So many activities!

For the past few days we had friends from Ohio visit us and had a fun and exciting weekend! We saw Radiohead, ate at Elements (Iron Chef contestant Chef Beau MacMillan’s restaurant), and relaxed. Elements was incredibly delicious and had a beautiful mountain view. The one thing I learned this weekend– I need to take more pictures! I would have loved to post pictures of the food at Elements but they actually had a request on the menu to not use cell phones while in the restaurant. But here are some pictures from the Radiohead concert:

On deck this week, I’m planning to use this beast:

 

It is my mom’s old sewing machine from the 80s. I got it repaired and in good working condition (at least that’s what the repair shop said…). I started to tinker with it today only to realize that I have no idea how to use a sewing machine. Since I’ve kind of hit a dry spell with knitting and crocheting things, I’m going to work on a few sewing projects. One of the first projects is an iPhone case using fabric and felt. It is a tutorial by shanalives on Squidoo. Here’s the link for anyone that is interested. I’m excited to crossover to a new craft!

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Maple Oatmeal Scones!

I decided to recommend these delicious treats since I’m eating them right now for breakfast! It all started when I was watching the Food Network. The Barefoot Contessa comes on and the episode is about super delicious recipes she contributed to Food Network Magazine. Then, there they were: Maple Oatmeal Scones– without raisins! In my experience, maple scones are usually made with raisins. Raisins are NOT my favorite. Imagine my joy as I watched the episode. I soaked it in and couldn’t wait to make a batch of those babies myself! A link to her recipe is here. I made the recipe for the first time many months ago and my husband (Matthew) and I loved them. He did ask how much maple syrup went into the recipe and asked if I could put more in it next time.

I made the scones again a month or two later and doubled the maple syrup from 1/2 cup to an entire full cup. Best decision ever. If you do try this recipe and you like your scones a tad bit sweeter, I do recommend upping the maple syrup a little bit. I think next time, I might experiment even more and substitute brown sugar for the white sugar!

My Maple Oatmeal Scones (without the oats sprinkled on top)