Snuggling Under the Snowy Blanket.

January 27th, 2011

Wow! on the Thundersnowstorm last night, eh?!!  So beautiful.

It was nice to get some snow dumped on us that will necessitate burrowing in for at least a day.  I’ve been sort of craving just this sort of event, in the midst of all the current chaos swirling here. A little time off with SnowBuddahMind.

I woke yesterday with an insane craving for S-C-O-N-E-S. Yes m’am, scones.  Baked good of the Gods.  I wanted just a bit of any sort, but had a particular yearning for those amazing Maple Oat Nut Scones that they used to sell at Starbucks many the years ago.  So after a hard road seeking maple extract, I tried not one but TWO recipes.  What else is a lady to do when she stumbles on the “Starbucks Recipe” and also the “Better Than Starbucks Recipe”?  I mean really!  How would you ever know which ones were really better?

So here are the contenders–

“Starbucks” on the left and “the scones that were  just a little too uppity for their pastry britches” on the right.

Cocoa votes for the snobbery scones.  The plain old ‘”starbucks” clones won with the rest of the family.  The “better-thans” were just a little too sweet and way buttery to count as honest scones for me.  The first recipe’s glaze was less rich also, and didn’t drown out the beautiful crumbly music of the scone.  Juuuust right.  So, give them a try, if you like that sort of thing.  They are monsterous-delish.

Lucky for all of the interwebs, there is a  Scone recipe challenge in full swing over at the Bakelady‘s lovely blog.  Wobble on over and get yer scone on!

In life, things are a bit calmer.  Chloe thinks she might just be feeling a bit better as a result of some further medication tweaking. Dr A. doubled the vasoconstrictor Tuesday night and  reduced the nightmare-bearing beta.   She swears she’s going to  move around a bit more today and give it a testing-out.  She is looking  a bit more lively up there– making a GIANT origami lotusflower last night.  Like, a couple of  feet across sort of giant.  I ask stupid motherish questions like “Um, what are you going to DO with that when it’s finished?” She responds in kind– “Um, Stuff.”  Harrumph.

Lil stomped delightfully through the cusp of EIGHT years, and is now happy headmistress of a Playmobil Adventurer’s Academy.  Birth-day was also full of MonsterDolls and fae architecture. And a few nice books.   She’s one happy lump of kid.

Today looks like a good fibery-frolicksome sort of day to me.  I’m fixing to knit some and spin a spell as well.  I’ll give you a peek later.

What are you all up to on this fine day?

xo Dawn

This week in Delight-land

January 23rd, 2009

Been a bit bonkers lately!

A wild Samsara of life– I am not getting the enlightenment bit, mind you…  I am getting a crazy, fasten-your-seat-belts kind of ebb and flow in my world.

We got some SNOW!  Maybe Rosie brought it??

The “animal in the cave” is her. Of course. Hanging by her super-feet, natch.

This is the fairy-ladder tree– which fell half-apart a few weeks ago.  As you can see there is still a lot of wonderful tree that we get to KEEP!  Our treetroll man came and did surgery and coiffing… and it gets to stay for a long time. :)   It also happens to be a lot safer for the kids to fly around in now, and that is a bonus.

We have the best sledding hill across the street.  There are several grades of steepness to the ride, depending on where you are along the top.  There are steps to help you get back UP the hill– though the really brave kids just penguin-up like so.  You can also– if you are Rosie– manage to get a REALLY long run… if you curve around that tree and head down the second hill.  When she was only 3 or 4 she managed to barely miss sliding right under one of those trailers and nearly killed Erin and I as we watched from the top of the hill!  THIS day, she made the bend and headed down the 2nd hill and skillfully ducked her head right before decapitating herself on one of those orange and white saw-horsey- road-block-things!  Granted, she is SIX now and an expert at this sort of dare-devilry.  More on this later.

Here is another tree I love–  An Atlas Cedar.  So pretty without snow– and so lovely dressed up in it!

This was the beginning of the week.  The snow is almost gone now…  We are hoping for a few more snowy-sledding days this Winter.