Monday, January 30, 2012


Last week I spent quite a bit of time reading Hoffman Media's new book "Scones and Tea" and even googled a number of the tea rooms they featured.  I also became enamored with the Lime-Coconut Scones recipe in the Gluten Free Section of the book.  This morning I baked them - only with regular flour!  You will find this recipe on  page 83. 

My new bouquet of dried hydrangeas came from my sister-in-law -Vivian's garden in Des Moines, Iowa.  My husband brought them back in December and some were 12" from top to bottom.  

I found these scones easy to bake before work this morning - I used a 2 1/2" scone cutter and rolled the dough out onto a pastry cloth. It made 16 scones.  I used more key lime zest than the recipe called for and was GLAD I did. 

 They are wonderful!  I highly recommend this book: "Scones & Tea".

I love this Scottish "Mrs Bridges Lemon Curd" because it was just the right "tartness" for these scones.  I sell several types in my store and  would recommend this one for this scone - rather than a more "butter" based curd.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


The wind begins to howl
as the trees in rhythm bend -
a copper kettle whistles on
as heat my wood stove sends.

A cozy spot is set nearby
where warmth is found in measure
with quiche and salad waiting there
and a teapot full of  treasure!
Bernideen Canfield

The song "In The Bleak Midwinter"  comes to mind lately!  My yard is so brown and dreary.

 We need moisture here in Colorado and I am well aware I will need to water on some warmer days to feed any perennials that cry out for a drink of water.  I think we loose perennials here unless we understand that.

The recipe for the quiche is so easy:

Preheat oven to325 degrees.  Boil a bunch of broccoli till tender- 
 about 1 1/2 cups chopped -  drain - set aside

Butter a pyrex glass pie plate. In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup bisquick baking mix, 1 cup milk, 2/3 cup sour cream, 2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup colby cheese and 2/3 cup sour cream. 
Bake for 1 hour but watch as could be less