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A couple of summers ago I wrote a post about gardening and in it mentioned , “teaching your children and remembering Who it is that has provided the bounty on your plate!”

Pictured above is my oldest daughter, who posted the photo on her facebook album. She reminded me of the impact we can have on our children while they are growing up and how important it is to pass on the things that are most important in life.  Her “sense of adventure” and being a “berry picker” are, apparently, a result of my example.

The truth is these qualities were passed on to me by my parents who took my older sister and I camping, made us work in the home garden and picked wild berries on the side of the road with us, not to mention a number of other things that have stuck with me into my 50’s.

I learned from my parents to keep an eye out for wild critters and learned to spot a deer when most folks would miss it.  I count and track the birds that come and go each year in my back yard.  Even begging my husband to stop on the side of the road so I could enjoy the multitude of wild flowers in the spring was a result of parental guidance.

The things we pass on to our children can last into eternity… It’s up to us to choose what it is that they will live with forever.  Teach them rightly and they will live rightly.  Teach them evil and they will reap the consequences.

There is no greater joy than knowing your children have taken on the heritage you’ve handed down to them.  The next best thing is watching them share it with their children and others.

2 Timothy 1:5 I remember your true faith. That faith first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I know you now have that same faith.

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homemade air freshener

homemade air freshener

Over the past few years I’ve noticed that I have become more and more sensitive to a number of things including fragrances and air fresheners.  After reading some of the contents on various air freshener labels I’ve noticed there are essentially two kinds, air fresheners with gobs of stuff I cant pronounce and air fresheners with the simplest list of ingredients; alcohol, water and essential oils.

I have come to greatly appreciate the latter.  One type in particlular stands out in my mind as simple and amazing in it’s ability to freshen the air quickly and pleasently.  I’ve considered trying to reproduce it and have come up with a recipe I think will ease the minds of most indoor air-pollution consious persons.

Ingredience:

  • 6 oz  distilled water
  • several drops of essential oil (citrus, peppermint, lavender, etc)
  • 1 oz  alcohol (rubbing, vodka, gin etc)

Use a good misting style trigger spay bottle, shake and spritz away!

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Raisin Scones

This past saturday I hosted a baby shower for my daughter who will be the mother of our first grandchild.  My husband and I are thrilled and the shower was such great fun, with lots of ladies and lots of chatter and of course, goodies on the table for all to enjoy.

This shower was an afternoon tea and among some of the fair we served finger sandwiches stuffed with cream cheese fillings made with strawberry and cucumber.  My daughter worked at a tea house several years ago so she made the finger sandwiches.  We’d went shopping for the supplies the day before and found some gingerbread cookie cutters and she used the little cutter to cut the finger sandwiches.  They were so cute all looking like little babies and the ladies gobbled them up so fast we couldn’t get them on the serving table fast enough.

I was responsible for the scones, one of my favorite things to bake since they are so easy and fast.  I made three batches; one raisin, one pear and the other apple sauce.

I was in a pinch and had to make some of the scones from a recipe I found on the www, for reasons I wont explain here, so I found this raisin one and whipped it up quick.  I didn’t get a chance to taste it since they disappeared so fast.  You know something is up when the room gets quiet and there’s 20 women sitting together.   I figured they must have been good enough to eat.  🙂

The other recipe I used is my own.  I have found that it can be converted with most any flavors or fillings you like.  The original recipe is Maple Pecan but since my daughter doesn’t eat nuts I opted for the pears and apple sauce fillings.  They are moist and don’t crumble into pieces when you cut them.  Enjoy!

Maple Pecan Scones

3-1/2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 c chopped pecans  (walnuts may be substituted)

1 stick butter cut into pats

1-1/4 c cottage cheese

1/2 c maple syrup

Method:

Using a food processor blend dry ingredients together first.

Add butter and spin just till crumbly.

(at this point you can choose to mix the balance of ingredients in a large bowl)

Combine cottage cheese and maple syrup in a seperate bowl, pulse into the dry ingredients being careful not to over mix.

Add pecans and pulse just to mix together.

Pour out onto a lightly floured board.  Dough will be sticky.

Form a large low round about 3-4 inches high and place on a pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Score (just into the dough about half way) the round into 8 pieces (like a pie)

Bake at 350 until golden for 25 minutes or more depending how high you choose to make your round.  Test with a toothpick or wooden skewer.  When it comes out clean the scones are finished.

Optional:  Sprinkle with brown sugar before baking.

Substitutes… as long as your liquid to dry ingredients balance out you can use your imagination…. chopped pear, persimmon, fresh cranberries, and omit maple syrup.  Other options include; apple sauce for maple syrup and add chopped apple.

You might also like this Bacon Cheddar & Scallion Scone recipe by King Arthur Flour I used earlier in the year for a women’s brunch.  And,… just in case  you are adventurous check out this King Arthur recipe for Starbucks style mini-scones.

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Some of us do some traveling now and then and a nice hotel comes with pricey room service and even more pricey restaurants.  I’ve seen folks talk about making a grilled cheese sandwich on the clothes iron in your room but how about tortellini with spinach and crème fraîche and ciabatta muffins?…. FROM SCRATCH?.. no microwave, no toaster!!!   Now that’s what I call room service!

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As I’ve mentioned before, my two daughters have men who love to hunt and I am a beneficiary of that. “Hunter” and Daughter #1 recently drove to Montana to retrieve some of their prize and promptly deposited a good portion of it in my freezer in the garage, since the one on my side-by-side in the kitchen has been occupied by meat from previous hunts.

It’s official! Thanks to my “Big Game Suppliers,” the only meat I’ve needed to purchase in the last six months has been chicken. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have such a bounty of wild game in my possession and in my pots.

I’m looking forward to this Sunday and cooking up the four rabbits that are awaiting a good Hasenpfeffer, which I hope to post about.

I’ve included a fun picture of “Hunter” and my daughter with a white tail he recently bagged.


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I told you I was gonna post the results of the “no-knead pizza dough” recipe and, well, Chef John, you were right!  This was the best pizza dough that ever came out of my oven.  I’m converted forever.  I’m never going back to kneaded dough, never… 

If you’re looking for a good pizza dough you really can’t pass this recipe up….. REALLY! It’s simple, refrigerates well, (I refrigerated half the dough for several days with great success) and has a professional, crusty ~ chewy texture and tastes great.

I did do a little altering to the recipe and used a tomato and basil infused olive oil instead of regular olive oil, also a success.

Once again, I’m convinced that no-knead dough is the way to go!  Next I’m getting me one of those pizza stones and see if it makes it even better.

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John 6:50-51 
This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 

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