Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Snarky Sisters and Stolen Scones


Me and Deb at the 2011 International Christian Retailers Show
Atlanta, GA 
I love my writing critique partner, Deb Raney, and cannot imagine writing a book without her. She's a jewel in every way.

She tells me the truth no matter what. She points out what I'm doing right, along with what I'm doing wrong. She writes snarky little comments in her critique that can talk me back inside off a ledge faster than a Hostess Cream-filled Cupcake. 

After nearly ten years of working together (which is just beyond belief to me), we've developed a frank and honest rapport that I treasure and that makes me a far better writer than I would be on my own.

Plus, she bakes rockin' great scones! View Exhibit A:

Deb Raney's Craisin Pecan Scones
(Apologies to all my GF friends out there, but hey...sometimes only a scone will do)
I know she wouldn't mind me sharing her recipe because we're just the very best of friends. That, and she posted it on her Facebook Page yesterday. I don't want to start a vicious rumor but…I think Deb stole the recipe from Janet Benrey. Just sayin'…

Buttermilk Scones

Ingredients
               All purpose flour – 2 ¼ cups
               Salt – ½ teaspoon
               Baking powder – 1½  teaspoons
               Baking Soda – ½ teaspoon
               Sugar – ¼ cup
               Craisins – 1 cup
               Butter – ½ cup (1 stick) cut in cubes
               Buttermilk – 1 cup (or sour milk or half-and-half)
               1 egg – beaten well

Preparation
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. “Cut” the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarsely ground meal.
Add the raisins and buttermilk. Stir quickly with a fork until the dough is soft and slightly sticky.
Dust your hands with flour and form the dough into a ball on a floured board. Knead gently about ten times. Flatten the dough into a 1″ thick sheet.
Cut 2-inch circles of dough with a cookie cutter or a small drinking glass. (Or drop 2-inch blobs on cookie sheet and flatten with the heel of your hand.) “Paint” the circles of dough with the beaten egg, then bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated 425°F oven. The scones are done when they have a light golden color.
Scones are best served warm, with Devonshire cream (available in many supermarkets) and preserves (usually strawberry or raspberry).

Recipe adapted from Janet Benrey's Hunnechurch’s Buttermilk & Raisin Scones recipe.

And last but not least…

Deb's latest release, After All, is a fabulous story that's receiving rave reviews. Here's a peek:

Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she's finally beginning to heal. But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave-a secret that changes everything she thought about their marriage. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence-for someone else's husband. Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he could have somehow prevented the tragedy? And now it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.


What would life be like without our sisters? I'm so grateful for the sisterhood we share here (and waving to you brave brothers out there too). People who speak the truth into our lives and love us even when knowing our uglies. It makes all the difference as we travel this earthly road together.

Think of one of your closest friends. Can you think of ONE WORD that would describe them? That makes them such a treasure to you?

Tammy

10 comments:

  1. Loved reading this! I adore Deb. She is such a sweetheart. I'm not sure you deserve her but hey, that's what God's grace is all about, isn't it?! :-)

    Those scones yesterday just made my mouth water. Sure would love to sit and have some with you and Deb!

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  2. I've been praying for you all morning, Linda, asking God to give you wisdom, babe. Deb Raney? A sweetheart? Do you TRULY know the woman? I think not.

    And yes! I wish we could share a scone too. Maybe in Orlando?? ;)

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  3. Mmmm...the scones look good! I was trying to think of one word to describe my best friend and it's really hard! I guess I would choose "Godsend". We met when we were little kids at church but weren't close until we were in 10th grade. I was praying for a close friend that was a Christian and I could grow in Christ with. All the sudden we were inseparable! After all these years, across states and even continents, I still feel like we know each other by heart. She lives in Colorado right now and we talk a couple of times a month. I'm so thankful for her!
    Blessings~Stacey

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  4. Love that, Stacey. Godsend... And just think, your "together forever" has only just begun! Appreciate you!

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  5. As always, bless you Tammy, you are such a sweetheart! :) //waving//
    Oh my, how GOOOD must it feel to have someone you can count on, huh? Mrs Raney's book sounds really interesting!...and speaking of which, how about that recipe up there?- keep em' coming friend, because now that summer is here, I'm taking notes.
    AND I cannot WAIT to read A.L.I!! Congrats on those nominations and GREAT reviews!!

    Smiles and sunshines :)

    Ganise

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  6. Ouh, one word that could describe the special people in my life?
    Precious
    Dear me,(sigh). I sure am blessed..

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  7. You know, I understand you liking to share your blog a bit better today. I went to Deb Raney's website to check out her blog -- no wonder the poor girl is on everyone else's blog -- she doesn't have one of her own. Tsk, tsk. These things are such fun.

    I can also see that duct tape comes in handy for everyone. BUT, you're on the top of her 'favorite author's list' - that ought to help with the validating bit...


    waiting... waiting... for your next book

    cheerio =D

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  8. Ganise, great to hear from you! Hope you enjoy the scones, and thanks for those kinds words!

    To Anon, yes...aren't we blessed!

    And Mary-Louise, that made me laugh. I love our sharing too. Whether on blogs, FB or Twitter. It's fun to keep in touch. Bless you for waiting for this next book. It'll be out soon!! ; )

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  9. :) - Smiling here- Anon was me, Tammy! (Forgot the name on the last one)

    Thanx for the reply, have a great evening!

    Ganise

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  10. More than happy to oblige.

    I so thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog the other day, and spent the evening chuckling to myself. You ladies are soo funny.

    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine...

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