Friday, March 27, 2015

Tulips and a celebration. . . . . . . .

We had a few showers and they certainly gave the tulips a much needed boost.
With warmer days, some sunshine, and now a good watering, they are
opening and gaining height. Most of mine are in pots and it appears that
the pink ones are blooming first.

We're driving to Washington D.C. today to enjoy a weekend of celebration - it's 
a big anniversary for us. We met, and were married in D.C. and we love to return 
and spend time just wandering around to see what's changed.
I'm planning to meet one of my favorite bloggers on Saturday. He has the 
most beautiful shop. . . . .I'm hoping he'll allow me to take some photos to 
share with you later.

Enjoy your Spring weekend.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Scones in a pinch. . . . . . . .

If you like freshly baked scones with your afternoon tea (and that's the way 
they should always be served, they're not so good when a day old!) 
 or even earlier in the day, perhaps for 'elevenses', that truly British 
mid-morning break when a nice cup of tea or coffee fills the gap between 
breakfast and lunch . . . . . . here's a suggestion.

Give Sticky Fingers a try - that cute little bag of ready-to-bake scone mix which comes
 in several flavors. These made recently were cranberry, delicious right out of the oven 
and drizzled with a little lemon icing I made. (Just confectioner's sugar and pure lemon 
juice mixed until smooth and the right consistency for drizzling). Split and buttered
they're even better.

As you can see I have a couple more flavors on hand for future teatimes - do stop 
by if in the neighborhood - when a bite into something quick and sweet from the 
oven is needed.
After kneading lightly, I usually pat my scone dough into a circle on a cookie sheet,
scoring it into eight wedges so that they pull apart and have softer edges,
preferring these to round scones. When time permits I make my own from scratch 
with fresh fruit such as strawberries. I love a savory version made with whole 
wheat flour, adding grated Cheddar cheese and scallions or black olives - 
the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of good homemade soup.

Have you hopped aboard the scone bandwagon? 
Do you have a favorite recipe to share?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long Awaited Spring Day. . . . . . . . .

It was a lovely day - started cool and sunny, warming up enough by 
mid-afternoon for Bob to cut the grass for the first time this year.
Trees not yet showing much green, but blossoms are blowing 
gently in the breeze. 
I checked the azaleas but they are sad looking with few buds. 
Perhaps the usual Easter waves of bushes in typical southern 
gardens, smothered in pink, purple, red and white, 
will not happen this year after the frigid weather last month.

My heartfelt condolences go out to all the families and friends 
of the people who died in the terrible plane crash today in the 
French Alps. 

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