Sunday, August 28, 2016

Huckleberry Scones with an Elderberry Glaze: Recipe

A mother. A daughter. An almost blind dog. Sweeping views, exercise, crisp mountain air, whistling marmots, huckleberries, elderberries, and lots of bad jokes. What more could you want?

Fortunately our nibbling along the way didn't result in empty hands. We returned home with a generous stash of berries to make this morning's breakfast: huckleberry scones with an elderberry glaze.

Huckleberry Scones with an Elderberry Glaze


Huckleberry Scones:
1.5 cups Emmer (or all-purpose) flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
1 cup fresh huckleberries
1 cup plain yogurt

Elderberry Glaze:
1/2 cup elderberry juice
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
  4. Fold the huckleberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough.
  5. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough. You may wish to switch steps 4 and 5 if you're worried about crushing the berries.
  6. Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches.
  7. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape
  8. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze
  9. In the meantime, remove the elderberries from their stems. Place into a saucepan and heat on medium until juice is extracted. Press berries thoroughly to squeeze out all of the juice
  10. Pour juice through a sieve. Let cool
  11. Mix the elderberry juice with the confectioners' until dissolved. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let them set a minute before serving.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Making of a Poppy Seed Pod

Seed pods are utterly fascinating. Isn't it incredible how they're constructed simply to protect their seeds from pests and pathogens, provide nutrients to the seeds, to break open and release their seeds at just the right time, and even designed to filter out damaged seeds?

Take the poppy seed pod - I hadn't realized how different they are from one another until I chose to hand fabricate them out of silver.

Here is a photo journal of my study. I am in awe.

I started out with 3 flat discs, two large and one 1/2 the size.

I then used my dapping block to turn the discs into cups.

I drilled a tiny hole into one of the cups, and then soldered the two together.

I sawed off a section of tube and splayed it at each end. I then soldered the tube to the ball.

I snipped 14 lengths of 21 gauge wire and placed it on the smaller disc, soldered them together.

Using my saw, I cut small slivers out of the disc between each wire, then filed them down.

I dapped the top of the pod to give it a bit of a curve, then soldered it to the ball.

...and added a stem.




And that's it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gallery of Recent Work: Hand Fabricated Botanical Jewelry

My obsession with making botanical jewelry has not ceased. In fact, with each hike I take I am riveted by wildflowers, berries, leaves, and moss. I steal small samples for future studies. My prolific garden is an endless source of inspiration. Thus...this passion of mine continues.

Below are some photos of recent work, all hand fabricated with sterling silver. To purchase pieces or to place a custom order, check out my website.

Thank you for taking a look!

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