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If I had a Hall Pass…..

I never know why it takes me so long to update this blog, I’d like to say that I’m so super busy doing amazing things all day long, but in reality, I really have no idea what takes all my time away!  The days seems to whiz by and I’m left at the end of the day, wishing for more hours to get things done.  Most of the time is spent at the gym, training, and the rest seems to be at the beach…I know, sucks to be me!

As I type this, I have every intention to update everything that hasn’t been updated, that’s at least three posts with one recipe included; but I know something will distract me *ooh sunshine* and I’ll stop, and then realize as I’m about to crawl into bed that I left it unfinished.  Oi.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that I get through this now…I have a massive mug of coffee to fuel me, and I have an hour before I have to get in another cardio session, here goes nothing!

The week of July 19th (I told you I was behind!) brought the magnificent Tall Ships Festival to Halifax; stunning!  I headed downtown with some friends and ooh’d and aah’d with the rest of them, there were some pretty spectacular vessels there on the particular day we attended, but there was even something BETTER and more spectacular to ogle as we wandered further along the boardwalk.  Now, I’ve managed to meet some pretty great people in Nova Scotia since I’ve moved here, but I had no idea I’d find me, in another person’s body….as dirty as that just came out, I didn’t mean it like that.  Get your mind outta the gutter!!  Her name is Kim and you can find her here.
It’s quite comical actually, we like all of the same things, we’re giant massive foodies and we both can’t get enough of the food network…I actually think we’ve finished eachother’s sentences a couple of times…it’s really quite sick.  Anyway! We were walking along and we stumbled upon the “Taste of Nova Scotia” tent, *Squee! Food!*  There was a section with a bunch of tables and chairs, and there was this man on stage, walking back and fourth, explaining a dish of someso- WAIT!  Could it be?  I clutched Kim’s arm in excitement…

KIM!  Is that…..is that…

CHUCK HUGHES!

Commence dying happy.

I’m telling you ladies and gentlemen..this man is magic. Pure effing magic.  We had the chance to get an autograph as well…there I am, meeting one of my all time favourite Food Network Stars and I can’t even form a damn sentence.  It came out in disgusting girlish giggles, blushes, and a whole hell of a lot of gibberish.  Sigh.

Mr. Chuck, if you ever see this…I’m sorry.


Strawberry Scones

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Summer! I can almost taste it, it’s soooo close. I almost can’t stand the wait much longer, if you’ve ever experienced the beauty of the east coast, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The sunny spring days are blowing my mind, I can’t wait to freakin’ see what the summer has to offer. One thing I do know for sure is, the fresh produce is fan-frickin-tastic out here; I love farmer’s markets; I love strawberries. Love them. LOVE.

I also love breakfast, I’m pretty sure I mentioned in my bacon pancakes post, about mine and my husband’s love affair with breakfast. I especially love pastry’s and butter filled goodness, and everything oh-so-bad for me for breakfast…like scones. Oh mama! My favourite scones are cheese scones, and I eat them with strawberry jam (thank you Kimbot), and then my next favourite are strawberry scones, with, you guessed it, melted cheese; hot damn! I decided that I would have to make some, since having a super part time job wasn’t going to start paying for lavish pastries anytime soon, and because any money I’ve been making has been going to cheese and beautiful vintage goods from Fancy Lucky Vintage out in Lawrencetown (And a spot at Plan B in Halifax as well!). Anywho, here’s what I came up with; (I used a basic scone recipe and added some extras)

Strawberry Scones

1 cup strawberries (or other fruit)
3 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, in cubes, slightly softened
2/3 cold buttermilk (you can also use the same amount of cream or half and half)
1Tbsp ground flax (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Cut fruit into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle fruit with 1/2 tablespoon sugar; set aside. Be sure to make the pieces small, or they tend to fall out of the dough.

Combine remaining sugar with flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter, using a pastry cutter or 2 knives to cut in the butter (after I cut in the butter, I use my fingers to be sure butter is evenly mixed into flour). Stir in fruit; then add buttermilk all at once. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to gently stir dough until it holds together.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to incorporate dry ingredients. Be gentle so you don’t break up the berries and don’t overwork the dough; sprinkle dough with flour if it gets too sticky.

Lightly press the dough into a circle approx. 3/4 inch thick. If any berries pop out, push them back into dough. Cut circle into 6-8 wedges, then transfer wedges to the cookie sheet, leaving at least 1/2 inch of space between them. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and spring back with you push them in. **Please note that the baking time varies depending on your oven! My scones took about 40 minutes until they were perfect, so keep a very close eye on them, you do not want them to under, or over bake. **

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