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Blueberry Scones and Nephews

I recently got a trial membership for Cook’s Illustrated online specifically because I wanted to make this recipe. My nephew and sis-in-law were coming up from RI for the day, and if I was going to endeavor to make scones for the first time, I thought I’d save it to share for a special occasion (rather than leave them oh-so-temptingly on a platter for me to devour, one by one).

The most fun thing about this recipe is making butter curls. Butter curls? Yes, it calls for grating 8 tbsp of butter to make this beautiful, lilac-like pile of frozen butter.wpid-20140520_095440.jpg wpid-20140520_095436.jpgI followed all of the directions to a T, except for substituting unbleached whole wheat for regular unbleached flour. (If you’ve been reading Where the BlueBoots Go for a while, you’ll notice I am an advocate of getting whole grains in every possible way – it’s the nutritionist in me).wpid-20140520_103128.jpg

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fold, business letter style

fold, business letter style

then into quarters, and freeze for 5 minutes

then into quarters, and freeze for 5 minutes

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press blueberries into dough. yay for antioxidants and flavanoids!

press blueberries into dough. yay for antioxidants and flavanoids!

roll up, press gently into a 12x4 inch rectangle and slice triangles with a floured, serrated knife

roll up, press gently into a 12×4 inch rectangle and slice triangles with a floured, serrated knife

wpid-20140520_113023.jpgwpid-20140521_083410.jpgwpid-20140520_163936.jpg The scones fueled us for a fun play time at a nearby park with toys.

"wait a minute...two trucks...hmm...which one should I pick?"

“wait a minute…two trucks…hmm…which one should I pick?”

"Nevermind...Who said I have to choose? I got them both."

“Nevermind…Who said I have to choose? I got them both.”

In response to me singing: "One foot goes, right before the other!" a friendly wave to say, "Hi there, Auntie! Lets go down the slide!"

In response to me singing: “One foot goes, right before the other!” a friendly wave to say, “Hi there, Auntie! Lets go down the slide!”

jam, scone, coffee. breakfast=done.

jam, scone, coffee. breakfast=done.

We had a busy weekend fun trip to NYC this past weekend, so after I finish this post (and my coffee and scone – writing fuel, naturally)  I’ll be working on an awesome NYC post to share yummy eats and sights with you all.

You may wonder, was the scent of blueberry scones in the oven the only wonderful scent coming out of my place to welcome folks? Not at all. I picked up two delightful scented soy wax candles, one of which crackles Guava Fig scent from a wooden wick (how cool!),  when I stopped by the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn where our friend at Simply Curated was selling awesome candles hand-poured with love. Definitely check Simply Curated out – I’m hard to please when it comes to candles (some scents are so artificial and heady…) but I’m a fan already and wish they were in Boston! More on this and many other cool photographs coming soon!

Simply Curated : Guava Fig Travel Candle if only you could smell it...

Simply Curated : Guava Fig Travel Candle
if only you could smell it…

Enjoy,

BlueBoots

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