This weekend has been a blur. Yesterday some of our family participated in a triathlon, and I was along to cheer and take pictures.
Our triathletes: Aaron got 3rd in his category, Derek got 2nd in the same category, and Haley got 1st in her category.
Larry and I then went to see the Library of Congress mobile exhibit at the State Capitol building, which wasn't far from the race site. I admit I was disappointed. I thought we were going to see some original historic documents, but it was really just pictures of the documents, and a few videos. I suppose the intent is to entice people to the Library of Congress, but I'm not sure it's very effective. Or maybe I was just tired. There were quite a few visitors while we were there.
The Capitol was beautiful in the afternoon sun:
When we got home I worked on this aggravating computer for a bit. My anti-virus has been giving me fits so I finally just uninstalled it, and then re-installed.
Then it was time to go to a play by our local community theatre group, called Roseanna--after a quick stop at the feed store for laying mash and cracked corn, that is. The turkeys are eating like crazy now and are nearly ready for the freezer. The chickens continue to lay well too, even though the days are shorter and nights colder. A light in the coop makes a lot of difference to their laying.
The play was based on the Hatfield-McCoy feud. It was a romantic-comedy take on the story and the program warned in advance that the play made no attempt to be historically accurate. Derek, Amy, Haley and Aaron went too, since Amy's sister played the lead, and she did such a good job. It was almost midnight when I got home, and I fell right into bed.
Today I've been busy catching up on laundry, organizing material to begin development of a new story, practicing a new ballad, making pear conserve and catching up on a few other things. This afternoon I needed a break and decided to make scones.
These are raisin-cherry, and they were perfect with my coffee.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (I used self-rising today, and still added the baking powder. The scones are light and flaky).
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 c. butter or shortening (I used shortening today)
2 c. raisins or other dried fruits, nuts, orange peel, etc.
enough milk to mix the above ingredients.
Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Cut in the butter or shortening with a pastry blender. Add raisins (and I added candied cherries today too. You can vary what you add--nuts, cranberries, blueberries, orange peel, etc).
Add milk and mix into a dough to about the consistency of biscuit dough. Pat out to about 1" thick on a floured pastry board and cut into squares.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes (mine were done in 10 minutes today, because the oven was already hot).
Tonight it's back to story work. I hope your weekend was a nice one too.
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