Celebrating Fall

I’m taking a break today from serious posts to bring  you some Halloween cheer.

First, a recipe!  I made these pumpkin scones on Sunday and have been snacking on them all week (not the most healthy, but you could do a lot worse in the baked goods category).

They are a perfect accompaniment to hot cider, coffee or milk.

2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 stick cold butter, cubed
2/3 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup half-and-half, plus a little more
Optional add-ins: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, craisins, chocolate chips, cinnamon chips….whatever you want.
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender.  In a small bowl, combine pumpkin and half-and-half.  Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients until combined.  You may need to add a little more half-and-half at this point so it isn’t too dry.  Then add any extras.  This time, I used 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup cinnamon chips and loved it.
Pat into an 8 inch square on a floured surface, then cut into 16 triangles.  Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. 
I plan to make these again this week with walnuts and craisins.  Also going to try it with granulated splenda instead of sugar…hopefully that doesn’t ruin it!
I will be dressed as WonderWoman, hoping that at least a few trick-or-treaters stop by.  I have only had 2 in the past three years.  
Last night we had our Young Life Capernaum  Halloween party.  It was an absolute blast!  Here is a glimpse of the games we played. 

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