Isn’t summer grand? Even if you spend a day doing absolutely nothing, you still feel like you completed the perfect day. Summer is good for your soul. Sometimes you find a poem that expresses how you feel perfectly, like Summer Time by William Wilson.
Sun shines on your skin and mine Until it sets way after nine. Memories made with a cold drink in hand.
Moments to cherish with feet in the sand. Everyone laughing, smiles on every face. Remember the moments, those were the days.
Turn up the music, sing it out loud. Indigo skies, no sign of a cloud.
Mutter the words that no one will know. Everlasting memories; where does time go?
And the summer fun continues from Virginia! We are enjoying a lovely week at the beach. The weather is beautiful and definitely filled with summer delights. The corn is growing, the pool is open and lazy mornings are the norm. I will be back next week with even more summer in Annapolis!
This week I ended my 35th year of teaching and the Princess finished 3rd grade. How this happened I don’t know, but I am ready for the summer. It has been a week of sleepovers, pool parties, ice cream and pool dates. It has also been a week of Red, White and Blue decorating. This house instantly looks more festive, crisp and bright as soon as I put it out and it is something I look forward to every year. Flags are plentiful, stars are abundant and there may even be an Uncle Sam or two! Is your summer shaping up to be busy or more chill this year? Are you ready for the hot weather and summer breezes? Enjoy my home ready for the 4th of July…
Is there anything more moving than an American flag flying in a warm breeze or red, white and blue touches on a sun dappled porch? I love patriotic decor in the summer! It just matches the more casual, laidback attitude of the season. I love everything about summer: lazy mornings, fresh fruits and vegetables, and especially, time spent on my front porch watching and listening to the world go by. Time seems to slow down and laughter floats through the air. Come on by and enjoy a cold beverage of your choice. The rocking chair awaits you!
It is that time of year! Our annual strawberry picking adventure was yesterday. It was hot, like really hot but we managed to pick six pounds of berry goodness. Of course a strawberry treat always follows. This year it is Strawberry scones…but I think some ice cream will soon follow.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup roughly chopped strawberries
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Dice the butter into small cubes and toss with the flour mixture. Work the butter into the flour with a fork or pastry cutter until it looks like coarse bread crumbs.
Whisk together the sour cream, egg, and vanilla. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour the sour cream mixture into the well. Using a wooden spoon or stiff spatula, mix and fold the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture. Be as gentle as possible.
When almost all the flour has been incorporated (it’s ok if there’s still loose flour at the bottom of the bowl), turn the dough out onto the counter. Pat it into a wide rectangle and sprinkle half of the strawberries over half the dough. Fold the dough over onto itself and pat again into a wide rectangle. Sprinkle the remaining strawberries over half the dough and fold it over itself again. Fold it once or twice more to work in the strawberries, being as gentle as possible so as not to smoosh the strawberries. If any strawberries fall out, press them into the top.
Press dough in a scone pan or form a disc and cut into 8 wedges. Refrigerate for one hour.
A half hour before baking, heat the oven to 400°F.
Remove the scones from the refrigerator. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the scones are firm on the sides and golden-brown on the top. Let the scones cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.