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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget
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Homemade Plain Scones Recipe
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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017
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A Purrfect Valentine For Your Cats
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Welcome to our greenhouse!
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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts

Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget

Tracking PixelEasy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Based on the many recipes I post here on the blog, and the endless baked goods on Instagram, I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. Actually, at a recent therapist visit the Doctor asked me what I do to relax.  I responded “Yoga…and I hang out in the kitchen”.   I love spending time in the kitchen baking afternoon sweets, making dinner, recipe creation and getting my full garden harvest preserving on once Summer rolls around.  During garden season it’s not rare that I have to put one day aside a week to preserve our vegetables, so I consider myself kitchen devoted.

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Unfortunately my kitchen is not a dream.   When I moved into my apartment, close to 12 years ago, it was a nightmare.  There was hardly any space to not only cook, but at the bare minimum cabinet space.  I think when we first moved in there was 3 cabinets, a (ugly) sink, a (ugly) stove and a (ugly) refrigerator.  My kitchen loving heart ached.    Thankfully the kitchen and I have grown together and it’s turned into something more pleasing and usable.  Now I have lots more cabinets! I have a island! I have shelves! I have storage! I have a beautiful refrigerator and too many kitchen gadgets and appliances to the point whenever I get a new one my husband asks “Another one?”.  Yes, another one!   So although my kitchen still isn’t the dream, I feel like we’re finally in a ok place with each other. 

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Homemade Plain Scones Recipe

EASY delicious Homemade Scones that are perfect to serve with clotted cream, jam and tea!  This is a one bowl recipe that creates crumbly English soft scones – just like at a tea house.  The secret to this recipe is sour cream! Add blueberry or raspberry to them to make them berry flavored! 

Scones have been on my “must conquer” recipe list for quite some time.  Making the perfect scone is hard and I usually was left with something that was dense and cake-like and not crumbly and light, how scones should be.  But no more – scones, I’ve come and conquered you.   I’m in love with this recipe so much that I worry I’m going to be making these at least twice a week because they’ve become our new favorite afternoon snack (I always have one with my daily tea!).   Make sure to serve them warm with clotted cream and jam.  If you want to add fruit to them, you can totally can, just read my FAQ below for help.  Enjoy!

EASY delicious Homemade Scones that are perfect to serve with clotted cream, jam and tea!  This is a one bowl recipe that creates crumbly English soft scones – just like at a tea house.  The secret to this recipe is sour cream! Add blueberry or raspberry to them to make them berry flavored!

FAQ for this recipe:

Do I need a food processor for this?
In theory, no, but it makes the scones much easier to make and gives them their signature crumbly scone texture.  If you don’t have a food processor you can mix by hand but just make sure you really get that butter to a crumbly coarse texture. To do this you might want to try grating the butter separately to get it crumbly.  In general I think a food processor is a kitchen must have and once you have one you will quickly be using it a few times a week and wonder how you lived without it.

Does my butter need to be chilled?
Yes, the butter should be chilled or frozen.  Using room temperature butter will not result in crumbly scones.

Can I add berries/raisins/chocolate chips to these?
Absolutely.  After making the dough add 1/2 cups of preferred add-in (I love raspberries) and stir them to combine with a wooden spoon. DO NOT PULSE FOOD PROCESSOR WITH ADD-INS!

Do I have to use sour cream?
Yes!  Sour cream is going to make them extra soft.    If you’re worried about them having a sour cream taste don’t worry – they don’t (and this comes from a girl who doesn’t like sour cream!).

How many servings does this recipe make?
I like to cut my dough into 8 big scones, but you could easily cut it into 16 smaller scones.

What is clotted cream? You recommend serving with it.
Clotted cream is life changing and whenever possible your scones should be enjoyed with it. It’s a rich, cream spread – kinda similar to butter but thicker and more sweet.  It’s kinda a butter/ice cream mixture if that makes sense at all.  Clotted cream is made by slowly cooking heavy cream for many hours until it thickens up.   You can google recipes on how to make it if you’d like.  It’s easy to make but takes lot of time and needs quite a bit of heavy cream.  You could also just buy it like I do.

Can I put icing on top of the scones?
You sure can but I’d recommend using a light icing if you do.   In my opinion clotted cream and jam are so much better on scones than icing.

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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017

A seed was planted, the plant is getting bigger, and in July we’ll be able to harvest.  What type of plant are we growing?  A baby!  Instead of our garden, it’s growing in my belly!  Brooklyn Farm Baby is coming in July!

I’ve already shared a few revealing videos and pictures on social media but I’ve kept it completely hush hush on the blog until now.  Being half way through, now at 20 weeks, I wanted to make a post to let you know that we’ll be adding a human baby girl to our family in the Summer.   Are we excited? Yes! Are we terrified? Yes! Are we dreaming of what we’ll be able to teach her and show her? Yes!  Are we in disbelief that a hospital is actually going to let us leave with a baby in our car to take care of for the rest of our lives?  Yes!

Matthew and I have been talking seriously about adding to our family for the past 5 years.  It was always about waiting for the perfect time, but the more I sat with this and grew older the more I came to realization that no time will ever be perfect.  I’m always going to be worried.  I was worried before.  I’m worried during.  I’m going to be worried after.    So last year we started the plan into action with preparation doctor appointments and other things that you do when this is a definite planned pregnancy.    Then the fun part started, you know the part that everyone tells you is going to be romantic and great because you’re going to physically do the sexy dance that leads to a baby.  Then months pass and it’s no longer that fun.  It’s now a schedule.  It’s me texting Matthew with directions like “Ovulation is max peak, be home by 7:30 tonight because I want to go to bed early”.    Oh the romance of having a baby!

18 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

She’s gorgeous already!

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A Purrfect Valentine For Your Cats

Show your cat you love them on Valentine’s Day with a tasty meal!

I love our cats so much that I like to make holidays extra special for them, especially Valentine’s  Day.   No, I won’t be sending them flowers or chocolate, but instead I’m going to give them what they really want – a tasty meal!   Toes loves food.  Her favorite hobby is licking gravy out of bowls, while batting her Maine Coon eyelashes at me. One loud purr (she’s really loud) from Toes on my lap, and it melts my heart and makes me spoil her with whatever she wants.  In the morning when my alarm clock goes off, she bursts through the bedroom door,  jumps onto the bed and hops on to my chest purring with morning excitement.  Is she excited to see her Mom? Or is she excited for breakfast?  Well, probably both, so I decided to combine them and give her a great Valentine’s Day breakfast made by her Mom this year.

Show your cat you love them on Valentine's Day with a tasty meal!

First, start out by giving your cat a Valentine.   Hand it to them and watch them either rub their cheeks on it or completely ignore it.  Toes ignored mine, no hard feelings taken.

Show your cat you love them on Valentine's Day with a tasty meal!

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Welcome to our greenhouse!

This post is sponsored by Hayneedle who helped us build a greenhouse so we can grow vegetables in the Winter! All opinions are my own. 

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse!  Go green and grow your own! 

I have been so excited to show you what we’ve been doing on the land!  Garden season ended a few months ago so that’s why there there hasn’t  been as many beautiful vegetables to show, but not to worry – we’re still growing! In February! In 10 degree temperature! In the snow!  Thanks to a greenhouse we’re all set up to grow our hearts out 365 days a year now!

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse! Go green and grow your own!

When we had our rooftop garden going we had a small greenhouse that left us able to grow broccoli, bok choy and kale during the Winter months. Once we moved the garden Upstate I was already thinking about Winter growing during the first year.   Because we’re Upstate in the Catskill Mountains we had some things to seriously consider about the greenhouse.  1) It gets really cold.  2)  It gets really snowy.  3)  It gets really windy.    So I investigated greenhouses and figured the Palram HG56 Glory Greenhouse would be best for our situation.  We got it in the 12L x 8W ft size which is more than enough for what we need.     Due to the strong wind on our property, we installed the anchor kit to ensure the greenhouse wasn’t going anywhere. Inside the greenhouse we put down a ground cover and a few bags of drainage rocks on top.

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse! Go green and grow your own!

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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts

HOMEMADE BAKED Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes.  These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery! 

We live in a world filled with exciting donut flavors and combinations. Remember the half donut/half croissant craze?  Have you checked out the exotic flavors that bakeries are offering for donuts?  There’s  Blood Orange, Cafe Au Lait,  Hibiscus, Passion Fruit, Horchata, Matcha and more.   Maybe I’m not foodie adventurous but I love simple donuts.  Sugar, Glazed, Chocolate  donuts – now you’re talking my language.  Because I was craving donuts I came up with this simple Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that I think you’ll love! 

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

These donuts are delicious and extra soft! They are made with buttermilk so you know they are going to be moist and soft!  Throw your donut pan in the oven for 15 minutes, let cool for a few minutes and then shake the donuts in a bag of sugar and your Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts are ready to be eaten and enjoyed!

Hope you like them as I do (and I really really like them!)!

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

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