Cranberry Scones

My dad is apparently a big fan of scones. I started making scones about 4-5 years ago, and I have made many iterations since, mostly for him to try. Not all of them have appeared on the blog, but today’s recipe needed to be seen. I liked it so much, I made it again within a week. And then I made it with a different mix-in that I will share on Wednesday. Part of the reason I like it so much is that it is easy. The food processor takes care of the bits of butter (and you really taste the bits in the final product) and a small bit of mixing takes care of the rest. I made these with the disc method, but the recipe on Wednesday will show what they look like if you just scoop out portions. Both were successful, but the scooping was a bit easier. So, feel free to take the easier way out, especially if you make these in the morning and are a bit sleepy still.

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This recipe is a bit healthy (I used half and half instead of cream, and cut back on the butter). You won’t realize it and will enjoy them just the same. If you’re curious, I used dried cranberries from Trader Joe’s and they were really tasty in this. Not tart at all, if you’re worried about that.

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Topic-Changing Thursdays: Visits from Loved Ones

There are pros and cons to being pregnant. One of them is slightly more comfortable clothing. I am not a fan of having to buy a whole bunch of new clothes, but I am trying to find some joy in mixing up my look a bit. There was also some luck because a coworker of my husband’s gifted me a bunch of clothes in my size since she didn’t need them anymore. To add to the luck, she is waaaay more fashionable than I am, so I feel cool in my new looks.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Short Rib Taco Salad

So, in this new year of blogging I have now worked with a new-to-me ingredient: short ribs! I wasn’t sure how tricky they would be, but this recipe does a great job tenderizing the meat so that it falls off of the bone. Super easy and really delicious for tacos. Or, you know, a taco “salad”. There is no lettuce in this salad, but feel free to add it.

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Hot Milk Cake with Chocolate Chips and Vanilla Frosting

This cake is great on days when you want to eat or make a cake, but you don’t want anything too fussy. You could probably make it without frosting, but really, the frosting made the cake that much more awesome. Luckily I had some leftover frosting, so I didn’t even need to make it fresh that day. If you so desired, you could even use a store-bought frosting. I won’t tell.

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Pappardelle Pasta

If someone had told me years ago how easy it was to make your own pasta, I might have been doing this longer! Especially having a pasta maker. After making tagliatelle without a machine, and now making a similar type of pasta in this recipe, I can honestly say the machine is so much better. It takes less time and less grunt work. Using semolina flour to keep the pasta from sticking to itself was also a great idea. I got that idea from a Food and Wine article on making pasta. You don’t notice it in the end product, but it makes the pasta easier to work with.

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A bonus to the easy pasta–it also didn’t take very long to make it. The “rest” times were handy for me to work on other tasks, and they were only about 30 minutes each, so no big deal. If nothing else, you have time to clean a bit as you go, or make the sauce during the downtime.

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Brownies with an Oat Crust and Marshmallows

Breathe a sigh of relief! After making the latest batch of brownies for my dad, I am officially back in chocolate craving mood. Not a pregnancy craving, just straight up normal Aly eating. Yay! I knew I wanted something chocolatey but could not tell what I was in the mood for. I thought about buying some more ice cream bars (they had been my favorite treat at night to help with the nausea, satisfy my dairy cravings, and just general happiness), but then realized I wanted something I could really bite into and chew.

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Beef Stew, Take Two: With Beer

Not too long ago I shared a beef stew recipe. K really wanted a beef stew with beer. While I was planning our dinner for the week, I came across some similar recipes with beer and decided to do a version of the one I made before, but with a couple changes. This one might have required a bit less work. Just a bit. All in all, they were similar, but I enjoyed it and had improved my beef stew technique in making this. Now I can say I have mastered the basic beef stew! I used a Newcastle Brown Ale because that is what I was able to find for a decent price (we’re not beer drinkers), but you could play around with different varieties and find your favorite.

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Now, it’s not mandatory, but I do recommend this stew with mashed potatoes. It is a bit runny, so you might need a bowl, but it works so well poured over the fluffy potatoes.

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