Monday, January 27, 2020

My Blog Is Evolving {And My MerryMaid Scarlette Rose Petal Tea Scones Receipt}

Good morning dear friends,

I am having a cup of Tetley. I have a few things I should like to share with you.

Firstly, as I have spent the weekend preparing to take my business to the next level, I wanted to explain what my intentions are for my blog. I am a steadfast organised individual with all aspects of my life; mostly contributing to having four children, and it seems an essential characteristic to possess if one is to be a quite accomplished multi-tasker.

After I created my new blog in 2017 and as a practice of living the law of attraction, I have allowed my blog to evolve naturally. I follow the inspired moments, and it's been such a lovely evolution of expansion. I absolutely love my blog! I know each aspect has naturally come to be at just the perfect time. And now this next expansion is me creating a more regular schedule for blog content. I'm building something, dear friends. A few months ago, I changed the categories to fit the dimensions of each endowment. So I feel the next logical step would be to create a post for each weekday to represent each endowment. This way, it keeps things balanced, and it also creates commonness, so when you swim to my blog, you will know that each day is a scheduled subject matter and which subject I'll be chatting about.

Now without further ado, today's topic is The Art of a Victorian Life, so I'd like to share with you my scone recipe and speak a little about living life each moment of each day. 

You know I'm not quite the lady that enjoys cooking with enormous enthusiasm. However, I do cook on occasion, but likely leave that to my dearly Beloved Gardener, Jeffrey. He thoroughly enjoys cooking, and the baking is left up to me. I'm appreciative that we can accentuate the positive aspects of each other. 

This recipe is a lovely scone flavour if you enjoy the essence of rose, however, if you associate rose with say, lotion or body spray, you may not like this one. The heart of rose is quite flavorful in this recipe. I love this recipe also because usually where scone recipes are concerned, they mostly lean towards a dryer confection. My method is very moist, which I much prefer. 


MerryMaid Scarlette Rose Petal Tea Scone
Prep Time:25 minutes Yield: 24 scones
Cook Time: 12 Minutes

Ingredients For Scone: 
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup {1/2 stick} chilled unsalted butter
1/3 cup coarsely ground pistachio nuts, shelled and unsalted
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1 tablespoon rose water*
2 tablespoon rose petals, cleaned and finely shredded {organic only-no pesticides}**
rosewater icing {see recipe below}

*Rose Water is distilled from water and roses. If you don't grow your own roses and use natural essential oils, here is the link for a good source for the rose water and the rose petals.

** All roses that you intend to eat must be free of pesticides. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centres. In many cases, these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labelled for food crops. The tastiest roses are usually the most fragrant.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet in wax paper. I double my cookie sheets,, so the bottom of the scones doesn't get too brown.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. With a pastry blender {I use my ninja} and cut the butter into flour mixture until the particles are the size of small peas; stir in the pistachio nuts {I used a separate ninja cup and blended the nuts and the rose petals finely before mixing them into mixture}.
In a separate bowl, combine the cream and rose water. Stir in the shredded rose petals. Add the rose mixture to the dry ingredients: stir until a soft dough forms. When making scones, work the dough quickly and do not over mix.

Drop dough by the teaspoonful onto the prepared baking sheet. {you can make shapes or cut them into wedges if you'd like; however, I just use the drop dough method.

While the scones are baking, I prepare the icing.

Rose Water Icing:
1 cup powdered {confectioner's sugar}
3 tablespoons rose water
1 tablespoon red currant jelly

In a bowl, combine powdered sugar, rose water, and red currant jelly until smooth.

I top the icing with sugar crystals, but you don't have to. 

I hope you enjoy these scones. I plan to add these to the menu when I get my very own MerryMaid Scarlette Rose's Bakery and Tea Cottage. In the meantime, try this recipe out and let me know your thoughts. I had the family try them, and except for myself, no one was a fan. So, I would like to hear from you. 
The reason I love having a scone or biscuit throughout the day is that it truly brings me happiness. I use the good china and make a thing of it. I promised myself when my son Sawyer passed I was never going to wait to do something. I try to live each day as if it was my last because honestly we never do know if it is. 

I didn't mean for that to sound dreadful, however, just a little reminder to pull that china out and use it every night and not just for specific occasions. Each day can become a special occasion if we believe them to be. It made me think of this pretty poem by Mary Anne Perrone that I read a few weeks ago.

I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.
I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that even dust is sacred. 
I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me; It’s just not their task.
I am no longer waiting for the perfect children; my children have their own names that burn as brightly as any star.
I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop; It already did, and I survived.
I am no longer waiting for the time to be right; the time is always now.
I am no longer waiting for the mate who will complete me; I am grateful to be so warmly, tenderly held.
I am no longer waiting for a quiet moment; my heart can be stilled whenever it is called.
I am no longer waiting for the world to be at peace; I unclench my grasp and breathe peace in and out.
I am no longer waiting to do something great; being awake to carry my grain of sand is enough.
I am no longer waiting to be recognised; I know that I dance in a holy circle.
I am no longer waiting for forgiveness.
I believe, I believe.

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx 

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