Raspberry Scones

It’s a low-key weekend in the Stembridge household, which means getting caught up on housework… and baking! And since telling you all about the yummy raspberry scones I just made is much for fun than housework, alas, here I am, and the housework can wait!

I first made these scones for my daughter Berkley’s tea party birthday back in December. I was a scone newbie, and so I scoured Pinterest for what appeared to be a delicious – and beginner-appropriate – scone recipe. I lucked upon this recipe and it delivered on its promise to be easy and so good. I made these again for a brunch baby shower, and then a random weekend morning. And as I was prepping my grocery list and thinking about what to bake, these little beauties popped in my mind. I’m here to report, they are just as good the fourth time around. Hope you all enjoy!

Raspberry Scones

1 stick of unsalted butter, diced into 1/4″ to 1/2″ pieces, placed back in refrigerator
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Zest from 1 lemon
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup frozen raspberries

1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.) In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and lemon zest.
3.) Add butter to dry ingredients and toss it to coat with the flour. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mix until it resembles coarse meal.
4.) Add frozen raspberries and toss to coat with a large fork. Drizzle heavy cream, and continue to incorporate raspberries, cream and butter. Using your hands, begin to kneed the dough until it starts to come together.
5.) Pour out the dough on the parchment lined baking sheet, and press to form an 8 to 9-inch square that is around 3/4-inch thick. It will look imperfect and rough around the edges, but that is OK!
6.) Using a large knife, cut the square into 9 square pieces. Then cut each of those squares in half to create 18 small triangles. Gently separate each triangle to have space for baking. TIP: coat your hands with flour so you can separate the scones and re-form some of them if needed without the dough sticking to your hands.
7.) Bake for 13 to 14 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Recipe from http://www.flourarrangements.org/2016/05/raspberry-lemon-scones/

A Nursery Rhyme Baby Shower

I love throwing a party. Like, love it. I get giddy over flower arrangements. I squeal when I see the vision I have in my head for a theme come to life. My co-hosts typically think I’m nuts. I am – I embrace it.

So my latest soiree was a baby shower with a nursery rhyme theme. I hosted this shower with a few of my colleagues to honor our co-worker who’s expecting a baby girl this fall.

Here’s how the nursery rhyme party went down:

We had all the guests sign a Mother Goose nursery rhyme book as a keepsake for the mommy-to-be.


We decorated with framed nursery rhyme prints (courtesy of a quick Google image search) with little knick-knacks that went along with each rhyme.


I arranged small flower arrangements in a mix match of jars and set them at each nursery rhyme scene. nursery-rhyme-shower4nursery-rhyme-shower5nursery-rhyme-shower6

[oversight note – I forgot to set the clock to 1 :/]nursery-rhyme-shower7nursery-rhyme-shower8

For food, we catered to the pregnancy cravings and served mini cheeseburger skewers, BLT pasta salad, bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese dip, shrimp salad and fruit salad. Delicious.



And here are a couple of the recipes…


Gluten Free BLT Pasta Salad
[disclaimer – there’s no L, but BT pasta salad just didn’t seem right]

1 lb gluten free pasta (I used corkscrew), cooked according to the package
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp pepper
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced (I used a little more)
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled (I baked mine on a sheet pan at 350 degrees for 30 mins)

1.) In a small bowl, mix mayo, sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and seasonings.
2.) In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, sauce, green onions, tomatoes and bacon.

Adapted from The Country Cook’s BLT Pasta Salad


Fruit Salad with Honey, Lime and Mint

2 cartons fresh strawberries, halved or quartered (depending on the size of the berries)
1 pint fresh blue berries
1 lb red grapes, halved
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

1.) In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice and mint.
2.) In a large bowl, add fruit and stir in sauce and coat the fruit well.

Adapted from Epicurious’s Fresh Fruit Salad

And because I’m a firm believer that if you don’t play a game, it wasn’t really a shower, we played a fun rendition of “Baby Mad Lib” to tell the birth story.



Me and the beautiful mommy-to-be!

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

So I must point out that my blog tagline is “A blog about cooking, kids and trying to find the time to be crafty.” Well, it’s been 4 months of blogging, and I have yet to find the time to be crafty… until this baby shower. Hopefully more to come in the crafty department.

This past weekend I had the honor of co-hosting a baby shower for my dear friend and neighbor, Chantelle.  We decided to throw her a Little Pumpkin themed shower, but took it in a sophisticated direction. We focused on a fall color palette: gold, burnt orange, bronze, robin’s egg blue and burgundy.  We used really fun fabrics – gold chevron, robin’s egg gingham, burnt orange and burlap. We accented with painted pumpkins and had a variety of simple flower arrangements.

For food, our main attraction was a chili bar. We had vegetarian chili and meat chili and all the fixings you can think of: baked potatoes, corn bread, tortilla chips, french bread, cheese, crackers, sour cream and chives.  We also had a cheese tray, veggie tray, pretzels with mustard dipping sauces and mushroom onion tartlets.  Our signature drink was an apple ginger sangria (in both the regular and virgin varieties).

Me and the mommy to be
Me and the beautiful Mommy-to-be

Baby's breath and chevron
Simple baby’s breath bouquet

Pretzel rods and mustard dips
Pretzel rods with mustard dipping sauces

Cupcake stand of chocolate pumpkin cupcakes
Cupcake stand – foam rectangles, covered with fabric (wrapped like a present, secured with push pins = no sew!)

Little pumpkin baby shower spread
The spread – painted pumpkins, flowers and food!

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Food cards
Food place cards for every dish

Chili bar
A small part of our Chili Bar (wish I had gotten a better picture of it all!)

Fall flower arrangement
More fall flowers

Baby shower mad lib
We played a Mad-Lib game – it told the labor and delivery story and was hilarious!! I made bags for each of the word types, had people submit words, and then I drew them to put the story together.

Mushroom onion tartlets
Mushroom Onion Tartlets – I found this recipe in my Kitchen Aid Mixer recipe book and it is fabulous (I was lucky to also find it online so I don’t have to re-type it! LOL)

Cheese plate
Love a good cheese plate! We had white cheddar, pepper jack, swiss, herb goat and honey goat. We also had fig preserves and an assortment of crackers to go with it. Delish!

Chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin frosting
Chocolate cupcakes with pumpkin cream cheese frosting topped with shaved chocolate (I didn’t make the cupcakes so I don’t have the recipe – I’ll try to get it and post it)

S'mores station
S’Mores station – The home we had the shower at was just beautiful and had an awesome outdoor fireplace. This worked perfect for our s’mores station!

Advice for the mommy to be
We also had an advice station for people to leave the new parents advice for the adventures of parenthood.