Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Just a quick post to share a really yummy recipe. I mean so yummy that you'll be sad when they're gone.
A friend gave a plate of these scones to us on Christmas Eve...and I am so glad that she did. You see, my friend Shawna is always talking on her blog about these pumpkin scones she gets at a favorite place in New York...and every time I read about them, I want to fly to visit her just to taste these scones that MUST be absolutely fantastic. (Well, that and to get to visit with one of my dearest friends!)
So my friend Kim made these for us and I think they're delicious and I can't wait for Shawna to try them and tell me if they're as good (or better!) as the ones in New York! They have just the slightest hint of pumpkin--so it's not overpowering or out-of-season--just really, really good! And the cranberry butter is just yummy...a perfect complement!
Pumpkin Scones with Berry Butter
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup chilled butter, cut in small pieces
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup milk
1. Combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mix resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the dry mix and set aside.
2. Combine egg, pumpkin puree, and milk in another bowl. Add to the dry mixture all at once. Stir with a fork until moistened.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 10-12 times until nearly smooth, adding more flour if necessary. Pat into an 8-inch circle. Cut into 12 wedges. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the scones and cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Serve warm with berry butter.
2 Tbsp. dried cranberries or blueberries
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup boiling water
3 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1. Combine berries and water in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain well and finely chop.
2. Stir together butter, powdered sugar, and berries. Cover and chill at least one hour before serving.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well, number 26 on my list said that I wanted to learn more about photography...and as of today, I'm on my way to that end!
I was able to sign up for Karen Russell's online workshop "Snapshots of a Good Life"...an "early but late" Christmas gift! (Early because we registered way back in October or November...late because it starts today!) I was thrilled to be able to register because it sold out in less than 4 minutes!
I am really excited...hopefully I'll have some great pictures to share here as I learn more and more about actually using all the features of our camera and not just shooting in automatic mode!
Hope everyone's having a great MLK Day and Monday...Brent's got the day off, so we are having a GREAT day!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Just last week, I got a notice from my favorite magazine, Cottage Living. As of the Nov/Dec 2008, the magazine will no longer be published. I am so sad. I have subscribed from the very first issue (still my favorite issue ever), and I will miss finding this magazine in my mailbox. I love the decorating ideas...the "Cottage Industry" article...the recipes (of course!)...and finding out about neat places to visit in different cities.
The good news is that because I got a great renewal offer about a year or so ago, I still had 18 months of my subscription left...so now I need to figure out whether to transfer that to my Southern Living account (which is about to end)...or try out Cooking Light again. Or maybe Coastal Living? Hmmm.
I did notice that the editor of Cottage Living moved to be the editor of Southern Living. But no formal word about why the magazine was coming to an end. Some of my high school friends have worked for the magazine in the past few years...so maybe we can get some "inside info"! (pssst...hey Loren, Emily...any details???)
Thursday, January 08, 2009
A year ago today...I knew Brent, my children, and one or two names of people that I knew of...but didn't really know. Today, I am blessed with many amazing friends, a Bible study, a church, neighbors...and still, my precious family.
A year ago today...we were living in the temporary lodging facility on base which was very small for a family of five...but we learned that we don't need much! Today, we are more than blessed to be living in the house that we dreamed of and spent so much time and effort planning.
A year ago today...I wasn't sure that I would ever like living in a small town. Today, even thought it's not perfect, I know that I will be sad to leave this place and that I will miss it...at least, parts of it.
A year ago today...I was looking forward to travelling to Asheville to see my family and get out of OK! Today, I'm looking forward to my Mom visiting here in a few weeks!
A year ago...my precious baby was not quite three months old. Sweet as can be. Super sleeper. Wonderfully chubby. So very easygoing. A true delight.
Today...Madeleine is almost 15 months. She is a beginning to walk more and more. She likes to wake up with the sun like her big sister. She is happy as long as she is doing something "big". (No board books for her...she knows they're for babies!) She delights in being with her older siblings. She tries to repeat everything we say. She loves to eat fruit...but is probably our pickiest eater for this age. She is wonderfully snuggly and kissable. The way she says Ma-mee and Da-dee melts my heart. She loves to blow kisses.
A year ago...my little boy was just a little over two. He could talk up a storm. He began to love Thomas the Tank Engine. Every time he heard an airplane, he'd say, "Is that Daddy?" He held tightly to my hand anywhere we went.
A year ago...my firstborn was four. She was beginning to love dressing up. She loved to kiss Madeleine in her cradle. She adored playing on the playground. She looked forward to going to Bible study. She liked watching Little Einsteins. Her favorite book was If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.
Today...Hadleigh is five. She loves pretending to be a princess. She enjoys playing with jewelry and paper dolls. She wants to be able to carry Madeleine around. (Madeleine's not quite a fan of that, though.) She loves "doing homeschool". She brings Madeleine her blanket whenever she cries. She still loves to be outside. She always wants to help me in the kitchen. She loves tea parties. Her favorite books are about princesses: right now, Cinderella and Snow White. She loves to golf with her Daddy. She is learning more and more about having a soft and submissive heart. She loves riding her bike. She helps me set the table. She loves watching Mary Poppins and Cinderella. She is a wonderfully mommy to her baby dolls. Her favorite color is still pink. She has become a pickier eater in the last year...but definitely has a genetic sweet tooth! She is still a bit shy in a new situation. She says Nathanael is her best friend.
I'm thankful to be able to look back...reflect...and learn.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
There is a recipe in the new Southern Living magazine for a chocolate fudge cake that I've been dying to try for the last five days (since I read about it). I think we'll enjoy a little bit of it this weekend...but I really want to make it NOW!
So instead of baking right now, I'll share this really really really yummy brownie recipe that a good friend gave me. Brent LOVES it. It's wonderful on its own, warmed a bit...but it is super delicious if you serve it with coffee ice cream and just a tiny splash of Irish Cream or Kahlua.
1 cup walnuts, optional
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
She's still not quite sure that it's her best method of transportation yet...she prefers to crawl or cup her hands up towards me and say "um" (which means "Up please!") But it's a start!
Thursday, January 01, 2009
My three little reindeer and their jingle bells! Both sets of grandparents sent several activities for us as a family...it was so very special for the children to do different activities that their grandparents would have shared with them had we been in Asheville.