strawberry lavender scones

April 17, 2014

strawberry lavender scones
Way back when, ok a few months ago in February, I made lavender scones for Valentine's Day. I posted them on Instagram but never got around to sharing them in a blog post. I wanted to make them again but try something different so I added strawberries to the batter. What resulted might be the best dang scone I've ever had. My one problem with scones sometimes is that they can be too dry but these were perfect. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Can't wait to make these again!
strawberry lavender scones
making scones
making scones
making scones
strawberry lavender scones
strawberry lavender scones

Strawberry Lavender Scones 
makes 10 large scones

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon dried lavender
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup cold buttermilk, plus 1 Tablespoon
1 cup fresh strawberries, dice the majority but leave some larger chunks
lavender sugar for sprinkling {mix 2 Tablespoons granulated/sanding sugar with 1 teaspoon of dried and chopped lavender buds}

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, lavender, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter with your fingers {or a pasty cutter} until the mixture forms a coarse meal. Work the butter into the dry ingredients until butter flakes are the size of oat flakes. In a separate bowl, combine the egg with the buttermilk and beat lightly with a fork. Add to the flour mixture to make a dough. Fold in the strawberries.

Knead dough on a lightly floured board. Roll into a 1-inch thickness and using 2-inch cookie cutters, make into rounds. You can also cut them into squares if you prefer. 

Place rounds onto baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush lightly with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of buttermilk and sprinkle with the lavender sugar. Baking for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm. Scones are best enjoyed the day they are made, but you could also freeze them and reheat in the oven if you want to enjoy them longer!

I feel like these scones would be perfect for Easter brunch or for Mother's Day. I brought some over for my parents and they loved them too. That's when I know it's a real hit!

Happy Thursday everyone! Thanks so much for reading!


designer dress up

April 16, 2014

designer dress up
The other week I had the fun opportunity to visit the Shop Hers showroom in Santa Monica and play dress up. Shop Hers is the only luxury marketplace dedicated exclusively to pre-owned designer fashion.  While I love designer brands I only have a small handful of pieces that I own. I usually can never justify spending the money even though I can appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of the pieces. I do however love hunting down a good deal. One of my favorite dresses is this 3.1 Phillip Lim dress that I wore to our wedding reception. It’s absolutely stunning and a piece that I’d never sell. The best part about it was the cost-$35 from a consignment shop in San Francisco. One of my favorites parts about Shop Hers is that you can create a style profile with all your sizing information, and the site matches you with other “Style Soulmates” who share the same size to make it easy to find clothes you like that fit. It totally beats looking through racks and racks of clothes to not find your size or the styles you like. When I went to Shop Hers there were so many pretty pieces it was hard to not gush over everything. Remember these Miu Miu booties? Yep, I almost died!  It was so fun to style this pretty outfit for a fun afternoon in LA!
nina ricci sunglasses
derek lam heels
blue lace dress
beachy waves
celine bag
online consignmentdress Carven borrowed from Shop Hers, shoes Derek Lam borrowed from Shop Hers, bag Celine borrowed from Shop Hers, sunglasses Nina Ricci borrowed from Shop Hers

Shop Hers is offering $50 off site-wide for 24 hours after you register! There are so many pretty bags and shoes which makes that offer so tempting! What would you pick?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Shop Hers but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you all so much for supporting my sponsors who help make my blog possible!

Shopbop and East Dane's Friends and Family Sale

April 15, 2014

Woo hoo! Shopbop and East Dane are having their Friends & Family Sale! I've always been a fan of Shopbop and it's so cool that they now have their men's site East Dane. Last night Matthew and I stayed up late waiting for the Blood Moon and put together a list of our favorite items for the girls and guys in your life {or maybe just you hehe!}. Since everything is 25% off it's a good excuse to do some spring shopping, am I right? Make sure to use code: INTHEFAMILY14 at checkout. It applies to full-priced and sale items! I'm excited to finally get a pair of espadrilles {deciding between peach, lace or striped!}, and I'm so tempted to get my favorite Karen Walker sunglasses in black. I wear them enough in tortoise that it might be justified!

shopbop friends and family sale

other favorites for her:

east dane friends and family sale

Matthew has been on the lookout for some cool printed tees for spring, as well as a new pair of sunglasses. Just like me, he has a little bit of an addiction! Also shoes.. he does like his sneakers!

Make sure to use code: INTHEFAMILY14 for 25% off sitewide on both Shopbop and East Dane. Love that you can use it on both full-priced and sale items! 

Happy shopping!


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