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baked chocolate scones

Surprise Mom (or Yourself) With Delicious Scones for Mother’s Day

We’re accustomed to gobbling fist-sized scones out of small brown paper sleeves at coffee shops, and it’s a fun way to start the day on the go. But few items in the baking sphere are as easy to master—and as rewarding to enjoy at home—than scones.

Our scone recipe is a chameleon—we’re giving you options for making it sweet and studded with chocolate, or savory with chives and aged white cheddar. You can even get crafty and flavor each half of the dough separately, so you can have a savory scone to kick things off and nibble a sweet one for seconds.

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Scones are a sweet treat for Mother’s Day or anytime!

We prefer not to add sugar to our scones, because that way there’s leeway for piling on a big dollop of fruity jam or a golden-yellow smear of lemon curd. With savory scones, a poached or fried egg on the side is a nice touch—a boon you can’t enjoy with coffee shop scones.

Homemade scones are perfect for special weekend mornings, because it’s easy to prep them in advance, and they’re certainly not taxing to make on the fly. Instead of dragging mom to a crowded, mediocre brunch buffet this Mother’s Day, why not bake her some delectable scones and share relaxed time together at home? If you’re the mom, you’ll be treating yourself to a job well done. 

baked cheddar chive scones

These versatile scones are simply delicious!

Flaky Scones Two Ways
Adapted from Nancy Silverton
Makes 12 Scones

Some scone recipes call for lots of butter and no eggs; some call for eggs; some call for just cream and neither eggs nor butter; some call for all three. Though the results in texture and flavor will differ, the main key to scone success is not over-handling the dough. Scone dough that’s mixed just enough will bake up high and pillowy.

You can make and shape the scone dough the night before and refrigerate it, covered, to bake in the morning. You may also cover and freeze prepared, unbaked scone dough wedges for up to three months. Simply put them straight onto the baking sheet in their frozen state and extend the baking time about five minutes or so.

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Be sure you prep your butter by grating it or cutting it into small pieces!

For the basic dough:

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)
  • 11 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, grated on the large holes of a box grater or cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream, for brushing

For the chocolate-lemon scones:

  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • 1 teaspoon coarse or granulated sugar, for sprinkling

For the cheddar-chive scones:

  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus about 2 tablespoons for sprinkling
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced chives or the green tops of scallions

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

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Your dough will start out looking like cornmeal.

2.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon peel (if using) in a large bowl. Add the butter and, using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, work until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal (you may also do this step in a food processor, pulsing to combine, and then transferring to a large bowl to finish by hand).

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Once you’ve prepped the dough, it should have a rough texture but not be dry.

3. Make a well in the center and pour in 3/4 cup of the milk. Using a fork or your hand, stir until just moist but still rough and shaggy. Gently knead in the add-ins; if the dough seems dry, add 1-2 more tablespoons milk. Divide the dough in half and pat each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick round. Cut each round into 6 wedges and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet, spacing 1 inch apart. Brush the tops with remaining 2 tablespoons cream. For the chocolate scones, sprinkle the tops with sugar; for the cheddar scones, sprinkle with a little bit of the reserved grated cheese.

shaped scones with decorating sugar on top

These dough wedges are sprinkled with sugar and ready for baking!

4.  Bake until light brown, about 18-20 minutes. The scones are best enjoyed within a few hours of baking. To refresh day-old scones, warm them in a 350 degree F oven for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

by Sara Bir

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Instant Holiday Gift Box Upgrades

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Dress up your Heirloom Finds jewelry boxes to add creative pizzazz to your gift giving.

Your Heirloom Finds jewelry arrives boxed and gift-ready, but if you’re wanting to add a little more seasonal splash, here are four ideas using odds and ends you may already have around the house.

Sticker Bonanza

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These bright office supply stickers add fun pops of color to our white jewelry boxes.

The colorful, inexpensive round labels you find in the office supply section of discount stores make fun mosaics. Simply adhere like fish scales to the lid of your box.

Sheet Music and Vintage Jewelry

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Sheet music, a pretty ribbon and a gorgeous vintage clip-on earring combine to make one classy package.

This lonely clip-on earring lost its mate years ago, but now it makes an elegant adornment on this box wrapped in old sheet music.

Glitter Tape

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Sparkly craft glitter and double-sided tape create instant glitz.

If you have double-sided tape and loose glitter, you can shimmer up your own glitter tape. Simply arrange the double-sided tape on the lid of the box, then (carefully) shake on the glitter. Make sure to lay down large sheets of newspaper underneath to collect the excess glitter. You can also do this with confetti.

Mini Snow Globe

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Crafting a DIY snow globe adds classic holiday fun to this Heirloom Finds jewelry box.

Take the clear plastic top from a vending machine toy and repurpose it into a tiny snow globe, using glitter or white paper as snow. Attach the plastic dome on with glue, let it dry, and enjoy the nostalgia.

And remember, gifts are supposed to be fun to give, not stressful. If fancy wrapping isn’t your scene, don’t sweat it! The most meaningful gift you can give is your presence of mind when spending time with loved ones.

by Sara Bir

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Make a Sparkling DIY Jewelry Christmas Tree

Heirloom Finds DIY Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree

Make the holidays even brighter by crafting your own decor using vintage jewelry.

We know we’re not the only ones who stockpile sparkly bits of broken jewelry. Heirloom Finds co-founders Kim and Jeanne are always bringing home boxes of assorted vintage treasures from auctions and estate sales, and inevitably they contain some mismatched earrings or loose baubles. We gathered all of those shiny pieces together to make a glorious, glitzy Christmas tree centerpiece.

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We sorted our vintage jewelry craft supplies by color.

Materials:

  • Foam cones
  • Stainless steel scouring pads, such as Scotch Brite
  • Hot glue gun and plenty of extra hot glue sticks
  • Assorted pins: straight, pearl-headed, and U-shaped
  • Glass, pearl, and metallic beads in assorted sizes
  • Jewelry wire cutters
  • Needled-nosed pliers (not required, but helpful)
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Besides an assortment of vintage jewelry, this project only requires basic craft supplies.

Get a foam cone form. The one we’re using here is 12” high, but a 9” or smaller cone is more realistic for a modest collection of jewelry odds and ends.

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We found it was easier to unroll the scouring pads before trying to stretch them over the foam cone.

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We needed a total of three unrolled scouring pads to cover our 12″ foam cone.

Unroll the Scotch Brite (we’re actually using off-brand scouring pads from the dollar store) and slide it onto the tree. Although they may not look too impressive at first, the scouring pads create a glittery background for the pinned jewelry and will add fullness to the finished product.

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Be sure to pick out your tree topper first and set it aside for later.

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We’re starting to add beautiful baubles to the tree with pins and hot glue.

Select a piece to top your tree and set it aside. Now start pinning and gluing the jewelry on. It’s best to get the larger statement pieces on and work from there, adding smaller bits as you go.

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Chains, pearl strands and tinier baubles are great for filling in the smaller spaces.

Fill in any empty spots with beads, pearl strand and pieces of garland-like chain. The pins will keep most jewelry pieces in place, and the u-shaped pins (optional but handy) are especially useful for anchoring larger pieces. The hot glue really secures them so they don’t slip.

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Our DIY jewelry tree is almost finished. We just need the star on top!

Last, add your tree topper. We hot-glued an old hat pin to the back of this star to hold it in position at the top of the tree.

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Our gorgeous vintage jewelry tree is complete!

All done! Now you just need to decide where to display it. A glamorous wintertime tablescape would be absolutely lovely, or perhaps your desk at the office needs some fabulous Yuletide cheer. You can adapt this craft in many ways to fit your own creative style and holiday decorating desires. For example, try covering a foam wreath in metallic wire organza ribbon and festoon it with your choice of jewelry to create a fantastic hanging display.

We love giving new life to discarded objects, especially when it’s so striking. Forgotten heirlooms can become new heirlooms, infused with memories and meaning.

by Sara Bir

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DIY Jewelry Holder: Warped Record Bowls

Create your own jewelry display with vinyl records.

Any lover of LPs who’s been a little careless and left records in a sunbeam or inside a hot car knows how easily vinyl can warp. And while that’s a bummer, it’s a big plus for a person who likes fast, fun, and useful projects with retro appeal. In about five minutes (most of it inactive), you can transform a forgotten album into an eye-catching bowl to hold and show off your most colorful baubles.

Step one records in box

First, find records to warp. This entire box was only one dollar at the Goodwill, but we’ve also used beloved records that became too scratched to play enjoyably.

Step two record Captain and Tenille

The best records for warping are from the 1970s and 1980s, when manufacturers began pressing vinyl thinner; they’re easier to shape. This copy of Captain and Tenille’s Greatest Hits was a perfect candidate.

Step three Record on baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. This may seem low, but we promise it gets the job done fast. Then, put your record on a baking sheet and keep it in the oven for 3-8 minutes, until it’s pliable (the length of time will depend on the thickness of the record and the accuracy of your oven). Set a timer and don’t leave the kitchen—records can go from cold to off-gassing toxic fumes in a short period of time.

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Next, swiftly press your record into a heat-proof bowl. Or, drape it over an overturned bowl. Work quickly—the records firm up fast.

step six record out of bowl

After a minute or two, your record will be cool enough to handle. Try this not just with LPs, but with 7-inches, too (old-fashioned 45s have a large hole, so look for singles with small holes). If you can find neato colored or clear vinyl to warp, all the better!

The finished design makes a perfect catch-all for your jewelry collection.

This is a project you can take in many different directions, such as building a tiered stand. But we love the simplicity of plain bowls. They’re great for holding fruit, trick-or-treat candy, keys, or any odds and ends you’d like to corral into one spot.

by Sara Bir

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DIY: Tiered Jewelry Display

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Jewelry looks best when it’s displayed, whether it’s around your neck or sitting on the top of your dresser. Since you can’t wear all of your gems and baubles at once, give it a home that will show it off to its advantage. And exercise your crafting abilities in the process by making this tiered jewelry display!

We got together with a local antique store, H. Reitz and Company to bring you this heirloom-inspired display. They provided us with three gorgeous antique plates, one pink glass goblet and a vintage blush pink salt shaker for our project. Here’s the materials you will need:

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  •  3 plates (These can be old China you find at a yard sale, leftovers from an old plateware set, or Grandma’s hand-me-downs.)
  • 2 goblets, candlesticks or topless salt shakers (All you need is a vessel that is flat top and bottom.)
  • 1 tube of silicon caulk (Typically, crafters use hot glue for this task, but hot glue tends to grow brittle with time.)

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Step 1: Be sure that the plates and goblets are free of any dirt or debris before starting. Then, apply silicone caulk to the edge of bottom of a goblet and attach it to the top of the largest plate in the center.

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Step 2: Apply caulk to the rim of the goblet and attach it to the bottom of the second largest plate.

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Step 3: Attach the bottom of the second cup, or salt shaker, to the top of the second plate with the caulk.

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Step 4: Attach the final, and smallest, plate to the top of the salt shaker with the caulk.

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Step 5: Display all of your beautiful baubles for all to see!

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