Tropical Birthday Scones

It’s my birthday!

I was determined to have scones for breakfast on my birthday.  So I let my kids watch a show pre-breakfast, and whipped up a batch of scones!  Tropical birthday scones. 

I really loved dried fruit in my scones.  Take these Apple Ginger Scones, for example.  They are preeettty dang amazing.  I bought the kids bags of dried fruit for in their Easter baskets this year (an attempt to not have quite so much candy around).  Anyhow, I really love dried papaya and pineapple.  So, of course, those were two types that I bought.  

And when I was contemplating birthday scones, I was also dreaming about warm places.  Tropical places.  Places that people have been going to [without me] for the last few months.  These tropical scones were born of my contemplation and dreams.  

They’re very similar to the Apple Ginger Scones, with only a few, slight changes.  

I hope you get chance to make them, share them, and enjoy them.  With a cup of coffee or tea.  That would be the way to go.  

While I’m here, I guess I should let y’all in on that surprise I said I had in my last post….

We’ll be welcoming baby number four into the family the end of July, Lord willing!

I must say (I reminisce nowadays when I get a year older – a sure sign of age!), I’m not sure I imagined I’d be where I am right now 10 years ago.  But I’m so very thankful for where I am.  I have three great kids, am in my third trimester of my fourth pregnancy, I have a wonderful hubby of almost SEVEN years (HOW on earth did that happen?!), we are blessed with a house and a car, have lots of loving family around us, and live in a wonderful part of the world.  

Yes, there are days I wish things were a bit different.  But I wouldn’t actually change how things have ended up.

Here’s the recipe!

Tropical Birthday Scones
Yields 8
A fruity, sweet, buttery scone. Make those not-so-warm mornings better. Make these.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 2 Tbsp sugar
  5. 3/4 cup butter
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 1/4 + 2 Tbsp evaporated milk
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 2/3 cup chopped, dried fruit (I used papaya and pineapple)
  10. 1 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing)
  11. Sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the first four dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, until the crumbs resemble small peas.
  3. Add in dried fruit.
  4. Pour in milks and vanilla, and stir lightly, until just combined. (Dough will be shaggy, but you can knead it together lightly in the next step.)
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a circle (about 9-10 inches diameter, 1 inch thick, or so). Cut into 8-10 pieces. Transfer to cookie sheet, leaving at least a 1/4 inch between scones. Brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes, and then either EAT or transfer to a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. I totally only made 6 scones with my batch. (Have you heard me mention that I love scones?) Do want you want, I won't judge.
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If you’re looking for some different scones to try your hand at, check out these posts:

Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones

Lavender Berry Scones

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For the Love of Lists – Week 14

Lists for Days | November 9, 2016 | By

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I know I sing the same song every post, but WOW!  How do the days go by so quickly?

Anybody else hate the time change?  I keep sleeping in (ugh – I really like getting up a good 2 hours before the kiddos), my kids keep getting up early, I kind of like getting up when it’s super dark, and not eating supper in the pitch black…  

Anyhow, enough complaining. 

We had an impromptu dance party evening with the kids on Sunday.  I’m so thankful for my hubby, and our shared love of music.  It’s such a great thing to have in life – and we like it loud sometimes.  Also – it’s amazing how many words to so many songs my kids can remember!?  

We also celebrated Briar’s 2nd birthday on Monday, which was a combination of happy and how-is-my-baby-two sadness.  

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So far this week, lists have been pushed aside and my life feels a bit chaotic, so I was looking forward to this post to maybe revamp my list-following for the rest of the week.  I need a bit of organization in my life.  And a maid.  ūüėČ  

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  1. I came across this article this week, I and I thought it was very interesting, and pretty spot on.  There is such a thing as obsessing over eating healthy – and it can be bad for your health.  It’s called orthorexia.  
  2. A tunic and a cardigan for your cold-weather style needs.
  3. This article about the cookbook industry, I thought it was quite interesting.  How they survived through the e-book trend.
  4. I made this Creamy White Chicken Chili this week (with a tweak or 5), and it was pretty dang good, not to mention, a pretty quick and easy meal.  
  5. I’ve realized that I’ve pinned FIVE different pumpkin scone recipes.  These three are probably the most likely I’ll make – chai with black tea glaze, with molasses glaze, with ginger
  6. Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet?  (I haven’t…. *sigh.)  I’m definitely going to order this book for Briar.  I love the authors, and their other book was a favourite growing up.  
  7. These watercolour ornaments might be a really fun diy to do with kids, or by yourself!

**Briar and I enjoying our dance party, her last day of being one.

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For the Love of Lists – Week 12

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Hey!  I hope you’re all having a great week.  Ours is flying by, as usual.  It’s been a good week though. 

We’re starting to really feel fall.  It’s getting a cooler, and hasn’t warmed up in a few days.  I guess it was bound to happen eventually.  We be drinking all the tea, coffee, hot chocolate, you name a warm drink – we’re drinking it.  

I love them.  (Warm drinks, I mean.)  They are so cozy, and yummy.  And they make my hands warm.  That really is one of my main reasons for loving to have one.  My hands are cold from October, straight through until June or July. 

Anyone else getting into the fall-swing-o-things?  We’ve started thinking about Halloween costumes, and pumpkin carving.  I’ve definitely had a PSL or two from Starbucks.  I pulled out a scarf for the first time last night, though I haven’t really worn socks yet.  (I guess those would help keep my toes a bit warmer…)

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Anyhow.  Halloween things, fall things, encouraging-Mom-articles, food.  It’s all here in this week’s list. 

  1. Black cat cake anybody?  So cute. 
  2. I think every mom ever has asked if it ever gets easier.  Here‘s an article on that.  We got this, mama. 
  3. Adrianna at A Cozy Kitchen makes amazingly amazing food.  Eg: Pumpkin chai scones with black tea glaze(!!?).  And she even has a colouring cookbook!  (Think colour the beautiful pages and then bake the wonderful food!)
  4. Pumpkin Creme Brulee Cake.  Need I say more?
  5. A coatigan.  Is this not the prettiest, coolest coat ever?  I love it!  And of course, it comes in mustard!  (And many other great colours!)
  6. I’m a sucker for dresses.  Especially black, and black…  and sparkles every once in awhile!
  7. Warm drinks.  Here’s a roundup I found.  They all look pretty darned good!
  8. At Liv for Cake, she made this gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake.  Even if you never make it, just go look.  It’s SO pretty.

I hope you all have a great rest of your week.  Drink those warm drink for me, eh?  (Or bring me one… that works too.  ūüôā  )

**Kiddos shelling beans.  They LOVE doing it.  And Briar loves playing with all the different coloured ones when it’s all done.  

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For the Love of Lists – Week 11

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We have been continuing to keep our selves crazy busy. (I don’t think it’ll ever end.  As much as I hate to say it – I’m kind of looking forward to some snow to keep us storm-stayed.)  I just cannot believe that we’re making our way into the latter half of October. 

I was grocery shopping [very late] last week one evening, and the staff at the store was putting all the Halloween stuff on sale and bringing out the Christmas things!  That being said, I think Costco has had a bunch of their Christmas stock out for almost a month!  I’m NOT ready for that  yet!  

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I have lots of stuff to share this week.  I was busy on the internet searching for things.  Always searching.  

I’m having a Steeped Tea party on Saturday with some lovely ladies, so I’m looking for recipes for that night.  Briar’s birthday is fast approaching, and girly cakes (!!) are exciting to me.  I’m still deciding on a dress to sew Briar, and quilt patterns, meal recipes, etc.  You name it, I’m searching the web for it.  

  1. Here are a couple of books (fiction novels) that I thought looked good enough to read.  They’re on my to-read list.  
    1. In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
    2. Voracious:  A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books, by Cara Nicoletti
    3. Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple
  2. While we’re on a reading kick, I also thought these two books looked great in a thought-provoking and encouraging kind of way:
    1. Grace, Not Perfection, by Emily Ley
    2. Present over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist
  3. A tea party = Scones, right?  What kind though?  Maple Date, Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Lavender, Apple Ginger.  The options are endless.  Help!
  4. Blow-your-mind diy:  Paper Marbling with shaving cream and food colouring.  It’s SO COOL.  I might just go use all hubby’s shaving cream.   Seriously though, even if you aren’t interested in doing it – go look at it!  It’s beautiful!
  5. I’m always on the hunt for jackets.  Mostly because they get worn so stinking much here.  Cape-style (mustard!), long and burgundy,  moto jacket (mustard again!),  gray blazer, red tweed, and a navy peacoat
  6. IKEA‘s new 2017 catalog is now available!!  I LOVE devouring the pages of their yearly catalogs.  They really do have some awesome products, and the layouts of the rooms in the catalogs are amazing!  You can get one for free in the mail.  Do it.  Such a good look-book.

There you have it!  Random bits of stuff. 

**Fall colours everywhere!  Photo credits to hubby.  

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Apple Ginger Scones

I sometimes wish that I had the time to jot down what I’m thinking about writing for a post right when I think of it.  Truth is – I don’t.  Saturday, when I was making these scones, I had great ideas about what to write in the post.  However, I was also doing laundry, refereeing children, trying to get them all dressed and ready to go, and making the house semi-presentable.  Oh, and making the best scones ever.  All I can remember about what I was going to write is that is was pretty good!  Maybe it’ll come back to me as I go along. 

I think it had something to do with the strong flavours that I seem to have a tendency to love.  I’ve mentioned before that I love all things peanut butter, anything with lavender in it, and ginger.  Ginger, oh ginger.  You are so yummy.  I normally keep a container of crystallized (or I call it candied) ginger in my cupboard.  It’s a great sweet treat every once in awhile.  Spicy and sweet.  Guess who else likes it?  My boys!  I think it’s pretty great that they share some of my loves.  Especially this one, because wow!  Sometimes that stuff is REALLY spicy.  

Apple Ginger Scones

Apple Ginger Scones

Apple Ginger Scones

There is a bakery in town that makes apricot ginger scones.  And I LOVE them.  The mellowing flavour of the apricot and the spicy kick from the ginger come together to make a bonkers awesome scone.  And I love those chewy chunks of both.  I don’t really like spending $4 for one scone though.  I wanted to try to recreate for at home, but using a seasonal fruit.  

Enter:  Apples. 

We went apple picking last weekend, so I had some really great ones on hand.  I think I used a Cortland.  It was a pretty big apple, but I used the whole thing – if you want less of an apple party in your scone, I’d suggest using a small apple, or only using half a large one.  It’s definitely customizable.  

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Apple Ginger Scones
Serves 8
Great scones, with sweet apples, and spicy ginger.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 3/4 cup butter
  6. 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped
  9. 1 medium apple, peeled and diced
  10. 1 Tbsp butter, melted (for brushing)
  11. Sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the first four dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, until the crumbs resemble small peas.
  3. Pour in buttermilk and vanilla, and stir lightly, until just combined.
  4. Add in ginger and apples.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a circle (about 9-10 inches diameter, 1 inch thick, or so). Cut into 6-8 pieces. Transfer to cookie sheet, leaving at least a 1/4 inch between scones. Brush tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool on cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes, and then either EAT or transfer to a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. You can most certainly cut these smaller, if you just want bite-sized scones, or cut them out into rounds! Whatever you're looking to do. Just note that they might have a shorter bake time if they're smaller.
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 I so hope you make these scones!  They’re pretty dang easy.  Just don’t over-mix them (you don’t want tough scones, do you?!).  I would highly recommend making these on a Saturday morning after one coffee, and then [trying] to drink a second cup leisurely as they bake in the oven.  So good. 

If you want to check out some other scones, here are some Lavender Berry Scones, and Raspberry Scones.

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Lavender Berry Scones

For some reason, rainy days and tea inspire me to post.  Could also be the fact that we’re having leftovers and I’m not doing anymore house work for at least a few more hours.  Reason three – both boys are sleeping.  Soundly.  (For now…)

Lavender Berry Scones

I think I made these about 6 months ago.  Made em.  Photographed them.  Devoured them.  Made them again.  Forgot to post them.  That’s how I roll.  Forgotten is my middle name.  Memory is a thing of the past.

So, I’m going to share them now.  And they are SO good.  I even found the pictures!  Go me!

Scones being created

I follow Miss Joy over at Joy the Baker.  She is da bomb.  I love her style, wit, and food choices.  Anyhow, these scones come from her, only slightly changed by yours truly.  Skeptical of the lavender?  Don’t be.  It tingles the taste-buds.  I did have a comment from a slightly disgruntled guy that flowers are for smelling, not eating.  BUT, they were devoured and many compliments ensued.  So I’d say they’re pretty good.  My hubby even loves them.  (And that’s saying something, as he’s generally a baked-goods-hater.)  Here goes!

Prebaked Lavender Berry Scones

Lavender Berry Scones

Recipe very slightly adapted from Joy the Baker

3 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 heaping Tbsp dried lavender

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Dash salt

3/4 cup cold butter or margarine

1 egg

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 cup berries (I used frozen blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries)

1 beaten egg and sugar to coat and sprinkle before baking

First of all, remember that ‘boys are sleeping soundly’ thing?  It’s now untrue.  But I will continue nonetheless.

Secondly!  Preheat that oven to 400F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Cut in butter (or margarine) with fingers or a pastry cutter, until it resembles large oat flakes.  In another bowl, combine egg and buttermilk, and beat lightly.  Add to flour mixture, just until moistened.  Fold in those berries (carefully, they’ll make a mess!).

Turn onto a floured surface, and knead for about 2 minutes.  Roll out into a 1-inch thickness.  Cut into desired shapes (re-rolling excess dough for more scones), and place on baking sheet.  Brush lightly with beaten egg, and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on top.

Enjoy!  These are quite amazing alone, or with a dallop of butter and jam.  (Go for blueberry jam!)

Lavender Berry Scones.Ready for oven

Now to finish off with some kiddo photos as usual.  Just can’t get enough of my boys.

Mister Man

{In the sandbox, smiling away}

Sweet Eyes

{He’s practicing blowing spit here, just so you know…  But he has the sweetest eyes, don’t you think?}

 

Doily Table Runner

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I’m back again. ¬†And so soon! ¬†(Not really, but sooner than I expected.)

Doily Runner

With another non-food creation. ¬†All thanks to Pinterest for the great idea (however, I only saw it, and didn’t pin it, so I have no sweet clue where it originally came from). ¬†By the way – follow me on Pinterest!¬† It’s such a great place for ideas, a good place to waste spend time surfing cool things, and it’s just cool. ¬†So there. ¬†Do it.

Doily Runner

 

Doily Runner

So, this is really quite ridiculous. ¬†Easy peasy. ¬†Just find some doilies. ¬†Wait – do what I did. ¬†Go to your mom (or grandmother), and ask them if they have any extra kicking around. ¬†I discovered quickly that my mother might just have a¬†fetish… ¬†or maybe it’s my grandmother (I think that’s where they all came from). ¬†¬† ¬†Either way, find some doilies. Having a bunch of different ones looks pretty cool. ¬†Then, find some thread and a needle. ¬†Sew them together using small stitches (so they are unnoticeable). ¬†Annnddd… ¬†TAADAA! ¬†C’est tout! ¬†I think it looks really sweet too. ¬†Adds a nice, feminine touch to my living room.

Doily Runner

Hope you guys like the how to’s, instead of just food all the time. ¬†What can I say? ¬†I’m feeling crafty. ¬†Not sure why. ¬†Just am. ¬† If you are hungry though check out this great recipe for Raspberry Scones. ¬†Get a coffee, and eat one o’these yummy devils. ¬†It’ll do you good on this snowy, not-so-springy weekend. ¬†Enjoy!

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{I just can’t leave you all without a pic of at least one of the boys. ¬†Cael in Daddy’s hat and a friends shoes. ¬†Great smile.}

Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones

Just a tidbit of what happened in my life today.  Our family grew from 3 to 6.  All in a matter of one evening, and all by choice.  We went to pick up two kittens, and came home with three.  I just couldn’t separate them.  Two black sisters (one long and one short-haired) and one orange tabby brother.  Snap, Crackle, and Pop.  What’s an extra cat…  or three?  ūüôā

So – Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones.  That’s what I made today.  Proud of me?  They’re pretty good too.

I haven’t been doing a whole lot of baking lately.  Mostly because there has been too much else to do.  Chasing after Cael, cleaning the house, going away, being preggo, etc.  Oh, and I’m back to work part-time too, which definitely adds to the crazy chaotic life that seems to be mine.

But there has still been a bit of baking going on.  I have a few other recipes all set to share with you too.  And I’m sure more baking will be in my future.  Especially with a bridal shower and a wedding for my friend in the near future.

Anyhow!  To the scones!

Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones

 

I found a recipe at Smitten Kitchen and slightly adapted it to what was in my refrigerator.  Raspberries add such great flavour – they make the scones perfectly sweet and tart.  And whole wheat flour add a great body to the scones (not to mention a little added nutrition).  Try them out.  And if you don’t have my ingredients, check out Smitten Kitchen’s recipe; you’re bound to have one or the other.

Whole Wheat Raspberry Scones
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  7. 1 cup fresh raspberries
  8. 3/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  9. 1/3 cup whole milk
  10. And... about 2 Tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.  In the bottom of a bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. With a pastry blender, add the butter cut the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like dry curdled milk (yum, right?).  Add the raspberries and use the blender again to cut them into smaller chunks.
  3. Stir in the yogurt, milk, and lemon juice to form a dough with a flexible spatula.  When the dough is all sticking together, transfer the dough to a well-floured counter.  Flour the top of the dough and pat into a square about 1-inch thick. With a knife, divide the dough into 9 squares.
  4. Put the scones onto the baking sheet. Bake the scones for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden at the edges.  Cool on the  pan for a minute, then place on a cooling rack.
Notes
  1. If you have to add more or less liquid - do so.  My dough was pretty sticky, but I floured it really well when I rolled it out.  I like making things like that, it's my preference.  But if it's not yours, just don't make it quite so sticky.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
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Enjoy.  They are great still warm out of the oven, as are, with a cup of tea.  Or warmed up later with a slab of butter on top.

After supper this evening, we went outside and had bubbles for Cael (courtesy of his Nana).  Here he is in action!  (He loved it.)

{He was having a blast!  And his feet were as black as…. well… tar}

{My slightly pregnant belly…} 

Talk soon!

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