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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Update coming on Rabbit Hill Primitives Website

Hello Friends!  I am having a little holiday update tomorrow, November 19th at 3pm est. 

Please stop by if you can. www.rabbithillprimitives.com.

Sorry about the weird time but I hardly ever have any free evenings anymore.  I hope you can make!

Stay warm, and have a happy, happy day!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November getaway to Lancaster County, PA

Three times a year my mom and I (and sometimes my sister) take a little trip to Lancaster County.

Every season is a delight!  Spring = Flowers and Mud Sales, Summer = Flowers and Flea Markets, 
Fall = hmmmm yep ~ Flowers and Christmas Sales.
 Here's a little peak at our trip from this past weekend!  
 It's not just shopping we are there for.
 We love driving around looking at all the Amish farmsteads. 
And I was literally driving (very slowly) when I took the above two pictures!
 Everyone farm is beautiful!
"Webster, Edgar, and Horton"

We fell in love with these sweeties at a favorite antiques shop.  
 Someone just dropped them off one day while the shop owners were away on a trip. Lucky for these barn kitties, the owners are animal lovers and kept the whole litter!
I found a nice homespun remnant here that I am going to use for my Christmas table.  
Isn't it lovely?  There is so much character in old textiles.
Another weakness....transferware.  These are from other shops in the area. 

Look at those quail!

 The flowers I bought were mostly spring bulbs, and this beauty:
She's called Winterberry 'Scarlet O'Hara'.  If you buy one of these you need a male and female to get the berries.  Aptly named 'Rhett Butler' goes nicely with her but any male Winterberry will do.
We also walk a little.  You've got to work off all that good food somehow.  

One of our favorite towns to walk is Strasburg, PA  
Beautiful houses everywhere!
I love this time with my mom.  We laugh a lot, eat a lot, and shop a lot!  So many good times and memories we make.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Hugs from me to you!
Pennsylvania November Skies


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Banana Walnut Scones... a simple recipe

Do you ever have too many overripe bananas?  Always!!
We love bananas but no matter how many (...or few) I buy, I always have a few left over.  
This morning it was raining, I was in the mood to bake, and I had these.....
Not in the mood to make my usual "go-to" recipe, (banana muffins)
I made these!  They have a lovely sweet biscuit-like texture and are very easy to make.
I used my favorite scone recipe and added banana's and walnuts.
I've posted my recipe below.
Now it is storming and hailing outside, a perfect time for a cup of tea!
Have a lovely day my friends.  xoxo Jenn
Banana Walnut Scones
  2 cups all-purpose flour
  1 tablespoon baking powder
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  3/4 cup half-n-half but heavy cream would be better!
  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1 whole ripe banana cut into pieces (about 1/2 cup)
  1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  Plus additional tablespoon of cream, and tablespoon of sugar for sprinkling on top.

Preheat the oven to 425F degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Quickly, while still cold, cut in the butter, using a pastry blender, or a fork, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the  half-n-half (or heavy cream) and vanilla, and mix with a fork until dough just starts to form (about 30 seconds). Gently fold in bananas and walnuts.

Transfer dough and all dry flour bits to a very lightly floured countertop and knead dough just until it comes together into a slightly sticky ball. Pat the dough into a  9" circle, about 3/4" thick. Cut the circle into 8 wedges.

Put scones ungreased baking sheet or baking stone. Brush the tops with a little cream and sprinkle with sugar. 

Bake scones until tops are light brown, 12-15  minutes.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  Freeze right away if not eating all that day.  Makes 8 scones.

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