Today was supposed to be my day off.
I started feeling a bit under the weather several days ago and decided to take the day off from work and just mentally check out from life for a bit. I’ve been going at this blog, my training, and a full time job pretty much nonstop for the past month and a half and my body was beginning to protest. Maybe I’d do some grocery shopping but other than that, my plans for the day consisted of lying in bed under my covers, watching The Goonies for the millionth time, and eating my leftover chili from yesterday. Plans change.
While looking for recipes for My Pretty Apron I discovered this amazing website by blogger Cookie + Kate with incredible pastries that I wanted to try. What made them so special (besides looking and sounding freaking delicious) was how much effort Kate puts into making each dish significantly lighter by finding alternatives to white flour, sugar, and butter. I dutifully pinned my favorites on my cakes and cookies board on Pinterest and filed it away for another day.
Going to the grocery store proved kismet. I saw the lemons and blueberries and pumpkin puree and snatched them up. I could already see the new plans for my day off forming in my head. And really, how could I be surprised? Who was I kidding? A break? Pssh. Not when I can get baking done in the middle of the day without any disturbances!
I LOVE baking. Especially in the fall. My favorite thing to do is try new recipes because it’s always a challenge, and I absolutely adore that feeling I get when I pull something out of the oven that’s a success. Baking is tricky. It’s not the easiest thing to do and you have to be as exact as possible because the results can change drastically if you’re off by a ½ tsp or cup. It’s chemistry at it’s most enjoyable. Like I said yesterday, I think I have an inner mad-scientist lurking under the surface.
Never looking for the easy way, I decided to tackle two of Kate’s recipes to pay homage to the end of summer and the beginning of fall tomorrow. I won’t post any nutrition factoids here. I’m simply in share mode right now. Count this towards my ‘break’ if you want.
If you follow the recipe links you’ll note that the scones (traditionally super buttery and fatty) have whole wheat flour, very little sugar, and greek yogurt which was a stroke of genius by Cookie + Kate. The pumpkin bread recipe also has loads of nutritional merit, although I swapped the millet for flaxseed since I had it on hand. Look at the pretty pictures!!
Au revoir Summer! Whole Wheat Lemon Blueberry Scones
Bienvenue Fall! Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
On a side note, I always bake with music playing in the background. It’s a given. Helps keep me energized or something. I’m currently obsessed with these two albums which were perfect for keeping me bopping along in the kitchen. They are Nelly Furtado’s The Spirit Indestructible and Hurts Happiness Deluxe. My favorite songs on each are Waiting for the Night and Miracles by Nelly Furtado and Devotion feat. Kylie Minogue by Hurts. Check ‘em out. Your ears will thanks me.
Despite feeling exhausted and not at my best, baking these lovelies has significantly improved my mood. It was worth all the work in the kitchen. In fact, it wasn’t work. This was pure fun!
Does anybody want a scone? 😉
10 Replies to “I Go at Stop”
My old boss was very British and he said the correct pronunciation is scon…with a short “o” not scone that rhymes with drone.
Have you ever heard that?
Really? No, I haven’t but I just looked it up on Wikipedia and it seems your boss has a point! It is British so I guess they’re the authorities on the subject, lol.
Yummy!!!! They both look amazingly delicious, and I agree with you on fall baking. It is my fave time to bake.The hot and humid Toronto summers didn’t inspire cooking or baking of any kind. I am so happy it’s fall 🙂
I agree 100%! It’s my favorite season. Used to be winter because of the holidays, but fall totally trumps it now. The baked goods were absolutely delicious and super easy- try them out!
It’s crazy but I made a Paleo Pumpkin Loaf earlier today. Yours looks much better and taller. I think baking gluten free is tricky but I am pleased with the results. I will experiment with these 2 recipes of yours using almond/coconut flour and see what happens. And yes, fall is my fave 100%! It is cozy time! I am always so much more relaxed and let myself indulge way more than summer 🙂
Yes, i saw your pumpkin bread! And it looks yummy. 🙂
Actually, I wanted to pick your brain about paleo. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about different diets as a sort of self-education and paleo is high on my list. Would you mind if I ask you questions about it?? Possibly have it be featured on a future blog post??
Thank you, it is yummy and the ingredients are minimal and simple. What a great idea for a post! To be honest, I have just recently been looking into paleo and what it entails. Quite a few things about this way of eating appeal to me. I will work on a post for sure, and please ask away. I will answer to the best of my knowledge so far.
Thanks for the inspiration! I just posted some info on nutrition and got into Paleo a bit towards the end. There is good link to a blog that goes into full detail on paleo. I hope you enjoy 🙂