This was my first experiment with scones. Bill and Hayley from Gather inspired me with their cranberry scones that looked to die for. So I experimented and they came out pretty good. I’m going to try a nut free version for my next ones. In the meantime, enjoy!
So guess what? Don’t guess, I’ll tell you. I was part of my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. Starting Thursday, wedding shenanigans began. We started with a luncheon, then manis and pedis, then rehearsal, then rehearsal dinner. Long day, lots of food, and many people whose names I will never remember. Even the ones I’m related to. You see, part of my family lives in the southern part of the state, but I never knew much about them until now. So not only is it hard to remember their names, but it’s even harder to understand how I’m related to them. I think I have many cousins, but my brain can’t wrap around how exactly I’m related to them since I never grew up with any of those people around. Anywho, I met a new half of my family and have already forgotten all of their names. I suck.
So Friday was the actual wedding day. Do you know how long getting hair and makeup done on 8 women takes? Too damn long. From 9am-3:30pm long. And I wasn’t going to pay to get my hair and makeup done, so it was actually only 7 getting the works done. The price for hair and makeup would have been $100, and since I was taking 2 days off of work, I would have been broke if I paid for that. But it was definitely worth it, the ladies looked awesome. And the dresses were quite a statement. They were turquoise and white chevron dress that were a bit short on some of the ladies. Mine, thankfully, didn’t didn’t ride up very high, but for the women who were blessed with larger bosoms, they were constantly pulling down their dresses. Can’t wait to see some of those pictures. I wish they were up now, I would share them with the entire world wide web like any good bridesmaid and cousin would do. Shame. Someday soon I’ll get to share those.
But the bummer about the wedding was that I couldn’t drink. Since I couldn’t take 3 days off of work, I stayed sober so I could drive the hour back home that night instead of being hungover and trying to drive back at 7am the next morning. That’s never a fun feeling. Especially when you have to interact with 8 Louisiana groomsmen who have been drinking all day and are bored out of their minds. That’s when a drink is quite helpful. It’s really interesting watching the difference between men and women at weddings. The bridesmaids tear up and can’t hold back their happiness for the couple, while the groomsmen are staring off into the distance, bored with listening to the vows and are really just thinking about getting to the drinking. Or at least that’s what my experience was. I couldn’t stop watching the groomsmen. I’m pretty sure one of them farted during the ceremony. Come on dudes. It’s literally a 10 minute ceremony. Get your life together.
Weddings are funny. Thousands of dollars spent on one day. One day that’s hard to even remember all the moments because they fly by so quickly. Thousands of dollars spent for a few hours of fun. It’s an interesting concept to me. I dreamed of a wedding day and looking all pretty and all that crap when I was younger, but now, I can’t even visualize it. It’s very foreign to me. My cousin looked drop dead gorgeous, her wedding was a complete success, and I even cried, but I still can’t see doing that kind of thing for myself and that damn lucky man that I marry. Thankfully, I have a wedding in Mexico next week to go to. Pretty sure I’ll be having a couple drinks at that ceremony. And reception. And on the beach. And at breakfast. Just kidding, I like coffee at breakfast. Kcoolbye.
- 1.5 cups cashews (I used roasted, unsalted), ground into a meal/flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons lavender buds
- 2 vanilla beans, cut lengthwise with a sharp knife, all seeds removed
- 1 egg, whisked
- ¼ cup almond oil (or other oil such as coconut oil or butter or lard)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup arrowroot flour
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoons butter (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut crystals
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Run the cashews through your food processor until it becomes a slightly coarse meal/flour.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cashew meal, baking powder, salt, lavender buds, and vanilla bean seeds.
- Then mix in your egg, almond oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and combine.
- Lastly, mix in your arrowroot flour to help thicken.
- Add the dough into a ball onto a parchment lined baking sheet then press down to help flatten out evenly.
- Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool slightly.
- While the scones are cooling, mix together honey and butter (heating the two up together) and top scones with the mixtures and some coconut crystals.