My youngest sister has applied to the community college about three blocks from my house. Considering I live the furthest from home, I’m excited about the idea of my sis coming to live here. Bing (old old nickname.) has been struggling to figure out what she wants to do. I remember the feeling. It seems like you have every option in the entire world, how on earth are you supposed to pick one? And then everyone has their own opinion on what you should do. As helpful as people trying to be, it can make the options worse. You become afraid that you’ll end up disappointing someone.
My advice? Either make a bucket list and pick one, or a pros/cons list. Unlike our other sister (we’ll use her hiking nickname Walkie Talkie), who knew what she wanted to do since middle school, I didn’t know either. Upon making a decent bucket list I just picked one and ran with it. When I got bored with that one, I started the next. Here I am almost eight years laters, and just now finding the thing I really really like. But on the plus side, I have a wonderful husband and family I never would have had without some of my bucket list.
Here’s the thing Bing is smart. I mean really smart. She’s been talking about becoming a paramedic. Tough choice. She’ll have her hands full with school, but it will be nice to have someone around who has the same bizzare sense of humor that I do. Plus it’d be nice not to be so overwhelmingly outnumbered by men. Hubby, BIL, Baby Blue, Blackjack, Domino, Bear & Gamble…. yep, I’m really outnumbered.
Explaination of the picture? Bing likes to cook. Yet another talent she has. When she was little, she was winning baking contests against 18-year-olds. One year she made me a chocolate cheesecake for my birthday. Not many people her age would have attempted it, let alone make the best cheesecake ever. When I started talking to her this morning, she mentioned it was tea party day with Walkie Talkie and blue eye’s adorable cousin, baby brown eyes
. Here’s where the pumpkin scones come in. I was absolutely jealous when she mentioned that she was making them. So she sent me the recipe. Maybe I’ll be able to learn more than just some simple peanut butter cookies. It would be nice for Baby Blue to spend some time with one of his aunts too. We live so far, that I feel horrible we don’t make it home as often as I’d like.
Bing’s Pumpkin Scones
Starbuck’s Pumpkin Scones
Yield: 6 scones
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 15 min
More tender and delicious than the original…
SCONES: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated white sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 cup canned pure (unsweetened) pumpkin 3 tablespoons half and half cream 1 large egg 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into cubes
PLAIN GLAZE: 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted) 1 tablespoon milk (any kind)
SPICED ICING: 3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted) 1 to 2 tablespoons milk (any kind) 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg pinch of ground ginger pinch of ground cloves
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Give it a light dusting of flour on top of that.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (through ginger).
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, half and half and egg.
4. Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut butter into the dry ingredients. Continue cutting until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. (You may also use a food processor for this step. Pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs).
5. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then form the dough into a ball. The dough will be wet, but if it seems super sticky… just go ahead and sprinkle a little more flour into the dough until it’s easier to handle. Remember, you want it to be somewhat sticky, and that’s okay- but you also don’t want it to stick to the baking sheet. Pat out dough onto the lightly floured baking sheet and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle that is about 9-inches long and 3-inches wide. Use a large knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough twice through the width, making three equal squares. Cut through the three squares diagonally so that you have 6 triangular slices of dough. Gently pull the triangles apart, leaving about 1/2-inch space between each one.
6. Bake 14 to 16 minutes on prepared baking sheet. Scones should begin to turn light brown.
7. While scones are cooling, prepare plain glaze by whisking ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix until smooth.
8. When scones are cool, use a knife to cut them apart and then pull them apart so that they are ready for glazing. Use a brush to paint a coating of the glaze over the top of each scone.
9. As the white glaze firms up, prepare spiced icing by whisking the ingredients in another medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle this thicker icing over each scone (or brush it on) and allow the icing to dry before serving.
Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Top Secret Recipes)