"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Literary Inspiration: Great Expectation Scones (spoiler alert!)

 A few weeks ago at back-to-school night I signed up to bring scones for a wake the English teacher was planning to give on the occasion (celebration?) of Miss Jo's demise in Great Expectations. It sounded like a good idea at the time...

I decided to check the blogosphere for a good scone recipe and found The Best Scones Ever on Karlynn Johnston's  Kitchen Magpie blog. For my purposes, I have renamed them, Great Expectation Scones - but the rest is all Karlynn - and she's pretty cool.

She has done a terrific job of walking us through the recipe with step-by-step photos and tips, including her endorsement of the pastry blender: a handheld gadget that slices the butter into the dry mixture in lieu of using two knives in a scissor technique. 
I went out and bought one on her recommendation and am happy to report she was spot on. Worked like a charm! 

I also appreciated her suspicion that her husband married her for her baking...after trying her recipe, I wouldn't blame the guy.

Now bring on the literary luncheon...
I sprinkled a little sugar on top before baking...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Next Issue Curatorship!

Happy Friday, my friends!
Apologies for radio silence on the blog front this week! Today, however, I can share one of the projects I was working on as a guest curator for Next Issue.

If you read my post on the Next Issue app from last summer, you know I discovered the online magazine resource at the Blogher Conference in July -since then, I have been hooked! After tweeting my post (please follow me at @ThsAmericanHome!) the folks behind the digital magazine coop asked if I would like to contribute a weekend guest post.

The idea: select several articles on a certain topic from my favorite magazines to share with readers. It was right up my alley! I decided to focus on tips, advice and inspiration to prepare for Thanksgiving and it was a lot of fun. For once, I had a perfectly good excuse/reason to sit on the couch and browse through magazines --and I got a head start on my own Thanksgiving planning! Win-win.

Here's the link to my curated pieces, and whether you read them online or the good, old-fashioned glossy way --I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fall Back! Time for Change

Drumroll please...my first article for the Los Angeles Times Home section!

Tonight, we fall back and gain an extra hour in our day - in my article, Maybe the clock isn't all you should change I interviewed organizational experts Deron Bos and Nonnahs Driskill as well as professional home inspector George Baral and asked for a few ideas for making the most of this semi-annual event. Hint: it doesn't involve sleeping in.

Think beyond battery changing and read here!

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