Mini Makeover: Choc Chip Scones

Today is the last day of July and the worst of Winter is most likely coming to an end. Fingers crossed! To celebrate I wanted to share with you how I adapt the PWMU’s scones recipe (2004 edition) into something extra special by adding choc chips! Yummo!! When I was first learning to cook, scones were the only thing that would turn out right, today I’m going to share how I make these delicious choc chip scones.

Mini Makeover: Choc Chip Scones (easy recipe) on Style for a Happy Home

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Cups (300 g) Self Raising Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 cup (190ml) milk I use no fat milk
  • 1/2 cup of choc chips (or choc melts cut into 4) – My addition to the recipe

How I make them:

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Cut up the 1/2 cup of Melts into quarters (or measure out the choc chips). Either will work, I just prefer the melts. Using my Kenwood Multipro food processor with the dough blade, I add the flour, sugar, margarine and choc chips. I start the processor and add the milk through the top spout at about half speed and leave it going until it’s in a nice clump of dough. Because of a wrist injury in my late teens I couldn’t kneed the dough so I got the food processor to do the hard work for me.

I roll it out to just under 2 cm thick and use a round aluminum cup (7 cm diameter) that’s been dipped in flour to cut them out. If you can, try to cut them so the choc chips aren’t too close to the edges or hanging out or they will goo out the sides when being cooked – I didn’t do this and the choc bits aren’t so pretty. Place them on a baking tray that has baking paper on it. Glaze the tops with a little bit of milk. Pop in the oven for 12 minutes. Makes 12.

Best served warm. Add a little butter or margarine if needed but I find the choc chips make them sweet enough on their own. If you want to make plain scones, just leave the choc chips out. They are great with strawberry jam!

Thoughts on the recipe:

I love making these as a treat. They are easy to pop in the food processor and get your dough ready without having to do much work or make a big mess. I also like that the 12 minutes is the perfect amount of time to clean up and wash all the dishes whilst they are baking and you get a reward at the end. We don’t have a dishwasher, so I do it by hand. The cookbook was given to me for Christmas the year I turned 19 and this page has been well used.

They’re not the prettiest scones you’ve ever seen but they do taste great and for me that’s what’s more important. As someone who isn’t all that confident in the kitchen this was a great recipe for me to start with and grow my confidence. I also love that it doesn’t really require special ingredients that you wouldn’t already have in the pantry or fridge.

A definite helper to beat those winter blues.

Do you make scones? What are your favourite kind?

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome

Why Taking a Break is Vital for a Happy Home

Last week I took a break from work and all things work related. I didn’t travel anywhere fancy, whilst I would have loved that! I just stayed close to home, gave parts of my house the tidy-up they deserved, ran at times I wanted to (rather than pre-dawn to fit it all in) and sat on the couch and just let the doing ‘nothing’ happen guilt free. And you know what? I learnt a valuable lesson: doing things guilt free is vital to a home feeling happy.

Why Taking a Break is Vital for a Happy Home on Style for a Happy Home

I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t “exciting” by any means. There was a day where I cleaned my bedroom within an inch of it’s life. I vacuumed all the things and one afternoon I cleared and sorted my kitchen cupboards. This might not sound relaxing or remotely fun, but what I quickly realised was that in being able to do it at the speed I wanted without the pressure of “why aren’t you working?” playing in my head, I felt great afterwards. Things weren’t as cluttered and stuff that has been on my “when I’ve got time” to-do list got done to an awesome soundtrack playing in my ears (care of my trusty iPod).

My head has been in a fog for a while. July is always a tough month for me with Winter taking hold and some sad anniversaries that leave my happiness stores feeling depleted. I know it’s coming, but I rarely actually get around to recognising it and acting on it before it hits me with full force. So I just made the decision to stop and take a week to regroup. I know it’s been said 100s of times before, but taking care of yourself is actually really important. It gets lost in the lists and the expectations that we set ourselves, but it really is vital to being able to see the best in the situations that we face and there really isn’t anything wrong with saying “hold up, I’m not coping with this pace, let’s slow down for a bit”.

I know that everyone has different pressures that are on them. There are kids to get to school and deadlines that must be met and it can be more of a challenge to fit this “taking a break” time in. Not everyone gets to say “that’s it, next week is a mental health week”. I do get that. But maybe, with a little bit of planning, there can be pockets made in each day that are just for sitting on the couch reading a book, or sitting on the couch just sitting. Maybe it’s an hour or two on the weekend where you can get out and walk or run on your own and just let your mind focus on nothing but the horizon for just that space in time.

Self-care is one of those terms that advertising has made sound a bit OTT but it’s actually really valuable. How can we see the best in situations if we feel constantly behind or rushed or like we’re hanging on by a thread? It’s just not possible. I used to think that I needed an expensive holiday (vacation) somewhere fancy to feel relaxed, but they are so few and far between that sometimes we have to choose pottering around the house at a slow pace, doing some gardening or even a pyjama day instead.

Sometimes it’s just long enough to remind us that we really did need a little break and we’re glad for it.

Next year I’m going to plan for the expensive trip away to somewhere warm, but even if that doesn’t happen, I promise (myself) that I’ll take a break.

How are you at taking a break to recharge? How do you fit it in?

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Winter Warmers Food Ideas

Hello! Happy Saturday!! The end of July is nearly here, and to finish up the Winter Warmers theme for the month I thought I’d share some awesome food ideas with you to help you get through that last wintery month ahead! Here are my favourite finds from Pinterest!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Winter Warmers Food Ideas on Style for a Happy Home

  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie This looks so good! I love the chevron crust too! Original Post HerePin It Here
  2. Mini Pizzas I am a big fan of pizza and sometimes it tastes even better when you make it yourself! Here are some mini ones that would be good for a winter lunch! Original Post HerePin It Here
  3. Honey & Date Scones I love scones year round, but they are extra good in winter straight from the oven! Original Post HerePin It Here
  4. Pie Pops  Any kind of sweet pie is awesome! And these pops just make it that little bit more fun! I’d make apple ones! Original Post HerePin It Here
  5. Oven Bake Fries I have to admit that fries (or hot chips as we call them) are my weakness! These look so delicious! Original Post HerePin It Here
  6. Crumpets Here’s an awesome way to make your own crumptes at home rather than buying them from the store. Such a great winter treat! Original Post HerePin It Here

Do you have a favourite winter treat food that you like to make? Which of these would you make first?

You can follow my Winter Warmers Pinterest Board and my Awesome Party Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration! And you can also follow me here, if you’d like!