Apr 13 2012

i have become known for the...

...Chocolate Chip - Toffee Scones I make.  It is a recipe I found on epicurious quite a while ago.  These scones are moist unlike most scones out there.  I have often considered switching out the chocolate and toffee chips for other options but they are so, so good as is.  People in my life that aren't even that fond of sweets love these scones.

The first time I made them I followed the recipe to a "T" with the exception of the nuts..I omitted those.  It yielded 12 scones.  I then started playing around with the recipe as well as the amount yielded.  Now, I can generally get anywhere from 40-52 scones depending on how thick and/or small I make them. 

3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar plus extra
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chips
1 bag of Heath Toffee Bits (without chocolate)
2 cups chilled whipping cream

Preheat oven to 375°F. Put parchment paper on two heavy large baking sheets.
Combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips and toffee bits. Beat cream in another large bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into dry ingredients. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently until soft dough forms. about 2 minutes. Form dough into small rectangles; pat out to about 1/2-inch-thick. Cut dough into triangles. Transfer scones to prepared baking sheets, spacing apart.

Here's the size I generally make them.  I manage to get 16 per baking sheet.
Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake until lightly brown, about 12-15 minutes. Best served warm.

They also freeze very well.  Make sure to use them in a month or two for best taste.  Thaw and pop in the microwave for 10 seconds and it is as if they just came out of the oven. 

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-07-09 12:14:57

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Apr 13 2012

i just got a dell mini netbook and...

...I can already tell I am going to love it because it weighs hardly anything, it has a seven hour battery and it is very portable. What a difference compared to the 17" which is clunky and heavy when carting it around in a laptop case.  The mini is pretty much like holding a hard cover book...all good!  Now all I have to do is find a handbag that it fits into.

I have not really even been able to use it as I have one of the wireless USB things for my internet access and there is no optical drive in the Dell Mini so I could not load the software for it to run. After waiting on the phone for tech support for how long they ask me if I have wireless...yes...with the USB thing which does not work. As a result I was doing one of my not so fun things to do yesterday...hanging out at the cell phone store for tech support. I was there for quite a while and they did load the software which I was happy about and it still did not work. Haven't we have all been there? After another call to tech support it finally works and I am thrilled. 

On a completely different subject, here's one of my first lilly's to bloom in the garden last week. I was cutting some more flowers this morning and the deer have managed to eat so many of the flowers. It's so discouraging. They are eating things they never touched before. It's such a trial and error to figure out what they will stay away from regardless of what the experts say. Where I live, if it's not the deer, it's the bunnies. Oh well...I have a house full of lilly's...not so bad! 

 Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-06-29 14:56:53

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Apr 13 2012

girltrunks...much more than just swimwear

I am hearing back from many that have girltrunks to find out they are wearing the swim shorts in their day-to-day lives when they have no intention of going into the water. I cannot tell you how fantastic I think that is. And then there are the tops...women are wearing the halter and tanks with skirts, pants and part of their outfits...again to wear in their day-to-day lives. That is just too, too cool to me. It just goes to show the true versatility of girltrunks.

I hope all of you that have
girltrunks enjoy your summer activities like never before feeling comfortable and confident in this new concept in women's swimwear.

Happy Memorial Day to all.

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-05-22 11:56:42

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Apr 12 2012


Oh how I LOVE lilacs - one of my absolute favorite flowers.

They are a simple pleasure that only lasts but a day or two in a vase but how glorious it is to fill the house with them.  I am notorious for gathering all of my vases (and I have quite a few) and putting the lilac-filled vases in every room of the house very often multiple vases in one room.  They are a marker for me that spring is indeed here and summer is on its way.  And then there is the fragrance...nothing less than divine.  I just love walking into my home with the lilac aroma permeating about.

Here's to the simple joys of spring.

Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-05-12 20:27:59

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Apr 12 2012

art, tulips and chicago

I just returned from another wonderful visit to Chicago…absolutely love that city. I went to see Art Chicago, hang out with friends and take in the city. It was “Tulip Days on the Magnificent Mile” and may I just say the tulips could not have been more stunning and beautiful.  

The highlight of Art Chicago for me, hands down, was the tour of Marilyn and Larry Fields art collection. Their contemporary art collection was beyond spectacular. They actually have a “private” gallery on one side of their apartment that also serves as guest quarters with its own kitchenette and the coolest resin bathroom. I loved viewing the art but quickly became captured by the design features of the home which provided a wonderful back drop for their art collection as well as the views of the city and lake. The materials, textures, shapes and clean lines were an absolute feast for the eyes at every turn. I was positively blown away by my entire experience at their home.
Then there was the three-course dessert tasting at TRU. If you are into dessert, I cannot recommend enough, treating yourself to this experience during your next visit to Chicago. It is fine dining with how bad could that be? I could go on and on about this decadent experience but will not bore you with the details other than to say…GO, GO, GO! I promise all of you dessert lovers out there, it is most memorable, divinely delicious and an absolute treat for your taste buds. 
 Posted By: debbie  On: 2009-05-04 10:06:48

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