On the way to school this morning, after serving my child this beautifully crumbly and lightly sweet pastry, we had a conversation about how much she hates the school she’s going to.
Her: I really hate it. And you guys are making me go anyway. And you said I had a choice. But now your making me go and it’s not fair!
Me: Yup. You’re right.
Her: And I’m not happy there. And I should be happy,
Me: Well, it is our job to teach you how to find peace and contentment within yourself, so that even when you are in situations where you are not happy (there will many of those in your life, where you are not able to choose the environment or the people in which you surround yourself) you are able to still find your purpose and meaning and contentment without the world surrounding you affecting it.
Her: *eye roll* Well I hate it. And I should choose.
Me: Well do you also remember this morning when you asked Daddy how much all our bills were. And he told you, and your jaw fell to the floor? Well it is also our job to get you the very best education we can afford so that you can make choices in your life to get you the life YOU CHOOSE, and so those bigger choices later on in life, won’t be made for you. SOME of those bigger choices later on, are dependent on choices we make now, and they can not be in your control because you’re a kid, and kids have parents to make choices for a reason.
Her: *an “I hate you” stare. I HATE IT.
Me: I know. But I love you.
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15 Minute Bisquick Orange-Cranberry Scones with Orange Glaze
I don’t want to teach my kids that I want them to be happy all the time. I don’t think we are meant for that. I do want to teach them contentment, peace and fullness that comes from within. When times are hard, we can look at the big picture and maybe get a glimpse at what it really means, and our place in that universe.
Cue the Orange Cranberry Scones!
Why else on earth would there be Orange Cranberry Scones than to teach us the beauty of life when it is hard to see it. To show us how sweet the universe is, when much bitterness also lies within and outside of us. Just a simple gift from the universe to let us know. . .it’s okay, hang in there. You got this.
I served this today with a Kick A** Copycat Chick fil A Market Salad. Check it out!
Want to see me making the Scones and the Salad in real time? Check out the Youtube Video here. . .if not, keep scrolling for the recipe.
- 4 1/2 cups Bisquick Baking Mix
- 6 TB Sugar
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup Orange Juice
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine Bisquick, sugar, and butter. With your spoon, cut the butter into tinier pieces as you mix them thoroughly.
- Into a separate small bowl mix together your milk and orange juice and let sit for a minute to help curdle the milk.
- To your bowl of flour mixture, add egg, cinnamon and milk. Stir well, making sure to eliminate pockets of flour that are hiding in the bottom of the bowl. Your flour mixture will be QUITE thick. The consistency of a wet ball of pizza dough. Once you get to this stage, fold in your cranberries until they are thoroughly combined.
- Onto a cookie sheet, lined with a Silpat or parchment paper, drop your dough in 1/4 cup size mounds. Cook at 375, for about 16 minutes or until golden brown.
- While the scones are baking, make the orange glaze. Into a small mixing bowl, add 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 1 tsp water, and 1 tsp orange juice. Stir until combined. The glaze should be thin enough drizzle onto the scones. Feel free to add more or less liquid to make it as thick or as thin as you like. But be careful! A little liquid goes a long way!
- Remove the scones from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle glaze on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.