Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

One of the Best Days Ever

In spite of the fact that I woke up really tired, today was a great day. We woke up on the early side and went through our routine… bath, nap, etc. Met Wendy briefly and came home to Sarah who stayed with Chase while I was in class. After class we hung (or is it hanged… not hat doesn’t sound right) out and walked up to Starbucks only to come back and go right back out to Donna’s. That’s ok though cause it was totally worth it. Dinner was so freakin good but I don’t think that Donna’s has ever disappointed me. I had penne carbonara and there was just the right amount of pancetta and peas.. delicious! I should have had dessert but alas, bedtime called. I just love that place. They love Chase and their specials are always good not to mention only ten bucks you can’t beat that kind of cheap tasty food with a stick.

Not a whole lot else is going on. Ms. Chase is doing a lot of chewing and drooling. She’s only three months old. Maybe one of you been there done that moms can tell me but it has me a little worried about you know what. I’m not ready for teeth! I’m hoping this is all just a part of a wow, I have hands and a mouth phase.

I have pictures from yesterday’s lunch with Andrea that I will have to upload and post soon. Maybe later tonight. Am I forgetting anything? Oh! The great scone experiment… I forgot all about it. Ok, so the great scone experiment started with a new toaster oven. Yes, we already had a toaster oven but it was small and had been dropped at some point so that the door didn’t close properly. So anyway, I saw a new shiny stainless one at Costco (eeevil) and couldn’t resist. This is one of those new big ones that takes up a ton of counter space but has convection and can fit a frozen pizza (tried that last night :)). Anyway so my thing is that I don’t like to eat breakfast. If I don’t eat breakfast, next thing I know I’m eating dinner at 8pm and it’s the first meal I’ve had all day. However, I do like to eat scones but not stales ones. Inevitable, when you make a batch of scones that makes 9 or 10 or 12 or whatever, they’re stale like the next day. So my plan was to mix the dough, shape, and cut and then freeze. I froze the scones individually on a baking sheet and then put them in a ziplock bag. Then I just baked one off this morning at 400 for like 10 minutes and voila! A perfectly browned delicious scone hot out of the oven. The question is why the hell didn’t I think of this sooner? So there you have it, fresh scones for breakfast with only a minimum of effort. What I need to do is replicate Starbucks’ raspberry scone. It has a layer of fresh berries baked into the center. To die for, to die for! Up next, my own slice and bake cookies for the freezer. Here’s the recipe I used:

Devon Scones

From Canada Cooks Cookies & Squares by Angela Nilsen

Makes 9 (but I always pat into a circle and cut into 8 wedges)

2 c flour

3 tbsp sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 c butter at room temp

2/3 c milk

Beaten milk or egg for glaze

Preheat oven to 425

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Pour milk in all at once and mix until the dough forms a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface about 12 times. (I just do this right in the bowl)

Pat or roll into a circle about 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut out scones with a 2 1/2 inch round cutter. (see note above)
Place scones on greased cookie sheet (I use parchment)

Brush tops with a little milk or egg (I always use milk)

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown, cool on wire rack.

Barefoot Contessa has a scones recipe that looks really good too.

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