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.
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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?

26 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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! :-)

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  4. Anonymous6:20 PM

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

    Cathie
    http://whatevercathieb.wordpress.com/

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

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  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.

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

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  8. 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. :)

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  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.

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

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  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.

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

    Suzen

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  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.

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  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.
    Janet

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  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.

    Manuela

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

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  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.

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  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! :-)

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  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

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

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