Strawberry scones (Diabetic friendly)

Yesterday I posted about the way I used some strawberries we picked last summer at Lilley Farms in Suffolk.  It is a U pick and the strawberries are luscious!  We picked about 5 buckets and have some we need to finish up before it is picking time again this year!  I made some Strawberry and Cream biscuits on Sunday.  True to form I made two batches.  The first batch I made just as the recipe indicated.  Then I made a batch using 1/2 white flour and 1/2 white whole wheat flour.  I also substituted light butter for regular butter, Truvia baking blend for sugar and 1% milk for the heavy cream.  That took them from 5 WW points to 3 WW points.  That equals a calorie savings of about 100 calories per biscuit!

Just to make sure they were as yummy as the original I gave a piece of each to The NewYorRican to taste.  She said she couldn’t tell which was which!

Diabetic Strawberry scones 3 WW points

1 1/4 cups white all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder

2 tbsp Truvia baking mix

1/2 teaspoon table salt

6 tablespoons cold, unsalted light butter

1 cup chopped very ripe strawberries

1 cup 1% milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used a Pampered Chef stone, so I did not line with parchment paper)

In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, Truvia and salt together. Add butter, either by cutting it in with two knives or a pastry blender (alternatively, you can freeze the butter and grate it in on the large holes of a box grater).  Cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, breaking it up until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal with tiny pea-sized bits of butter about. Gently stir in the strawberries, so that they are coated in dry ingredient, then stir in heavy cream. (I used a rubber spatula to lift and turn the ingredients over each other.) When you’ve mixed it in as best as you can with the spatula, go ahead and knead it once or twice in the bowl, to create one mass. Do not worry about getting the dough evenly mixed. It’s far more important that the dough is not overworked. (one major difference between this an the cream version is that this batch was much wetter.  So I added another 1/4 cup of white whole wheat flour- noted in the ingredient list above)

Generously flour your counter. Working the dough as little as possible, transfer your dough to the counter.  Generously flour the top of it and with your hands or a rolling pin, gently roll or press the dough out to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch circles with a floured biscuit cutter or top edge of a drinking glass, pressing straight down and not twisting (this makes for nice layered edges) as you cut. Carefully transfer scones to prepared baking sheet, leaving a couple inches between each.

You can re-roll the scraps of dough, but don’t freak out over how wet the dough becomes as the strawberries have had more time to release their juice. They’ll still bake up beautifully.

Bake the scones for 12 to 15 minutes, until bronzed at the edges and the strawberry juices are trickling out of the biscuits in places. Cool in pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes approximately 15 biscuits.

(I apparently rolled my dough too thin as my biscuits were not as tall as the Smitten Kitchens.  I will make them thicker next time)

Cutting the butter with a pastry blender
Cutting the butter with a pastry blender
The dough before rolling.
The dough before rolling.
Rolling out the dough
Rolling out the dough
Before the oven.  Rather than re-roll I put the "scraps" on the pan to bake as well.
Before the oven. Rather than re-roll I put the “scraps” on the pan to bake as well.
Out of the oven on a plate ready to eat!
Out of the oven on a plate ready to eat!

These were especially yummy heated up with a tbsp of sugar free jam on them!

 

 

 

 

Strawberries and Cream biscuits

Last summer we picked strawberries.  And picked strawberries and picked strawberries.  We ate as many as we could, and the rest we cleaned and put into freezer baggies for later enjoyment.  I have about 5 large freezer bags full of strawberries.  Strawberry picking season is only a few months from now, so I decided it was time to use some of the strawberries from last season. Now I will be the first to admit this is NOT a baking/cooking blog, and I am NOT he best baker in town, but I do try to bake as best as I can!

So I searched the internet for s yummy looking strawberry recipe that Bluebell and I could enjoy and came across Strawberries and Cream biscuits from The Smitten Kitchen. 

I decided to make two batches.  One exactly the way The Smitten Kitchen had them, and one with a mix of white and whole wheat flour, sugar substitute and 1% milk to reduce the calories and the Weight Watcher Points.

Strawberries and Cream Biscuits

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
1 cup chopped very ripe strawberries
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used a Pampered Chef stone, so I did not line with parchment paper)

In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, sugar and salt together. Add butter, either by cutting it in with two knives or a pastry blender (alternatively, you can freeze the butter and grate it in on the large holes of a box grater.  Cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, breaking it up until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal with tiny pea-sized bits of butter about. Gently stir in the strawberries, so that they are coated in dry ingredient, then stir in heavy cream. (I like to use a rubber spatula to gently lift and turn the ingredients over each other.) When you’ve mixed it in as best as you can with the spatula, go ahead and knead it once or twice in the bowl, to create one mass. Do not worry about getting the dough evenly mixed. It’s far more important that the dough is not overworked.

Generously flour your counter. With as few movements as possible, transfer your dough to the counter, generously flour the top of it and with your hands or a rolling pin, gently roll or press the dough out to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch circles with a floured biscuit cutter or top edge of a drinking glass, pressing straight down and not twisting (this makes for nice layered edges) as you cut. Carefully transfer scones to prepared baking sheet, leaving a couple inches between each.

You can re-roll the scraps of dough, but don’t freak out over how wet the dough becomes as the strawberries have had more time to release their juice. They’ll still bake up wonderfully.

Bake the scones for 12 to 15 minutes, until bronzed at the edges and the strawberry juices are trickling out of the biscuits in places. Cool in pan for a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes approximately 15 biscuits.

(I apparently rolled my dough too thin as my biscuits were not as tall as the Smitten Kitchens.  I will make them thicker next time)

The calories for each of these biscuits is about 250 each (they are 5 Weight watcher points each). SO if you had a biscuit and some fruit for breakfast you would be fine.  🙂

Strawberries picked last summer and frozen
Strawberries picked last summer and frozen
Ingredients
Ingredients
Cutting the butter with a pastry blender
Cutting the butter with a pastry blender
The dough before rolling.
The dough before rolling.
Rolling out the dough
Rolling out the dough
Before teh oven.  Rather than re-roll I put the "scraps" on the pan to bake as well.
Before the oven. Rather than re-roll I put the “scraps” on the pan to bake as well.

 

Out of the oven on a plate ready to eat!
Out of the oven on a plate ready to eat!

I will say that my biscuits were a little flat (I rolled them too thin). However, they were still super yummy and had a “scone” type look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do when you have an evil stepchild?

This is a subject I have wanted to write about for a very long time.  But couldn’t.  It is a very sensitive subject.  Calling my stepchild evil means I am disparaging the child of the person I love more than anything.  However, after many years of dealing with this issue, and the fact that things are getting worse not better, I have decided it is important to talk about this topic.

The answer to the question: What do you do if you have an evil stepchild? is:  NOTHING!  If you truly love that child’s parent, there is NOTHING you can do. You are powerless.  You can’t become evil in return because the your partner will resent you.  You can’t kick the child out because it will cause your relationship to be ruined.  So, if you have an evil stepchild and their parent does nothing to make it better and you love the parent all you can do is what I do.  Cry.  A lot.  Then you just become numb.

I wish more than anything that when Karol and I blended our families, that the children would have the same love for us and each other that we had, but alas that is a fantasy.  Children of re-coupling have their own emotions to deal with.  Possibly jealousy of the new partner or other children.  A sense of loss for the missing parent. Apprehension about moving in with people they don’t know very well. I get all of that, and Bluebell and I were very realistic about all of those issues.  We also understood that we would have to take it easy on “parenting” each others children at first and let them get to know us better.  We didn’t even stay in the same bedroom in the beginning to give the idea of us being together some time to grow on the children.

I read the books, and researched how to be a stepparent.  We felt as though we were doing things well.  I was prepared for the change, the anxiety, the apprehension, the “figuring things out” stage of our new family.  What I wasn’t prepared for was the brick wall of ice in Karol’s daughter.  We realized rather quickly that L was not taking well to living with three boys, nor was she taking well to another parent in the house.  She was 13 at the time.  So I backed off and let Karol deal with her mostly, however, it was impossible for me to never have to give L any directions or “parenting”.  Karol worked long hours, and I was home with the children more than she was.  There were times I would have to direct L to do chores, or pick up after herself, etc.  Not everything could wait until mommy got home.  L rebelled in a BIG way.  Grew sullen at first then downright disrespectful and rude.  She never acknowledged me.  Never spoke to me. Treated me as if I was invisible.

It was awful!

evil stepdaughter

The next few years of  L being in high school were very difficult.  She lived with us off and on, lived with  her father off and on.  Our relationship never improved much, and I just did the best I could to be kind and considerate towards L for the sake of the love I have for her mother.

L graduated and moved to Minnesota to live with her Aunt.  She had a great job welding and making $10.00 an hour (which is good money for a 18 year old kid).  She was safe, and happy.  Then came the call.  “I want to go to school to be a vet tech.  The schools here in Minnesota are too expensive.  I am moving back to Virginia.”  Of course her coming back had nothing to do with school and everything to do with being lonely and missing her friends and a particular boy.

So Karol told me the news and I braced for it.  L was coming home with no job and very little money.  She had bought a car, but that meant a car payment and no job meant we would have to “help” her out.  She came home, and after about a month of “staying with friends” she asked to move back home.  We had no room for her, but told her she could sleep on the couch and put her stuff in a corner in her brother’s room.  We said she could stay until she “got back on her feet”.

What transpired since then has been pure hell.  She did not want to look for a job.  She only wanted “certain” jobs. She refused to do anything around the house to help.  She got a part time job at Taco Bell, then quit.  She got a part time job at Mrs. Fields then got fired. She was pleasant for the first two weeks, then became sullen, moody, and disrespectful.  Mostly towards me.

This is where the crying comes in.  She is a horrible mean person, and I am STUCK!  She won’t even take out the trash!  I will say that in the 6 months she has lived with us she has voluntarily emptied the dishwasher three times, but to me that doesn’t really count.

I am stuck because of the fact that I am not her mother.  If that was MY kid, I would have put her out!  Made her figure out where to stay and how to get her act together.  She would NOT be allowed to live in my house, use my electricity, my water, eat my food and be so disrespectful.

However, Karol is cut from a different cloth.  She feels as though it is her responsibility to “help” her daughter and take care of her.  She does fuss at her, and yell at her to be respectful and help out.  But the bottom line is that makes no difference to L.  She is almost 21 for goodness sake!! She knows that her mom won’t put her out so she just does as she pleases.  She doesn’t care if her mom yells at her. She takes it, and then just goes back to her normal routine.  She doesn’t even apologize.

Now, I suppose you may think I can tell Karol to make a choice, or force her to put her daughter out, and while those options are available to me, if I were to do either one of them, it would damage our relationship beyond repair.  Karol would never truly forgive me, and it would ruin the best relationship I have ever had.  I am not willing to do that, so I suck it up, and know that this will eventually end.

L did get a job recently.  A very good job making $16.00 an hour.  However, she won’t start for another three weeks.  Then of course it will take about a month for her to save up enough money to move out into her own place.    I do see a light at the end of the tunnel for THIS time, but the truth is this will never be over completely.

L recently told her mother, “I don’t like Carol. I don’t want to have a relationship with her.” So my life with Karol will consist of me doing the best I can to be cordial to a young lady who is cruel and unkind.  This is tolerable to me as long as L doesn’t live with us, and I only have to deal with her occasionally.

When we fall in love we don’t realize that if that person has children it is going to be an uphill battle, and sometimes you will never get to the top of the hill.  The walk up the hill can be heartbreaking, but for me I focus on the other side of the hill, when Karol and I are still hand in hand and L is on the other hill.

On a side note, the relationship I have with Karol’s son is awesome, and the one she has with my boys is amazing also.  The 5 of us have a family, and we laugh, and love each other.

L doesn’t want to be a part of that family, and after much talking, and shouting and crying Bluebell and I have come to that conclusion. Karol understands what L does, and how she treats me.  It makes her very sad, because she would never have expected her child to be so unkind and nasty. Especially to someone who has done so much for her. Karol feels badly about it, but she just can’t bring her self to kick her daughter out of our house, so until the day comes that she moves out on her own, I am stuck living with an Evil Stepchild.

I know there are many other people who are going through what I am going through or something very similar but people just don’t want to talk about it.  It is time we stepparents of evil stepchildren come together to support each other!!