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Local girls work to wrap kids in love

Scones of Love, an organization that sells scones and produces blankets for children’s hospitals with the profits, held their first sale in July 2012 and raised enough money to make nine blankets for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul. Shown, from left, are Scones of Love founders: Kylee Strehlau, Kaytlynn Plummer and Hannah Plummer. They will be selling their scones at the River Falls FBLA Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the River Falls High School.

While many teenagers are worried about makeup, text messaging and boys, three River Falls girls are focused on baking, blankets and giving to others.

In 2012 Kylee Strehlau, 13, Hannah Plummer, 13, and Kaytlynn Plummer, 14, decided to take their desire to help others and created their own organization called Scones of Love.

Kaytlynn said that she’s always liked to bake and help people. For the girls it seemed like a natural fit to start selling homemade scones and using profits to do a good turn for others.

The Plummer sisters’ mom, Candace Plummer, said that the girls first sold their scones during a River Falls Days garage sale she held.

During that first event they sold four flavors of scones --- lemon, blueberry, double chocolate, and blueberry chocolate chip -- and raised $87.

The homeschooled girls used the profits and made nine full-size fleece tie blankets that they donated to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Since its first sale, Scones of Love has increased its selection of scones to include: Chocolate chip, blueberry, cinnamon, double chocolate mixed berry, ginger orange marmalade, gingerbread and lemon.

Katylynn said that the recipe the girls use is a modified version of one she found on the Internet.

Each scone comes wrapped in plastic and is labeled with catchy names such as “Lemonlicious Love,” “Gingerbread Joy,” and “Cinnamon Dream.”

The label also lists ingredients including: Whole wheat flour, sea salt, pure vanilla extract, heavy whipping cream, eggs, sugar and more.

The daughters of James and Candace Plummer and Nicole and Luke Strehlau held their second sale in December 2012.

The girls said that they made about 240 scones for a two-day sale at First National Bank of River Falls. They sold any remaining scones at their church, First Covenant Church, the following day.

The girls said that after the December 2012 sale, they made $400, from a free will donation and were able to make 40 blankets. Twenty of the blankets were given to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital located in Minneapolis and the other 20 were given to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Each blanket they made features a small, medium and large heart sewn onto it. The girls also attach a prayer bear, which has a pouch on the front to hold prayers.

A card with the bible verse “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13, is also attached.

The girls will be selling Scones of Love at the River Falls FBLA Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the River Falls High School.

The girls said they are planning on making 250 scones and will be selling them for a free will donation.

The three girls said they will spend two days prior to the event, baking at both the Plummer and Strehlau houses.

To read more about Scones of Love, visit the blog

See the entire article in the Nov. 14 edition of the Journal.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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