Busy. Everyone is always so busy.
For example, this may be you:
You wake up earlier than the rest of the house to try to squeeze in a quick ride on the Peloton to keep up your 17 week streak. But that’s only if you don’t have to get hubby and the kid’s lunches together before they head out to catch the bus. Then, you pop in the shower to try throw yourself together, before grabbing coffee on the way to work. Oh sh*t. You have an appointment this morning. Run there quick while you call your boss to give them a heads up as to why you’ll be late. So while you’re in the waiting room you catch up on emails, see the doctor and hurry on to work.
Oh wait, you forgot to make yourself lunch with everyone else’s this morning, so you’ve got to run out to grab something quick. Hurry back before anyone notices you’ve been gone! Then after work try to squeeze in a happy hour (to do something fun today) before you get home to do dinner, baths and bedtime with the pepitas.Winware Stainless Steel Dough Scraper with Wood Handle
You’ve gotta go grocery shopping for the dinner party this weekend so make sure to make a list for tomorrow before you tuck in for the night. But you forgot, you wanted to try to finish Game of Thrones this month so you HAVE to squeeze that in before you pass out. Phew!2 Pieces Dough Scraper Bowl Scraper Food-safe Plastic Dough Cutter Flexible Plastic Scraper Practical Bench Scraper Multipurpose Food Scrappers for Bread Dough Cake Fondant Icing, White, Green
The “Before Times”
At least, this was in the “Before Times” aka “Before the Pandemic”. Now our schedules are all out of whack and we have a new kind of busy.
My “Before Times” were pre-baby AND pre-pandemic, so my life was a bit different. I would be on the go alot, typically trying to do too much in any given day. Working at the restaurant, I’d use the mornings to take my dog Frank for a walk, get in a workout and run errands. Then, on to work in the afternoon and home late at night. My days were rarely put together without work or side jobs and I’d be scheduled out to the hour.Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 6) Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set – Easy To Clean, Nesting Bowls for Space Saving Storage, Great for Cooking, Baking, Prepping
Wake up slow
So, when I do have a day where things are light and no work responsibilities are on the calendar, my way to decompress is a slow morning. Waking up slowly with lots of cuddles, going for a walk (or should I say stroll) and cooking a full breakfast with Otis Redding and a hot mug of Earl Grey. I love these mornings because they afford me time to make whatever I want for breakfast. Anything that takes long or short, healthy or guilt inducing, I don’t care on these days.
Overall, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I can’t get going without having something to eat. So these mornings are extra nice because I can really get creative and have fun. I’ll make omelettes with swiss cheese, chives and top it with smoked salmon. Add a side of sourdough toast, home fried potatoes and some sliced berries and I’m a happy lady. Sometimes I’ll make Savory Crepes to bring me back to my time in Paris. If I’m feeling extra zealous, I’ll make strawberry scones.Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set – 6 Piece Stackable Set with Spout
These scones are rich with flavor but not heavy. You can get three down before you even realize what you’ve done. They’re buttery, subtley sweet and crumbly in your mouth. The strawberries hit a nice note of sweet and tangy, while the crumb is robustly buttery.
When you’re putting together the dough, you want every ingredient coated in flour, which will ensure that no gluten is built when you mix in the cream. First you whisk together the dry ingredients. Then add in the butter, eggs and fruit, cutting them in with your fingers each time. By doing this, you avoid building gluten which is what creates a nice crumbly texture. After you add the cream, make sure to only mix as much as you need to get a cohesive dough, and no more. If you knead the dough too much, you’ll get a scone that’s tough and flat with no rise.Ouddy 3 Pack Stainless Steel Whisks 8″+10″+12″, Wire Whisk Set Kitchen wisks for Cooking, Blending, Whisking, Beating, Stirring
No need to over knead
When adding the cream to the strawberry scones, you want to account for the juices that the strawberries release. Because of this, add only 3/4 cup at first, mix and then add more if needed. It’s more of a feel than a measurement. You’re looking for a soft but not sticky dough. After you’ve kneaded the dough a few times, shape it into disks and cut into triangles for the classic shape. Use a biscuit cutter for something a bit different. Bake on convection for the best results. You’ll know they’re done when they spring back when pressed and they’re a lovely golden brown.OXO Good Grips 2-Cup Angled Measuring Cup,Clear,2 Cup
Subtley Sweet Strawberry Scones
Strawberry scones make for a most pleasant slow and dreamy morning. That and a nice mimosa.