Sport Weight, 100% Alpaca

Blue Skies Smiling at Me

I just finished a project from the 2014 Early Fall Vogue Knitting with Blue Sky Alpacas  and wanted to share it along with my love for this fabulous yarn line.

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Vogue Knitting #22 Striped Pullover by Cynthia Yanok using Worsted Cotton  82 (Nut), 624 (Indigo) and 84 (Pink)

I have a fondness for Blue Sky Alpacas because it was the first luxury yarn I ever purchased.

My first knitting project below took about 3 months of constant knitting and purling, and following the sage advise of my knitting mentor, “Don’t be afraid to rip it out.” I must have ripped out and started over twenty times and still the yarn was a beautiful as the day I bought it.

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K2P2 Scarf in Worsted Hand Dyes, 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool – 2 skeins

This is a popular pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas. I love the silky sheen of this yarn with these easy cables.

Cabled Mitts by Colleen Powley knit in Alpaca Silk, 50% silk, 50% alpaca
Cabled Mitts by Colleen Powley knit in Alpaca Silk (Brick), 50% silk, 50% alpaca

I made this darling bunny for my daughter for Easter.

Bunny by Susan B. Anderson in Worsted Cotton
Bunny by Susan B. Anderson in Worsted Cotton

I have several different Blue Sky Alpacas yarns in my stash.  Sometimes I just take it out and look at it!

TECHNO Bulky, 60% Alpaca, 22% Silk, 10% Merino.  On the far right, Metalico, 50% Alpaca, 50% Silk
TECHNO Bulky, 60% Alpaca, 22% Silk, 10% Merino. On the far right, Metalico, 50% Alpaca, 50% Silk
Brushed Suri, 67% Alpaca, 22% Merino, 11% Bamboo - this stuff is heaven!!!
Brushed Suri, 67% Alpaca, 22% Merino, 11% Bamboo – this stuff is heaven!!!
Sport Weight, 100% Alpaca
Sport Weight and Melange 100% Alpaca

I also have a few skeins of Spud & Chloe Sweater.  I plan to use this yarn for a striped baby sweater, or hats, or maybe cute leggings, the possibilities are endless.

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I have been planning this post a couple of weeks and was tickled pink when I saw the latest post from meetthesheep.wordpress.com about their trip to Minnesota and visit to the headquarters of Blue Sky Alpacas and Spud & Chloe. I really enjoyed learning about these two yarn companies that are know for high quality, natural fibers and stunning colors.

Do you use Blue Sky Alpacas?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

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The Great Taste of Mexico

My post last week made me hungry for some yummy street tacos. Since West Yellowstone is an hour and a half drive from me, I thought I’d make some here. With my Sweetiepie at the grill, it’s hard to lose.

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I found a recipe on Food Network  for the flank steak marinade.

4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 limes, juiced
1 orange, juiced
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil

The key is not to marinate too long, because the citric acid in the juices will break down the meat and make it mushy. We put ours in the fridge for 6 hours.

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We brushed leftover marinade on some shrimp, grilled them, and enjoyed them with the steak tacos.

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Our homemade Street Tacos reminded me of our trip to Guanajuato, Mexico last autumn.

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Famous for being the birthplace of Diego Rivera, Guanajuato is a colorful Spanish colonial city in central Mexico built on top of a silver mine and home to many beautiful art museums featuring Mexican artists. Here’s a few pieces from the Museum of Modern Art I enjoyed.

From the Guanajuato Museum of Modern Art

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We also also loved the food!

Breakfast!  Egg Burritos with Spicy Bean Sauce and Queso Fresco for me and    for my Sweetiepie
Breakfast! Egg Burritos with Spicy Bean Sauce and Queso Fresco for me and Egg filled Crepes with Mole Sauce  for my Sweetiepie
Some kind of amazing Sauteed chicken dish
Some kind of amazing Sauteed chicken dish

Have you visited Guanajuato?

Bison in Yellowstone

Oh, Give Me A Home

Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world.It’s famous for geysers, waterfalls, elk and…Buffalo!

My Honeypie tells me they're actually called bison, but I'll stick which tradition and call them buffalo :)
My Honeypie tells me they’re actually called bison, but I’ll stick with tradition and call them buffalo :)

When my family was here in July, we made several trips to Yellowstone to see the sites and enjoy the water.

The Firehole where mountain river flows over an active underground geyser. At least it's not ICE cold like the other bodies of water around here
The Firehole where mountain river flows over an active underground geyser. At least it’s not ICE cold like the other bodies of water around here
Geyser at Lake Yellowstone
Geyser at Lake Yellowstone
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Geyser pool

On our way out of the park we stopped in West Yellowstone, Montana for some yummy mexican food

Taqueria Las Palmitas - best street tacos ever!
Taqueria Las Palmitas – best street tacos ever!

and my Honeypie discovered a LYS – Yarn & Quilt Shop, aka Send It Home

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I love how it’s also a ShipCenter – great business idea!

I was delighted to see that among other fab yarns, they carried one of my favorite yarn brands, The Buffalo Wool Company.

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Bison Roving

I only have two skeins of Buffalo Wool in my stash.

Tracks - 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Bison down in "Turquoise" and Heaven DK - 100% Bison down yarn in it's natural color "Earth"
Tracks – 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Bison down in “Turquoise” and Heaven DK – 100% Bison down yarn in it’s natural color “Earth”

Here are my FO’s,

Basque Hat with Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe "505" and Heaven DK "Earth"
Basque Hat with Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe “505” and Heaven DK “Earth”
Dreaming of Spring Fingerless Gloves knit in Sport 6, 45% Bison, 20% Silk, 20% Cashmere, 15% Tencel - this yarn has to be touched to be believed!
Dreaming of Spring Fingerless Gloves knit in Sport 6, 45% Bison, 20% Silk, 20% Cashmere, 15% Tencel – this yarn has to be touched to be believed!
Beret in Strange Twist, a twist of 100% Bison down and 50% silk, 50% bamboo
Beret in Strange Twist, a twist of 100% Bison down and 50% silk, 50% bamboo

and one WIP.

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Sweet Nothing in Sexy, 50% Bison, 50% Silk and Rowan Kidsilk Haze, 70% Mohair, 30% Silk

Ron and Theresa Miskin (no relation, but how cool that we share the same last name!) are the owners of The Buffalo Wool Company. They are committed to helping conserve and promote the American plains bison and the ranchers that raise them and they stand behind every product 100%.

Bison in Yellowstone
Bison in Yellowstone

Why bison?  I can personally attest to their website claim that bison is soft enough to wrap a baby in, tough enough to keep a mountain man warm in a blizzard!

This is our backyard six months a year...we know warm when we feel it!
This is our backyard six months a year…we know warm when we feel it!

Some other awesome bison down fiber facts:

-Hypo-Allergenic – No known allergies to the fiber.
-Water-wicking- Bison down has a moisture regain of about 30%, keeping you warm and comfortable     even when wet.
– Easy Care- Because its not hollow or have barbs like wool, it doesnt shrink.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

The Buffalo Wool Company is currently a nominee for Martha Stewart’s American Made award.  Follow this link to help them win!

Have you used yarn from The Buffalo Wool Company?

Birthday flowers

Jackson Hole Birthday

The Big Five-Oh is not always an easy birthday to swallow, but I have to say it was my best so far. My main squeeze took me to Jackson for the evening to enjoy dinner and a show.

Jackson Hole's famous elk antler arches
Jackson Hole’s famous elk antler arches

We ate at my current favorite Jackson Hole restaurant, Rendezvous Bistro. The cuisine is innovative and delicious. I enjoyed a Grilled Caesar Salad and Baby Octopus Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa.

My first time enjoying baby octopus. It was mild and tender.  Perfect!
My first time enjoying baby octopus. It was mild and tender. Perfect!

Since it was my birthday, I had to have the Sweet Tomato Jam Handpies with Sweet Basil Ice Cream.

These not-too-sweet handpies were drizzled with caramel.  The perfect ending to an amazing dinner
These not-too-sweet handpies were drizzled with caramel. The perfect ending to an amazing dinner

After dinner, we went to the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts to see my all-time favorite crooner, Chris Isaak, in concert.

My 90's heartthrob!
My 90’s heartthrob!

Complete with sequined suits, Chris and his über talented band had us dancing and laughing and hollering and left us begging for more. I have to admit during his performance of Wicked Game, I was actually moved to tears. What a voice! What a performer!

Up close and personal :)
Up close and personal :)

To re-live this night, I’m sharing my own recipe for grilled Caesar salad.

Grilled Caesar Salad (anchovy garnish optional!)
Grilled Caesar Salad (anchovy garnish optional!)

Croutons
Artisan country bread, sliced thin
1/4 C olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine olive oil and smashed garlic in small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Put aside garlic for dressing. Brush each side of bread slices with garlic-infused oil. Sprinkle each side with a little salt and pepper. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn and bake for an addition 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Dressing
2 anchovy filets, chopped
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
Reserved garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Combine all ingredients except cheese to blender and blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Transfer to small bowl and stir in cheese.

Salad
2-3 romaine hearts, sliced in half lengthwise
finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Croutons
Caesar dressing

Grill romaine hearts, cut side down, until grill marks appear, about 1-2 minutes.
Arrange on serving plates, drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with cheese and top with crouton.

Serve immediately while listening to Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaak.

Bon Appetite!

After 4 years I'm lucky we could find two of them!  Pattern is

Mama’s Hands

I come from a long line of hard-working women. Both of my grandmothers fed their families with vegetables from their gardens, milk from their cow, and chickens and eggs from their yards.

taken at Mother's bridal shower.  Her mom is on the left, my dad's mom is on the left, My mom is in the center and my dad's sister is sitting on the right
Taken at Mother’s bridal shower. Her mom is on the left, my dad’s mom is on the left, My mom is in the center and my dad’s sister is sitting on the right

My grandmothers kept their families warm with clothes and quilts they stitched themselves.

hand stitched by my great grandmother in the 40's - made from fabric scraps and filled with cotton from her fields
Hand stitched by my great grandmother in the 40’s – made from fabric scraps and filled with cotton from her fields

My mother also kept a garden and put up vegetables and fruit. She sewed cute outfits for me and sisters.

me on the left in a dress mother made, Karie in the middle in a dress our Nannie bought, Danielle on the right in a dress Mother made
Me on the left in a dress mother made, Karie in the middle in a dress our Nannie bought, Danielle on the right in a dress Mother made

This heritage is what makes me appreciate the yarns of Manos del Uruguay.

The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968 by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work.

As members of the WFTO (World Fair Trade Association), Manos meets the standards set by the UN Convention for the rights of the child regarding child labor.

Sweet Baby James and the cousins
Children should play!  Sweet Baby James and the cousins

In my first knitting year, I purchased several skeins of Manos del Uruguay’s Wool Clasica, a handspun Aran weight yarn to make each of my five Boyz hats for Christmas.

After 4 years I'm lucky we could find two of them!  Pattern is
After 4 years I’m lucky we could find two of them! Pattern is Kim’s Hats.  Just look at those beautiful colors!

I recently picked up some of Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend in Ogden, Utah at The Needlepoint Joint located on historic 25th Street.

Funky piano on Historic 25th Street
Funky piano on Historic 25th Street
Classic yarn bombs lined the sidewalk to the LYS
Classic yarn bombs lined the sidewalk to the LYS
Wall of Manos del Uruguay at The Needlepoint Joint
Wall of Manos del Uruguay at The Needlepoint Joint, an amazing LYS!  A Warm, friendly shop with lots of yummy yarn selections
Silk Blend - 70% extrafine merino 30% silk
Silk Blend – 70% extrafine merino 30% silk

Silk Blend is a delight to knit.  The yarn is bouncy with an almost felted feel.  The striated  look of the colors are beautiful and add a pleasing depth to my knit project.

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Hasbroucks is a free pattern on ravelry.com

Here’s a great quote taken from the Manos del Uruguay website explaining the early importance of the co-op.

“We all were happy to have an income derived of the products we made with our own hands, but there were also important changes…This job took the women out of their homes and made them function individually. We were learning to group, have meetings, administrate money, make decisions, organize orders, deliveries and stock, take charge of all the coop’s needs and make ourselves responsible for them. We grew up and found aptitudes we hadn’t imagined we had. It was a revolution.”

- Elisabeth Sosa, artisan and former President of Manos board.

I love the feeling of working with a yarn that came to me from somebody’s mama’s hands.  Have you used Manos del Uruguay?

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The Living is Easy

I love my home.

Canada Goose traffic jam
Canada Goose traffic jam
Mama moose and calf
Mama moose and calf

Alta, Wyoming is a summertime paradise.

Sweet Baby James on the paddle board at String Lake, Yellowstone
Sweet Baby James on the paddle board at String Lake, Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Tetons preside over every activity.

Wild columbines with The Grand Tetons in the distance
Wild columbines with The Grand Tetons in the distance

Summertime in Alta means long days with a 5:30 am sunrise and a 9:30 pm sunset.

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Long days means Mark is home in time to fire up the grill for a late dinner.

Master Griller
Master Griller

Steak sauce, a little squeeze of lemon and we’re ready to eat.

brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, grill and enjoy!
brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, grill and enjoy!
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To Stripe or Not To Stripe

That is the question!

Odori - Bulky  40% Silk, 25% Wool, 25% Angora
Odori – Bulky 40% Silk, 25% Wool, 25% Angora

In my experience, Noro Yarns makes the answer easy.

Retro - Aran  64% Wool, 24% Silk, 12% Angora
Retro – Aran 64% Wool, 24% Silk, 12% Angora

Mr. Eisaku Noro is the artist and innovator behind the fabulous Noro Yarn line.

Hitsuji - Bulky  100% Wool
Hitsuji – Bulky 100% Wool

He was born near Yoshino-Kumano National Park and has applied his sensitivities of the natural world he enjoyed there to the selection of natural materials which make up the yarn as well as the spinning process itself, which honors the unique qualities of the wool.

Nadeshiko - Super Bulky  40% Angora, 39% Wool, 21% Silk
Nadeshiko – Super Bulky 40% Angora, 39% Wool, 21% Silk

The yarns are dyed using rich, vibrant colors with a depth that mirrors the natural world combined with the artistry of art, music and dance.

Silk Garden - Aran  45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Wool
Silk Garden – Aran 45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Wool

Noro is truly a world-class yarn as it comes from the finest natural materials in the world.

Kureyon - Worsted 100% Wool
Kureyon – Worsted 100% Wool

Standard wool from England
Falkland wool from the Falkland Islands
Polworth wool from Adelaide, Australia
Kid mohair from Camdeboo, South Africa
Patagonia wool from Patagonia, Argentina
Alpaca from Peru
Cotton from California, USA
Ganpi (plant fiber) from Japan
Silk from China, Brazil, Vietnam, Japan and Uzbek
Cashmere from China, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Kyrgyz
Camel from China
Angora goats from China

It is a true pleasure to knit with these beautiful yarns that have traveled the globe before they reach my own wayfaring fingers.

Slip-Stitch Cowl knit in Kureyon
Slip-Stitch Cowl knit in Kureyon
Kim's Hats knit in Silk Garden
Kim’s Hats knit in Silk Garden
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Cookie A’s Summer Sox Socks knit in Taiyo (40% cotton, 30% silk, 15% wool, 15% nylon) purchased at Aloha Yarn (free pattern!)

Do you love to knit with Noro?

Ono!  The Hawaiian word for delicious

Foodies in O’ahu

While in O’ahu, my daughter Megan and I had a great time sampling some yummy menu items from restaurants on the North Shore.

Sunrise on the North Shore
Sunrise on the North Shore

Our first stop was Fiji Market & Curry Shop.

Fiji-Thai Cuisine
Fiji-Thai Cuisine

We found this down-home island market and restaurant just behind a gas station off the main road in La’ie.

The Samosas were among the best I’ve ever tasted and the Dahl, a pea-based soup, was for sure the best I’ve ever had. It was perfectly seasoned with cumin and mustard seeds and had just the right creamy consistency.

My hubby is an Indian food aficionado, so I will try to recreate at least those samosas for his birthday. Stay tuned in August (maybe September) for that attempt!

Also in La’ie, we enjoyed breakfast at Tita’s Grill.

"Ah You Hungry"
“Ah You Hungry”

We were warned by our vacationing neighbors that the portions were large.  The sign should have confirmed that for me…but, no.  I insisted that I was hungry and declined Megan’s offer to split an order of French Toast.  I mean, it was only $4.95.  How big could it possibly be?

When our order came up, I immediately gave mine to a local.

He ate all the French toast plus his own giant order of Spam and eggs!
He ate all the French Toast plus his own giant order of Spam and Eggs!

I was determined to eat at least one  humongous slice,  but was stuffed after only a half.  I mean those bad boys were LARGE!

Megan attempting the impossible
Megan attempting the impossible

In Haleiwa, we enjoyed a Tofu Pad Thai dish at the Souvaly Thai Mobile.

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When we were there it was packed!

The atmosphere was heavenly with plenty of large, clean picnic tables under a canopy of twinkling white lights. The pad Thai did not disappoint. It was delicious with thin rice noodles and a sweet red curry.

After Meg’s surf lesson, she asked her instructor for a healthy lunch recommendation. He told us about The Beet Box Cafe right there in Haleiwa.

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We split the most delicious Portobello Burger I’ve ever tasted. The surprising and yummy part of the burger was the sunflower sprouts. I had planned to recreate this recipe for today’s post, but the sunflower sprouts are taking longer than I thought.

Can't wait until they're ready!
Eight days old…Can’t wait until they’re ready!

I will be making this for my family as soon as my little sprout garden decides to produce.  Roasted portobello, grilled zucchini and hand-leafed lettuce topped with garlic aioli and crunchy, nutty sunflower sprouts served on a whole grain bun sounds like the perfect summer dinner to me!

Once I resigned myself to the slow growth of my sprouts, I decided instead to make a dish I didn’t get a chance to try during our short stay…Coconut Banana Pancakes with Coconut Maple Syrup. Since my mom is gluten-intolerant and is currently visiting our home, I’ll be sharing our gluten-free version.

Good for you foods
Good for you foods

Coconut Banana Pancakes with Coconut Maple Syrup
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups almond milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
unsweetened flaked coconut
Sliced bananas
1 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup pure maple syrup

Directions
Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Coconut flour may be lumpy, use a whisk to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and oil.
With your whisk, stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth.

Ladle approximately 1/4 cup pancake batter onto hot griddle prepared with cooking spray or oil.  Flip when bubbly and edges are slightly browned. Top with sliced bananas, shredded coconut and coconut syrup.

Coconut Maple Syrup (thanks, Mother, for this recipe)
Combine coconut milk and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Cook on low until steaming.

Ono!  The Hawaiian word for delicious
Ono! The Hawaiian word for delicious

The Boyz gave it a 5 star rating. Hope you enjoy it as well.

Bon Appetite!

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Over the Rainbow

Last week I went back to the Rainbow State with my Meggie-pie for a mother-daughter island dream trip come true. We enjoyed the ocean, relaxing on the beach and great restaurants (not necessarily in that order). We made a cute little bungalow in La’ie our home base and explored the island from there.

Surfer Girl
Surfer Girl, Haleiwa
Cattle Egret - they were everywhere on O'ahu
Cattle Egret – they were everywhere on O’ahu
Inside the USS Arizona Memoria
Inside the USS Arizona Memorial
Beautiful Canopies
Beautiful Canopies
Gorgeous beaches everywhere
Beach Girl, La’ie

After only two visits I’ve concluded that the happiest, most relaxed people on earth live on the beautiful island of O’ahu.

Shaka Sign
Shaka Sign

And of all the happy, relaxed people on O’ahu, the most relaxed were at Aloha Yarn in Kanoehe.

The nicest people on earth
The nicest people on earth

The owner, Nanea Kuaiwa is seated on the right.  Her given name means “peace” in Hawaiian.  It seems she was fated to own a knit shop.

Nanea has beautiful samples everywhere.  Why didn’t I take more photos?

I should have taken more photos. The whole shop was tastefully done with artful displays of beautiful yarn.
I should have taken more photos. The whole shop was tastefully done with artful displays of beautiful yarn.

My favorite was a beautiful lace shawl pattern from Knitting Daily.   Instead of the recommended yarn, Nanea used Araucanía yarn called Ruca.

Kailua Beach State Park
Kailua Beach State Park

This yarn is incredibly soft with a silk-like sheen made from sugar cane.  I was tickled pink to purchase sugar cane yarn in Hawaii!

Unfortunately, this yarn is discontinued.  Luckily Nanea had four skeins left in this color, which is the perfect color for my mom.

About 1/5 completed
About 1/5 completed

I got quite a bit done on the plane ride home, enough to know how much I’ll love knitting the rest this summer.

Maybe I’ll have it done by Christmas.

Have you visited Aloha Yarns? I’d love to hear about it!

Tea time!

Mint Chocolate Biscuits

While in Dallas, I ate dinner at the DeGoyler House Terrace Cafe at the Dallas Arboretum. I had the Salad Trio, consisting of chicken walnut salad, spinach salad and fruit salad with a yummy poppy seed dressing.

the perfect meal after a long hot day (100 degrees in the shade)
the perfect meal after a long hot day (100 degrees in the shade)

My favorite part was the little cheddar herb biscuit they served with the salads. It was so flaky and tender, I knew I had to try and replicate the recipe.

I got to thinking about the herbs I have at home and realized that I had yet to cook with my new chocolate mint plant.

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I love this yellow pot my grandmother made

And what goes better with chocolate mint than dark chocolate? Nothing at all!

Hope you enjoy my recipe for Mint Chocolate Biscuits.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cake flour (for a very fine crumb)
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling and cutting
1/3 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream, plus more for brushing
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 oz good quality roughly chopped dark chocolate (I like Lindt 70% chocolate bars)
3-4 T fresh chocolate mint leaves, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sift together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Add cold butter pieces

the butter mixture should be the size of small peas
the butter mixture should be the size of small peas

Rub in butter with your fingers.

Have 6 or 7 good sized pieces of plastic wrap ready and spoon about 3/4 cup of butter/flour mixture into each. Wrap each one tight and place in refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

Keeping the butter nice and cold ensures flakey biscuits!
Keeping the butter nice and cold ensures flakey biscuits

After the 20 minutes, unwrap butter-flour disks back into your large bowl.

Chop chocolate and chocolate mint leaves

Look at all those antioxidants!
Look at all those antioxidants

Combine cream and vanilla in a small bowl then pour into flour mixture. Add chocolate and mint leaves.

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I make a well in my flour mixture like my Grandmother taught me

Stir with a wooden spoon until liquid is almost absorbed and dough just comes together.

Lightly flour your work surface.

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I love to use my sifter for this job

Turn out dough and pat into an 8-by-10-inch rectangle.
With a short side facing you, fold rectangle into thirds, just like folding a letter.

this is the fun part
this is the fun part

Rotate dough a quarter turn clockwise. Pat out again, fold, rotate and pat out again until you’ve rotated a total of 3 times (boy, these are gonna be flakey biscuits!).

Pat out dough to a rectangle shape with 1 1/4-inch thickness, and cut into 12 equal biscuits.

Place biscuits about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with cream, and sprinkle with sugar.

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ready for the oven

Bake until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool on sheets.

Perfect!
Perfect!

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Tea time!
Tea time!

Bon appetit!

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