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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Smile, it's Sunday!

Good morning afternoon, friends.  My day is sneaking away so fast.  I thought I'd join Mama Hen and Little Chick for Smile Sunday today because despite all of the chaos of the past week, I've had several reasons to smile.  When I worked the concession stand at the BallPark last week, a handsome young man (I'd say about college age) called me "sweetheart" when I handed him his order.  Do you know how long it's been since anyone called me "sweetheart"?  Okay, so he probably called everyone sweetheart since we don't have nametags, or it might've had more to do with the fact that he had a half-empty cup of beer in his hand.  Either way, I was flattered just the same.  Another patron stopped by in search of jalapeno peppers for his nachos which he had purchased elsewhere.  I gladly offered him a cupful of peppers.  He asked how much, and I told him "just your gratitude."  (People aren't used to getting anything for free at the ballpark!)  He was overjoyed and thanked me profusely.  I couldn't help but smile.  Then, my Hubby just cracks himself up sometimes and emits this crazy belly laugh at his own jokes.  That cracks me up and makes me smile, too.  My son's high school football team (which I might add is also my alma mater) won their first football game of the season 49-48 in overtime Friday night.  I might have done a little more than smile at that one.  Woo-hoo!  I'm sure there's more to write about, but in the interest of time, I will share a recipe that is sure to make you smile:

Sunrise Scones
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp grated orange peel (optional)
Additional sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl whisk together milk and sour cream; set aside.  In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Using a pastry blender or 2 butter knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in raisins and milk mixture.  Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4 inch thickness.  Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or cookie cutter, cut out desire shapes; place on greased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with additional sugar.  Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Serve warm.  Yields: 12 tender, slightly sweet scones.
**Eastlyn's tips:
I always type the recipe as I found it then add my own 2 cents...I poured about 1/2 cup hot water over the raisins before I started and let them soak to "plump" back up.  Then, I drained them, patted them dry and chopped them (My daughter doesn't like raisins, so I thought if they were fine enough, maybe she'd at least be willing to try them--no such luck, even after all the extra work!)
The dough was a little sticky when I first turned it out of the bowl so I sprinkled some extra flour on top of it before I started to knead/pat it on the floured counter.  If you're using a dark pan, you may wish to lower the temp by 25 degrees (my scones browned a little on the bottom).  How do you call something "sunrise" and not have a hint of citrus flavor in it?  I added some grated orange peel to the milk/sour cream mixture, and it added just the right touch of "sunrise" flavor.  You could probably substitute lemon zest.  Instead of using a biscuit or cookie cutter, I used my pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares & then on the diagonal to make triangles.  I sprinkled some of the scones with cinnamon sugar prior to baking and some with powdered sugar after they came out of the oven. A powdered sugar & milk glaze would probably have worked well, too.
Bon apetit and Happy Smile Sunday to you all.  Until next time...


  1. Eastlyn, beautiful post. this post sure does make me SMILE!!

  2. Such wonderful things to smile about! And what I love is that they aren't big things but the little things that add up to make life wonderful! :) Great post Eastlyn!

  3. Yay for your son's win! I am SO happy football season is back! It makes me SMILE too! Glad you had lots to smile about today!

  4. Sweatheart! Love that! I love your attitude Eastlyn!

  5. The scones sounds delicious! I do not know when I have been called sweetheart either! That is so nice! I added your link earlier Eastlyn, but could not comment yet. Have a great Monday!

    Mama Hen

  6. Oh, I love scones. Yum! My husband cracks up at his own jokes too. (Maybe it's a guy thing?! As it is, half the time I don't understand my husband's jokes because he makes them in reference to movies I've never seen...) Congratulations to your son on the first win of the season. Yay!!!!

  7. Yum! Those look delicious. I love that you added the bit of lemon zest. Sounds Yummy. And Congrats on your sons first win, Sweetheart. ;-)

    Have a great week!

  8. That recipe sounds wonderful! As soon as I get my baking counter in my new kitchen I'll have to give it a try.

    And aren't you inventive using a pizza cutter instead of it sticking to a cooking cutter. What a great tip! I'll have to remember that one.

  9. Great Post and Thank you for your kind and encouraging words! I am so close to being done with my degree and just need to make it through this semester and two others and I will be done!
    I at one point was pursuing a Social Work degree but changed my mind to focus more on Psychology and Family Counseling.

    I love Mama's Little nestwork! Feel free to become a follower, I try to keep updated every one or two days!

    Have a Great day!

  10. I'm smiling! Wonderful post and yummy recipe! I've bookmarked it to try (maybe this coming weekend)...if I do, I'll make sure to let you know!

  11. I loved the ballpark stories. Too cute! Those scones looks delish! I've never made them scones before. I love to bake, so I'll have to give those a try! :)