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Cherry Scones

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Happy (belated) New Year to all you lovely bloggers out there.  I hope you had wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebrations with your loved ones. I thoroughly enjoyed our holidays this year…and, yes, I’ll be posting some Christmas pictures soon!  Our family was treated to an extended vacation due to the recent snow storms, and I have enjoyed every minute relaxing and playing with my sweet little kiddos and hubby.  Now, the snow has been replaced by lots of rain, but I’m not complaining…our state could really use the rain today!

So, today is a dark and rainy morning, and I decided to make some warm scones for breakfast.  I love scones for breakfast, my husband swears it’s his very favorite breakfast food, and even my kids devour them.  These scones are really not hard to make, and you can even replace the cherries with other dried fruit or nuts if cherries aren’t your thing.  I hope you and your family enjoy these warm, delicious, flaky scones as much as my family and I do.

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Cherry Scones

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

5 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small slices

1/4 to 1/2 cup dried cherries (or other dried fruit, or nuts, or both!)

1 egg

3/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350F.

2.  Stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

3. Cut the butter into the flour mix until it looks like crumbs.  I use two knives to cut in, but if you have a dough blender or pastry cutter, use it!

4.  Add your dried fruit, or nuts, or both, and stir into the mix.

5.  Mix the egg and heavy cream together in a separate bowl, then add to flour mix.  Stir just until combined.

6.  Pour mix onto a cutting board and work the mix into a large round.  Don’t knead the dough!  Use a rolling pin to gently roll the round out to about 10 inches and about 1 inch thick.  I use my hands around the edges to make sure the round keeps its shape and the edges don’t go flaking off.  If you do lose some pieces, just stick them back on there, and keep rolling.

7.  Slice the round into 8 wedges.  Transfer wedges to a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

8.  Bake the scones for about 22 minutes or until they barely start to brown.  You want these guys light and flaky.  Don’t over-bake!

9.  Scoop a hot scone onto a plate and devour…forks are useful, but not mandatory.  And for Pete’s sake, have a cup of hot tea with that scone!

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Buttermilk Biscuits With Pan Gravy

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I’m not much on big, heavy breakfasts, but I love breakfast for dinner!  We like to call it “brinner” in our house.  Last night, we really wanted some “brinner”, so I made some super yummy buttermilk biscuits and smothered them in pan gravy and served them up with a side of bacon.  Oh, my, that’s some country goodness right there!  And it’s such a cheap and easy meal. It’s friendly on the budget and the time, which most of us are in short supply of.  I hope you enjoy this “brinner”, or breakfast, as much as I did!

Buttermilk Biscuits and Pan Gravy

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Ingredients:

1 package bacon

2 cups self-rising flour

dash of salt

dash of sugar

3 Tbsp. shortening

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

6 Tbsp. bacon drippings

6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk (or more)

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400F.  Place bacon slices on a sheet pan, and bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until done.  Place slices on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.  Reserve 6 Tbsp. of bacon drippings for later.

2.  Preheat oven to 475F.  In a medium bowl, mix together self-rising flour, dash of salt, and a dash of sugar.  Cut in 3 Tbsp. shortening until mixed with the flour.  (I use two knives to cut in my shortening, but they actually make a handy, dandy tool for this, so if you have one, use it.)  Add the buttermilk and 1 Tbsp. of the melted butter.  Mix lightly until all ingredients are just mixed together.  Do not overmix.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead two or three times.  Pat the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness.  Cut dough using a biscuit cutter.  Do not twist the cutter, this seals the edges and won’t allow your biscuits to rise properly.  You should get about 12 biscuits.  Place them in two round cake pans and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Brush with the remaining Tbsp. of butter when they come from the oven.

3.  While the biscuits are baking, heat a skillet over medium heat.  Add the drippings, and stir in 6 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour.  Cook until lightly browned, stirring constantly.  Slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups of milk.  You may need to add more depending on how thick you like your gravy.  I always end up adding a little more.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and continue cooking over low heat until the gravy is smooth and thick, stirring constantly.

4.  Put a couple of those golden brown buttermilk biscuits on a plate or in a bowl, drown them in that smooth, thick, rich gravy, stick a few slices of bacon on the side, and dig in!

Happy, Happy Birthday

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Today is my son’s 8th birthday!  I just can’t seem to grasp the fact that he’s 8 years old.  Where did the time go?  I wouldn’t even let him say he was 8 until exactly 4:55 this evening.  I am clinging to every minute!

My little man is having his big reptile party tomorrow, and he’s been in lizard mode for a while now.  I got this birthday picture of him “sunning in the window”.  He’s a cute little lizard, isn’t he?

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Happy Birthday!

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We have a tradition in our house on birthdays.  The kids always get a pancake breakfast, complete with birthday candles.  My son chose the ever popular cheesecake pancakes, and asked that they be covered in butter, strawberry syrup, powdered sugar, whipped topping, and gummy worms…yes, gummy worms.  And, on this day, what the boy wants, the boy gets.

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And, of course, sis and I sang “Happy Birthday” to him before he blew out the candles.

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Make a wish…

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I think he really enjoyed those pancakes…and the powdered sugar…and the gummy worms!

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Today was all about my little boy.  He got to choose what games to play, what animals we would all be for the day (it’s a thing in our house), and what movies we would watch.  He even got to pick dinner…Butter Burger, yum!

I am pretty sure, though, that the absolute best part of his day was the little “gift” his daddy found for him.  While cutting grass, he caught a blue tailed lizard (5 lined skink).  My son went crazy over it!  A real live lizard to play with on his birthday…priceless!

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Poor little guy was missing a tail…thank goodness they grow back.

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A perfect end to a perfect day.  Happy Birthday to my sweet little boy!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes

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Is there anything better for breakfast than pancakes?  Well, maybe you could throw in a few slices of bacon to make it perfect.  I love to mix in different ingredients with my pancakes…blueberries, chocolate chips, cheesecake!

I know, cheesecake is not something one would normally mix in with their pancake batter, but trust me, it’s super yummy!  Cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert, and so why not toss it in with my favorite breakfast?

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I keep frozen slices of cheesecake on hand, and just cut them down and mix them in with my pancake batter (I’m lazy in the mornings, so I use a box mix…don’t judge).  Then, I cook them on my griddle to a nice golden brown, smother them in butter (lots of butter, too much butter), pour on some strawberry syrup, and sprinkle on a little powdered sugar…now that’s how you eat a pancake!

My kids like a little bit of whipped cream on their pancakes, also.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Make sure you eat them with a big frosted mug of milk…that’s a must!

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