Saturday, November 26, 2011

Scrumptious Saturday {5}

::Blackberry Maple Scones::
1 ½ cups flour
3 Tbsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. sea salt

1-1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 heaping cups blackberries OR raspberries
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Place the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and whisk together. Cut in the shortening with your fingers or a pastry cutter until coarse crumbs are formed.
In a separate small bowl whisk together the syrup, milk, and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients and quickly mix together with a fork or wooden spoon until the dough thickens. Fold in the berries, being very careful not to over mix.
Drop by the large spoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 15 to 17 minutes, depending on the size of your scone.
Yield: About 32-40 large scones

{Note: Whenever you see a recipe with this much butter, you can know it is bound to be a winner. =) 
-We have been cooking gluten-free lately, so I made these with a gluten-free flour mix my sister concocted. Regular flour (as the recipe uses) will work just as well}

Monday, November 21, 2011

Giveaway!!

Blue Fringe Wrap Scarf
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I am {most} excited to announce this spectacular giveaway featuring one of the amazing creations of my very beautiful and creative cousin from Georgia.
 I am also excited because this is the first give-away for my blog and that is thrilling in itself. =)
 Corina (my cousin) has recently opened a delightful business called Spoonfuls of Sugar. Visit her Etsy shop to browse and purchase from her collection of scarves, hair flowers, and headbands.
You can also become a fan of Spoonfuls of Sugar on her facebook page
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(above photo: I'm modeling my own scarf. I will be giving away an identical scarf to the one I'm wearing. This scarf is adorable and SO fun because it is so different from the typical scarf. It is actually a circle, about 60" in length, that can be draped around the neck once or twice)
Instructions for the give-away are simple: just comment with your full name (first, middle, & last)
You can get an additional entry if you post about this giveaway and link to it on your blog or facebook page, or both! To do that, simply do a post linking to this on your blog/facebook, and then submit another comment on this post with the link to the post you did.
At the end of two weeks I will draw from all the names entered and will do another post with the winner's name, at which point the winner will be requested to send me their address...and I will send them the scarf!
Let the fun begin!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Scrumptious Saturday {4}

::Broccoli-Mushroom Penne Pasta::
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-1 & 1/2 lbs. penne pasta (or other pasta- I used rice pasta)
-1/2 cup butter
-2 garlic cloves
-8 oz. can mushrooms
-1 small onion
-1 & 1/2 cups cooked & cubed chicken
-4 cups frozen broccoli
-1 tsp. basil
-1 tsp. oregano
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1. Cook pasta to desired doneness
2. Melt butter in saucepan and saute' the garlic, mushrooms, & onion for about 5 minutes or until tender. Add chicken and continue cooking until all is hot.
3. Cook broccoli until heated through.
4. Toss sauteed mixture, pasta, broccoli, & herbs together and serve immediately.
(Note: Serves 6. This recipe worked out great for me this week as I was cooking for only five in our family =))

Mitchell::Senior2011

Mitchell&Allison::Seniors2011

 Back in September, I had the fun of doing a duo senior photo shoot for two of my siblings, Mitchell & Allison, who graduated together this fall. It was a great experience. As they are my family and best friends....it was more of a party than a photoshoot!
Here are a few of the shots that we did with them together.
The glasses were Mitchell's idea...SO cool. 
*smile*
Watch for their individual photo shoots, coming soon!

Reba on the Phone

Rebecca loves talking on the phone. With over half the family gone this past week, she's had lots of opportunities for phone chats with the missing family members. 
I thought these were too cute not to post. She is the queen of expressions. =)

Excitment!!

Found out some amazing news this morning about this handsome brother of mine and what he is going to be doing today at 1:00pm. 
VERY exciting news. =)
Visit our family blog for the whole scoop, and go to the Bible Bee website to watch the finals live as Joshua and 6 other finalists compete for the $50,000 first place prize today at 1:00pm!! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Scrumptious Saturday {3}

 ::Breakfast Apple Coffee Cake::

CAKE
~3/4 cup butter
~1 cup sugar
~3 eggs 
~3 1/4 cups flour
~1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
~3/4 tsp. salt
~1 1/2 cups milk
~3 1/2 cups apples (cored, peeled, & diced)
~8 oz. cream cheese, softened and cubed

TOPPING
~4 T. flour
~4 T. sugar
~4 T. butter, melted

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture, alternately with milk. 
Add apples and cream cheese and mix just until blended.
Pour into greased 9x13 inch baking dish.(I prefer glass) 
Mix topping ingredients and drop small spoonfuls on top of the cake.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
And there you have it---a bite of delicious, healthy, buttery, fattening goodness. 
Just don't focus on the fattening part and you'll be good.
*grin*

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Scrumptious Saturday {2}


::Jalepeno Popper Burgers::


::Ingredients::

  • 3 jalapeno peppers (halve lengthwise, remove/disgard seeds, and chop finely)
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • cheese
  • hamburger buns, split
  • lettuce leaves
  • tomato slices
  • guacamole 
  • ketchup/mayo/mustard



::Directions::

  • In a small bowl, combine the bacon, cream cheese and jalapeno until blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine the garlic, salt, lemon-pepper, pepper and paprika. Crumble beef over mixture and mix just until blended. Shape into eight thin patties. Spoon bacon mixture onto center of four patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.
  • Grill burgers until done
  • Serve with toppings
        chefs notes: #1: For those of you that are wondering....I made four recipes for my family.  *smile*
#2: to use less jalepeno, leave seeds in. The seeds of a jalepeno have most of the zing. For example, I made this recipe times four, but only used 3/4 of a jalepeno, because I left the seeds in
#3: these are SO yummy. You will never be content with a "normal" hamburger again!
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top of burger over jalepeno filling and edges pressed together with bottom half of burger

FINAL PRODUCT PHOTO!