Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cinnamon Scones

More often than I would like to admit, I go to Starbucks and get iced coffee.  The price is reasonable enough where I don't bat an eye when I get "a venti iced coffee light on the ice and 2 pumps sugar" every few days.

But the time has come to face my addiction....

I've now gone "often" enough where I now have the gold membership card.  You know, the one where they personalize this gold, shiny card with your name on it.

(It's the least they can do when they rely on you for half their profits every month....)


I don't know whether to be embarrassed or to embrace it.

Regardless, I've now started bringing coffee to work from home to save money.  I am also looking into other opportunities to experience the wonder that is Starbucks' pastry case without breaking my wallet.

Here's to crossing one treat off the list and making it at home!

Cinnamon Scones
By The Pioneer Woman

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
5 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 sticks (1 Cup) Unsalted Butter
3/4 cups Heavy Cream
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Cinnamon Chips

1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoon Heavy Cream

Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Slice cold butter and toss into the mixing bowl.  Press into mix with a fork until all blended.
Add cinnamon chips.
Mix cream, vanilla extract, and eggs in a separate bowl.  Pour into the dry mix. Blend together (be careful not to overmix!!).
Drop mix onto a clean countertop and work into a rectangle. 
Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over top of dough.
Make cuts of the dough to form triangles.
Place on baking tray and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

Keep in mind that I cut relatively small triangles in hopes of making mini scones.  As you can see, the dough expanded exponetionally in the oven, so adjust accordingly to the size that you desire!  I always love things in miniature form, because it seems like you can eat more haha. 

These were even better than Starbucks!!!  Notice how the cinnamon topping formed a crust on top of the scone--it added unbelievable flavor to this breakfast treat!  I brought some in to work with me so I won't eat the entire plate and they were such a hit! 

Things to change:

Next time, I might add a little more cinnamon to the scone batter itself, because the scone didn't taste as "cinnamony" (say that 5 times fast!) as I would have liked...

Also some icing can't hurt ; )

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Roasted Mustard Potatoes

After the final venture home before my next (and almost last!) semester, I can think of a few memories.....

Having dinner in Boston with Patrick (he's camera shy!)
Fishing with my Dad and his friend Bart in Cape Cod
Venturing to Provincetown, MA
And these (random segway, I know...)
Roasted Mustard Potatoes
Adapted from Ina Garten

5 potatoes, quartered
Ground mustard
Garlic Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F. 

Toss potatoes with the rest of the ingredients. 
Sometimes I add garlic and onions--but since that wasn't in the fridge, forgetaboutit. 
Cook for about 45 minutes to an hour, tossing halfway through until tender.


Dig In.

These are sooo good people! It doesn't taste "mustardy" at all, and they are a must-have for dinners at my house!  When Pat comes to visit, his job is to make these.  All you have to do is chop the potatoes, squirt the mustard and evoo and toss w some S&P!  I loveeee the crunchiness that roasting them brings--so much flavor!

Ina is flawless once again!

And here is one more photo from my vacation that is definitely worth mentioning:
Don't you wish your life was as carefree as your pet?!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Wordless Weekend Recap

Recipe to come!
Sorry for the blurry pic of the ribs--I was too busy wiping the drool from my chin : )
Happy Birthday, Mom!

Let's eat, drink, and play Jenga!