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Maple Walnut Scones

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Maple Walnut Scones; adapted from The Goods, a baking blog

Scones:

2 ½ cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¾ teaspoon salt

6 T butter unsalted, cold

½ cup walnuts, chopped

2 eggs

½ cup buttermilk

¼ cup maple syrup

Maple Glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

small pinch of salt

a splash of cream

THE PREP: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Measure flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the walnuts. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and maple syrup together. Gently mix in the wet ingredients just until combined. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat the dough out until it’s about 1 in. thick (more or less, depending on how thick you want the scones), and cut the dough out to the shape and size you want. Bake for 30-35 minutes (20-25 for smaller scones) until golden brown.

Combine powdered sugar, salt, and syrup, add cream as needed to get the right consistency for drizzling on the scones. Once scones have slightly cooled, drizzle scones with the glaze.

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Quiche, Cake, and Kale

Did April happen this year? Did anyone else miss it or was it just me?

The month went so fast it was like one of those crazy dreams you wake up from and the details are all fuzzy and distant. You wake up thinking – what was that?! Something about pickles and gardening? Why was my boss there? Was I wearing a bunny suit?

Ok, ok… so that was not a real dream of mine and the happenings of April weren’t comparable to that level of crazy. It was just a very event-packed month which translated to not a lot of cooking on my part…

…until the last week of April. In which, I somehow managed to crank out some tasty treats for bridal showers and birthday parties and I think they are worth sharing!

Please forgive the phone pictures! I didn’t have my camera for most of these.

Asparagus Quiche; Joy the Baker

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I made this for my best friend’s bridal shower and holy moly, it smells HEAVENLY right out of the oven. I got lots of compliments on it, definitely a winner! Joy made her own crust for this but I used a pre-made crust for time sake.

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Maple Pecan Bundt Cake; When Harry Met Salad

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Do yourself a favor and just go to the blog I found this recipe on. Way better pictures. By the way, how cool is her swirl bundt pan?! I’m on the hunt for one now.

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Crunchy Broccoli Salad; Taste of Home

Sorry, no picture for this one but this has become a go-to recipe for me. I love the salty   & sweet combo the bacon and cranberries create. Topped with the sweet tang of the dressing and crunch of fresh broccoli and sunflower seeds? I’m hooked! It’s definitely better after it’s chilled for a little while.

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Strawberry Shortcake; adapted from Cooking Light

No picture here either, sorry. I followed the recipe for the shortcake but adapted the fruit topping. I combined blueberries and strawberry slices, squeezed some lemon juice on top and sprinkled lightly with sugar. Let this sit for a little while before serving. It was a hit!

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Kale Chips; Smitten Kitchen

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I’ve been hearing about kale chips and seeing recipes floating around the interwebs for awhile now and thought, eh, why not try it? I was curious to see what the fuss was about. Kale is a fairly new flavor for my taste buds so I didn’t just ohh and ahh over these but I enjoyed the new and interesting flavor and texture. I will probably use a season salt or garlic salt next time just to give it a little extra flavor. Give it a try!

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