oh my! i have such an announcement...i can barely handle waiting. i must. i will. i promise to put forth a hint sometime this weekend and the official announcement will be made monday. in the mean time i feel as if it is time to share a huge part of myself with all of you...
my uniform...yes i love clothes; i pin, blog, tweet etc. all things fashion, but do i own most or pretty much all of what i put forth? sadly, i do not. however, i do have my favorites...pieces i go to over and over again and i love the fact that i get to share them with you today. strangely enough, i do not buy clothes in bulk...i purchase key pieces that i plan on holding onto for a ridiculously long time. yes...many times these items can be a bit pricey, but find that i spend less than i would if i would purchase many inexpensive items.
strangly, i feel incredibly exposed sharing...
1. i consider this my flare item (haha!). seriously, i wear this cashmere scarf all the time, it's from calypso. up close it is incredibly soft and is a very subtle animal print. unfortunately, i do believe it is sold out...you may be happy with this alternative.
2. the pyrrha stag necklace-mr. french purchased this awhile back for me. it means so much because he chose it based on the fact he believes the stag represents strength.
3. cream/oatmeal fisherman sweater-i have a crop of them. this one in particular is my favorite...nili lotan creates some of the most beautiful knits i have encountered. yes, a bit pricey, but a forever item for sure. yet again, this particular one is sold out, but this one is also amazing.
4. barbour-not much to say, a classic.
5. MiH ellsworth jean in hero black-dress them up, dress them down; perfectly stretchy and super flattering!
7. jook and nona cuff-this i my everyday piece...mine simply says, "b and lu." i am a total sap, and having their sweet names around my wrist gives me a warm feeling 24/7.
8. nb 574s-make this uncool gal feel a teeny bit cool.
9. fiorentini+baker nena boots-speaking of splurge...yes, i know, but i saved and saved and bought them on a very pivotal birthday...that makes it ok right?
10. the balance boots by ld tuttle-my goin' out boots and relatively comfy for the heel height. the best part is i was able to get them on clearance...a perk of spending way too much time online.
have a stunning weekend.
xo mrs. french
We have an amazing bakery in town called Bakeshop owned by James Beard award-wining cookbook author Kim Boyce. She has a unique approach to cooking with whole grains and her recipes are deliciously original. I had some blackberries in the fridge that I needed to use up and I remembered that she had a hazelnut muffin recipe that I have always wanted to try and I thought the blackberries would go well with the flavor of the hazelnuts. She has some great baking tips as well in her book Good to the Grain and every recipe I have tried has been a revelation.
I did make a few changes to the recipe mainly since these were a spur of the moment decision and I adapted it to fit ingredients I already had on hand. These muffins do taste best the day they are made but I enjoyed them the next day after a quick re-heat in the microwave. Kim recommends only filling every other muffin cup so that you’ll get nicer domes on the muffins. It does mean that you will need two muffin tins for this recipe but they will still work just fine with one if that’s all you have.
Blackberry hazelnut muffins
Adapted from Good to the Grain
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
for the topping:
½ cup raw hazelnuts, finely chopped
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup turbanido sugar
1 ½ cups plus whole-wheat pastry flour
¾ cups hazelnut meal
½ cup natural cane sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter or line muffin tins with paper liners.
Place the butter in a small skillet and cook over medium heat until the butter begins to brown and starts to smell nutty. Remove from the heat and let cool.
In a small bowl, stir together the chopped hazelnuts, cinnamon and turbanido sugar. Set aside.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, pouring back into the bowl any flour or other ingredients that remain in the sifter. Set 2 tablespoons of the mixture aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.
Pour the browned butter over the dry ingredients, add the buttermilk mixture on top of that. Using a spatula, mix together the wet and dry ingredients.
Sprinkle the reserved 2 tablespoons of the dry mixture over the blackberries and toss to coat. Add the blackberries to the batter and gently mix to combine.
Scoop the batter into 12 muffin cups, using a spoon or an ice cream scoop. The batter should be mounded above the edges of the cups. Sprinkle the hazelnut topping evenly over the batter, gently pressing it into the batter so that it adheres.
Bake for 22 to 26 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. The muffins are ready to come out when they smell nutty, the hazelnuts are toasted, and the bottoms are golden in color (twist one out of the pan to check). Remove the pan from the oven, twist each muffin out, and place it on its side in the cup to cool. This keeps the muffins nice and crunchy.
Serve warm from the oven.
It's been cold here on the east coast, and we've been stuck in for what feels like months. Coming up with fun things do to isn't always easy. I am constantly scouring the internet for great ideas and thought I'd share some favorite finds. Some are DIY, some are pre-done for you to pick up and enjoy...
1. Story Stones
7. Lollipop Flowers *perfect for Valentine's Day!
hi friends! anyone who has followed my blog for a bit knows that valentine's day is my favorite. you would also know that one of my all time favorites is terrain; a pretty little shop that specializes in sigh-worthy items. which is why i was beyond thrilled when terrain asked me to share my terrain favorites for my favorite holiday.
funny how many of you may know all about my favorites, however, i am not sure mr. french fully knows. perhaps someone could gently pass along this information.
oh and THERE IS A CODE for free shipping for orders over $100: VALENTINES
shop my pretty collage:
*the lovely vases are not listed below, find them here.