Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mom's New Phone (and a recipe)

Despite having a blog our mom is not always the most tech savvy person, she had what was pretty much the oldest phone ever, not only was it a bar phone, but the back had fallen off and mom lost it.  We told her we needed a cool phone so we could network with east but for months she didn't listen.

Finally last week she got the I-Phone 5

"Cool mom, now I can tweet, and post, and Instagram from anywhere!"
Mom is really liking Instagram (we can't seem to easily embed photos in our post so if you cant see them in the post there is a feed on the side of the blog):  If you are on Instagram maybe you could follow us, right now we have only 2 followers which is kind of sad (we have a little link on the side of the blog).  It took mom forever and numerous false starts but she finally realized how to put her  Instagrams into this post.  I think you will agree the ones of us are best.

Now for the recipe, even though its poisonous to dogs.  Mom and Dad really like Rhubarb and as Rhubarb season is pretty short mom likes to take advantage.  This morning,  she made Rhubarb Scones the recipe is from Food 52, but mom changed it a little, (she also thought the instructions where a big vague).

Rhubarb Scones

3 stalks of Rhubarb sliced thin (or diced if you are not going to use the food processor) 
2 1/2 cups cake flour plus 5 tbsps
1 tbsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick cold butter, diced
1/2 cup vanilla sugar (you can make vanilla sugar by putting a vanilla bean in a tupperware container or jar with some about a pound of sugar and leaving at least over night, it will last forever.  Alternatively if you don't want to make vanilla sugar you can add a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to the dough).
3/4 cup heavy cream plus 1 tbsp

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Mix the rhubarb with 3 tbsp vanilla sugar.  Mix the flour and salt and baking powder together in a bowl or in the food processor.  Add the butter and cut in with two knives or pulse in the food processor, the mixture should have chunks of butter about the size of small peas.   Add the sugar and pulse or mix quickly.   Add the rhubarb and pulse a few times or mix.   Add the cream and mix or pulse gently until the dough comes together.  Transfer to a floured surface and pat out into a 9 inch round with floured hands.  Slice the circle into about 8-10 triangles.   Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet  and bake 20 minutes, rotating once, until just barely golden.


  1. My MOM's phone is a Android. AND it has a cracked screen because after dropping it the 12th time it finally cracked. I said we should get a new phone. BUt she said "why it still works". Oh sure if you don't need the letter "H" or use the numbers on the touch screen. MOM tried Instagram for a week but has not been back since.

  2. Woohoo! Welcome to the dark side :)

    My mom recently got an iPhone 5 and she's still learning the ropes, but she loves it.

    Taking pictures and uploading them for blogging just got that much easier with an iPhone. Have fun!

  3. Nice photos! My mama is doing the instagrammings too - she says maybe I can has my own account one day, but for now I gots enough social medias. We will look for you on instagram. The scones look delicious! too bad they no is for dogs...


  4. These are beautiful photos! I've not heard of Instagram. I'm not tech savvy is all I can handle, haha.

  5. We are not on Instragram but if we were we would follow. We still have our dumb phone and it is staying that way here but we bet mum will have loads of fun once she gets use to it. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. mummy is on instagram but she's not very good at using it, but i'll get her to try to find you

  7. Congratulations on the iPhone! Mom loves hers. A few tips. Get a good case. It's an investment for your sanity and your phone. And take a class at the Apple store. They'll show you tips and tricks to figure out this unbelievable piece of technology that you now own. The class is great, especially if you've never had an Apple product before.

  8. What cool cool photos! We do not have a phone-- can you beleive it-- cause no cell towers in the trees and stuff.
    But your mom is so lucky to have that phone.

  9. yay! welcome to instagram! i absolutely love it! it is probably my favorite social media thingy! i didn't have a smart phone until the summer and i love my iphone 4. i really like the app afterlight for editing photos. it is only 99 cents (or it was when i bought it) and it has lots more filters and tools to make your doggy pictures even better! i use it all the time!

  10. Great pics, and fresh scones are so yummy!

  11. Oh, no! Now I am the only blogger with a horribly old phone! I'll catch up one day soon. You are going to have so much fun. Scones...yum!

  12. Mum's phone came from the Stone Age we think.
    Mmmm, we love scones, specially with jam and cream.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  13. Wow a new Iphone 5..My Humom would love that.. Scones that is so English and we love them :) xx00xx

    WRN...You are not the only blogger with an old phone, you should see our house brick..BOL

    Mollie and Alfie

  14. Yea! I love my iphone! But I haven't tried instagram yet either...I can barely manage the blog :) and now I have played with twitter a little but still don't realy know what I'm doing there...guess Ill have to add one more thing to learn to the list :)...gotta keep up with my kids too! Love Pinterest too but havent got on that in a while. You'll LOVE your new phone!! My old one was a Razr and I still use it as a bad up alarm clock, backless too! :)

  15. Congrats on the new phone! I don't do instagram... sorry! Love that recipe! Love scones and always run out of creative ideas for rhubarb. Thanks!

  16. Mom loves her iPhone too!
    I'm not on Instagram, but I am on Twitter...

    If you join Twitter, we can tweet with each other, in addition to blogging with each other :)

  17. Our Mom is addicted to that Instagram too! Watch out... there will be a phone stuffed in your face 24/7 now!

    - Zeus

  18. I didn't know you could put the Instagram photos on the blog. Will have to try it.

    My human Mom loves rhubarb too. Especially strawberry rhubarb pie.

  19. I just got the iPhone 4S and I still don't get the whole instagram thing. When I figure it out, I'll be sure to follow your mom. :-)

  20. Congrats to your mom for finally getting a new phone! Make sure to tell her to take care of it so she can play with it for a long time. And if ever she decides she wants a new one, she can still get a good price on it so it won't be a waste. -Joanna@TechPayout