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Saturday in the kitchen…

Happy Saturday everyone! Since my blog schedule is all out of whack this week, I figured it wouldn’t hurt if I did my “in the kitchen” post on Saturday instead of Sunday. Tomorrow we will be celebrating my hubby’s birthday and Father’s Day so I won’t be doing much cooking.

After the crazy week I had, I wanted I wanted to make something new and yummy this weekend. I decided to make scones, specifically a recipe in a book I am currently reading for a book club. The book is called A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. Her blog is called Orangette and you can find it here. (I will discuss this book in more detail in a later post, after our book group get-together.)

a homemade life

It’s actually written by a blogger-turned-author and the recipes in it are to die for. I am so used to reading recipes that are healthy or low-fat or low carb and these are just wonderful, no worries about the calories, delicious recipes. And since I love scones, I knew when I saw the recipe, I had to try it, even it was a modified version.

The recipe in the book is for Scottish Scones With Lemon and Ginger. I decided to modify it and try something a little more simply the first time around, since I have never made scones before. I left out the lemon and ginger and just added cinnamon. Since hubby doesn’t like scones (i.e., has never had them before, therefore he thinks he doesn’t like them), I am sharing them with my SIL Jenna. She likes cinnamon, and so do I, so there you go!

Here is the recipe as I made it, which varies from the actual recipe in the book. If you’d like the actual recipe as it is written in the book with lemon and ginger, I can reference it for you. If you happen to already have this book, it’s on page 174.

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half, plus more for glazing
  • 1 large egg
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Using your hands, rub the butter into flour mixture, squeezing and pinching with your fingertips until mixture resembles a coarse meal and there are no butter lumps bigger than a pea. Add the sugar and cinnamon (to taste, I like a lot!), and whisk to incorporate.

Pour 1/2 cup half-and-half into a small bowl or measuring cup and add the egg. Beat with a fork to mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, and stir gently just to combine. The dough will look dry and shaggy, and there may be unincorporated flour at the bottom of bowl. Don’t worry about that. Using your hands, squeeze and press the dough into a rough mass. Turn the dough, and any excess flour, out onto a cutting board or countertop, and press and gather and knead it until it just comes together. Don’t overwork the dough,  ideally do not knead more than 12 times.  There may be some excess flour that is not absorbed, but it doesn’t matter. As soon as the dough holds together, pat it into a rough circle about 1 inch thick. Cut the circle into 8 wedges.

Place the wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Pour a splash of half-and-half into a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the scones with a thin coat to glaze. I sprinkled brown sugar on the top of half of them. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until pale golden. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool slightly, and serve warm, with butter, if you like.

Store in airtight container if you plan to eat in a day or two. For longer storage, seal in a heavy plastic bag and freeze them. Before serving, bring to room temperature. Either way, reheat them briefly in a 300 degree oven. Makes 8 medium scones.

I failed to take pictures of each step as I made this picture (shame on me!), but I have pictures prior to them going in the oven.

scones ready to cook

                                                         Ready to go in the oven!

scones out of the oven

                                                             Hot out of the oven.

scones finished

                                                                 Ready to serve.

scone finished close up

                                                        Warm, yummy goodness.                     

scone buttered taste

                                                       Served warm, with butter.

These came out of oven every bit as delicious as they look. In my opinion, warm is definitely the way to serve them. I imagine they are fabulous for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. I plan to make them again and my options are limitless. I would love to try them with blueberries or raspberries, or orange or cranberry.

They were really very easy to make. I hope you’ll try them!

Sunday in the kitchen and a blogger meet-up!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Sunday. I had a fantastic day. I had Starbucks this morning and got my grocery shopping done early. I did laundry and some much needed cleaning. Sad, but yes this makes for a wonderful day. It means I can start the week organized!

The highlight of my day (other than hubby coming home from his paintball weekend today) was a meet-up we had in St. Petersburg for the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers. I was lucky to join this group on Facebook a few months ago after following several local bloggers. They had a meet-up last month, but I was unable to attend. I had this day marked on the calendar, excited to meet a great group of women who I read about and interact with on Facebook and Twitter. We met at The Hooker Tea Co. in downtown St. Petersburg. Like anything new with me, I was nervous going into it, but quickly became comfortable with them. We talked about our blogs, eating out, reading, and more. It really was a great time. I had a yummy iced tea and enjoyed the surroundings. The staff was great and even took pictures of us (with several of our cameras!). I look forward to next month’s meet-up and continuing to get to know these great women.

TBLB meetup 052012

After our meet-up, I headed home to make dinner for my honey. He was gone all weekend playing paintball and I was excited to make his favorite meal – steak and shrimp. Normally I would make myself a piece of fish when he has steak and shrimp, but I decided to have the same. Well, almost. I make his shrimp in Carolina BBQ sauce – he loves it. I wanted something a little different, though. So I sautéed shrimp and fresh tomatoes in olive oil, minced garlic, and basil and served it on toasted French bread from Publix (darn you Publix for smelling like fresh bread when I walked in there this morning!). This is the first time I’ve made this bruschetta-type dish and I would most certainly have it again. The flavors were amazing and it was very filling. I couldn’t even finish my steak, thank goodness hubby was home and finished it for me. I also had a nice glass of Pink Moscato. It was soooo good.

dinner 052012 A

dinner 052012 B

It really was a great Sunday. It’s a shame that tomorrow is Monday and that will ruin everything. So, I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Sunday!



Book Love

I love to read. I have always loved to read. I love fiction and true stories. I love funny books, serious books, sad books, books about dogs, and everything in between. And despite the fact that I am 40 years old, I really enjoy YA Lit (yound adult). Like the rest of the world, I read the entire Twilight series (and of course I’ve seen all the movies and I am awaiting the final one) and I am 2 books into the Hunger Games series. Recently, I have read 4 books that I think are worthy of a blog post – and a plug for my SIL and her amazing YA Lit review blog that she started just a few months ago.


If you click on each book cover, it will take you to my SIL’s blog site for the review or more info on these books. Reviewing books is not my strong point, other than to tell you that I very much enjoyed each one of these books and had a hard time putting them down. My SIL does an AMAZING job with her book reviews, so I will leave that to her. Her blog offers not only reviews but giveaways and a new post every day. You will not be disappointed. Click the button below to visit her blog and ENJOY! Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook…

True Confessions Tuesday (with a little twist…)

Tuesdays sure do seem to come around quickly. And Tuesday means it’s True Confessions day. Today’s confessions are done with a little twist, they are all about running. This all came to me as I was running this morning.  (I seem to have my best blogging ideas when I’m running…). 

  • I CONFESS that I run for me, myself, and I. I don’t run for anyone else.
  • I CONFESS that running is as much mental as it is physical for me. I need to run not only for the sake of my butt and thighs, but also for my well-being. It is an outlet for every emotion that I am feeling on any given day. It is good for my mind and my heart, and it reminds me to just breathe.
  • I CONFESS that I don’t feel the least bit guilty when I take an hour to run. When I put my headphones on and listen to whatever music fits my mood, I am lost in the music and the pounding of my feet on the pavement and how good it makes me feel.
  • I CONFESS that if I did not run, it is highly likely that I would need some form of medication. I’ve been down the anti-depressant path before and while I am not opposed to taking medication when it is needed, I would much rather deal with it naturally, without other side effects. The benefits of running far outweigh any little pill I could take.
  • I CONFESS that I have a hard time considering myself to be a runner, but every time I get out there and run, it’s a little easier.
  • I CONFESS that some days it is really hard to get out there and run, but it is ALWAYS worth it when it’s done.
  • I CONFESS that running makes me feel confident, strong, and healthy.
  • I CONFESS that I don’t run fast and I don’t run pretty. But I put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
  • I CONFESS that I am so very luck to live next to Eagle Lake Park, where the sunrises are amazing. Here is a  a photo from this morning’s run…

Sunrise over Eagle Lake Park 04/03/12

 Do you have confessions about why you run? I’d love to hear them!

Why I blog…

Since it’s been over a year that  started this blog, I’ve been thinking about the reasons that I blog. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • Accountability. It’s another way to be honest with myself and try and stay on top of this journey that I am on. Some days it’s easy, some days it’s impossibly hard.
  • It’s a constant in my crazy life. It’s always there when I need to vent or even go back and read a post that was maybe a defining moment.
  • I love to write. I wish I had more time to do it.
  • To share a side of me that people may not know.
  • To share things that I love, such as foods, books, products, and more.
  • To document my life and the events in it.
  • Motivation. When I write a post about a struggle I’m having and go back and read it days, weeks, or months later, I find it motivational to see how I overcame it.
  • To vent. There are some days I just need to get something out and what better way to get it out than writing it.
  • To remember. There is always something going on and we are such a big family. I like to remember special events and other things that we do or go through. Happy, sad, defining, and more. All moments are important and each one adds up to my life.
  • To {hopefully} inspire others. I follow several blogs and they inspire me. I would love to know that I inspire others in the same way.

When I first started my blog, I imagined it being mostly weight-loss related, although my very first post pretty much said it could be about anything. It was also just two months after losing my dad and I knew it would be another outlet in dealing with that and it has helped. It’s touched lightly on our infertily issues and is as light as posting about our crazy dogs. You can read my very first blog post here

I enjoy my blog and hope that my readers enjoy it as much I do. I love it when a post inspires readers to comment and let me know their thoughts. But ultimately my blog is for ME.

Fun Fact Friday

This sounded like a fun post to do! If you happen to do your own after, please leave me a comment with a link to yours so I can read it!

1. I have lived in 4 states – California, Texas, Florida, and Maryland – and I have lived in each one of those states twice.

2. I wish I could give up Starbucks. I really do. It sounds so easy, but it is so hard to do.

3. I wish that I could be as optimistic everyday, all day, as I am when I am out running and I feel like I can do anything and that everything will always work out, no matter what.

4. I am the oldest of 4 and there are 18 years between me and my youngest sister.

5. It’s only been within the last couple of years that I decided I like wine and enjoy the many different flavors. However, I think it was better when I didn’t like it. It was certainly cheaper and better for my waistline.

6. I would rather be crazy busy at work, wondering how we are going to get everything done, than to be stressed over not having enough work to do. Currently, we fall under the crazy busy status.

7. My favorite day of the week is Saturday, specifically Saturday morning when we have the whole weekend ahead of us.

8. I wish I had more time to meal plan and stay stocked up on all the healthy choices I need to be my best every day.

9. Even though I wish I had to time to meal plan to be my best every day, I would still allow myself to indulge in my favorites.

10. I am so looking forward to my next half-marathon in November and I have high hopes of doing better than my first.

There you go! 10 fun facts about me for this Friday. Can’t wait to do it again next Friday!

This started out for me…

I started this blog for me. I love to write and share my thoughts, ideas, and more. I use it as a way to be accountable to myself on this journey. I like to share photos and more. For me, it is a source of journaling.

I started my blog after reading and following a couple and I realized how fun it would be to have my own. Any goals I had for my blog were directly aimed at ME. I was doing it for me.

In the last week, I’ve heard from two people who have told me that I’ve motivated them to do something. This makes me feel great. To think that something I do for myself is helping or motivating someone else is like icing on the cake. To think that the words I share on this blog inspires someone else is fabulous. And even moreso, it motivates me to keep up with what I’m doing.

I hope that as I continue on this journey I continue to be an inspiration to you!