remembering esther

does your parchment paper begin to burn even below 400℉ as sides of mine do?

Every Labor Day I remember a neighbor named Esther. A dear and very talented woman, I once asked what she did on Labor Day.  I always labor on Labor Day, she said. And now, so do I, in her memory.

edible, but not too…

Had been telling myself all week that it’ll be September soon and time to bake scones again.


Labor Day weekend’s goal was peppery olive oil scones with Parmesan cheese (from this book).

NOTE added 5 Sept.: This recipe is made specifically for olive oil, not butter. It is not a simple substitution! Read remarks in Alston’s introduction, available here as she specifically discusses substitutions!

Remembering I’m not fond of whole wheat (wholemeal) flour in this recipe I used plain, and decided to try Greek yogurt instead of soured-with-lemon milk.

Big mistake because Greek yogurt isn’t nearly as runny as buttermilk or plain yogurt and the dough wouldn’t form into a ball.

I added milk several times, albeit in tiny amounts. That overworked the dough.

rather dense . . .

I used a different combination of herbs, and didn’t get enough to add much flavour.

The just out-dated flour and baking powder probably didn’t help.

At least they didn’t burn!   😳

Neither did the loaf of wheat bread I threw into the machine this afternoon. Mind you, I almost forgot the salt. And the paddle – an essential if you expect the machine to do any mixing or kneading.

Ah! Home-made bread to toast in the morning.

On the sewing front, am making progress with the winter fabric, washing and loading into large zip plastic bags. Now just need to do a bit of a sort and it should be done. Unless I find another pile in some deep, dark corner . . .


using up yarn.

15 thoughts on “remembering esther”

  1. How very organised with your fabrics. I really need to get into that habit – although I normally do pre wash them when they first come into the house.

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    1. Thank you!
      As my stash has grown, so has my need for organisation. Unfortunate on several levels.
      Good fabrics are few & far between in so many areas over here. If you find a good source, often their shipping doesn’t match fabric quality.
      Sometimes I feel its a conspiracy against home sewers.


  2. Scones are temperamental I find – getting them just right is difficult.
    I admire the fact that you are so organised with your planning for winter sewing, you know exactly what fabric to wash in preparation. As usual, I haven’t even given it a thought yet apart from preparing to sew up a big fluffy cardigan I finished knitting in the spring, then left unsewn because I knew I wouldn’t be wearing it until at least November.

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    1. Your fluffy cardi sounds wonderful! I don’t knit, but greatly admire all you who do. Haven’t lived long enough in colder climes I guess.

      Thank you so much! But can’t take credit as I didn’t sort and store my winter fabrics properly when I did the others.

      Its really been a “Better Late Than Never” task. And a necessity …

      There are b-u-g-s down South, and plastic zip bags keeps them out of fabric.
      Normally I wash fabrics right away, in case the urge to cut comes and the fabric hasn’t been washed. Then I store in zipped plastic bags. I’ve found it’s neater and easier to troll through what I’ve got. And know there aren’t any critters.


    1. Thanks, Su. Will try to get the recipe on-line for you, as there’s probably certain things that need amounts adjusted. It’s not just a straight swap of oil for butter. Unfortunately!

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    2. Su, I apologise for any misunderstanding! Have added a NOTE to the post because your comment got me thinking.
      Its not a straight substitution of oil for butter. The recipe is specifically for olive oil. Do read what she writes about the use of fats, and experiment!

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