New Year, Fresh Start

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Almost a whole month of 2013 has gone already. I think the time goes faster as I get older. But here I am, and I still (almost) remember how to blog.
This month has been a whirlwind of new schedules, ideas, renovations and preparations. We transformed our dark guest room into a light and airy school room. I’ve been prepping and organising my schedule ready to begin homeschooling in the next couple of weeks. My little girl who was a baby not so long ago has lost two teeth and is ready for kindy. Wow.
So far I’ve been successful in sticking with my New Years resolutions, although I’m not calling them resolutions, I’m scared of that term, as it sounds too committed. Mine are just ‘goals’ this year. I’m pretty sure they’re actually the same thing when it ones down to it but the word goals sounds better to me. Less of a failure if I don’t make it…
Anyway, I decided this year is going to be a more fit and healthy year for me. I’ve started a run training app and I’ve just completed my fourth week. I’m not loving the actuality of getting up early and pushing my body to it’s limit first thing in the morning but I can already see that I’ve improved and it’s exciting to be getting fitter and to be able to go further each week.
I’ve also started a bible in a year reading plan, which I’m actually loving. I chose a chronological one, and decided to do it over two years, but so far I’ve found it manageable enough to keep up with the one year plan. I’m using this app.
Apart from that I’ve been making lots of bread using this awesome recipe as well as lots of other scrummy things in the kitchen, and then, killing myself while I try not to eat them, because this is my healthy year!
Anyway, I think that’s our 2013 in a nutshell. I hope you are enjoying your new year and fresh start as I am!

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Chocolate-Chip Buttermilk Scones

I had some buttermilk in the fridge recently which I didn’t really know what to do with so I went hunting online and found this recipe.  I adapted it a bit and this is what I came up with.  Very yum!  We topped ours with nutella  🙂  I was hesitant to add the cranberries, but they were actually good.

Here’s what I did:

4 cups SR flour

½ cup sugar

225g butter

250g choc chips

75g dried sweetened cranberries

Vanilla extract

1½ cups buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

Process flour, sugar and butter.

Transfer to mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients.

Pour onto floured surface and knead ever so briefly til it holds together and shape. This size batch is a double so I made 2 rounds.   (I obviously cut mine into wedges but when I make them again I’ll use my regular scone cutter–it’ll be easier to halve and top them).

Cut, place on a tray lined with baking paper and bake in a 200ᵒC oven for 15-20 mins.

Enjoy!