Orange Scones

Monday’s sure can be a drag, especially coming off a busy weekend. I’m still recovering, and am just tired. My oldest finished math a little early and cranked out these delicious scones. We all enjoyed a tea break before Latin for one, math for another, and grammar for another.

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Orange Scones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 scones in a scone pan


For the scones:
    • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed, softened
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp orange zest
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus tiny more if need)
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp nearly melted butter


  1. For the scones, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add in butter. Mix using the beater blade of an electric mixer until it resembles coarse crumbs (you can also use a pastry cutter, if you prefer).
  2. Add in egg, sour cream, orange juice, vanilla extract and orange zest. Combine completely.
  3. Make a long roll with the dough, using additional flour to make it workable. Score in to 8 even sections.
  4. Place one section in to each spot in your scone pan, trying to be careful to not overwork the dough.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Let cool in pan, separate out on to cooling rack set on top of wax paper.
  6. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, orange zest and orange juice. Spoon orbrush glaze over each cooled scone, allow to set, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. ENJOY!

Handling Suffering

I just listened to this sermon from Aug 31, 2014 by Voddie Baucham. Such a good one if you are going through a hard time. It is encouragement for a Christian to endure suffering well, even unto death, realizing God is good all the time. To live well (meaning for God’s glory) is one thing, but to die well or watch someone you dearly love die, and you endure it giving glory to the Father–that is a product of a life lived for God.

…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning! Amen.

(entire phrase is Ps 30:5 For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.)

Baked Glazed Spam-Today’s Lunch

The Iowa Housewife: Baked Glazed Spam.

I love glazed, baked SPAM. It’s a food that, having had it as a child, brings warm fall-filled joy. We cut the SPAM up and lay it out in a 9 x 11 pan so the pieces get well coated and have a little crisp to them. The low sodium isn’t as exciting, but we use it anyway. Today we’ll have it with fresh green beans from the garden and canned fruit of some sort.

Fall is definitely here. Most of us are in jeans…and it makes me think of land with a pig, chickens, rabbits and many fruit trees to prune….maybe one day.


Why I Need Schedules

This day of school is over, at least my part in it. I’m so happy. It was beautiful out and all I felt like doing was going to lunch with my husband, taking a walk, and puttering around. None of those things happened.

Even though nothing I really wanted to do occurred, I’m going to be able to relax tonight with a good feeling of satisfaction. The only reason is: the schedule.

My school schedule is an excel spreadsheet and it starts at 8 am every day except Thursday, but that shifts most weeks to 8 am. It only starts at 8:30 incase we are tired from lingering at church Wednesday night.

All day, every day, I know what I’m supposed to be doing with whom because of the schedule, which we all have a copy of. There is no chaos, guessing, calling out to people who are surprised it’s time for them to come work…the key to an organized school day here is a predictable plan. I’m so thankful for it because in spite of the daydreaming that kept capturing my attention, the schedule reeled me back.

Aside from the school schedule, my laundry schedule is my little accountability partner. My memory is terrible, and the less I have to rely on it, the better. My feelings about laundry are equally unreliable. I do not like doing laundry, but I do like having an orderly home and that means clothes that are clean and ready to wear when needed. Taking pleasure in providing this key staple of care to my family is the motivation to stick with my laundry plan. One day my children will be on their own, fending for themselves, but sweet memories of growing up, where they are equipped to ‘do it all on their own but don’t HAVE to’, are what I’m hoping to instill. These years of learning cannot be the years of cooking for themselves, cleaning all the things they interact with, managing all their money etc. It is too much on a child’s mind to have to manage all of that; that is why God designed the family with a mother at the helm of daily living. “Let me do that for you,” is a blessed thing to be able to say to kids who toil all day with academics and which need down-time to be kind to their siblings, pray, exercise, and just have some fun.

The schedules allow me down-time, but also make it so my kids get the time ‘off’ which they need. It also means that if I have chores for them to do, it is clear how long they are doing them so their whole day isn’t wrought with working.


Note: My first excel spreadsheet style schedule was created in 2008-2009 when my children were quite young. The only year we began without one was a disaster, and the kids were asking for one in short order. The schedule is not a quickly created project, so if you are trying to make one and want a template, please email me.

Today’s new recipe–Easy Artisan Bread. Mix 3 cups warm water, 1.5 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP yeast, and 6.5 cups flour together lightly. Cover and let sit for 2 hrs. Shape in to 4 grapefruit sized balls and let rise for 40 mins or so. Add a little more flour as needed (especially if you use freshly ground flour). Bake in a steamy 425 degree oven for 20-30 mins. You can get the oven steamy by spraying the walls and quickly shutting it when you put the bread in, or add some water to a cast iron skillet that is already in the hot oven.



Lunch Ideas During the Homeschool Year

I know we all get in a rut over what to fix for lunch during the long days of home schooling. Here are some things we’ve been having. I generally try to make lunch for everyone a couple of times a week; the rest of the time, they fend for themselves. When there is cooking, I’ll do it to save them time since lunch is only an hour and I want them to get outside or get to relax some. If we have fruit, that goes with lunch. Otherwise some sides are applesauce, carrots, raisins or chips.

Lunch meat sandwiches

Boxed mac n cheese (Wegman’s brand)

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Ham, egg and cheese sandwiches on hamburger buns (great to do after burger night since we always have some buns left over plus helps finish up any remaining lunch meat in the drawer)

Leftovers from dinner–at least one or two lunches can happen with this during the week. There is usually pasta–once sauce is gone, just buttered with cheese.

Egg, cheese, kielbasa sauteed with collards, either in a whole wheat burrito or just on a plate

Bean burritos–we always have refried beans around and usually have tortillas, sour cream and cheese

Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level – International Business Times

Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level – International Business Times.

More Catholic blasphemy. Will the true church continue to act as though Catholics are Christians? Is this going to help them come to true salvation? We are so preoccupied with not offending people we’ll cajole them all the way to eternal damnation so we don’t have to suffer any discomfort in this present life.

For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two- edged sword


Excellent post! I love that God comforts us through His word when we are wronged by others as well as when we have wronged others. We can rejoice and be made whole because of the truth of the Lord, whether others believe it or not. Praise God for opportunities to share wise counsel with others, but moreso I praise Him for the steadfastness He gives to the lives of those who are His own. We shall not be moved. Amen.

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two- edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NASB)

In this day in which the truth is said to be unknowable, Christians must rely on the only source of pure truth we have. There is no truth that we can say is the complete truth unless we take it from God’s Word. The Bible is pure truth and it is the authority we rely on in order to have a firm foundation in this lost and dying world that is consuming itself in rebellion against God.

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