Especially now that warmer weather is here, I feel challenged to use my oven less--or at least to consolidate the times when I'm using it. Yesterday, I wanted to make bruschetta for lunch but didn't want to turn on the oven (as I usually would do) for the few minutes it would take to get it nice and toasty. I was recently inspired by this post to make better use of my more efficient toaster oven, so that's what I did.
Later in the day, I wanted to make a thank-you gift for a friend who watched our son while we went to dinner. I thought about taking a loaf of bread, but had already set aside today for baking. Instead, in just a few minutes, I put together a quick jar mix--using ingredients I already had on hand. So easy and thrifty--plus I saved energy--mine and the oven's.
Simple Sweet Scones
in jar: 2 c. white flour, 1/2 c. wheat flour, 1 T. baking powder, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2-2/3 c. dried cranberries and ground walnuts
directions: Mix ingredients of jar with one stick of butter. Slowly add 2/3 c. milk and mix with hands. Divide into two balls, flatten on cookie sheet, and cut into pie-like pieces. Bake for 12 minutes at 425 degrees.