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Claire
loving my new Suzuki SX4
eating lots of cabbage slaw
reading Cain and Abel (Sunday School lesson this week…3 yr olds)
wearing cat eyes as often as possible
making decorations for my 10 yr high school reunion
watching Hercule Poirot (huge BBC/PBS fan)

The New Year was welcomed in with the flu and a BIOS corruption in my laptop. So the search for the perfect replacement ensued. The purchase required three major decisions:

1. Mac or PC
Ahh, the ever present question in the computer world. I have always dreamed of owning a Mac. But when I was adding up the costs for not only the computer, but needing to buy Office for Macs, and reformatting many of the programs I had and use on a PC the decision made itself. I was sticking with a PC.

2. Brand
What I found next was the panicky feeling I get when walking down the shampoo isle. Volumizing, cleansing, moisturizing, curling, straightening, and the list goes on when all I really wanted is a shampoo that cleans my hair. The computer section is similar. Dell, HP, Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba, and so on when all I really want was a laptop whose BIOS wasn’t corrupted and whose battery lasted longer than two minutes. To make a long story short, I’ve had bad experiences with Dell and HP. I researched a few other branded and I decided to try Lenovo.

3. What the heck kind of Lenovo?
I needed one that would run Adobe Creative Suite, decent screen size but still portable, lightweight, and nice to look at. This is what I ended up with:

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A Lenovo IdeaPad U430, isn’t it cute.

Scones

“ScAWns” (in honor of the British) translation: Scones

Firstly, let me note that this recipe came from an online site, which I can’t remember and have changed a bit to correspond with the ingredients I normally have on hand.

Secondly, I will suggest this recipe as a complement to TV series such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes,  Call the Midwife, and a slew of other Masterpiece Theatre programs.

Downton Abbey

(click image to watch Downton)

Sherlock

(click image to watch Sherlock)

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 table spoons unsalted butter, frozen

1/2 cup FUN (blueberries, chocolate chip, dried any fruit)

1/2 greek yogurt

1 large egg

Instructions

1. In one bowl, combine dry ingredients.

2. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients.

3. Grate frozen butter into dry ingredients. Using a fork, mix until mealy in texture.

4. Add wet ingredients slowly. Mix with fork until mostly combined. Add FUN/ mix-in

5. Form into triangles or desired shape on baking sheet. (it may be worthwhile to grease sheet)

6. Bake at 400 degrees F (sometimes I bake them at 375) for 15 to 20 minutes or until they can be pierced with a toothpick without leaving residue.