Sconuts? Yes. I went there.
I did a mash up, broke out the sprinkles and food dye and made Iced Vanilla Sconuts. I thought I had invented something new until I did a Google image search and realized others had been there, done that. I even found an image of a boxed mix! Just add water. Go figure.
Why break out into Sconut craziness today? Well, let’s just say I feel like I should have March Madness as the heading over my personal calendar, and it has nothing to do with sports. It’s just been a jam packed month of non-stop life and life challenges.
But let’s skip all of the life challenges and just chat a bit about the blog challenges. We begin with a host of recipe fails. Oh, there were the muffins that I made 5 times over a two week span that tasted delicious but were ugly. (I know, how can a muffin be ugly? Trust me.) Then there were the scones that were beautiful and were a fun new flavor combo, but didn’t taste amazing. My kids loved them. I actually agreed with them after I tasted them again a couple of days later. They were the scones that needed days to have the flavor develop. Aged scones? Perfect. And savory dishes? They were on the calendar. I even made some of them, at dinner time, but then I didn’t have time to shoot them. Or, I did have time to shoot them, but learned that corn tortillas won’t wait for you to get the perfect shot. Warm and ready to roll turned into cold and breakable, and they were already topped with fillings, so I just put all the stuff in the pan, unrolled, poured on the sauce and baked it. It was all good. Dinner was delicious; it just was not photo ready.
This month, I used every post I had banked as back up for busy days. There’s no cushion, no room for failure. You’ve heard of farm to table? I’m living table to blog. I’m just hoping that the creation I made last night tastes as good as it looks or I’ll be back to the drawing board. My fingers are crossed.
I needed a quick win so I made a tried and true recipe adapted from My Favorite Cinnamon Scones. It’s a vanilla scone version but I thought I’d switch it up. Instead of cutting them into traditional triangles, squares or rounds, I thought I’d go donut shaped and have a little fun with color. Food coloring, sprinkles and icing? My kids were sharks lurking in the kitchen just dying to try one. Can I taste the icing? (Not until I’m done shooting.) Can I have one of the sconut holes? (Not until I’m done shooting.) Can I just have the sconut hole that’s crumbled? (Nope, gonna shoot that too.) Can I? Can I? Can I?
I chose a bunch of bright colors for icing and sprinkles for the sconuts, and decided to roll the sconut holes into powdered sugar, just to have more diversity. It all looks like so much fun! And since today is also the eve of my six month blog anniversary. I thought I’d get a bit festive. Woo hoo! Yep, Iced Vanilla Sconuts is me kicking up my blogging heels :)
Oh, and on top of all this other stuff going on, I found out what it means to get some peer blog love. Last Thursday, a blogger that I’ve followed for years, Mel, from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, named my blog as one of a handful she’s loving these days! My Tandy Birthday Cake uses Mel’s Perfected Yellow Cake as the base. Her recipes never fail me.
Then on Saturday, one of the first and longest bloggers I’ve followed, Jessica, at How Sweet It Is, included my Lemon Lime Cream Slab Pie in her Currently Crushing On post! I bought her cookbook, Seriously Delish, last year and met her at a signing. What a doll! Her recipes are inspiring! She introduced me to Grilled Fontina and Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwiches. I think I made them every week for a month.
What does blog love do to a fairly new blog? My site just about crashed on Thursday and I thought something was wrong until I figured out it was HUGE traffic gridlock. So, for those of you who have been reading before the crash of March 19th, that’s why the site was loading sooooo sloooowwlly. And for all of the new readers, (especially all of the new subscribers,) just know that it was not a typical day. Thankfully, we were able to work with our hosting company immediately so that we could handle the larger volume… just in time for Saturday’s unexpected boom from Jessica! (What!?!)
So, who could have expected all of that excitement just days before my six month milestone? Not me, that’s for sure. But I’m considering it a wonderful, unexpected and deeply appreciated gift of recognition.
Call the kids! The wait is over!
It’s time for some sconuts!