Raisin scones

Obviously, I have not posted an entry in a long time. There has been so much going on, I honestly just have not had the time. Man, I tell you, this past month has been something else. Remember the “DING” noise I wrote that my car made from the last post? That “DING” cost us $11,000 when all was said and done. There was so much wrong with the car that we decided to just trade it in and get a new (to us) reliable car. We still had to pay to have the car serviced, however, before we could trade it in for a new car. The dealership had to special order a part (which happened to be on back order) to fix the car. It ended up being at the dealership for two weeks! We only have one car-seat friendly car, so we had to rent a car to use while ours was being fixed. All the while we are frantically trying to find a reliable, preferably American-made, used car for under $15,000 and under 75,000 miles. There aren’t a whole lot of cars out there fitting that description. We finally found a 2004 Chrysler Town and Country with 75,000 miles on it. It will be too soon if I ever have to see the inside of a car dealership again. If anyone in the area needs a new car, look at Courtesy Auto Sales on Military Highway in Chesapeake. They were fantastic and gave us a great car for a great price.

We got our new (to us) car just in time, because I had a trip planned to go up to Pennsylvania to visit my dear friend who is going to be moving far far away in June. I can count on one hand how many times I will get to see her again before they go =[ Doodlebug and I had a fantastic weekend visiting them.  Kevin couldn’t come because he was at the Reserves all weekend. We were supposed to go to the zoo, but the weather would not cooperate. We ended up going to this really cool trout park where you can feed the fish. Doodlebug thought it was pretty cool (so did I for that matter). After a lovely weekend catching up with friends, we headed back home so I could catch up on my gardening.

I started a 7 bed, 245 square foot vegetable garden. So far I have radishes, turnips, corn, squash, zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, collard greens, beans, and onions.  I’m basically flying by the seat of my pants and working things out as I go along. Never before have I ever gardened. I inherited my mom’s black thumb, and I have a long history of killing plants, so we’ll see how this goes. I am very grateful to my neighbor Charlie who said, “I’ll make a farmer outta you yet.” He has been helping me figure things out and he is giving me a lot of great tips.

So for Easter this past weekend we went up to my parents house. We had a great weekend with my parents, sister, aunt, and uncle. My parents watched Doodlebug for us so that Kev and I could go to the early morning mass. It’s so hard to take her to church at this age, because Kev or I usually end up in the hall with her. It was nice to be able to have some quiet reflection without worrying about Doodlebug. While we were in church there were a plethora of people coughing and sneezing. I said to Kev, “Just watch, I am going to get sick.” We got back from church did eggs and baskets for Doodlebug. She was fascinated by the brightly colored eggs that we had “hidden” around the family room. She took great joy in filling her basket and then dumping them again. By the end of the day, right before we were about to leave to go back home, I started feeling sick.

Now two days later, I have no voice, a sore throat, a fever, body aches, and a horrendous body-racking cough. I feel like crud. My sweet sweet husband stayed home from work for me today to take care of me and Doodlebug (who is also sick, but nearly as sick as I am). I have probably had about 20 teas since Monday morning. Which brings me to the subject of this post. I was sick of drinking tea without anything to go with it, so I made raisin scones. They are soft, buttery, delicious, and easy to make. I mean, seriously easy. I made them while I had a fever etc. Here is the recipe if you want to make them.

Raisin Scones

1 cup wheat flour

1 cup unbleached white flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 stick unsalted butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup raisins

1 egg + 1 T almond milk (egg glaze)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

With the paddle attachment, blend together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Add the room temperature butter to the flour mixture until the butter is mixed in (since the butter is not melted, it will form small lumps in the mixture, which is what you want).

In a separate bowl whisk together the almond milk, eggs, and vanilla.

Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture and blend until mixed well. Add the raisins.

Spread the mixture into a greased scone pan if you have one. If you don’t have a scone pan, just scoop out ice-cream scoop sized balls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.

Glaze the scones with the egg glaze and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Voila! Fresh, delicious scones to go with your tea.

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