Distinctive is what you could call her handwriting, hard to read to the untrained eye. My Dad's mom was a letter writer, sending out her thoughts and prayers regularly to loved ones. While I don't have many of her precious letters, I do have these recipes tucked inside my messy box. I treasure them, not for the actual recipes but for the bits of herself scratched out onto the index cards. Rummaging through that box and catching a glimpse of those letters written in her hand is always like seeing her again. An infant Lucy and I had traveled with my Dad and Mom to North Carolina after she died, had helped my aunts clean out her home. I brought a few small things home with me. The Deluxe Scrabble that she and Papa were so serious about was put to use this past weekend. Her turkey and pilgrim candles are perched on my table right now. But the best piece of her lies within my recipe box.
(Which is a complete lie because as I'm typing this I'm remembering that Bible of hers that lives in my bedroom, chock full of her underlining and notes and wisdom. Duh...THAT definitely trumps the recipe cards!!!)
My mom and I share recipes and she wrote this one out for me a while back (seeing her in my recipe box, too!). Her cousin's husband enjoys baking and he makes these delicious sour cream scones. His version includes fruit like blueberries or cranberries but I prefer chocolate chips. Yes, I know, I'm healthy like that. I made them the other day and thought I'd share the recipe with you. Off to dig through the box a minute..........OK, enjoy!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix: 2 c flour, 1/3 c sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt;
cut in one stick of butter until evenly crumbly and then stir in the chips or fruit;
whisk together 1/2 c sour cream and one large egg;
pour over dry mixtures and stir until just combined;
place on floured surface and pat/form into a circle; sprinkle with sugar if desired and bake for 15-17 minutes. Or if you're like me and are freakish about NOT overbaking things, you can start checking for doneness around 13 minutes. Overbaked scones are dry and bleck.
They're best eaten on the same day (that's never a problem around here).
Thinking of my grandma's handwriting and her letters reminds me what a gift such handwritten letters are. Who doesn't treasure getting a gift like that in the mail? I know I do! Especially in this age of email and instant communication. The art of letter writing, the process, the s.l.o.w.n.e.s.s., seeing someone in their script, receiving a part of them...it's a like a long, deep breath of fresh air. Ahhhh... Tonia knows this well.
Who can you bless with the gift of your words on actual paper today?