Saturday, September 11

Some assembly required (Ham and Cheese Scones)

What should I do on this lovely Saturday afternoon?  I weeded the backyard.  I sat outside and read.  I threw the tennis ball for the Layster.  I made some scones.  What else should I do? 

Giant box of grill.

How about putting together the grill? shiny!

It'll be a great way to surprise hubby when he comes home from work.

How hard can it be?

Just a few pieces.

I'm not allowed to put things together.  It has something to do with an entertainment center from IKEA that was backwards and a dresser drawer that was inside out.  Honestly, these things just happen.  Not my fault.

Today ended up much better, though. 

Ta da!  So proud of myself!
Won't the hubster be surprised when he comes home?

Maybe he'll be so happy, it'll stir up his man-sized appetite and grill us up some steaks.

*Crosses fingers and hopes*

These are my backup plan.  In case the steaks have to wait until tomorrow.

Scone?  Biscuit?  Who cares.  Ham and cheese!

Hey, girl's gotta eat, right?

Ham and Cheese Scones
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Generous pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, cold and diced
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1/3 cup chopped, sliced deli ham
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
3/4 cup sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Can never go wrong with ham and cheese.
Preheat oven to 375.  In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda and powder, sugar and salt.  Rub the cold butter into the flour mixture until the consistency is that of damp sand.  Fold in ham, cheese and dill.  Whisk sour cream, egg and mustard in a small bowl.  Add all at once to ham mixture, stir with a fork until incorporated.  Be careful not to overmix.  Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough holds together.  Roll or pat to 3/4 inch thickness (or thicker, if you like).  Cut into 3 inch circles (I use the bottom of a drinking glass).  Bake on a baking sheet for 18 minutes, until golden around the edges.  Cool on wire rack.  Use to surprise someone you love.

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