Thursday, February 28, 2013

In which Scarlett takes a page out of Melly's book

These photos are a little bit dark because I took them at night with my phone. I sat up to rearrange the blankets, then turned around to lay back down and discovered this:

"What? Your pillow is a very comfy place to sit."

"It's extra super squashy under my bum."



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In which Melly helps fold laundry

"Isn't it nice of me to help you fold your towels? 
I am so helpful."

"But towels are so nice to chew on! 
Sorry, I can't resist."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scarlett Explores the Bathroom

Melly likes hanging out on top of the cabinet over the toilet, but I don't think I'd ever seen Scarlett up there. I guess she was feeling acrobatic the other day, though, since up she went!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Scarlett Returns to the Cat Tree

"I haven't been on this in months.
I forgot what to do on it..."

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Jersey Returns... Sort of

"You just try to put this on me. I dare ya."

"You finish putting this on me, you lose a finger. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Melly and the Laundry

"Oh hi, is this your freshly washed and folded laundry?
Am I shedding on it?"

"Tough cookies."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meyer Lemon & Cranberry Scones

I had a couple bags of Meyer lemons that were starting to look slightly suspect, so I used some of them to make these incredible scones. This was my first scone experience, and oh boy, they were so good. I'll definitely be making these again!

Meyer Lemon Fresh Cranberry Scones
Adapted from Gourmet by Smitten Kitchen, and slightly adapted by me

1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest (from about 2 lemons; preferably Meyer)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons additional
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped coarse (note: I forgot to chop them, and actually liked the whole berries)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup heavy cream

Accompaniment: whipped cream (Hint: you can use some of your leftover cream to make homemade whipped cream. Just add some vanilla extract and powdered sugar and whip either by hand or in a mixer.)

Preheat oven to 400°F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor pulse flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, butter and zest until mixture resembles coarse meal and transfer to a large bowl.

In a small bowl toss together fresh cranberries and 3 tablespoons sugar and stir into flour mixture.

In another small bowl lightly beat egg and yolk and stir in cream. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

On a well-floured surface with floured hands pat dough into a 1-inch-thick round (about 8 inches in diameter) and with a 2-inch round cutter or rim of a glass dipped in flour cut out as many rounds as possible, reforming scraps as necessary. Arrange rounds about 1 inch apart on baking sheet and bake in middle of oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until pale golden.

Serve scones warm with creme fraiche or whipped cream. Scones keep, individually wrapped in plastic wrap and foil, chilled, 1 day or frozen 1 week. You can also freeze them before baking and bake them right from the freezer, just adding a few extra minutes of baking time.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Melly snoopervises, again

She was much more interested in the yarn than she was in the envelopes. Melly does love yarn.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Melly Snoozes

"You know, Mom, naps are better when the camera isn't six inches from my nose.
Just saying."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In which Melly snoopervises

I was addressing the envelopes for my friend's wedding invitations, and Melly decided that I required her supervision. 

She was very thorough. 

"Well, they smell ok."

"Your stacks of envelopes are a little untidy."

"I'd better check out your writing technique."

Monday, February 11, 2013

We're Back! (Again...)

Sorry about the unexplained absence last week. Work has been busier and more stressful than usual of late, and I just haven't had the wherewithal to do much blogging. But I've been taking pictures of the kitties, so I'll get those photos turned into posts tout de suite

"Mom, the interwebs have been deprived of my adorableness for a whole week."

"I'm going to sit right here while you get your rear in gear, and start posting."

"I'm waiting."

"...still waiting."

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scarlett Snuggles

This is one happy kitty.

And happy human, actually. Scarlett is a thoroughly excellent snuggler, and I'm pretty sure I can actually feel my blood pressure falling when I hold her.