October 15, 2015


Even a GRITS girl can make a good scone!
Girls Raised in the South! 

Estelle's is "head- over -HIGH-heels" in love with the new
PBS Masterpiece showing of

This setting just called for afternoon Tea Time
Sweet Cream Scones with cream and Plum Jam
along with
some Downton Abbey Estate Blend tea.

If you are a fan of BBC productions, you will quickly fall in love
with this new series! 

Home Fires, is the series inspired by Julie Summers’ non-fiction book, “Jambusters. It is a 6-part series tht has recently debuted on PBS Masterpiece. The lovely BBC film creation gives a fascinating social history of the WI, Women's Institute, during WWII (when its members included the future Queen Elizabeth II, along with her mother and grandmother. 

As the conflict takes hold, separating women from their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, those
left behind find themselves under increasing and extraordinary pressures in a rapidly fragmenting world. Together, they form the Great Paxford Women’s Institute, whose sole purpose is to help maintain the nation’s fabric in its darkest hour. While the members of the isolated village couldn’t feel further away from the impending bloodshed and battlefields, they soon find out they are not immune from the effects of war 

While Home Fires is set in Cheshire, it is also filmed there. The series was shot in Bunbury village which knows the effect of World War II all too well. In 1940, the village was attacked by a German aircraft returning from a night raid on Liverpool. The plane dropped surplus bombs over the village, destroying shops to a point beyond repair. Home Fires is showing on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday evenings at 8:00 PM Central time.

Now, how about that tea time!  

The Downton Abbey Estate Blend Tea
can be found at
World Market.
It is described as
Earl Gray black tea infused with
bergamot orange oil and vanilla. 

Sweet Cream Tea Scones
2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
2 T. sugar
 pinch of salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (and 1T. reserved)
one egg
1/3 cup salted butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
Measure out 1/2 cup, plus 1 T. buttermilk in a measuring cup.
Add the egg, and mix well.
Place all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add the cold butter.
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with two knives
until the mixture is fine and crumbly.
Mix in the buttermilk/egg mixture.
Combine gently.
Place the dough onto a floured surface and gently roll out to
3/4-inch to 1-inch rectangle and cut with biscuit cutter.
Place on a ungreased cookie sheet and brush with remaining
buttermilk/egg mixture. 
Bake for about 18 minutes untill golden brown.
Serve with jam and sweet cream. 

It's Foodie Friday!!!


  1. This series sounds so good. I must start watching even if I am late to the party. The scones look beautiful.

    1. You will enjoy this show can probably watch the first two showings on PBS website!

    2. I just started watching this show on!

  2. Thank you for the head's up on this series. I will start watching it this weekend. My kind of show, And those scones...good golly miss molly. :)

    1. Hi Deb! I know you will love this series. PBS is showing the first episode on line, so you can easily begin the series! Hope you try the scones....enjoy and hugs!

  3. That series sounds wonderful. I am so "out of it" that I have not even heard of that series. I am going to look for it.
    Those scones look fabulous and now I am craving one---even though I gave up flour and sugar for a month. I might have to close my eyes when I visit your xo Diana

    1. I so hope you enjoy the scone recipe Diana! have a wonderful weekend ahead and thank you for visiting today! Hugs to you!

  4. I was wondering about that series. I'll have to go and try to find it to DVR it. The scones look so good!
    ellen b.

  5. My mouth is watering! I'll have to look into that new program as I'm trying to get myself ready for this being Downton Abby's last season:-( XOXO

  6. Sounds wonderful and your scones look amazing.

    I have a question for you....looks like you've mastered the art of making your pictures the same width in blogger. Can you explain that to me?

  7. I look forward to watching the Home Fires, not sure if it is out on DVD yes here in Australia. Oh, those scones look fantastic, you certainly have the knack. Not everyone is good at making them. I've seen some specimens that coyld smash a window, if thrown! Hehe! :)

  8. Hello, Thanks for sharing his program, I looked on my DVD recordings and it is on there! I do enjoy PBS and most of their programs! I will watch the first one soon! And really those scones are delicious looking. How much do you weigh?? ;o)
    Love your posts and your Blog...
    Hugs, Roxy

  9. Fabulous! I just baked up some scones myself! Thanks for the heads up about the show, I will watch!

    Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade

  10. Oh this series sounds quite delicious. And do I recognize the actor who plays what looks like the Lead Lady? Yes! Francesca Annis !!! I love her!

    And have you ever had scones with clotted cream? We did once, in a little tea shop on Cape Cod. They said it was real clotted cream, anyway. Mmmmm, what is clotted cream anyway? Must look that up! :-)

    Enjoy October!

  11. -clapping hands- 11 comments from readers! Wonderful! I have been "flumoxed" as to why, why, why your beautiful blog posts, do not get "oooodles" of comments. You know I have. I have said so. Wonderingly.

    Well lookie-here! Either more ladies have found you. Orrrrrrrrr.... More probably, more have decided to do the nice thing, and actually leave a comment here!

    Don't care whether it was 'finding' or finally getting 'nice'... Just so happy to see your posting work (and it IS work!) being appreciated.

    Lots of hugs,

    1. You have made my day, dear Tessa! I appreciate anyone who takes time to read my blog and especially when they leave a note of kindness and appreciation. If it inspires anyone to enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, family's all good! I have had clotted cream on scones....buttery and divine! Hope you enjoy this BBC production....worth watching! Have a lovely weekend and as always...hugs!!!


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