Friday, March 18, 2011

Brilliant Brunch: Cranberry Cinnamon Scones AND A GIVEAWAY!

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Truthfully, for my 100th blog post I wanted something special.  I really so wanted to use the cod recipe from Wednesday because to me, that was really an achievement, but this recipe is a delicious one so I'm excited it's getting a prominent feature!  There's been a lot of fun in the past 6 months, since The Growing Foodie got started.  I've enjoyed every post, and kitchen mess. 

This recipe is so easy and a perfect breakfast when you need to grab and run!  These have dried cranberries in it which makes them very healthy.  I even cut back on sugar a little and add some extra cinnamon, to make them even more healthy!  Since we're going away this weekend, I needed breakfast for us for next week.  These are perfect because they easily stay for a week.  I adapted them from this simple scone recipe.  Substitute whatever your family likes best!

Onto the giveaway!  The giveaway is basically a basket of "my favorite things".  It includes (but is not limited to) Penzey Spices, favorite products (many of which have been reviewed here),  and this wonderful cookbook!  This is a go-to cookbook of mine, and I hope that it will become that for someone else as well.  I wasn't compensated for this, so it's all my hard-earned money and love, which I think makes it pretty substantial.  It's the perfect culmination of 100th post, 6 months blogging, my 25th birthday, and the start of spring!  Lots to celebrate...
Cranberry Cinnamon Scones
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of cold salted butter, chopped into tablespoons
2/3 cup of milk (I use skim)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.  Then, drop the butter into the mixture.  Use your hands to combine, forming crumbs.  Then, add the milk and cranberries and stir JUST until the dough forms.  Then, in the bowl, knead the dough 4-5 times.  Split the dough in half and put each one in a greased 9-inch circle pan.  Score the top and bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Split into 8 wedges and serve warm or cold.  These stay good for up to 10 days in an airtight container!

Now for the important stuff...how to enter!  You must be a blog follower of mine and you must leave a comment on this post.  One week from today (3/25), I will close the giveaway and use random.org to pick the winner!  Since the beginning, I've been lucky to have other bloggers inspire and encourage me, and other people actually enjoy listening to what I have to say!  Currently, that amounts to 12 followers.  Each of you, if you choose to participate, will receive one extra comment.  Just comment here twice and add in the second comment that you were an "original" follower. 
Again, thank you everyone for making 6 months of blogging, and almost 8 months of cooking contesting so much fun and extremely rewarding.  I know I'd still be blogging if no one was reading, but it's nice that so many of you do!

Until the next time my oven is on...

55 comments:

  1. What's wrong with you? You're supposed to GET birthday presents, NOT give them away! ;) I love scones in any shape or flavor! Got away from making them somehow. I was pretty much making them every weekend for a while there. Don't feel bad about having what LOOKS like so few followers. I know just how it feels. The thing you're not accounting for though is people (like me) who aren't necessarily "following" you here where you can see, but DO follow you through Google Reader. I'll link up here too, just to make you feel better. ;)

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  2. "Original" follower through Google Reader - "New" follower through Friends Connect. :)

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  3. Happy 100th post! I'm pretty sure I'll run out of ideas before I reach that point. These scones look fantastic. I love your favorite things giveaway.

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  4. Hey friend! I follow you too and am loving what you are creating for sure. And you have 13 followers............:-)

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  5. In I am a follower too.....and if I win, that means you and John have to come here for dinner so that you can deliver the basket!

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  6. I follow through gfc. I would love this.


    slb3334@gmail.com

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  7. Looks yummy...can't wait to give them a try!!
    Marcia

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  8. I'm a new follower and I'm glad I found your blog. I would love to enter and I can't wait to read more of your recipes and see your photos! I know it will be fun to slowly sift through your blog archives too. Congrats on your success so far!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I'm a new follower. I love following foodie blogs. They really inspire me to try new products and recipes. LKVOYER at aol dot com

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  10. New GFC follower

    I always thought sconewere hard to make. I'm definitely going to try your recipe!

    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

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  11. I'm a brand new google friend who loves good food.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  12. New GFC follower and those scones looks scrumptious!!!

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  13. Happy 100th Blog Post, happy birthday and happy spring! I'm a new Google Friend Connect follower (and I see your followers have now doubled since the original 12, so it's another milestone!).

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  14. Happy 100th Blog Post i follow this blog publicly on GFC-i love Scones always looking for new recipes to make them

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  15. im a gfc follower and id like to win crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  16. i am a new follower
    joni dot taylor3710 at gmail dot com

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  17. I'm a new GFC follower.
    Congrats on your 100th post!

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  18. New follower - Tonya Dean. I've never made scones before but your recipe sounds really good. Thanks.

    tdlsfm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I am now following with GFC. Congrats on 100 posts! Those scones look delicious.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

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  20. New follower (JennS). Looking forward to reading your posts and trying your recipes. The scones look and sound wonderful.

    jas8929 at gmail dot com

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  21. I follow on GFC. I love, love, love Penzey's Spices. They have the best stuff.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  22. New follower, Scone Lover & Penzey fanatic so count me in!
    nrdunningATgmailDOTcom

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  23. happy birthday and congrats on the 100th post.....the scones look delicious!

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  24. I am a new follower. All the best! LeanS12(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. i am a new follower! these look delicious and i cant deny a good scone..mmmm!!!

    shyne1111@gmail.com

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  26. I'm a new follower. Really looking forward to looking through your blog. I have a blog similar to this under another email and I love searching out new recipes. Food is wonderful!

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  27. I had a chance to try the scones recipe and it was delicious! And thanks for hosting the contest!

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  28. i'm a new gfc follower stracey2010
    stracey2010@live.com

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  29. Happy 100th blog post following via gfc
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  30. These scones look great. I'm going to have to try making them this weekend.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I am a GFC follower (calvad). Happy 100th post! calvad at aol dot com

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  32. I'm a new gfc follower. Congrats on your 100th post!

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  33. I now following The Growing Foodie and love your site! Congrats on your 100th post!
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  34. I'm a new follower publicly as Emma Peel. Would like to try the cranberry scone recipe it sounds good.

    emmaspeel(at)gmail.com

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  35. i am a follower on gfc susansmoaks
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  36. I follow you via GFC. Congrats on all of your milestones!
    Good luck everyone!
    Thanks a bunch! :o)
    casadelreed at embarQmail dot com

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  37. follow via GFC susan1215

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  38. I'm a follower on GFC pamelashockley
    It's nice of you to share some of your favorites with us! Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  39. I follow via GFC and this looks like a great recipe

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

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  40. Congrats on your 100th! I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

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  41. Congratulations! I'm a new follower: Atreau.

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