1.30.2013

Brown Rice Cereal Bars






Picture this... It's early... gotta get to work..kids to school..
But first get dressed
No first dress the kids
No first wake up
Then get coffee

Now commence with dressing the kids and yourself....
This is my life in the morning.
A brief snippet of the mayhem.
I've tried several different tactics to get my mess of a morning in somewhat order, only to fail repeatedly and have to start all over again

I know there is a better solution out there...




My co-worker always looks so beautifully put together at like 8am and has a similar family structure to mine. (1 husband, 2 kids) so logically I turned to her for help with tackling the A.M rush. Really, who wouldn't want to look red-carpet ready at the crack of dawn.

Me, I'm more of a get up and go person... In my opinion, I've perfected this look. 
So what if that shirt I always get compliments on is really the top to my favorite pajamas
You'd never know.. 
Well, now you do but it's ok
I'm not ashamed

Ok I got off track.. 
My co-worker recommended that I plan everything out the night before. Outfit-Check, Kids things-Check, Breakfast for the next morning-Check
My first attempt at this took place one Sunday evening.. of course to prepare for the toughest day of the week.. Monday
Notice I said "attempt".. see trying this on a Sunday was a bad idea to start with.. By the time I was ready to start my plans for a well thought out Monday..

It was time for the Walking Dead... 

Then after that I watched Doomsday Preppers.. you know, to be better prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse. Have you watched that show?.. It's almost better than Duck Dynasty

By the end, any thought of morning preparations became a distant memory..

That is until the next morning when I was late for work.. 




I need a better plan, solution, scheme,layout (ooohh I'm just full of synonyms today.)

Got any suggestions..? Or do you have just as much trouble as me?

It's all good because I found a tasty solution for breakfast.. that can be made ahead of time and saved in an air tight container for up to 2 days.. which means 2 days of "what's for breakfast" solved.. Brown Rice Cereal Bars

Well, ok I'm lying because I prefer bacon, eggs, pancakes, maybe fried chicken for breakfast and these bars are more of a breakfast snack for me.. but they are grab-n-go, prefect for the morning rush and simple to make..

While watching The Walking Dead.. 

Click Here For Printable Recipe 

This recipe was inspired by one that I saw in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine 





1.17.2013

Buttermilk Biscones


 

As I sit here staring at my computer screen, my mind has drawn a complete blank..
I had a funny story about a friend of mine that I met back in college, he’s from Scotland and was studying "abroad" (that seemed so weird to me at the time).. He told me how he "fancied" my accent... I told him that I was enchanted by his.. but this is not a love story so I won't get into that.. We went to breakfast once, I ordered a couple of buttermilk biscuits… I don’t remember how the conversation went.. 
Hence the mind being blank situation.





But he went on to tell me about scones and how what we were actually eating were "indeed" scones and biscuits are more like cookies.. and the whole time he went on and on I could only look at him and laugh trying to picture for one my grandmother saying the word "scone" the way he did with his heavy brogue..and for two just how serious he was about the whole thing.. In the end, I told him.. I don’t know what the history behind a scone is but if you put some jam on that biscuit sitting in front of you… it will probably be the best thing you've ever tasted..
We’re still friends to this day and often meet for brunch.. he always orders biscuits and for Christmas I make him scones..  



A few years back I was living in Savannah and while at lunch I shared this story with one of my co-workers... she laughed and told me about a place that would solve my biscuit vs.scone issues..
“Back in the Day Bakery”    
And sure enough they did..with their soft and pillowy Buttermilk Biscones.. and Cinnamon Biscones and Cherry Biscones.. and their pecan pie and pimento & pig panini but I don’t want to get off track..






 If you’re ever in Savannah take a trip down to Bull Street and get your biscone fix.. I promise you it will change your life and perhaps your waistline.. But that’s ok because leggings are in style and their waistbands are elastic..
In the meantime… to hold you over until you can make the trip, how about I make some for you….






 Buttermilk Biscones

Recipe adapted from Back In The Day Bakery Cookbook



You Might Need These:

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cup cake flour (not self-rising)
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 ½ cup buttermilk
1 egg beaten for egg wash
¼ cup demerara or turbinado   

Preheat oven to 375
In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cardamom. Whisk until completely incorporated. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blended (or fork).
Gradually pour in buttermilk and gently mix the ingredients until the dough is soft and there are no bits of flour in the bottom of the bowl. You will see lumps of butter in the dough; this is good…it will make your biscones light and flaky. Dough will be slightly sticky.
Using your hand gently pat down the dough and dust lightly with flour. With a large ice scoop, scoop mounds of dough into prepared baking sheet, arranging them about 1 inch apart so the biscones will have room to rise.
Brush the tops of each biscone with egg wash and sprinkle with demerara or turbinado  sugar.
Bake for 20 -25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through to ensure even baking.. Until the biscones are lightly golden. Serve warm..