Scones and Snaps

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard

I’ve always had an interest in food photography and i’m inspired by so many incredible photographers and food stylists around the world.  They set themselves apart by developing their own aesthetic and I wanted to do the same.  Instead of taking a series of lessons, I wanted to consult with someone who could help me establish my own look/feel and brush-up on my photography skills.  I made the decision to invest in a quality camera and find an incredible photographer to consult with me.  Amy Stallard was the perfect match and we clicked immediately.  This is just the beginning and i’m really looking forward to more sessions, but I am so happy with what we’ve created together.

I’ve include two of my favorites and I can’t wait for our next session.  I’m not much of a baker, but knew the vibrant lemon and blueberry hues would look beautiful when photographed.  You can find the easy scone recipe below because you’re going want to make them after seeing how delicious they look!  Hope you enjoy the snaps and scones 🙂

Photography: Elizabeth Ballard

Blueberry Scones with a Lemon Glaze (courtesy of Tyler Florence)

Ingredients
Blueberry Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones
1 cup fresh blueberries

Lemon Glaze:
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 lemon, zest finely grated
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough.
  3. Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.
  4. Technically you should make this simple lemon glaze in a double boiler (i.e. over a pot of simmering water with a heatproof bowl set on top) but it’s even simpler to zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon zest and butter. Nuke it for 30 seconds on high. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Friday Top Five

Happy Friday!  The sun is shining and I am ready for the weekend.  I can’t wait for the warm weather ahead and hope all the mommas out there have a great Mother’s Day!

I’m absolutely loving both beauty products featured in this week’s picks.  Now that we’re transitioning to warmer weather, it’s the perfect time to switch up your make-up and skincare routine.  We’ve all been told that Hyaluronic acid is one of the key ingredients to great skin and this product does not disappoint.  Immediately after I started using it, people commented on how great my skin looks.  I really like Dr. Dennis Gross products (no this is not an ad) and it’s a perfect addition to my skincare regimen.  And this new Benefit blush is a must add to your makeup bag.  It’s the perfect golden pink to give you sun-kissed cheeks and it smells good too.

maxi dress//off shoulder tee//blush//floral blouse//face lotion

 

Friday Top Five

Happy Friday!  Sorry I’ve been MIA the past two weeks.  Admittedly, I need to do a better job keep up with my blog these days.  But alas, here’s this week’s Top Five!

We had incredible weather in Chicago over the last 2 weeks, but sadly we are back to winter (boo hoo).  I always laugh because the minute the temp gets up to 60 degrees, people are basically in Summer attire.  It now has me longing for Spring even more as evidenced by my picks this week.  Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend.

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Poplin Top//Ruffle Sweatshirt//Sunnies//Block Heel//Trapeze Dress

 

Friday Top Five

Happy Friday!  The sun is finally shining in Chicago and I will take it.  It’s nice to be in town for a full weekend and i’m excited to recharge before a week of work travel.

I came across Le Labo Fragrances awhile ago and have been obsessed with their candles.  They have a lot of wonderful scents, but Santal is my favorite.  Hope you enjoy this week’s picks of pretty little things and have a great weekend!

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dress//horn necklace//candle//bootie//blouse