Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Early Summer Musings and Fruit Scones

Summer has begun! I finally step outside in the morning without the lurching fear that I might find snow on the ground--though, in truth, New England weather never really knows WHAT the heck it's doing, so we very well could get snow at random times. However, May tends to be pretty safe.

The winters here are so long that I forget just how much I love summer. When the first sun dress finds its way out of my closet, when the sun is warm enough to forgo a jacket... a joy rises up in me that cannot be measured.

I love getting out of work and still being able to soak up an hour or two of sun while reading a book. And, now that Midsummer Night's Dream is done, I actually have those two hours to myself! Woo-hoo!

If you look very carefully, you can see my boyfriend wearing a dress.

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but my boyfriend was also in this play with me. In the past, boyfriends have rolled their eyes at the idea of coming to ONE performance, actually participating or volunteering to help with the process was unthinkable. But Cory went the extra mile and actually auditioned when I said we always were low on men. I couldn't believe he was serious. What's more--it was his first time ever on stage, and he was wonderful! Even when his part was changed to Francis Flute, who has to dress in drag for the final scene (an awesome part but kind of a lot it's your first time on stage!), he stuck with it and did amazingly. It meant so much to me that he was part of this experience :)

He's a keeper <3

Up next: A weekend in Cape Cod for a little break... and then I'll be directing a short play in an evening of short one-acts with a sci-fi theme. I'm really excited for my directing debut! I think I'll also be doing a musical with a group I've never acted in before, if I get a part.

I'm just addicted to community theater, I can't help it.

And, here's a scone recipe. There's really no way whatsoever to tie the recipe to the blabbing this time. These scones are great--moist, crumbly, not at all dry. A great snack or breakfast treat!

Blueberry, Cherry, and Lemon Zest Scones
(From Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything)
  • 2 cups flour, plus a sprinkling more
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 5 tbs cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 cups of dried fruit (I used blueberries and cherries mixed together)
  • The zest from 2 lemons
  • ½ to ¾ cup heavy cream, more for brushing.

-Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine flour, salt, baking powder and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal.

-Add the egg and just enough cream to form a slightly sticky dough. If it’s too sticky, add a bit of flour, but very little; it should still be sticky. Fold in fruit and most of the lemon zest.

-Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead once or twice, then press it into a 3/4-inch-thick circle and cut into wedges. Place the wedges on an ungreased baking sheet. Brush the top of each scone with a bit of cream mixed with the rest of the lemon zest and sprinkle with a little of the remaining sugar.

-Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown. Serve immediately.


  1. Aww your bf is such a sweetie!! I'm so happy about summer!

  2. I saw that this recipe came from "how to cook everything" and I got a little excited. I have "How to cook everything vegetarian" and I love it! Pretty much all of the recipes are winners (except for the blondies. Those just don't turn out the way I want at all!)

  3. The scones look delish, but what even impressed me more was how cute you and your man are!! Adorable pic.

  4. yum! those look so good!

    xoxo from nyc & http://www.the-beautiful-things.com