Savory Zucchini Scones with Cheese & Basil

Ever tried a savory scone? This recipe will make you a believer! Zucchini, basil and two different cheeses lend tons of flavor to these standout scones.


Cheesy Zucchini & Basil Scones: Savory, flaky and buttery--enjoy these with any meal or as a snack! Via Domesticwhimsy.com

Scones are undoubtedly in my top 5 of favorite baked goods. I’ve just always taken a shine to them. (Carbs + butter = heaven.) Not till recently, though, did I find interest in savory scones, which instantly became a mild obsession. Countless Google searches and Pinterest perusing followed. What came of that curiosity is this recipe for zucchini scones. Also: an appreciation for sneaking vegetables into otherwise non-nutritious food.

It’s fair to assume that many of you have had your fill of zucchini for the year…and I don’t blame you! But if your garden is still producing it or your friend kindly brought you a big ol’ zucchini the size of an infant, you’ve got to do something with it, right?? 

So, grate that squash up and make scones with it!

These have many of the qualities of a traditional scone, except they aren’t sweet. I like how the basil, cheddar and feta punch up the flavor. Zucchini is pretty mild, which makes it compatible with other ingredients. It really is the friendly neighbor of vegetables.

Cheesy Zucchini & Basil Scones: Savory, flaky and buttery--enjoy these with any meal or as a snack! Via Domesticwhimsy.com

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Lately Loving: September 2014 (Italy Themed)

Rome, Italy | Picture by Evie S. Johnson {Domestic Whimsy}

Hey there! I haven’t been able to post in what feels like a very long time. But I have a good excuse: I went to Italy! It was my first trip to Europe. My Mom went with me and we traveled first to Rome, then Florence.

I got back just a few days ago. It’s funny how an experience can seem like a dream, as if it happened in your imagination. That’s how I feel about this trip! The whole time I was practically in awe. So I thought I would dedicate this month’s “lately loving” to what I especially loved about it (besides the daily cappuccinos)!

Lately Loving…

1. Organic gelato from Edoardo in Florence. This quaint shop near the Duomo whips up delicious gelato that’s free of preservatives and chemical dyes. As you wait for your sugar fix, you can watch waffle cones get made, which consequently makes the whole place smell like toasted vanilla. I LOVED the cannella (cinnamon) gelato!

2. Walking the streets of Rome. It’s a trip for your senses and a practice in being “present” and awake to whatever was happening around me. That includes paying attention at busy intersections, where automobiles appear to going in every direction!

3. Burrata! It’s an Italian formaggio that I would like to have at every meal if I could. Its name means “buttery” in Italian, so that’s really saying something. Feeling ambitious? Try this burrata recipe from Food Republic.

4. Relaxing & people watching in piazzas. They’re everywhere—some are tucked between buildings, others as large as a city block. The Piazza della Rotonda, in Rome, stood out for its cozy size and up-close view of the Pantheon.

5. The village of Monteriggioni. This was the highlight of the wine tour that we did. We didn’t get that much time to spend there, but I managed to get a few pictures before sunset! Below is a picture of its piazza.

6. The movie Roman Holiday. I only just saw it for the first time. How convenient that it’s streaming on Netflix!

Monteriggioni, Italy | Photo by Evie S. Johnson {Domestic Whimsy}

Have you been to Italy? Leave a comment and fill me in on when you went, what you liked the most or, if you haven’t been, where you’d like to go! Amalfi coast, anyone?

7 Easy DIY Jewelry Crafts (Plus A Giveaway!)

$75.00 Gift Card Giveaway to House of Gems! | Domestic Whimsy #giveaway

Today I bring you a double feature: a roundup of easy jewelry DIYs AND a giveaway announcement. House of Gems, an online retailer of jewelry-making supplies, is giving away one gift card worth $75.00! Are you in? Just scroll down through the post to enter!

And now for the main event, which is handmade jewelry inspiration! I have dabbled in making jewelry—mostly earrings and necklaces—since high school. There was a cool bead shop down the street from where I lived, and I would go there and gather enough beads and supplies to make simple bracelets and necklaces. This was pre-Etsy, pre-Pinterest, and before the DIY boom had started. In some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago!

Below are a some great examples of easy DIY jewelry. Check out these beginner-friendly projects that have a cute factor x 100 but won’t be super difficult to make!

DIY Hexi Earrings //

By Crafted
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DIY Felt Arrow Necklace //

By Wild Olive
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DIY Braided Leather Bracelet //

By A Pumpkin & A Princess
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Lemon + Thyme Toner

DIY Lemon Thyme + Witch Hazel Toner

I live in a climate referred to as “high desert”. While I don’t mind it, my skin does…a lot! It’s hopelessly sensitive, so I have to be careful with what I put on it. ‘Less is more’ has become my skin-care mantra.

That being said, this toner recipe was formulated with inflammatory and acne-prone skin in mind. If you’ve ever wanted to try making your own skin care products, this is an easy place to start!  (I promise–no lab coat or safety goggles required.)

DIY Lemon, Thyme + Witch Hazel Toner

What’s in it:

Thyme: an herb that has been shown to have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Lemon essential oil: has anti-inflammatory benefits and provides a clean, fresh scent (naturally).
Aloe Vera: tightens and calms the skin and provides antioxidants.
Witch Hazel: a natural astringent that is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.

This DIY lemon + thyme toner has a scent like that of freshly grated lemon peel, thanks to the essential oil! It truly smells good enough to sip.

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Lately Loving: August 2014

Summer Bike Ride

Hey guys! Today is the start of a new series I shall call “Lately Loving”. Each month, I’ll share my 6 favorite reads/ideas/things of the moment with all of you. I would love it if you’d leave a comment and tell me what you’ve been loving lately, too!

Lately Loving…

1. Summer bike rides with my husband. Peddling around at sunset is just peachy.
2. These basic v-neck tees from Madewell. The fit isn’t too tight or too baggy. Plus, lots of color choices.
3. This camera strap DIY is calling my name. With my very first trip to Europe coming up, I might just have to make one for myself.
4. After the Jump, a podcast by Grace Bonney of Design Sponge, has become a new favorite for its relevant discussions and insight.
5. I’ve got my eye on this Canadian creamed honey.
6. Lisa Rupp’s illustrations are just so pretty. I need one (or all) of these towels.

What’s been on your radar lately?