Wednesday, January 21, 2009

some simple pleasures...

Simple pleasure #1
~oatmeal scones~
they seem the perfect thing to enjoy with tea now, after all the sweets over the holidays.

Oatmeal Scones
1 1/2 c. flour

1 c. rolled oats

1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

5 tbs butter

1/2 c. golden raisins {or sometimes I use craisins or dried cherries}

2/3 c. buttermilk

1 large egg

Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, & salt. Cut in butter {I use my food processor} until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Fold in raisins. Beat together buttermilk & egg, and stir into flour mixture til just blended. Press dough into a buttered 8-inch round pan. With knife, score top into 8 wedges. Bake 18 - 20 minutes in a 400 degree F. oven. Cool in pan on rack for 10 - 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Simple pleasure #2

~an old copy of Pride and Prejudice bought for $1...I love the green color of the cover and the old-fashioned illustrations by Charles E. Brock

Simple pleasure #3

~sitting in my favorite sunny spot with a good book and some tea, glad to be in out of the frigid weather we've been having...

Did you take time out today for some simple pleasures?


  1. I will take time for some simple pleasures. Thank you for reminding me. Maybe I'll try your scones.
    Thank you,

  2. I'm going to try those scones! I love the ones at my local coffee shop, cranberry and orange. I recently bought a package mix from a mill but they weren't all that good.
    Yours look great!

  3. Ah, finally I run onto a recipe which sounds good and makes me want to immediately bake it, and I have all the ingredients on hand! That almost never happens for me. ;-)

    Actually, I'm out of golden raisins, but I do have regular ones, and I might even have some dried cranberries in the pantry. Either way, I'm making me some scones tonight!

    Thanks for sharing! :-)

  4. Anonymous6:20 PM

    looks extra yummy
    hope you are keeping warm in this extra cold day.


  5. I am off to the kitchen now to cook those scones with my boys. A holiday treat. Thankyou.

  6. Those pictures are delightful. I love old books like that, and rocking chairs, and scones. :)

    I didn't take time for simple pleasures today but hopefully tomorrow.

  7. I did a bit of sewing which to me ia a simple pleasure. I love your photos. The chair looks very inviting.

  8. Anonymous9:46 PM

    I am so excited to try your scone recipe; I just made lemon curd, that would be a yummy combo. My simple pleasures today was reading my Mary Jane Farms magazine and baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. :)

  9. Every morning before I go to work I sit down and have a pot of tea and knit for a few hours. It's the most relaxing part of the day. No scones but maybe a biscotti or two but it's just my time.

  10. I believe we will be trying these scones for breakfast in the morning. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love scones. And, I'm so jealous of your copy of Pride and Prejudice! That's so great! Let's see, I'm sitting down, knitting, reading a magazine and watching American Idol. Not simultaneously.

  12. You have a very lovely blog. I always enjoy reading your posts.


  13. I love your posts. One afternoon I read them all. You have inspired me to tag sale, garden, and cook from scratch. Update NY sounds like a great place to live.

  14. Anonymous6:53 AM

    Hello, recently discovered your blog, love your pictures.
    Thank you for the reminder to take time out and enjoy simple pleasures, I love to sit and be cosy and read, an interlude in the day.

  15. The scones look so good I'm going to have to try your recipe! I'll try to find some time today to enjoy a simple pleasure, but I'm spring cleaning my kitchen so we'll see.


  16. Thank you for the sweet reminder of simple pleasures. I love your little corner, the beautiful pillows and lovely books.

  17. I just love the heavier food of winter when it IS winter. Come summer, I'll be wanting salads. I can't wait to try the scones. They sound just right; not too sweet. Thanks.

  18. Those Scones look soooooo yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I had a horrific day at work so my simple pleasure was a long hot shower! :-)

  19. I love all these simple pleasures and really can't wait to try the sconces. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Your scones look so yummy. I've been drinking lots of tea lately. It just seems to make the day seem less stressful.
    Simple pleasures for sure.
    Marilyn in NM

  21. Love reading your entries - and your blog is my simple pleasure...I baked your scones this morning..just the right mix of simple, cozy, and sweet.
    I used craisins and couldn't wait 10 minutes to cool...warm right out of the oven. Just right for a morning at home!

  22. I like the idea of posting your simple pleasures. I find a great deal of happiness in things like this, and often find that even the simplest vase of flowers, or arranging a pretty vingette of thrifted things can make me feel "away" for awhile.

    I love your rocking chair. I found an antique rocker at a thrift store awhile back, and I keep meaning to clean it up and bring it upstairs. You've inspired me to get that done. Thank you for the quiet inspiration of this lovely blog, Debbie.

    Take care.

  23. Those scones look wonderful -- thanks for sharing the recipe!

  24. I try to spend at least 10 minutes a day on a simple pleasure, even if it is just reading for a few b/4 bed...looking forward to the weekend when I will have time to try the scone recipe..thanks for sharing, they look absolutely delightful, tea is one of my pleasures every day...sometimes on the run...but still a pleasure

  25. It was simply a pleasure to read your post and see your photos this evening. Thank you!

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