Blueberry Peach Scones

IMG_4395  This is a short little post on some delicious scones I just had to share! This summer is so weird for where I live. Usually blueberries are in season from late June to mid July, then peaches come in to season with blackberries in August. Not this year though, all three are over lapping this year which is so exciting! I got to use fresh blueberries, and fresh peaches in these scones. I usually used dried blueberries, and dried fruit, so it’s a bit of treat to use fresh fruit. I like using local produce, usually organic, or I get produce from farmers I trust.  The blueberries are from my parents farm, Sunset Valley Organics, and the peaches are Aspenwall’s fruit stand in Salem, OR. It’s really hard to find certified organic peaches, so these are conventional. Work has been so busy with harvest that this is really the first time I’ve had a chance to bake in what feels like forever.

There are a few reasons I choose to go out of my way to buy from local farmers (mainly certified organic farmers):

  • I love supporting my local community, and encouraging the farmers that are here to keep doing what they’re doing. It’s hard work, and not a lot of people would  choose farming as their profession. But without the Farmers, we would all starve, or become dependent upon other countries to supply us with food, which sounds terrifying to me.
  • The United States imports an absurd amount of low quality food at dirt cheap prices which hurts the American farmer. We have plenty of food to support our own country, so we should. We should also reward farmers that are doing more, and producing high quality food, and taking care of their land. (By this I mean putting minerals back into their soil, and taking care of land not because the government, or a certifier tells them to, but because it’s the right thing to do.)
  • This is a universal one; there is something in the taste of locally grown food. I think this is most noticeable in veggies from backyard gardens. A tomato from your garden is going to taste different from a tomato from the store.  It’s just better. It hasn’t been sitting in a container for 2+ weeks making it’s way to the grocery store.

I understand not everyone has the same community around them, or can afford the same quality of food, but I happen to live in an area that is bountiful with veggies, fruit, wines, cheese, meat, and all kinds of good food. And I am in a stable financial situation,  so I feel an ethical duty to support these men and women.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose Certified Organic flour, plus more for hands and work surface
  • 6 TBSP  Certified Organic Sugar
  • 2 1/2 TSPCertified Organic Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 C Certified Organic unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 C Certified Organic heavy cream
  • 1 Large Certified Organic Egg
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Certified Organic Fresh Blueberries
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Peaches, chopped

What You’ll Do: 

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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Grate the frozen butter (a food processor is perfect for this). Mix in the grated butter into the flour mixture and combine it with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk cream, egg, and vanilla together. Slowly pour into the flour mixture and stir the two together with a spatula until everything looks like it’s been moistened. Slowly, and carefully add in blueberries and peaches. At this point the dough will be very wet, and a bit sticky, you’ll want to work the dough into a ball.
  4. Transfer the dough ball onto a floured surface, press into a flat disk and cut into four quarters. Then cut each of those in half so you have a total of 8 equal wedges. Because the dough is overloaded with fruit it’s ok if the dough doesn’t want to stay as a wedge. When baked they will just be a bit more on the round side.
  5. Place wedges onto prepared baking sheet, at least two inches apart from each other. Place in over, bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cooling rack.

Make A Head Tip: These scones are awesome to enjoy in the mornings all week long. They be kept at room temperature for 2-5 days. They also are awesome to freeze, and will keep for up to 3 months. Just thaw them out and heat up to your liking!

Plan With Me June 26 to July 2

This week’s plan with me has a fantastic mix of summer and 90’s vibes. I adore this clip art, and super happy with they amount of white space I used in this spread. If you want to see how this spread changes over the week be sure to check out my planning Instagram @unicornwglitter.

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Iggle Daily Journal: May 2017

Last month I did flip-gram thing for a flip through of March’s journal insert (I skipped showing anyone April, lol-it was a bit of a hot mess). So this month I have started a YouTube channel which means…drumroll please…I’ll be doing a proper flip through of my journal inserts from now on!

Geekery of the Month: What. The. FLOCK!?!

What. The. FLOCK!?!

 

I am so obsessed with flamingos right now, which is really surprising me. First of all I kinda hate pink, like some times it’s ok, but in general it doesn’t even enter my mind when asked what my favorite color is. Second I actually really don’t like flamingos. This makes this so weird right? Well it’s more the spirit of the flamingos I’m in love with, or at least how they have been ‘rebranded’ such as “Zero Flocks Given” “Stand Tall Darling” or “Be A Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons.” Those are all ideas I can get behind, flamingos also celebrate summer, and I am SO READY for summer. Not the working part, but the weather part. I love heat, sun, loud music, and good vibes!

Who Said Anything About A Sidekick?

So maybe a droid isn’t a sidekick, or maybe they are? I guess it depends on the role they play. As you can probably tell this weeks theme is droids! I loosely interpreted Droid to include all robots and AI. This post also made me  realize I don’t read much sci-fi cause I couldn’t think of a book other than Hitchhikers Guide that had a robot/AI in it.

I’m personally looking forward to the day we have AI and Droids to help with daily tasks. Until then we have all these cool droids and AI’s to dream about:

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It’s Never to Late for Yoda, Santa!

In honor of St. Patty’s Day, today’s prompt for 5 Fandom Friday is to share 5 green themed photos. I don’t do a whole lot with green, it’s just not a color in my wheel house. So I hopped on my instagram and went back through my photos, and these are the five with the most green in them:

  • Top Left: “Isn’t he cute!! Spotted this little guy while I was helping my mom set up for a holiday show she’s doing over the weekend.” After I found this one, I found his herd, then as they finished setting up for the holiday show these guys were everywhere! But they are still adorable!
  • Top Right: “A night full of amazing food, good people, and tons of laughter. Oh and of course coffee!” Also my boyfriend is very jealous of this coffee mug. When I was visiting Kat & her amazing family, it wasn’t really near Christmas…
  • Under Top Right: “Dinner tonight: honey glazed chicken with snap peas and rice.” Mmm delicious! Can’t wait for snap peas to be in season again! Nothing better than fresh, locally sourced food!
  • Bottom Left: “So much nom nom is happening is the fields right now!” Blueberry season is my favorite out of all the berries we do. I love walking around in the fields grazing, lol.
  • Bottom Right: “Today I got the most beautiful postcard from @thecheerupgirls “she believed she could & so she did” is one of my favorite quotes. This is just what I need after such a long week of work.” Still have the post card, and that is still one of my very favorite quotes. For me it’s just a little reminder of how much of a fighter I am.

I hope you all have a happy & safe St. Patty’s Day! 

Did Someone Say Sequel?

MOVIES! Who doesn’t love movies!? If we weren’t living in the digital age, and I didn’t live in a tiny apartment I would have a very impressive DVD/Blue Ray collection to show you guys. I guess I could do a screen shot of my iTunes library, or is that weird? Either way, movies are a love of mine. I binge watch more movies and tv series than anyone else I know. The only thing with me and movies is that I tend to like things more modern, no idea why but anything from like the 80’s or old just isn’t my cup of coffee.

This week’s prompt for 5 Fandom Friday is Favorite Sequels! Be sure to leave your’s in the comments! We can compare notes! (I have no idea why I’m such a nerd while writing today, haha.)

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Update: Adventure In Planning

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My best 9 for 2016

Now that I have had some experience around the Planning Community I’ve discovered some amazing shops that I now call my favorites, and some facebook groups I consider a second home, not to mention the amazing ladies that make up the community.

So I thought I would make one giant list for anyone who is looking to try new shops, or for someone who is new to the planning community and is looking for shops to purchase from.

 

 

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FOR HONOR: Closed Beta Thoughts

The closed beta of FOR HONOR closed yesterday, and now that I’ve let it all sink in I thought I would share my experience and thoughts.

For Honor was announced at E3 in 2016 and will be releasing on February 14, 2017. I’ve come to understand there was a closed alpha for the game as well and since then there have been a lot of improvements to the game which is encouraging. I got into the Closed Beta by invite from my Boyfriend who got into the Closed Beta and was able to invite three friends. He got into the closed beta by signing up for it off the For Honor website. I signed up as well, but didn’t get in from it.

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Book of the Month: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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New year means new books to read! This year I’ve already read three and I’m making my way through the fourth. By the end of January I hope to have five books read. Last year my good reads challenge was to read 40 books, I met that and beat it, ending with 45 books read total. So this year I am hoping to read 50. I feel like it’s a lot, but that is also how I felt when I set the goal of 45 books last year.

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