helter skelter – one year later

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Ever since I first read this article yesterday morning, I have been back and forth as to whether or not I should publish this post. One reason that I am so hesitant is because it follows topics that I normally don’t try to associate with my blog. Another is because I am not supposed to be blogging for a few days! But, just because I want to get away doesn’t mean that the world also stops around me. So here I am.

About a year ago, I posted my review of Helter Skelter after having read the book for the first time. Now I was nowhere near being able to witness the Manson murders unfolding in the news, nor the immediate aftermath. In fact, the book itself was published 11 years before I was born. However, it is one that my mum told me time and time again to read, and so last year, I finally did.

Two nights ago, my mum had made a completely unrelated comment to me regarding Charles Manson. Then yesterday morning, when I logged onto the Us Magazine website of all places, the first article that came up was entitled, “Charles Manson, Mass Murderer, to Marry 26-Year-Old Prison Visitor.” Eerie, I thought, given that we were just talking about him. However, my mum and I are strange that way. We often think about people immediately before something significant happens to them. Inevitably, while I found it eerie, I wasn’t at all surprised that Manson was there in the news. I could not help but click on the article.

The article from the celebrity magazine was without a doubt a very short and biased piece. Mockingly referring to Manson’s fiancé as “the lucky lady,” and to Manson himself as her “sweetheart” and “the happy couple,” the writer was obviously against their decision to wed. Whatever happened to journalism being objective? I get that this it Us Magazine, and that there are much more informative pieces out there, but come on.

That is not to say that I am in favour of Manson and Burton getting married. In all honesty, I felt nothing after reading the article except perhaps a little bit of curiosity. The comments were as suspected. Readers were outraged towards this impending union, other readers attacked those readers for their so-called hatred or stupidity, still others who questioned the law, brought up the gay rights movement, Hitler, Polanski and child molestation, you name it. No controversial stone was left unturned.

What did I do after that? Clicked on Burton’s website and began to read her “truths” about the man she loved. If nothing else, she is a fellow blogger, and I wanted to read what she had to say.

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While this post obviously deals with heavier issues than I am used to discussing, I am curious to hear your opinions on this matter, if you have any. If not, have a fantastic Wednesday!

<3

Emory

words on leaving

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 8.34.15 PM“I was surprised, as always, how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.”
Jack Kerouac

Geoffrey and I will be out of commission for a few days! We were going to take a vacation, but have turned it into a stay-cation instead. We’re celebrating my birthday a little early this year.

See you on Thursday!

<3

Emory

when swedes build tiny homes for students

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By now, most of you are aware of my adoration for Tiny Houses. When I picture them, I usually visualize small, wooden structures in amongst the trees, lakes, and mountains. That’s all fine and dandy if you’re one of the few lucky owners who not only live off-grid in their Tiny Home, but also in either a national park or some make-believe enchanted forest. While living off-grid is plausible, the latter two for obvious reasons, are much harder to come by.

What I should be envisioning in my Tiny House dreams are small homes built onto trailers and residing in someone’s backyard, or put in the middle of a street, looking out of place, and flanked by larger homes on either side of it. That is a truer perspective given that these dwellings are intended for those who want to be homeowners, yet who are seeking more affordable and transient lifestyles.

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Sweden is obviously a great country to look at when considering Tiny Homes. Why? Well consider IKEA, for instance. If you think about it, the store is made of hundreds of Tiny Houses, all of which have small, durable, modern, and affordable furniture solutions. I think that’s why I love it so much. Visiting IKEA is like visiting a Tiny House museum. If that isn’t enough, one can actually leave the store with the same incredible pieces that inspired them in the building. That’s like stopping at the Louvre and buying a print of the Mona Lisa, and then using it as a piece of furniture that betters your life in every way. Hmm, that actually sounded better in my head.

10-smarta-kvm_2(Image via Tiny House Blog)

I should get back on topic. Suffice it to say that Swedes are a natural fit for Tiny Homes. Yet, rather than designing them to solely benefit those families who can already afford to live in them, one particular architectural firm in Sweden is crafting a series of Tiny Houses for students at Lund University. The idea is to build smart student housing that is half the price of renting a dorm room. I wish that we would’ve had something similar when I was in university!

What are your thoughts on Tiny Homes for students?

<3

Emory

a blogger’s dozen: walnut and maple biscotti (me + orla)

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIt seems that with every Blogger’s Dozen post, I’m saying that “this month I’ve decided to do something different.” Perhaps it’s  because I’m constantly trying to think and act outside of the proverbial box, or because I try not to be a creature of habit. It could also be due to the fact that this is only the eleventh post and eleventh month of this series, and is therefore still seemingly new and open to experimentation. Or perhaps I just think too much and am making a mountain out of a little (foodie) molehill! Yes, most likely it is the latter.

Most of you are aware of my adoration for Instagram. I’ve said more than once that it is one social media outlet that I cannot live without. Consequently, this month’s guest blogger is one of my favourite people and artists that I follow on IG. Sara is mostly known in the media world as the girl behind @me_and_orla. With over 45,000 followers, it goes without saying that many people, including myself, find her photographs elegant, inspiring, and so very majestic. Additionally, it turns out that she also has an equally beautiful WordPress blog that can be found here

For those of you who have Instagram and WordPress, you must become a follower of Sara. In the meantime, here is her delicious Walnut & Maple Biscotti recipe. Her spectacular photographs aside, this is sure to be the most delicious treat.

Have an amazing weekend!

<3

Emory

P.S. If you want more from Sara, and to learn about her own views regarding Instagram, you may hear her radio interview here. She explains the community and process of taking and posting photographs in the most eloquent way. It’s well worth the listen. :-)))

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWalnut & Maple Biscotti:

10 tbsp salted butter, melted
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp good quality vanilla essence
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 large eggs, lightly whisked
3.5 cups plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder (or just use self-raising flour)
1.5 cup chopped walnuts 
1/2 cup ground almonds

For the glaze: 

2 tbsp maple syrup
1-2 cups icing sugar (confectioners sugar)

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSteps:

1. Mix the eggs, melted butter, syrup and essence & sugar together in a large bowl until well combined.

2. Stir in the ground almonds, flour and baking powder. If the mix still feels wet and sticky, slowly add more flour until you have a soft dough. Finally stir in the walnuts.

3. With floured hands, divide into two and shape into two ciabatta-shaped loaves – long and quite flat. Place each one on a sheet of parchment on a baking tray. Bake loaves at 250c for 20-30 minutes. It’s important that they are solid, but a bit soft in the middle is fine.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES4. Allow to cool thoroughly – about half an hour. Slice into 1 cm thick slices with a good serrated bread knife. If you’re feeling fancy you can cut them on the diagonal.

5. Turn the oven down to about 100c. Spread the slices out across the wire oven shelf (or on a cooling rack above a solid shelf). This is an important as it allows the air to circulate and dry the biscuits on both sides, giving them their finished crunch.

6. Bake for as long as you can bear it. An hour is good. They’re done when they feel hard & dry to the touch.

7. Allow to cool. Mix together the remaining syrup with icing sugar until you reach your desired consistency. I like mine slightly stiff to minimize the run-off. Drizzle over cooled biscuits and allow to set before packing away. (These seem to keep fine in the open or in the fridge, but I prefer to use a tin just in case.)

8. All done. Dip in your coffee for breakfast or a mid-afternoon pick me up. Crumble over espresso & vanilla ice cream for a quick & fancy dessert. Slip one into your loved one’s lunch to let them know how sweet you are. Enjoy!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI’m bringing biscotti back. Maybe it never actually went away, but it’s definitely under-appreciated by coffee drinkers and afternoon snackers across the western world. Handing out a test batch to my family last week, I recoiled horror to see them chomping on them dry. Can we all just agree right now that if you bake these, you have to dunk them, in whatever hot beverage you prefer. It’s non-negotiable.

This recipe is based on my tried-and-tested perfect biscotti recipe, but here I’ve given them a seasonal twist for autumn. I’m usually a purist, but this variation is subtle and classic, and the icing is kind of a game changer …

Sara

A Blogger’s Dozen is a series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

weekly wears

PrairieShoot2There’s been a big change between this week’s post and last week’s – there’s now snow on the ground! (Cue sobbing sounds.) If nothing else, it only adds to the beauty of the landscape. But holy crap, is it ever cold. Why couldn’t I have started this series during the summer months? 

PrairieShoot3This outfit was working overtime that day in order to keep me warm. Let me tell you though, it did the trick.

These items are now available in the store.

$_571. Jerell of Texas DressSold!

IMG_00082. Boho Crochet Sweater. Sold!

s7-1125257_lifestyle copy3. Ralph Lauren Blue Label Twill Pants

IMG_00824. Regent Vintage English Riding Boots

PrairieShoot1See y’all tomorrow!

<3

Emory

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