Home is where you make it
I wanted to begin Christmas morning on a memorable note and create a tradition that we could all look forward to year after year.
Since then, we've added bits and pieces to our culinary repertoire, some have dropped off and some have endured, including these little rustic country-style biscuits that stand out in my mind as one of our first celebratory rituals. I can still picture our boys in their younger years licking their lips with jam covered cheeks.
I remember their footsteps on those cold Christmas mornings, the thunder of tiny feet rushing along the old wood floors to climb into bed with mom and dad. The sun not yet up, the streets lit with snow. A series of frenzied hugs full of giggles and jumps, arms flung, legs tangled, one more snuggle underneath the warmth sheets. One more chance to hold the fleeting moment.
The one (and only) time I ever made pajamas...
for my boys at Christmas time
my youngest is visibly impressed with his bell-bottom version ;-)
It's hard to believe these little tigers are now burgeoning young men. One almost 16 (I have no idea how that happened) and the other, 13.
It will be a different Christmas for us this year; we are a long way from where we started but that is not to say that we are not home.
We will carry our families in our hearts and celebrate our traditions with the same spirit and gratefulness as always.
Today I'm sharing a little piece of that tradition with you. Since everyone has a different idea of what a scone or biscuit is, (I can just hear my British friend Charles chiming in now), I will describe these scones as very subtly sweet, relatively dense and coarsely textured owing largely to the oatmeal. They are full-bodied and complex. If you are looking for a high-rise, light, airy, fluffy and puffy biscuit, these are not your morning glory.
Some of our favorite toppings include sharp cheese and hot pepper jelly as well as ricotta and various types of jam. These scones are also delicious any other time of day, of course, but we especially delight in them in the morning to kick-off our holiday festivities.
I hope you will enjoy these scones if you give them a try sometime along with your own favourite holiday traditions.
Be sure to read the Nutrition and Cooking Notes for best results and, to my family, friends and supporters in Canada, please keep those beautiful snow-covered pictures coming!