Though I feel I have been on the run for months, traveling, working, commuting and so on, not a single person is immune to the massive standstill that a natural disaster will bring. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, power is out, there is no Internet or cable, my home is covered in trees and well, there isn’t much one can do until someone is able to [literally] turn the light back on. When the wind was whipping and the trees were falling around us, I proudly showed my mom our emergency bag. And how exactly, were we supposed to escape with said emergency bag? She wanted to know. Curses! A major hole in my plan! (One of the many reasons I would be useless in a career as an evil mastermind; Ref: Pinky and the Brain.) Trains were and still are shut down. So here I am, sitting in a Whole Foods. Unable to go to work but feeling so, so grateful that my family and friends are safe, protected and our concerns for rebuilding are minimal. So many were not nearly as lucky and to them my heart goes out.
On a lighter note, in the hours leading up to the storm, my mom, cousin and aunts and I were filming faux commercials and sending them to each other via group text. (Hahaha… don’t ask me to send them to you because I won’t.) We were also poppin’ bottles, eatin’ snacks and I was of course, baking. With nothing else to do, I finally had the time to do it! And God knows there is nothing more comforting and soothing to my ears than hearing that white Kitchen Aid whir.
So I made cookies… and bread… and scones… and cookies again. The scones were purposely festive and I am excited to share them with you here, on Halloween! I am totally in love with Joy the Baker’s foolproof scone recipe, which can be found in her book, and used that as the foundation for my Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Scones. I used to make scones with a purely butter and flour base, but feel the rolled oats are a brilliant addition in creating a more easily molded dough.
…And don’t you just love the colors? Bright orange studded with dark, chocolate chunks; perfect for Halloween. Click below for the recipe!