Today the teacher had brought out the work bench for curious little minds to practice swinging a hammer into nails. The children wore safety glasses and little aprons to work in. Lucky for me, I got to see Andy in action since I was snack mom today.
I have a budding chef in my house who likes to assist with making dinner if he is in the mood. It's pizza night and we are making calzones. I'm the one in the family who likes mushrooms so those were on my side and Andy was being very meticulous on where the cheese needed to be placed. I enjoy my help and hope this assists him in making good nutrition choices and developing a love of cooking.
While Mike and I were enjoying our quiet evening together, I spent my time wrapping wire and beads into a bracelet. It's my trial pieces from the berry vines class and unfortunately it's too big to be a bracelet, so I'm thinking it will have to be transformed into another piece, but I like the bright copper with the blue green beads.
I have so many things to celebrate and am extremely thankful and grateful to God for all of the many blessings our family has been given this year. As our country sets aside one day to be thankful, I feel we need to be thankful each and every day of the year.
My first posted recipe: Pumpkin Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup toasted and chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup fresh or canned pure pumpkin (if using make sure there are no spices or sugar added)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
has a nice thick creamy texture with a rich tangy buttery taste that makes baked goods tender. It is now commercially made by adding a bacteria to whole, skim, or low fat milk. However, in the past it was the liquid left over after churning butter. You can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar, cider vinegar, or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before using.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins and pecans, if using. In a separate bowl mix together the buttermilk, pumpkin puree and vanilla and then add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Mix just until the dough comes together. Do not over mix.
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round and about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles). Place the scones on the baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet inside another baking sheet to prevent the bottoms of the scones from over browning. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Makes 8 scones
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
TO MAKE THE PLAIN GLAZE:
Mix the powdered sugar and 2 tbsp milk together until smooth
When scones are cool, use a brush to paint plain glaze over the top of each scone.
AS THAT WHITE GLAZE FIRMS UP, MAKE THE SPICED ICING:.
Combine the ingredient for the spiced icing together. Drizzle this thicker icing over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (at least 1 hour). A squirt bottle works great for this, or you can drizzle with a whisk.
This afternoon I received a very unexpected surprise in my mail. One of the gals I follow on Twitter was giving away some of her extra beads and I responded saying I would gladly take any extra beads off her hands. She had sent the first package to someone else and I honestly wasn't expecting anything later on, but I do appreciate my gift today.
I must say if money was not an issue, I would take an Aston Martin any day. The only bummer is there is no room for any car seats.
Okay, the mocktails were yummy drinks and I'm going to have to get the recipes for Thanksgiving for some fun, festive drinks, but the best part was just catching up with one another. After a chance to eat and drink, Dana whipped out the XBox and my favorite game, Lips. It's a karaoke game with a mix of songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. I sang Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles to warm up and then busted a move with some song about lip gloss. I have no idea who sings it, or why I'm so good at it, but I can put that song down and earned nearly 2 million points to become Super Nova. Unfortunately, the little one kicking around is starting to make it hard for me to sing and breathe at the same time, so I was a bit winded after the lip gloss song, but I was glad Dana's sister got a picture of me belting out the song.
The boys seemed to really enjoy the various characters teaching them about how our bodies work. Here Aaron is dressing Elmo in the correct outfit for the weather in order to keep us healthy. I think he was just more interested in the magnetism of the pieces than what the appropriate outfit was supposed to be.