Archive for November, 2009

Trunk Show Shipment

I sent a big shipment of Hazel Anne designs off to Maine for a trunk show recently. My loyal friends from when we used to live there hosted for me.  Melinda had a tea party during the afternoon for moms, girls and their dolls, and Lilly hosted an evening soiree at her place for the grown up set.  Melinda said that the “girls turned tea drinking into a sport”!  I set hibiscus petals to pour hot water over – a big dose of vitamin C, and an intense pink color make it one of my winter favorites.

I sent almost all skirts – for women, girls and dolls, along with some wraps/ponchos.

Here are a few shots before packing up:

women's skirts with a few wraps in the middle of the stack.  they look so pretty together!

womens skirts all stacked up - don't they look pretty together?

stacks of girls skirts and wraps

stacks of girls skirts and wraps

american girl doll circle skirts, all fanned out

aftermath - the floor under the cutting table

Soon (really soon, I promise)  I’ll update the web page so some of these styles and colors can finally be purchased online, as well as at trunk shows!  Next one in Asheville, December 3rd and 5th.  Back to the machine and cutting table….


Gluten Free Scones

Sunday morning.  Time to bake something yummy.  I’ve made this recipe a few times now, and think I’m ready to share my best version (adapted quite a bit from a Cooking Light recipe to make it work GF).

Before the recipe, though, a cute anecdote about these scones:

So Holt had a friend sleep over last night, and this morning, they were busy creating a “human board game” (?).  I was slowly putting this recipe together, puttering around drinking my coffee, and the girls happened to pass through the kitchen as I was pulling the scones out of the oven.  Here’s what I overheard:

Asha: “Holt! Your mom made heaven!”

Holt: “Yeah, she makes heaven a lot.”

Wait a minute, did I hear my pre teen right?  Did she really say that? Victory!!  I feel so loved.  For a few minutes, at least, I’ll eat this comment right up.  And record it here so I can look at it on days when I’m “the worst mom in the world”.

Here’s the recipe for a bit of heaven on a Sunday morning:

Gluten Free Scones:

preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  I put the chopped nuts on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven to toast while the oven is heating up.  usually only a few minutes, it just makes them more flavorful.

1 cup sorghum flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1/4 cup rice flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 teasp. baking powder

1/2 teasp baking soda

1/2 teasp. salt

1/2 teasp. xantham gum

1 teasp. cinnamon

6 T chilled butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup light sour cream or plain yogurt, or a mixture of the 2

1 egg

1 teasp vanilla

1/3 cup toasted chopped nuts (I use almonds)

1/3 cup dried fruit ( I’ve used both dried cranberries and dried cherries)

grind oats in a food processor until fine.  add all dry ingredients.  pulse to combine.  then, put in the cold chopped butter, and pulse until the butter is incorporated.  then add the egg, vanilla, yogurt/sour cream.  pulse again until just combined.  add nuts and fruit, pulse again.  don’t over mix.  grease a cookie sheet (I use the paper the butter came in, but you could also use cooking spray).  turn the dough out onto the sheet in a circle, pat out with rice floured hand to make a pretty circle, not too thick.  score with a big knife into 8 wedges.  bake for about 16 minutes, or until set and a bit browned.  cool on a wire rack for a few minutes.

Now, to make it fancy, just mix a little powdered sugar and a tiny bit of milk, mix it up, and you have a little icing to drizzle over each wedge.  The recipe is not too sweet, so this is a nice touch.

Voila! a heavenly scone….

Let me know if you try this and like it!



Foiled Again

Curses! I was finally going to get back in the swing of blogging here, and my camera battery needs to be recharged.  So all the cool photos I’ve been taking can not be downloaded tonight.

I’ve been crazy busy, a trunk show last week in Maine (thanks to Lilly and Melinda for hosting!), 2 shows coming up 1st week of December, the kids seem to be perfectly rotating their colds so I always have one to care for (I had it last week too – fevers are misery), and did I mention yet how much time I’m spending at the Pilates studio?? I can’t remember if we’ve discussed this yet, but in August I started my teacher training program.  Most of you know how much I love pilates, (I do go on and on) and now I can do it all the time! And, I get to pass it on – so it’s kind of like a lot of things have come together and now I get to teach, learn, exercise, stretch, be with great people, and design stretchy clothes to sell to my fellow P lovers!! Pretty lucky gal.

All that is to say, who has time or energy to open up the computer each night? But, I do like this reflecting/scrap booking/ being aware time and vow to get more regular.  Oh yeah, and I just heard that the holidays are around the corner, now too, so lets find a pocket of time to make gifts, as well!  Finding time for the computer, indeed.

I’m just going to take the rest of the night off, here, and finish up my book.  Anyone read Olive Kitteridge? I missed my book club discussion last week (surprise surprise).  It’s sooo Maine – a trip down memory lane….