Archive | May, 2012

Scone love.

31 May

I love a good scone.  Finding a good recipe has been difficult, though.  I want it to be crisp, flaky, and fluffy.  I’m pretty sure there are some opposites in there.  After playing around with lots of recipes, I think I’ve found the perfect combination.

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 2 Tablespoon sugar divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 10 oz. chocolate chips (You could also go with cinnamon chips, as well!)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted

Combine flour, 1/3 c. of sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add in the cubed butter.  The mixture will be dry and crumbly.  Mix in the buttermilk and chocolate chips.  I just mix this by hand.  If you use a mixer, it can get over-mixed quickly.

Dump half of the dough onto a floured surface.  Knead it a few times.  Roll into a circle and cut into 8 wedges. Repeat with the second half of the dough.

Place wedges on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle a little sugar on top.

Bake at 425 for 13 minutes.

This?  Is scone perfection.

 

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Vegas, baby…

31 May

I know it’s been months since our Vegas trip, but I wanted to share some pictures.  We had a fabulous time, and I can’t wait to get back there!

If you haven’t been, GO!

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Granola.

30 May

I love granola.  It is darn expensive to buy.  So, I went the homemade route.  And I don’t think I’ll be buying granola anytime soon.  It was incredibly easy, and I had all the ingredients in my pantry.  I used this recipe from the Baked: New Frontiers in Baking cookbook. The nuts and berries are all the extras…you can just use what you’ve got! This recipe has lots of good ideas for what you can add.

Some things I learned while making this granola…

  • The granola isn’t going to be crunchy when you take it out of the oven.  I kept adding two more minutes because I thought it would harden.  Nope!  It won’t do that until you take it out and let it cool.
  • I didn’t do it on purpose, but it ended up working well.  If you want big chunks of granola, don’t spread it too thin in the pan.  Make more of a ‘sheet’ of granola.  Then, once it has cooled, you can break it up into chunks as big (or small!) as you’d like!

Summer To Do…

30 May

Yes, yes. Long time no post. The last month of school is always crazy, so I had to take a bit of a hiatus. But I’m back!

I’m a technology coordinator at a school, so I’ve got the same work schedule as a teacher. Which means I need to come up with a summer to do list or else I will do nothing but read and sleep in for six weeks. Although that sounds simply delightful, I might will start feeling pretty guilty as David wakes up to go to work each morning.

For the first few summers that I was out of college, I was busy working on my master’s degree. The next summer I was busy planning our wedding. Last summer, I had absolutely nothing to do. For the first week, it was amazing…but I quickly realized that I needed to have some summer goals.

So, here are my summer 2012 goals…

1. Create plans for my yearbook class. Yes, you read that right. I’m so incredibly excited to start up a yearbook class at my middle school next year. I’ve been in charge of the yearbook for three years now, and I got the go ahead this year to offer a Journalism class for 8th graders who want to help with the book. Yearbook is near and dear to my heart…I’ve been working on yearbooks (at McIntosh High School, UGA, and Richards Middle) for 14 years now! I can’t wait to pass that love on to some great kiddos.

2. Blog! I often struggle with what I want this blog to be. I know that I love writing, and I know that this is a great outlet for me because writing doesn’t happen all that often. So, this summer I’m going to focus on this blog and how I want it to work.

3. Clean out! I feel like we have an insane amount of stuff around here. And most of it is never even used! Our lease ends here at the end of September, and we’re planning to move onto something bigger. I want that move to be as easy as possible…I don’t want us moving things and then realizing we don’t need them!  Imperfect Homemaking has some really neat tips and ideas for de-cluttering your house.

4. Thirty day shred! I’ve had quite a few friends take on the thirty day shred, and I’m quite excited to get started. Have any of y’all done it? I’m planning to start on June 1!

5. Read! I’m an absolute sucker for crime series novels. I think it may be my OCD nature to love books that wrap up so nicely.  Recently, David and I have stepped out of our reading comfort zone and started on The Walking Dead series. We’re absolutely loving it. Also, I’ve started on some Marvel comics, and they are great.

I know not all of y’all are teachers, but do you have any summertime goals?

Obama Yearbook Picture; Blog; 30 Day Shred; 31 Days To An Organized Home; The Walking Dead