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Strawberry Season

AH….my favorites!  Love strawberries, and this time of year I get to combine two things I really love!  My own granny’s scones (she pronounced them scuns) which are very much like shortcake…and some fresh home-grown strawberries!  Yummy!

My good friend and neighbor, Lucy, has a prolific strawberry patch, and she has been gathering strawberries for about a month now…and up here in the Pacific NW…they seem especially sweet!  Maybe it’s just because she gifts them to me about once a week during strawberry season!  What a friend!

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I keep intending to make strawberry jam but they are so good plain and fresh…that I end up eating them all before I get anything made from them.  So to have my (short)cake and eat it too….this morning I had scones and strawberries for breakfast! lucys strawberries Yummy!

My granny’s scone recipe is pretty simple and I often add different things to it.  Sometimes I add nuts or raisins, currants or dried cranberries, some orange or lemon zest, etc….but today I made them just plain so as not to detract from the strawberry lusciousness!

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I did put a bit of lemon rind in this batch to enhance the scones, but you can also make them plain.

Many folk like to cut them up into triangles, and although this is a very traditional shape, I don’t do it for a couple of reasons.  First, the corners of the triangles tend to burn before the center is done, and second…I’d rather use my granny’s cutter….it’s an old fluted biscuit cutter that makes just the right size scones for shortcake!

sour cream sauceI also do a variation on “cream” on top of the scones.  Granny used to serve them with strawberries and a tall glass of buttermilk…but that’s getting harder to find in stores these days, but I like the creamy tartness of buttermilk when you can get it.  Otherwise I use a dollop of sour cream sweetened with just a hint of brown sugar and that does the trick for me!

Before……and after!  Yum!

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Tea, Race Cars, and Incandescent Gas

Yesterday was a busy day with the gkids.  As I picked them up from school, we had much on the agenda.  First there was the dreaded homework :  math, spelling, a writing exercise…OK maybe later.  But Cooper did manage to sing me the “Sun Song”.

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“The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas….”  while waving his hand behind his posterior.  (He admitted that he got in a lot of trouble at school for his hand gestures….and got caught by the Principal — oh Brother!)

For full effect you can find it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me06I9GDM_k

It was really hard to keep a straight face. . .

Then there was a painting project.  It is Pinewood Derby time again, and both kids are participating. Daddy helped them with sanding, weighting, and spray painting the racing stripes on, so now I got to help with decorating.  We pasted and glued on numbers, stickers, etc.  and then got to the really fun part!  Painting on the flames, the windshields, the door handles, and making it look like a real car!  Wow that was fun, and the gkids are very artistic.

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After all that concentration…we needed a little down time.  So we had “tea”.  My Scots Granny loved her tea, and it was always a special treat for me to have it with her.  I grew up loving tea parties and dressing up dolls and Teddy’s and doing a lot of pretending like I was the Queen of Sheba (I had no idea who that was, but it sounded good).

However, I had an 8 (going on 20) and a 6 (almost 7) year old very grown up crew…so we decided to make the real thing.  No self-respecting tea is without a good scone.  (Granny pronounced it scun).  So we did that first!  Learning to “knead”…which Cooper thought was “need” is fun.

Nana:  “If you wanna make really good scones, you have to knead them and then let them rest a minute.”

Cooper: ” I “need” scones.  But I especially “need” whipped cream on them! ” hahahahaha….(he’s our resident jokster).

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We cut them out with a biscuit cutter and baked.  See the recipe here.

Next it was chop up the strawberries, and whip the cream.  We don’t add sugar to our

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vanillacream, but I do add vanilla bean seeds for extra flavor!  Just split a bean and scrape the “caviar” into the unwhipped cream.  Yummy!

To complete our “tea”, along with scones, we decided to make some “fairy apples”.  (Gotta have some fantasy element, right?) Apples are peeled and then poached with red hot candies and cinnamon sticks. (They are called fairy apples because they turn pink.)

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We used the “water” from cooking the apples to pour over a couple of Pomegranate Pizzaz and Perfect Peach teabags to get a nice fruity, somewhat sweet “kid” tea.

The result was a very nice tea, and lots of giggles and fun.  And yes, Cooper again serenaded us with his “Incandescent Gas” song….this time without the hand gestures!

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