I am so very lucky to be surrounded by incredible girlfriends, these gals right here, I've known for over 12 years. They are all strong, independent, smart, talented, beautiful, thoughtful, hilarious human beings. That bowl on the left? Crack. Mel made crack. White chocolate peppermint popcorn that we completely demolished. The lil cutie on the right is Coby's little girl Tyler. We've been known to have tea time and hour long conversations about our favorite foods on the swing set out back. She's 3.
All together we only see each other once a year at Christmas since we live in different cities. Wine and cheese or a dinner party is a must!
You can see how the guys retire to the TV room. Catch ups require wine. Lots and lots of wine. and when that runs out...tea. and when that runs out, chocolate.
Along with incredible girlfriends come some pretty incredible husbands who make us brunch. When I lived in Calgary, Lance would make a late night run to the store when we craved homemade poutine or well anything really! He loves good bread, so I usually try and bring him back an artisan loaf from Vancouver.
My brunch contribution, white chocolate lavender scones with pear Balinese vanilla butter.
The two lovelies at the table are Catherine and Laura who were also my roommates the first year I moved out to Van. We had some pretty memorable times and some pretty killer potluck parties.
There's never enough catch up time and we're always missing somebody, this year Lois and her husband weren't able to make it back to Canada for Christmas (Hi Lo!).
This is so us. Catch ups are pretty much laughing and eating! I love and adore each and every one of them.
White Chocolate Lavender Cream Scones
Makes approx 12
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tbsp white sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp lavender, finely chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks
1/2 cup butter, cold, cut into chunks
1 cup whipping cream
1 egg, lightly beaten mixed with a splash of whipping cream
2 tbsp coarse raw sugar (for topping)
1. Preheat oven to 400degrees F.
2.In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and lavender.
3. Add butter to dry mix, using a pastry cutter, cut butter down until it resembles pieces the size of peas.
4. Add in cream, stirring just till incorporated with a fork.
5. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, knead just till it comes together, roll out into 3/4 inch square.
6. Cut into triangles, place on a lined baking sheet, brush with egg mixture and raw sugar.
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden.