Blueberry Scones with Lemon Drizzle

Our son, Brandon baked blueberry scones with Lemon Drizzle for tea-time at our family get-together. “Don’t overwork the dough,” is his key to excellent scones. These scones are just as delicious placed in the refrigerator overnight and served the next day. I know, because I did that very thing. Enjoy~

 

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Drizzle

Ingredients~

2 cups  All Purpose Flour

1 Tbs.   Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

4 Tbs.   Sugar

5 Tbs.   Unsalted Butter (cold, cut in chunks)

1 cup    Blueberries

1 cup    Half & Half

Lemon Drizzle~

1/2 cup  Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)

2  cups   Confectioner’s Sugar (sifted)

1    Tbs.  Unsalted Butter

Directions~

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with the flour. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
  • Fold the blueberries into the batter. Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the half & half. Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough.
  • Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 by 3 by 1 1/4 inches.
  • Cut the rectangle in 1/2 then cut the pieces in 1/2 again, giving you 4 (3-inch) squares. Cut the squares in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you the classic triangle shape.
  • Place the scones on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Let the scones cool before drizzling the lemon drizzle.

Lemon Drizzle Directions~

  • In a microwave safe bowl, mix the lemon juice with the confectioner’s sugar until dissolved.
  • Whisk in the butter.
  • Microwave the Lemon Drizzle for 30 seconds.
  • Drizzle over the top of the scones. Let it set a minute before serving.

Your Tongue Can’t Hurt Others Without Hurting Yourself

Your tongue can’t hurt others without hurting yourself.  Why? Because you are attached to the other end of your tongue.  Sounds like a joke or a riddle, but it is no joke. We need to teach our children this very important lesson.

Probably all of us have had a slip of the tongue and thought, “Now where did that come from?”

“for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34b
Nobody appreciates a tattletale, but our tongue is our tattletale of our heart. The tongue and the heart are closely connected.

There are things growing in our heart.  We are always taught to monitor our behavior, but Jesus said that there are an abundance of things growing in our heart that will eventually come out.

If we were being taped all week, how much would we want it played in public? If you are like me, you try hard, but you keep slipping up.  Sometimes, it seems like the Christian walk is littered with banana peels. Be encouraged! James preached to keep pursuing, but we will slip up at times. See James 3:2.

You and I need to ask ourselves this question on a regular basis: “How is my heart?” We need to daily monitor our heart.

Do I think positive or negative about people? Do I harshly judge people or do I accept them as they are, but love them toward change? Do I allow angry or jealous thoughts to enter my mind? Am I discontent or am I content? Am I thankful or ungrateful? These thoughts will affect my countenance, my conversations, my health and my heart. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Every adult in the world has had someone mistreat her in some way.  Some mistreatment is more severe than others.  What is more important than any abuse or mistreatment is the way we allow our minds to think on this mistreatment. The way we handle mistreatment in our minds will lodge and grow in our hearts.

happy and free by forgivingWhy are some people positive, happy and forgiving when they suffered abuse and others bitter, unhappy, and unforgiving who have suffered from much less? What is the difference? The answer is: Drum-roll please~~~~

Different Thinking!

The negative, angry, unforgiving people hold on to their bitterness refusing to let it go… by forgiving their offender(s). Bitterness lodges and grows in their heart, making it an ugly heart.

The positive happy people come to a point in their lives where they make a conscious decision:

  • God has a good purpose for their lives.
  • They use the hurt they experienced to help others.
  • They choose to forgive the people who hurt them.
  • Instead of ugliness growing in their heart, they have the fruit of the spirit growing in their heart; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. See Galatians 5:22

Is it easy for the happy positive people to do these things after mistreatment? NO! Is it easy to have right thinking? NO! Is it imperative to one’s life to make these conscious decisions?  A million times, YES!

Pull in right thoughts
PULL IN RIGHT THOUGHTS

It is freedom and happiness when we do a heart check-up and replace negative thoughts with happy, kind, forgiving, Bible thoughts.

This is most Important: When we realize we are thinking a wrong thought, we try to get rid of it.  Have you noticed that method does not work?  Instead, pull in right thoughts and the negative wrong thoughts will push out. (Pull in Philippians. 4:8) 

Let us begin our day with Pull Ins!

  • Name five blessings.
  • Think on all the good the Lord has done for you. Start with the day He saved you.
  • Thank the Lord right now.
  • Thank others who have made a difference in your life. Start with your family members.
  • Meditate all day on a favorite encouraging Bible passage. I am meditating on Galatians 5:22 today.
  • Pull in good thoughts today. Why? To push out the evil thoughts.
  • Now ask yourself this question: How is my heart right now?
  • Before you lay your head down on your pillow tonight, evaluate your day. How was my heart today?  If you still have a heart problem, tell the Lord all about it.  He cares like no one else!
  • Remember to Pull In, Pull In and Pull In Some More! God is cheering you on, because you are a winner!

4 Homeschool Lessons From the Life of Philip Bliss

I know of people who keep a Hymn Book by their Bible and sing from it after their Quiet Time. The best book next to the Bible may be the hymn book because it is filled with riches and truths to bless our hearts. This morning I was singing in my Quiet Time, My Redeemer by Philip Bliss.

The hymn writer, Philip Bliss is the author of many hymns in our hymnals. He wrote well-known hymns, including  Almost Persuaded, Hallelujah, What a Saviour!, Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, Wonderful Words of Life, and the tune for Horatio Spafford’s,  It is Well with My Soul.

I am always curious to find out about the parents of those people who have made an impact for Christ while they lived. Philip Bliss was a person who made a difference. I believe we can look at his parents and learn from them as they spiritually and wisely invested into their son.

  1. Bliss’ Dad encouraged his family to daily pray. Do we encourage our family to pray?
  2. His Dad loved music. He delighted in his son having a passion for singing and helped him develop musically.  What are our children’s’ God-given passion? What are we doing as parents to help them develop their passion?
  3. I love this about Bliss’ mother: Bliss had little formal education and was homeschooled by his mother who used the Bible. The fact that his mother taught her child from the Bible, melts my heart. In our home, do we open the Bible daily to read to our children and to teach our children?
  4. Bliss developed a hard work ethic at a very young age. His family was poor and he had to work to help out the family. Now, I do not advise sending a child out to work at the tender age of eleven, but God worked it out for good in Bliss’ life. Do we give our children a good work ethic? Do we find ways to teach our children the value of money? Barry and I offered financial incentives for doing extra chores. Help children to be creative in earning extra money. One way we decluttered, plus got children involved in earning extra income was with garage sales. When the people arrived, our children set up the lemonade stand, sold homemade cookies and passed out free Gospel tracts.  Help older children build their own budget.

Check out the book by Larry Burkett: Money Matters For Kids

What would you do if the next few days were your last on this earth?  Not realizing it would be his last days on this earth, Philip Bliss spent his last days blessing us all!

trainOn a very cold December 29, 1876, Philip Bliss was traveling to Pennsylvania with his wife to be with some friends. He traveled by train and spent most of the time on the trip writing lyrics for yet unpublished hymns.

As the train was approaching Ashtabula, Ohio, it began to cross a steel and wooden bridge that spanned a several hundred feet deep ravine. The winter weather had shaken the moorings of this bridge, and when the train was halfway across, it gave way. The train immediately plunged into the ravine below. The passenger coaches ignited with fire because of the pot-bellied stoves inside that burst into flames upon impact.

GravestonePhilip Bliss survived the fall by escaping through a window, and crawled from the wreckage.  However, when he could not find his beloved wife, Bliss fought his way back through the passenger coach fire in a vain effort to locate and rescue her.  Sadly, both of them perished in the flames, along with 100 other people.  Philip Bliss, just 38 years old, and his wife were never identified.

It was thought that all of Philip Bliss’ belongings, including the manuscripts for the yet unpublished songs, had all gone up in flames. Fortunately for us, weeks later, a trunk belonging to Bliss was discovered. It had been mistakenly placed on another train during an earlier stop in the journey. Inside the trunk, several manuscripts were found. One of the manuscripts had the words to the song entitled, My Redeemer. The fact that the song was sung after Philip Bliss was in the presence of his Lord and Savior made these words a thousand times more meaningful.

Philip Bliss wrote:

I will sing of my Redeemer and His wondrous love to me;

On the cruel cross He suffered, from the curse to set me free.

I will tell the wondrous story, how my lost estate to save,

In His boundless love and mercy, He the ransom freely gave.

I will praise my dear Redeemer, His triumphant power I’ll tell,

How the victory He giveth over sin, and death, and hell.

I will sing of my Redeemer and His heavenly love to me;

He from death to life hath brought me, the Son of God, with Him to be.

Best Breakfast Casserole

After feasting on the best breakfast casserole at a church women’s ministry, I sought out the cook and found her; Ruby Thornton. I recently served this breakfast casserole to guests who stayed in our home, and I received great reviews.

Best Breakfast Casserole

9×13 greased pan

  • 4 slices of bread, cubed
  • 6 bacon strips, drained, torn into pieces
  • 14 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onions (optional)
  • 1 cup (4 oz) cheddar cheese (shredded)

Directions:

  1. Fry bacon. Drain. Tear into pieces. Set aside.
  2. Cube bread. Place into greased pan.
  3. Beat eggs, milk and sour cream.
  4. Add bacon pieces.
  5. Add salt, pepper, green onions (optional) to taste.
  6. Pour onto bread pieces in pan.
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  8. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for 30 minutes more.

My Jesus Hug

It was your typical day in mid December. Barry usually gets the mail and opens the Christmas cards, but on this day, he handed one Christmas card to me. My name only was written on the outside of the envelope. Upon opening the envelope, my eyes fastened to a beautiful glistening Christmas card.

My day quickly transformed into an untypical day when I opened the gorgeous Christmas card to discover the “sender.” Written inside were these words: “Love, Jesus.”  Tucked within the card was a Jesus Hug.

My heart flipped and I ran to show my husband, saying, “Jesus loves me!”  Of course, I already knew that Jesus loved me, but it was still precious to get a huge Jesus hug.

With part of the money, I decided to put Scripture decor in my home, so I would remember the special day I received my Jesus Hug.

Over my living room/breakfast area doorway is a Scripture that brings me hope, “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Whenever problems, pain, the swirling events and circumstances in my ever-changing world seem to swoop upon me, I can choose to hope in God’s Holy Word, His Love Letter to me.