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.  🙂