Friday, January 11, 2013

Wanda's Day Out

 
Made Apricot~White Chocolate~Walnut Scones yesterday. They are cooling on the washing machine.  When I walked in and saw the filtered sunlight I thought it looked good enough for a cooking magazine.
 
I did find the English Double Devon Cream at one of our local grocery stores in the speciality section, and with a spoon Raspberry
preserves, it was a delightful breakfast.
 
Today I had a "Wanda Day".  Just took off this morning, left my dearest to fend for himself (which he does nicely) and just enjoyed a day out!
  • Mailed a Goodie Box off to our friend in Texas.  
  • Picked up some new blush and mascara.
  • Had lunch at the Black Cow.  It's really cold today, so the "Bowl of Comfort" as it was listed on the menu was what I ordered.  French Onion soup with melted cheese and warm bread.  Steaming hot coffee with lots of cream. 
  • Then off to find a new pastry blender.  (Mine of many many years broke).  Couldn't find one at Target or Walmart.  In fact the girl looked at me when I said "pastry blender" like I was asking for a foreign object.
  • Next stop was a visit with Elizabeth and she showed me some tatting she had done when she was younger and making dolls.  You know what tatting is?  I'm going to take a picture next time I visit her to show you.  I remember my mother tatting trim for my little dresses.
  • Last stop was the Thrift Shop where I found a like new large plastic bin which I'm using for storing all the Seasonal Decorations.  It was a third of the price of a new one.
What did you do today? 

30 comments:

  1. Oh, that is a nice day! Perfect! It's always fun to get out by yourself and not worry about the clock and just go do what you feel like!

    Now tatting...not to be confused with tattooing...lol... My great grandmother did that and it's just lovely. I still have some pieces that she did! Can't wait to see Elizabeth's work!

    Gotta love the thrift store...it's always fun to see what is there!

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    1. and...yes, those scones look like they belong in a magazine! Wow..they are huge and look wonderful! I've never made scones...I really should do something about that!

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    2. HaHaHa...no not to be confused with tattooing. Her piece was small, and wrapped carefully in a plastic bag. The Scones, Betsy are too big. The recipe said cut 8 wedges..but after they cooked I should have made 16. I just cut one in half for Don and me.

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    3. Well, they are just gorgeous! My mouth is watering! ha.

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    4. Did you just pat it out in a circle and cut in wedges before baking?

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  2. The scones sound delicious and the photo in the sunlight is beautiful! John loves french onion soup - I know you enjoyed lunch and your day out. You and I would have a good time shopping in thrift stores - sounds like you got a great deal today. I have seen tatting before and I love it - such a delicate art that so few do nowdays.
    It was rainy and in the high 60's here today. We did some grocery shopping and had brunch at the local diner.
    Wishing you a very nice weekend, Wanda.
    Mildred

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    1. Oh the soup was the best I've ever had. Wouldn't it be fun to go shopping together... I know we would "click". Hoping your weekend is lovely too.

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  3. Hey, Babe, I am really glad you had such a wonderful, free and joyful day. You deserve that and many more. Love Don

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    1. OK, next Tuesday... HaHaHa Just Kidding!! You're so sweet... Once in a while will be good enough for me.

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  4. Your scones look perfect. I love photos with filtered sunlight too.

    Did you ever find a pastry blender? I think the best ones are probably in antique shops, the kind made with wires attached to a wooden handle. People don't make pies like they used to.

    Today I did little. Sat by the computer too much, sat by the potty with a small child a few times, did dishes, folded some clothes, and made chicken soup. It was cold and rainy outside, a good day for soup.

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    1. No I didn't find the pastry blender. I think you're right, I'm going to check an antique store. I did check at the thrift shop, lots of sifters, but no blender.

      I love the Potty Picture on your blog...

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    2. I found a metal pastry blender at the local grocery store, but the wire ones are so much nicer and easier to clean. I will check the antique shops here too. Maybe tomorrow. :)

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    3. Success! I found one that looks brand new, and another "gently used". :)

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  5. Stayed at home with my DH who has the flu.
    Haha! At first glance, I thought you stopped off at a tattoo parlor! Seemed out of character and then I looked again.
    Glad you had such a nice day and the scones look wonderful.

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    1. If I ever get an tattoo...HaHa, you'll be the first I share it with. Glad you got a chuckle out of it.

      The scones are good.

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  6. Hello Ms Wanda! I think we deserve to have a day to ourselves from time to time. This is also healthy and good for our well-being.

    Your baked Apricot~White Chocolate~Walnut Scones look very appealing. I'm sure they taste as good as it looks. :D

    Today, I am visiting my blogging friends and will review for an online interview later. Happy weekend :D

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    1. It's aways fun to get a visit from you Farida. It was a good break, and I'm planning to do it again one of these days. We all DO need to get out of the house from time to time.

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  7. Scones and Devon cream -- wonderful! Moth bought me some Devonshire clotted cream for Christmas to have with some mince pies. The clotted cream has a definitely different texture. I actually prefer the kind that has to be whipped, but I'll take either!

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    1. Someone needs to lock me out of the kitchen for a few weeks, or I'll never get these 6 pounds off that jumped on my backside over the holidays! Baking is such a habit with me. I need a support group. "My name is Wanda, I bake." HaHa

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  8. I would LOVE this recipe, Wanda!!! Oh, my goodness those looks heavenly with that sunlight filtering down on them.... {sigh}. I'll look forward to seeing Elizabeth's tatting! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Tanna, I will send you the recipe as I've been wanting to write you a note.

      Being in the resthome, Elizabeth only had a very small piece she had begun many years ago when she was making dolls. Something else I found out about this dear lady. But I will take a picture of it.

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  9. what a perfect day! I know what tatting is, i have a wee bit from my grandmother, whata lost art! Those scones look and sound amazing! Yummo! .I'm reading this on Saturday so yesterday, the 11th was our youngest daughters birthday we took cake and gifts over and spent a lovely afternoon visiting, then home to make lentil soup , wasn't great but it was warm and filling, your soup sounded much better!!!

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    1. Laurie, you speak of your children from time to time, and I'm trying to remember how many children you have. Since you say youngest daughter...there must be more. We have three daughters, and one son. Soup of any kind is good on a cold day!!!

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  10. I dropped Ms Audrey off at school, came back and picked up Abe, took him to his barber and waited, came into the house when I brought him home and turned on computer to see who in the area had passed away. I always inform my Mother if it's someone in her area. Went grocery shopping, by the time I was done and brought them home, unloaded and put away it was lunch time, then dish washing time, then time to pick up Ms Audrey from school. Then I made a spaghetti supper for the family, there were only five of us, the one daughter was working till 8 when she got home, so she ate her dinner then. Daughter that lives here in town came for supper and brought this delicious loaf of bread that we heated in the oven and also brought dessert which was a chocolate snack cake it's called. So that made our spatting and salad supper complete. Of course when i have spaghetti I always have to fix Abe a piece of some kind of meat, even if it's just a hamburger, he thinks he needs meat. I was ready to fall asleep by 8:30, then it was time to all my Mother and we talked for about 30 mins, I put her on speaker phone so the girls can also talk. I sleep very well last night because I was plumb worn out. LOL

    You scones look delicious and I love raspberry jam. I can taste that also orange marmalade. Some I can't distinguish the taste. And the photo could go onto a page in a cook book or magazine. Have a great week-end. Your day out sounded fabulous.

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  11. By the way, excuse my mistakes, I didn't reread it until it was posted. I see quite a few. LOL But I think you get the jest of it.

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    1. Patty you just amaze me. I know we are about the same age, but you run circles around me everyday. My dad was a MEAT and Potato man. Had to have his meat, and his dessert!!! Never worry about mistakes..I do it all the time and what a couple mistakes among friends. HaHa

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  12. Mine was such an exciting day...not....
    Battled Safeway for groceries, especially their $5.00 ribs, which our nearby store was out of. So after finishing my shopping I had to go to the Super Safeway over the hill.
    Got the last 5 pkgs. and finally collasped for a while.
    House cleaning and prep for Nephew and family coming from Chico for the night and then church.
    All worthwhile stuff but I am tired.
    Lots of fun with family and they are so easy.
    Today going to Squeeze In for lunch/dinner and Francis Chan Saturday Church. full but fun days.

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    1. Oh $5.00 ribs! I'd go over the hill to get those. Know your company will have a great time, as I've been a guest in your home, and it's some of our favorites memories. Hope to do it again when we get a Tahoe date!

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  13. It sounds like you had a very, very busy day! I think your scones look scrumptious! YUM! I would like to come and take pictures of them right before I eat them while we drink our coffee together in the morning sunlight. : )

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