Cream Scones Recipe

By , June 20, 2008 8:40 pm

Cream Scones Recipe & Photo –

Scone Recipe:

2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup (76 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (120 ml) whipping cream or milk




Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. In a small measuring cup combine the whipping cream, beaten egg and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix.

Knead dough gently on a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat the dough into a circle that is about 7 inches (18 cm) round and about 1 1/2 inches (3.75 cm) thick. Then, using a 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round cookie cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Place the rounds on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing a few inches apart. Brush the tops of the scones with a little cream. This helps to brown the tops of the scones during baking.

Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with Devon cream or softly whipped cream and your favorite jam.

These scones freeze very well.

Makes about 10 – 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round scones.

Sounds quite good. Will have to try it soon.

Fried Rice With Ham

By , June 18, 2008 1:54 pm

Found a recipe at Food for Fried Rice With Ham that I modified to fit what I had on hand. Turned out quite good. Will certainly fix it again.


* 2 eggs
* 1/2 tablespoon butter
* 2 teaspoons soy sauce (approximately)
* Salt and pepper, to taste
* 1/2 cup frozen bell peppers and onions (approximately)
* 8 ounces cooked ham (approximately)
* 1 green onion, washed
* 6 tablespoons oil for frying, or as needed
* 1 cup canned mixed vegetables (half a can)
* 4 cups cold cooked rice

Lightly beat the eggs. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce (or not and add it all to the rice at the end as I did). Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Dice the ham and green onion.

Heat a wok or frying pan on medium-high to high heat. When the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Add the eggs. Scramble till lightly set and remove from the pan. Clean any leftover egg bits out of the pan.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the pan or wok. When the oil is hot, add the bell peppers and onion. Stir-fry till tender or as you like them, then add the ham and the mixed vegetables. Stir-fry and remove from the pan.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the pan or wok. Reduce the heat to medium and add the rice, stirring to break up the clumps. Stir in the remainder of the soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Add the cooked meat and vegetables back into the pan. Stir in the scrambled egg. Heat through and stir in the green onion. Serve hot.


By , June 14, 2008 7:20 pm – Recipe – Shrimp With Sweet And Sour Pineapple Sauce


1 1/2 lb. med. shrimp shelled
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt


3 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. pineapple juice
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
2 eggs beaten
16 oz. pineapple chunks
oil for frying
1/2 c. water
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. ketchup
2 drops Tabasco

Combine flour and salt. Stir in beaten eggs and mix well. Add shrimps to this thick batter. Fry shrimps until light brown. Reserve juice from pineapples. Place shrimps on serving platter and garnish with pineapple. Heat all sauce ingredients and pour over shrimp and pineapple. Serve with fried rice. Serves 4.

Quite good and filling too! Used about a half a pound of shrimp and about half a 16 oz can of pineapple but kept the rest of the stuff the same. Worked out well with Cat and I for a meal. Will certainly fix it again… ๐Ÿ˜‰

New rocket car spotted in Silver Lake

By , June 9, 2008 10:48 am

New rocket car spotted in Silver Lake | Los Angeles Metblogs

Just hit the link and look. Then click on the Baron Margo link either here or there and look at some of the Baron’s other works. This is some serious heavy metal porn… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wooden Bikes

By , June 6, 2008 10:20 am

Street Use: Wooden Bikes

Wooden Bikes

Wooden bicycles can be found all over the world. These handmade bikes are often larger-scale scooters that you sit on. Made with whatever wood can be found, they use small wooden home-made wheels covered with discarded rubber rims. Forward movement depends on the rider pushing with their feet.

Shades of The Flintstones! Quite ingenious designs of push bikes made mostly of wood and recycled materials. Quite an eyeopener…

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne – Project Gutenberg

By , June 5, 2008 11:25 am

รŽle mystรฉrieuse. English by Jules Verne – Project Gutenberg

First read this when I was 11 or 12. Fantastic book. Haven’t seen a copy in years so guess I’ll get to read it on the computer this time.

The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers

By , June 1, 2008 10:54 am

The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers

I can certainly think of the 7+ weedy sins of the garden but knowing how to cleanse my garden of these weeds is even better. Especially if it can be done cheaply and with household items. Murdering weeds is a fun past time.

So, for your reading enjoyment, here are The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers, guaranteed to help you eradicate the weeds you find in your garden.

Good list of mostly nontoxic ways to kill weeds.

Boiling water is also a good nontoxic way to kill red ant hills. Just put a (long) stick in the center of the hill and move it in a circle to make a funnel shaped hole in the center and quickly pour the boiling water into the hole so it spreads throughout the hill and gets the queen and eggs as well as most of the workers.

Hidden Drawers – Articles at Woodcraft

By , June 1, 2008 10:33 am

Hidden Drawers – Articles at Woodcraft

Some interesting hidden drawers shown. The article is mainly an advertisement for the book Complete Illustrated Guide To Furniture & Cabinet Construction but shows a couple of interesting designs with enough detail to get the idea of how they are made. Neat stuff.

Cream : : a modern configuration of the Vim text editor

By , May 30, 2008 8:28 am

Cream :: a modern configuration of the Vim text editor

Cream : : a modern configuration of the Vim text editor

I’ve used Cream before but in one of the many hard drive crashes I’ve experienced it got lost and I just found it again. Installed it and it makes Vi (gVim actually) so much more user friendly. And actually usable for the average computer user. Good Stuff!

The Foody UK & Ireland

By , May 18, 2008 6:31 pm
Welcome to The Foody UK & Ireland

The Foody UK and Ireland an independent on-line resource covering all aspects of the food from these nations.
It is packed with recipes, features and useful facts about fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices, meats, when they are in season and also places where you can buy them.
It aims to offer broad overview of all matters relating to the food from these islands.
New recipes and features are added every month.

Interesting and informative site with a wealth of recipes, old and new. Quite good stuff!

Slashdot | Fermilab Calls For Code Crackers

By , May 17, 2008 9:28 am
Slashdot | Fermilab Calls For Code Crackers

So Fermilab has it for a year and the Slashdot geeks crack it in less than a day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some of the comments are interesting/weird/typical…

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU

By , May 16, 2008 9:49 pm
MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU on Vimeo

The new short film by Blu
an ambiguous animation painted on public walls.
Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche)


Steam dream – Life – The Phoenix

By , May 16, 2008 9:35 pm
Steam dream – Life – The Phoenix

Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities

Quite a good article on SteamPunk. Good video of Jake von Slatt and some of his works too. Well worth the read!

Shoelace Knot

By , May 12, 2008 8:01 am

Ian’s Shoelace Site – Shoelace Knot Comparison

How to tie your shoes. Interesting knots… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

By , May 12, 2008 7:59 am

Little Brother ยป Download for Free

Most excellent book, and not just for young adults. Highly recommended!

Key that kills Firefox when using Scribefire

By , May 12, 2008 7:10 am

Just did it again. Not sure if it is just in Puppy Linux yet. I hit either “insert” or “print screen” and am not gonna try it again quite yet. Going to try to get a lot of the tabs that I have been meaning to post cleared out and then will try some experiments. Tried it in Seamonkey where I don’t have ScribeFire installed and it doesn’t do anything. Will post more as I find out. Tis quite a pisser when it happens.

Recipes of India

By , May 12, 2008 7:03 am

Kerala Recipes, South Indian & North Indian Recipes @ New Kerala .Com, India

Some interesting sounding recipes. Just gonna have to learn more about their spices and terms before trying a lot of these.

Saturday Night and Sunday Day

By , May 11, 2008 11:48 pm

No real biggie just long and tiring.
With the storms and rain Saturday night leaks developed or redeveloped as it were. Had one in the Q-hut roof/side that only leaks when the rain is blowing in certain random directions and it was pouring in all the right directions so we had nearly an inch of standing water in the front corner by the time I noticed it. Got the towels out and started soaking it up/damming it up to hold till the morrow. Rain slowed down so we went to bed around 1:00 am. By 1:30 got worse and then much worse so I got back up to go and check the front leak. Down the stairs and into water. The wet weather spring that has been dry for the past two years decided to become active again. So I pulled the carpet up and removed to boards and such to get to the hole in the ground where I could bail and started to do so. And bailed, and bailed. Cat got up and went in front and started wringing out towels and adding more. Rain started tapering off around 3 and she got to bed. I finally got done with bailing around 4 and back to bed and around daylight to sleep.

Up and out of here about 10:30 am and headed to Calcis, by way of Logan Martin dam where we ate lunch while watching the birds eat theirs. After eating we drove on into Calcis and to Cat’s mother’s house and after they visited a while we headed back here. Picked up my mothers stuff and went to visit there for a bit. Back here a bit after 6 pm and after changing out the towels drying the carpet again ate supper. Read a bit, and wrote a post which I then managed to kill the browser and wipe it out and hit the sack about 9 pm.

Still beat today. Just got back in from a visit with a friend who came by to get some old equipment that was wasting away in the barn. Which took quite a bit of water the other night too as the floor is still soaking wet. Am gonna eat lunch and then take a siesta and hope it help the bod catch up a bit on the missed sleep. Till later… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Long night last night and long day today

By , May 11, 2008 7:52 am

Make for early night tonight.

Had written a post and then hit a key that killed the browser. Not sure which one or why but did the job. Don’t feel up to rewriting it at present so am gonna close for the night and will try to recount last nights and todays excitements tomorrow. Till then…

Saturday round and about

By , May 11, 2008 5:43 am

Started out to go to Collinsville but instead headed to Gadsden and Poor Man’s Trade Day first. Bought some books and a couple of copper cannisters along with a pile of string and thread. Headed on to Goodwill and got a few more books, then to Apple A Day for something to drink and ate lunch at the gazabo by the water at the front of the parking lot. Rather pleasant place even with all the roads around. Left there and went toward Centre. Stopped at a yard sale and got ignored so left and stopped again at a Antique/junk place on 411. Cat found a few things and then we walked to a place next door that we had looked at before but had never been open. I saw a Delta jigsaw that the owner was asking $25 for and knew if it worked I wanted it. He came out and got a power cord and hooked it up. Worked quite well. Went in and looked at some other stuff he had and ended up with the jigsaw, a Makita 7 1/2 inch skill saw, a Craftsman router, a Craftsman biscuit joiner, a huge (minus one tap) tap and die set and some vases Cat wanted. Set me back a bit but less than just the tap and die set was worth. One of those right place, right time situations. From there went on into Centre and another junk store and got another load of books. Twas getting on to mid afternoon so headed back to Jacksonville and stopped at Smith and Hardwick and picked up some things for our Mom’s for Mothers Day. A couple of stops at grocery stores and a quick trip to the Dollar store at Lenlock and then home and supper finished off the remainder of the daylight hours. Been reading and decided to do the daily post and call it an early night, as we need to hit Flamingo to check on some books Lloyd said he was gonna bring in for us and then head to Calcis and then back to Weaver to do both Mothers Days tomorrow. So, till I type again… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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