Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekend, and Hot Buttered Scones

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.

Buttered, of course. Hot scones with butter. Completely bad for a diet, but completely satisfying for the soul.

I've posted the scones recipe before, but to save you the trouble of clicking a link, here it is again.


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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Mama-Bug said...

Sue, those scones look to die for! I've never made them before but gonna give the recipe a try. Going to the play sounded like a lot of fun. Glad you had a great weekend!

Tipper said...

Yummy scones-glad your weekend was full and fun!

barb whittington said...

I love scones and I'm copying your recipe. Can't wait to try. WHERE ON EARTH do you get your energy, girl???
I read your stuff and am amazed at what you get done! Whew. Reading it makes me tired. I know you're much younger than I but still.

Keep up the great blogs. B

Jai Joshi said...

You had me at hot buttered scones. Then you threw in the library congress and seduced me completely!

Sue, my mouth is watering...


Granny Sue said...

Those scones are so easy to make, honestly. That's my mother's recipe. I don't measure too much when I make them, to tell the truth--just get some flour, add some sugar and baking powder, chop in some butter or shortening and stir in the milk until it looks right. It's that kind of recipe, you know?

Barb, I do get tired. I stay up too late for one thing :) But there are so many things I'm interested in and want to do. That's why I need to retire.

Rowan said...

The scones look very good and I love the pretty plate the buttered one is on. You must have been ready to sit down and relax after such a busy weekend.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Sounds like a great weekend.
And ending with delicious food, too?
Yep, perfect ending.

Granny Sue said...

I like this little plate too, Rowan. I have several mismatched cake plates (as we call this size) and I like to pick the one that suits my mood, just like with my coffee mugs. I used to think my parents were silly because they insisted on certain water glasses, sppons, etc. Now I find myself doing the same thing!

naomi dagen bloom said...

It was your pleasing, round-shaped "Baloon" poem at First 50 Words blog that brought me here. Will return to read again, print out to consider more.

Granny Sue said...

Thank you, Naomi. Come anytime.

Bubbasgotgas said...

Love the scones, might have to get my mom to make some when she gets here thursday, Love you Aunt Susie.

Granny Sue said...

Chris, you might try making them yourself, or helping Hope make them--they are so easy! I didn't know Theresa was headed your way--have a wonderful time with her. Love you too.

Angela said...

I need some of your energy! Those scones look so yummy that I'm going to have to try to make them! Thanks for the recipe!

Have a Great Day!

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