Scones

scones

Here is a recipe for absolutely easy and delicious scones. I wish I could tell you where I found the recipe. I know it was from one of many of the blogs I read and I honestly can’t remember…so sorry to the person that I can’t credit!

Basic Scones

2 cups flour

1 T baking powder

1 T sugar

1/2 t salt

6 T butter

1/2 cup buttermilk, yogurt or cream

1 lightly beaten egg

Preheat oven to 425*. Mix together the dry ingredients. Cut in butter. Add dairy and egg. Mix, but be careful not to overstir-this will toughen the scones. Leave the butter chunky. Dump the dough on a baking sheet and “sculpt” into a mound several inches high. Cut into about six pie wedges. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Drizzle with a basic icing of milk and powdered sugar once cooled. If you mix in cranberries, substitute orange juice for the dairy.

This is just a basic recipe and you can add whatever mix-ins you want. I tend to make apple/cinnamon because I’ve always got apples around that are too mushy to eat (we’ve got to have crisp apples in this house!). This time around I added apples, walnuts and I actually forgot to add the cinnamon so I made a cinnamon/sugar glaze for the top. They are totally yummy! I do half and half with my flour too (half whole wheat pastry flour and half unbleached all purpose). ENJOY!

If I were a more together mother/wife, I would have made these on Monday for St. Patrick’s Day, but we’ll have to settle for 2 days later! 🙂

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Organizing

One of the blogs I read daily, Remodeling This Life, has been talking about simplifying/decluttering her kitchen…something I really need to do and it has really inspired me to get on the ball with fixing up our kitchen (if only I had some moulah to buy the things I’d love to buy for it!)

I was looking in the most recent Better Homes and Gardens and there was the most amazing pantry. We are blessed with an awesome pantry space and it is on my to do list to paint and redo once we get the laundry room done (among a million other rooms). Here are some pictures of the pantry (I tried to scan them, but my scanner wouldn’t initialize. So, sorry for the lousy shots)

 

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You can’t see it in this picture, but they have put little labels on each shelf organizing the contents. I love all the wire shelves and the bread hanger (although I don’t keep that much bread in our pantry).

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I absolutely love the wire mesh baskets and the little tags. They have filled them each with frequent meals that you make and the contents you need to make them…I thought that was a great idea! I also am a sucker for any kind of bin or canister for organizing. I wish that I could find a bunch of these containers to put all my flour and rice and pasta in. It looks so much more pleasing than just a bunch of bags and boxes.

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Too Much to Consider!

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I’m finding the more I read (online and off) the more overwhelmed I become with what I feed our family, what we play with and what I put their food on. There is this major thing going on now about BPA and plastics. I’ve really tried to not be too concerned with it all because I knew the more I read the more freaked out I would get.

I got this way when I started stressing out about organic food and then I found myself in this horrible funk after I got home from the grocery store because it was so stressful (trying to plan a menu and feed our family on our little paycheck is hard enough w/o freaking out more because I’m trying to buy organic! Impossible!)

But this BPA thing is starting to get to me. I’ve really jumped on the no toys made in China bandwagon, partly because of the whole lead paint thing, but also because generally the toys that come out of China involve no child-led imagination play. And now I can add that many of these toy companies use BPA tainted plastic.

All of this rambling to say that I found this really good chart today from teensygreen‘s blog and it was the most helpful thing I’ve seen yet. She explains all about the dangers of BPA and then links you to this site that has lots of other helpful information.

We’ll be buying new sippy cups soon!

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A Little Cooking Post

I have gotten into a fairly consistent routine of planning our monthly menu and wanted to share some goodies with all my loyal readers (ha ha!).

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Here is the sheet I use for menu planning. It works really well for me. I usually dig through pages and pages of recipes and pick out about 15 for the month. I usually try to balance ground turkey with chicken dinners and I am trying my hardest to make more fish.

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We also have a few recipes that we eat every month. I finally got my act together and created this sheet to just have with my recipes; instead of having to pull out all the different recipe sheets each month or day.

In addition to monthly menu planning, we have a few set meals in our week. Friday is always pizza night and the pizza dough recipe is awesome! It always turns out perfect and makes enough for 2 pizzas. I usually freeze the other dough so that I’m only having to make the dough twice a month. Sunday morning we always have fresh biscuits. I searched and searched for an easy biscuit recipe and finally found this one about a year ago. It is super easy and quick and the biscuits are rolled, cut and ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes. Sunday night we always have breakfast for dinner. We eat up the leftover biscuits from the morning and I usually either poach or scramble eggs and sometimes we even splurge (our wallets and waists!) on bacon.

What do you all use to help plan for your month of groceries?

Do you have any special traditions throughout the week or month?

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