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Orange-Cranberry Scones, Gluten-Free!

Welcome to this week’s edition of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies & Sweets!

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I started this week with an idea of making a cranberry-pear tart. Which I attempted. And while it was good, it wasn’t… finished. But then I woke up yesterday morning no longer inspired by a tart. Instead, I wanted to make muffins! No. Muffins are too breakfast-y. Scones? Yes! Scones! Yes, they are a breakfast food, but they also double as a sweet treat, especially drizzled in sweet vanilla icing! In fact, you can serve these for Christmas morning for your extended family, AND make some for a Christmas potluck!

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I love the combination of cranberry and orange. Sweet, tart, citrusy, fresh, and fruity. Perfect for the holidays!

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Gluten Free Orange-Cranberry Scones
Adapted from All Recipes

400 grams (roughly four cups) gluten-free flour mixture of your choice (I use a 2:2:1—by weight—ratio of GF oats, brown rice, and flaxseed flours)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, chilled and diced
1 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
1 grated zest of one orange
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt with a whisk. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until you achieve a fine meal throughout. Stir in the chopped cranberries and orange zest.

In a separate, small bowl, mix together the half-and-half, orange jusice, and egg until well mixed.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

Dollop the batter into to two circular mounds on a greased sheet pan. Using a wet knife, “cut” the batter into wedges.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and firm.

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Serve with orange juice or a nice steaming mug of coffee! Smile

The Care and Feeding of Husbands

I’m still sick.

Ugghhhh.

I slept until about noon, at which point Edgar pumped me with pharmaceuticals before he headed out to run some errands.

He’s been on a roll lately! Yesterday he fixed our dishwasher, and today he fixed the shocks on his truck and installed our new water heater! I did eventually have to get up to make him lunch and pack him his dinner, since he was busy doing his man thang.

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Buh-bye 16-year-old, calcium-loaded, grimy water heater!

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Hello, you pretty, new thing!

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Edgar works 3-11:30pm every day except Sunday. It stinks. It means I never get to see him and we rarely get to eat dinner together, so he packs his dinner to go. Normally he eats leftovers, but sometimes he doesn’t know what to put together, so he picks up something greasy from the Hispanic grocery store on his dinner break. I’ll admit I tend to forget to shop for his dinners/lunches when I go grocery shopping, but this week I made a point of putting together meal ideas for him and purchasing some things I know he likes. He’s been wanting non-sandwich, BIG, healthy meals, so I packed him a huge salad (he loves salads!), an orange, some marinated olives (yuck. He loves ‘em though), and some Kashi crackers. I also put together a quick vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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His salad had:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • mini bell peppers
  • tomatoes
  • the last of our roasted chicken
  • hard boiled egg

 

I’m honestly not totally sure what I’m going to have for dinner. All of my dinner ideas will require me to either defrost some meat or soak some beans. I think I’ll go for the defrosting.

 

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30 Day Challenge
Day 8—A moment you felt most satisfied with your life

 

There have been many times I have felt “most satisfied” with my life, and one that comes to mind is when I wrote the post about how much I appreciated my friends. And the reason for this is that I could easily see how my decisions led me to where I was at that time, and I could see God’s hand in all of it. I can’t say that I feel any different, now. No, I have no idea what’s ahead of me, and I have goals that I’m always trying to achieve, but that isn’t keeping me from enjoying the journey, where I am right now. Smile

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