L Stands For…

Hi eaters!

My, is this week flying! Or is it just me?

I apologize for saying that if your week has been dragging by slower than a root canal. But for me, it seems like just yesterday I was frantically wondering how I was ever going to finish everything.

And while I’m not done, I did turn in my 10-page, worth-15%-of-my-grade English paper today. It’s not due until tomorrow.

Yes, I may be a loser. I’ve also never pulled an all-nighter or turned an assignment in late, if that gives you an idea of the kind of student I am.

In case you couldn’t find the words, let me help you — I’m the freakishly organized, up to date kind.

I don’t have a pocket protector or color-coded sticky notes. But I do have a planner. And a neurotic tick that forces me to alternate pen colors for notes everyday.

But I also have delicious, homemade scones.

Yes eaters, I was able to find enough time, when all my friends were either up to their asses in midterms or recovering from all-nighters, to bake scones AND do the dishes.

Don’t worry, though, because I’m getting that scarlet L tattooed on my forehead soon. Or maybe I should just get pretty cursive Ls embroidered on all my sweaters like Laverne. (<– No, you really have to click that link. Really.)

Luckily, I’m not the only overachiever. M’dear friend Maddie is also studious enough that she was able to dawdle the afternoon away.

I think she was laughing. Or she's a crazed chipmunk.

I’m not letting her have the L embroidered sweaters, though. Those are all mine.

So together we enjoyed delicious scones and pints on a leisurely Thursday afternoon.

What? People don’t usually eat scones and beer together?

Well, from what I know about England, people always seem to be either in pubs or at tea. So I decided to combine the two occasions.

I mean, with only 84 days until Maddie and I arrive in cheery old London we’ve got to turn this isn’t a crash course in English culture.

What did I just say?!?!

Oh yeah eaters, did I forget to mention that I’M GOING TO LONDON NEXT SEMESTER?!

Yes, both Maddie and I got accepted to study abroad in London for the spring.

And I’m sure the fact that both of us had our full applications weeks before the deadline had nothing to do with it. Nothing at all.

So laugh if you will about my love of detailed “To Do” lists and matching notebooks and folders, but that L doesn’t stand for loser anymore, now does it?

Cheery Old Apple Cinnamon Scones

½ c milk

2 t vanilla

1 egg

2 T (brown) sugar

2 c whole wheat pastry flour

1 T baking powder

½ t salt

1 T cinnamon

3 T chilled butter

½ c apple, shredded or chopped small (~1/2 medium apple)

Preheat the oven to 375.

In a bowl mix together the milk, vanilla, sugar, and egg.

In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the butter is smaller than peas.

Dueling bowls.

Fold in the apples and then mix in the liquids. Once everything is combined dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.

Shape the dough into a round, flat disk on a lightly greased cookie sheet and cut into 8 equal wedges.

Pre-bake.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the outer edges are crisp and the smell wafts out of the oven door when you open it.

Post-bake.

Serve warm. Or room temperature. Serve today or tomorrow. But for the love of all things delicious, serve them soon.

These almost certainly are not traditional English scones. They’re a little on the lighter, fluffier side than the dense side. But that’s alright, because they’re certainly not Starbucks scones.

Not fancy.

And if you want to get extra fancy add a little drizzle.

1 T melted butter, 1 T peanut flour, honey and salt make this fancy.

This part is certainly not traditional English, but that’s alright. We’ve still got 84 days to learn how not to embarrass ourselves.

Beer makes it fancy schmancy.

You’re turn:

Did you ever study abroad?

How freaking ah-maze-ing was it?

G’night eaters!

 

Comments

  1. Congratulations on the move to London. I shifted over here from Sydney a year ago and it's been the best year of my life. So many great places to eat and drink…

  2. Lindsay Odell says:

    I want to try these scones. They look freaking awesome!

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