The rope that tethers me to this place, this time, is growing thinner with each day approaching the big move (42, who’s counting).  Things feel different, everywhere. My running route, the struggle to find parking on campus, our favorite restaurants, the farmers market, even the beach. It’s as if my mind has begun the emotional preparations for a new normal by disassociating from the old. More frequently now I find myself caught in the ordinary moments with a feeling of being there, but not really there in the ways I once was.

I drive through parts of town and see the places I lost myself, the places I really found myself.  I see Shaun and I, younger, and the memories made in our relentless itch for growth and exploration. Everywhere there is a cacophony of light and dark, joy and pain, laughter and tears. It feels sorta supernatural. Hard to describe.

Standing at the edge of the shore this morning, I looked up to the clouds barreling across the sky after the good storm we had the past few days and felt an extraordinary sense of gratitude for the time, for the place — for all that it gave, for all that it took away. Four years have come and gone. I’m a different person now. I hope a better one. And it’s time. Time to let new faces and new seasons to teach me more about myself, more about the world.

The strawberries will be missed, California. But I’m so ready for new adventures.

Strawberry Basil Scones 
  • 2 ½ cups flour (I used a GF blend)
  • 2 tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 
tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ 
tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold coconut oil or butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 + cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2
 tbsp minced basil
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl stir together the dry ingredients. Scoop out or cut in butter or coconut oil. Stir in minced basil and hulled, and quartered strawberries. In a medium bowl stir together eggs and the milk. (Cream, half and half, or regular milk would work here too.) Add egg mixture to flour mixture in one pour. Stir together until completely moistened, using your hands when necessary.

Turn out onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Press into a 1” thick circle. Cut into 8 wedges. Brush with extra milk and sprinkle with sugar. If you use butter instead of coconut oil, place baking sheet with cut wedges in the freezer for up to 20 minutes before baking. It will make them magically fluffier and more scone-y. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending. Finish with a good dollop of local honey or clotted cream.

  1. Margarita

    Stay strong and positive Kelsey… 4 years ago I moved from the Philippines to Washington State… I wasn’t sure how I would survive without all the familiar things and people dear to me, but I made it. Always remember that you never really leave anything behind, you just carry more memories with you and widen your circle. It will keep widening with every place you go and every life you touch and vice versa. Best of luck to you and cherish the rest of your time in California. Lovely video and scones!


  2. marissa @ the boot

    moving is so strange isn’t it? good luck in your final preparations, beautiful film and lovely scones! :)


  3. Kathryn

    Lovely video, lovely recipe. Moving is always such a strange experience but it sounds like you are moving forward with an open heart.


  4. Laura

    I had that same push and pull when I moved away from the city last year. I joked about the line ups/lack of seats at my favourite coffee shop, how I would never EVER miss that. Then one sip of the coffee, not even out the door and an “Oh. Right. That.” kind of moment. That was an ongoing theme for about a month, tumultuousness of emotions colliding, trying to savor every small drop and fibre, but looking ahead too. All of that and our strawberry season only lasted for like, 6 weeks in Toronto! :)


  5. Amanda@EasyPeasyOrganic

    sorta supernatural. that’s life, in a nutshell.
    thanks for your beautiful words – and scones :)


  6. Amanda

    Leaving California was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. I remember the weeks leading up to I felt like my heart was breaking. But I don’t regret it one bit and I know you will find yourself on the other side. Smiling and happy. Savor these last few weeks with California and get ready for the next stage :) xoxo


  7. Sarah

    It’s true, we don’t have as many strawberries—and not so early–on this coast :) But there are other things enjoy, friend.

    I moved a lot in the past five years: DC, Baltimore, Tanzania, Mozambique, back to DC, now Virginia. I can empathize. Moving is funny like that, though…nostalgia and butterflies all at once.

    And then, on top of everything, this idea of place, and how it ties into who we are.


  8. Nicole Franzen

    I just love your videos, they are so real, so approachable :) So homey, cute and inspiring. Those scones look so delicious and I don’t think I’ve ever made them from home. I love the combination of strawberries and basil. Is it official? xN


  9. Thyme (Sarah)

    Oh, good luck to you two. I love change but with it comes lots of letting go and emotional turmoil. I do understand. About to let go of my daughter in Sept. but so so so thrilled she has chosen to go only 3 hours away from us. On another note: we are on the same creative wave length. I just put up a new video too! I am loving this new medium for food/cooking creativity. Yours is fantastic. We all watched it at breakfast and my kids LOVED it.


  10. Jacqui

    I can only imagine the sweet smell of these scones! I so can’t wait to make them! I’ve had a sort of similar feeling right before moving a few years ago, it was only across the state, but there were definitely moments of pause and reflection. And we moved back anyways after a year. We missed the ocean too much among other things I guess : )


  11. LiztheChef

    You will be missed. Keep in touch.


  12. Benedikte Capion

    Great recipe, strawberries and basil, nice combo!
    And uh, what a countdown! Glad to hear you feel ready :)


  13. la domestique

    The strawberry scones look so good! Beautiful video, as usual. You are so pretty! Where are you guys headed? Is it a secret or did I somehow miss it? I get the feeling it’s not Colorado. :(


  14. sara

    so exciting. i love new adventures, and the fact that you have your love there with you to take in all the change, even the hard parts, will make it so much sweeter. Can’t wait to see what comes for you guys in this next chapter.
    Fabulous looking scones. Haven’t made any in quite some time and needed the nudge. xo


  15. Erin

    Your videos always make me feel so good- I just love them! As for the moving, how exciting for a new adventure. I feel it’s about time for me to make my own decision to move and it’s always equal parts frightening and exciting.

    Love the scones!


  16. green beans & grapefruit

    these look fabulous!


  17. Cookie and Kate

    You just expressed how I’ve been feeling about this place, and moving onward, so much more eloquently than I could have. Love the video, too, it’s perfect.


  18. Lanette

    As a military spouse, I know the feeling well. You described it to a T! I just picked my first batch of strawberries this morning here in south-eastern Virginia. May have to make the scones to serve with my jam!


  19. Ann Plough

    Beautiful website and the video made me sit back and smile at the perfection of the whole thing. Your basil & strawberry combination is brilliant! I’m looking forward to trying these.


  20. Sonja

    This is beautiful — so inspirational! We need to hang out so Alex can soak up some of those video skills (he’s been experimenting lately) :)


  21. Sarah

    So excited to find another video on your post. Love your videos! Hoping you have a wonderful experience moving.


  22. Sarah B.

    Transition is such a delicate time, you’re embracing the minutes you have here in this beautiful little city and letting the thoughts of change occur with positivity and grace. You’ve spilled it so beautifully here Kelsey, SO loving this recipe, video, and your blog. Truly truly. :) It’s tough to move away from this easy lifestyle, and the beauty of sd, I know the feeling so well. I wish you guys all the best in the next few weeks, you’re ready, and it’s an inspiring thing to see.


  23. sydney jones

    Such an uplifting video! Thank you for being happy yolks :) I admire your work!!


  24. Chloe

    I’m so happy to see another video. You guys always do such a wonderful job. Sounds like there are exciting things for you ahead. xo.


  25. Kasey

    To new adventures, as I would say! I think leaving San Diego was bittersweet for me, too (albeit, as a fresh college grad). But, I think the moment of change is sometimes the most alive we feel. It’s nice to shake things up :) Scones make me think of the fleeting beauty of mornings…


  26. Alissa

    Fresh strawberries are like a fresh start, sweet and surprising with every bite. I love the basil/strawberry combo. What gluten free flour mix did you use for this?


  27. Courtney

    I love strawberries & basil together! Just this weekend I made a batch of strawberry basil jam. I’ll have to make these scones soon.


  28. Juliette

    I’m sure there will be times when you’ll miss California a lot, but you will also find beauty and fun in the new chapter of your lives. And you’re together, that’s important, isn’t it? (My moyfriend and I moved from Italy to the Netherlands three months ago, and I know what you are talking about^^)
    The video is great, it looks exactly as when we go to the market on Saturdays and spend the morning together. Except for the dig..and the strawberries.. I’d love to have some now =)



  29. Stacy

    What a delicious combination. I adore scones, but I’ve not made them with strawberry and basil together, nor have I used coconut oil in place of butter. No strawberries at my market yet, but I will keep these in mind for when they do appear! Best wishes on the new things and exciting changes ahead!


  30. Tan

    Just found your blog through Mint and I have to say, I love the name! My fiance and I are very picky about our eggs, and one thing we look for are deep yellow firm yolks, which we always call happy yolks!


  31. Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful

    These sound yummy. Beautiful blog you have here.


  32. Fresh and Foodie

    Good luck with everything you have coming your way. I’m sure you’ll embrace it all with an open heart and mind.

    These scones look wonderful. Love the combination of basil and strawberries.


  33. Jeanine

    I’m so making this soon – strawberry & basil – awesome combination.


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  35. Mel

    Your scones look great and thanks for the video too.


  36. Lisa

    Your writing is beautiful.


  37. Ashlae

    Such a beautiful post – I especially adore the video. But I’m curious.. where are you moving? Colorado? I may have picked that up from Facebook 😉 If so, where in Colorado? YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT HERE. That is, if this is where you’re moving.


  38. Kendra

    beautiful post kelsey. i think you captured a lot of my own feelings when i graduated from usd and left california for dc.


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  40. amelia

    California will miss you!! Where in Colorado are you going? I think I read that’s where you were going… I have a dear friend in Fort Collins! Maybe you guys could meet up in real life? :)


  41. Katie | Healthnut Foodie

    I still miss Cali’s strawberries, but I’ve had such great adventures back in the midwest. Happy moving!!!


  42. BRENDA

    Thanks so much for a delicious recipe.
    Brenda B


  43. EpicDanger

    I just made these bad boys sans gluten free mix, which is funny as I found the recipe looking for GF stuff online as we are switching for our little boy. But then I couldn’t find a mix and I couldn’t wait so I made them anyway. They turned out DELICIOUS! Not as pretty as yours but delicious none the less!


  44. Isobel @ The Open Oven

    I am incredibly happy to have stumbled on your blog. Your photos are amazing and your recipes sound delicious. I can’t wait to try out these scones for myself!


  45. khalida

    strawberry basil scones. amazing blog


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    I just made these and the ytaste awesome!
    Altough I can’t really think of what else they should taste (it’s my first tie eating and making scones, since
    it’s not too common here around Switzerland)
    Thanks for the recipe. I had some troubles first, because everything was too sticky,
    so I had to add some extra flour. They turned out good in the end 😀


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    All of these videos are so whimsical and beautiful. They are the perfect companion to a quet morning and a warm cup of coffee, and I’m sure the scones are equally so. :)


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  54. Kathie Sherman

    I am the parent of a student at USD. I just read about your blog in the latest edition of the USD Magazine.

    I love your blog. I have saved your Strawberry Scones, with Basil in my documents.

    I love to cook too. There are a lot of reasons why I love to cook and I will share them with you soon.

    I also am an avid organic gardener. My garden is based on an idea called, “Ornamental Landscaping.” I grow my herbs, roses, flowers, veggies all mixed in together.

    I have 3 compost piles going and my car should have a bumper sticker that says, ” This Car Stops for Bags of Leaves.”

    We have lived in Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Philadelphia, and now Texas. Each time we moved I had to learn about how to garden in the different soils in each state. In TX we have very alkaline soil so I am often seen going to Starbucks and getting their coffee grounds to add to my soil.

    I absolutley love the joy of growing unusual veggies, like my Yard Long Beans, that stay tender on the vine a long time and my tri color beans, and also the everyday ones, like Swiss Chard, Kale, Lettuce mixes, tomatoes, peppers and my new prolific crop is Red Calamar Spinach. It grows prolifically and when steamed it tastes like a blend of spinach and asparagus. If you would like some seeds, I have PLENTY.

    My son is a Junior at USD and he was my late in life gift from God. So, I am now 65. Just one suggestion, if you are interested in attracting some older readers, you might want to consider enlarging your font.

    Blessings on your Blog,


  55. Kathie Sherman

    PS, I cannot wait to try making the strawberry scones. Scones are a hot item at my home and I can’t wait to try your recipe.

    Blessings on your Blog,


  56. Laura

    Love the video! I can’t wait to make these. Just curious – what’s the purpose of the parchment paper? Does it prevent them from burning on the bottom?


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