Dec 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours have a wonderful day and a happy New Years!  I'll be taking a break from blogging for the remainder of 2014, so see you in 2015!

Dec 23, 2014

Dec 9, 2014

Cinnamon Chocolate-Chip Scones

I rarely come across or use recipes with self-rising flour, so the canister of it had remained untouched on the counter since before Dylan and I were married.  In an effort to make better use of my limited counter space, I decided that that canister ought to house something I used on a more regular basis, but that meant I had to empty to flour out of it first.  Putting it into a bag or other container would have probably resulted in it being shoved to the back of a cupboard and forgotten about for... well, it could've easily been years, I imagine. 

Anyway, I decided that I ought to find a recipe using self-rising flour so as to use it up.  I originally considered making biscuits with it, but then realized that scones sounded even better. 

This recipe turned out wonderfully, and the house now smells amazing.  I couldn't help but eat one as soon as they were cool enough to touch, and I suspect another might disappear once Dylan gets home from work.  Tomorrow's breakfast will definitely include scones, and whatever is left after that will most certainly vanish rapidly over the next few days.

Notes:
  • To make clean-up simple, you can knead and shape the dough on a piece of parchment paper, then carefully slide your baking sheet underneath the paper and bake it right there as well.  This eliminates the need to scrub counters or baking sheet.
  • I didn't watch these carefully enough, and the bottoms got a bit dark even though the tops looked fine.  I would recommend that when you check these for done-ness, you take a peek at the undersides to make sure they aren't getting overdone.


Cinnamon Chocolate-Chip Scones
makes 8 scones

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 5 Tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or milk

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450*F.
  2. Sift together first three ingredients.
  3. Cut in butter.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Whisk together egg and milk.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients; stir until combined.
  7. Remove dough from bowl and place on floured surface, knead several times.
  8. Shape dough into a disc shape, about 3/4 inch tall.
  9. Cut dough into 8 wedges with a sharp, well-floured knife.
  10. Place wedges on baking sheet.
  11. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.
  12. Enjoy!

Dec 8, 2014

Cloth Diaper Stash - 1st Report, before baby

Thus far, my current/proposed cloth diapering stash (part of which is still under progress) is looking like this:

  • 9 pocket diapers - made using RRP pattern, but modified to include a PUL layer. (I've made three so far, and the pieces for the other 6 have been cut and are ready to sew.)
  • 1 AIO diaper - modified from RRP pattern (In progress)
  • 4 diaper covers, for use as AI2s - 2 Flip (OS), 1 Thirsties duo wrap (size 1), and 1 Kawaii Baby cover (OS). (Bought and ready-to-use.)
  • Liners & inserts - I haven't counted/finished collecting and making these yet, but I'm hoping for between 25-35 by the time I'm done, in a variety of fabrics. (In progress)
  • 2 wet bags - 1 large for everyday use,  1 small for the diaper bag. (I have the PUL, but haven't started making these yet.)
 Hopefully I'll be able to give a progress report after "Nutella" is born noting what has/hasn't worked as well as what I found I needed to add.  In the meantime, I'm continuing to read up on what has and hasn't worked for other moms and take notes on the matter. :)

Dec 2, 2014

It's a...!

Thanksgiving has distracted me from blogging this past week, so I don't have a bump photo to share.  What I can share, however, is an ultrasound photo of our sweet baby GIRL!


Needless to say, I'm very excited and now have tons of plans for cute girlish clothes floating in my head.  My sewing machine arrived in the mail yesterday, and I expect that I'll be using it a ton in the months to come - both to keep myself supplied with maternity clothing, as well as build up a wardrobe for "Nutella" (baby girl's nickname).