look the same!!! there’s not a whole lot to do in a 2 x 7 inch space! but i bought new paper yesterday and i’m really excited to use it! so hopefully the new paper will bring some new inspiration. here’s the july page:

i’m using different colors and different types of pens to write in it. that was one of my “OCD issues” in my last planner. i had a really hard time writing with a blue pen when the majority of my planner was written in black pen. so now i’m using ball point pens, gel pens, markers, and lots of colors! i have to make a confession- i’ve already marked all my internship days in red… my justification- it is the one consistent thing in my week! but i will have you know, i have used the red marker for other things in my planner aside from my internship :)

i know, i have some crazy obsessive issues- i’m trying to break them! i’m sure people that stumble upon this blog, or this post think i’m absolutely crazy. it makes me giggle a little to think about it. oh well! we’ve all got some issues, right?

hope you enjoyed the pictures! let me know what you think :)

ps- i’m having lots of fun with my new mac, can you tell?


a journey through the arts

i would like to say that i have always been appreciative of art… i began dancing at the age of 6 and that was a form of art for part of my life. i don’t know that i actually believed it was art, but other people said it was- and i believed them. unfortunately the beauty of that artistic expression was ruined by the competitive nature of the “dance world”. never being good enough, thin enough, flexible enough, etc. i think dancing became more of a chore or a task as the years went on. i don’t blame anyone- it was just the way things happened. i was never self-confident and i always had something to work on. the lifestyle was exhausting and slowly became something damaging rather than good. over time, i parted ways with dancing. it was not an easy decision and leaving came with plenty of emotional baggage.

after ending the dance season, i decided to go to the complete opposite side of the physical activity spectrum and play water polo. this was an incredible boost in my self-confidence. finally a place where i fit in and was successful. i wouldn’t say that water polo was artistic, but it was fun and it was something different. but without any art, i had to find some sort of outlet. this is when my makeup phase came in. i LOVED (that might be an understatement) everything about makeup. i didn’t think that i looked ugly without it and i was just fine leaving the house without makeup. i simply enjoyed putting it on-mixing colors, putting light and dark shades on different parts of my eyes, and creating something so unique. i quickly became the makeup artist for every prom, ball, special event, and senior photo shoot. i loved it. i found it a challenge to apply makeup on someone new, i saw each person’s face as my blank canvas and i was ready to paint. i loved it so much that i actually did my high school senior project on how women used and wore makeup throughout the 20th century- crazy, i know… told you “loved” might be an understatement.

my makeup obsession phased out when i started college. i was too lazy to put it on every morning and only a few friends knew how much makeup i really owned. as that phase ended, naturally, another one began… this phase was the world of Sabrina Ward Harrison and art journaling. i was fascinated with her work and the creative expression she had. i made an attempt at art journaling myself and things took off from there. looking back at these seasons and phases of life, i realized that art has been an incredible part of who i am, which is why this quote from Picasso stands out to me. i believe it is so true of my own life, “art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” art is not limited to any one thing and that is the beauty of it. whether participating or admiring, i hope that you are able to find what types of artistic expression wipes away the everyday dust in your life. maybe it’s the creation of a beautiful meal, taking a walk to appreciate the spring flowers, listening to or playing a musical instrument, dancing or moving your body, appreciating cinematography, applying makeup, or creating your own art page/canvas. whatever it may be for you, my desire is that you find joy, peace, beauty, and rest in something artistic that is out of the ordinary from your day to day life.


perfect moments

i love a lot of things in life. but there are three things that i especially love: wine. cooking. and art.

i’m not quite sure where this love for wine came from, maybe it runs in my bishop blood. but there’s something about the rich flavors of a merlot or pinot noir that i just can’t get over. the combination of flavors and that little bite at the end of a sip are simply delicious. it is so relaxing to be able to end a long day with a nice glass of wine. don’t worry mom and dad, this doesn’t happen too often ;). but i’ve been twenty-one for a few months and wanted to make sure that i documented the first bottle of wine i bought. so here it is :)

now on to cooking. this i know for sure– cooking tasty food runs in my blood. my grandma is a wonderful cook, a petite japanese woman who makes the meanest mexican food on the planet. my grandma sally was quite the baker. i hear about all these decadent desserts she used to make and i only dream of her texas sheet cake. and there’s no cookin’ like mom’s home cooking. she makes some of my absolute favorites, something only a mom can do. and my dad. well he’s pretty much a professional chef. he knows just how to spice things up. i think i get my true passion for cooking from him. something therapeutic about cranking up some music, throwing a towel over your shoulder, and cooking up something grand.

and last but definitely not least, there’s art. i think you have started to figure out how much i love art. it’s the idea of creating and expressing (things that i also enjoy about cooking). it’s the involvement of my senses- the sound of ripping paper, seeing the colors and designs of paper, and feeling the textures of the paints. i love looking back through to see just what i’ve created. each page turns out so different than what i expected at the start, but yet somehow it turns into some sort of masterpiece.

i know that my life is far from perfect and i have found it necessary for me to discover what i, alone, enjoy.  i will be, no. i am confident and sure of what i like to do. in how i spend my free time. in what i find enjoyable. there are things in life that i like to do by myself. and that’s okay. i have always been a person that believes i “thrive off others”. don’t get me wrong. i love spending time people, i love learning about others, heck- i just love talking (ask my parents, they’ve got great stories). but i’m also finding joy in spending time alone. this is definitely a new thing for me. but i am learning that being alone is okay. and it’s actually quite refreshing.

learning gives me time to start recognizing and realizing. i have come to realize that while this life and it’s events can be imperfect, perfect moments can be created with what we love. for me, perfect moments are created with red wine, cooking a great meal, and sitting down to do some art. perfect moments can occur with more than just these three things, but spending time alone and doing these things have brought great joy recently. i want to encourage you to find what it is what you enjoy doing by yourself. other people bring refreshment, but how do you refresh your own soul? i hope you take some time and do something that you absolutely love to do. and do it for yourself. for the plain goodness of your soul. create your perfect moment in this crazy, imperfect life and enjoy.