Chocolate Chip Scones

My mother is putting together a recipe book for our families
90th reunion.  I wanted to send her some recipes to include and
came across this recipe for Chocolate Chip Scones.  I have no
idea where I got the recipe and don’t really remember making them.
I hated to send the recipe on without making them first
myself and making sure they tasted great. 
They do, and now I’m sharing the recipe with you.
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup white sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400*
In large bowl combine sifted flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Cut in butter.  (I use my fingers, it’s so much easier)
Stir in chocolate chips.
Mix the egg and milk in small bowl.  Stir into flour mixuture until moistened.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.  Roll dough
to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into wedges.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.
They came out so light and fluffy.  They will be delicious with my morning coffee.


baseball time already…….

that’s right; it’s baseball time already
I think it’s still a little early but we had our first tournament this weekend
it was freezing in the am, but by the afternoon
the sun came out and we were able to shed our blankets
zachary was just asked to join this team 2 weeks ago
we are really enjoying it and he loves it
but, then again, he loves baseball no matter who he plays for
first at bat
made it to first base; on a walk, I think

the players are able to lead off in this level
this is something that is new to us but
something that we had been waiting for
{by we; I mean Zachary}

made it to 3rd base

got a good lead off

not that time, heading back to the base

waiting for the pitcher to get set

another good lead off

yes!!!  run, zachary

made it, score

better go get the bat

zachary got to pitch 1 inning on saturday
he did a great job

the team did a great job considering they have
only practiced together for 2 weeks.
we got to play 3 games this weekend and it was
a great start to what is sure to be a great season

Our daughter…..

Our daughter…..
the major tomboy.
Most of the time I see her in basketball shorts and t-shirts
she wears jeans to school, but usually she still has on the t-shirts
it’s a rare occasion that I will see her wearing what
I call “girl” clothes
Well yesterday was a rare occasion
she actually wore something other than a t-shirt to school
when she got home, I thought she looked really cute so I grabbed
my camera and tripod and decided to snap some photos
of her.
All I wanted was for her to pose for me, one time, and then it would be over
that wasn’t going to happen
This is what did happen:
I think she’s telling me to put the camera away here

This is where she’s telling me that I’m crazy

Like I wouldn’t take a picture with hair over her face. 
Geez, she knows me better than that.
She actually sat still for a moment

As close up, still sitting still.

Not quite the pose I was looking for.
By this time, the dog has come in to see what’s going on that is so much fun.

Still goofing off….. cute smile though.

Not posing, but at least not moving, or bent over in laughter.

Pretty much over it at this point.

And now the cheez-its come out, or go in rather.

Thanks Victoria; your always such a good sport.

Rainbow Cake

Victoria had been bugging me for a solid week that she wanted a rainbow cake for her birthday.  I had never made a rainbow cake before and to be honest, it sounded kindof difficult.

Once I got to researching it, I learned that’s it’s really not difficult at all.  It’s actually quite easy. 

Here is how you do it:

To make the cake you need 2 boxes White cake mix.  You also need food coloring in 6 different colors.  Most people would use the traditional “rainbow” colors, but we didn’t have all of those colors so we used what we had.  That would be why we ended up with a black layer 🙂

For the cake; make one box cake mix according to package directions.  Separate batter into 3 bowls with roughly 1 cup batter per bowl.  Add desired food coloring to each bowl (purple, blue, green)

Pour each bowl of batter into separate cake pans and bake at 350* for about 15 minutes.  Make sure to watch it carefully since it is a smaller portion in each pan, it will be done quicker than normal.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Repeat for next 3 colors (red, orange, yellow)  You will now have six layers of different colors.

For the frosting.  Here is my buttercream frosting recipe that I use for cakes and most of my cupcakes.

1 cup butter flavor crisco
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp clear butter extract
3 tablespoons milk
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Mix crisco, vanilla, butter extract and milk until creamy.  Add confectioners sugar a little at a time until throughly mixed.  Continue to add milk to frosting until you reach your desired consistancy.  *If at this point frosting has a Crisco taste, add more confectioners sugar*

If you would like to color your frosting, you may do that also.  I did mine white so that the frosting wouldn’t overtake all the colors of the cake once cut.

Cake assembly:

I try to level each layer of the cake with a large bread knife.  Especially for this cake because it will end up being 6 layers, you don’t want it to be crooked when you are done like mine was. 😦

Start with the Purple layer first (or in my case blue).  Put the first layer on your cake stand or plate.  Add enough frosting to cover the layer and some to spill over the edges, anywhere from 1/2 to one cup of frosting.  Run the flat, straight side of a knife around the cake to smooth out the edges.

Repeat with each additional layer until you have completed all 6 layers.  NOTE:  I ended up making 3 batches of frosting – just so you know.

This is what my cake looked like when I finished frosting all 6 layers and after 2 batches of frosting.  I made a third batch to put some decorations around the top and bottom.

After adding some decorative touches, I ended up with this.

See how crooked it is?  Ughhh… I should listen to my own advice.  I was just running out of time and still had to make basketball cookies for Zachary’s basketball game.

Victoria was very pleased with how it turned out and her friends all loved it. At least that’s what they said!!

Victoria cut the first piece and here is what the inside looked like.

See why I wanted white frosting?  Otherwise, the colors of the cake wouldn’t have stood out like they do.

Happy Birthday Victoria

I would like to wish a very happy 13th birthday to a pretty special girl……
Our daughter………………
I don’t know where the time has gone.  It’s been such a joy to watch you grow and begin to mature into your own person.
Victoria’s comment to the picture I posted:  “I sure did smile alot as a baby”
Maybe she will start to smile more now that she’s 13??
Looking forward to seeing what the next 13 years will bring.
Love you!!