Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cranberry Orange Scones

Are you looking for a tasty breakfast item to make this weekend?  A good friend of mine shared this cranberry orange scone recipe a while ago and I've made them a few times as a special breakfast treat. My boys love them and so do I.  The recipe came from the Go Bold With Butter website, but I altered the recipe slightly and use only dried cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Scones
Makes 8 scones


2-1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Cold Butter, Cubed
1 Cup Half & Half
1 Egg, Whisked
Zest of 1 Orange
3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

Orange Glaze:
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice


Preheat oven to 425°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

*I've used both a food processor and my KitchenAid mixer and the food processor works much better.  The dough is sticky and can get a little messy.

For the Scones:
Mix dry ingredients together in food processor or mixer, then add cubed butter until you have a sand like consistency.  Next add half & half, egg and orange zest until the mixture comes together in a ball.  Then add cranberries and pulse together quickly.  Place ball of dough on heavily floured surface, roll into a circle about 1 inch thick.  Then cut into 8 wedges and place on lined baking sheet.  Bake for 13-15 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

For the Orange Glaze:
Mix together powdered sugar and orange juice, then spoon glaze on scones.

Store scones in airtight container.

I've also made Blueberry Lemon scones using this recipe, but substituting the cranberries for fresh blueberries and the orange zest and juice for lemon zest and juice. Both are delicious, but my family prefers the cranberry orange scones.   They are yummy breakfast treat!

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

School Valentines

Parker and Ryder celebrated Valentine's day at school this week, with a party yesterday at Parker's school and one today at Ryder's school.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend both.  It's so much fun watching them participate and interact with their friends at school.

Parker decided on a mustache Valentine after showing him a few different options on Pinterest.  He thought they were pretty funny!
I've officially decided printers are not my friend.  I have wasted so much time trying to get my printer at home to work and I've had enough.  I whipped up a couple quick designs in Photoshop and had Chris print them in black and white at work.  Then I cut them out and we used double sided tape to attach them to some red cardstock paper.   I found fun mustache straws at Michaels and we simply punched a couple holes in the Valentines and slid the straws in. 

I gave Ryder a few options too and he chose frog Valentines.  We found a bag of frogs in the Valentine section at Target for $3.  Ryder worked so hard unwrapping each frog and he enjoyed helping put together his Valentines.  

Parker and his friend Brooke after their party.  There was so much going on at Parker's party I didn't get any other pictures.  They each got to do a few different crafts, eat some special treats and pass out their Valentines.

Ryder eating his snack at his Valentine's party at school and then at home checking out all his goodies.  By the way his shirt isn't suppose to be like that, he completely stretched it out.  Ryder had so much fun passing out his Valentines to all his friends.  They all sat in a circle with their bags and each kid got a turn to go around the circle and hand out their Valentines.  

Mustaches and frogs... I definitely live with boys!

Happy Champagne Thursday!