Cream Scones

I love making breakfast pastries! Here is probably my favorite scone recipe. Feel free to change up the flavors with the fruit/extracts!

3/4 c. dried or fresh/frozen berries (blueberries, cherries, cranberries)

3 c. flour

3 TB. sugar

1 TB. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cream of tarter

1/2 c. cold butter

1 egg, separated

1/2 c. sour cream

3/4 c. half-and-half cream or whole milk

1 1/2 tsp. extract (almond, lemon, vanilla, orange)

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cream of tarter. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add berries; set aside. In a small bowl, mix egg yolk, sour cream, cream and extract. Add to flour mixture; stir until soft dough forms. On floured surface, gently knead 4-6 times. Divide dough in half. Press each half into a 6 inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Beat egg white and brush on top on scones. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm! Makes about 16 scones

Note: The scones in the pictures were made with chocolate chips in place of the fruit!

Recipe credits: Taste of Home Cookbook

By Daisy

Priorities- What is Best?

I am the type of person who loves to work. Sometimes I am so much that way that I find my value in how much I get done. Work is a good thing, but I have to be sure that I find my identity and value in Jesus.
Recently we’ve been hosting a boy from a different country. At first, it was kind of hard for me to accept that Kinza was his favorite. Then it hit me why. She spent a lot of time playing with him and giving him attention. Usually, I was so consumed with what I needed to get done, that I didn’t take a lot of extra time for him. There is definitely a balance to everything; I don’t have to be everyone’s favorite, but this scenario really made me think about my priorities. What is more important- checking everything off my “to-do” list, or sacrificing myself to serve the people around me?

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about with much serving, and came to Him and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

This story was is so convicting for me. Jesus commended Mary for her willingness to sit and worship Him. Martha’s serving was a good thing too, but there was a higher priority that Jesus had for her- worshiping Him.
How can we know what should have top priority? I don’t claim to have the answers, but these are some things that I have found helpful.
1. Be sure to take time for Jesus. Make this the MOST important part of your day. Don’t try to fit quiet time/personal devotions into your day, put it there first. Even if it means getting up earlier.
2. Have a time in your day to relax. This might not be practical for everyone, but because of my tendencies to put too much pressure on myself, I like to take an hour or so in the afternoon or evening to read or do something relaxing. Don’t push yourself all day.
3. Spend time investing in others. Be very intentional about spending time with others. Often. Whether it’s simply your siblings or your children, take time to do something special for them and show them that they are important.

I would love to hear from you all- what are practical ways you keep your priorities right? -Ginger

Year in Review

Looking back over the past year, I can see the mighty hand of God in my life. There have been a lot of amazing, exciting things as well as hard, discouraging times. I think the time of life I am in is probably the most fun and the most difficult. (I’m sure someone here could argue with me!) One of the greatest blessings in 2021 has been friendships. I’ve had opportunities to make new friends and spend time with so many great people in my life. Whether it was volleyball games, traveling, youth, or family stuff, this year was full of being with people I love.
A few highlights:
– Family vacation in Tennessee
– Trip to Montana where Kinza and I were photographers at a wedding for the first
– Youth girls Bible studies
– Working outside all summer
– Youth, church, and family camping
– Week of girls camp
– Hunting season
– Us four girls on this blog and our families spent several days in Chincoteague.
Mixed in with these things there was, of course, normal life. The blessing of my Christian family and a peaceful home is something I take for granted way too often. I’ve been so blessed!
Happy New Year to you all!

2021. What can I say? It has been a hard year, but also one of the best years of my life! As I was contemplating this blog post, I was scrolling through my camera roll from last year, and I almost went crazy trying to pick just a few pictures to use.

A few major things from 2021:
– I went to Bible school. That experience was priceless!
– A family vacation to Tenessee in the spring and Montana in the summer. My family is so incredibly important to me! I don’t realize how much I need them until I leave!
– I am tremendously thankful for good jobs. I love each one of my jobs, the people I work with, and I feel so privileged to have good places to work.
– We hosted Ukrainian orphans on two different occasions. I am very grateful for the experiences. During those weeks I smiled in pure joy and cried in despair. Through hosting, I have had to step back and evaluate my personality, the way I view myself, and my relationship with God.
– Taking on the position of counselor for 10 teen girls at a week-long summer camp.
– My trip to Jordan! Going to the Middle East has been a dream of mine for a long, long time. I’m so fortunate to have been given that opportunity.
– Tuesday nights and all the children that come to church. I love my class of little girls and have hope for their future.
– I went skydiving, and let me tell you, that was awesome!! Go do it!

Ok, I could say a lot more, but I guess I’d better wrap this up! I am eternally grateful to God, my family, my friends, and everyone else who encourages me. My prayer for this next year is that I would take whatever comes my way, and use it to honor God and become a better person. -Kinza

Two Thousand Twenty One was a tough year for me. I struggled with some health issues too which didn’t help the matters! But you know, it’s those tough and challenging times that help us to see and feel God deeper. -Things look impossible, but with God all things are possible-. One of the biggest changes that happened in my life this year was my family building a house and moving. It was really neat to see the new house come together and all the people that were involved. I too have been blessed by all the friendships and relationships that have boosted me through this year! Some of the highlights:

Buying a mini red Poodle puppy {Theo} He’s the cutest!

Helping out our thrift store {it’s the best thrift store out there!}

Going to my first ABC Seminar

Helping out at our new house {Cleaning, CLEANING, painting, packing and shopping for all the details of a new house.}

Shopping at Lowes

Chincoteague Island with my family and friends!

Moving in October

Buying a different camera

May God’s peace and rest be with each of you ladies as you continue to pursue God. Don’t give up, its worth the fight! Happy 2022- Damarus

Well as I think all of us are saying, this year has definitely had hard things. But I think it has also been a year of growth too! Here are a few of my favorites from the year and a hard:

Favorites:

Being in a ladies group. It was a first for me, but so good! Just the sharing and encouragement of each of the special ladies; I treasure their friendships!

Helping design the new house!

Deepening relationships with people.

All the fun photo shoots! I get so excited about them!

Helping in a cousins wedding.

CHINCOTEAGUE!!!

A hard thing this year was moving. This was challenging because it signified a big change in the life that I called normal. But God has been with us and we made it through! May we all grow and blossom in this next year! -Daisy

Book Recommendations Part 2

“Books are a traveling machine! They take you to the past or the future or somewhere in between. They take you to places no passport can take you to, and areas no one knows about.”

@Oliviasbassily

The Yearling

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Classic

This is one of those books that will always hold a very soft spot in my heart. It’s the story of a boy who goes through profound joy, adventure, and heartbreak until he becomes a man. By the way, it’s so good that it had to be translated into 22 different languages!

Elizabeth Street

Laurie Fabiano

Historical Fiction (based on true)

This enthralling novel will give you a picture of what life was like for an Italian immigrant family. Full of excitement, fear, and turmoil, this story will challenge you to a different perspective on underprivileged people groups.

Surviving the Tech Tsunami

Gary Miller

Inspirational

Do you ever wonder how to deal with all the technology rushing at us in this day and age? In this book, Gary Miller informs and challenges people to rightly handle the technology in their lives.

My Name is Mahtob

Mahtob Mahmoody

Autobiography

This is a captivating autobiography about a kidnapping, escape, and recovery. It has a focus on Muslims and Middle Eastern culture, which I find very interesting.

Beautiful Child

Torey Hayden

Nonfiction

I put this book on here simply because I didn’t have space for all the books by this author. They are all about how the author helped extremely needy children. After reading these books I am always a little depressed and challenged. They are part of what convinced me to become a teacher.

Adore

Sarah Hagerty

Inspirational

This book will push you to discover who God really is and what He means to you personally.

The Privilege of Youth

Dave Pelzer

Autobiography

My little sister would read this book at night and laugh and laugh. I just couldn’t wait until she was finished so I could read it! Sequel to “A Child Called It”, this book a must-read! It is a mix of humor, heartbreak, and hope.

Love Does

Bob Goff

Inspirational

My dad recommended this book for us to read. It is so encouraging and challenging. God wants to use us and have us as participants in building His kingdom and being His hands and feet. Real Friends don’t just talk, they do! If I am like Jesus I will act in love. Love Does!!! Read this book, my friends. I’m not actually finished with it, but have been so inspired. Bob does use unique stories, but pulls out such great things!

Saving My Assassin

Virginia Prodan

Autobiography

This is a very compelling book. It is about a courageous woman who was willing to sacrifice everything for Jesus. This book will keep you turning pages! I was very challenged after I read it.

My Sergei

Ekaterina Gordeeva

Nonfiction

This is a true story written by an Olympic skater about her and her husband’s lives. It ends in a tragic way that makes you fall in love with the book! I have been interested in the lives of these skaters for a long time, and therefore I was highly excited when I found this book!

I get sad every time I hear a person say, “I don’t like to read.” It’s like saying, “I don’t learn,” or, “I don’t laugh,” or, “I don’t live.”

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Compiled by Kinza

[O Holy Night]

[Verse 1]
O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining 
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees; O hear the Angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
[Verse 2]
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the Wise Men from Orient land
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend
[Verse 3]
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is Peace
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother
And in His name, all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us Praise His Holy name
Christ is the Lord; O praise His name forever!
His power and glory evermore proclaim
His power and glory evermore proclaim

I encourage you to read the words of familiar hymns and songs and then see if that does not cause you to worship and marvel at the Savior we serve!