“ugly” blueberry scones

This is the name my grandfather has dubbed my blueberry scones. They are a kind of gray-blue color, and lumpy looking. But OH SO GOOD! I love how he said it to me “They are tasty, but man are they ugly!”
and I agreed!
Meanwhile ugly or not, the 2 dozen I made on christmas morning for my whole large family disappeared before I even had a chance to get one. these are easy to make though, and so I make them often. Even my husband, who does not like blueberries fresh eats these up! they kind of taste like a blueberry pancake.

So here is the recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp salted butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) -( i use frozen, after trying both frozen and fresh the scones are more moist and have a better flavor with the frozen. I was shocked!)

Preheat oven to 400(F). In a bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together. Cut butter into pieces. Add butter pieces to dry mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, incorporate butter pieces until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.(i use my fingers its easier)
In a separate bowl combine egg, 2/3 cup buttermilk and vanilla. Add blueberries to dry mixture. Carefully coat blueberries with dry mixture. This will also prevent blue “bleed.” Create a well in the center of mixture. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to the well. Carefully combine, just until moistened. (mine “bleed” but that’s what makes them ‘ugly’ and taste good too)

Here is where I divert from the recipe: I spray the tinfoil covered cookie sheet with PAM and then I use a 1/4 measuring cup and spoon out the batter on to a cookie sheet covered in tinfoil. If you forget to spray it its nota big deal. Sometimes I sprinkle sugar on the tops of the scones but thats about it. I didn’t notice a difference between brushing buttermilk on top of the scones or not, so I usually skip that.

The blog that posted the originals has pictures, which is helpful! again here is the recipe: http://www.averagebetty.com/recipes/buttermilk-blueberry-scones-recipe/

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ugly and yummy

Great Find- Uddercovers!

This was passed along to me from one of the Mothers in out mommy group, the Milkmaids.

“Free nursing cover!  Just go to www.uddercovers.com and hit shop now.  Choose any “uddercover” (nice name) and you will get it for just $9.95 which is just for shipping when you type in the promo code MOTHER.”

I ordered one for myself and one for a gift… they are very cute and look very functional!

Leg Warmers are back! For babys.

Baby leg warmers

Dorothy's baby leg warmers

I’ve seen them in some stores, like Target where I stumbled on these 2 years ago, (the summer before Dorothy was 1) and totally loved them! They are very soft and kept the legs warm and cozy.

They are great for the cool summer evenings, or if your child refuses to wear clothing (like mine). I’ve even put them over stocking on really cold days in the winter! I still have Dorothy’s, but think I’ll get a second pair for her sister. They are also a great gift (if you can find them or think to order them ahead of time, details, details.) The site says that bigger kids can wear them too, and they still fit Dorothy. I think I will try to get her to wear them… maybe I’ll even get matching leg warmers for both girls!

A Great Find!

Here is one of my favorite finds! Many have been shared with me by friends who are very kind… so as a thank you for sharing I am sharing as well!
Baby Steals: if your a mom with a baby or toddler you’ll appreciate this site.

Baby Carrier Love

Ergo Baby Carrier, I loved using it with Dorothy! Seriously it was the greatest thing I had from her baby days (which seem so long ago and at the same time just yesterday!)
This baby carrier was so comfortable and easy to use, and seriously, made my life more manageable. Dorothy went through a phase where she didn’t want to sit in the carriage when taking a walk. My choice was to carry her or not walk, and not walking was not an option. So into the Ergo she went. I could still go on the ‘mommy walks’ and socialize and exercise, which I needed the first year of her life!
Dorothy would fall asleep so easy in the Ergo… I just had to walk around the house, pick up a little bit and before I knew it she was out, and I was able to put her down and get something done. In the middle of the night I could sit in the rocking chair with her in the Ergo and not worry about how tired my arms were and if I would drop her by falling asleep myself. (Yes those where some of my first time mother worries!)
That first year we went to see Lucian Freud at the MoMA (He’s been one of my favorite artists for a long time, and this was the first time I had the opportunity to see a whole show of his work). So I wasn’t going to miss the show, but the MoMA is not the most stroller/carriage friendly environment. So into the Ergo Dorothy went and I was able to enjoy the whole show, relax and take in all the art I wanted. It was a wonderful experience! Seriously the Ergo gave me the freedom to keep a little of my baby free life at times.
With the impending arrival of my next child I am looking forward to using my Ergo again. This time I plan to be able to use it right from the get go. Ergo finally came out with an infant insert that will work! (at least the reviews of it have been really good and it looks like it will really work) The old insert kind of sucked, it was pretty much worthless, and kind of sucked that I bought it when I did. I have several friends who have used the Ergo and we all agree that the old insert sucked. I have high hopes though for the new one! If you want to do the baby wearing thing, the Ergo is a great way to go, it seriously made my life better!

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