Posted in Cooking

Lemon Rosemary Scones

I love, love, love lemon. It’s just one of those flavors I really love.

We have fresh Rosemary and Lemon Verbena growing in the back yard in some pots and I thought wouldn’t it be great to bake something with them. Here’s what I came up with.

Lemon Rosemary Scones

It’s an easy recipe. I basically mixed all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in a smaller bowl and then they get mixed together. No stand mixer needed, it’s all done by hand.

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Flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, lemon zest, fresh rosemary, lemon verbena. Mix it around just a bit with a fork.
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Add cold butter, that’s been diced into small pieces.
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Take a hand held pastry blender and blend away until you have a fine crumb mixture.
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Add the wet ingredients – egg, vanilla, heavy cream, and fresh lemon juice.
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Bake at until they are a light golden brown.
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Here you have it…Lemon Rosemary scone with Lemon Chiffon tea. A perfect pair for an afternoon of relaxing.

Recipe: Preheat your oven to 350degrees.

In a large bowl mix:

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 2 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 T. fresh chopped Rosemary
  • 1 T. fresh chopped lemon verbena
  • 1/3 cup very cold butter – diced into small pieces

In a smaller bowl mix:

  • 1 egg- beaten
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 5 T. heavy cream (may need more to get the texture you want)
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice

Mix the liquid ingredients into the dry and then place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead about ten times until the dough is smooth.

Roll out the dough to about 1/3″ to 1/4″ thickness and then either make a circle and cut into pie shape or use a biscuit cutter and make biscuit shapes.

This had the perfect dry, flaky texture of a scone. Perfect for dipping in hot tea or coffee with very mild flavors of lemon and rosemary.

Enjoy~Bam

Posted in Container Gardening, organinc

Square Foot Garden 2015

It’s been a few weeks since we actually planted the garden and I’ve been, over all, very happy with it. One thing does upset me though, and that is that some of our seeds didn’t take. I find this quite disturbing considering they came from the same packets and they were new seeds. We didn’t use left over seeds from last year.

In last year’s garden we only planted one square foot of green beans, one square foot of peas and one square foot of carrots. We didn’t really have very good luck with the peas last year, so this year I planted more peas hoping we would have enough to freeze and have them at least a couple of times this coming winter. Unfortunately, my thumbs don’t seem to be green enough to grow very many peas. We do have more than last year but really they just aren’t doing very good again.

I’m beginning to believe there is more science to growing a square foot garden than just planting seeds and watering them. Actually, I know there is a lot of science that goes into gardening.

I planned the garden out a little differently this year, considering last year’s garden and what worked well and what didn’t, and I came up with this.

P1010338 We planted more green beans, peas, carrots, lettuce and added kale and beets to this years garden. We still planted some radish, bell peppers, jalapeno and the usual herbs like parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano and even some onions and leeks. I didn’t plant as many tomato plants this year because they just seem to take over the other half of the garden last year, even with trimming them.

P1010335 P1010337 We had the garden covered with a tarp over the winter, held down with some bricks. After uncovering it we raked through the dirt to fluff it up, and added a couple more bags of organic dirt to lift it up a bit and add fresh nutrients.

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P1010339 P1010340 Ahhh, the garden looks so nice and neat (for now). I love these little copper tags. I used them last year and they’re in perfect shape still.

P1010341 This year I planted some additional herbs in these pots, Rosemary, chives and Lemon Verbena (I absolutely LOVE lemon verbena).

I’ll write a post to update you in the next week.

Happy gardening~Bam