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Sunshine, Snowdrops and Hot Scones

Good morning, luvs! Oh, I am a happy soul today. I’ve had an entire weekend of glorious sunshine, hikes in the woods, and true comfort food. I finished reading an entire book and watched the fascinating new PBS series Downton Abbey. I feel inspired and rested, ready for a brand new week. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s still wicked cold around here, but the sun has been out and I had to be out in it. So I bundled up and went for long walks every day, so thrilled to see snowdrops and crocuses blooming cheerily.

I just loved being out there, breathing deeply of cold, fresh air mingled with wood smoke, strolling past neighbors going for walks with their kidlets.

When I got home from my walk this afternoon I was craving comfort food and hastily whipped up a batch of whole wheat scones. Mmm, they smelled so toasty and grainy fresh out of the oven.

I slathered one half with lime curd and the other with boysenberry jam, then topped each one with a healthy dollop of sour cream and dug in. Oh my. Twas pure deliciousness and the perfect accompaniment to a big mug of Earl Grey Tea and a British mini-series.

What is your favorite memory from this weekend?

Whole Wheat Scones


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
2/3 cup half and half
1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Combine first five ingredients, sift if necessary.
  3. Blend in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir half and half and egg together. Add to dry mixture and toss with fork until moistened.
  5. Lightly mix dough until it holds together.
  6. Pat into circle 1/2 inch thick. Cut into wedges.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.
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Duchess - oh that looks simple and yummy!

Anna Johnston - I’m lovin’ that you’ve got your mo-jo back again Krista, your walks in the woods sound heavenly (even though I was a bit of a lounge lizard & didn’t do any such thing vaguely resembling exercise). A nice lazy w/e this end, but a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Your comment cheered me so much, Theresa. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for taking time from your bustling life to let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - I wish it was spring, Katie! Alas the day after I posted this we got snow. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Me too, Cailin! I just watched it this weekend and am totally hooked now. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - I didn’t make it this time, Brenna. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a lovely store-bought version. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - I usually mix the sour cream with whipped cream, Rhiannon, but this time I went with straight sour cream and it was fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Good question, Connie! I bet you could get by with a toaster oven though!

RamblingTart - Thank you SO much, Lorraine. ๐Ÿ™‚ You totally made my day with your kind comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Tangerine! It’s good to be back and reconnected. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - It sure is comforting, Valerie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheered my heart tremendously to see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Theresa - I’ve been craving lime curd lately, for some reason unknown. Especially since I’ve never tasted it. Now I’ve got to make a renewed effort to actually make the citrus-y goodness!

Your posts make me happy and thankful for the many good gifts God scatters at our feet with such lavish abandon! Thank you!

Katie@Cozydelicious - Flowers! Is it spring there? Not here…. I am jealous! And your scones look wonderful – that lime cy=urd sounds amazing. Yum!

Cailin - I love, love, love Downton Abbey!!

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] - That looks so good! Did you make the lime curd?

rhiannon - i’ve never heard of eating scones with sour cream. i must try this!

Connie - Yum, scones! I went through a major scone phase a couple of years ago. I’d love to bake some more but alas, my new apartment in Hong Kong doesn’t have an oven. I’m going to need to find some good no-bake baking recipes. Do they even exist? =)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - What I really adore about you and your blog Krista is that you have a clear appreciation for the beauty of simple things! It’s so lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

Tangerine Fairy - So glad you dropped by..it’s been so long since we’ve blogged connected.. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is the white flower in first pic…so so devine..

Hope you’re doin well!

Valerie - What lovely crocuses!
It’s so comforting to see signs of Spring desite the cold weather. And that wheat scone with the lime curd looks luscious. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Annie! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nature brought me much happiness this weekend and cheered my heart tremendously. ๐Ÿ™‚

Annie - You’re happy posts and appreciation for nature make me so happy! The recipes and photos add to that of course! I’m glad you are feeling so fabulous!

RamblingTart - Linda, I think Downton Abbey is now available on DVD and they’re currently producing Season 2. I hope you can find it. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a very entertaining series. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Ohhh, that is so sweet, Anna! What a lovely song for your Mum to sing to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Reesha, I’d live next door to you ANY day!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wouldn’t we have the most splendid times? ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you so much, Vanessa! Ohhh, rabbit stew sounds amazing!! I would love to try that one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - Oh, I know what you mean, Val. We’re supposed to get snow tonight!! I love planning future trips too. ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - I’m cheering too, Rosa! Snow is supposed to come tonight, but the sunshine was lovely while it lasted. ๐Ÿ™‚

LindyLouMac - I miss snowdrops, these are so beautiful to look at. I was interested you mention Downton Abbey as it has been on the Uk recently and I here it is worth watching but sadly we do not have it here in Italy, maybe one day.

Anna K - Lovely snowdrops and crocuses! I miss having growing things pop up outside my door. Snowdrops make me think of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3r7Tp7fAZ4&feature=related . . . My mom learned it while living in Ireland and then sang it to her wee ones as we grew up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sheree - Scones and Downton Abbey… now that’s a weekend! I wish you lived next door:)

Vanessa@Luxuria - Wow! what gorgeous spring photos, and your scones look decadently wicked!
My favorite memory this weekend was making a delicious Spanish rabbit stew, and just letting it slow cook for hours whilst pottering around doing very little.

bellini - On Friday morning I remember commenting how Spring was here but by Friday afternnon the cold Arctic air hit and we were back in reality and a winter in Canada.My favourite weekend passtime was planning future holidays and dreaming.

Rosa - Yay, spring has arrived!

Those scones look fantastic!



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