The leaves on the trees are pretty much gone. There are still a few clinging to the Italian Poplars on the back driveway, but the driveway itself has been swept clean. No more crunchy, gold leaves underfoot.
Today was the annual holiday meeting of the VIMCC (Very Important Managed Care Committee). This is a group of women, whom I met through work. We started meeting over 15 years ago after an impromptu decision to have tea while at a conference in Santa Barbara. Since then, our tea group has met quarterly or semi-annually, although in the past few years its been once a year, just the holidays. We've changed members and scattered but we're all still friends.
I volunteered to make scones. I got busy right after finishing chores and they came out of the oven just in time for me to make the drive to Linda's house.
|Orange zest for the dough|
|Gathering the ingredients|
|Flour, sugar, salt, eggs, baking powder, orange zest, heavy cream and cranberries|
|Divide in half, pat into a circle and cut into wedges|
|Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet until brown.|
|Ready to go!|
Karen and Sandie were also there. They are also part of the first group we formed all those years ago in Santa Barbara. Karen bailed on healthcare a number of years ago and opened her own business.
This next picture is for Terri. She was also an original member -- until she married, went to chef school (as did her husband, an attorney originally), and then ditched California and healthcare to run the wonderful Silverthatch Inn and restaurant in Virginia. We miss her!
|Maureen, Joanne, yours truly, Karen and Linda|
|Sandie brought a fruit salad|
|Maureen brought the real deal macaroons.|
|Linda set a beautiful table|