Tuesday, December 29, 2009
3 c all-purpose flour
3 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
½ c cold butter or margarine
1 egg, separated
½ c sour cream
¾ c half-and-half cream
1½ tsp almond extract
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk, sour cream, cream and extract. Add to flour mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. On a floured surface, knead gently six to eight times. Rub orange zest on top of dough. Knead in craisins and orange zest. (Try not to over-knead, or else they won’t be as fluffy) Divide dough in half and roll each portion into a circle about ½ inch thick. Cut into wedges with a sharp knife. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Beat the egg white until foamy; brush tops of scones and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 4oo degrees for 15-20 minutes.
2 c & 1 Tbs confectioners sugar
1 Tbs butter, soft
¼ c orange juice
2 tsp orange zest
½ tsp vanilla
Mix and drizzle over scones.
Monday, December 21, 2009
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses (mild)
4 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
2 tsp ginger
Cream shortening and sugar together. Beat in eggs. Add molasses and dry ingredients. Roll into 1 inch (or larger) balls and roll balls in sugar. Bake at 350* for 10 min.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
If you have never been, you've got to go! It's amazing! I could go every year, and I don't think I'd ever get bored with it.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We had a good Thanksgiving with my Dad's side of the family.
Maggie and I went shopping on Black Friday and found some great sales. I have about 95% of my shopping done. Yay!
On Monday, Deborah and I made dinner for our families. It was served a little later than we would have like, but it was delicious! Mmmm...Garlic Marinated Chicken, Garlic Parmesan Rolls, Chocolate Souffle.
I've been sick...again! It started off with a cough, with which I started losing my voice. (My voice was described as a 12-year-old boy going through puberty. Not very feminine. Go ahead, laugh...you know you want to. Everyone else was.) Then it turned into a cold, and then I came down with pink eye last night. Gross!!!
Tomorrow, we are going to the Annual Leadership Retreat. It's where we discuss the vision the Lord has given our Pastor for the upcoming year. This year's vision should be very exciting and will bring about quite a few changes for our family.
I came across this blog today and I feel inspired to make some cookies. Maybe I'll make some for the Annual LBF Cookie Exchange on Monday.
Oh! This post wouldn't be complete without telling you we had our first snow of the year on Saturday. It was very, VERY minimal, but for those who are familiar with the area you know how RARE snow can be over here. So, getting snow this early is a good sign that we'll be seeing more. Maybe we'll have another White Christmas?!
1/4 cup butter, cubed
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Baking cocoa or ground cinnamon, optional
In a large heavy saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. In a small bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar and salt; add milk and stir until smooth. Stir into the melted chocolate. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
In a small bowl, beat egg yolks. Stir a small amount of filling into yolks, return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Add extracts. In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar on high until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, stir a fourth of the egg whites into chocolate batter until no white streaks remain, then fold in remaining egg whites.
Grease the bottom of 1-1/2-qt. baking dish; add souffle batter. Place dish in a larger pan. Fill large pan with hot water to a depth of 1 in. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
For topping, beat the cream in a chilled small bowl until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Serve souffle warm with a dollop of sauce. Sprinkle with cocoa or cinnamon if desired.
1/3 cup sugar
2 packages Rapid Rise yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat milk, water, and butter until very warm (120* to 130* F.); stir into dry ingredients. Stir in egg and enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
With a sharp knife, divide dough into 24 pieces for 9x13 inch pan. Shape into balls; place in greased pan. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic*; pour over rolls.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover (use saran wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking spray), and let rise in warm overn 30 to 45 minutes until doubled. (hint: to warm oven slightly, turn oven on warm setting for 2 minutes, then turn it off, and place covered dough in over to rise. Remove pan from oven to preheat.)
Preheat oven to 375*F. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Remove for oven, cut apart, and serve warm.
*Add garlic to butter BEFORE melting; garlic flavor is enhanced when heated.
1 1/2 pounds baby red new potatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for grates
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped, plus sprigs for garnish, if desired
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets (about 6)
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 pounds medium-thick asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoons Garlic Vinaigrette
Heat grill to medium. Fold a 4-foot-long sheet of aluminum foil in half to make a double-layer sheet. Place the potatoes on the double layer. Form a packet, folding foil over potatoes and crimping edges to seal. Place on grill and cook, turning over once, until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Leave potatoes wrapped in foil to keep warm. Raise grill to high; lightly oil grates.
Meanwhile, make marinade: In a large baking dish, whisk together 1 tablespoon of the oil, garlic, vinegar, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken; turn several times to coat. Let marinate at room temperature 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Working in batches, if necessary, grill the asparagus, turning ocasionally, until lightly browned and tender, 4 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness of teh spears. Set aside.
Lift chicken from marinade and grill until browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from grill. Cover the chicken with foil to keep warm.
Remove warm potatoes from foil; transfer to a medium bowl, toss with butter, and season with salt and pepper. Cut the asparagus on the diagonal into 1 1/2-inch pieces. In a medium bowl, toss asparagus with Vinaigrette. Serve the grilled chicken with potatoes and asparagus. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.
1/3 cup white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
In a small bowl or jar, combine white-wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, and garlic; season generously with coarse salt and ground pepper. Whisk or shake to combine. Add 1/2 cup olive oil; whisk or shake again. Store in an airtight container or jar, and refrigerate, up to 2 weeks. Shake before using.
**Due to the cost of asparagus, we chose to use have fresh green beens. Cooked, blanched and tossed in the vinaigrette was very tasty!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It sure seems like our family has been going through a lot of trials lately. Everything seems to happen at the same time, and it can get overwhelming and discouraging. Look for the testimony through that trial and it will bless you!
Trial: Several of us have been sick.
Testimony: We're almost back to full health again!
Trial: The microwave died.
Testimony: Someone had an extra that they gave to us FREE!
Trial: Maggie's engine went out on her car.
Testimony: My dad found an engine 1/2 the price she originally thought she would have to pay.
Trial: My dad's engine went out on his truck.
Testimony: The Lord provided a small commuter car a while back, so he has a car until he can get his truck fixed.
I will bless the LORD at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
- Unfortunately, Lilly has been sick this week, but it has allowed me to get things caught up in the office. Yay!
- Next week is Thanksgiving break!
- I had coffee with a friend today.
- Made breakfast for dinner. Mmmm...pumpkin waffles.
- I attempted pilates tonight. Hehe...gonna have to work on that. :D
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, pumpkin and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until combined.
Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
Yield: 4 servings.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
1-1/2 tsp. oil, divided
1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cans (14 oz. each) chicken broth
1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Medium Salsa
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- Let's see...last week the microwave died. This week Maggie's car died. What is going on??
- Watched 'Up' last night. It was really cute!
- Got my hair cut today.
- Going shopping Saturday! Woohoo! Maybe I'll get some Christmas shopping done.
- I tried duck for the first time yesterday...hmmm...not a fan.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- You don't realize how much you use a microwave until you don't have one (ours died yesterday!).
- I found some cute fall cookie cutters today at Walmart for $0.75! It was a set of 3, regular $3.00. I'm all about clearance items! Whenever I go clothes shopping, that's the first place I go...the clearance rack!
- Lilly was telling me last night that if there's a day that her mom or dad aren't there to pick her up from school, she's going to ride her bike home cuz she knows the way. :o) Keep in mind she's only 4 and it's probably a 10 minute car ride from the church to her house. That kid cracks me up!
- Tomorrow's the last night for Bible Institute - Medieval Church History.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
- Last night finished up our Missions Month. It was a blessing to be able to hear from all of the different evangelists. Our theme was "For whom nothing is prepared," taken out of Nehemiah 8:10.
- School has been fun with Lilly. She's full of energy, and is always saying things to make me laugh. :o) Today I had her draw some things that she likes. I gave her some examples, one of which was making cakes. When she showed me her drawings, she had..."I like making cakes and shoveling." I found it rather amusing. Oh, she also said Psalm 23 today without any help!
- I can hear the mexican jumping beans clicking in their box. They bring back memories to a time when we were on our way home and stopped at 7-11 for gas. My dad went in to pay and came out with the beans for us kids. They're pretty entertaining!
- Dessert tonight was yummy!
- Fall is slowly slipping away. :(
Thursday, October 22, 2009
When I was on my way home from work today I was feeling burdened for them. I began asking the Lord to show me when and how He wanted me to be a witness, and asking for boldness when that time came.
My skirt from Cabela's was scheduled to come today. You may be thinking, "What does that have to do with your neighbors?" Keep reading.
I get home and check my tracking to see where the package was and it said that it had been delivered and left at the front door. I looked all over the place and it was nowhere to be found. Where on earth could it be? Did the dog get ahold of it? He usually leaves packages alone. Did Josh get it? No. Hmmmmm....this never happens.
I called UPS. They called the driver and it turns out that he took it to the wrong house. Which house did they take it to? You guessed it! The neighbors the Lord had laid on my heart! So, needless to say I took the opportunity the Lord gave. What an awesome way for the Lord to open up that door of opportunity. We just need to be willing and ready to be used of Him! Hopefully we'll be able to continue to be a witness to this couple and see them come to the saving knowledge of Christ!
Do you know Christ? If not, I hope you'll take the time to visit at least one of the website links on the side of my blog.
(By the way, I love my skirt!)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I was getting ready to head back to work when I realized that Violet was very quiet. Better find her and see what she's up to. We found her in Maggie's room doing her makeup! I'm not sure her parents are ready for her to grow up that quickly! :)
Here's what her makeup job looked like!
The B-I-B-L-E according to Violet: Biboo, Biboo, Biboo...Biboo, Biboo, Biboo.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Anyways, weeks like this tend to get me all mixed up. I was just commenting on how tomorrow does not feel like Friday, but then I'm not sure what day it feels like it should be. :o)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- The clothes you get to wear (e.g. sweaters, scarves, etc.)
- Pumpkin flavored things...Mmmmm!
- The colors that the trees and plants have to offer.
I'm sure there are more, but those are the three that came to mind immediately. What do you love about fall?
On a separate note, I'm back from MO. Everything went well, and it was nice to see Amy again and spend time with her. The wedding was beautiful! I'll see about getting some pictures posted in the near future.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Monday I turned another year older in the Lord. At the age of 4 I supposedly made a profession of faith, but the only thing I remember is being excited about getting baptized. For 12 years I based my salvation on the fact that my parents told me I got saved. I would have doubts, but just pushed them aside. After a missions trip to Mexico, I was really burdened that I needed to get saved. So after talking with my youth pastor and his wife, I came before the Lord and asked Him to save me, and guess what? HE DID! That was 6 years ago. Ever since then the Lord has been working in my life, molding me and making me more like Him. God is good!
Monday was also a day that the staff took off early and went to a baseball game! It was really hot, but it was so much fun! I've been to see the Mariner's several times, but never sat that close (10th row from the field), so that was pretty exciting for me. Unfortunately, the M's lost horribly...but we still had fun. For example: Katie brought a fan with her. We would fan ourselves at the same time the ball was being pitched and then check the MPH sign. I was able to fan myself at 91mph, but then Katie beat me with 92 mph! Good times!
Today brought alot of excitement as well! For those who didn't know, Carolyn and Nicki went skydiving. It was a beautiful day for it and they had a blast. They both got videos of it, which turned out great! I've always been against it. Why would I through myself out of a perfectly good plane? I've always said that the only time I would do it is if my life depends on it. But....after today I'm beginning to rethink it. No promises. I'm thinking about it. :o) Carolyn should be putting a post up within the next day or two so be sure to watch for it.
I hope you all had a great week!
I forgot to mention that it's been a very warm week for us. It's been in the late 80's early 90's which is pretty rare for us. Hardly anyone has AC so it makes for some miserable people. :) I'm just thankful that we usually don't have humidity on top of the heat.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Typical Vivo...always staring!