Evening View

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This evening is the best kind of evening to be on the ferry:  the windows are open; there’s a cool breeze gently pushing away the heat of the day; and there aren’t too many tourists blocking the view. 

It is in this very moment–a bubble of 25 minutes that many perceive to be mundane–that I find absolute perfection.

  

Sunday Comics #33: An Ode to Dad

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Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there, especially mine–you certainly deserve a medal for raising Bubba (what? I’m quite sure I was THE perfect child growing up…)

In trying to find something funny to post for Father’s Day, I found that the pictures that made me laugh the most were of dads texting.  While cell phones weren’t around when I was growing up (gasp!), I’d like to think that if they were, I’m sure Dad & I would have had more than one of these conversations!

So here’s to all the funny, sarcastic, loving, nerdy, supportive, slightly sadistic, and often inappropriate dads who always keep things interesting!

Love you, Dad!

Peachy Keen!

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I love scones.  Probably the best scone that I’ve ever eaten was a bacon, cheddar, & chive scone.  I mean, c’mon–it is bacon and cheese!  But that’s not why we’re here today.

Peaches.  Peaches are why we’re here today.  We are (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) smack dab in the middle of peach season!  To me, peaches are–along with watermelon–are the very embodiment of summer.  So when I found the recipe below on Pinterest, I just knew I had to try it immediately.

They were, in a word, scrumptious.  As per usual in my house, I substituted plain greek yogurt for sour cream and used half & half instead of heavy cream.

Oh and in case peaches aren’t your thing (Sissy, I’m talking to you!), I’ve also tried them with cherries instead and they are equally amazing.

I only ask you do yourself a favor: just make a double batch!

A huge THANKS! to Michelle at A Latte Food for sharing this wonderful recipe!

bon appétit!

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Peach Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Peach Pie Scones with a Vanilla Glaze
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Scones
Ingredients
Scones
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, plus more for brushing
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fresh peaches, diced
Vanilla Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1-3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
Scones
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Once combined, cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Whisk together heavy cream, sour cream, egg, and vanilla extract. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  • Stir in the peaches, and mix until just combined.
  • On a well-floured surface, turn out the scone dough and pat into a small disk that’s about a 1/2″ thick. Cut into 6-8 slices, and transfer to the baking sheet. Brush each scone with just a bit of heavy cream.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, or just until golden brown. Allow to cool.

Glaze

  • Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp of heavy cream. If the glaze is too thick, continue adding in heavy cream, one 1 Tbsp at a time, until it has reached the desired consistency. Pour over warm scones and enjoy!

http://www.alattefood.com/peach-pie-scones-with-a-vanilla-glaze/

Too Distracted for Doughnuts…

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I know you’re saying to yourself (probably outloud and in disbelief): “Shez, ain’t no such thing!”  

Don’t panic!  I haven’t been too disctracted to EAT doughnuts, only to write about them.  

Since 1938, The United States has been celebrating National Doughnut Day the first Friday in June.  National Doughnut Day was created by a Chicago branch of the Salvation Army with a two-fold purpose: create awareness of the Salvation Army’s community service projects and to help raise money for these projects.  The doughnut theme paid tribute to the Salvation Army’s dough lassies, who would pass out doughnuts to the troops during the First World War (it was so popular that it resumed during WWII–you can read more about it here!).

I had every intention of creating a doughnut post yesterday, however, with the excitement and craziness of FAMILY! arriving, I forgot all about it.  I did eat a doughnut (a delicious one from Culture Coffee!)–don’t you worry about that!  I mean, I had to have something distract me while waiting on their plane to land…