in november

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.08.16 PMHappy Thanksgiving, American readers! I’m sure that most of you are too busy visiting with friends and family members, eating delicious food, and enjoying your well-deserved day off than to be reading this post today. However, if you have managed your find your way over here, I so appreciate it! I’m glad that you could make it, and I hope that you can stay awhile.

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.07.28 PMI’ve decided to summarize November’s posts a few days early this month. My blogging schedule is just so full for the next few weeks, that today seemed like the best day to have a lengthy recapping post. Call it my comeuppance for not having one yesterday. :-)))

Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 presetLet’s begin! This month was filled with festivities. It began with a Day of the Dead post and a quote from one of my favourite authors. Then we ended the month with a nearly week-long birthday celebration.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI was also blessed this month with one of my most inspirational guest bloggers. Sara, from Me & Orla, made the most beautiful Walnut and Maple Biscotti. I mean, consider her photography alone. Does it not make you go weak in the knees? The recipe was guaranteed to be successful from the start.

IMG_0921It wouldn’t be a typical month without having a do-it-yourself tutorial! My Harvest Wreath was published in HaveHeart Magazine, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetRegarding nature and plant life, my Aloe Vera post sparked a million great discussions in the comment section! Well, maybe not quite a million, but still, I love, loved hearing about your experiences with this particular plant!

Cemetery 03I had three Weekly Wears posts in November. This is where I show you items that are available in the store. They can be seen here, here, and here.

Mum Guin 9I wrote several posts about my mum and her animals, or rather I should say that I collaborated with her in two posts. My mum published two beautiful stories on how she came to rescue her animals. You can read the true story about her soul-mate Guiness right here. Tuscan’s tale can be found here, which was subsequently read and shared by many other horse lovers. 

The Hills 06In addition to my mum’s photo shoots, my sister and her family were also featured on HSB. 

000Speaking of the store, I also revealed to you the dozens of items that were purchased by some pretty awesome buyers last month. I think I have some of the best customers in the world.

hr_Nightcrawler_6In November, I reviewed two films that shouldn’t be missed! The first one was Nightcrawler, which was just so utterly creepy and fantastic. The second was the cute and quirky film The One I Love.

10-smarta-kvm_3My design posts were extremely varied this time around. I began by discussing a Swedish firm’s take on Tiny Homes. I showed you my master bedroom inspiration with this post. Lastly, I also gave the tiniest peak at The Little Barn, which set in motion a debate on sliding doors. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.07.55 PMWhat an insane month! With Christmas just around the corner, I might have to start cutting back on publishing so many posts during the week. Life is only about to get crazier, especially with our plans to move into our new home in a matter of weeks.

See you tomorrow!

<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!

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