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Savory and Sweet…

Midway through fall. Fewer warm, sunny, golden days. We woke up the other day to pellets of ice wind-whipped against our windowpanes and a light, thin layer of snow blanketing the landscape. Time to withdraw inside to the hearth. Time for large pots of simmering soup and lined baskets overflowing with baked goods. So here are the promised recipes, with very similar pictures found online.

image from notyourmotherscookbook.com

White Chicken Chili

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 large sweet onion and 1 bunch green onion, chopped and sauteed in 2 T. of butter

16 oz. chicken broth

4 cans cannellini (white kidney) beans (dump it all in, including liquid)

4 cans chopped green chiles, mild (the small cans, I believe 4 oz.)

juice of 4 limes

salt and pepper to taste

8 oz monterey jack cheese, shredded

8 oz. sour cream

Simmer chicken through salt and pepper together on low for at least half an hour. Add cheese and sour cream, simmer up to half an hour. Garnish with additional shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onion. Provides generous helpings for about 12 people.

image from nibbledish.com

Blueberry Lemon Scones

In mixer bowl, combine the following:

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

Cut in one stick of cold butter, in small pieces. I use the batter attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer and it turns out beautifully.

Then add:

8 oz. sour cream

1 egg, beaten

1/4 c. sugar

zest of one lemon

Mix carefully. Do not overmix! Line one large or two small baking sheets with parchment paper. Take about 3 tablespoons of dough and add fresh blueberries by hand, being careful not to burst the berries. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Cool, then glaze with the following mixture:

1/2 c. powdered sugar

3 T. lemon juice

zest of one lemon

Best served with devon cream and lemon curd, but they are delicious even without those added indulgences! Perfect for tea parties or an afternoon luncheon.

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London in a Box

I love surprises! What a delight it was to receive a package from Sarah Clarkson containing a few little tea-related trinkets purchased in London during her mad dash literary tour of England. Teatime in a box! The package contained a beautiful tin of English Breakfast tea, a candle, two chocolates wrapped in paper decorated with London scenes, two dried tea roses, and an envelope of British pence to show to my children. If you look carefully in the pictures, you will only see one chocolate…I wonder what happened to the other one? Thank you so much, Sarah!

I have long been fascinated with everything British. Well, I should qualify that by saying that I’m particularly fascinated by 18th and 19th century Britain. Much of my favorite literature and film are British, to such an extent that when I was expecting Matthew and was confined to the couch more often than not watching an endless stream of videos, my daughter Elisabeth (then five years old) began speaking in a British accent. I would love to one day go to England and travel throughout the country to see many of the places I have read about and seen only in pictures and movies! To sip tea, nibble at dainty desserts, and pop in and out of quaint little shops in old buildings, the kind with flowers growing in boxes in the windows and stone thresholds and doors painted red.

I have the candle burning now on my living room coffee table as I spend some time on the computer while my littlest ones are napping. I am listening to The Gadsby Project by Red Mountain Church, and I have been puttering with different digital scrapbooking software applications as well as editing some photos from earlier in the year. However, I believe that a cup of tea and a chocolate is calling my name!

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