Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Quiet House

With Tonya on her way back to Paris the house is very quiet again. Brownie has slept all afternoon...guess all the attention wore the little cat out!

Today I worked a bit on my Santa red-work. I have finished three so only 9 more to go! They are very fun and relaxing. The pattern is from Bird Brain Designs and is aptly titled "Here Comes Santa Quilt."

While Tonya was here we did a lot of tea drinking. I even got into the kitchen and made some Fruit Scones which go very well with clotted cream. (Calories don't count when friends visit - right?!) She asked for me to post the recipe so here goes....

Fruit Scones
3 cups flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries

1/4 cup currants

1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange rind

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg

1 tablespoon of water

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl; stir well. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Stir in apricots, cherries, currants, and citrus rind. Add buttermilk and stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly 4-5 times.

Pat dough into a 10-inch circle on a an un-greased baking sheet. Combine water and egg and brush top of the scones. Sprinkle with sugar.
Cut into 12 wedges; separate the wedges slightly (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.) Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm. (Though we ate some for breakfast the next morning and they were still good!)

When I made the scones this week I didn't have currant so used more apricots and cherries. I also doubled the amount of lemon rind because I knew I was going to use some of my quilting friend's lemon marmalade...so wonderful!

The photo below shows one of my favorite gardens. It is outside the village of Doddington and for a few weeks in spring looks like a black and white garden (up close you find out the tulips are really dark purple.)


Karen Dianne Lee said...

I'm glad you had such a lovely time with such a dear friend.

The tulips are inviting me. I so love them.

Your redwork is too cute and the perfect project for winding down.

Give Brownie a kitty kiss whens he wakes up. Where is Goldie? Snuggled in a quilt no doubt.

anne bebbington said...

I love those 'Black Prince' tulips - they look wonderful planted up with the white ones in your picture

Nines said...

Yet another yummy recipe... you know I'm trying to lose weight, right? I guess I'll have to make these and then go for a nice LONG walk!

I love your redwork! Something so cheery and nostalgic about redwork. Is that a backstitch? Very cute. Can't wait to see them all together.

Elaine Adair said...
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Elaine Adair said...

(If I spelled correctly, I wouldn't have had to delete my previous comment!)

So, is clotted cream the same as whipped cream?

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I miss you bunches already! I swear it really does take four kitties to make up for one Brownie - I got sooo much loving from her it was wonderful.

Karol-Ann said...

Wow, fruit scones. A few blogs lately have been tempting me with scones! I have to adapt all recipes to be gluten-free, but it's do-able (and still edible LOL) so thanks for posting it.
Great tulips and lovely redwork - perhaps by Xmas you'll have all 12 done ;-)

Sharon said...

I'm glad you and Tonya had such a great time. Sometimes you just need to spend time with a good friend.
And thank you for sharing the scone recipe - will have to try that, even though I have no clotted cream.
Your redwork is great - I really admire someone who can do embroidery!

Mad about Craft said...

The stitchery is lovely, I am going to have a go at one of these as they are so cute!!

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

Your redwork Santas are lovely!!!! I have a pattern for 12 seasonal snowmen but it isn't as intricate as your Santa one!

Purple Pam said...

So glad you and Tonya had such a great visit. It is good for the soul to spend time with friends.
Thank you for the scones recipe. I love it, purple tulips! My kind of color!

Sonnja said...

Your red-work en your tulips are beautiful.
Kind regards,

Sonnja & Beertje Zonn
from the Netherlands