Hello! I hope you’re having a cozy winter so far, and if you’re done with winter, hang in! Only a month or so to go! My days have been filled with posting vintage items into Posy’s shop, navigating the shopping feature on Instagram, applying for vintage markets, reviewing last year’s numbers and putting them to use for 2019’s goals and lots of baking, organizing, listening and reading. I thought it’d be fun to do a round up for you of my current February faves!
First up, nothing works better at getting me out of bed in the morning than a hot cup of tea and something baked. My go-to are Sara Foster’s muffins (particularly her banana oatmeal chocolate chip muffin) and the Test Kitchen’s pumpkin spice muffins. But I also love a good scone and prefer ones with oats in them for extra fill and energy! Last night, I baked up a batch of the Test Kitchen’s Glazed Maple-Pecan Oatmeal scones; they are hearty and delicious! Here’s the recipe in case you want to give them a try:
Glazed Maple-Pecan Oatmeal Scones
*Sidenote: Rolled oats will give the scones a deeper oat flavor, but quick-cooking oats will create a softer texture; either type will work here. Half-and-half is a suitable substitute for the milk and cream combination.*
(Makes 8 scones)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats or quick oats
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes and chilled
Glaze: 3 Tablespoons maple syrup & 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, whisk until combined and drizzle over cooled scones
- Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Spread oats and pecans evenly on baking sheet and toast in oven until fragrant and lightly browned, 7-9 minutes; let rest on wire rack. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. When oats are cooled, measure out 2 tablespoons for dusting counter and set aside. Line second baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk milk, cream, maple syrup and egg in large measuring cup until incorporated. Reserve 1 tablespoon in small bowl for glazing and set aside.
- Pulse flour, baking powder, and salt in food processor until combined, about 4 pulses. Scatter butter evenly over dry ingredients and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, 12-14 pulses. Transfer mixture to medium bowl and stir in cooled oats. Using rubber spatula, fold in liquid ingredients until large clumps form. Mix dough by hand in bowl until dough forms cohesive mass.
- Dust counter with 1 tablespoon reserved oats, turn dough out onto counter, and dust top with remaining 1 tablespoon reserved oats. Gently pat dough into 7″ circle about 1″ thick. Using a bench scraper or chef’s knife, cut dough into 8 wedges and place on prepared baking sheet, spacing wedges about 2″ apart. Brush tops with reserved egg mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon sugar.
- Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Let scones cool on sheet on wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Serve.
One of my favorite designers, Emily Henderson, just welcomed a new member to her team, Michael, whom she’d first met at the Rose Bowl Flea. He loves vintage, thrifting and wrote an enthusiastic and fun post “7 Tips for Creating a Unique Home You Really Love” (hint: a big part of his suggestions is to incorporate vintage!). When you have a moment…perhaps with a scone in hand…give it a read! Also, I’m really excited Emily’s bringing back her features on trolling Craig’s List for their best finds, city-by-city, as well as DIY projects for the home and more thrift store finds and tips. Emily, and now Micheal, do a terrific job showing you how to bring in the vintage and mixing it with the new.
A good maker friend, Amy Richards, introduced me to Danielle at the Merriweather Council Podcast which has “Tips, Insights, Advice and Tough Love For Handmade Business Owners.” I know Posy’s not handmade, but a lot of her advice, like reflecting on your own buying habits to market your business’ products, is helpful. And the first episode I listened to sought small biz owner advice from one of my favorite shows, “Gilmore Girls!!”
A podcast that really struck a chord and I can’t stop thinking about is the episode “Finding More Life In Less Stuff” on the Young House Love podcast featuring an interview with author Joshua Becker. He is the author of “The Minimalist Home,” which I can’t wait to read. The way he talks about not wanting to be a manager of stuff, and what are we really working for, is exactly how I’ve been wanting to live my best life. He’s not saying get rid of everything, but he is preaching “rational minimalism.” As a business owner, who is selling tangible things, this really helped me focus my goals with Posy and how I want to be a resource for those special gifts as well personable items in your home that invoke positive memories or connection to a loved one, and not just selling stuff. I highly recommend listening!
My sister-in-law, an avid reader, gifted me with a beautiful book for Christmas that I recently finished. It’s Vanessa Hua’s debut novel, A River of Stars, and is story of motherhood, friendship and creative survival. Really special book!
Been hard at work getting lots of fun, colorful and personable vintage into Posy’s shop! Here is a roundup of some of my faves:
Alright, time to get back to washing out turquoise mason jars and posting quirky “new” planters into the shop! Keep an eye out on (@posymarket) Instagram for the latest shop updates and peeks into beautiful old homes as well as inspiration for incorporating your thrift store finds into your space! And if you really want to be in the know, and get a discount on your next Posy purchase, be sure to sign up for the Posy Post (our quarterly newsletter)!
Happy cocooning this winter!!