Thursday, January 8, 2009

Oatmeal Scones and Jam

My dining room table has been clutter free now for a week. Yay me! No small feat since it is the central point in our house and therefore the dumping ground for anything anyone is too lazy to put away in its proper place. Mittens, scarves, mail, homework, thrift store purchases, video game cables, screwdrivers, toys, --you name it, it's been there at one time!

I have to bring your attention to the fabulous center piece(s). First off, the roses are from my sweet, romantic husband in honor of our wedding anniversary New Year's Eve (15 blooms- one for each of the 14 years we've been married, plus one to build on). The candle arrangement is practical as well as decorative. We have a ceiling fan instead of a proper chandelier above the table which means the light is high and not dining friendly. What to do? I made do. A shoebox full of garage sale tapers (I love the mix and match color assortment, don't you?), antique brass candlesticks (inherited and garage sale purchased) and a glass platter to catch the drips to save my tablecloth. Voila! A designer look for literally a couple dollars. It is terribly romantic dining by candlelight and brighter than our not-so-romantic ceiling fixture.


All that luxurious space cried out for a party so I pulled put out a yellowed recipe I hadn't made in years. Oatmeal scones. Rebecca , ever my helper, really did help by stirring together the flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder and dash of salt. While I cut in the butter, she mixed an egg and some milk together. She also sampled the dried fruit (raisins, pears and apricots- unusual, but what I had on hand, so why not?)



Rebecca also helped clean the bowl.

We couldn't keep this lovely treat all to ourselves, so I called my friend Ashlyn and her son Isaac to come over. She brought a fabulous assortment of jams (apricot, black cherry, blackberry-apple butter) and it was tea at the Ritz for us! The scones were yummy, but the jams were good enough to eat with a spoon (and I did!)








Is there a better way to pass the day?

8 comments:

Erica said...

How fun! Would you come help me decorate my house? We could check out the thrift stores and you could tell me what to buy!

Jan said...

Oh my gosh - those scones and jam look SO delicious! And how lovely to share them with a friend.

Margaret said...

humph! where's my invite?? how about a two for one deal? two scones for one nice wee wobbly quilt tee hee... ps I want the plates, love those!!

Linda said...

I want to come over!!! Scones! You are from the north aren't you!! LOVE the candles, too.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh I am envious (in a good way of course ;) on several levels (had to come visit after reading your fun posts over at Margaret's blog!)a cleared dining table WHAT's THAT!!! Then transformed with tea and scones....you have me drooling on my keyboard = Lovely!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh and that has to be THE cutest little bowl licker I've seen in quite a while! They say good help is hard to find :)

Donna said...

What Absolute FUN!!! You Always know how to throw a Great Party Sweetie!!! I like the candle idea too!!!!hughughugs

whimsymoon said...

Happy Anniversary!!! 14 years already....time flies!
The scones and jam look just wonderful! Hugs to you and S!