A Queen’s Delight!

Fifteen years ago, my bestest friend in the whole world shared her apricot scone recipe with me.

Paul McCartney: Cmon, George! Were starvin! Where are those lovely scones your mother makes?

At the time, I made every flavor of sweet scone you can think of…..blueberry, raisen, peach, cherry, you name it, I baked it.  These make a wonderful breakfast because they are subtlety sweet, light on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I have dined on  many a scone in the ensuing years. None have measured up to Barbie’s scones.

Last weekend, my granddaughter, and It’s Sew Susan assistant, set her newly developing culinary skills to the task of making scones. Because this was a last-minute, Sunday morning decision, we didn’t have the half and half, so we used our regular 2% milk + an extra tablespoon of butter. They turned out great. Her fruit of choice was craisens.

Here is Barbie’s recipe:

1) Beat together in a small bowl 1/2 cup half & half

and 1 large egg.

2) Combine 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon

baking soda.

3) Cut in 1 stick of butter or margarine (we ALWAYS use butter) until it resembles cornmeal.

4) Add 3/4 cup chopped, dried apricots and 2/3 cup of sugar

5) Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Very gently combine.

6) Turn dough on a lightly floured surface. Lightly pat into a 9″ circle (Dough will be sticky)

7) Cut circle into 12 wedges.

8) Place 1/2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

9) Bake 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees.

10) Cool on a wire rack

Very proud of Skylar’s delicious accomplishment, I sent a picture off to my favorite British gentleman and genealogy mentor, Chris. He didn’t even recognize them. When I told him they were scones, he said they must be American scones. Apparently, English scones are round.

Well, far be it from us to defy the English tradition. Skylar had to bake another round (pun intended) of scones. This time round! Our conclusion? Triangular or round, these scones are certainly fit for a Queen!

What is your favorite scone? Have you made scones? Have you ever had High Tea? We would love some suggestions for savory scones. Let us know if you try these. Comments please

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Swimsuit I Made for Moriah

Our Moriah in the Swimsuit I Made for Her

Finally, I am able to take a moment to catch you up on what has taken me out of the loop this summer.

One of my daughters, and her husband, of two years, live in Cambodia, working at a children’s center. Actually they, along with other friends from our area have worked there for five years. The middle of April, they came home to have their first baby. Sweet little Moriah was born, on June 2, after 30 hours of hard back labor. Though a long delivery, everyone is healthy and adjusting to their new live. I am excited to have my fourth granddaughter!

Now, I am eagerly awaiting the birth of my fifth granddaughter, Ellie, my son’s second daughter.  She was originally expected on August 17th, but doctors are now saying it could be much sooner.

My daughter, and family, will be returning to Cambodia sometime in September. We have been working hard looking into alternatives for them in Cambodia. The village, in which they live, is an 18 hour round trip bus ride to Phenom Penh, the closest city. With a baby???? We are trying to see what we can do to limit the number of trips and the amount of stuff they need to haul back on the bus.

I’ve made some cloth diapers for them to try out. No way can box after box of disposables be hauled to the village! Then there is the hand washing. Did you know laundry soap is a huge majority of water? No point in hauling water on a bus! So we are experimenting with laundry soap, which is much cheaper to make, also. Next, we are experimenting with bar soap. I do LOVE  pretty, fragrant handmade bar soap, but with 10 bars, shipped, costing about $80, I shudder every time I buy it. Then, I have to get some of it to Cambodia, because I do like spoiling my daughter! I plan on sharing our experiences and some pictures. We are no experts, but you might enjoy our fun and, who knows, maybe you’ll give some of these a try. (Follow our blog, so you don’t miss a thing.)

I’ve sewn a couple of outfits for Moriah. Today, I am finishing up mother-daughter dresses for them to wear to a wedding. Next, my first smocking project. I am making a Dedication Dress (just like a Christening Dress) from Australian Smocking and Embroidery Magazine. Through the years, I have met some fantastic people online. One of them is Jan Boyd. She is coaching, guiding, teaching and encouraging me through this endeavor. Check out her beautiful work at her blog, http://janssmocking.blogspot.com/ . You’ll know I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.

Heidi and I also have plans to try some cheeses before they go back. In their village, they have goats, cows and chickens, but the goats and cows aren’t milked! The goats are food and the cows are labor animals. In fact, my daughter and one of her friends were trying to milk a cow and the kids at the center thought they were abusing the poor cow!

So, as you can see, I have meandered a bit from my sewing studio, but only for a time. ItsSewSusan.Etsy.com is open and you can shop all you want. I really stocked up before they got home in anticipation of spending lots of fun time with my kids. I have been dreaming about new clothes for your dolls. I’ve bought some great new fabrics, but my time has been spent loving and enjoying my family while they are state-side.

Hope you are having a great summer!

Susan

“Making little girls smile. This is why I sew”