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3 and 1/2 hours of shoveling.

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Good coffee and scones

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Games.  We won’t talk about who won.

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And a certain very cute baby.

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As you can see in the second to last picture, she has found her cheesy smile.  This is not my doing.  It is all her father’s.

And finally, the scone recipe.  From America’s Test Kitchen.  I can’t remember if I’ve shared it before, so if I have, sorry!  Enjoy!

 

Cream Scones with Currants

Ingredients:
2 c. all-purpose flour, plus extra for the counter
3 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 TBSP unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes and chilled
1/2 c. currants (I sometimes omit these if I don’t have any on hand, as I did today)
1 c. heavy cream

1)Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees.  Pulse the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a food processor to combine, about 6 pulses.  Scatter the butter evenly over the top and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with a few slightly larger butter lumps, about 12 pulses.

2) Add the currants and quickly pulse once to combine.  Transfer the dough to a large bowl.  Stir in the cream with a rubber spatula until the dough begins to form, about 30 seconds.

3) Turn the dough and any floury bits out onto a floured counter and knead until it forms a rough, slightly sticky ball.  Press the dough into a 9-inch cake pan.  Unmold the dough and cut into 8 wedges.  Place the wedges on an ungreased baking sheet.

4) Bake until the scone tops are light brown, 12-15 mins.  Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

***NOTE*** I used a scone pan, and therefore did not need to knead the dough and use a cake pan.  If you plan to do it this way, you may need to add slightly more cream (I used about 1/4 c.) to bring the dough together.  Try to handle the dough as little as possible so it does not become tough.  Skip step 4 and just fill the scone pan, each triangle about half full.  Sprinkle with raw or sanding sugar and bake!

Things I’m loving about being home?  Let me tell you just a few.

1) Sleeping in past 6:30

2) Actually being able to enjoy living in my house (mostly because I now have time to clean it.)

3) Cooking and baking, such as these Oatmeal Scones

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4) Playing FreeCell and Spider Solitaire (yes, I’m currently addicted)

5) READING!!  I now have much more time to do this, and I am absolutely loving it.  I mentioned here that Mike and I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird this summer.  So I went on Amazon and picked out the prettiest copy.  The pages are all antiquish looking, which Mike doesn’t quite get, but I love it!  Can’t wait to dive in.

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6) Pedicures with Mom 🙂

7) Going swimming at whatever time of day I like (as opposed to early morning or evening).

8) Gardening (I am not as committed yet as I need to be, but I think I will get there.)

9) Strawberry Picking (this is an upcoming event)

10) Getting ready for JuJu Bug.  I simply cannot wait to meet her!  Partly because I would like to breathe again, partly because I am just so excited to see, hold and love our little girlie!  3 weeks til full term, 6 til due date!  I really hope they fly by…

When it snows….

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We make Cranberry Scones….

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And enjoy a lovely breakfast of scones, fruit and tea. 

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It’s fabulous.  Today we have plans to drink lots of tea and read and watch movies galore.  And watch the nonstop coverage of the storm.  Not sure why it’s so captivating, but it is, and therefore we watch.  Joe and Heidi reprimanded us for watching John Bolaris and not Hurricane Schwartz, but Hurricane is not currently on.  He has been replaced by Babar the Elephant.  So John Bolaris it is. 

More updates later on.  I am hoping to convince Mike to go out for an adventure walk.  And later on we’ll make homemade tomato soup with bacon grilled cheeses!!!!! 

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