A few years ago, I interviewed a wonderfully eccentric lady who ran a home decor shop downtown, for a story in a local newspaper. Apparently she liked the story, because she left for me at the front desk of the newspaper office a beautifully wrapped box of fine crystal glasses. When I went into her shop to thank her, she told me that they were Czechoslovakian crystal, and made me promise to use them for fun, not just for special occasions.
I will admit that I have not kept my promise so well in recent years – especially after adding two Littles to my home. I will also admit that my life is often a paradox to what The Pear Tree tries to promote – namely, fine living and an appreciation for beautiful and decadent things.
But while being practical is more often called for with small kids in tow, the spirit does need a little bit of indulgence now and again. Recently I gave into that need, took out a lace table cloth and set a dainty table for a teatime escape.
It was just Mr. Pear Tree and me, although I laid the table for four (and joked, part way through, that instead of refilling our teacups we could just slide over a place setting, like a Mad Hatter’s tea party).
I do think we need to treat ourselves more. To enjoy the myriad things we insist on stockpiling. To take them out and set them up, sometimes for no other reason than because it makes us feel good. I don’t know about you, but there are so many things I have – from china to dress clothes, that I unconsciously reserve for when I want to impress someone. And they hardly ever see the light of day.
But it is so fun to tinkle through the mismatched silver spoons in my spooner (left) and pick exactly the one that suits my mood in the moment. I’ve even caught supposedly jaded men taking a longer than expected peruse to find a spoon that speaks to them (although they’d never admit it).
And if I saved my rose petal jelly and lavender jelly from the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm until the queen showed up, well, what fun would I ever have? Believe me, if you want to pacify the spirit every now and then, a bit of the above jelly on a dollop of Devon Cream (from Little Britain on Enterprise Way in Kelowna) on a fruit scone will just about do it. With or without the pretty plates (but why go half way?).
So here’s the recipe for the scones. Bake up a batch, round up some old china and treat yourself to a spread.
In the meantime, I’m going to go dig out those Czechoslovakian crystal glasses. Life is too short not to use crystal just because.
Cranberry Blueberry Scones
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup blueberries
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
Cut in butter
In a small bowl, combine buttermilk, egg and vanilla
Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients
Place in mounds on a cookie sheet and bake at 400F for 15 minutes.
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier
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