Friday, June 29, 2012

Blueberry Scones

I tried something new with my blueberries.  Blueberry scones.  It is delicious!  
Scones remind me of a cross between biscuits and muffins.  They are easy to whip up in the morning.
They are my new crush.

I found this recipe on good old pinterest.  The recipe came from the blog Always with Butter Blog.

I figured it had to me a good recipe with "Always with Butter" the name of the blog.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Combine in a bowl the following:
1 1/2 c.flour
1/2 c. cake flour
3 T. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt

Cut in 1 stick of cold cubed butter.  Mixture should get crumbly.

*Stir in 1 cup of blueberries.

In a separate bowl combine 
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Gently mix this into flour mixture.

Mixture will be a bit sticky so have extra flour ready.

Place mixture on a floured surface and softly fold.
Pat into a circle about an inch thick(I like them a bit thinner) and cut into wedges.
You can sprinkle sanding sugar on top.  I do not have this so I opted to make a light glaze to swirl on top after it finished baking.
Place on baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or so.

*Rhubarb version:
Replace 1 cup blueberries with 1 cup chopped rhubarb.  Add a Tbls. or so of sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla to the rhubarb.  Stir up mixture.  Leave out 1/2 tsp of vanilla that is asked for later in recipe.
This version is LOVED in this house.  When I make the blueberry version I actually hear, "aww not rhubarb?"

You can use regular flour in place of the cake flour.  
Here is a link with nice pictures to show you how.

For this particular recipe you would measure out a 1/2 cup of flour and take out 1 Tbls. from it.  Add back 1 Tbls. of cornstarch and sift it.  I have done this once on Angel Food cake and from what I remember it worked well.

You can add some lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk to give you buttermilk ("sour" milk).

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A few home remedies for some of those annoying itches of summer.

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My wonderful crew was having a jolly old time playing in the woods.  So many adventures.  So much imagination!  So much fun was had.  Until those dreaded little bumps started to appear.  I am sure you can guess.  Poison ivy.  I can be thankful that no one gets a horrible reaction to it, but it was still quite the nuisance to them.

So as one of my children(who seemed to have it the worse) was itching and itching away.  I did a quick little search on the Internet for some homemade itch relief.  
First I decided to try the oatmeal bath.  
I took some oatmeal and smashed it up a bit.  I had some dried lavender so I added some of that as well(you can pick up some dried lavender at your health store, it's inexpensive and comes in handy lots).  Then smashed it just a bit more.

I placed this mixture into coffee filters and tied it with some string.
My child was watching me make this.  She found it quite humorous that she was going to be taking a bath in oatmeal.  
She had also read a book in school about a boy who had to take a bath in oatmeal and lavender to ease his chicken pox.  She couldn't believe she was going to do something she read about!   

Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox (Hello Reader!, Level 1)
The boy said lavender stinks, so she assumed so too.  
I assured her it didn't.

I started a bath.  Placing one of these bags in it(preferably away from the faucet).
For good measure and added luxury I added a few drops of lavender oil and some milk. 
If nothing else I figured she'd smell good have have soft skin.

She said it made her feel better and for that I was glad.  Cause now she could go weed the garden without stopping to itch so much : )

Another remedy I found that was easy to whip up was a paste of baking soda and water.
Rub a little on the itchy spots and let dry.  It will fall off once dry and can cause a little mess just to warn you.  My child also said this helped relieve her itchiness.

Paste made of baking soda and water.  

I also added a few drops of lavender to my paste because I had it and it is said lavender can ease an itch.

I love lavender.  It is so versatile and gentle enough to be used on the most sensitive skin(but like most new things you might want to test it out on a patch of your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A potpourri to freshen any room.

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Soon I will have an abundance of herbs.  I love to add my fresh herbs to my summer cooking.  When fall hits I will try and dry as much as I can to use for my winter cooking.  Some other ways to use these dried herbs are to make an air freshener.  It is so simple to make and no wrong way of going about it.
Grab some dried herbs you would like to smell.  Baking soda.  A pretty jar to hold the concoction, and the essential oil to go along with your herbs.

Dried herbs, baking soda, essential oils.

Mint I dried from my garden last year.

Place the herbs and baking soda in a jar.  Mix it up a bit.

Then add a few drops of essential oil.
For this I used lavender and mint.

I placed an old lid on the jar(with a few holes in it).

Ready to sit wherever I would like this fresh smell! 


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