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Fabulous Foodie Swap (For Bloggers & Non Bloggers alike!!)

There are few things in life that get me as excited as a new jar of some kind of exotic spice, a bag of organic coffee, or something as special as black truffle oil...I have a mild obsession with food. But before you judge me and label me as a total weirdo/fatty, hear me out...

My reason for loving food is not because I just have insane cravings to eat ALL THE TIME. No, I love food because of the mystery of it all. Thousands of flavor combinations, textures, colors, and varieties are out there to be tried. These are all things that come from the Earth, which our Heavenly Father created (with his voice). Food fascinates me, and it really brings me to worship. 

Now feel free to judge me and label my as a psycho now, but it is true. The complex flavor of curry married with coconut, lime, cilantro and chicken moves me y'all. I am amazed that the Lord gifted so many wonderful things for us to eat and enjoy. We get to use our own creativity and come up with whatever we can dream in our kitchens with the elements the Lord placed here on earth. 

That. is. amazing. 

So I am not a foodie for the sake of being snobby about food. I am a foodie because food is just plain amazing!

For Christmas my little brother gave me an amazing box of goodies. Inside the box I found, wild berry honey, pink Himalayan salt, cinnamon sticks, rosemary and garlic spice rub, and black truffle oil. I squealed. I was so excited about this simple but thoughtful gift. Later I found myself in TJMaxx with some Christmas money and before I knew it I was checking out with a bag of gourmet organic espresso coffee (whole bean of course), roasted red peppers, whole lavender buds, Vietnamese cinnamon and sweet Spanish paprika...I was like a giddy 5 year old in a candy shop. 

So this got my wheels so turning. I loved that sweet little food box from my brother, and I wanted to create some kind of way for other people to get to enjoy that happy feeling! So thus was born the fabulous foodie swap! 

This is a simple food swap in which you will be paired with another participant, receive info on your partners likes and dislikes, and then send them goodies right to their door. The spending limit is $15, so it is affordable but still enough to really get some great items for your partner! 

Here are all the important dates- 

January 5th-10th

 - Sign Ups are open

January 12th

 - Partners will be emailed out! 

January 19th

 - Deadline for mailing out your goodies! 

January 27th

 - Swap Link Up on Oh Simple Thoughts!

I hope you will join in on this fun little swap and help me spread the word! Feel free to use the graphic below on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and so on! Use #fabulousfoodieswap so we can all follow along! 

SIGN UP HERE!

Cranberry Orange Rosemary Scones

Food is my love language I have officially decided! Over the Holiday season I found myself aimlessly wandering through several stores like Home Goods, TJMaxx, and Target, always to end up in the same place...the food section.

I am absolutely in awe of the endless combinations of flavors and ingredients that are created from things given to us by the Lord here on earth. Spice blends, varieties of honey, oils, and more, I just found myself so captivated. I LOVE cooking, I enjoy so much getting lost in the kitchen and creating something new with unique flavors. 

So of course I had to share this scone recipe with you. I took a basic recipe for scones and adapted it to fit my flavor profile...it is amazing. Full of seasonal ingredients that are plentiful and cheap right now, these scones are sure to bring a smile to your face! 

Cranberry Orange Rosemary Scones. The perfect balance between buttery goodness and citrusy bite. They are flaky and tender, and packed with flavor and texture. And they are just so pretty!!!

INGREDIENTS 

1 cup (two sticks) cold butter, cubed

3 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

5 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup cold heavy cream

1 egg

1/2 cup chopped, fresh cranberries

1 tablespoon chopped, fresh rosemary

zest of one orange

raw sugar for topping

powder sugar for glaze

orange juice

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles course meal. Add cranberries. orange zest and rosemary, stir to combine. 

Whisk egg and heavy cream together, slowly add to flour mixture. The mixture will be crumbly. Pour the whole bowl, crumbs and all out onto a well floured surface. Working quickly form into a disk and roll out until it is about 3/4 of an inch. 

Cut an X in the dough. Then make another cut down the middle and to the side to make 8 scones. Place scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Until slightly golden, do not allow edges to begin to brown. 

For Glaze

Combine orange juice, and powder sugar until a very thick but pourable consistency. Pour over the top of cooled scones. Sprinkle scones with raw sugar. 

ENJOY!

These are simple but unique. Elegant to serve for an afternoon tea party but simple enough to enjoy with a cup of coffee curled up in your pjs in the morning! 

The best part is that this scones recipe can be adapted to so many flavor combinations. I would love to try cherry almond, lavender, chai tea or earl grey, or maybe even something savory like cheddar dill! 

What combinations would you like to try? 

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