Scrumptious, Sweet Scones

Today’s Daily Prompt: Write about a time you had a Goldilocks experience, exploring different choices and finally arriving at the “just right”.

Many people like to eat scones with a little bit of jam, but I prefer to have the “sweetness” baked into the scones. Over the years, I’ve experimented with a basic recipe and finally came up with this “just right” one.

Chocolate Chip Raisin Scones

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

¾ cup raisins

½ cup white chocolate chips

1 large egg

½ cup milk

2-3 tablespoons condensed milk

Dash of grated nutmeg (optional)

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in one bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk, sugar, condensed milk and nutmeg together in another bowl.
  4. Drop the butter into the flour. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture is like course pebbles
  5. Pour in the milk mixture. Mix with a fork until the dough is evenly moist.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and raisins. Mix with a fork or the tips of your fingers. Dough will be sticky.
  7. Spoon about 15 tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy these scrumptious, sweet scones with tea or coffee.

Elaine's Sweet Scones

Elaine’s Sweet Scones

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STRESS MANAGEMENT 101 – Taking care of me!

Although Stress Awareness Month in the United States is in April, I’ve decided that blogging about it a couple of weeks earlier won’t cause any stress. Stress Awareness Month was established in 1992 by the Health Resource Network, Inc. The HRN is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by Dr. Mort Orman, M.D.

We all have different ways of dealing with stress and sometimes trying to find ways to cope can also be stressful! Last year, I wrote about some of the ways I cope with my stress  STRESS HAPPENS! This year, I have the expertise of my friend, a Mental Health Counselor.

From the Desk of Patti Ortega

STRESS MANAGEMENT 101 – Taking care of me!

Stress is what we experience when there is a change in our lives.

Coping is how we manage stress or take care of our thoughts and feelings.

Credit: Google Images

Credit: Google Images

Nine Coping Skills (from The Coping Skills Workbook):

1.Deal with your feelings.

  •   Identify how you feel. Expand your feelings vocabulary.
  •   Accept your feelings. Allow for self-compassion.
  •   Express your feelings appropriately… without hurting others

2.Discover your choices.

3.Ask for help (family, friends, coworkers, or professional help).

4.Accept imperfection. It’s okay to make mistakes.

5.Plan ahead. Avoid procrastinating.

6.Give yourself a relaxation break. BREATHE! Meditate or pray.

7.Take one step at a time. Prioritize. Keep moving forward.

8.Take care of yourself. Eat well. Sleep well. Exercise.

9. Adjust your attitude. Find the silver linings.

Credit: Google Images

Credit: Google Images

I can cope with and reduce stress in my life:

  • Through supportive friendships
  • Through proper exercise
  • Through an interesting hobby
  • By knowing my feelings
  • By making time for me… to relax, daydream, enjoy, laugh, and have fun.
  • Through proper time management. Knowing what’s most important.

From Living With Stress: Activities to Help Children Cope with Difficult Situations

Here is a note about Patti:  Quality Counseling 

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), she provides compassionate and quality care in helping adults and children develop effective coping skills and improve their relationships. She specializes in treating anxiety and depression using a cognitive-behavioral approach. She has extensive experience working with school-aged children.