We’re in the throws of winter here in the Midwest – although we managed to dodge big blizzard, ‘Jonas’, of 2016 and for that I am grateful (I mean seriously, 40-inches of snow in 24 hours?!!). However, there is something to be said about being snowbound while the white stuff tumbles furiously from the sky – it can be magical. But when you live in the country like we do, there is always the fear and trepidation of loss of power that usually accompanies said blizzard.

I’m trying something new this winter: an at-home exercise program; shock and awe, I know, me too. But winters can be tough here with long stretches of gray skies, little sun and bitterly cold temperatures that make it nearly impossible to be outside for any reasonable length of time. All of which lend itself to making Debra a very sad and grumpy person. I’m finding that exercise has been a big help in keeping my mind focused as well as an overall sense of well-being. So far, so good.

I have some other changes I’ve implemented this year and I’ll share those with you in another post but for now, let’s make some scones, yes? Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom scented scones, wrapped around chai-spiced chunks of apples; the kind of scones that taste like you’re eating the best fried apple fritter you’ve ever had – only these are a baked and tender and fluffy and not-to-sweet, kind of scone.


Perfect for weekends when a roaring fire, lounging and pajamas are mandatory – and of course, they pair well with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee or tea.

Make these – I promise they will chase away even the gloomiest of winter days.

P.S. In case you’ve counted, there are only seven scones in the lead photo . . . The Professor and I shared one. It’s okay . . . we burned 500 calories that day.

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