Triple Cheese Scone Heaven

Scones can vary sooo much it taste, texture and looks. Tea time is an invention that very sadly has not been made mandatory in these here rugged states. Why do we choose to skip such an important daily event? What better to look forward to during the long afternoon than a stop, drop and drink tea! In regards to such thoughts I offer you this recipe I concocted this morning in a chaotic frenzy. Very luscious, very luxuriant, and oh, so not for the shy of butter. 
Triple Cheese Scones
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl combine:
1 cup butter soft
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1/2 cup green salsa
1 cup milk
In a separate bowl combine:
6+1/2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Add wet and dry ingredients together and mix gently.
Add and mix:
1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
4 oz. cream cheese
Place 1/3 cup size scoops onto buttered cookie sheets.
Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
Brew tea and eat!
                  ~ Marica

Miso Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts

Simply oh-my-gosh yummy!!! That is, if you’re as in love with mushrooms and brussels sprouts as I am.
Miso Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts
In a pan with about a 1/4 inch of water, simmer until tender:
2 cups mushrooms, washed and with the ends cut off
2 cups brussels sprouts, washed and with ends cut off. Peel off any less than nice leaves. 
Once mostly cooked add: 1 teaspoon miso paste
I ate this with quinoa and a lone bunnless hot-dog, but you can doll it up however you want.
               ~Marica

Remember to Look

It is so unstoppable the speed at which we propel forward. Catching a glimpse to remember and hold in my mind hurts almost as much as it is sweet. Feeling my four-year-old’s soft little hand in mine, knowing that it won’t always be my hand to hold.           
Today my little one ask if he could play croquette. He pulled on his rain boots and pronounced “these boots are all kinds of boots. They are carving boots and rain boots and really good croquette boots.”
Just then my friend stopped by, “Marica you have to take a picture . . . ” I looked out, yes, I had to take a picture. Several minutes later another friend stopped by to borrow a book. “Marica, you have to take a picture, look at him. . . ” What is it about rain boots that makes mothers melt? It’s like heat on chocolate. 
Anyway, the point is, we have to stop and look, slow down the wheels and roll down the window. 
To all the “moments” ~ Marica

Giveaway

So I am going to sponsor my first giveaway!!!! A unique doll made by my “company”
 Wasabi Honey Bee

The actual doll will be a surprise. I won’t post a photo of it until after the drawing is over.
 The way this works is you leave a comment . . . I will put all of the entries into a metal cooking
 pot . . . shut my eyes . . . and draw!!!! I’ll be honest here, I am trying to broaden my audience. As much as I love all you sweet Ojai folk, please don’t misunderstand I love your company, but I would also like to reach beyond our luscious valley and penetrate the computer junkies of other lands. My humble request, and I mean that as in “please don’t bother unless you have time and feel like it”, is that you forward this giveaway opportunity to friends and relatives you think might like to win a doll, or at least win one for their child. The drawing will happen Sunday at sundown, so you have up until then to please comment on this particular post if you want in on the fun.

Best wishes ~ Marica

Banana Bread (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Whoever likes banana bread raise your hand. I told my kids I was making banana bread and they actually sighed “aaaawhhh”. What spoiled little monkeys. In an english accent “Oh mother, do we have to eat banana bread? ” No, I’m just joking, they didn’t say that, but they did sigh, not the least bit excited about my slaving away mashing bananas, and hovering around a hot oven. 
But, then the bread was done. “Ooo banana bread, can I have some?” Breakfast the next day, “Can I have banana bread for breakfast?” A snack later, “can I eat half the loaf all to my self?” Oh my gosh, seriously, they ate two loafs of banana bread in less than a full circle on the clock. So much for sighs. 
Anyway, I made this bread gluten and dairy free and if the ranting before didn’t help you to understand, the kids really liked it. So did I. I’ve been enjoying working with rice flour. 
It’s grainer in texture, and way more crumbly, but I like the way I feel when I eat it. 
Banana Bread 
(Gluten and Dairy Free)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl mix:
3 bananas mashed
3 eggs
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups brown rice flour
1 tablespoon guar gum
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pour batter into two oiled bread loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

                                                      ~ Marica

Cream of Broccoli and Potato Soup

It ended up raining this evening. How fortunate we are that the clouds like to shed their happy tears. I assume happy because what else could create such a calm and pleasant atmosphere than sheer joy. I had already started soup before I stepped outside and saw the wet walk way. Why do soup and rain meet so well? This soup is pretty simple and so different than a chicken noodle or vegetable stew. Often my soups tend to be one variation on minestrone to another. cream of broccoli soup recipe,
 I love that my kids loved this, because it adds another meal under my belt that I can whip out when dinner calls.

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Cream of Broccoli Potato Soup
In a large pot simmer until half tender but not fully cooked:
4 cups new potatoes chopped
2 cups water
Add:
4 cups chopped broccoli
1 tablespoon better than bullion
2 teaspoons mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and black pepper to taste
Once potatoes are cooked, pulse with a blending wand until desired smoothness. I like it with the vegetables mostly intact, with a smooth creaminess in-between. 
Add:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan