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BEST Homemade Scones EVah!!!!

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I did a HUGE email inbox clean out the other day, and came across this recipe from a friend of mine and decided right then and there, we would try them out.  I have eaten them many times before so I knew they were good.  But what I didn’t know was how EASY they are!!

 

SCONES

2 Cups Flour

3 TBSP. Sugar

3 TSP. Baking Powder

1/2 TSP. salt

Mix together.  Then add non-liquid ingredients below depending on the kind you choose to make.

Chocolate Almond Scones

1/2 Cup White Vanilla Baking Chips

1/2 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

1 and 1/3 Cup Heaving Whipping Cream

1/4 TSP. Almond Extract

Icing:

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1/4 TSP. Almond extract

2-3 TBSP milk or water

Cranberry Almond Scones

2 TSP Grated Orange Peel

1/2 Cup White Baking Chips

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped

1/2 Cup chopped pecans

1 and 1/3 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Icing:

1 Cup Powdered sugar

2-3 TBSP Orange Juice

Directions

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease cookie sheet.  Add whipping cream and extract to dry ingredients–stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.  On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 6-7 times until it pulls together.  Divide dough in 3 parts.  Pat each into a 6 inch disc; cut each into 6 triangles.  Place two inches apart on cookie sheet.  Bake 10-13 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes.  Mix icing ingredients to a nice drizzling consistency and drizzle over scones.  For almond scones, top with sliced almonds if desired.

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THESE ARE A WINNER!!!

We have since been making scones almost daily.  The combinations are endless!  We did dried blueberries, chocolate peanut butter, and the list is full of possibilities.  Let me know what combos you try!  Warning:  these do not keep.  (as in, every one eats them up!)

Linking up with the Weekend Potluck!

Friday faves–short and sweet!

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Friday faves–short and sweet!

20150116-083758-31078962.jpg1.) THIS WEATHER!!!  Let’s start with the obvious…this weather is such a gift!  55 degrees here for the next few days.  Love it~ and so does Landon because he finally gets to try out his new bike he got for Christmas.

20150116-083821-31101388.jpg2.)  Basketball Buddies.  This is seriously the cutest thing ever.  I’ve loved it when my kids were the “little” buddy and I love it even more now that they are the “big” buddy.  These notes!  So precious.  And I love how they spelled Natalie’s name.  After reading through those letters, I believe Nat needs to have them over for a little Frozen Karaoke night…

20150116-083841-31121181.jpg3.)  SEVEN.  Chapter one is done and in the books, so they say.  We met for the first time yesterday and I loved hanging out with friends, sipping coffee, and talking about the book.  I KNOW I love that more than the book.  🙂  BUT, this book is good, so far.  The first chapter is about food.   We have decided to read a chapter one week, discuss the next week,  put that chapter into practice (however that looks for each of us individually) and discuss the next week.  And so forth as we move through the book.  I am excited!!!  And for me, just so you can all hold me accountable, I am not eating ANYTHING after 7:00 pm for this next week.  So if you see me at basketball games and I’m sneaking a piece of popcorn at 7:09—please stop me.

20150116-083920-31160844.jpg4.)  SCONES.  Oh my, the scones.  All I can say is these are the easiest, yummiest, funnest recipe to make ever.  Read all about them and get the recipe:

HERE

5.)  Dog Tricks.  Please don’t make fun of me and my voice talking to our dog like she has just taken her first step as a toddler.  But dang it.  I am so proud of her…  ha ha!  🙂  Actually, Kourtney has been working very hard with Brinklee to get her to do roll over.  Basically, what it comes down to, this dog will do anything for some chicken.  I can’t wait until she starts doing the laundry…

 

 

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Linking up with these chicks!

Friday faves

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Friday faves

 

20150109-054114-20474008.jpg1.)  Snow.  I tried to capture how beautiful it came down from the start, but my camera didn’t do a very good job.  They had been predicting, so of course our kids were waaiiitttiinnngg…and although hours later than anticipated, we got a bit of snow.  Not sure it was enough for good sledding, but that didn’t stop a couple of mine from trying.  We were heading to a basketball game during some of the heaviest of the snow and our suburban began to “de-rate” showing an oil issue.  UGH.  Basically, it completely stopped and it turned out to be some sensor thing.  I don’t know.  But I was not enjoying the blowing snow oh so much during that moment.

 

 

 

20150109-053806-20286900.jpg2.)  Popcorn for Sunday supper.  It has taken years, but I think my kids are finally realizing that Mom is not going to cook you a big Sunday supper.  And popcorn is always going to be an option.  Or cereal.  Or leftovers.  But…I’m not cooking.

 

3.)  New Chex Mix.  I have cut way back on my baking of sweets now that the holidays are over.  But there has been one mix I’ve been excited to try ever since a friend of mine posted about it.  I searched and searched for the recipe online, and then realized the recipe is on the back of the box of Wheat Chex.  Awesome.  So I took a picture of the recipe for you.  Because I am just lazy like that.  It is YUMMY!!  I think all of my kids loved it.

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20150109-054137-20497676.jpg4.)  LAZY Day Bierocks.  My family loves bierocks.  And they are super nice to have on hand in the freezer for those days (Sunday evenings) when you need something quick and Mom isn’t cooking.  😉  I tried something different this week to save on time.  And while I will tell you that using your own French Bread dough recipe is undoubtedly better, these turned out pretty well.

LAZY DAY BIEROCKS

1 pkg of Rhodes rolls

2 lbs ground beef

1 sweet vidalia onion

1 can Bavarian sauerkraut

8 oz monterey jack cheese

Swiss cheese to your liking

Mustard and Ketchup to taste

Place frozen rolls on greased jelly roll pans and sit in warm place until soft–about 4 hours.  Meanwhile, brown hamburger with chopped onion and salt and pepper to taste.  Drain off grease. Return to stove and place on low adding your cheese (cut in blocks for quicker melting) and drained sauerkraut.  Let simmer until melted through adding mustard and ketchup to your taste.  (I don’t use much–maybe a couple of tablespoons at the most.)

Once melted through and rolls are soft and ready to go, flatten out dough into a circle.  Scoop a wooden spoon full (this is technical-ha!) into center.  Then wrap around meat and place back on greased jelly roll pan.  Continue until all 36 rolls are complete.  This allows some time for them to rise, but not rise too much.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until nicely browned on the bottom.

Linking up at the Weekend Potluck!

And then if you’re like our family, 12 will be gone at supper time, another 6 will be gone in lunches the next day, and the rest are for your freezer.  Which means you can have another meal, and another day of lunches with just a few left over for Sunday suppers!!  😉

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20150109-054211-20531966.jpg5.)  LOOK AT A SNEAK PEEK OF OUR NEW PRODUCT!!!!  I want these Melamine Nested Bowls.  Like right now I want them.  I have not seen them in person yet, that’s coming in two weeks!!!  But, as a hostess in the last two weeks of January you can earn these.  Interested?  Contact me to get your name in the books.  However, I am going to be gone in a couple of weeks at the Mary & Martha Leadership conference.  Know what happens at that conference?  Besides being spoiled, loved on, motivated, and beginning your day with worship?

A NEW SPRING PRODUCT LINE AND CATALOG REVEALED!

Yes, I am excited.  Yes, I can get carried away.  Yes, yes.  I will be posting sneak peeks to my business Facebook page.  If you want to be “in the know” make sure you have “LIKED” it.  You can click HERE.

20150109-054248-20568750.jpg6.)  HOBO BAGS.  Mary & Martha loves to spoil YOU as customers and me as a consultant.  We were given a President’s Challenge last summer at our National Conference with incentives to earn HOBO bags.  Ever heard of them?  I hadn’t.  But I received my wristlet in the mail yesterday and quickly switched all of my things over.  So cool and I can’t stop smelling the leather.  It is a problem.  You can check out Hobo bags here:  http://www.hobobags.com

20150109-054248-20568563.jpg7.)  Tinker Crate.  I wrote up a whole post on this HERE, but let’s just say, this is such an awesome gift for kids—that keeps on giving!  Monthly crates or boxes arrive in the mail with fun, learning activities.  Probably the BEST value in a Christmas gift I have found this year.

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20150109-054312-20592705.jpg8.)  LEARNING TO DO “DELAY WASH” Laundry!!!  MARK THIS DAY DOWN!!!!  My daughters frustrate me in the laundry department.  In fact, laundry is extremely frustrating to me regardless, I admit.  In all of my 18 years of marriage and child rearing, I have yet to come up with a solution in keeping my and everyone else’s sanity when it comes to laundry.  However, I committed to keep on going.  Because…the laundry just keeps on going.  What works best for this family, is loads of laundry EVERY day.  Which means, if you need it washed, it needs to be in the baskets IN the laundry room.  I do not want to search in your rooms or laundry baskets in the basement.  I’m going to start a load.  So make sure it’s there.

This does not always work well for my older girls.  They often need things the night before.  Such as a cheer uniform for instance.  It’s Thursday night, and tomorrow is the game.  Um, yeah.  And the laundry has been done.

They are learning, ever so slowly, but learning nonetheless.  So when I saw this when I walked into the laundry room before bed last night I was completely pumped!!  Someone had set the machine to “Delay Wash”.  Little do they know, this turn of laundry events is a huge milestone for me.

They CAN do it.

20150109-054337-20617376.jpg9.)  My Dad is STILL CANCER FREE!!  On a more serious note, my Dad sent this email with the best news ever.  After a scare 3 years ago, anyone with a cancer diagnosis knows that the scans every few months thereafter cause some anxiety.  But the NEWS of an all clear is a gift in itself.

As we celebrate this news, I am very mindful of loss surrounding a family in our small town this week.  It is so humbling this life we live and easy to take for granted each day we are given and see it as a gift.  Prayers are for all who are experiencing loss or news that isn’t “good”.

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Linking up with Andrea and friends.

Homemade Kit Kat Bar–Friday Faves!

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Homemade Kit Kat Bar–Friday Faves!

20141205-052524-19524692.jpg1.)  Keeping our home mouse/rat/rodent free.  Thank you Nike and Heidi.  Our cats have definitely been in the “gifting” spirit this season.  I am not kidding, it’s 3-4 ‘kill’ a day.  I think maybe Steve should take them deer hunting next time.

 

2.)  I love driving up to the driveway to find him doing what he loves most.  In shorts, a sweatshirt, and winter fleece hat.  Anything to shoot a few hoops after school.

20141205-052523-19523801.jpg20141205-052522-19522961.jpg3.)  In Children’s Ministry this month, we are getting ready to kickoff a month of COMPASSION with some exciting things happening this next Sunday.  Can’t wait to bless some kiddos with Christmas gifts, who otherwise might not have anything under the tree.

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4.)  The Very “Merry” and Martha Christmas Party Open House

So many faves all wrapped into one evening.  GIRL time with FRIENDS. (and some I haven’t seen for so long!!)  Making NEW FRIENDS.  Baking.  Christmas music.  Time with my team.  This one evening fills me up more than words can say.  And for this, I thank Mary & Martha.  It provides me a wonderful opportunity to open my home to women.

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5.)  Homemade Kit Kat Bars

This is one of my favorite recipes to make during the holiday season.  I have A LOT of favorite recipes I reserve for this time of year, but this one is so perfect for freezing and pulling out anytime you need a special treat.  In fact, I made 3 recipes of this and my gals last night maybe ate a 1/3 of one pan.  Lots for the freezer!

20141205-052623-19583093.jpgI am sharing at the Weekend Potluck today!

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

Ingredients: (A simple list!)

1 Box Club Crackers, 1 Box Graham Crackers, White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Butter, Milk, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch Chips

Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.  Lay out Club Crackers in a single layer.

Crush graham crackers to equal 1 cup.  Melt 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 cup graham crackers on the stove.  Heat to boiling while stirring continuously for 3 min.  Remove from stove.  Cover your club crackers.

Next, add another single layer of club crackers.

Stir together on stove 1 cup chocolate chips, 2/3 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup butterscotch chips just until melted and creamy.  Pour over club crackers.

Refrigerate until hardened.

Try not to eat them all.

20141205-052623-19583960.jpgLike I said, these are absolutely WONDERFUL to freeze and pull out for later.  If I were you, I would stock your freezer right this minute.  You won’t be sorry.  Teacher gifts, Christmas goodie plates, neighbor gifts…you name it!

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6.)  The Ampersand

I had a couple of awesome Mary & Martha team members with me last night.  And one in particular, is pretty darn crafty.  As is her hubby.  I joke, although it’s COMPLETELY TRUE, that everyone needs a “Greg” in their life.

These Ampersand Glitter Ornaments were our gift to all of our guests last night.  I adore them.  Besides how cute they are, I LOVE that people know what that little ampersand means.  That little ampersand has some BIG meaning.  And thanks to Mary & Martha people are beginning to recognize the meaning we have for this little symbol.

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Living in the ‘&’.

Loving God AND Loving Others.

A business AND a ministry.

Combining work AND faith.

20141205-052713-19633461.jpgI would LOVE to talk with you more about Mary & Martha.  To keep up to date on all of our specials (special sale coming next week) and see updates, please “LIKE” my facebook business page.  Supposedly 500 “likes” is a big deal to facebook–so I’m going to make it a big deal too with a giveaway once we reach it.

Click HERE.

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Friday Fave link up with Andrea and friends

simple friday faves…

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`1.)  Basketball.  Can’t beat it.  It’s in full swing for all four kids.  Thankfully half of our kids play on the same team and it will be that way for 3 years.  How sweet is that?

And finally we took advantage of last year’s Christmas gift and got Landon some personalized basketball shoes.  They are supposed to arrive December 22nd.  What I wouldn’t give for him to forget about them so I could wrap them up and put them underneath the tree for him this Christmas.  Think that will work?

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20141120-232622-84382287.jpg2.)  The tribe surrounding my girls continues to bless them weekly.  Last week, it was supporting all three of them at the musical The Music Man.  Speaking of musicals, I loved it.  If I could watch a musical every weekend for the rest of my life, I would be ok with that.

20141120-232621-84381422.jpg3.)  My house is ready.  Bring it on.  Love the comfort, sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas.

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20141120-232624-84384027.jpg4.)  Nothing quite as satisfying as having your dinner cooking away first thing in the morning.  And this crock pot?  I am in love with this appliance.  I polish it.  I’m not kidding.  It is a workhorse in my kitchen and will continue to be through these winter months.

s20141120-232623-84383173.jpg5.)  So these Mary & Martha square cups have been a favorite ever since they were first introduced this fall.  But I had never baked in them.  Until this week.  They are PERFECT for cornbread muffins.  And I have the PERFECT cornbread recipe.  It’s one of those recipes that I have in my head and my “go to” for cornbread.  It’s about 30% cornbread and 70% pure dessert.  And all you need is a yellow cake mix, jiffy cornbread mixes, eggs, oil, water and the Mary & Martha square baking cups.  I am linking this recipe to the Weekend Potluck because it’s just a great basic recipe.

Cornbread Muffins

Yellow Cake Mix

2 Jiffy Cornbread Mixes

4 eggs

1 cup water

2/3 cup milk

4 TBSP vegetable oil

Mix all together until just combined.  Fill your Mary & Martha square baking cups 2/3 full.  Place cups directly on baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes or until middle of muffin cup is set.

Serve with butter, honey, or white corn syrup.  But honestly, they are good and perfectly sweet just on their own!

20141120-232626-84386051.jpg6.)  Mary & Martha has been a favorite this month for me and my hostesses.  The lanterns have been so much fun to decorate for fall and now Christmas.  And I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE to see this come across my facebook page…

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You can’t beat that testimony.

FridayFavorites***Linking up with Andrea and friends!!

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Brownie Cups

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Sometimes having nothing on hand in my kitchen after a weekend away, forces the creative juices to flow.  Especially, when there is a bit of pressure in dinner guests and limited time to prepare.

THUS,

the Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownie Cups were born!!

My family may have thought there was a stroke of genius, but really it was just throwing together that which was on hand and baking them in individual servings using the cute Mary & Martha large baking cups.  Presentation always makes things taste even better, right? But I’ve got to say, anything cream cheese, oreos, and brownies has got to be good.

 

 

Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Brownie Cups

Begin with your FAVORITE brownie mix, prepare as directed.

Fill your super cute Mary & Martha large baking cups about 1/4 inch.  With my brownie mix this made about 15-18.  Use more if you want more of a thick brownie layer.

Next, mix 2 1/2 cups of milk of your choice with an OREO  instant pudding mix and CHEESECAKE instant pudding mix.  Mix well and chill while brownies are baking.

When brownies are done baking and cooled, take prepared pudding and add 1 tub of COOL WHIP to pudding mixture.

Then, dollop pudding/whipped topping mixture on top of each brownie cup.  And for a nice added touch, some crushed OREO crumbs. (optional)

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Steve and the kid thought these were THE BEST!!

I am linking up for the first time this summer at The Weekend Potluck with Tonya Ferguson!

Apple Symphony Brickle Dip

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This dip is so addictive! Oh my. A good friend of mine has been making it this fall season and then another friend started making it. And then? I tried it. And now I’m making it nonstop.

I changed it up a big because I was too lazy to call and get the recipe. How pathetic is that? But this worked well with what I had on hand. Basically after getting the original recipe, I decreased the amount of sugar, and added a secret ingredient…my all time favorite Hershey’s Symphony Bar. Yummo.  Hence the name I am calling this dip…

Apple Symphony Brickle Dip

2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese

1 large Hershey’s Symphony Bar with almonds and toffee, chopped

1 bag of baking Heath bits

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Cream sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla together until smooth.

Add Heath bits and candy bar until mixed.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cut up HoneyCrisp apples (the best!!) and serve with dip

You can also dip just about anything with it and it will be good.

I am not kidding.

You guessed it—this recipe is making its way to Tonya’s Weekend Potluck!!

the fave.

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Baked steak means mom is a rock star! When planning Steve’s 40 th birthday surprise family party, there was no other choice for the menu. And now that the weather is beautifully crisp and winter is knocking at our doors, I am much more inclined to turn my oven on all day and bring the “Sunday lunch” aroma to our home.  My mom has made this recipe ever since I was little and it has become a never failing “go to” recipe.  If you don’t believe that this will bring happiness to the mouths of your loved ones, you should check out Steve’s smile as he sat down for his birthday meal—click {HERE} for complete happiness.

If you’re looking for comfort food, this is where it’s at. Pair with mashed or fried potatoes, a veggie, roll, and fruit salad and you’ve got a winning meal. Trust me on this…your family will love it!  And if it’s a family love, then I need to share at Tonya’s Weekend Potluck!  And as far as a Grandma’s recipe or any good cook will tell you—there isn’t an exact recipe.  Don’t you love it when you hear that?  My mom and grandmas are amazing cooks/bakers—but I do have to say, it sometimes irritates me when they can’t give me the exact recipe.  So, when thinking of posting this, the thought came through my head…”I really don’t have a recipe for this”—and I was instantly irritated with myself.  BUT, this is pretty much how you make it.

Baked Steak
8-12 pieces of minute steak
Flour
Salt
Pepper
2 cans of Cream of Mushroom and Chicken

2  soup cans full of milk or half and half

Mix about 1 cup of flour with 3 Tbsp of Lawry salt and 1Tbsp pepper. Dredge each piece of meat and cover in flour mixture. Pan fry meat just until browned in skillet with about 1 inch of oil. Layer meat in roaster. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, mix cans of soups and milk and heat in microwave and stir to combine. Pour over meat.

Bake for 2-3 hours.

And then kindly sit back and accept your “Mom and Wife of the Year” award.

our fall staple.

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Of course it’s Friday–which means 4 Little Ferguson’s Weekend Potluck party link up!!! Click http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com to check out the fun! I am almost as addicted to this linky party as I am this recipe. Almost. 😉

Yummo. That is all you need to know. We are addicted over here, unashamedly I might add. I found this recipe via a blog I read a couple of years ago and tweaked it just a bit to how our family likes it.

I will be the first to say, I don’t like candy corn. I can eat it with cashews seldomly. But to eat one plain—there is no way. So I was very surprised at my intense addiction to this popcorn.

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The color is just fun! I love it, love it, love it! And I have made it, made it, made it WAY too much in the last couple of weeks. Like every day too much. Every gathering too much. It is that good.

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Candy Corn Popcorn

Pop 4 Bags of Pop Secret Homestyle Microwave Popcorn (normally I would pop my own, but this has the perfect amount of salt to it and it’s easy!)

On the stove, melt 10 tablespoons of butter, 1 bag of candy corn, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and a big splash of vanilla—stirring just until melted and right before boiling. Spray your wooden spoon with Pam and pour melted mixture evenly over your popped popcorn. You need a big fix and mix Tupperware bowl for this–it works great! Stir to coat.

Next lay it out evenly on parchment paper to dry for 30 minutes.

Then…eat the whole entire bowl. And if you can control yourself? Contact me and tell me how.