What do you think the sex(es) of the twins will be?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Orange Glazed Blueberry Scones

I made these scones this morning and they were a big hit. The recipe comes from the Food Network, one of my favorite places to get recipes. Make them with lowfat buttermilk - it cuts the fat and gives them a little tang. You can use different berries, too. I made some of mine with blackberries and pecans and they were equally delicious.

2 cups unbleached flour, plus more for rolling berries
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut in chunks
3/4 cup buttermilk or cream 1 egg 1 pint fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar; mix thoroughly. Cut in butter using 2 forks or a pastry blender. The butter pieces should be coated with flour and resemble crumbs.

In another bowl, mix buttermilk and egg together, and then add to the flour mixture. Mix just to incorporate, do no overwork the dough. Roll blueberries in flour to coat, this will help prevent the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the scone when baked. Fold the blueberries into batter, being careful not to bruise. Drop large tablespoons of batter on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until brown. Cool before applying orange glaze.

Orange Glaze:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 oranges, juiced and zested

To prepare Orange Glaze: combine butter, sugar, orange zest, and juice over a double boiler. Cook until butter and sugar are melted and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and beat until smooth and slightly cool. Drizzle or brush on top of scones and let glaze get hazy and hardened.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

SLC here we come...

Dan and I are coming to SLC this weekend. Thank goodness because it's rainy and COLD here. Rainy = okay. Cold = not okay.

Anyone want to go to Ikea with me when it opens?

So excited to get back to SLC.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Ode to My Mommy

I have the best Mom in the world. She taught us kids to be creative, to follow our dreams, to serve others and to not judge others.

Some of the things my mom did that I love and will do with my kids someday:

1. My mom always made Saturday jobs fun. Sometimes we would wake up and she would have a treasure hunt set up for us to find our jobs. When we got to the end of the hunt (and jobs) she had some kind of prize waiting for us at the end. Other times, she would pins little slips of paper all over her nightgown. We would choose a slip of paper and on the other side would be the job we needed to do.

2. I remember my mom taking us on "magic carpet rides" every night before bed. All the kids would curl around her on the bed and she would have us close our eyes. Then she would tell us that a magic carpet just pulled up in front of our house. We all climbed on and the magic carpet would slowly lift into the air. Every night we went somewhere different and we all got our turn to guide the magic carpet. I think all of my siblings do this with their kids now. We all loved it and now my nieces and nephews love it.

3. My mom used to fill baskets with fruit and treats and then she would have us take them to people's door steps, ring the doorbell, and then run.

4. My mom has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. She has always told me, "Where there's a will, there's a way." My mom always wanted to go to BYU-Hawaii. Her mom always told her the same thing she told me, "Where there's a will, there's a way. Then, when my mom was seventeen, her mother died of breast cancer. My mom decided to give up her dream of going to BYU-Hawaii so she could stay home and take care of her younger siblings. Later, I went to BYU-Hawaii and my mom felt like she was living her dream through me.

5. My mom took us on individual "dates." For a few hours, we had our mom all to ourselves to go out to eat, or go to a movie, or walk on the beach, or whatever.

She'll probably never read this, but I love you, mom!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Last week of semester

Will post as soon as I finish my last packet of the semester (on Saturday). In the meantime, Dan and I had the BEST ice cream just now at Christina's. We had to take a break from studying and get out into this beautiful weather. If anyone ever comes to visit us in Boston, we'll take you there (our treat). All their flavors are homemade. I had burnt sugar and mexican chocolate in a waffle cone.

damn good.