tea and scones

I had already been toying with the idea of baking up some chocolate chip and walnut scones today, but decided to take the plunge and make them when Will came wandering into the kitchen after lunch anouncing he was still hungry.  I asked if he would like to make scones with me and be my baker’s assistant.  He was really excited about the idea so we washed our hands and got to work.  He helped me measure out the flour, baking powder, salt, etc.  He pushed the button on the food processor when we cut in the cold butter (cause I sure as heck wasn’t in the mood to do that part by hand!) and brushed the pre-baked scones with milk before we popped them into the oven.  We decided to eat our scones together and sip some hot tea like they do across the pond in good old England.

While they were baking and I was washing some of the dishes, Will, in an entrepeneurial spirit, talked about how he wants us to open up our own bakery and work together.  Then, he asked if we could take pictures of our process and post them on Facebook.  I suggested he “paint” a picture of us having our tea party and eating scones and I would post them on the blog.  So, he sat down and learned how to use the Paint program and this is what he came up with:

As you can see, I’m the redhead on the left, Joel is behind me lining up ripped-up pieces of magazine, Maya is in the front, center and Will is on the right.  This picture, and the actual event of us sitting together and sharing tea and scones, made my day like you wouldn’t believe.

Sometimes I worry that Will feels less important in the grand scheme of things.  For starters, he is the middle child, which, from what I understand is an unenviable position.  (Anyone thinking Jan from the Brady Bunch?  Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!).  Add to that the fact that his younger sibling has been diagnosed with Autism and requires so much attention.  Holding that hand of cards can’t be the easiest or most fun for a nine year old boy.  Of course, Husband and I always make a point to express our love for all three of the kids on a regular basis and to find fun activities to do with them to stimulate creativity and learning, etc.  But, because Will and I don’t have a whole lot in common, finding things to do together that we both will enjoy is often tricky.  This was definitely a huge success and I think we will have to schedule more tea time dates in the future.

By the way, those scones were awesome!  Can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow morning.  🙂

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  1. Love that picture! I don’t think I could do that with the paint program. Sounds like a great, bonding experience! So happy for that special tIme for both of you.

  2. He really got into drawing it and we had a good giggle fest in the process. 🙂 I’m going to try to get him and Maya more active in the blog in the future as it is a family-driven thing.

  3. We love making scones too. Our son now asks when we are going to put on our aprons 😀

    I know the worry of a child being left out, due to autism focus on a sibling, and we try to do the same thing because it is important to spend quality time with them. Good job and here’s to more successes!

    • Scones are such a good and easy recipe to do with kids and delicious. That is so cute about the aprons. 🙂
      Thanks so much for the comment and visiting our blog.

  4. That is an awesome picture that Will drew! I was thinking it was you improving your skills yet again. 😛 My older son loves to bake with me too, and it is always makes for some special time together. Glad you found something productive and yummy to do together!

  5. Will sends his “thank you!”. He is really proud of his effort. Aren’t boys so much fun to play around with?

  6. It’s so nice that you’re aware of how your one son’s diagnosis might affect your other children. I wrote a post about siblings a few weeks ago and plan to write more on the topic (since I myself am a sibling). Good for you for making special time for your other kids. I know that must be so difficult to juggle everything.

    • Thank you! It is definitely a one-day-at-a-time kind of existence. I think it really helps that I enjoy hanging out with all of my kids; they each have their own fun and crazy personalities.


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