Sunday, April 11, 2010


Every Sunday I try and do something nice in the kitchen. Usually I end up trying to create some huge banquet (once it was a five pound ham for two and a half people, another time it was a six pound pork roast, yes, I get carried away). Today I tried baking something instead, and if you know me well you know that I can't bake to save my life. I can cook, but I have only mastered chocolate chip cookies so far.
I would really like to be the kind of mom who whips up homemade bread and fresh cake for her kids. I'm not sure it's ever going to happen, but I'm trying. So today I tried out vanilla scones, since it's my favorite treat at Starbucks and scones are supposed to be pretty easy. I even used honest to God, genuine, imported from Madagascar vanilla beans. This will most likely be the first and last time I spend $11 on two measly beans that I have to open and scrape myself.

Regardless of the beans, it took a while for them to come together and this was supposed to be a very easy recipe. They aren't exactly Starbucks ready:

But they sure taste good. Aiden also got treats this week from Sean's mom, who's home for a visit from Austria. She brought enough Girl Scout cookies to feed an army, and both Aiden and Sean tried their best to eat all of them at once. Sugar highs ensued.

You can't eat treats in this house and expect to eat in peace...


Tierney said...

Lovelovelove... and you definitely have mastered cookies, so I'm sure more baking skills will follow!!

LauraES said...

Fed ex some of those scones my way! Glad to see bear is ensuring my bubby gets his quota of kisses.

Demosthenes said...

I'm the same way - can't bake to save my life, but I definitely can cook! It's a curse, and I really wish I could make cakes that don't come out too thick, or cookies that don't look like flat crispy wafer-things, or fondant that doesn't crack... etc. I definitely need some baking lessons.

I do love vanilla possibly more than any other flavor in the world, though, so the idea of actual vanilla beans intrigues me. And I think those scones look ravishing and plenty Starbucks-ready.

AshleyPants said...

I'm so jealous that you got all those girl scout cookies! The scones look awesome! i'm sure they came out great :)