“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
Robert Frost

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Time is Here!


How is it even possible that Christmas is almost here again? Seems like just a few months ago I took down the tree!  But it's coming 'round again, so ready or not, here it is!




I think the hardest part is getting my mindset working,  but we now have a bit of snow, which helps it seem more like Christmas to me. I put the wreath on the door, but so far that's as far as I've gotten for decorations!  Better get cracking!!

But first, I need to set the mood with some music and maybe some holiday baking! Then I'll be ready to decorate.


 Cranberry Scones Ready for the Oven




 Cream Scones

2 cups flour, plus extra for the counter
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, cold
1 cup heavy cream



1.    Heat the oven to 375 degrees.  In large bowl mix the dry ingredients together.  Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal with a few slightly larger lumps.  Mix in any extras at this time, (see variations) Stir in the cream until dough forms, about 30 seconds.

2.    Turn the dough and any floury bits out onto a floured board and knead a couple of times to form a ball.  Place the dough on a baking sheet and press the dough down into a slightly flattened dome shape about 8 inches around.  Sprinkle the top with sugar and cinnamon if desired. Cut through the disc into 6 to 8 wedges. Do not move the dough.

3.    Bake for 20-22 minutes until slightly golden around edges.

4.    Variations:  Stir in approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup of currants, raisins or other dried fruits.  Lemon zest or crystallized ginger are also nice additions.  If using fresh fruit such as cranberries, raspberries or blueberries be careful when mixing to not crush the fruit.




 Here are the finished scones, topped with a drizzle of vanilla icing....









So, I've got to run right now but I'll be back and checking on all of you to see what you've been doing lately!






Have a wonderful week! I'll see you soon!
~~ Diane ~~





13 comments:

  1. Oh my! Your scones look amazing!! BEautifully done!

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  2. I love all your images and the cranberry scones are making me drool! I love Christmas, and your posts always make me smile. Thank you! :)

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  3. The minute we get a bit of snow the entire metro area will shut down ;)

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  4. Oh my gosh...those scones! If I could only reach through the screen and grab one. Mmmm...

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  5. I am having a hard time getting in the mood here. Our weather has been unseasonably warm and no snow. When I stopped to visit you though just looking at those cranberry scones I started to get that "Christmas Feeling" . I will be making these for sure. They look fabulous. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Hugs friend!

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  6. Gosh, yummy! I want one of those delicious looking scones! I can't believe how quickly this year has passed either! Love your Christmas header, Diane. It's perfect. :)

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  7. It looks really tasty! Thank you a lot for posting this great recipe. It is my turn now to bring some yummy to our http://stilusessaywriting.com/ office for my co-workers. With this recipe know I'll bring a really cool Cranberry Scones.

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  8. Oh Diane, your scones look so good! Love the snow covered lit tree, gorgeous! Yes, we are all on the run this time of year. :)

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  9. Hi Diane,

    What a wonderful, magical post, my kind friend. I wish I could grab one of those scones! :) Ideal music and a bit of snow. Total bliss and contentment.

    Be well and enjoy your weekend.

    Gary :)

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  10. Those scones look amazing.

    I always enjoy visiting your blog because I love the music! xx

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  11. Beautiful post my friend! We still have no snow! Crazy! Thank you for the receipt! Looks so good! Hugs :)

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  12. Hey! You know what would get you into the Christmas spirit? Send me some of those scones!!
    :-)

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane