"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love..." marcus aurelius
Happy Spring! Today is the official first day of Spring. How lucky we are to be alive today. A fresh new season brings us new life. We can clear out the cobwebs, inside and out....take a deep breath, jump for joy, we are here on this beautiful earth to celebrate life both old and new.
I will be outside today, basking in the sunshine, digging in the dirt, breathing in the smell of the earth, and smiling from ear to ear...being in the moment, just enjoying life. I hope you are to!
Also, Rose Hill Designs was featured on bfyVintage's Treasury list on Etsy, Thanks Emily! She has some really cool vintage stuff...and I am totally digging this the vintage seventies dress with butterfly sleeves....http://www.etsy.com/shop/bfyvintage ...it's so me! And she has an amazing pair of vintage sunshine yellow woven flats....
Happy St. Patrick's Day. We're in the kitchen with my good friend, Ann Marie of Simply Home. She was kind enough to share her favorite recipe for Irish Scones with us!. Growing up her mom made these a traditional breakfast on their farm, just outside Dublin. This recipe is adapted from a famous Irish Chef, Darina Allen.
1 teaspoon milk
2 ounces granulated sugar for top of scones
Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
For the orange butter, put butter in a bowl and cream. Fold in 3 teaspoons of grated orange zest. Add confectioners' sugar to butter, and beat until fluffy. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.
For the scones, place sifted flour in a bowl. Add pinch of salt, baking powder, granualted sugar and orange rind. Mix to incorporate air. Toss 6 ounces butter into flour and rub with fingertips until it resembles large flakes. Make well in the center. Whisk together 3 eggs and 2 cups milk and pour mixture into the center. With fingers of your "best" hand outstretched and stiff, mix in a full circular movement from the center to the outside of bowl. This takes just seconds.
Sprinkle some flour on the work surface, turn dough onto floured board.
Pat dough into a round about 1-inch thick. Stamp into scones with a cutter. Whisk together egg and milk. Brush tops with egg wash and dip tops only in granulated sugar.
Put into baking sheet and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden on top.
"My brother and I were able to fantasize far more extravagantly about our parents tastes and desires, their aspirations and their vices by scanning their bookcases, than by snooping in their closets.
Their selves were their shelves." Anne Fadiman
Good Morning, and happy friday,
I'm very excited today, you see, Rose Hill Designs
is mentioned on one of my favorite blogs, emilyaclark.blogspot.com.
She's featured some of her readers bookshelves...and all of their very creative ideas!
Tell me, what do you think?
Take a look at the shelves, take a peek inside ....
Comfort is perhaps the most ultimate luxury ....billy baldwin
I live in a historic home dating back to the late 1700's...that's right, it's got lots of character, and little idiosyncrisies, that only a homeowner could love...noisy radiators, low ceilings,
( i think i have a permanent egg on my head from descending into my basement)
....and creaky stairs and floorboards
....but, I happen to love my house and infact, I feel very comfortable and cozy when I am inside...
So, I got to thinking,
What makes a home or a favorite room comfortable?
Why do certain rooms appeal to us more than others...?
Is it surrounding yourself with soothing colors, soft tones, cozy furniture, family photos, all wrapped up in your own personal style? Is it the glow of candlelight or the blaze of the fireplace that puts you at ease. Is it the new zebra stools you found that screamed take me home...
or is it the perfect blue you found at the paint store...?
For me, it's a clean palette of Dove White, San Antonio Gray and black, mixed with white accesossories, a pop of yellow a little animal print and a lot of SPARKLE...( just like the room above) I found on one of my favorite decorating blogs...www.emilyaclark.blogspot.com....
I feel happy reading in my cozy white couch or sitting in my zebra print chairs....
What are your thoughts... what makes your favorite room comfortable....and where in your home to you go to be happy?
Speaking of comfortable and happy check out a few of my favorite decorating blogs...that I just Love! Love! Love!
and I check pretty much on a daily basis...they make me happy!!!!
I think they offer tons of inspiration and ideas...
We've got just about 19 days and counting here until the first day of Spring officially begins. Yippeee!
I'm excited for a new season...but in the meantime, I am going to take these last few weeks of Winter and enjoy one last sleigh ride, a quick snowball fight, make one more snow angel...and my fireplace!
and then celebrate that Spring is almost here!!
How about you, what last few things do you have planned for winter...?
and did March come in like a lion in your neck of the woods?
Here it's 50 degrees, breezy and sunny....maybe a quiet little lion....
heather - and yes, this illustration was inspired by my little girls....