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Sausage and Cheese Scones

These have become a family favorite - well, for everyone except the picky big sister who won't even try them, do you have one of those too?



I was once very intimidated by the thought of making biscuits - which is what my husband likes to call these - and they pretty much are. But I sure do like making scones - in all sorts of flavors. With a mixer or a fork and some patience and not being afraid of flour cover hands, they are pretty easy!


Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Unbleached Organic Flour
  • 1 Tlbs Baking Powder
  • 1 Tlbs Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Real Salt
  • 4oz Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 3/4 Cup Browned Ground Sausage

Combine dry ingredients in mixer and turn on long enough to incorporate. Add cubed butter, turn mixer on until sand-like texture is reached. Alternate the milk and cheese/sausage until combined.

* When browning the sausage you can either use the remaining for gravy or portion out and freeze for future batches - I've also added the cheese as well so that those two components are all ready to go.

Turn out on a floured surface. I like to use a silicone baking mat on my baking stone. This makes it really easy to roll and cut on the surface you will be using to bake them - making for less dishes!!! Hoo-ray for that ;)



Flour the top of the dough and press out with hands to the thickness of your cutter. Cut out and reform dough as needed. The cut will help the scones rise and be flaky on the the sides. Of course your last one will just need to be free formed - thats ok, that just means you get an immediate reward when you are done.

If you don't want to bother with a cutter, shape dough into a circle and cut into triangle pieces - like a pizza. This is probably a bit quicker, but at least give the cut scones a try once.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

These are great for on the go breakfast. Or you can use these to upgrade your biscuits and gravy. My oldest son likes them with egg, cheese and gravy on the inside - which is what he was sent for lunch today. I have also taken these to MOPS and paired them with apple butter - the sweet and savory is so yummy.

I am thinking of trying to freeze the dough the next time to be able to have them on hand and cook as needed. I have had great success with cookies done this way - of course the cooking time is always a bit longer.



UPDATE: I did freeze them as per usual - cut, placed tray in freezer for at least 30mins (until frozen hard) then transferred to a bag and returned to freezer. They rose pretty well as you can see and tasted great. I'd only keep these for 3 months max in the freezer - otherwise they tend to get freezer burn.

In general, the way I have baked homemade goods from frozen is NOT by preheating the oven. I place frozen items in the oven and turn it on. That way they have time to slowly thaw and thus are able to cook all the way through without getting burned on the outside.

For these scones, I baked on 350 degrees for 40 minutes in the toaster oven. When I made them in the conventional oven the next day (I turned on the oven to warm up the downstairs cause it was freezing and took advantage of it being on LOL) they only took about 30 minutes to cook.

What would you pair them with?

Calendula Infused Oil

Years ago when I was just getting into more natural products for our family a friend gave me some Calendula oil. We had been talking about how my toddler still had quite a bit of cradle cap. I had been just using coconut oil; rubbing it all into his scalp then washing his hair and scratching it out.

So of course I read up on why my friend was recommending Calendula oil.
Calendula oil is traditionally used for abdominal cramps and constipation. It's your skin that will receive a good bulk of the benefits, thanks to the oil's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and related properties. Here are some of the promoted benefits of this oil:  
Skin dryness or chapping – Calendula oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin and for severely chapped or split skin. It helps soothe the area and reduce the pain.
Inflammation – It works well on sprained muscles or bruises; its anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Calendula oil also helps treat spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers, and chilblains.
Baby care – The oil helps relief diaper rashes, which can extremely irritate an infant.
Minor cuts and wounds – The antiseptic and antimicrobial action of the oil help speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, and also benefit insect bites, acne, and bed sores.
Skin issues – Eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin problems can be soothed using calendula oil, applied topically. Calendula oil's antifungal action is also great for helping treat athlete's foot, ringworm, and jock itch.                                                       - From Mercola

Well that looks like a wealth of benefits! Not just for baby, but also for mama as well. Once I made my own infused oil, I have been able to use it in the soap, hard lotion, face serum and cleansing oil I make for myself and our family. This adds just a bit more benefit then the oils alone.

Usually it is easiest to infused in an oil that is liquid at room temperature - such as olive oil, which also has many benefit for your skin. Most prefer to infuse over time instead of using heat, such as on a stove top. But, during the warm summer months I have also used virgin coconut oil, which is liquid just above 70 degrees.

What you will need:



What to do:

I like to do a quart or more at once. This takes a few months and if you are using it for soap making you will usually need quite a bit.

  • Fill jar 3/4s full with dried herbs
  • Top the rest off with oil
  • Place in warm forgotten space in your home
  • Write finish date (2-3 months out) on it


Once it is ready you can use for all sorts of things!

Face Serum

What would you use it in?


Talking to your Children about those Things you'd Rather put off for Never

One thing is for sure, kids are hearing, seeing and being exposed to sex, porn, adult relationships and all the other things accepted by this world that go with them - way sooner and easier than they used to.

The birds and the bees has always been a hard subject for parents to discuss with their kids. It is sometimes even an uncomfortable subject between adults. How amazing would it be to have a few completely spelled out lessons to walk you through these talks?

Good news Luke and Trisha Gilkerson have created a whole series of these to help walk both you and your children though these talks. These all speak from a Biblical perspective, what it is, when it is appropriate and why God did create procreation to be good between husband and wife.

The latest of these is one for your teens on Relationships - 11 Lessons to give kids a greater Understanding of Biblical Sexuality.


The Talk and Changes are the two other resources they have created to support discussing these and showing the good to your children. Relationships launches September 6th and they have a pecial for you! September 6-11, the price will be reduced from $11.95 to $9 OR get all 3 books reduced from $27 to $22.95.

While this is a great price and I love reading them and having instant access I'd rather have a hands on hard copy - which you can get on Amazon. Otherwise you can always email the PDF to yourself and pick it up on your tablet so you and your child don't have to sit in front of the computer.

             

Even if you think you kids aren't yet ready, I urge you to go ahead and grab this to start preparing your mind and heart - it will be here before you know it. I want my children to have a highly different experience than I did.

My first and only discussion of this is definitely a vivid memory. My mom was getting ready in front of the bathroom mirror, I sat on the floor outside the door - probably playing with our dog. I asked, "where do babies come from?" The answer I received back is one that has colored my journey and is still sometimes something that effects my marriage.

"You are going to think it is gross." 

I know my mom always did her best and the best of what she knew. Being raised in the mainline Churches of Christ I am sure this wasn't a subject spoken of - and I being raised in a similar church, it was not something that was even approached with the youth. Sex, attraction and anything related was wrong, was sin. So the good, the intimacy and the pleasure that comes from a husband and wife relationship was also not spoken of - there needs to be a balance.

I want my children to see the good of physical and emotional purity. That both those are amazing things to experience with that ONE person you choose - everyday - to be married to. All those relationships preceding that ONE, whatever the intimacy level, will enter in - good or bad to their marriage.


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