That Monday Feeling

It’s Monday. My youngest girl says she hates Mondays and groans every Monday morning about it, I don’t know why because nothing bad happens today.

My monday started as it usually does and that is by writing my little column for the local newspaper. It’s not particularly glamorous, I just write about coffee mornings and events. Someone had to do the job so it may as well be me.

My life also always revolves around laundry for the family, I’m not sure where it all comes from but I think there must be an extra family living under the stairs. I spent a good part of the day doing the washing and drying. In my wisdom I decided to tackle a messy cupboard, of which there are many but one at a time is okay. We have this little room that we call the wee room, it’s small and we use it for storing linen, toys, Christmas stuff, gadgets, cushions, shoes, and you name it, it’s there. The walls of the wee room are completely covered with tall double cupboards, the previous owners did that and we kind of like it. It keeps the rest of the house tidy, which I love. It was one of those cupboards that I emptied out and organised, there must have been a dozen crates of blankets and baby clothes in there. I’ve condensed them and got rid of four crates so already there’s extra space. Three bags of things for donation are now in the back of my car too. I also found some useful things for around the house, an organiser box and some little organiser bags which I had previously bought to give as gifts.

As this is a manic week for the children I will have to easy on them, they got to play today while I got busy so it was a winner for them. They have four shows of the pantomime Sleeping Beauty this week plus two full rehearsals, the pantomime lasts two and half hours so each night will be a late one.

I was also expecting a friend to visit today, but she was not feeling well and cancelled. I had baked scones for us, despite her not showing up we enjoyed them anyway.

For anyone who is reading in the USA you will know that the people in Britain know how to make good scones, the variety of flavours are wide and the taste is good with real butter and jam, or even cream. Here’s the ones I made today.

Cranberry and White Chocolate Scones

Makes 30 scones.

Ingredients

720g plain flour

8 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons icing sugar

100g chilled butter

120g white chocolate chips, or chocolate buttons broken up

120g dried cranberries

2 cups milk

Milk for coating.

Glaze

1 cup icing sugar

4 teaspoons milk

Method

Preheat the oven to 400C

Line two large baking trays with parchment or grease them with butter and sprinkle flour on them.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar

Use your mixer and combine the dry ingredients with the chilled butter. You could rub it in but you don’t want the heat of your hands to melt it too much.

Mix in the chocolate chips and cranberries.

The trick to good scones is that the mixture doesn’t get handled, I mean hardly at all so have everything you need to hand and be prepared for sticky fingers.

Flour your work surface in preparation, also have to hand your cookie cutter.

Pour the two cups of milk into your flour mix. Now, be brave an do NOT worry about this next stage. Mix the milk and flour mix only till it’s just combined, it’s going to be sticky and messy looking.

Grab some of your mix and gently pat it to one inch thick. Cut your shapes, do not twist the cutter, just cut and lift onto your prepared baking trays. Gently grab up the scraps and cut them too, continue till all the mix is used up. Don’t worry if the scones are craggy, this is good. I got 30 small scones from the mix, but you can use any size or shape cutter.

Brush the tops with some milk.

Bake for 20-25 minutes till a good colour of brown.

Once baked transfer onto cooling rack for 15 minutes.

Prepare your glaze by mixing the icing sugar and milk. Pour the glaze onto the scones and leave to finish cooling.

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