Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July!!! + a Cranberry Scone Recipe

I made a special breakfast. It was challenging because our kitchen is totally torn apart. I'll show what I'm talking about at the end of this post.

Here's our breakfast:


Here's the original recipe for the scones I found. I totally revamped the recipe, so here's what I made:

First heat the oven to 420 degrees. Add the first 1/2 of the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well. I sometimes add a Tablespoon of Chia Seeds, which are not mentioned in the recipe. Add the wet ingredients in a small bowl, and mix well. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Pour it out onto a baking stone, or a sprayed pan (it will be sticky). Form it in a flat circle. Cut it into 4 to 6 pieces. It does tend to puff up a bit. The pieces you cut may need to be cut again in 1/2 once it's baked. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean.

*Note you can replace the dried cranberries with other dried fruit to give it a different flavor. Seeds, almond slivers, or chopped walnuts can be added. I've used different extracts in this recipe. They've all tasted good.




The boys asked for seconds. Daddy who doesn't like when I experiment liked it to.

Then Mica got a chance to Skype. I've never Skyped before. One of his best friends moved 2 hours away. Luckily I'm friends with his mom on Facebook, so we made arrangements for them to Skype. It was funny because they kept getting toys from their rooms to show each other.



Hopefully we can get our new floor partly put down today. We tore up one floor before our vacation and two floors after that. We went through 90s, 70s and got down to scraping up paper/glue. One more reason to pause our project is that we had to send in samples to be tested for asbestos. It's something we didn't think of. Anyhow it does have 2% in it. We just proceeded to scrape the glue tape up and left the 50s floor that has the asbestos in it. Scraping has taken FOREVER, and it's hard work. Then there was some type of cement on the sides. Daddy had to get that up to. This project has turned out more than we expected. I guess every home project is like that.

Needless to say I'm so happy this project is moving. My allergies have been so bad, and I imagine that scraping glue/paper up hasn't helped them!




Now we finally have two chalk lines down and the big square tiles are upstairs. I think the boys think this is our new floor. LOL Isaak said, "Mom I liked our floor better before." They think it's pretty interesting that our table is in the living room.

    
Tonight it's firework time. We bought $50 worth, which isn't a lot, but it's some. Our neighbors in the back always have a big show anyhow.

What are you doing today? Anything special?

9 comments:

mail4rosey said...

Ohh, you're going to be so happy when it's done!! I love big projects like that, they always make the house feel so good when they're done.

We didn't buy any fireworks. Our town had the big show last night and we went to that...

My older boys are grown and moved out, they're the ones that loved fireworks at home. We haven't really done them since the second oldest left.

Happy 4th to you!

Masshole Mommy said...

1. The scones sound AWESOME. 2. You are gonna have such a huge sense of relief when the kitchen is done. THat's a huge project, but it's gonna look great when it's done.

Theresa said...

All that work sucks, but you forget how bad it was once you see the finished project. I swear, the only time I get snippy with my husband is when we do home improvement. It brings out the worst in me, but then when I see how great everything looks in the end, I'm ready to move on to the next job lol.

Hope you had a lovely 4th!

My Journey With Candida said...

Thats funny that hubby doesn't like to experiment. How does he expect to know if he likes other things besides the same ole same ole.

~ Noelle said...

cant wait to see the finished result :)
keep us updated

Charlie said...

1) Definitely sharing your scone recipe. Looks yummy!
2) I think that is so cool that you were able to see flooring all the way back. Even though I know it will look amazing, it's a lot of work to do. I know you'll be happy and pleased to be finished!
3) That's awesome that they can skype! I always wished that was something my parents could have done but they could never "get it". Thankfully my good friend and I do and also some family members. It's fun for GG and I love it.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Your special breakfast looks yummy Alissa. I see that you have a big project going there! It will be worth all the hard work once it is finished. Technology is amazing! It is great that Mica got to talk to his friend via Skype.

Winnie said...

I hope you finish this project soon, but I must say you made a great breakfast!
I really like the beautiful presentation !!

sleepy headed mom said...

Yikes! Those pictures are giving me horrible flashbacks to a couple of months ago when I redid the kitchen floor. Ours had some weird thick black crumbly sticky layer under the tiles. I'm not sure what it was (glue and something) but it was awful. Luckily there weren't that many layers. It's hard work but well worth the effort.

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