Last night, Jason and I did indeed go downtown.
I told you I was determined.
We walked all over the place, from one end to the other. We had hot dogs at Hot Dog King, finally granting Jason the wish he makes every single time we can come down here. We walked all around Falls Park, back up and around through the crowd who had shown up for a music show that was being put on for free.
We walked past just as they were playing "Ball of Confusion", which is my number 2 "greatest political song ever written" on my own personal list. So of course I had to jam. And by jam, I mean "nod my head along with the beat because to dance would probably mean someone would think I was having a seizure."
Once we had walked until my legs ached, thanks to having taken a long walk around the apartment complex myself in the morning and having done my full hour in the fitness center in the early afternoon, we stopped at Coffee Underground and just relaxed for a little while. I think I am becoming a one-woman ad campaign for Coffee Underground at this point... I've probably brought it up here something like five times at this point.
But- and this is important- at Coffee Underground... they have pumpkin syrup. So I had an iced pumpkin latte and I cannot even explain how much I miss pumpkin syrup when I cannot have it.
However, that got my mind a-whirlin' about pumpkins, and the various things one can do with them. We've had a can of pumpkin languishing in the cupboard for some time, the victim of me deciding I would absolutely make smoothies with it, and then not doing that at all.
So I went hunting for recipes, and found a recipe for Pumpkin Pecan scones that looked really promising. There was just one problem: I didn't have pecans, I didn't have buttermilk, and my canned pumpkin? Turned out to be the canned pumpkin pie stuff.
Oh yeah. We're experts at this stuff, clearly.
So I sat, and stared at the recipe for a while. A friend on facebook helpfully told me you can substitute milk and a touch of vinegar for buttermilk, so that solved that problem. I could still use the pumpkin pie stuff; I just wouldn't need the same level of seasonings.
And we have sunflower seeds.
There was indeed a light bulb over the head moment for me.
So I made absolutely certain I had everything else, and went to bed knowing what I would do first thing in the morning.
"First thing" being, oh, 10 A.M. when I crawled out of bed. Don't give me that look... I didn't go to bed until 1:30 A.M.! There was reading to be done!
In any case, when I finally got up this morning, I did indeed make the scones.
And there are indeed delicious.
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