2 cups flour
7 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp grated orange peel
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup cold butter
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp milk (to glaze tops before baking)
1.Combine all dry ingredients (minus cranberries) and cut in butter
2.Mix wet ingredients including cranberries and then combine with dry mixture
3.Knead 6-8 times then pat into a long rectangle (as wide as you’d like them to be when they are done) approximately 3/4″ thick
4.Glaze top with milk, then pre-cut triangle shapes
5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool a few minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Icing: Powder sugar, a pinch of grated orange peel, and orange juice. Mix to preferred consistency and drizzle on tops of scones while they are warm
Who says you have to eat ramen noodles and corn flakes because you live on a tight budget? Put a little pride in your cuisine and challenge yourself to make something fantastic out of kitchen staples! Continue reading →
There are some things that I think everyone should know for the sake of knowing, and how to make bread without more than very basic ingredients is one of them. These days everyone relies on store-bought goods, but whatever happened to the methods used by ancestors in the past? Making your own bread may sound like a challenge, but it is not really rocket science. What would you do if you could not go to the store and buy bread? What if you can’t find dried yeast, or you do not have refrigeration to keep your yeast? I have been doing a little web surfing and wanted to share this information on how to grow your own yeast.
I learned that even though most people buy powdered yeast from the store, there is wild yeast on wheat and in the environment that can be utilized for bread making. Once the yeast has grown well enough, it will eat up any other bacteria growing in your starter. What a great science experiment, right? I think everyone should try this at least once, and it could be a great science project to do with your kids! If you enjoy it, you keep some of your starter and make more bread each week. Starter dough was precious to people in pioneer times and often families were using the same starter generation after generation.
The website I found with the simplest and most complete instructions was http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/sour.htm. I am following this method for my starter. Today is day 1. I just mixed my day 1 starter half an hour ago. I’ll keep you all posted on how it turns out.
Basically, you take equal parts of warm water (not hot) and wheat flour, and mix in a glass jar. Then, each day, you “feed” your pet (starter) equal parts of warm water and flour until it becomes frothy and bubbly (approximately 7-10 days on average). After your starter is formed, you are ready to make bread! Left over starter can be refrigerated to slow feedings after your first loaf of bread. I have even seen recipes that state you can freeze your starter and then when you are ready to us it again, just thaw it out for 3 hours before use. Comment below if you decide to give this a try! Good luck!
Draping, the process of pinning material to a dress form and then shaping a pattern out of it, is a technique used by fashion designers and pattern makers. It is typically learned at a design school, however, in my case, I saw a few pictures on the internet and read about the term and decided to teach myself. I like to take the “How hard can it really be?” approach, to, well, just about everything. In the case of draping, not very hard, as long as you get your ducks in a row first. So, I will share with all of you how to DIY. I’m going to break this up into several, digestible sections. Here we go! Continue reading →
Since we moved into our apartment here on post, I have not felt very inclined to decorate. I guess I just feel like it’s hard to make an apartment, that is temporary, a homey place. This is my latest attempt.
I was recently made aware of the fact that I do not have very much decor in my home. I already knew this of course, but had not bothered to do much more than the few sturdy pieces I own. We have moved a lot in the last few years and I have lost decor due to me not liking it well enough to move it, so I gave it away, or damage. Well, I decided I had better do something about it, since it’s not really acceptable for a mid-twenties couple with kids to rock the ‘bachelor pad’ style.
This is my starting project- a super easy wall hanging for my bathroom. Here is how you can make one for yourself in less than 2 hours!