Simply Scones


It appears that March is going out “like a lion”. This morning has begun with a downpour, further drenching our already saturated yard. What a great reason to bake up a batch of these simply superb scones!


Just for you, the recipe:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

1/2 cup milk which has been “soured” with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425℉.

Stir the dry ingredients and orange peel together in a large bowl.

Use your fingers (or a pastry blender) to combine the butter with the flour mixture until it looks like coarse crumbs. Then stir in the soured milk with a fork until combined. Form the dough into a ball and place onto the baking sheet.

Flatten the dough into an 8 inch (20cm) round**. Cut the dough into eight wedges and spread them out onto the baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of milk onto the scone tops and sprinkle with a little bit of sugar.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

This makes eight scones. Serve warm or cold, with or without butter. (The orange rind gives  a lovely fresh flavour to them.)

*I use gluten free all-purpose flour when I bake for our home. My favourite all-purpose flour is one made for the “Presidents Choice” brand, because it doesn’t contain rice flour.

** Tip: If you spread your hand open, the span from thumb tip to baby finger tip is close to 8 inches. No need to get out the ruler. 🙂



Happy St. Patrick’s Day

La Shona Fhéile Pádraig. 

In celebration of St.Patrick’s Day I am sharing a few snapshots from my recent trip to Ireland: (This is a slideshow, if you see a black screen, click on it and it should start.)

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Some of my photos from Ireland have been used to create this mixed media canvas. It is our St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

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Mixed Media, 30 X 30 cm

Tip: Because the photos were printed using  an inkjet printer, they were  first sealed with Krylon clear matte finish spray before incorporating them into the project.

Enjoy the green! 



Snow Storm

Winter is not exiting gracefully! After a relatively easy, snowless season, we were hit with 48 hours of snow fall. This is the view from an upstairs window:

snow day-2

Not needing to go anywhere, it was a great opportunity to be absorbed in a good book:

snow day-1
“Snow Day” Acrylic on canvas 51 x 51 cm

Were you snowed in too? If so, how did you enjoy the day?