Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hospitality Is...Homemade Blueberry Lemon Scones

Okay is your chance to make and take something really easy and yummy!

Our blueberries are ripening quickly now which is quite shocking due to the lack of something called "sunshine".  :}


Sometimes hospitality has nothing to do with having people into your home...I know not all of us are up to having people over and that is fine. There are times when I know God puts someone on my heart and I want to do something and I may just have a little bit of time to do something. There are also quite a few times when I would like to take a meal to somebody and the timing is not good.  Scones are something you can easily make up ahead of time and grab from the freezer. You can bake a few scones,  pack some milk or orange juice, and a jar of jam and take it to whomever for a light breakfast or for a pick-me-up during a move. It is also great to have on hand if you have guests who show up without a lot of time on your end to prepare. Just being ready and anticipating the unexpected will put you at ease this Summer and will make your company feel appreciated and planned for. It really is a treat for you to be able to pamper and a treat for the recipients of your good old fashioned genuine spirit of hospitality!

Blueberry Lemon Scones
Lisa Pearson


2 cups flour

5 TBSP. butter, cut into smaller pieces

¼ cup sugar

2 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. sea salt

1 Tbsp. soy flour {or 1 egg yolk}

1 cup full fat Daisy Sour Cream or plain yogurt

½ cup dried blueberries or chocolate chips, currants, dried cranberries or whatever floats your boat!

Zest of 1 small lemon {I use orange zest, too, for differnt flavored scones}

*heavy whipping cream and coarse sugar for tops of scones


Whisk together dry ingredients.

Add butter and blend with pastry cutter or with flat beater in stand mixer.

Add wet ingredients together to flour mixture.

Add berries and zest.

Blend until ingredients come together.

Transfer to lightly floured surface.

Pat into a disc about the size of your hand spread out.

Cut into 8 triangles.

Place scones on SILPAT or parchment lined pan.

Brush with heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake at 4oo* for 12 to 14 minutes…or until golden.

Top with something very YUMMY!

If you want to make up several batches, you can pre-measure all your dry ingredients at one time and store individual batches in the freezer. This will save a ton of time.

Just mix up dry ingredients and follow directions from that point on when you decide to make the rest.

Blogger is not letting me comment, so I will answer a question on here. The yogurt and sour cream do not HAVE to be full fat, but I just think it tastes better. Reduced or lowfat is fine...fat free is NOT.OK. It truly is NOT. :) Plan on walking before beddie bye is worth it in flavor and texture. :)

Shared with:  comfy in the kitchen

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Momma's Heart

My dear Lauriss~

I just received your sweet text messages and my heart is beating extra fast in anticipation of seeing you soon.

I am looking forward to hearing all about your trip to Kazakhstan.  I am sure that many stories will break my heart, and many will bring tears, but knowing you there is sure to be other stories that will cause my heart to soar as I think about all of the love you were able to so willingly give to those who have no idea what it is like to be loved by a "momma".  There is always the games and dancing, too.  I am pretty sure your love for dancing was something you did as I carried you in my doubt!!

As I texted our last conversation, I was reminded that my responsibilities as your momma will be very different soon.
I will no longer be scrubbing your bathroom and making sure that the towels are freshly cleaned and neatly hung on the towel rack.
I will no longer be finding gum and Hershey's kisses wrappers under your bed.
Stacks of journals, little jewelry boxes and mix-matched socks will be missed!
A fresh bouquet of flowers from Daddy adorning your room will also be a tradition that will quietly slip into sweet memories of the past.  {A tradition he started the day we brought you home from the hospital!!!}

Soon, it will be David you will be coming HOME to.
It will be you, who David will be coming HOME to.

We look forward with JOY as you start your new life and home together.  You, Lauriss are going to be the best wife, EVER...and David is going to make the best hubby for YOU!

And although it has been a bit of a tradition in preparing your rooms in anticipation of your arrival HOME~something Oma started with Uncle John, Auntie and your momma~I hope that one day you will know the JOY that always filled our home as we looked forward to you and Caleb coming home.

And as you are squeaky clean and in your lavender-scented jammies tonight...I can't wait to kiss your cheeks goodnight and to tuck you in...because  momma's heart never changes.  I love you!

"And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."  John 14:3

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Oh how I am craving and desiring an attitude of gratitude despite circumstances!

When was the last time you were with somebody who is experiencing a difficult situation and doing so with ease and grace? Isn’t it contagious?

Recently, I hosted a bridal shower. It was perfect in my book…not because of the festivities and fun, but because of the simple lesson gleaned from the morning.

So many of us seem to mingle with our peers. The ones that are close to our age…friends that have children close to the ages of our children, friends we enjoy spending time with that have similar tastes…but on this special day there was a wide range of ages. There were the young girls, the middle-aged mommas and an elderly Gramma…the one with wrinkled hands, a dressy outfit and glasses. A Gramma filled with wisdom that only comes from living a long life that has held colicky babies, washed laundry by hand and who has learned the value of gratitude through the most difficult of times and the best of times.

As we finished our brunch and gathered for the bride-to-be to open her gifts, it struck me at how different was. There were big gifts, neatly wrapped gifts with bows and frillies, gifts that had been placed into gift bags with recycled tissue paper peaking out of the top and one small box with a handmade card with the most beautiful handwritten message to the bride.

Inside the small gift box were two myrtle wood candle holders with cash rolled up to resemble candles.

This heartfelt gift was given by the Gramma of the group. She is no longer able to drive and get out to purchase gifts, but she had stashed away a few of these candle holders years ago. She assured us they were NOT re-gifted. As I listened to her apologizing about not including the candles, I wanted to hug her and cry!! I know she had no idea that she had most likely contributed the sweetest gift of the day!

As she explained that the money could be used to purchase the color of candles the bride would like, she asked to have everybody’s attention, because she had a question. She clearly already had our ears. She was curious how many of the married ladies took time to make candle light dinners for their husbands. Very few hands popped up. After I reluctantly raised my hand, it came to me that I made candle light dinners for my family, but not as much for my hubby. She then saw to it that we all knew how important it was to do so! What amazing wisdom!

Here after all these years…she was a wise woman to share the gratitude she had for the love of her life! We all have different schedules, and excuses why it may not work, but ladies try it!

It may not be at dinner, it may mean getting up early and having candle light for two minutes over a bowl of frosted flakes with teenagers still in bed or a rootbeer float and candle light while the children are playing in the yard. It is showing gratitude to your hubby for the the hard work he does in providing a shelter for you and for your family. It is being a content wife no matter what the circumstances. The lawn may be filled with wild edibles {weeds!} and your home may be in the process of being painted and the honey-do list may be a mile long, but I challenge you to take the time to make your home a shelter that he looks forward to coming home to at the end of a long hard day. Forget the projects and enjoy an evening together.

As the shower ended, I was filled with joy for he guests that filled my heart, the little box, the candles and the attiude of gratitude that was quite plain, yet extraordinarily beautiful with a life lesson that will flicker every time I light a candle for my family and for the love of MY life.


Happy Tuesday!

shared with:  growing home

Monday, June 18, 2012

Packaging Kitchen Treats

Hope YOU all had a wonderful Fathers Day weekend.

Today's post is written with my friend Pat~the author of GYPSY HEART~in mind.  She has made several comments regarding packaging of, I thought I would make a little post out of it.

Anybody can make anything look nice!!!  It is pretty simple if you keep a few things close by and in one spot so that you can "pretty up" something within minutes.

Growing up in Europe was a wonderful thing...and their packaging was simple and beautiful.  Stopping by the bakery on the way to school and occasionally the candy store was a treat, but I was always impressed by how the smallest of items purchased were packaged.  Even a pretzel was tucked into a small paper bag!  Candy and sugared nuts were placed into floral paper cones and sealed with a sticker.  Talking about attention to detail.  If they could take the time to wrap flowers with cellophane and twine with a line out the door, I certainly could take a few extra minutes to make my goods look a bit prettier with keeping a few essentials on hand.

My father-in-law used to always remind me that white is the absence of COLOR.  I think he was afraid that our home was turning into a sterile-looking hospital ward.  The fact that I painted over the solid oak kitchen cabinets and the faux rock around our fireplace was more than he could handle. Anyhoo, he loves me despite my love for all.things.white!
But, truth be told, white goes with everything unless you are into goth.  It is easiest to go with white or the KRAFT color when it comes to packaging kitchen treats...and the best thing about white is that your treats look even more delicious because the color of what you made just POPS!  OH.YES!  Even plain ol' oatmeal raisin cookies packaged in a white sandwich bag or small cookie box look lovely!  Just imagine how M&M Monster cookies would look!

  There is no need to keep up with the trendy trends either which gives you one less thing to think about in keeping your kitchen treat supply stocked year-round.  BUT for those of you who need color and frills {PAULA} it is fun to add a favorite color of twine, ribbon or stamp color for your tags.

You can use anything really to keep your supplies in, but if you have no idea where to start, I suggest getting a caady that you can use.  They are in season now and you can usually find them in with the bbq and picnic things.  You may even find one on clearance now.

Here are a few ideas to keep on hand.  Keep it SIMPLE with very few choices so that it is do-able and not overwhelming.  This is supposed to be fun and practical.  Too many choices will take TIME which we are trying to save on.


*cellophane bags

*paper sandwich bags

*small white paper bags

*small, sharp scissors and a few paper punches


*stick glue and tape

*plain kitchen twine, a spool of colored twine and a fun ribbon or two.  When certain holidays approach, you may want to add a festive twine that goes along with the holiday you are celebrating.  Then, when it is past, pack it away until the following year.  If you want to keep it super duper easy red and white twine goes perfectly with most holidays...the 4th of July, Labor Day, Christmas, Valentines Day etc.


I hope this gives you a few ideas.  Have fun with it and I would love to hear YOUR ideas!


Happy Monday!

Shared with:  comfy in the kitchen

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Scott's Firehouse Grilled Fajita Taco Salad

Since it is Father's Day weekend and this is our family blog...I must talk about my hubby just a bit.

Since my hubby knew our Caleb was graduating and our Riss was getting married, he decided to make some major lifestyle changes.  Loosing weight was something he had been working on for awhile, but it kept coming back.  Of course, my cooking and baking weren't helping the situation either!  But fitting into a smaller size dress pants for Caleb's graduation and the daddy/daughter dance at his little girl's wedding was the elusive dangling donut carrot!!

On the way back from a long walk, with a free coupon in hand, we stopped into WOOHOO for a smoothie.
We were met by Tracy who just started talking to us as though we were old friends.  She was starting a BIGGEST LOOSER class {where they would weigh in, take a walk as a group and then come back for a short class on nutrition, portion control etc.} and invited my hubby to join and welcomed me to stroll along for the walks...

He DID IT...and is doing GREAT!!! 
NEVER in the 25+years that my hubby and I have known each other have I seen him so happy about his weight.
He is hovering around the minus 30lb. mark!

I am so thankful for Tracy and for her passion to help those who struggle and who have tried a million and one ways to loose the weight and to keep it off.
Thank you, Tracy for all your help, support and flexibility with his crazy schedule!!
So, HERBALIFE and WOOHOO is on my list of favorites!


Anyhoo, hubby is finding all kinds of ways to add flavor to old favorites.
Normally, the chicken was placed on tortilla shells, slathered with shredded cheese and serrano cream.
Now, the chicken is placed on a bed of dark, healthy, greens, topped with sliced   chicken and lotsa grilled veggies with serrano cream ~made with yogurt instead of sour cream.

Again, the firehouse recipes are relatively fast.  This one takes a bit more time...but can easily be prepped earlier on in the day and grilled in very little time!
ENJOY this packed-full-of-goodness-meal!

Grilled Fajita Taco Salad


4 chicken breasts

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. liquid smoke

2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 serrano pepper, seeds removed and sliced

Juice of:  1 orange, 2 limes and 2 lemons

3 garlic cloves or less {we just love garlic!}

*Desired amount of greens like spinach, romaine, fancy greens etc.

Grilled Veggies:

1 red onion, sliced

2 red peppers, sliced

2 yellow peppers, sliced

*Place veggies in  ZIPLOC gallon bag with a tad bit of olive oil.  Keep chilled until ready to grill.


*Place chicken in ZIPLOC gallon bag along with the liquid smoke, oil, salt, pepper, serrano, juices and garlic.  Let sit for at least 1 hr. and up to 24 hrs. in the fridge.

*Grill chicken on the bbq until juices run clear and it is fully cooked.  Remove from grill and place on a plate covered with tin foil.

*Once the chicken is cooked and "resting" under the tin foil, place the veggies in a veggie grill basket and let it char a bit.  stir it a couple of times and that is it.

{If you don't have a grill basket, they make great Father's Day gifts!  Or, just make sure the veggies are cut large enough so that they don't fall through the grates on the grill.}

*Prepare your salad beds and place sliced chicken, grilled veggies, avocado and serrano cream on top...or you can eat them on a tortilla shell...

Serrano Cream

3 Serrano peppers

1 large clove of garlic

½ tsp. sea salt

½ cup plain yogurt or sour cream

*Seed, devein and cut peppers into small pieces.

*Combine all ingredients in blender until well blended.

*Chill until ready to use.

Shared with:  stonegable, newlyweds, comfy in the kitchen

Thursday, June 14, 2012

{mini} Rum Crepes with Whipped Cream

Strawberry season is HERE!  It really.really is...which means berry fields in the morning, fresh strawberry jam, smoothies galore, strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, and the humble strawberry crepe!

This would be a fun dessert, don't you think? What about breakfast in bed? Not much more indulgent than THAT...unless you were to scarf these babies down on the deck at twilight!

{mini} Rum Crepes with Whipped Cream


1 1/2 cups 2% milk {The more fat, the better!}

1 Tbsp. rum or rum flavoring {vanilla paste or vanilla is also really great if rum is not an option}

3 large egg yolks

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

5 Tbsp. melted butter...I prefer unsalted, but salted is fine if that is what you have on hand


*Blend all ingredients together in blender on high for 30 seconds.

*Scrape down sides of the blender and blend on high for 30 more seconds.

*Bring to room temperature before cooking.

*There are quite a few videos online if you need some helpful hints on how to make them.

*If you need to make these like NOW, simply heat a medium sized skillet to medium heat.  Use a bit of oil and ladle desired amount onto hot skillet, flip and place on a warm plate.  I use wax paper or parchment paper on top and draped with a tea towel to keep them warm.  They can also be cooked up ahead of time and kept chilled until ready to warm and serve.

*Use a scalloped cookie cutter {available at Sur la Table} and cut out rounds.

*Dice up fresh strawberries into teeny, tiny, itty, bitty, pieces and coat with a bit o' sugar and fresh lemon juice.

*Fill mini crepes with berries and roll up a bit.

*Serve these sweet little rum crepes with a small dish of fluffy whipped cream.

{I am off to watch good ol' Mr. Ed!!!}

Happy Strawberry Season!!!

Shared with:  comfy in the kitchen

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello to hot water with lemon and fresh mint.

Hello to great deals and spray painting projects.

Hello to silvery-blue...almost ripe blueberries.

Hello to beautiful new blooms.

Hello to reason # 210398463637 why boys need their mommas...and then a wife!!!

Hello to my very favorite bread {or onion} board!

Hello to leftover salad and grilled tuna fish sandwiches for dinner. 

Hello to clean sheet Monday, clean bathroom rugs, and to-do lists made for the week.

Happy Monday!

Shared with:  Lisa Leonard

Friday, June 8, 2012

Crabby Melts

WHEW!! We are officially done with all things "school".  Graduation and our trip to Caldera Springs is behind us.  What an amazing time with 15 of the sweetest graduates EVER!  Now, our girlie is leaving for Kazakhstan and we will be getting Caleb ready for his trip to the Philippines.
Do you ever wake up feeling like a bit of a "free bird"... even if it is for a few minutes?
Anyhoo, hope all of you are well and are starting to look forward to the beautiful months of Summer. 

Crabby Melts


1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

6 oz. can crab meat...{Bumble Bee fancy white crab meat}

1 small bunch of green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 of one red pepper, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced 

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese



Mix all ingredients together and mix well.  It should be really creamy.  Toast Pub Buns before putting the mix on top to avoid soggy melts.

Place desired amount of crab mix on top of lightly toasted PUB BUNS and bake at 350* until crabby melts are bubbly and lightly browned...about 10 to 15 minutes.
Enjoy with fresh veggies, fruit and lemonade!

This and That:

Don't you wish peonies bloomed all year?

Caleb's Open House 

Simple is BEST!


The little LOVE BIRDS

The LOVE of my life...who makes every adventure so much fun...who wipes my tears, laughs with me and holds me tight!!!

...and PIE...SWEET PIE 

Happy almost Summer!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Psalm 19

This morning I was soaking up Psalm 19.  How refreshing it is to read God's word and to be reminded of His Majesty.
I attempted to blog about our Caleb's graduation, but could not get the words out as I was so filled with emotion.  Honestly...the tears kept coming, so that will need to be finished soon as I do not want to forget all that we are thankful for.  Our theme for  Laurissa's senior year was With Gratitude and we have carried it over to Caleb, too because there is simply no other words that can be uttered.  It IS indeed with GRATITUDE that we have been entrusted with our two blessings!  God knew we needed both of them!
We are chaperoning the senior trip this week and are so looking forward to spending time with these amazing young adults...GOD IS GOOD!
I hope that you will take the time bask in HIS GLORY!

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Happy Sunday