Alex's Mission Address:

Elder Alex McLean Ditto

Romania/Moldova Mission
Bdul. Primaveril Nr. 19-21 Et.1 #13
Sector 1
011972 Bucharest

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1.5 Days Pre-MTC

Note from mom:  It was hard seeing Alex off at the Yakima airport but knowing he was going straight into the arms of family made everything so much better.  
Uncle Matt picked me up from the SLC airport

Saw Lizzie and Sofia off to school in the morning

Then off to the SLC Temple to participate in an Live Endowment Session; so special to go with Great-Grandma Virginia, Uncle Matt, and Aunt Jessica

Beautiful Salt Lake City Temple

That night Andrew and Jenna picke me up and I got to have dinner at their new home and spend some time together.

Juje and Jenna took me back to the Wright's home and Geoff and I had great chats about mission work and Romania.
Aunt Leah made my favorite breakfast E.V.E.R. - Blueberry Scones!!!

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
Yield:8 scones

Blueberry Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut in chunks
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup heavy cream, plus more for brushing the scones
Lemon Glaze:
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 lemon, zest finely grated


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong color will bleed into the dough. Make a well in the center and pour in the heavy cream. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough.
Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches. Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape. Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a little heavy cream. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until beautiful and brown. Let the scones cool a bit before you apply the glaze.
You can make the lemon glaze in a double boiler, or for a simpler alternative, you can zap it in the microwave. Mix the lemon juice with the confectioners' until dissolved in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water for the double-boiler method, or in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in the butter and lemon zest. Either nuke the glaze for 30 seconds or continue whisking in the double boiler. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps, then drizzle the glaze over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Riding to school with the Wright kids
Morning run in the foothills in Mapleton, UT - can't wait to come back to BYU after my mission!!

Last lunch - J Dogs with Uncle Geoff, Aunt Leah, and Kate

Off to the MTC!!!!!

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