meyer lemon scones + a baby shower!

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It’s posts like these that I find the most difficult to write. I stare at the screen and struggle to sum up a friendship in just a few paragraphs as well as express my happiness for my dear friend, Jamie from My Baking Addiction, who’s about to embark on the single most exciting time of her life – motherhood.

I’m finding it fairly impossible, actually, so it’s a good thing I brought along some sweet and tangy Meyer Lemon Scones as an inspirational snack. I think better with snacks. 

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Have I ever told you how Jamie and I met? Well, we met a  little over a year ago, back when I was a nervous new blogger (HA – I still am, but I almost fooled you, right?) on the verge of meeting one of my favorite baking bloggers (Jamie). What can I say? Bloggers hold a way higher celebrity status to me than actors and actresses. I’m pretty sure it’s because my love of fabulous food trumps my love of TV. Just by a smidgeon, at least.

But I digress…

I was super excited when Jamie invited me out for coffee after having exchanged a few emails and realizing that we live basically down the street from one another. Talk about a small world. I eagerly – and extremely nervously – went off to meet her and her friend at Starbucks, and that’s when things went from nervous to disastrous in a hurry. As I sat down at the table that Jamie and her friend were sitting, I went to place down my insanely large, grande coffee concoction – and being the insanely klutzy person that I am – proceeded to dump my coffee all over her poor, unsuspecting friend. I wish I were kidding.

I was mortified.

I figured Jamie would mop up the coffee, write me off as a spaz and be done with it, and who could blame her. Much to my surprise, she and her friend laughed it off and then we proceeded to have a great time sipping coffee (or what was left of it) and chatting about blogging stuff.

So yeah, I make GREAT first impressions. As a warning, if you meet me in person and I nervously chat your ear off or dump coffee on you, please just power through. I promise after that I can be lots of fun. A bit wacky, but fun.

Anyway, what does all this have to do with Jamie and her sweet little girl that will be arriving incredibly soon?

Admittedly not much. But when I was thinking and reflecting on the course of Jamie’s and my friendship, which has turned into one that I truly cherish, it gets me thinking how amazing this whole blogging community is. How many true friends that I have made (both virtually and in person) and how lucky I feel to be apart of it.

Without this community, I wouldn’t have met and become friends with Jamie, who I’m so excited to be able to celebrate today.

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When I found out that Jamie was having a little girl, I started thinking of all of the incredible blessings that my baby girl brings to our family. Now that she’s 4, she is very active in the kitchen with me, wanting to help with her own meals as well as be the chief cookie maker. We’re always dressing up as princesses and having puppet shows and tea parties. I just love our princess filled days.

I’m beyond excited for Jamie and for all the princess dresses, kitchen adventures and tea parties that are in her future. Congratulations, Jamie! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for you and Eric <3

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It’s the thought of tea parties that made me want to make some delightfully lemony scones for Jamie’s virtual baby shower. These sweet, citrusy scones served on pretty flowery plates would be welcome at any tea party. I used my favorite Meyer Lemons to add a touch of tanginess and a whole lot of flavor. They are one of my kiddos’ favorite recipes to help make, so it seemed like the perfect treat for today.

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This entire celebration wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of our good friend, Amber. She organized this wonderful virtual baby shower celebration for Jamie, Eric and Baby ‘E’. Thanks so much, Amber!

Be sure to take a look at all of these delectable treats that are being shared in celebration of Jamie and her sweet little bundle of joy!

Amber from Bluebonnets & Brownies | Lemon Strawberry Cupcakes
Julie from The Little Kitchen | Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes
Jen from My Kitchen Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cookies
Shaina from Food for My Family | Vanilla Raspberry Mini Meringue Kisses
Glory from Glorious Treats | Modern decorated cookies
Cheryl from TidyMom | Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream
Katie from Good Life {Eats} | Raspberry Hibiscus Soda
Aimee from SimpleBites | How to freeze a big batch of homemade waffles
Amanda from I am Baker | Heath Bar Cake
Steph from Steph Chows | PB oatmeal cookies
Allison from Some the Wiser | Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Megan from Stetted | Strawberry Jalapeno Palmiers
Shelly from Cookies & Cups | Bacon Cheddar Scones
Kristan from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Samoa Layer Cake

Enjoy!!

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Meyer Lemon Scones

January 14th, 2014

Yield: 10 scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup low-fat milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Meyer Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Meyer Lemon Zest (from 3 lemons)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold and cut into pieces
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together milk, egg, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until it is the size of small peas and evenly incorporated. Work quickly so the butter does not soften too much.

4. Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a wooden spoon.

5. On a floured surface using floured hands, knead the dough 4-5 times. Dough will be quite sticky, so sprinkle on more flour as needed.

6. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet and form into a 8-9 inch disc, about 3/4 inch thick. Use a knife and cut the disc into 10 wedges (like a pizza) leaving the pieces in place.

7. Brush the entire round of scones with the egg white and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.

8. Bake scones for 18-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Remove scones and all them to cool on the pan.

Notes:

Lemon Glaze (optional): The crunchy sugary topping on these scones is perfect, but if you're a glaze person, mix some fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice with confectioners sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over scones and enjoy!
Adapted from my Chocolate Chip Coconut Scones on My Baking Addiction
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42 thoughts on “meyer lemon scones + a baby shower!

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  6. Oh my gosh… that is soooooo something I would do! I have yet to have the pleasure of meeting Jamie in person, but I can imagine that I would probably dump some sort of beverage on or around her. :) This recipe is so beautiful and lovely and its been pinned to my MUST MAKE NOW board.

  7. I love this heartfelt post! I’m amazed at how blogging brings people together. I never thought some of my closest friendships would be with people I have yet to meet in person. Big congrats to Jaime! And what a perfect way to celebrate her big life change – with delicious meyer lemon scones!

    • I know what you mean, Julia! It took me a while before feeling weird when I would be telling a story about one of my blogging friends (who I hadn’t met in person) and referring to them as my friend. Then I got over it because, what does it matter that we’ve never sat at the same table or even been in the same room? The connection and conversations can be just as strong across hundreds of miles! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. Emily, I admit it, your post made ME a little teary. Jamie and I met just as randomly, and even though we don’t live down the street from each other (boy, am I jealous that you two get to hang out whenever!), I think that we equally love and cherish the joy and friendship she’s brought to our lives. Such a special person deserves much celebrating, no matter how much she hates to be the center of attention. I’ll also just say that I’m kind of glad there were only mason jars full of ice water on the table when we met for the first time. ;) Love ya x

    • Lol – Seriously, what was I thinking agreeing to go to a BBQ joint? That had potential disaster written all over it! Luckily, I had my nerves worked out after the day before (and miracle of miracles, didn’t make too big a fool of myself!). whew. I would have felt TERRIBLE about spilling something on a pregnant lady. Oy.

      In all seriousness, I’m so thankful and feel so blessed to have you and Jamie as friends, and I can’t get over how cool it is that your little ones will be so close in age!! That will be awesome! Thanks again for organizing this shower! Everyone did a knock out job on their posts!

  10. What a funny story… I am chuckling only because I would definitely do something like that. And, I agree with you that Jamie is a rockstar!

    Love these meyer lemon scones… I seriously need to get my hands on some meyer lemons so that I can make these happen ASAP!

    • Thanks, Jen! I always get excited when they pop up in the store! My sweet friend Michelle is always buying me packs of them when January rolls around! I seriously can’t get over how cute the cookies are that you made for Jamie! My cookie decorating skills are so sad, lol!

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  12. These scones look amazing, I’m obsessed with Meyer lemons!! I love how you shared when you first met…I would have been mortified too if I did that. But so sweet that they just brushed it off and today you’re great friends! :)

    • I have a bit of a Meyer Lemon obsession myself, I always buy a ton whether or not I have a plan for them. And, I’m just so glad I didn’t dump something on you and Shelly back in September! I was SO nervous that something like that would happen again, ugh. Thanks so much for stopping by, Julie!

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  14. What a lovely post! And so appropriately adorable that Jamie’s blogger friends are throwing a virtual shower. I just started blogging this week (!!) and am so excited for the people I’ll get to meet through this new adventure.

    I have a few Meyer lemons in my pantry that are begging to be turned into scones. This sounds like the perfect recipe :)

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  16. What a sweet story! I love how food blogs can bring like minded people together – I had no idea that you met Jamie and lived so close together – gosh, how wonderful that you have developed a close friendship! These scones are just delightful and perfect for a baby shower :)

  17. Emily, these photos are absolutely beautiful. I love the rich yellow of the lemons played against the soft and sweet shades of purple in the vintage china. Sweet, and funny, story of your first meeting with Jamie. Memorable for sure. Sending all the best to Jamie, her husband, and her little baby girl. Baby girls are precious…yes they are.

  18. Scones are at the top of my most favorite things – can’t wait to try these. And I totally agree that bloggers have a higher celebrity status than actors! You and Jamie are some of my favorite blog crushes. This is a beautiful tribute to a lovely person.

  19. Little did you know that I am just as klutzy! I LOVE this post, Emily! I think you summed up our friendship perfectly! I’m so honored to call you a friend and thrilled that you practically live in my backyard! Thanks so much for taking part in this special day…I can’t wait for you to meet Baby E.

  20. I only got 1 batch of Meyer lemons this season and made these scones with them. They were perfect. I topped the scones with turbinado sugar for a bit of extra crunch. Such a great recipe!

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  22. These scones were more savory than I anticipated. I would suggest adding a lot more sugar in it- maybe 2 more cups. I’m a sweet tooth and I think this would taste even better with more sugar

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