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500 gets Mister a Starbucks!

Yumminess!

When I created a Facebook page, I never imagined that more than a few people would be interested in reading it.  Needless to say, I am surprised and thrilled to have had so many people like the FB page.  I mainly created it to have a place to put my blog posts, other than my personal profile.  As more people joined, I felt a responsibility to have more content by adding pictures and quotes.  I’m trying to find a balance that doesn’t annoy people. I just want to make sure I share positivity, encouragement and inspiration with others.  And an occasional rant or bawdy joke.

Last week I ended up being at 400 “likes” and was  shocked by it.  Honestly, I never thought I’d get more than 25. Gayle, the blogger of A Beautiful Mess Inside, made a comment that I would soon be getting to 500.  I fairly well scoffed at that.  However, she was right and I actually did make it to 500 likes by yesterday morning!  According to Gayle, I was actually at 500 when she checked at 2:50am. Now that is quite some dedication to being able to utter the ever-so-humble words “I TOLD YOU SO.”  I should note, that I’m certain this is the only time in my life that I didn’t want to punch the person saying those words.

*burp*

I had told Mister that if I ever got to the “Five-Oh-Oh” number I would buy him Starbucks with his own gift card.  Isn’t that so generous of me?!  I even made him drive us there… and buy me one too! Gayle humbly asked for pictures, so this particular blog is my (far too boastful) fulfillment of her request.

I’m getting this out a day late (and about $9.12 short on Mister’s gift card), and I am already stunned at having another 50 “likes”.  I could pull a Sally Fields on you, however, from the bottom of my heart I just want to say: “Thank you.”  Thank you for reading the blog and “liking” the Facebook page.  As I tend to repeat constantly over on the page,

“I hope you find something that encourages you, inspires you, or at the very least, makes you smile.”

Christine

Mister and I

Glazed Pumpkin Scones (Like Starbucks!!)

Like-Starbucks Pumpkin Scones

I love Starbucks’ Pumpkin Scones.  Especially with their Pumpkin Spice Latte… Bliss!! I attempted a pumpkin scone the other day… Blech.  It was ok, but not what I was hoping for.

Then I ran across this blog that had a recipe for Starbucks Pumpkin Scones.  I had to try it!  Especially because I opened up the big can of Libby’s Pumpkin the other day when I only needed a 1/4 cup of pumpkin.  Poor Mister has had to endure me making tons of stuff to use up the rest of the pumpkin: a so-so batch of scones, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and now a new batch of scones.  He’s surviving the torture of baked goodies.

The recipe may seem long, but it is SUPER EASY to make! The only difficulty I had was waiting for the scones to cool!!  They turned out EXCELLENT!! Definitely like Starbucks.  Now, I may have to try this recipe to make my own Pumpkin Spice Latte tomorrow… Mmmmmm!!

Chef’s Notes:  I have this ‘thing’ about doubling the spice in pumpkin recipes.  I just love my pumpkin extra spicy.  In this case the ONLY thing I doubled was the cinnamon in the scones.  Nothing else!  Also, random complaint: the 7 tablespoons of sugar annoys me.  Seriously, 4 tablespoons equal a 1/4 cup and 8 tablespoons equal a 1/2 cup.  They had to make the sugar in this recipe be 1 tablespoon short of a 1/2 cup??  Ok, Ok, I understand baking is a science and all that stuff.  Sigh…random complaint over.

Scones Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 7  Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 Tablespoons half-and-half (you can use regular milk too!)
  • 1 large egg

Sugar Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Spiced Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
Preparation:
Scones

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.

3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl.

4. With a fork, pastry knife, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter remain. Set aside. (Note: I have a $250 Kitchen-Aid Mixer FOR A REASON… To do the WORK!  I don’t use anything but my mixer for cutting in butter, as it does a perfectly good job.  Just let it mix for several minutes and you’ll have a nice crumbly mixture without killing your arms or pulling out the food processer).

5. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk pumpkin, half and half, and egg.

6. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball. (Again…. Kitchen Aid.  Let IT do the work!!)

7. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle (about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide)

8. Use a large knife to slice the dough into three equal portions. Cut diagonally to produce 6 triangular slices of dough.

9. Place on prepared baking sheet from step 2.

10. Bake for 14–16 minutes until scones turn light brown.

11. Place on wire rack to cool.

Sugar Glaze

1. Mix the powdered sugar and 2 Tablespoon milk together until smooth.

2. Brush glaze over the top of each cooled scone.

Spiced Glaze

1. As sugar glaze firms, combine the spiced icing ingredients.

2. Use whisk to drizzle over each scone and allow to dry before serving.

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