let’s talk.

first about how when i remade the scones…they were, in one word, de-licious. perfect scone-like flaky, buttery, strawberry goodness.

here’s the original recipe (starred stuff is where i made changes):

2 3/4 cup pastry flour (all-purpose is also fine)
1/2 cup sugar ** (i used 3/4 cup, it was bland with just 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 ounces of butter, in 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup golden raisins plus 1 tablespoon caraway seeds -or- 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice, chopped** ( i used 2 cups of fresh fruit, when i made it the first time, there was definitely not enough fruit, so i suggest adding another cup)
3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk (use the smaller amount if using fresh fruit, the larger if using the raisin-caraway combo)

Turbinado or sanding sugar for sprinkling (optional, not in the original recipe)

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place cubed butter in freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, measure other ingredients (except buttermilk and fruit) and mix in the bowl of a food processor.

Add butter to processor bowl and mix until the butter and flour mixture are the texture of coarse cornmeal. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a mixer and add buttermilk and fruit, mixing on the lowest speed until the dough just comes together.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently a couple times. Roll dough out to approximately one-inch thickness (I skipped the rolling pin and just patted it out with floured hands) and cut into squares. Cut those squares again on the diagonal, creating triangles. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if you’re using it.

Bake on an ungreased baking sheet (mine stuck ever-so-slightly, so I might line it with parchment next time, though no biggie if you don’t) for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Makes 12 to 16, depending on how you cut them

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next matter…i officially leave for jo-burg in 11 days. this is SO serious. please be praying. would greatly appreciate that. :)

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last one (i think)…i realllllllly loved this, don’t you?

i’m a big supporter of what Toms shoes does…and Sseko Designs. they are my newest love recently.

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so please go check it out and order a pair.

be real.

strawberry scones.

i’ll have to admit…scones have always been something i’ve wanted to make, but i don’t really bake a lot…i’m more of a “don’t-measure-just-throw-a-little-of-this-and-that-into-the-pan”. ANYway…besides the fact that i was only really supposed to put 3/4 cup of buttermilk and i put a cup so when i dumped it out to “knead” it i ended up making dough the way my grandmother did (before kitchenaid stand mixers) were invented. so i stood there adding more flour trying to make it somewhat come together…and when it did i thought to myself….”i guess i could’ve processed the butter with the flour more…oh well.”

still i proceeded…they came out tasting good. not “oh-my-goodness-i need-another-one” good which is what i wanted. the good thing about this recipe is that it’s not super sweet, i like that. what i didn’t like was that it still needed a little sugar. and next time i’ll try not using so much buttermilk because all the extra working in of the flour i did…made them more like muffins. really good, buttery, strawberry muffins.  so without ado…here’s what they looked like…

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do you have any good recipes?

last one…i think.

if you know me…you should know that i love the blogging world. i spend way too much time, when i can, browsing tons of different blogs. what can i say? i love creativity in any form. and when i saw this, i considered if there was any event coming up where i could attempt to make them…and then i thought…fourth of july. so hopefully, i’ll be over-ambitious and really make them. because i mean, come on…who wouldn’t want some burger and fries on the fourth?

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found this via bakerella.

learning to hum.

i love the name of this blog. one of my favorite songs as of the past couple of months has this line in it, “teach me how to hum it, ’cause i don’t know the words yet.” i love that. Lord, though i don’t know what may be ahead for me, let me be ok with just humming until i get there and figure it out. it’s pretty much my heart’s song right now. my life has been a ginormous rollercoaster this past year. but im grateful.

with this new blog my goal is to more cooking….more inspiration websites…and yeah, anything else i think would be fun. so join me on an adventure. and let me know you’re reading. :)

to start…i’m going to make these tomorrow…and if they turn out good i’ll take them to my meeting on saturday. :)

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strawberry scones…these haves some nuts in it…but i’m just going to try them with strawberries. if they’re good i’ll share the recipe.

be real.