So I’m Engaged, Now What?

I can’t say their is a more exciting time then getting engaged.  The only other big life event would be having a baby.  Both are filled with an abundance of learning curves, information gathering and intense planning!

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Christmas morning I was surprised with a stunning diamond ring and asked to marry the most generous, thoughtful and dedicated man I have ever met. Of course it was an astounding yes! Having been together for 4 years, this was a natural progression in our relationship and a firmer commitment to making our dreams come into fruition and creating our lives together.

I was married once before, so I have planned a large formal event before. My fiance has never been married. It is my goal to make sure we make decisions together. No Bridezilla here! This event I knew would be much smaller at maybe 60 guests, but the goal is to plan it with just as much detail, elegance and thoughtfulness as my previous larger one. I want this event to be just as much about him as it is me. We are becoming one! This is a time for us to imagine what we want the day to look like, have a nice chunk of time to research our vendors and include all the details we want to make this day unique and special.

Once we secured our date and venue, we quickly started investigating vendors. DJ, Videographer, Photography, Florist’s, Hair and Makeup and Gobo’s? I’ll explain later!

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Me and my future hubby

It is AMAZING to find out how far photography and videography has come in 15 years. So much more versatile and so much more cinematic. It is exciting to have the opportunity to have our special day captured with so many options!

One tip I can give you is do your homework! View the websites of the photographers and look at their photo albums and get a feel for their style. There are SO many and SO many are SO different. Prices will normally go higher depending on the package but you can negotiate! If something is included that you don’t need  like a highlight reel or engagement session, see if they will take it out and reduce your price. I also think ( along with food) this is the one area you should not skimp on. Get a professional and get it done right. It is a special day and you want to savor those memories for a long time having the photographer capture both your personalities and highlight the love you have for each other.

You will quickly find out after getting engaged, when you start your vendor search there are a lot of additional services these vendors offer. Photo booths, design and decor, rentals for tents, up lighting, wedding officiants, wedding coordinators and Gobos?  Yes Gobos! No, not that adorable character from Fraggle Rock. A Gobo is a custom monogrammed image that is lit on the wall or dance floor at your wedding. Typically with the couples initials or last name and date of the event. Fancy! Let’s just say it is easy to keep adding, adding, adding more and forgetting your budget.  Discuss in advance of going to these appointments what you want and how much you are budgeting.

A great resource  for the newly engaged is  http://www.pinterest.com. You can get a wealth of ideas from dresses, decor, floral’s and ceremony ideas, favors and themes just by putting in the search bar a topic. I have to say my wedding  Pinterest page is flowing over. But I know it will come in handy when we make decisions on decor, what kind of hair I want that day and floral’s to have some ideas mapped out so when I see something that catches my eye, it gets pinned.

Etsy is another site that has a ton of inspiration for weddings. Found at http://www.etsy.com , you can go on peoples personal shops to purchase items you might want to incorporate like decor and favors. http://www.theknot.com is the premier wedding planning site. The Knot has planners and calculators leading up to your special day as well as resources for vendors, dresses, honeymoons, you name it.

One thing I am hoping to accomplish while engaged is a nice long time frame for planning. Reveling in the process. Sharing our ideas together and making our event a magical day with friends and family.

Stay tuned as I will be posting other engagement planning posts in the upcoming months!

Rosemary & Maple Roasted Nuts

Enjoyed what was likely the last winter ski trip for the season. You just are never sure what you are going to get in New England each year. 70 degrees one week, 25 degrees 3 days later!

rosemary and maple nutsWe ended up spending the weekend at Stratton and got some good runs in despite it being 70 degrees earlier that week. Just cold enough but comfortable and low winds! Friday night brought unexpected snow squalls and we almost did not make it to dinner fighting sliding cars on a long stretch of road that froze quickly once hitting the pavement. Thankful to say we made it to dinner and home in one piece!

We enjoyed something we have not ever tried before and was quite simple. Roasted nuts. We spent our dinner at The Copper Grouse which is located inside the Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT. The hotel is amazing so I was not surprised this restaurant was also fantastic.

rosemary and maple nutsWe wanted something to start with our cocktails and the Rosemary and Maple nuts sounded fun. They came out warm on a small cast iron plate. Sweet, salty and aromatic. They quickly were gone! What a nice accompaniment to our drinks before dinner. I thought they could not be that hard to replicate. So.. here is my copy cat recipe. I was pleasantly surprised how easy this was.

Rosemary & Maple Roasted Nuts

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  • 2 cups assorted nuts. (I used an assorted nut package from Trader Joe’s.)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ( You can also substitute for cinnamon for cayenne for a sweeter version)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients except the nuts and whisk together. Let it sit. Roast nuts on parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes once oven is preheated. Once complete, take nuts out and pour mixture over nuts and coat well using spatula. Roast for 10 more minutes. Take tray out of the oven and let nuts cool until hard. Enjoy!

 

TBT! Healthy Shamrock Shake

Bringing back last years Shamrock Shake post! It’s just about that time to celebrate St. Pattys Day!

Staying healthy is not always easy. With a Green Shamrock Shake, it can be! It is a good idea to find treats and some healthy desserts to incorporate in your diet so you never feel unsatisfied. Since March is now here, many people see the tempting commercials for that fast food St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake. The minty, icy, smooth shake is tempting. But fear not! I have a healthy version and your kids won’t even know the difference.

DEsconstructed Green Shamrock Shake

There are many variations of this shake floating around the web. This version has 5 ingredients. The original recipe contains 54 ingredients that I am not even confident I could properly pronounce!

Mine uses Almond Dream Ice Cream making it dairy free and gives it an awesome shake consistency. You could also use coconut ice cream which would also be dairy free.  I also added spinach. Why not?! You cannot even taste it and it adds in nutritional value. The raw honey is a major health boost. Raw honey (unlike that cute plastic bear that is available at your local grocery) store boosts your immune system, contains no pesticides and aides in healing!

GREEN SHAMROCK SHAKE

2 cups Almond Dream Vanilla Ice Cream

1 cup fresh spinach

1 Tbsp Y.S Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

In a blender or Nutribullet mix all ingredients until a shake like consistency. Garnish with shaved chocolate and a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Fresh Salt Cuisine Series at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

When I was invited to visit Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, as well as to be a guest at their Fresh Salt Cuisine Series for the Macallan Scotch Dinner, I knew I was in for a real treat!

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Fresh Salt

Nestled in the heart of the Old Saybrook waterfront, Saybrook Point Inn and Spa is rich in history and luxury. The Main Inn has beautiful cozy rooms as well as suites. Need more water views? Stay in the 1 room lighthouse suite surrounded by water! The Main Inn is also a fabulous place to consider for business meetings, private dinner parties or even weddings in their ballroom.

The Main Inn had many amenities including fitness center, spa, indoor pool and it’s award-winning restaurant Fresh Salt which has both indoor and outdoor seating in the spring and summer seasons. If sightseeing and local attractions have you tired, the Sanno Spa has luxurious massage and facial treatments to relax you during your stay. It was interesting to also hear that the entire property including the spa is “green” and they have put an emmense amount of time and effort to ensuring the property is eco-friendly.

Looking for something different? Stay at one of the two guest houses Tall Tales or Three Stories located directly across the street. Tall Tales includes six guest rooms. Each room is fully equipped with beautiful furniture and art and has a small kitchen and dining area on the first floor. Many rooms have decks where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee watching the sun come up. Three Stories houses 8 guests rooms and beautiful gardens in the outside and decks. to enjoy sunsets and the fresh salty air. Both homes have access to all the amenities at the Inn.

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Three Stories

Tall Tales

Fresh Salt Macallan Scotch Dinner

The food a Fresh Salt never disappoints. The Fresh Salt Cuisine Series is a pairing of wine or spirits and decadent dishes. During cocktail hours, we dined on hors d’oeurves like Prosciutto-Basil Wrapped Shrimp, Crab Rangoon,  Pork-Chive Sui Mei and Roquetfort-Pear Phyllo all paired with a specialty Macallan Cocktail which was muddled with orange and cranberry. Yum!

We were lucky to sit with Macallan’s Brand Ambassador, Jeremy Fonicello and we were able to ask more questions while we dined. Not being a Scotch drinker, the biggest question I had to ask was “What is the difference between Scotch and Whiskey”? I found out I was not the only one that wondered that! Scotch…well.. has to be made in Scotland. Of course it does!

The amazing staff at Fresh Salt brought out 5 courses that evening starting with Big Eye Tuna Tartar with toasted coconut, dry cranberry and mango salsa. I am not gonna lie, I could have eaten 2 of those. Delicious. It was paired with The Macallan Fine Oak 10 year. Jeremy discussed how the scotch was made and the proper way to taste it. No twirling! Nose it and sip. Add ice or a cap of water if the drink is too strong.

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Big Eye Tuna Tartar

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Scotch Braised Short Rib

Herb Crusted Wild Boar Rack

My favorite course was Scotch Braised Short Rib with smoked potato puree, crispy brussel sprouts and short rib reduction. The meat was so tender and full of flavor. As a result, it was pure perfection! It was paired with The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Cask.

Can we talk about dessert? Beautifully plated and included flowers! We were served Tiramisu Entremets with an Amaretto Truffle, caramel espresso and vanilla sauce. If you are a chocolate lover, beware. This one is to die for. Decadent and just how dessert should feel. Sinful!

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Tiramisu Entremets

Our stay was wonderful and we had the pleasure of having a guided tour by John Lombardo the General Manager upon our arrival who told us all about the history of the Inn, the surrounding property and how it has evolved. Most of all it was a truly special day and night.  Living in CT ,we sometimes feel we have to go far away to get away. If you are looking for a getaway, you do not need to look much farther than Saybrook Point Inn & Spa.

 

 

Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner

Upcoming Fresh Salt Cuisine Series includes Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner March 3rd at 6:30pm.  Join them as they pay special tribute to Frank Sinatra who used to frequent the Inn way back when! With each course you will enjoy a whisky drink along side expertly paired cuisine. If you are interested in making a reservation for an upcoming Fresh Salt Cuisine Series, call Fresh Salt at (860) 339-1327.

Special thanks to Stephen Tagliatela and John Lombardo for the excellent hospitality.

( I was invited to stay at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa and attend the dinner in return for this blog post. All opinions and remarks are my own)

 

5 Tips for Eating on the Road

Eating on the road is not always easy. The best part of my job is the fact that I get to see areas of the state I normally might not visit. That includes eateries, coffee shops and restaurants which all have an abundance of choices and selections for eating out.

I work in sales and have adjusted to not having a physical office everyday to go to and making the most out of my vehicle. The trunk is my mobile office holding much of my marketing materials and supplies. My front seat has accessible pens and pads as well as my work bag and iPad for writing notes. Having your car as your office certainly has its perks. No one is supervising you over your shoulder. You get to control your day and where you spend it and learn to miss all the high traffic areas during high traffic times!eating on the road, on the go, healthy, lunch

I mostly bring my lunch with me each day as  I find it saves times and I have better options for what I am eating when I am controlling it. Their are times that I have a coworker with me or I am training an employee and we eat out. I have found some great spots on my travels and now frequent them when I am in that town which is nice! You get to know the staff and owners of these businesses and I feel like I am supporting small business and treating myself to my favorite meals.

With that being said, it would be very easy to do this daily and I have to imagine some of my co-workers do! I can’t seem to want to spend 10-15 a day on lunch. That’s $50 a week and $200 a month eating out for only 1 meal a day. It adds up! So I bag it! Here are my 5 tips for eating on the road.

5 Tips for Eating on the Road

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  1. Hydrate! I have a 32 ounce water bottle that comes with me for the day. I find if I have water, I will drink it!

2 .Be well-rounded! Pack easily accessible foods and a variety. Fruit, cut up veggies and Hummus( one of my favorites) , guacamole and chips, yogurt, nuts, dried fruit or hard-boiled eggs. A simple sandwich or salad can work to, but I opt for a “snack style” lunch to reduce the possibility of spills.eating on the road, on the go, lunch, healthy

 

3. Pack utensils. Nothing is more annoying than having the yummy lunch you planned and nothing to eat it with! I pack a fork and spoon with napkins in my lunch bag and wash when I get home.

4. Bring antibacterial wipes. This will help when you do not have an accessible restroom around on the road but need to wash the hands before eating. I also keep them in the car for spills. Yes, they do wonders on your clothes when you are eating off your lap. 🙂

5. Treat Yo Self!  Yes. You are allowed! I have 1 place on my travels I go weekly. It is my favorite place and has my favorite food and bonus for me, there is ample work space so I can have a working lunch but get out of the car. They also have a nice bathroom which every person in sales can appreciate!

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There are much more than only 5 tips for eating on the road but these are just the top five that I utilize every day . If  you are a road warrior, what are your tips of the trade?

 

Easy Make Ahead Shrimp Burgers

What a day! This weekend we decided to take down a wall in our lower level of our home.  So scary but so easy at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised my fiance and I did it! We had a little help from a good friend too. 🙂 Don’t let me even start talking about the mess of the aftermath. I might have sheet rock dust down there forever! Sunday is normally our day of rest. Not today! Busy, busy since we moved almost a month ago and working hard to make it a home. All this work got me hungry and craving some seafood.

Sunday is normally the day we try to make a more special dinner or prep for the week. Even with our demolition happening downstairs, we were able to put together a nice recipe for shrimp burgers. I have had them several times at Whole Foods and they are divine! Why not try to make our own.

Shrimp Burgers, seafood, burgers, gluten freeThe nice thing is you know exactly what goes in it and can use whatever spices you have on hand or like the most. We opted for a ton of fresh dill and a cilantro chili spice we had in our cupboard.  A BBQ spice blend would work well to or Italian seasoning if you want to go for Italian route. This is a great recipe to make ahead and then just warm up during the week. They can also be frozen to have days or weeks later if properly stored for easy dinner to table meal.

SHRIMP BURGERS

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  • 10 fresh wild caught shrimp
  • 3 cups Panko (use gluten-free for gluten-free burgers)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp chili lime seasoning
  • 2 eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Peel and clean shrimp. Chop into small pieces and put into medium size bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Grease medium size casserole pan with coconut oil. Using your hands pat burgers together evenly forming 5 burgers. shrimp burgers, seafood, burgersBake for 15-18 minutes until shrimp are pink and fully cooked. Serve warm with bun or over greens. To reheat, warm in oven 10 minutes on 300 degrees.

 

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point To Host Frank Sinatra Jack Daniels Dinner!

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point To Host Special Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Jack Daniel’s Family of Whisky Dinner to honor iconic performer’s unique relationship with the forerunner location on Saturday, January 21. I am so looking forward to visiting Fresh Salt again!

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(photo credit by Ted Allan at www.sinatra.com )

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn., (December 27, 2016) – Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point is hosting a special tribute dinner in honor of the legendary performer Frank Sinatra. Held in conjunction with Old Saybrook’s Seaside Wine and Spirits on Saturday, January 21, this creative Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner honors the iconic performer’s special relationship with the forerunner location during the property’s 1960s heydays when Sinatra and his “Rat Pack” were regulars at the Terra Mar Hotel & Yacht Basin, where Sinatra kept his boat and entertained friends on a regular basis. According to one newspaper, it was rumored that Sinatra was going to buy the Terra Mar. The hotel was raided twice for illegal gambling and finally shut down in 1980, owing a large tax debt. Louis and Mary Tagliatela then purchased the unoccupied and dilapidated hotel at auction, and nine years later, the Terra Mar was replaced with Saybrook Point Inn.

The Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner will feature a robust selection of single barrel whiskey and rye by one of America’s most iconic distilleries, expertly paired with a hearty selection of fresh seafood, steaks and poultry creatively prepared by Saybrook Point’s talented Private Event and Banquet Chef Bill Titus and Fresh Salt Chef d’ Cuisine Gesé Rodriguez. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres featuring Crabmeat Salad-Sweet Potato Pancake, Assorted Sushi, and Braised Pork Belly with green tomato jam served with a Jacked-Up Cider Cocktail.

The five-course whiskey dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring Ceviche Tartare Duo with Scallop-Tuna Citrus Sauce paired with Gentleman Jack, followed by Lamb T-Bone with Lentil Croquette, Trumpet Mushrooms and Marsala Glace paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select. The third and fourth course feature Almond-Crusted Black Pearl Salmon with Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Stack paired with Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Roast Loin of Venison with Celery Root-Cauliflower Puree, Pear Chutney and Brussel Sprout Leaves paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye. The evening concludes with a Black Jack Cake served with a warm malted barley-dusted pretzel paired with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Sauce.

Seaside Wine and Spirits from Old Saybrook will be in attendance, and guests can place orders for their favorite whiskey of the evening at specially reduced prices.  The Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner at Saybrook Point’s Fresh Salt is $94/person plus tax and service charge.  Reservations are necessary and may be made by calling the Fresh Salt reservations line at 860.339.1318

About Saybrook Point
Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at www.saybrook.com.

Press release courtesy of Regan Communications Group, Inc, Regan Communications 106 Union Wharf, Boston, 02109 MA, United States.

I was invited to attend this dinner in return for publishing this press release. All opinions are my own.

 

Breakfast Burrito’s with BFree Foods

Breakfast is my all time favorite meal. It sometimes can get mundane. Likely because I am in a rush to make something in the morning. We have gluten sensitivity in our home so I am always looking at different ways to make meals taste great without missing the bread.

BFree Foods makes being gluten-free easy and delicious! They have every possible bread selection you could want. Rolls, sliced bread, pita, hot dog buns, bagels and more. We were lucky to receive a nice sampling of their gluten-free products to try.

Bfree foods, Breakfast burritos, Foodie, gluten freeWhat I liked best is that the texture and feel of the products were the most like real bread with gluten. They did not flake apart or break when taking them out of the packaging which is typical of other brands because it does not have the gluten to bind it together.  Plus! They also have every possible product you could need when it comes to bread. This can be a challenge when you are looking for gluten-free options. Sometimes it takes you buying multiple brands or going to multiple stores to find everything you need.

BFree foods have high-quality, non-GMO ingredients

  • Allergen-friendly and vegan
  • Low-cal, high-fiber, low-fat
  • Excellent nutrition and taste
  • No wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts or soy
  • Won’t disintegrate, crack or crumble!

We used the rolls for turkey burgers one night and made breakfast burritos for breakfast. Here is the recipe!

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  • 2 BFree Foods Wraps
  • 5 eggs scrambled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • chopped tomato
  • 2 slices of turkey bacon

Open up two BFree Foods wraps and spoon in scrambled eggs. Sprinkle with shredded cheese evenly. Add spinach, bacon and chopped tomato. Fold up the sides of each end into a burrito, seam side down. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt cheese and enjoy~ Add avocado or salsa for additional options. Yields 2 burritos.

BFree products are now available at your local Big Y, Star Market, Demoulas and more. Visit them at Bfree Foods 

BFree Foods sent me samples of their products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Momentum to Reach Your Goals

Their has been too many times in the past few years that momentum has proven to be a successful tool in many aspects of life. Merriam Webster defines Momentum as: the strength or force that something has when it is moving: the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes.

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What have you gained momentum on lately?

For me, it has definitely been parenting. Yes parenting! I have seen how my conscious efforts and practice in parenting has yielded successful moments for my family and my child. I have seen how putting your best foot forward and taking the extra time to spend or teach your child has huge benefits. This might not be new to anyone. But let’s face it. If you work full-time and are a parent, sometimes all you want is a glass of red and food on the table at night. Your patience is thin. Time is spent on worry and work which sometimes get the best of us. I have learned that work can wait and so can the laundry. Momentum as Merriam Webster defines, is a force that allows something to continue or grow stronger. I can’t think of anything more than your child that you would want this for!

Another area of my life that has been harnessed with growth is my professional life.

Sometimes employees believe that the length of time at a company will automatically earn them a promotion and maybe a higher paycheck. Nothing can be further from the truth. People who grow professionally are ones that are consistent learners and seek out opportunity. In the past 3 years I promoted myself! Yes. I made suggestions in regard to department structure and when it was time to do something completely different, I leaped and made it on the other side with open arms from my employer. My employer was just happy I stayed at the company! You just never know what is waiting for you on the other side if you do not open the door yourself! I cannot stress this enough. Momentum takes off with consistent motion!

momentum, goals, running, focus, personal developmentRunners know all too much about momentum. They keep a good pace and build up their momentum to cross the finish line. Sales professionals are constantly looking to build momentum with clients by making sure everyone get served accordingly. They make sure customers are taken care of so they have repeat customers consistently.

 

Where we place focus in life is often where we will find it.

People who focus on working out regularly will yield high benefits by gaining momentum in their physical well-being. They are building their stamina in cardio or by how much weight they can lift. If you want to focus on eating healthier, you will make small changes that will build on each other over time.  You will establish healthier eating habits. You likely will gain momentum in losing weight or lowering your cholesterol.

If you seize the opportunity, momentum can quickly take off in many areas of our lives.  We just need to harness it properly.

How do you harness it?

 

 

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Scones

Perfect fall treat with your coffee this morning, your next brunch or tea party. Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Scones! So easy, and made with minimal ingredients.

blueberry lemon scones, breakfast, lemon, blueberry, tea, My son has been busy in the kitchen lately trying out his cooking and baking skills. And I love it. It’s such a great way to bond with your child. He helps measure the ingredients, read the instructions and is learning about safety and cooking utensils. In addition,  he gets to do the sampling of his creation!

We often frequent the library every week and he recently  got a child’s baking book. The first thing we made were homemade cupcakes. It was actually the first time I ever made them from scratch and it was ridiculously simple. The recipe did not take much more than what I already had in the house. I like feeding him organic and natural food when possible ,so this was a pleasant surprise.

This week it was scones! He wanted to make them extra special and add fruit and a glaze. You could substitute the fruit for chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit or nuts. Whatever you prefer. He chose lemon glaze to drizzle over them which happens to be one of my favorite dessert flavors. Like the cupcakes, this also had just a few ingredients in the recipe. Simple and homemade.

Blueberry Lemon Scones

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*4 Tablespoons softened butter
*1/3 cup granulated sugar
*1& 1/2 cup self rising flour
*1 cup powdered sugar
*1 tbsp water
*1 lemon squeezed
*pinch of salt
*1/4 cup blueberries ( frozen is fine) drained and dry

Cut up softened butter into cubes. With your hands, mix in flour and butter. Consistency should be a crumbly dough. Add sugar and pinch of salt. Stir in blueberries until incorporated. Lay dough out on a flat surface. Using a round cookie cutter, cut scones into rounds and place on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove and cool. Mix powered sugar, water and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix until thick glaze forms. You may have to put in more sugar in it if it’s too watery. Drizzle scones with glaze. Allow to dry and then dig in!