Thursday, December 5, 2013

Off Track

I'm off track.

Have you ever felt the same?

Just feeling like you're not yourself.

Knowing that you're acting like someone you're not.

Doing things that make others happy, but make you miserable.

Well, that's me.

I'm off track.

I've been too wrapped up with doing things for others for all the wrong reasons.

Although I regularly serve in two ministries, attend church on Sundays, and am involved in two bible studies each week, doesn't make me closer to God.

It also doesn't give me the peace that I need.

It just makes me tired!

One of the ladies in my bible studies said the other day, "You can sit in a garage all day, but that doesn't make you a car".

When she said that, I almost spit out the coffee that I was sipping through my nostrils.

That statement was hilarious!

But so very true.

I can exhaust my daily schedule by filling it up with various ministries and bible studies, or I can spend personal quality time with the Lord each day studying His word and in deep prayer.

I think by dedicating time each day to the Lord...

By cutting out ministries that are weighing me down...

Focusing on one bible study instead of many…

And through fellowship with other believers, I can get back on track.

A song that I just love and have been hearing on the radio lately reminds me of my focus.

My redeemer,

My Savior,

And My purpose.

If you've been feeling like me, where your days are without peace.

I pray that you listen to this song and also find your focus, and that the Holy Spirit will comfort you with His peace as you seek him daily.



Love in Christ,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving DIY Decor

A month ago, one of my son's teachers asked me if I'd be willing to help coordinate one of their holiday class parties.

I thought, oh……this new school really gets their parents involved…..

And sure, I'm happy to help.  

I used to coordinate large events for Nike for goodness gracious.  What's a small class party?

Since I'm now a stay-at-home mom.   Isn't that what stay-at-home mom's are supposed to do?

Anyway, I thought that having a little project at my son's new school would be fun.

Well... lemme tell ya….  it wasn't all fun, and the project sure wasn't little.

Since being assigned to coordinate my son's Thanksgiving party, I've obsessed over the whole darn thing.

From food…

To decorations…

To communicating with other parents…

To managing expectations…

You name it, I obsessed over it.

It also didn't help that my son's teacher would do periodic checks every week to touch base on the party, which would freak me out.

I mean really, it's just a Thanksgiving party for kids.  Right?

Well….thankfully the party happened today and it was a pretty great event.

The kids all had a great time and so did their parents.

Thank the good Lord!

Now I can finally take a deep breath, put up my holiday DIY decorations, and stop thinking about all this Thanksgiving stuff.

Oh wait, Thanksgiving is next week...

Good grief!

Well, at least I have some really nice decorations this year that are now ready to go….which is a positive.

So, if you happen to still be planning for Thanksgiving and are in need of some inexpensive and easy DIY decorations, I'd like to share a couple of the ones that got rave reviews from both kids and their parents.


A "give thanks" banner that I made out of grow-grain ribbon, felt squares, letters printed off of my printer (cinnamon cake font) and stapled to each square.

This hung nicely in the party room with two thumb tacks.


It also was great for taking a beautiful Thanksgiving class photo.  Parents just loved this picture.


For place cards, I made these little boats out of scrapbooking paper, tape, popsicle sticks, round labels, a sharpee, orange curling ribbon, glue stick, and mini chocolate cupcakes (no icing). 


Here's what they looked like on the tables.  The kids loved them and thought they were pretty awesome.

The absolute BEST part of the party for me was when one of the kids screamed out as he was leaving, "That was the best Thanksgiving party I've ever been to!".

Granted, he's only four and probably only started speaking in full sentences last year, but his enthusiasm works for me.

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll !

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Orange Snaps


These cookies are awesome!

My little picky eater loves them and so do I.

I found the recipe for these yummy cookies on one of my favorite food blogs, Weelicious.

Weelicious is great for anyone interested in simple, quick, and nutritious kid-friendly recipes....like these Chocolate Orange Snaps.

Enjoy!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Best Chocolate Ever

At the Taco Build-Up dinner party last week, one of the ladies brought an "interactive" dessert.

At first, I started guessing.  Banana splits?  Smores?

But as she began pulling out the items from her brown paper bag, I went blank ...


Then I found out that we were making chocolate ... and got a little worried.

Isn't chocolate pretty delicate to make?

Isn't it complicated?

And doesn't it take forever?

I remember reading something once about using a double boiler and candy thermometer.

Anyway...

The lady who signed up for dessert didn't eat sugar because of a Candida diagnosis long ago.

So she brought her favorite chocolate recipe that everyone can enjoy regardless of diet restrictions.

She's a genius by the way because it was FABULOUS!

Here's her recipe.....

Since chocolate is 50% fat, everything is a one-to-one ratio.

One-to-One Ratio = 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder + 1 Tbsp Fat of Choice + 1 Tbsp Sweetener

Here's what I made ...  I chose coconut oil and honey.


That's not it folks!

Then, she had another table with these toppings... Oh My Heavens!!


Here's my bowl...


Guys, this was I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E!!!!!!!

It's the best chocolate I have ever had tasted!

Not only is this heavenly, it's also jam-packed with good vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and protein.  Definitely making this recipe "The Best Chocolate Ever"!

I recreated this dessert for my husband who's a serious chocoholic.

Here's my spread...


And here are the steps...


1.  1 Tbsp of Raw Cacao Powder
2.  1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
3.  1 Tbsp Agave


4.  Handful of Sliced Raw Almonds
5.  Mix well
6.  Yummy bite!

This has since been our favorite dessert and we've had it every night since I brought this recipe home.

In fact, we sometimes have it for lunch too.  (Goes great with bananas.)

If you're a chocolate lover, you're going to want to try this amazing recipe.  It only takes about a minute to make.

Forget those double boilers, candy thermometers, and chocolate bars.  This is the real deal!

Enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Taco Build-Up

Last week, one of my new friends invited me to a "Taco Build-Up" dinner.

I was super excited because I wanted to have some girl time and .... I this type of party was a first for me.

"Taco Build-Ups" are a stress free way of hosting a potluck.

Everyone contributes.

People don't have to obsess over making big and fabulous dishes to share.

The host doesn't have to shoulder the entire food and drink bill.

And everyone eats the SAME thing - tacos!  YUM!

Here's the sign-up sheet I got in my email box a couple days before the dinner.


Super easy and not too fancy.

My kind of dinner party!

Taco Build-Up anyone?!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spotted Feet

With the start of school today, I just realized that Summer 2013 is officially over.

My son is now two inches taller with spotted feet from wearing his water sandals often,

I'm about 5-10 pounds heavier (give or take a few), from indulging on pizza, burgers and hot dogs.  Ugh!

And my husband, well ... for some reason he just keeps getting thinner.  Lucky him!

Anyway, I didn't think that the end of summer would hit me as hard as it has.

I mean, it's been one super busy summer and I've been looking forward to the day when I would be able to fall back into a daily routine each week...

Have a few hours each day to myself,

And focus on writing in my blog once again.

But as I sit here in the quiet of my kitchen typing my thoughts, I have such mixed emotions.

I truly loved these past few months of summer regardless of it being the hottest months of the year in San Antonio.

And regardless of being consistently super busy and over-scheduled.

I'll always think of my Summer 2013 as pretty darn fabulous.

I snapped a photo of my son's spotted feet yesterday while he was running around the house.

Of all the pictures I took this summer, this one is hands-down my favorite!  (blurry and all)


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tomato & Basil Bites

This past week, I scoured Pinterest and my favorite food blogs for an easy appetizer recipe to bring to a friend's house.

Something that I didn't have to cook, bake, or even microwave.

Something refreshing and full of flavor.

And something that's simple to eat, as in.....no plates and forks needed.

Here's what I ended up bringing...

allrecipes.com
Tomato & Basil Bites.

YUMMY!

These were surprisingly easy to throw together and they sure looked pretty on the plate.

They also paired very well with wine.  Both red and white.

YAY......huge hit!

Not one single bite was spared at the end of the evening.

So, if you're looking for something simple this summer to make for friends and family, you gotta try this dish.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Dominos Pizza

It's summer and I just don't feel like cooking these days.

With temperatures at 100+ degrees here in San Antonio, I'd rather be outside playing in the water with my son than standing over a hot stove in the kitchen.  So needless to say, we've been doing a lot of eating out this summer.

This past week while running behind on getting our dinner plans together, I decided to try Domino's Pizza.  It's literally just down the hill and less than one minute away from my house.

I think the first time I ate a Domino's Pizza was in 1988 in my dorm room at the University of Texas at Austin.

It was late, the pizza was cheap, and I was stressed out cramming for an exam.

Unfortunately, the pizza wasn't that great which is why that experience with Domino's was my last.

Fast forward 25 years...

With aggressive Domino's advertising campaigns promising a new & improved pizza...

A four year old who demands pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...

And one crazy busy mommy who loses track of time each day,

I finally caved in a gave Domino's another shot.

While perusing my iPhone for Domino's coupons, I discovered something super cool.

Their online ordering system.

I used their online coupon (2 medium two topping pizzas for $5.99 each) and tracked my order on my phone!!


Yippee, they were in the oven!




Already?  AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

In less than 10 minutes, it was ready!

My husband walked in and he walked out.

It was that simple!

Oh, and the pizza?  Well, lemme tell ya..........it was fantastic!

If you haven't tried Domino's in a while, I highly recommend you give it a try.

Use their online coupons and online ordering system.

It's super simple and their new pizza recipe is delightfully delicious.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Big Mama Bear

For the mommies out there ...

Have you ever had a day filled with heart-wrenching moments watching your child overcome feelings of being left out.

Feeling helpless as their protector for not shielding their little hearts from this imperfect world?

Harbor feelings of sadness and anger for those who are insensitive to a child's most innocent feelings?

Well, yesterday was that day for me and here's why...

As I rushed into my son's summer school class to pick him up before their scheduled lunch hour at 12pm, I noticed that the entire class was already sitting at the table with their lunch boxes while my son sat off to the side on the floor all alone.  The teachers were standing over the students by the lunch tables as my son sat all by himself.

WHAT??!!

Many thoughts rushed through my head...

Why did the teachers go off schedule and start lunch early? 

Why was my son all alone and not sitting at the table with everyone else and given some of the goldfish or graham crackers that I had donated to the class?

Should I have paid the extra money and signed him up to stay for lunches and nap times so this would never have happened?

As I was prepared to start asking my questions, my eyes locked onto my son's big brown eyes and he burst into tears.

Although I knew what was wrong, I asked him anyway.

With tears flowing down his chubby cheeks, he pointed to the kids at the table eating and said, "Mommy, I don't have one of those boxes!".

My heart ached for him.

His teachers just stood there watching.

And I scooped him up and carried him out of the classroom while he cried uncontrollably.

As I reached the door, his teacher yelled, "Bye Luke, see you tomorrow!".

Oy!  The insensitivity and lack of communication by his teachers were shocking.

So...

Today when I dropped off my son at school, I walked up to the teacher and asked her when she plans to start lunch, and told her that I was just heart broken yesterday seeing my son on the floor by himself.

When she rudely told me that they always start at 12pm and that my son declined to sit at the table with the rest of the kids, I transformed into "Big Mama Bear".

Through my bared and gritted teeth, my response was short, stern, and direct.

"Ok, whatever.  If you decide to start lunch early again today, I included snacks in his bag.  PLEASE give it to him.  THANKS!"

The teacher looked surprised, walked out of the room, and I heard a faint "I'm sorry".


Grrrrrrrrr!!

- Big Mama Bear

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wedding Bliss

My sweet little cousin got married last weekend in Laguna Beach and I was blessed to be there on her very special day.

The weather was perfect.


The location was breathtaking.


And the bride was simply stunning.


During the reception, my husband and I spotted a photo booth.


...and some props...


...and more props.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gardening

It's been one crazy busy summer for our family.

We've taken several family trips so far...

Several more family trips are planned...

Summer school worked in for our little guy...

My mom's group leadership duties...

Family visits scheduled in between...

And, my best attempt at keeping it all straight!

While running around this morning and trying to squeeze all of my errands in the three hour reprieve that I get while my son is in summer school, I realized that I haven't posted to my blog for some time.

Man - O - Man!

I love my blog.

I miss my blog.

Writing in my blog just makes me happy.

It helps me put things into perspective and makes me take the time to download photos from my camera.

Here are some pictures that I took yesterday while I was outside enjoying the little garden that my son & I planted last Spring.


It's my first garden of flowers.

In midst of this hectic summer......

I think I've discovered a new love.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mother's Day

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

I'm a little late with my celebratory post and well wishes for a wonderful holiday.

Nonetheless, I hope all of my mom friends had a fantastic day.

It sure is awesome being a mom.  Isn't it?!

Although it's the most wonderful and most rewarding job I've ever had, at times it sure seems to be the most challenging.

Like most mom's of toddlers and school kids, our "end-of-school year / beginning of summer" calendar has been super-amped and over-scheduled lately.

Hence, my lack of attention to my blog.

Just trying to keep all of the school activities and play dates straight has simply been overwhelming.  

Not to mention parties we've hosted, parties we've attended, spontaneous road trips we've taken, various church functions where we've committed, and my volunteering commitments all squeezed in there.

It's certainly a struggle to stay organized and ensure that I don't walk out the door still wearing my pajamas.

Sadly and seriously, that's truly a concern.

Anyway, the other day while frantically rushing to make Zuppa Toscana for dinner, I had a cooking accident.

Prior to the accident, my son was making me nutty by asking me to help him with his many"projects".  He always has "projects".

This is what the incident looked like:

I put a pot on the stove...

Rush over to help him...

Put some olive oil in the pot...

Rush over to help him...

Crush some garlic in my garlic press and put it in the pot...

Rush over to help him...

Slice the onions and throw them in the pot with the garlic...

Rush over to help him...

Start slicing the potatoes...

Rush over to help him...

Slice my thumb while missing the potato...

OUCH!!!!!!!!    OUCH!!!!!!!!     Oh my heavens ...... OUCH!!!!!!!!

I had been so crazed and flustered with my son's constant demands for attention that I had sliced my thumb all the way down to the meat part!

The cut was deep and I couldn't get it to stop bleeding.

At that moment, my husband walked in the door from work and I - JUST - LOST - IT !

Withstanding my crazy babble and uncontrollable tears, he patched me up and then tended to our son who had been peaking around the corner and listening to me rant about how difficult it is to be everything to everyone.


I took a time out and just prayed for peace.

That evening while putting my son to sleep, we knelt down at his bedside for his bedtime prayer.

And here's what he prayed:

"Dear God, please heal Mommy and me.  Thank you for Jesus.  I love You.  Amen."

I fought back the tears, tucked him into bed, told him thank you for his beautiful prayer, and slowly slipped out of his room.

Once I saw my husband downstairs on the couch, I repeated his prayer and the tears just flowed once again.

Except these tears weren't tears of pain and frustration that he experienced earlier from me, these were tears of undeniable jubilation.

On this Mother's Day, I learned a very big lesson in motherhood.

Simplify - Simplify - Simplify!

I - MUST - SIMPLIFY!

If I don't have time to make dinner, we're going out.

If I can't think straight because of the many functions that we have on our calendar, we're deleting a few.

If my son needs me to help him with his precious little "projects", I"m putting down the knife!

Being a mom is certainly the most rewarding job I've ever had, but it doesn't have to be the most challenging.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  - Philippians 4:6-7

Friday, April 19, 2013

My Shoes

For the past couple of weeks, my favorite Christian radio station, K-LOVE, has been promoting the opportunity to win a missions trip to Guatemala with Mikeschair and Shoes for Orphan Souls.

What a chance of a lifetime!

All you have to do is just send a photo of your shoes.  

Easy-peasy simple.

Every morning since the start of the contest, I would come up with creative shot ideas of my shoes for my entry...

Get excited about submitting my photo...

And just daydream of the opportunity to go on mission to Guatemala and work with orphaned children for Christ.

Plus, spend time with Mikeschair and hopefully listen to them sing a few beautiful tunes along the way.

But quickly after daydreaming each day, I would become distracted by the challenges of being a mom to a strong-willed toddler who commands 100% of my attention and end up forgetting about the contest.

This morning while I was driving my son to school, I heard the contest promotion on the radio.

Yippeeeeeeee!  I thought, maybe I still had a chance.

I rushed home.  Grabbed my basic point and shoot camera, ran by the window, and took this photo.
Yup, nothing fancy.  

No editing.

No elaborate backgrounds.

No graphics.

Just the best that I can do.

I hurried to my computer to upload my photo for the contest and discovered that they were already preparing to announce the winner in a few hours.

Oh man, I missed it!

Darn - darn - darn!

I love entering photo contests like these.  Just putting myself out there and leaving it in God's hands.

Oh well.  

This obviously wasn't meant to be for me.

So, instead of letting this photo just get filed away in my online photo library, I thought I'd share it with you all.

A little bummed, but I'll just keep pressing on and praying for God's direction on missions in the future.  

My heart certainly is there, but the timing may not be right.

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  - Isaiah 40:31

Monday, April 8, 2013

Farmer's Markets


Farmer's Markets are one of my most favorite things in the world.

Last weekend, my husband & I, and toddler in tow, were blessed with the discovery of an amazing Farmer's Market along the banks of the San Antonio Riverwalk.  For those in San Antonio, it's located in "The Pearl", just a few blocks north of downtown in the Museum Reach area.

We loved the open air market filled with locally grown and freshly picked fruits & veggies, pastured poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed bison, beef, lamb, and goats, and plants and herbs of all kinds.

There were also several booths with deliciously sweet smelling breads and pastries.  The aroma of these homemade beauties was amazing, but we didn't stop too long to give into the temptation.  Just a couple whiffs was enough to pack on about five more pounds of jiggly mess on my thighs.

Sorry, just a quick tangent.....too much information, I know.

Anyway, the local community was out sipping coffee while walking around and talking to our local farmers.  It was such a wonderful morning.

Our son particularly loved all of the dogs.  Their owners were either taking a break from their morning runs and walks on the Riverwalk or just hanging out and letting people love on them.

If your community has a Farmer's Market, I highly recommend a quick visit.  Here's a link to find one closest to you.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.

It's a wonderful way to support our local farmers, meet our neighbors, buy seasonal fresh produce and healthy meats, and enjoy the outdoors.

By the way, the photo above is just a sample of our purchase last weekend.  We're juicing most of it, but definitely snacking on those crunchy fresh carrots and yummy radishes.

I hope you have a great week!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Heart's Calling

Something wonderful has happened and I want to share it with you all.

I'm bursting with joy and am overwhelmed by God's grace.

Here's my story...

Several years ago before I met my husband, I felt the call to serve women.

Exactly how to serve, I wasn't sure but my heart was tugging me in that direction and I prayed for the Lord to lead me.

Many years followed with frustration, confusion, and uncertainty while trying to figure out what God had laid on my heart.

There were many times when I even doubted His calling.  I thought, surely God would immediately open doors for me if that's where He wants me to serve. Shouldn't it be easy for me to find or create a ministry because He laid it on my heart?

I've knocked on doors only to have them close.

I've been discouraged and disappointed in all my attempts.

Well, fast forward eight years to the present...

I'm still very certain that my ministry is to serve women and I'm still faithfully praying and waiting on God's direction.

To my surprise, recently God opened a door.

Eight years later, Praise God .... He opened a door for this willing servant.

Three weeks ago I was asked to serve in leadership for a Mothers of Preschoolers group that I've attended periodically in our new town.  I had only attended three out of eight monthly meetings, never attended family functions, never participated in mother's night out events, and recently paid my membership dues for the first time.

This group is 65+ members strong and filled with ladies who are deeply rooted in the area.

Serve on leadership for this established group?

What?!!!  Me?

Although I asked the question, I immediately knew the answer.

This was God.

Tearfully, I walked through God's open door and accepted the invitation to lead this ministry.

From that moment on, rather than doors closing, the doors were opening.

One door after another.... after another.... after another....

As I look back on the eight years that God had me in a holding pattern waiting to serve the women that He had laid on my heart, I now know that those were my precious training years.

Years filled with tears and trials, but every trial overcome with Him by my side every step of the way.

He knew I wasn't ready to answer His call eight years ago.

He knew I needed to grow in Him through fellowship and spending time in the word.

And he knew I needed a timeout every once in a while.

I'm certainly far from perfect, but apparently I'm ready to answer His call.

I am joyful, excited, and extremely honored to serve God's kingdom.

I can't wait to see where He continues to lead me.

To Him be all the glory!

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10

Friday, March 29, 2013

Because He Lives ...

Happy Easter Weekend everyone!

There's a song that keeps playing in my head that I want to share with you all.

I'm sure you've heard this song in church or maybe not, but it's lovely and always brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.

It beautifully describes the reason to celebrate Easter.

Why Jesus Christ is such an important person in our history.

Why He's an important person for our future.

And Why we can face anything in this world.

I pray that this song touches your heart and encourages you this holiday weekend.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him."  - John 3:16-17



Because He Lives
written by Bill & Gloria Gaither

God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

And then one day, I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!

Chorus
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!


Easter Blessings,

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Break Virus

We had Spring Break last week and it sure was beautiful!

The weather was absolutely perfect and we spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoors.

Just as we were ending our fun-filled vacation week and preparing to get back into the saddle of our regular routine, a virus hit our little guy.

Ohhhh the virus...

The nasty-nasty horribly nasty virus!

My joyful and energetic chatterbox was resolved to laying on the couch all day every day for the past five days.

It sure is difficult watching your baby battle a virus.


My days were spent feeling his forehead, shoving a thermometer in his ear, coaxing him to swallow a syringe full of medicine, begging him to drink plenty of water, and praying for a healing.

While my nights were spent waking every two hours checking his forehead, shoving a thermometer in his ear, coaxing him into swallowing a syringe full of medicine, begging him to drink plenty of water, and still praying for a healing.


Today is the sixth day of this terrible virus and I'm PRAISING GOD that he made it through the day with only mild temperatures.

After two visits to the doctor, he finally appears to be on the mend......thank the good Lord!

Maybe tonight I'll wake up every three hours instead of every two to check his forehead, shove a thermometer in his ear, beg him to drink plenty of water, and continue to pray for a healing.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Maple Oat Nut Scone



After enjoying the Chocolate Chip Scones last weekend, I decided to search for a recipe of my most favorite scone ever ...

Starbuck's Maple Oat Nut Scones.

I luuuuv these!

I always check to see if they're in the display cases at Starbucks while ordering my Skinny Non-Fat Latte.

They're just perfect with a great cup of coffee.

They're filled with crunchy pecans, hearty oatmeal, and sweet maple syrup.

Oh, and the glaze!

The glaze is truly the 'icing on the cake' for this yummy treat.

Anyway, I found a recipe online and made a few tweaks.

I cut them into mini scones before baking and they came out oh-so-perfect!

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make.

If I knew scones were so simple to throw together, I would have been making them a long time ago.

Enjoy!

Maple Oat Nut Scones     *Printable Recipe*
adapted from food.com

For the Scones:
1 cup old-fashioned oats (finely ground in blender)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wheat flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 Tbsp cold butter (small pieces)
1 large egg
1/2 cup half and half
1 cup chopped pecans

Maple Glaze:
1 1/2 cups powder sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tsp water

Preheat oven 425 degrees.  Mix flour, oats, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Add maple syrup and butter  and mix well.  In a small bowl, beat egg with cream and maple syrup.  Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.  Add pecans and mix just to incorporate.  Don't overmix.  Place dough on a floured surface.  Knead and pat dough into a 8 to 10 inch circle and cut into 4 wedges.  Pat each wedge into a circle and cut into four wedges.  There will be a total of 16 wedges.

On a baking sheet with parchment paper, place wedges 1-1/2 inch apart.  Bake for 13-15 minutes of until light brown.  Let cool for 3 to 5 minutes.

Mix glaze ingredients until smooth.  Adjust the amount of water to get the desired consistency.  I like the glaze to be thick.  Spread the glaze over each scone and dry for 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stitch Fix: My First Fix!

My first FIX arrived yesterday and I was so excited!


 The packaging was really pretty and the attention to detail was perfect.


Here's a card from my stylist, Margaret.


And here are all the contents in the box.


 I couldn't wait to try everything on!

Unfortunately, I could only get two photos taken of myself with the clothes on because the little man on the left kept jumping in and trying to grab my camera (for him, play time = ALL THE TIME).

Anyway, I really liked this cardigan, but I live in Texas and it's pushing 80 degrees over here.  I'd love to keep this, but I don't think I'd wear it until next year.




This is the best shot I could get of the long-sleeve cowl neck shirt that I received.  The glare from the mirror was just terrible and didn't do this shirt justice.

Plus, I'm sure the mirror needs cleaning :(

I really liked the shirt a lot, but again......I live in Texas and would be waiting a while to wear this beauty.

Anyway, here's what I did with all the items ...





Oh, and I logged onto my Stitch Fix account, emailed my feedback on each item to my stylist, and scheduled my next Fix.  Yipppeeeee!!

I just love the simplicity of Stitch Fix.  It's exactly what this busy girl needs.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Chocolate Chip Scones


If you like scones, you're going to LOVE-LOVE-LOVE these!

This recipe is amazing and I'm so happy that I found it on pinterest.

From start to finish, it only took me 30 minutes in the kitchen until these were sitting on a cooling rack.

The ingredients are simple, the taste is incredible, and they come out of the oven beautifully flawless.

I can't wait to bring these to church tomorrow to share with my friends.

Click here for this super easy yummy recipe.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baked Potato Soup


My husband & I have decided to give our bodies a rest, primarily our digestive systems, from all the heavy meat we've been indulging on these past few weeks.

I dug up an old recipe that we just love and threw it together in less than one hour.

Not only is this creamy baked potato soup quick and easy to make, it's great on the budget and perfect for a nice cold day.

Incredibly savory, one bowl just isn't enough.

Enjoy!

Baked Potato Soup    *Printable Recipe*
adapted from allrecipes.com
3 strips of bacon, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp pepper
3 cups water
1 chicken boullion cube
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup fat-free half and half cream

In a large pot, cook bacon until crisp.  Drain, reserving 1 Tbsp drippings.  Set bacon aside.  Saute onion and garlic in bacon drippings until tender.  Stir in flour, salt, basil, and pepper; mix well.  Add water and boullion cube.  Bring to a boil; boil and stir for 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes and cream.  Cook on medium until potatoes are cooked through.  Garnish with bacon.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Korean Beef Kalbi


Continuing on my fascination with grilling these past couple of weeks, I decided to try one of my favorite Korean dishes from my most favorite Korean blogger, Maangchi.

Maangchi's website is easy to navigate and her recipe posts (to include videos) are perfect.

I tried my hand at grilling her Korean Beef Kalbi (Barbecued Beef Short Ribs) this evening and am so glad I did.

My husband and I loved every single bite of this yummy barbecue.

It's a fantastic recipe that's super simple to make.

If you like Korean food, you're going to love this.

Click here for her recipe.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Huli Huli Chicken


There's a little Hawaiian restaurant right down the street from our house that we've been dying to try.

They've always been closed when we've stopped by, but last week their seldom lit sign indicated their doors were open.

Hurray!

I love Hawaiian food.

Every wonderful bite just brings me back to my fun business trips and relaxing vacations to the islands.

At the restaurant, I ordered Huli Huli Chicken with rice and macaroni/potato salad.

And lemme tell ya ...... It was heavenly!

It inspired me to figure out a recipe to make Huli Huli Chicken on my own since the restaurant is open for only a few hours each day.

The cute Hawaiian lady who greeted us at our table explained their limited hours, "We're Hawaiian.  We work when we feel like it."

We loved their vibe!

We'd eat there every week if we could.

But with those hours, we're not guaranteed this dynamite dish whenever we want.

So, I found a recipe online, made a couple tweaks, and loved every bite.

Enjoy!

Huli Huli Chicken     *Printable Recipe*
adapted from Taste of Home

6 chicken breasts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp chicken boullion powder
3-4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, water, chicken boullion powder, cloves, and ginger.  Reserve 1 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate.

Add chicken breasts into one large resealable bag.  Pour remaining marinade over chicken.  Seal bag and turn to coat.  Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

Drain and discard marinade from chicken.  Moisten a paper town with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.

Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink; baste occasionally with reserve marinade during the last 5 minutes.

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