Friday Foods – Perfect Scones

I woke up this morning craving scones. I absolutely LOVE them! I love that you can make them sweet and you can make them savory. Today….it was a sweet for me. I also love that they are so versatile. You can make them into so many flavors. Today it was orange pecan for me. Yummy! On Fridays, it is my desire to share some of my favorite recipes with you. So, lets call that agenda: Friday Foods.

This recipe I found online but have used the basic recipe to feed my creativity. There are many recipes you can do that with and that makes for easy and new meals for your family. So here is the scone recipe I used this morning with my changes…

Orange Pecan Scones

    2 cups of organic flour
   1/3 cup raw sugar
   1 teaspoon baking powder
   1/4 teaspoon baking soda
   1/2 teaspoon salt
   8 tablespoons unsalted butter, refrigerated
   1/2 cup sour cream
   1 egg
   Extra sugar for sprinkling
   1/2 cup chopped pecans
   2 teaspoons grated organic orange peel

Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a food processor, put the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pulse a few times to mix together. Take the really cold butter and dice into pieces, not too big, and place them in the food processor. Put the lid on and pulse the food processor, stopping once to stir the mixture, if needed. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse crumble. Do not over mix. Make sure there is not big chunks of butter in mixture. When done, pour into a mixing bowl, add the pecans and zest and set aside. Mix the sour cream and egg in a separate bowl until well blended and smooth. (I use a fork for this.) Using that same fork, stir in sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large clumps form. Finish this by using your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. Do this gently. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.) Place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7 to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. (Doesn’t have to be a perfect circle.) Using a pizza cutter, slice the circle into 8 triangles. Place the scones on a parchment lined cookie sheet, about 1 inch a part. If desired, sprinkle a little raw sugar on each scone. Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature. Can be served with clotted cream.

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Horseback Riding Date

Horse: n. The horse is a beautiful animal, and of great use for draught or conveyance on his back.

(1828 Noah Webster Dictionary)
Soooo….this morning I spent my time on the back of Sisco, a gorgeous brown and white horse. (I forgot to ask his breed but you horse saavy people will know I’m sure.) This is only my second time on a horse and I so enjoyed it. My sweet husband joined me since we often try to arrange time together to keep our marriage refreshed and tended to. Yes….besides tending to your children and home, your marriage needs some TLC as well. So, I purchased this horseback riding tour for the two of us and we had a blast. It was inexpensive, close to home and the Lord blessed us with fabulous weather. It truly was a wonderful time together. We finished up our time together with a meal at a new local deli (we like to support local businesses) and good conversation.We’re so glad for the experience and time to share together. This is another photo for our scrapbook.
Has it been a while since you spent some alone time with your hunny? I want to encourage you to arrange some. It doesn’t have to be on a back of a horse or even away from home. You can do something special at home. You can plan a special meal for the two of you, maybe after you have fed the kids. Clear the table of their meal and set a simple nice table for the two of you and his favorite meal. Or you can take a walk around your neighborhood one morning or after dinner. You can plan a movie night after the kids are in bed and watch a favorite movie together. Or you can plan a night out. However it works for you, I encourage to make time to be with husband and give your relationship some TLC. View your marriage like a beautiful plant…if you neglect it, it will wilt and eventually die. But if you water it, give it sunlight and tend to it, it will FLOURISH. 
~Naomi
   

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Routines Work

I am FIRM believer in routines. They keep me on track and help me get much accomplished. Most days my routines go off without a hitch BUT there are days that my routine schedule is thwarted. Sometimes emergencies or spontaneous invitations or unexpected illnesses will interrupt your routines. That’s OKAY! You can just pick up where you left off or reevaluate your schedule and see what you can leave out or skip so you can try to find your way back on track. Some days, I will tell you, I only get my morning routine done and I’m perfectly happy with that. I just believe you should always have a plan for your day and try to stick with it. Let me share my new school year routine.

My Basic Daily Routine:
     7:00 am – Arise, read Bible, pray
     7:30 am – Make bed, exercise
     8:00 am – Shower, devotional w/kids, eat breakfast, start laundry
     9:00 am – Start school; reboot laundry, various chores I have
                      down for that day
     12:00 – 12:30 pm – Lunch; clean up
     1:00 pm – Finish up school or read aloud time with mom
     2:00 -5:00 pm – Afternoon chores w/kids; free time for kids when
                               chores done
     5:00 pm – Family dinner
     6:00 – 10:00 pm – Family time, or scheduled activity; 5 minute
                                  room pick up
     10:00 pm – Kids in bed; my reading time and look over of
                        tomorrow’s schedule
     11:00 pm – Lights Out!

This is just a basic routine for me and my family. Our routines are more detailed for each of us but this gives you a general idea of what we do. Remember routines will have to be adjusted as the seasons in your life change. And it is my prayer that you will develop a routine for your family and try to stick to it. You may have to adjust it a few times to find the right schedule but it WILL be worth it.

~Naomi

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Learning About Hypocrisy

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My second posting and I want to talk about something so serious? YES! I am going through an affliction these days that has led me to think more on the sin of hypocrisy. The 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary defines hypocrisy as 1. Simulation; a feigning to be what one is not; or dissimulation, a concealment of one’s real character or motives. More generally, hypocrisy is simulation, or the assuming of a false appearance of virtue or religion; a deceitful show of a good character, in morals or religion; a counterfeiting of religion.

The Bible shares many truths and examples of different hypocrisies. Hypocrisies based on conceit, dishonesty, insincerity and self righteousness to name a few. As I was researching, I was led to R.C. Sproul’s article on hypocrisy. I want to share that with you now. Please pray before jumping in.

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A New Beginning…

This is all new to me…somewhat. Last year I shut down my 10 year old website that I used to manage. My life had changed and I couldn’t keep it up. I miss it and am hoping that this blog will fill that enjoyment I miss. I am also taking a little different focus sharing what joy is mine.

What JOY is mine?
      ~  Being a child of God
           ~  Being married
                  ~  Being a mother

And I plan to share those joys and more as the Lord leads me to. I hope you will come back and visit me.

~ Naomi