Time Travel

In an exchange today with a younger member of this community, she referred to herself as "an old soul". I was born an old soul, too. I actually enjoy reading antiquarian books, sentimentally collect vintage china and old photo albums, was a member of the Embroiderer's Guild for years, love the aesthetics of my grandmother's life and live with cats and a canary. I'm a poor excuse for a cook, but I grew up in the kitchen and love to bake.

I've been promising Bonnie Mieth http://365project.org/moonshinegoober/365/2010-09-29 a recipe for the last several days. She strikes me as having her head & heart in a long-ago era, too, as seen in the delicacy and sensibilities of her photographic images. My original recipe came from an Australian friend, where pumpkin is a staple vegetable, more so than a seasonal decoration. I thought others here might enjoy this as well.

Pumpkin Scones
2 C (260g) all purpose flour
1/3 C (75g) light or dark brown sugar
1/2 t ground ginger
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/2 C cold (unsalted) butter
1/3 - 1/2 C (80-120 ml) buttermilk
1/2 C (120 ml) fresh or canned "pure" pumpkin
1 t pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C) and place rack in the middle of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives (I'd use the Cuisenart with the pastry blade). The mixture should look like course crumbs.

In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, pumpkin puree and vanilla and then add this mixture to the flour mixture. Mix just until the dough comes together; DO NOT over mix.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead dough gently four or five times and then pat into a circle about 7 inches (18 cm) round and about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick. Cut this circle in half, then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles). Place the scones on the baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 8 scones.


**Today's photo is for the "365" bunny members I follow, Kathleen's Sytse, Amy's Ringo and Rosie's Kristofferson**
What a perfect vintage looking shot.... will keep a note of that recipe in case I decide to bake someday.... used to but don't any more!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Love the bunnies. I have a similar bunny that my mom made for me, as an adult, not when I was a kid. She asked me what I wanted for Christmas about 14 yrs ago. I bought the pattern and gave it to her, we went shopping together for the fabrics. She did an incredible job and mailed it to me that Christmas. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
I thought I had posted a photo I took that features her, but I just checked and I didn't.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I realize this photo lacks a fall feeling and looks more like Easter, but we don't have a visible change of seasons out here!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
This is a perfect vintage shot, the coloring is perfect. It's lovely. The Pumpkin Scones recipe looks delicious so I will also have to try this too.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
This is just lovely x
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I love the vintage feeling to this photo. This photo has a feeling of being in a log cabin. Very nice processing.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
This is such a soul-full photo, and the bunnies are so cute!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Wonderfully nostalgic image, and the recipe sounds good, too!
(and you're right! I should have put the orchid on my hotdog plate!)
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Louise ~ this is such a beautiful & nostalgic still life, I love it. My Nanni & Papa used to bring me to their condo in Virginia during my summers. There was this huge craft fair by them called "Steppin Out" & one year my nanni bought me a bunny that looks very similar to your middle bunny. Thanks for sharing this with us & giving me a reminder of my old friend!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Love this, everything in it!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
What a nice photo - I like the B & W.
Thank you Louise for the pumpkin scone recipe - must try it!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I like the b&w in this picture. Did you make that quilt?
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Great edit, some very rich tones, love the b&w
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Beautiful image. I love recipe sharing; however, I am not a cook or a baker. It's just something that I never enjoyed doing....! My mom attempted to work with me, but I was more at home with dad outside in the sun than in the kitchen. I'm still the same way today. Love the old souls comment and image...and I must join this club as well.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
This is a beautiful photo, Louise. And now I know what I'm making for breakfast as well! I just bought some pumpkin too. (:
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Louise, this photo is so comfortable looking, it looks just like you pulled it out of your Grandmother's photo box. Nice job with the editing.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
"What long ears you have...so I can hear you better>>>>>". Louise this is a lovely picture of times gone by..to look at is to reminisce
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I used to have a bunny like that when I was small, a neighbor made for me. His name was Aloysius. A funny German name I've never heard anywhere else. I'm "fav" ing this shot for him. I loved that bunny!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Nice shot...I to feel that with the exception of running water toilets, I could live easily in another time. I love the timeless feel of your shot. I also love cooking and baking with pumpkin.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Louise, thanks so much for the recipe and for your descriptions of Fall on my page. I love scones and am anxious to try this recipe out. :D Lovely still life photo and story to go with it. My aunt made me some bunnies like that one time. Reminds me of her.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
yum I am going to have to try those, love all things pumpkin! Those bunnies....someone made me on when I had my oldest son. They are such "classics" like the sock monkey
posted October 3rd, 2010  
There’s just something about this photo that evokes memories of…rocking a child to sleep…cuddling together…”Little Bunny Foo-Foo”…watching snow flakes drift by…days gone by! Aaahhh! Love this! Going to try those scones…
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I made the picture a fave, it has a lovely feel to it. I like the sepia tones and everything about it! Also, i will be trying out the recipie i think! My mum has grown some big pumpkins and we have been looking for some interesting pumpkin recipies to try!! Thankyou!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Oh wow, so cute! Might try those pumpkin scones!!!!
Also thank you for all the lovely comments about my greenfinch. A book would be in fact a very neat idea. I think I will be doing this with my 365 project anyway, but to give her (or him, we're still not sure) an entire book, that would be truly lovely indeed!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I love your recipes, Louise. Thank you for this one. I promise to try it out.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
@cirasj ...No, that's an old crazy quilt from the late 1800s. The silk patches are falling apart, but I might as well set it out to enjoy rather than pack it away.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
saw something like this in a odd shop in australia love it
posted October 3rd, 2010  
This makes me want to curl up with a storybook and read to them. :-)
posted October 3rd, 2010  
These bunny's look really at home, lovely picture. btw a bit late , but thank you for telling me to look at the painting, it was a great surprise ,isn't he good.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
love the vintage feel of this. I think you've figured out that I am an old soul too...I change my mind periodically as to which era I really belong in.
posted October 3rd, 2010  
oohhh pumpkin scones rock! Its one of those things that I thought would taste horrible but after trying it, I give it the two thumbs up! Look on the bright side, at least she didnt tell you that you are soul.... (say it enough times.. you'll understand) heh heh
posted October 3rd, 2010  
oh Louise, i love vintagy feel of this photo (well i love anything vintage! so i guess i have an "old soul" in that sense?:) thanks for letting me know the "top 20 picks secret"... i had no idea :) my picture from yesterday was really an unplaned one, we were out for brunch and as always, i walked behind my husband and chloe while crossing the parking lot. i guess this project really inspired me in a sense of taking everyday candid shots. I would never have thought of it before. and turns out i really like it and i even got emotional while editing this. I think i will frame it and give it to my husband as a gift. thanks for your comment as always :)
posted October 3rd, 2010  
I love this vintage themed image. It could be from Victorian/edwardian times with a real old American feel to it. Those bunnies are lovely :))))
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Oh gosh its lovely ! looks just like the bunny I got when my eldest son was born 15 years ago - sigh !
posted October 3rd, 2010  
MMM - I'll have to try the scones. Great shot Louise!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Wonderfully composed and captured! Cool vintage, cabin feel!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Very nice shot Louise!
posted October 3rd, 2010  
Have you had a good day?
posted October 4th, 2010  
What a lovely shot! The recipe sounds amazing, too - I am going to have to try it. I LOVE pumpkin anything, so this is a great time of year for me with bakeries, coffee shops, etc. filled with pumpkin flavored goodies. :)
posted October 4th, 2010  
thanks Louise, exactly what I was looking for to use the leftover buttermilk from some Red Velvet cupcakes I made :)
posted October 4th, 2010  
I yust look to the pic. and Ilike it.
posted October 4th, 2010  
Hehe! I love it when you leave long comments on my photos! :D or "get chatty" But I'm so excited! your gonna be a grandma?! That's awesome! Haha, I know how it is to have a new baby in the family and its so happy! I have 9 nieces and nephews and two more on the way! It's so exciting!

O btw, I just wanted to clarify, on my photo, I didn't mean that MOST of my day's are bad. Oh no quite the contrary, Most of my day's are awesome and happy full of sunshine and carefree-ness (which I'm enjoying immensity cause I'm only fifteen so I still get a couple more years of being absolutely crazy, carefree, and immature! :), but ya know it's just the days that are bad that kinda stick out more.
posted October 4th, 2010  
A sweet trio enjoying the smell of Louise's baking..."carrots-schmarrots! We want pumpkin scones!"
posted October 4th, 2010  
What a gorgeous photo louise and I love the contrasts and colouring.
Those pumpkin scones sound devine!
posted October 4th, 2010  
going to the store tomorrow and I'll let you know when I bake them. thank you, thank you, thank you!! if you couldn't tell, I'm really excited to try these out. and don't worry, lattes will accompany these goodies!

I *faved* this not only for the recipe but the storybook vintage vibe it so lovingly portrays. simply gorgeous, Louise!!

thanks a million times again, your sweetness makes my day!! :)
posted October 4th, 2010  
I love this!! It has an antique feel
posted October 4th, 2010  
Love love love this! The "warm" processing makes it look like a hug would feel!
posted October 4th, 2010  
Great picture, i love the bunnies!
posted October 4th, 2010  
Great shot and sepia effect Louise. Will try those scones someday. They sound delicious.
posted October 4th, 2010  
Oh tihis is so lovely...it's like one of those pages from my old story books. A fav for me : )
posted October 4th, 2010  
Louise, I love the bunnies and black and white photo.
The recipe sounds delicious. I've been wanting to make some kind of pumpkin bread-ish product, so I think I will use your recepe.
posted October 4th, 2010  
So cute :) Love the processing :)
posted October 4th, 2010  
Beautiful picture and thanks for the recipe, it sounds delicious!
posted October 4th, 2010  
I like this. The color just fits perfectly.
posted October 4th, 2010  
This is a wonderful photo Louise...I love the b&w! I keep saying I'm going to do a b&w but I just keep forgetting. It's on my list.
posted October 4th, 2010  
This is just beautiful...I love the nostalgia it brings! Great shot!!!
posted October 4th, 2010  
wonderful!
posted October 4th, 2010  
I find this photo very comforting! The bunnies are just adorable too, but mostly I love the feeling of the photo. I think of myself as an "old soul" as well and I am drawn to the 1800's. I think it's why I love to rustic camp so much. It is really hard work sometimes but I just love it.

I have to mark this one as a fav!
posted October 5th, 2010  
such a sweet shot--i love the b&w for this. and the pumpkin scone recipe sounds sooooo yummy!! perfect for fall.
posted October 7th, 2010  
love the lighting. this photos has such a great old feel to it :)
posted October 15th, 2010  
While you had said it looks more like spring than autumn though it was autumn, I will point out that a quilt is warm, autumn (where the seasons change) is chilly, and the sepia gives it a darker, colder look. :)

Thank you for showing us your antique quilt and thank you for the tasty recipe.
posted January 31st, 2012  
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