Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Perfect Saturday

Goldilocks here again. So I have always loved animals and yearned to own some land when I grow up so that I can have a horse or two roaming around in a pen in my backyard. Unfortunately, I have no real experience with horses. The one time that I was on a horse I was 10 years old. That is until this morning. I found a local ranch online and called to schedule a trail ride. I arrived this morning and climbed on a very pretty 14 year old mare named Ginger. My trail guide was a very gifted rider, and we had a really good time. We walked, we trotted, we even cantered a little bit. My hour ended, we brought the horses back, unsaddled them, and put them out to pasture. The ranch owner, who knew that I had never ridden a horse, asked how it went, and the trail guide told him that I did really well. To my surprise, he said that I could come during my free time and volunteer at the ranch and ride for free in exchange! I spent the rest of the afternoon mucking stalls and leading horses carrying young children in an arena. And I loved every minute of it! All my dreams are coming true. I'm going to learn to ride and how to take care of horses (for free!!).

One more thing for my perfect Saturday, a few weeks ago I received a package from Washington (from none other than goatgirl). Inside was a local cookbook from my boyfriend's hometown. I love cookbooks! I immediately sat down and looked through every page making mental notes of all the things that I wanted to try. I soon had to abandon this because the list got too long to remember. But anyways, there was one recipe in particular that caught my eye; Original Puyallup Fair Scones. For all of you that have been following the blog for some time, you may remember that goatgirl absolutely loves the scones at the Puyallup Fair. When I got home this afternoon from my horse adventures, I decided to make scones (much to my boyfriend's delight).

Here's the recipe for any of you that are interested:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 Tbls sugar
1 Tbls baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbls shortening(or 7 Tbls butter)
1/2 cup seedless raisins
3/4 cup milk
butter rasberry jam

Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Work in the shortening until the mixture is like coarse corn meal. Add the raisins, and mix thoroughly. Add the milk, and stir with a fork until the mixture leaves the the sides of the bowl. Turn out on a lightly floured board, divide dough in half, and form into two balls. Pat out both balls of dough with cupped palm to about 6 inches across, 1/2 inch thick, leaving the center higher (thicker) than the edges. Cut each round into four wedge-shaped pieces like a pie. Bake 15 mins at 450 degrees. To serve, split open but do not cut through. Fill with butter and rasberry jam. Makes 8 scones.

Trust me they're yummy! My boyfriend loved them and said, "Well you did it, you made Puyallup fair scones. They taste just right."


goatgirl said...

Yum....scones. I can taste them now. You know what they say about the way to a man's heart don't you? I wish I were in Boulder now, sitting on your couch, with a cup of coffee, and eating a SCONE.
And I am very excited that you are learning to ride. Another saying is...The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a girl!
I'm just full of sayings.

Danni said...

Are you seeing what I'm seeing, frugalmom??!!!! It's the secret, magic SCONE RECIPE...!! (Don't worry, goatgirl, we'll still drive ALL THE WAY UP TO SEE YOU someday, even if we've already gorged ourselves on those yummy scones in the car on the way there.) :-)

Hi Goldilocks, your horse day sounds delightful...and the fact that you now get to trade muck time for ride time is a deal that can't be beat...I'm envious!

frugalmom said...

HA! I was just gonna say that Danni. THE scone recipe. Like THE one....this is unbelievable. Really. And oh yeah...we can drive all the way up to see you, goatgirl and still have room for MORE scones once we get there. Totally not a problem.

Sounds like you had a great day at the ranch, Goldilocks. And what better way to learn all about the horses and get tons of experience. Such an amazing opportunity.

Country Girl said...

Nice to hear from you Goldilocks!
That does sound like "The Perfect Saturday." I have not had lots of exposure to horses either.
The recipe sounds yummy!

Marigold said...

Oh, yum! Scones! Thanks so much for the recipe. We love recipes. Perhaps the goatmother will make these and share. I'll let you know. In the meantime, do you think you could come up with a Peanut one?

Holly said...

YUM! I will have to try them! Thank you!

I hope your interest in the horses blooms. They are wonderful, awful, exciting, boring, friends, not so much friends some days, and hard work all wrapped up in a nicker and a nose bump.

Stephanie said...

goatgirl, I love your sayings!

marigold, I have another cookbook that has about 7 varieties of scones, but no peanuts. I'll keep digging though!

goatgirl said...

Yep Holly you got that right!!! Sunny gave me a nose bump yesterday that went straight to my heart.

farmgirl and frugalmom, you still have to come to the fair with me.

Anonymous said...

I want a scone!!! NOW!!! What a sweetheart! You are blessed in so many ways. Remember that when you take your big breath!! Linda

Anonymous said...

Scones are so yummy! Long time any though. I'm so glad you get to ride! I started riding at the age of eighteen and today, I would not want life any other way! Our horses are incorporated in our lives! My friend came out to Niger in 2006 and learned to ride on Sahara. She fell off once when she ventured out on her own, but got back on and is today a very accomplished rider. Horses are so much fun and add so much life quality! I am so glad you are getting to live this dream and I am sure that in a year, no one will ever know that just twelve months ago, you didn't feel all that comfortable around these lovely four-legged creatures!