My goal this year is to say ‘no’ more often. No, I cant do that for you. No, I cant bake that for you. No, I can’t see you today. No, I can’t make that night out. No, I don’t need that extra slice of cake (well that’s rediculous, clearly but you catch my drift!). Usually in the throw of the New Year resolution excitement I get caught up in trying to improve my life, and somehow I always think this should involve doing more. Having spent the last few years having babies and moving houses, I have realised how quickly the years can run away. I have decided this is the year to do nothing! Live for myself, please myself for a change. By saying ‘no’ to more things I’m hoping this will give me more time to just live. To have days with my family on the couch – days where I’m not so brutaly exhausted that I have to be on the couch, but am there because I want to be. So much of my time has been taken up trying to please everyone else that I often wonder late at night if I’m really happy. For the last two weeks I can safely say I have been, we have had an amazing festive time, spent with close family and friends having so much fun together that it really opened my eyes to what I can have at my fingertips if i just slow down enough to enjoy it. So although I will still be going out, still baking most days, no doubt some weeks still taking on too much and undoubtedly have exhausted days I am going to make a definite effort to be a bit more selfish. I will still be here for anyone who needs me whenever they need me, but shall be putting myself first. No one will really suffer after all, I am not the beginning or end to anyones universe. How many of us are guilty of believing that we are? I certainly won’t be letting anyone down if I can help it, just being a bit more judicial with my time. After all ‘Its my life and I aint gonna live forever’ to quote my man Bon Jovi!
Hope you all enjoyed your festive period and the horror or returning to work wasn’t to bad! Here’ to the Happiest of New Years!
Pic above is a frehsly baked batch of cheese scones!
200g s.r. flour, 50g softened butter, 100g grated cheese, pinch salt, 1tspn baking powder, 90ml milk (you can add a pinch of cayenne if you like or mustard powder for a nice kick, for the best scones ever fry some bacon until crispy and crumble into mix before adding the milk).
Rub butter into the flour, baking powder and salt.
Pour in 3/4 of milk to begin with and stir until forms a soft dough, you dont want it sticky at all so only add as much milk as you need.
Press dough out roughly to a circle shape about 2inch thick with the palm of your hand you dont need a rolling pin. Cut out your prefered scone size and place on baking tray, not too close together. Brush with a little milk.
Bake for 12-15min. Cool a little then spread with butter and enjoy!