Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones I have spent the past two days packing up our apartment.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad, and I’m almost finished.  I think it’s because we move every year, and I get rid of more and more stuff every year.  Packing up the kitchen is the worst, I tell you.  It’s the pits.  I have SO MUCH kitchen stuff.  I’m not even proud of this.  I want to give it away and get rid of the clutter.  I do not want to end up on Hoarders.  But I know every few years or so I’m going to want to bake a cherry pie and I’ll need that fancy cherry pitter that my parents gave me because I asked for it one year for my birthday.  So I’ve kept nearly all of my kitchen items.  I did throw away some ancient clothes, though.  If you haven’t worn something in two years, it’s time for it to go.

This year we’re not moving very far.  We’re staying in St. Louis, just moving a bit north.  We’ll be renting a house!  Whoop whoop.  This is our first house (and our first garage!), and we’re very excited.  We’ve enjoyed living in St. Louis so far, and hope to live here for a while!  This year I’d like to explore St. Louis more and see more things, as well as make more friends.  I have some work friends, but that’s about it.  So if anyone wants to hit up some STL bakeries…. you know who to contact. 

Chocolate Chip Scones2 I made these scones a while back (before I packed away the measuring cups and spoons) for Eric.  He loves scones, and he loves chocolate.  I think he especially likes it when I make just normal pastries and not weird stuff.  For instance, the gluten free sweet potato cookies I made today.  That boy deserves some decent pastries.  He’s so sweet!  Muaahhh that is for him if he still reads this stuff.

Chocolate Chip Scones3 These are classic, buttery, chocolate chip scones.  I can’t really think of anything I need to tell you about these.  It’s allll in the recipe, my friends. 

I will add, these were delicious.  We enjoyed them a lot and ate every single one.  Oh!  I cut out round scones and made triangles.  It’s up to you what you want to do.  I think I prefer triangle scones. 

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Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Egg wash + Granulated sugar (optional)

Instructions:  In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in sugar until well combined.  Knead in butter, using fingertips, until well incorporated and mealy.  In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yogurt and vanilla until well combined.  Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips until just combined.  Chill dough for 45 minutes in refrigerator.

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  

Dump dough onto a floured work surface, and lightly knead into a shaggy ball; shape into a 1-inch thick disc.  Slice into triangles or cut into rounds.  Transfer dough to a cookie sheet.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until light golden brown.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes 9 scones

Spring Favorites

Favorites1 Hey there!  Happy spring and happy April!  I’m at my parents’ house hanging out for a few days, celebrating my mom and niece’s birthday.  Oh, and getting my taxes done.  Hee hee.  Anyway, I thought I’d share with you a few things I’m enjoying this spring.  First up, this Breyer’s Birthday Blast ice cream.  It’s better than other birthday cake ice creams I’ve tried.  The cake pieces taste like… delicious, buttery cake dough.  I went through this quart way too fast.  That’s why I don’t buy ice cream very much anymore.  It’s a problem.

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Abita has their seasonal strawberry lager out now.  Yaay!  This beer is nice because it has subtle strawberry flavor, and no sweetness. 

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This is the Tangle Tamer brush I bought, and I’m surprisingly pleased with it.  It really is easier to brush tangled hair with.  And it feels nice on your scalp.  My hair stylist also recommend a wet brush for tangles.  I’ll have to try that next.  I need some detangling spray, too, because my hair is a mess after scrunching it, curling it, and using hair spray.

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Lemon Oreos!  These are better than the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Rice Krispie Treat.  They’re lemony and perfect for spring.  I will not be purchasing the Fruit Punch Oreos, though…..

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I’m sure this product has existed for years, but I’m just now discovering The Body Shop’s Body Sprays.  I bought the Satsuma scent (best seller), and it’s heavenly.  I love smelling like fruity oranges.  I’m going to get the coconut next.

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Huarache Sandals from Target… ooohh.  I like.

Speaking of Target, it’s time to start picking out your new summer frocks, ladies.  I have my eye on this one.

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I don’t remember Trader Joe’s having almond butter in a plastic jar, do you?  I seriously think I’ve only seen in it in that huge, heavy glass jar.  I love their creamy salted almond butter, and now I can take it with me, wherever I go.  Perfect for sandwiches, fruit, or pretzels.
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I finally tried Josie Maran argan oil, and have been using it for about a month now.  I still can’t make up my mind about this.  Do I need to use it longer?  It’s helped a bit with my dry face, but I wouldn’t say I can tell much of a difference.  It does give a nice dewiness to your face.  Dewiness.  I think… that’s a word.

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Mmmm La Croix has new flavored waters out!  I feel so fancy when I’m drinking these Cúrates.  I’ve only tried the cherry-lime flavor so far, and really, really liked it.  Cherry lime is a good spring/summer flavor.  I’m trying to figure out the difference between these and the regular La Croix waters.  The can is taller and slimmer, and I believe the flavors might be stronger.

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This is a NYX Dream Catcher Palette.  It has a lot of nice, neutral, shimmery colors, and I’ve been enjoying playing around with it.  Bonus: much cheaper than the Naked palette.  Probably not the same quality, though.  :(

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I lovvve these butter glosses by NYX.  The colors are really pretty, and they smell great too.  The two pinks are my favorite.  I have trouble pulling off the red one, though.

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My favorite kitten of spring is…….. CASHEW KITTY!  He’s so cute!  He wanted some of Eric’s Cheetos.  Look how fluffy and white his tummy is!  I can’t take it.  I have about 200 pictures of him on my phone now.

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That’s all for now.  I really haven’t been baking very much lately.  I baked a carrot cake for my mom and it was pretty good, but nothing too exciting.  Adios! 

An Aldi Adventure in STL

IMG_20130506_182032 Recently, I read a few sponsored posts from bloggers who spent a day shopping at Aldi, and visited their headquarters in Geneva, Illinois.  I’m a little jealous, I admit, because I LOVE Aldi and shop there all of the time.  Most of you already know that though, since I mention Aldi in every other blog post.  I thought it would make an interesting post if I showed you how I shop at Aldi, and what I buy. 

I go there pretty frequently, so most of the time I don’t even mess with a cart, and just fill up an empty box with groceries.  This allows me move swiftly through the aisles and not waste any time.  The Aldi I go to is always busy and crowded.  Shortly after I took this picture, it got very busy.  If I need a lot of supplies, I’ll break into my quarter stash and use a cart.  This is where I pick up most of my baking supplies like butter, flour, sugar, brown sugar, confectioners’ sugar and eggs.  I save a lot of money this way, because Aldi’s prices are so low.

This day was a cart day.  Time to stock up on goodies!
IMAG3017_1 My first stop is usually the candy section.  I didn’t actually get any this day, but I do like this Moser Roth dark chocolate.  They do have knock off Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Mounds and Three Musketeers bars, but I don’t find them as good as the originals. 

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I like getting their varieties of trail mix.  The sweet and spicy one with corn sticks, roasted corn, sesame sticks and toffee peanuts is good.  This fruit and trail mix was decent, too; I like that it had dried strawberries and cherries.

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Half of the time I buy cereal at Aldi.  None of it is terribly exciting, but they do have the basics.  I recommend the Fruity Pebbles.  Fruity Rice?  Whatever it’s called.  I can put that stuff away.

IMAG3020_1 Eggs!  My theory is  they go through eggs so fast at Aldi, that their eggs are fresher than other grocery stores.  I don’t know if it’s true or not. 

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I buy this lactose free 2% milk instead of regular milk, even though I don’t have lactose issues.  I noticed it has a longer expiration date, so I’m able to keep it in the fridge for a few weeks.  Also, it’s really delicious.  It tastes a little bit sweeter to me.  Sometimes I purchase Aldi’s vanilla almond milk, too; it’s good in oatmeal and smoothies.  I think it tastes weird in coffee, though.  Just me?

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The produce is kind of hit and miss.  Some things aren’t too bad.  There are safe items, and they’re not-so-safe items.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve had terrible luck with their avocados. 

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They had some good looking (cheap!) eggplant when I was there.

IMAG3026_1 I also picked up some asparagus and broccoli – another two of my favorite vegetables. The sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms are good as well.  I’ve had bad luck with some of the fruit.  It seems to go bad very quickly.  I do love when they have fresh pineapple on sale for ninety-nine cents!

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I have bought meat from Aldi a few times, but haven’t been impressed with the quality, so I usually skip over the meat section.  If I’m going to purchase meat I will usually buy it at Trader Joe’s or Schnucks.

IMAG3027_1 Aldi is where I stock up on lots and lots of butter.  It’s $3.00 everywhere else.  Can’t beat Countryside Creamery!  (Except maybe some nice Plugra)

IMAG3028_1 Another one of my favorites is Aldi’s honey goat cheese, and fresh mozzarella.   It’s SO cheap and good!  They have a lot of different specialty cheeses there – brie, gouda, havarti, and more.  Especially around the holidays.

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This was a glorious days, because I spotted Fage on sale + Aldi’s version for 99 cents.  They were both good… although Fage still wins for me.  It’s my absolute favorite yogurt (except maybe Greek God’s full fat w/honey…mmm).

IMAG3031_1 I also love that Aldi has something new every week.  It’s good and bad, because they always have new products, but they’re only there for a limited time (like Trader Joe’s).  So if you really like something you try, stock up while you can because you probably won’t see it for another year.  This week they had different types of pasta.

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Speaking of Trader Joe’s, if anyone notices when they get their pecorino with black truffle back, let me know.  If was about a year ago when I had it and I must have more!

I hope you give Aldi a try soon, if you haven’t already.  It’s definitely one of my favorite stores.  Do you shop at Aldi?  What are your favorite products?  Least favorite products? 
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