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Mum’s Lavender Scones – An Easy Recipe From Her Collection

 

Mum's Lavender Scones
Mum’s Lavender Scones

My mum liked scones and she always was able to remember the weights and measures for pancakes, Yorkshire puddings and scones. I don’t, so, fortunately, she scribbled them down. Here is one that I used last week and was asked for the recipe as they were described as “melt in your mouth”.

Makes about 16 large scones which toast up very nicely on the 2nd day and they can be frozen but in my house, they are gone pretty soon.

  • 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of butter or margarine
  • 2 1/3 cups of milk I use 2%
  • 2 tablespoons of edible lavender buds 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F OR 180 C
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in sugar. Cut in butter or margarine. I use my KitchenAid on 2nd lowest setting adding the lavender
  3. In a separate bowl whisk eggs well then add milk and whisk again
  4. Now fold the egg & milk into the dry mix until the dough is moistened. Do not overwork.
  5. I use an ice cream scoop to measure dough out onto two parchment lined cookie sheets, approximately 8 scoops per tray
  6. Bake for 20 minutes then turn over scones and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden on both sides. 
  7. Place on rack to cool and serve with jam

 

 

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SYRUP FOR COCKTAILS, MOCKTAILS & TEAS – MINT AND LEMON

Simple Syrups for Cocktail & Mocktails
Simple Syrups for Cocktails & Mocktails
We have mint so I will make up a batch of syrup for drinks throughout summer. Also, try in hot or iced tea in place of sugar.

SYRUP FOR COCKTAILS, MOCKTAILS & TEAS MAKE MINT AND/OR LEMON

1 CUPS OF SUGAR
1 CUP OF WATER
1/2 CUP OF MINT  OR ZEST AND JUICE OF TWO LEMONS

IN A SMALL SAUCEPAN ADD ALL INGREDIENTS AND BRING TO A BOIL OVER A MEDIUM HIGH HEAT, ONCE SUGAR IS DISSOLVED REMOVE FROM HEAT AND LET COOL.

LET STAND FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. THE POTENCY OF THE SYRUP WILL DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT STEEPS. REMOVE MINT, DISCARD, LEAVE TO COOL.
STORE REFRIGERATED IN AN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER FOR UP TO 2 WEEKS
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Victoria Day – Raise a Glass and Enjoy!

Pimm's On Tap In London U.K. - Genius!
Pimm’s On Tap In London U.K. – Genius!

Most people now in Canada consider Victoria Day as the (unofficial) start of Summer! Queen Victoria died in 1901 and until 1952 Victoria Day was a national bank holiday on May 24. However, beginning 1953 Victoria Day is now celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend. 

One of the best ways to kick off the warmer weather and raise a toast to Queen Victoria and all things British is with a Pimm’s Cup originally served in James Pimm’s  London oyster bar in the 1840s where he invented this delicious drink calling it the No 1 cup. It was a definite step up to the harsh gin that was normally served.

PIMM’S ORIGINAL in tall glasses & a jug

  • 200ml PIMM’S No.1 This is gin-based
  • 600ml of Lemonade
  • Mint, orange, strawberries, & cucumber
  • Ice

Chop up all fruit and lightly muddle the mint and place in jug or glass. Add the Pimm’s followed by lemonade and ice. Serve and enjoy.

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Getting Ready for Children Visiting – Craft Boxes

Custom Craft Boxes in Windsor
Custom Craft Boxes in Windsor

I have made up two craft boxes for my friend’s children, I know they like arts and crafts. It is fun and easy to do. You can also have them on hand for small guests to keep them occupied. Just make sure that the crafts are age appropriate, if you are not sure check with Mum and Dad.