Delicious Scones

My sister, Judi always sends wonderful birthday gifts. This year she sent a package of scone mix. My husband had never eaten Scones and I haven’t made any from scratch in over 32 years so I was eager to try the mix.



So I pulled out my favorite mixing bowl, added water, stirred and used a large spoon to “drop” them onto the parchment paper covered pan and placed a few in the toaster oven and covered the bowl with plastic wrap so that we could have fresh scones the next night.


They turned out beautifully!


I brushed the top with softened butter. They were delicious! I will not say how many we devoured but John loved them.


John at the Liberty Station in Bedford, Va

That’s my guy! (This photo was taken last year but it is one of my favs.)

We left one for you!


We had one left to share with you! It went great with Peppermint Tea. Shall I pour a cup for you?


I will definitely make these again. I might add a few more cranberries and dots of butter to the batter. The refrigerated batter worked out well the following day. I still prefer to cook from scratch but this was wonderful and was so easy to prepare.



If you have considered buying this product, I definitely recommend it.

Thanks, Sis!

Great Idea from The Learning Parent – Resurrection Rolls!


“He is not here, for He is reisen as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” 

Matthew 5:28

Resurrection Rolls

Here’s a new twist on the Resurrection Cookie idea for Easter, both are recipes you can do with your kids/grand kids in order for them to understand the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This fun recipe uses Crescent rolls and a disappearing marshmallow!

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Crescent rolls
Melted butter
Large marshmallows

Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Read Matthew 27:57-61

1. Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
2. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.
3. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to anoint the body.
4. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.
5. Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. (The oven represents the tomb – pretend like it was three days!)
6. Let the rolls cool slightly. The children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)

Now read Matthew 28:5-8

Explain: At the tomb, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw an angel, who told them not to be afraid. No one had taken Jesus’ body, but He Had risen from the dead! The angel told the women to go and tell the disciples what they had seen, that Jesus had risen from the dead. They were so excited, they ran all the way home to tell the disciples the good news! He is risen from the dead! Alleluia!

After that Jesus appeared in person to Peter, then to the 12 disciples and after that, to more than 500 people. Jesus’ appearance to eyewitnesses, those who saw Him with their own eyes, would give support and prove that Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

By rising from the dead, Jesus proved once and for all that He was the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Chosen One, and the Lamb of God. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus did what no other had ever done before. As both God and man, He overcame sin, death, and hell. And now because of what Jesus has done, these things no longer have any power over those who believe in Jesus and allow His Spirit to lead and direct them. Rather than being slaves to sin and death, Christians ( those who love and believe in Jesus) are free to obey God and do good ( Romans 6:17-18). The Bible says in John 8:36, “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”

However, we will only obey God if we listen to the Holy Spirit our helper. He enables believers in Jesus to do the right thing. It is important that we read the Bible (God’s Word) because one of the ways the Holy Spirit helps us obey God is by reminding us of what He says to us in His Word. God’s Spirit will never go against his Word. In fact, when we read God’s Word, we are listening to the Holy Spirit. Of course, you won’t always do the right thing; the Bible says this ) 1 John 1:5-10). But that is why we need to continue to confess our sins knowing that God forgives us, based on what Jesus did on the cross. This is also a reason we need to spend time with other believers in Christ so they can encourage us in our faith.

May you have a blessed and meaningful Easter!

Do You Remember…

Do you remember the first real recipe you cooked? Not just helping Grandma bake cookies or opening a can of soup or even making your first PB&J but the first time you looked at a recipe and followed the instructions without assistance?

I remember it well because Mom made baked beans every weekend. One Friday when I was in the fifth grade, I came home from school and Mom asked me to make dinner. It had been a difficult day as the babies had been “fussy”. My little sister was two and my brother was probably teething at the time.
Fortunately, we had hotdogs and buns in the refrigerator. Easy to just fry or boil the hotdogs but we needed something to go with them. I pulled out Mom’s recipes and pulled out her baked bean recipe. (Nope. I did not add the hotdogs to the beans.)

Mom usually opened the cans and just dumped everything into the casserole dish with two or three strips of bacon on top – so it was easy to do. That’s what I did – exactly the way I had watched Mom prepare her recipe every week.

After years of practice, I  have made a few changes to the recipe. I began stacking uncooked bacon, slicing them into bits and frying them – drying the bacon bits on a paper towel while I sauteed the onion in the bacon drippings. Bits of bacon left on the bottom of the pan came off nicely if the juice from the canned beans is added and stirred with a wooden spatula to loosen what is left. It gives a nice flavor to the beans. Also, I have learned to simmer the beans a long time for a nice, thick sauce.
I only bake them once or twice a year now since they are so sweet. I just decided to make some at the end of this month for my sister’s birthday. They go well with fried chicken!

Kathy’s Baked Beans
(A variation of Mom’s Recipe)        


1 med to large onion – diced

(Green bell pepper optional)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp molasses (I use Karo Dark Syrup)
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp. of dry mustard

(prepared mustard works in a pinch)

1/8th tsp. of vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
2 cans pork & beans

Preheat 350@ oven
Cut several strips of bacon into smaller pieces, fry in frying pan. Remove the bacon onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb grease. Saute’ the onion in the bacon drippings.

Open cans of pork & beans and pour into large casserole dish or dutch oven. Add bacon bits and onions. Stir.

In sauce pan, mix the rest of the ingredients on medium heat until it almost comes to a boil. Add this sauce to the casserole dish and stir.

Bake covered 2-3 hours or Uncovered until the desired consistency.

Moms, what are your children learning by watching you? Are you following God’s Word as your recipe for life or are you throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that as you go along? What do they hear when you speak?

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,

that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

Colossians 4:5-6


I saw these adorable lunches for kids on Pinterest and couldn’t resist sharing them!

Kitchen Scrapbook has some great ideas. Check it out!

Wish I had these recipes when I was teaching preschoolers. =-)



Cookie Blossoms by Chef in Disguise

I don’t need a green thumb to make these adorable flowers!

Copied from facebook post by Chef in Disguise.


Today’s tip comes from better homes and gardens. To make cookie blossoms roll a dough ball in colored sugar. Snip it in half with scissors, then snip each half into three petals. Gently spread the petals apart and lay flat