Cranberry-Orange Scones…and Snow

Guys, it’s still snowing.  They declared Seattle a state of emergency.  And it’s supposed to rain tomorrow.  Ohhhhh my.  Thankfully, the roomies and I got out of the apartment and made a trek down the hill to the store for lunch and general socialization.  It was MUCH needed.

Last night, I got my creative juices flowing and devised a recipe of my very own!  Of course the concept is nothing new, but I made up my own recipe.  Hooray!

May I introduce you to my Cranberry-Orange scone?  With Greek yogurt.  And chocolate.  And Bisquick!

I mixed Bisquick, brown sugar, soy milk, dried cranberries, vanilla, Greek yogurt, margarine and orange zest to get this lovely dough.

It was a bit of a guessing game as to proportion of wet to dry ingredients, but you just mix and go and see what happens 🙂

After mixing, I separated the dough into four blobs and placed them on a VERY lightly greased cookie sheet.  And yes, “blobs” is a technical term.

Pop them in the oven for a bit and….

TADA!

Then, a little chocolate drizzle and we’re in business.

The Bisquick seems to make the scone lighter than regular flour, while the yogurt keeps it moist.  The dried cranberries add a nice tart flavor which pairs SO well with the bright citrus.  Light, soft, slightly sweet…the vanilla really shines through also!

Like how it kinda matches my plates? 😀

Cranberry-Orange Scones

The Goods (Yield, 4)

1 cup Bisquick (I used the Heart Healthy variety)

1 tbsp brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup dried cranberries

2 tbsp soy milk (I used plain, but use what you have)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp margarine, softened

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp orange zest + a small squeeze of juice

2 tbsp chocolate chips

Method

1. Combine all ingredients and mix well

2. Divide dough into 4 equal sections; place on a lightly greased cookie sheet

3. Bake at 400* F for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned

4. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.  Spoon into a zip-lock bag; snip a TINY hole in one corner and pipe chocolate onto scones

I bet any dried fruit would work well with this.  Dried blueberries with lemon zest?  Dried mango with macadamia nuts?  Or try fresh or frozen fruit.  You just might have to adjust the baking time accordingly.  Also, different types of chocolate would be fun to experiment with.  I used semi-sweet because it’s what I had (and I was NOT going to risk my life driving in the snow to the store for white chocolate!).   And it’s even simple to make vegan!  Just use soy/coconut/almond yogurt and a vegetable based buttery spread.  At least I think that’s how it works 😉   Let me know if you come up with any good combos! 🙂

And with that, I’m off!  It’s probably time to figure out some dinner.  And then, the roomies and I are watching “The Help”

The question of the day…will there be school tomorrow?

Blessings,

Beth

 

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And Still it Snows

Well folks, the snow kept coming…keeps coming…and we were blessed with another snow day.  So it’s Wednesday and we’ve had no school this week.

IT’S LIKE BONUS CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!!!!!!!

But then again, I’m a little scared of what the rest of the semester will be like.  I mean, if God is giving me three extra days off to rest and catch up on homework….yikes.  So the best thing I can do is be thankful for the time and make good use of it.  And I think relaxing (and doing moderate amounts of homework) is making good use.  Yeah?  Yeah?  Yeah.

Anyways.

This whole snow-in-Seattle thing is still so bizarre to me.  There’s maybe…oh..6 inches out there and it’s like the world has stopped moving.

There were no cars on the street that runs in front of campus.

There were only a few cars in the chapel parking lot, but they had been sitting there for a couple of days.  It’s tricky getting up the last little hill to the apartments sometimes.

Even the little neighborhood right next to my apartment was all tucked away, keeping warm and safe.

But clearly, I wasn’t concerned about keeping warm since I bundled up and went for a walk.  30* ain’t bad!   And I miiiiight have gone crazy if I hadn’t gotten out and stretched my legs.  And truthfully, being active makes eating a much pleasanter experience.  Even though I’m doing pretty well with eating disorder recovery, I have my sticky spots, and exercise is one of them.  I feel so much better if I can get some exercise in.  It’s a two-edged sword: good in that I’ve developed an exercise habit which will benefit me in the long run…not-so-good in that it’s difficult to take a day off.  But…one bite (step) at a time.

So my face got kinda wet, and I could hardly see out of my glasses.  But I’d say the walk was still worth it.  🙂

On the agenda for tonight: make some dinner, try an experimental recipe I’ve devised, and perhaps watch an episode of something.

Tomorrow…snow day?  I guess we’ll see!

Aaaaand, I just got the notification…all classes before 4pm tomorrow are cancelled.  So that’s 3 snow days in a row, plus no school on Monday due to MLK day.  OH MY GOSH!

But it’s supposed to start raining and warm up a bit tomorrow, so perhaps we can actually do something…go somewhere…ANYTHING!

You see, I’m going a bit stir crazy. So maybe another blog tomorrow 🙂

Blessings,

Beth

It Snowed!

Yesterday, around mid-morning, it started snowing.  Big huge flakes.  I didn’t think it would stick, but it did.  Then it started raining.  Then the sun came out!  And seeing as it was sunset and I was SUPER antsy from the endless pile of homework I’ve already accrued, I decided to seize the moment and go for a walk with my camera.

And then it snowed more today.  And kept snowing and snowing and snowing.

And after a little convincing, I decided I could actually manage to go play for a bit.  What fun!

Marisa had the brilliant idea to make a snow man doing a hand stand.

The third section fell off…so we went with it 🙂

What a lovely Sunday!  Tomorrow is a holiday, and with more snow predicted, well…perhaps this week will be even shorter than expected!  Which would be great for homework purposes since today the roomies and I watched a movie (Strictly Ballroom) and are in the process of making homemade pizza (rather than doing homework).  My first shot at making something with yeast!  Post will show up eventually 😉

And with that, I’m off!  Almost time to finish the pizza!

Blessings!

Beth