Sunday, December 15, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas Blog - Day 4

What's going on here??

This is my 12 Days of Christmas Blog Giveaway:
In addition to posting a recipe each day, I'll be asking a trivia question.  At the end of the 12 Days, if you answered one of my trivia questions or if you left a comment here, you will be entered to win a $25.00 gift card to your choice of either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

That's 2 ways to enter to win the gift card:
1.  Send a trivia question answer to me at:
2.  Make a comment on my blog.
(It is also okay to go back to previous blog entries and answer those questions or leave a comment.)

Trivia Question #4
Visit my website and tell me the name of my special charity interest.
My website:

Find Recipe #4 after this snippet from CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY.


The characters in this scene:
Kara Sinclair and Reed Savage along with Kara's sister Julie and their brother, Logan.
Also mentioned are Mrs. C, the Sinclair housekeeper, and Iain, Kara's new step-brother.
What's happening in this scene?
Kara and her sister, Julie, have been invited by Reed to accompany him to the White Mountains in New Hampshire where he is going to build the Sinclair sisters a fabulous lodge.

     Kara had to yell in Julie’s ear to wake her up.  “Logan’s taking Reed to the [White Mountains], and Reed wants us to come along.”
     Julie, being Julie, said she had a small bag packed for impromptu trips, and joined Kara at the garage less than fifteen minutes later, every hair in place, carrying her bag and a wicker picnic hamper.
     She handed Kara a travel mug.  “Mrs. C said it’s a double shot of espresso with caramel.”
     “I love her,” Kara said, sipping and yawning.  The air was almost balmy compared to the last few days.
     “What’s in the hamper?”
     “Hearty ham and egg sandwiches for the men folk.  And for us, the most incredible scones.  Iain had his grandmother email Mrs. C an old family recipe.”
     Kara’s stomach growled.
     Logan pulled his Range Rover from the garage, Reed sitting at his side.  Logan climbed out and frowned at their bags.  “I think you two should stay here.”
     "Reed invited us," Kara said sweetly.
     "But you'll want to butt your noses into everything.  We're doing building permits, not interior decorating.  I need a fast trip.  Quick decisions."
     "We can be quick, can't we?" Julie said.
     Kara flung their bags in the back of the SUV.  "Sure.  I can be quick when I want to be."  She winked at Reed.
     As Logan aimed the car at the gates, muttering, Kara helped herself to a scone while Julie worked her phone.
     Kara looked at the message that popped up on hers.  Julie always texted as if their high school English teacher was grading her.
     Who stayed over last night?
     Kara gave her sister a smirk and turned to the window.

Find out who stayed over night at Kara's place.


Recipe #4
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2 cups regular flour - not the self-rising kind

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut in small cubes

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk (whole milk or could substitute half and half for richer scones)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup currants (optional)

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Stir in currants (optional). Cut butter into mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. (This can be done in a food processor, using short pulses to mix, but don’t over mix.)  Add one of the beaten eggs and the milk, stirring only until the dough clings together.  Do not over work! Knead dough on a floured surface about 12 strokes.  Shape into a ball, handling as little as possible.  Cut in half.  Roll each half into a 1/2 inch thick round.  (The key to light and flaky scones is to handle the dough as little as possible.)  Cut each round into six or eight wedges.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  Brush scones with the second beaten egg.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes 12 or 16 scones.  Serve warm.


Come back tomorrow for another recipe and trivia question!

CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY is a fun and hot holiday read . . . think men in kilts, sledding, mistletoe, and a touch of arson!
Start reading NOW!  Click here.
Book 1 in my new Savage Bay Series
Savage Bay  . . . Where all the men need taming and the women are up to the task!


  1. Ooooh, these sound wonderful. I'll have to try them. Since you're British, I'm assuming they're an old family recipe.

    1. I was born in England, although I was raised in the Philadelphia area where I still live today. Most of my family is still in England and yes, the recipe is an old family one. My mom probably started making them in 1940 something :)

  2. Oh, yum! I love homemade scones with good butter and thick jam. Wish we could get clotted cream here.

    1. I also love clotted cream. I just bought some at my Wegman's! Haven't tried it yet, however. And, to be honest, I've been putting honey on mine!

  3. Scones!! I am so trying this recipe! Thank you for sharing it!

    1. You're welcome. And thank you for all you do!!

  4. Sigh, scones--love 'em! This one sounds like a keeper...


    1. If you make them really large they can get over baked on the bottom, so I do 12 each time, the 16 are to small for me.

  5. I love currants! They are so underrated in the US.

  6. I agree. I use them in everything. It annoys me when I can't find them in a grocery store.