Recently, I’ve been struggling with blueberry scones.
I know scones aren’t everybody’s thing. As breakfast breads go many prefer the light flakiness of a croissant, or that creamy, sugar of a donut. In a pinch, there’s that old standby toast and a little butter… maybe some jelly too.
A scone however, is not everyone’s “cup of tea”.
First, it is a dense bread. It is not a light little snack, it can top even the heavy, boiled dough of many bagels for sheer wheat per square inch.
Second, it is a risky food. A scone can go dangerously wrong. A scone walks a fine line between wonderfully chewy and inedible, chalky nightmare.
This all leads to a consistent conclusion for those of us who consider ourselves fans of un-yeasted quick bread: When you find a scone you like, stick to it.
First published on the Wake Up Tucson Blog:
One of my father’s favorite quotes is from Woody Allen. I’ve heard it a couple ways but he always related it as “90% of life is just showing up.”
The older I’ve gotten the more I have come to find this an astoundingly important and fascinating insight. It (rather unexpectedly) says that doing the minimum or close to it is really a big deal in most of life.
In my firm I write insurance contracts for clients. What my client is looking for, and what they will pay me to do, is fill out forms and file them with insurance companies. There is a lot more that we do in addition to this, policy reviews, competitive bidding to ensure the best price, custom marketing, employee services, etc. But at the end of the day, the client (AT MINIMUM) just needs that paperwork done.
The flip side though, is I get NO credit, NO payment, if I fill out the application to 10%, 30%, 50%, etc. If that minimum standard is not met, I get ZERO credit.
For my job, Woody’s adage certainly applies. 90% of what I do is meeting that minimum effort requirement. Everything above that is icing, but anything below that is worth nothing, nada, zip, zilch.