Freckles in April: I Have to Sew a Huge Curtain + A Recipe for Cream Scones

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I Have to Sew a Huge Curtain + A Recipe for Cream Scones

Our living room in the new house is looong. Thanks to windows, positioning of the kitchen, wires, etc. the only logical thing is to put the couch at one end and the TV at the other end. We have a fairly respectably sized TV that worked great in the old house but, in this house, you kind of have to squint and lean forward a bit to see it when it's against the far wall.

Aaron's solution was to pull the couch several feet off the back wall, which drove me nuts. It looked weird, like we set the couch down in the middle of the room when we moved in and hadn't gotten around to putting it in place. One day I made an off-handed comment that we should just get a projector and a big screen so we could push the couch against the wall and still be able to make out people's faces.

Aaron took that as permission and bought a projector, surround sound system, and constructed a ginormous screen. Well...ok then.

In true "if you give a mouse a cookie" fashion, he quickly realized that our huge west-facing back slider made it hard to watch anything on the projector until the sun went down.

After discovering that no one makes black-out curtains large enough to cover our back slider without venturing into "custom and expensive" territory he also bought a huge piece of black-out material, clamped it on to the curtain rod as a temporary fix, and asked me to sew it into a more respectable curtain. I've never made a curtain before, let alone a huge one backed with black-out fabric. I'll have to look up tutorials. I'll have to go find fabric that I like (which can take ages). I made a "Yeah, sure." sort of noise and went about my business.

That was a month and a half ago and he has brought it up constantly ever since. On Saturday I finally snapped at him, "STOP IT. IF YOU WANT IT THAT BAD THEN YOU SEW THE FREAKING CURTAIN." And then I had a stroke of genius, "I'll make you a deal...if you replace the burnt out headlight in my car like I've been asking you to do for two years then I'll make the curtain a higher priority." I stomped off to the kitchen and started making cream scones for breakfast.

In the time it took me to pull the ingredients out of the pantry he had that stupid headlight done.

Looks like I'm going fabric shopping.

Apparently this recipe is originally from the America's Test Kitchen Cookbook but I'm not entirely sure where I first got it since I've had it scribbled on a piece of scrap paper in my recipe binder for years. It's a favorite easy weekend treat for us and, over time, I've tweaked the recipe a bit. This is my version.

Cream Scones

2 c flour
1 T baking powder
3 T sugar
1 t salt
5 T butter, chilled
1 c cream

milk, for brushing
2 T sugar
1 T cinnamon
1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheeting with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Chop cold butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to cut in butter until it resembles coarse meal. Use a rubber spatula to stir in heavy cream.

Dump everything onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet and knead just a few times until all the flour bits have stuck to the dough. Using your hands, press the dough into an 8ish inch circle. Don't mess with it too much...just work with it until it holds together.

Use a knife to cut into 8 wedges and gently separate them out a bit on the cookie sheet.

Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Brush the scones with milk then sprinkle with the mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes and serve warm.

Looking for more great breakfast recipes? Try this recipe for creme brulee french toast or go a little healthier with a watermelon strawberry smoothie!

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  1. Young House Love and Bower Power both have some pretty simple curtain tutorials. Hopefully you can whip something up! (And con someone into holding the weight of the fabric while you make super long seams.)

  2. so---we bought drop cloths from lowes…..and you don't even have to sew them. just buy the clip ring holders and clip them right up on that rod. and we even just hung a black out liner behind them. nobody can see it. and i clipped that into the clip too…..easy peasy and the linen/neutral look is great!!


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