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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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fall art journaling…

first things first- i found this image on another blog (lox papers), i absolutely love it! and had to share it with you… isn’t the layout beautiful? i would love to learn how to do this!!

** only 11 more days of October! hope you get the chance/make the time to actually do some of these things :)

okay… on to the next thing:

as i promised in the last post, here are some art journaling pages for fall :)  i did this first page last year- but since i didn’t start this blog until the winter, i never found a great opportunity to share it before… but here is one of my all time favorite pages from my completed art journal:

“i want change and transition in my own life to be as graceful, peaceful, and beautiful as the transition from summer to fall…”

i wish the same thing this year and in this season. change and transition can be so abrupt and so brutal sometimes. my recent journal pages have a similar theme to what is written above… i know change is occurring in my life, and while i know it is a good thing- it’s hard to accept. and some of this change has happened so all-of-a-sudden and i don’t know how to do it all. but each day, i take a deep breath. and i have to remind myself that i can do this. that God has put me in this exact place for a reason…

i don’t know why God does what He does. i’m not sure why He takes us down certain paths that seem frustrating and pointless. but i know that He is in control- and thank goodness for that. so i trust in Him. i will try to make this transition one that is full of grace. i know that each day is new and that i choose whether or not to make the day worth it. but i am going to look at the changing season around me and find the beauty in moments: long-lasting or short-lived, frustrating or joyful, red leaves or green leaves or no leaves :) and i will be thankful for just that- a moment that allows me to pause and breath in good times and in bad.


[ Fall Decor ]

well, this post deserves a shout out to Natalie and Martinique. these two lovely women pressured- i mean, inspired ;) me to write a blog about fall/harvest decorations. fall is my favorite season, i absolutely love the gentle change from summer into fall. the leaves changing, the weather cooling down, bringing out warm sweaters and boots, pumpkin flavors galore… what could be better?

as far as decorations go, i kept everything pretty simple. i didn’t spend a lot of money and unfortunately i didn’t have a lot of time either. but i am happy with what i was able to do… enjoy!

the first DIY: my beloved jars got a fall kick with some silk leaves and twine…

these aren’t any sort of special jars. they are from spaghetti sauce, salsa, and other foods that come in these great clear glass jars. after cleaning them really well, i tied these leaves around the jars with twine (or jute rather… not really sure what jute is- but it’s from home deopt and can be found all around our house). i put a candle on the inside and the light that shine through is glorious! i just bought cheap orange candles, but can you imagine how perfect a pumpkin spice candle would be?! here’s another picture:

my next project was a flag banner. i have wanted to make one of these for a while. this one turned out okay, it will be good enough for this purpose, but i think eventually i’d like to make one out of fabric…

here’s another little DIY instruction:

materials needed: paper, ink (for distressing), scissors, marker, hole punch, string

1. using desired paper, cut out triangular flags.

2. distress all edges of the triangles with the ink pad. brush the ink pad along the edges until you get the look you want. i distressed each of my flags quite a bit because i knew that i didn’t want to put anything else on the flags.

3. write your message! i wrote “give thanks” on mine so that i could leave them up until thanksgiving…

4. punch holes on the top corners. after punching one of the flags, i used it as a template for all the others.

5. string the string/twine/ribbon through each of the holes. you can decide whether you want the string to show in the front or if you want to hide the string in the back.

6. pin up your flag banner! :)

last simple DIY- decorate plain pillar candles with some fun paper! this adds some rich color, as well as gives you a piece of decor that is completely unique to you. decorate the candle with brads or multiple types of paper. the options are endless! just be careful when you light it ;)

check out our “mantle” that has been decorated in fall fashion…

found the little pumpkins and gourds at trader joes for $.69 each. and i spy more jute… i swear that stuff is everywhere! i love it. and those garden roses are from our front yard!! check out these little treasures i found this morning:

aren’t they amazing?! garden roses are so much better than those crazy ones that you buy at the store! okay, little tangent on the roses. but i just had to share. they were too pretty to pass up!

and that’s it for fall decor! hope you bring some of the beauty of fall into your home, room, or where ever it is that you spend your time. fall is such an incredible season, i can not wait until all the leaves start changing. anyways, i hope this brings some inspiration to you! happy fall :)

more pumpkins and fall art journal pages to come soon!!! stay tuned!