Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday morning scones

coffee + fresh scones to start the day and say goodbye to July

Saturday Morning Scones

4 c flour(I use 1/2 all-purpose + 1/2 white whole wheat flour)
1 rounded tsp baking soda
2 rounded tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
9 T unsalted, chilled butter, cubed
1/5 c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/8 c milk or buttermilk(you can make buttermilk by adding a splash of lemon juice to the milk)
optional:fruit(cut into small bits)(I used manilla mangoes for today...mmm)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar in large bowl. Cut in butter with forks or pastry blender until you have small lumps the size of tapioca pearls.
Set aside 1/4 of the beaten egg and add the rest to the milk. Add vanilla to milk and egg mixture. Add egg/milk mixture(and fruit if using) to flour/butter mixture and stir with a fork just until the wet ingredients are incorporated.
Turn out onto a floured surface and roll or pat to 1 inch thickness.
Cut into rounds with a cutter or simply cut into squares with a butter knife. Place on parchment or silicone lined baking sheet 1 inch apart.
Add a Tablespoon of milk to reserved egg and mix lightly. Brush over the tops of scones and sprinkle with sugar. Raw, coarse sugar is really tasty for this.
Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until slightly golden.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

the goodness...

...of CSA bounty

...of a napping pal

...of friends in love

...of dinner spent with friends

...of summertime bocce ball

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

cloudy eyed

I'm soooo tired and I just can't shake it.

I want to curl up with this silk scarf from plainMADE and nothing else on this hot day until I wake up full of zest. Looking forward to coffee and a walk to the park in the morning time.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

If I... married again today, Fistful of Love would be the song for our first dance

p.s. our first dance song was Desire which we loved
p.p.s. my sister, Jenny, used to always play the 'what if' game and was always concocting different crazy scenarios and different outcomes. we'll have to give it another go-she's visiting tonight!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Color IQ

test your Color IQ
0 is a perfect score
I scored 14
how about you?

on the front door

found items reminding us of fun times together
greeting us since last fall

Saturday, July 17, 2010

4 years

4 of the best years of my life with you + so many more to come xoxo

{and happy 63rd to Grandma and Grandpa Johnson on the same day!}


I made a quick, quick trip to Seattle this week to nanny. I did lots and lots of walking and exploring with the sweet one and her stroller and met up with a friend. We stayed by Lake Union and enjoyed the nearby sights.

A bit of what we saw and where we went:

Portage Bay Cafe, Claudio Corallo Chocolates(!), Agua Verde Cafe, Center For Wooden Boats,
Olympic Sculpture Park and Vivarium, listening to street musicians while dining in Post Alley, a local cold brew from a McMenamins' Pub, a bit of shopping, Pike Place Market, Daily Dozen Doughnuts, watching the water planes land from the balcony, Top Pot Doughnuts...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Curried Egg Salad

curried egg salad sandwiches with fresh cilantro is a new fave in the house
we're always up for new sandwich ideas
they're a perfect summer staple that doesn't heat up the house
our CSA is shaping up quite nicely

Rush Hour On The Croix

Here are a few photos from our afternoon canoe trip on Friday down the St. Croix River. We stopped for coffee and picnicked and swam and wandered and paddled and soaked in the sun.

We love the summer!