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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from Princess Emma | Cranberry Orange Scones | Jack-O-Lantern Quesadillas

Happy Halloween from Princess Emma and her Puppy!  This is Emma at school this morning with her friend... and future prom date?  I have more princess photos below, but first I thought I'd share some photos of Emma and I making our favorite scones in our pajamas.

 Emma's all decked out in her Jack-O-Lantern PJ's for a little morning baking.  We love making scones in the morning - they really only take 5 minutes to put together and bake for 15.  Much easier than cinnamon rolls... and soooo good.

Are you scared of my hair?  I am. 

I'm so glad it is finally cranberry season.  We've been using fresh cranberries instead of dried in our Orange-Cranberry Scones.  It is just how they were made in Concord, Ma. at Verrill Farm... where this obsession all started.

What was that Emma?  You'd like 1 cupcake, please?

Here they are out of the oven with orange glaze.   This recipe was inspired by the Barefoot Contessa's scones - but with the addition of fresh cranberries.

Cranberry Scones
with an orange glaze
makes 6-8

New! Printable Recipes, here.

2 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
4 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice

In a mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt using the paddle attachment.  Cut the cold butter into 1/2 inch pieces.  Add the butter to the dry ingredients and mix on low until the butter is mixed in and is the size of peas.  In a separate bowl, mix together eggs and whipping cream with a fork.  Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the cream and egg mixture.  Turn off the mixer once added.  Fold in cranberries. 

Put some flour on the counter.  Turn the dough out onto the floured surface.  Add some flour onto the top of the dough, then pat it out into a disk - about 8-9 inches in diameter.  Cut the disk into 6-8 pieces like a pie. 

Separate the pieces and put them on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes.

To make the glaze, stir together orange juice, zest and powdered sugar. 

We also made these Jack-O-Lantern quesadillas for her school party.  I found the idea on pinterest - perfect for toddlers.

Here's a pic with Daddy and his princess - Emma the First!

Adjusting her tiara. I'm so glad I decided to make her dress (Easy DIY, here).  She loves it - and she acts very sweet and dainty with it on!

Who me?  Beautiful?  Why, thank you.  

 Such sweet friends - they've been in the same class since they were 8 months.

I can't get enough.

My Sweet Emma.

Princess at work.

Hope everyone has a Happy & Magical Halloween!  


  1. The first pic is just too precious! And the scones look amazing, I can't wait to try them.

  2. Sweet!
    Scones look delicious!
    Love the quesadilla idea!

  3. Emma and her friend are totally adorable! Hope she has a very happy Halloween!

  4. She looks so sweet...I love that you made her costume. And thank you for your easy recipes-I've used quite a few and they are delicious.

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  6. scones this wonderful and beautiful babe who

  7. I so enjoy your blog. It gives me warm fuzzies and helps keep memories of my girls when they were younger fresh in my mind. :)

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  9. I just wanted to comment that Emma is gorgeous and they grow up really fast. Please continue to do what you are doing and enjoy every second.

    Love your blog - it is beautiful!

    Best, Adrienne

  10. I made these scones today and they are SO tasty. My husband asked "How many can I eat? All of them?" I might just make them every week as long as I can get fresh cranberries!

  11. Made the scones this morning - very light. Not at all the heavy "rocks" some scone recipes produce. Will certainly make them again.

  12. how much zest do you put in the glaze?


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