"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour."
- John Boswell
Time to cosy by the fire with a lovely cup of tea and a bit of something sweet..
as the snow lies on the frozen ground daring the sun's warmth to give it a thaw!. Time to just sit with tea and smile with happy memories..
for the only ice in the room are the crystals that line the mantel and the flakes that adorn my plate.. but what a plate... yum!
Fresh baked morning scones with a dollop of New England apple butter. the tea, a cup of Downton Abbey blend... an earl grey with vanilla... perfect for the day of remembrance..
No better vignette for some contemplation that over an English serving plate by the Woods and Brothers, an English cup by Adams which was first established in Tunstall, England in 1657, and a mix matched English saucer from Johnson Brothers...
Yum these morning scones are delectable and pretty quickly made..
when you go to her page search buttermilk biscuits and scroll a bit
you'll find a video to mkae them. Here is the recipe from that page..
Buttermilk Biscuits... in a regular oven (425ºF for 25 minutes)
2-1/3 cups self-rising flour
8 teaspoons (2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick) frozen and then grate it before adding in...
1-1/3 cups buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour, for shaping
1. Line a buttered 7-inch cake pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. By freezing the stick of butter and then grating it, the bits of butter melt as it cooks and it makes the biscuits very flaky and light. Grate the butter into the flour and stir it in to coat evenly. Gently stir in the buttermilk. The dough should be quite wet. I recommend watching the video on the author's page from the link.
3. Spread the all-purpose (not self-rising) flour out on a small cookie sheet. With a spoon, scoop evenly sized balls of dough into the flour, making sure they don’t touch each other. With floured hands, coat each dough ball with flour and toss them gently from hand to hand to shake off any excess flour. Place each floured dough ball into the prepared pan, right up next to the other. This will help the biscuits rise up, rather than spreading out. I used a 1/4 sheet pan and I made 9 biscuits.. They do spread out quite a bit... I had 3 rather large globs of dough that I shaped and placed three in each row.
And now by the light of my candle I am deep in my reverie as inspired this morning on facebook...
I love all things British and when I saw this my immediate thought was I need to seek out this painting...
Joseph Farquharson (1846 -1935)
'The Snow Encumbered Branches" 1901
Oil on canvas.
Farquharson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and died at Finzean, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Farquharson was most adept at capturing the warmth and light of sun rises and twilight. He is most famous for his works portraying sheep and his finest works often include a human figure. Men and women of Scotland going about their everyday labours are frequently depicted in dramatic landscapes. Nearly all the early works were inspired by his rural surroundings and he went on to make snow scenes his trademark.
As written on the Queen's English facebook page this morning'
My reverie takes me back to Ireland where pastorale scenes like this were prolific.. but to see it in January.. now that would be a sight to see... for me.. Love ...love....love!!!!
So I take my devotional and peruse January inspirations that come from God's Word... and I am filled with the glory that is this time of year... the gift of frigid air... the complimentary gift of a cosy home and the glow of a contained and cheerful flame. and I give thanks for it is all by His hand... and I am blessed!!Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party