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Mother's Day Ideas From The Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, May 04, 2015

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Whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day, or just want to spoil her a bit, we have the plan for making Mom feel special.  Start by collecting a few new items for her to use when enjoying her time poolside.  You could place these in a new canvas tote or a gift bag: 

Ideas For Mom’s Poolside Gift Bag: 

1)            Flip Flops

2)            Sunglasses

3)            Her favorite sunscreen

4)            Her favorite after sun lotion

5)            Luxurious new beach/pool towels

6)            Wide brimmed hat

7)            Novel or favorite magazine

8)            Refillable tumbler to use to stay hydrated 

Now that you have her poolside and enjoying several of her favorite things you can get to work on the main course for brunch or that perfect afternoon snack made just for her. 

Apricot Yogurt Scones

(Yields 8)

Ingredients:

1 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into pieces

1 large egg

¾ cup plain yogurt (regular or low-fat)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

For the glaze (optional)

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

3 tablespoons milk

 

Instructions:

Soak the apricots in one cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes to plump them up a bit.  Drain, pat dry & set aside. 

Whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large e mixing bowl.  Add butter cutting it into the flour with your fingertips until no pieces larger than a pea remain.  Now drain the apricots and add to the mixture tossing to coat with the flour. 

In a separate blow, whisk together the egg, yogurt, mil and vanilla.  Pour over the dry mix and use a wooden spoon to gently mix together.  Mix just until there is no more dry flour visible in the dough. 

Use a ½ cup measure to scoop out the dough and drop it onto the baking sheet.  Space the scones about an inch apart.   Floured hands work best – to gently pat the mounds into rounds and clean up the edges. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes until scones are firm to the touch and golden on the top – browned on the bottom.  Once the scones have cooled completely, whisk together the glaze and drizzle a spoonful on the top of each.  Glaze hardens within fifteen minutes. 

Scones will keep in an airtight container for 3 days but are best the day they are made.  These scones are moister than most and don’t crumble as easily as traditional scones making them perfect for nibbling poolside! 

Excellent served with coffee, iced tea, Mimosas or any beverage of her choice.  She will feel like royalty as you celebrate her love of family & Living Poolside!

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