Archives for December 2012

Cinnamon Scones

I have a few friends who love to make homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning.  Like my friends, you might also love the idea of cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but like me, you might not love the idea of getting up super early to make them.  You might also be planning to eat Christmas cookies all day and would rather not ingest millions of calories for breakfast.  Either way, I have your solution, and that solution comes in the form of homemade, reduced fat (but still delicious!), cinnamon scones.

Ok, so now you might be asking yourself, “How is getting up to make one homemade bread-like product a good substitution for getting up to make the other?”  Well, the answer is that these scones are super simple and come together really fast.  The dough can also be made the day before (all the way through to putting it on the pan!), so all you have to do on Christmas morning is pre-heat the oven and pop them in there!

So, assuming I’ve won you over, let’s get started!

To make 8 cinnamon scones, you’ll need the following – and please note that I put full fat/sugar options in parentheses next to their reduced fat/sugar counterparts in case you prefer to throw guilt out the window on special occasions 😉


 Dry ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

1 tbs baking powder

1/3 cup Splenda Sugar Blend (or similar 1/2 the sugar baking blend) (or 2/3 cup sugar)

3/4 cup cinnamon chips (or about 1/2 of an 11oz package)


 Wet ingredients:

5 1/2 tbs Brummel and Brown (or cold butter cut into 1/2” chunks)

1/2 cup non-fat milk (or whatever milk you have on hand)

1 egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon


Pam (canola oil non-stick spray) and/or butter spray

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Prayer & Praise Monday (on Wednesday?) – December 12, 2012

Well…anyone noticed we’ve been a little quiet over here the past week?? I’ve got two explanations for you:

1. Wow! Could life get any busier?? Now that I just said that, it probably will! J Hopefully you caught our last post about Project Blessing Bags. (More on that in a minute.) It is keeping us busy – in a good way!

2. Did notice our new look? My sweet husband has been burning the midnight oil redesigning the Throne of Grace website. We are still under construction but welcome your feedback!

On to our updates…

• Today I am praising the Lord for my AMAZING sister, Emmy! My little sister is celebrating THIRTY-FIVE years of life. That makes me feel OLD! I couldn’t ask for a better friend, mentor, second-mom to my children, and co-laborer in Christ.

• Please pray for our wonderful worker bee, Tami. She’ll be sharing a yummy Christmas recipe with us tomorrow, but today she is undergoing a breast biopsy for a questionable lump. Please pray for peace for Tami and her husband, Kyle, as they await the results. Pray that the doctor would skillfully perform the procedure and receive clear results. Pray with us that the results would be negative! [Read more…]

Project Blessing Bags

I’m going to get real with you today. THIS is my pantry.

I’m not proud of the disorganized chaos, but that’s not the issue today. My pantry is OVERFLOWING! My guess is that yours is too.

Kevin and I were shopping with the kids at Costco a few weeks ago and he asked me if we needed syrup. We both sat there scratching our heads for several minutes trying to remember if we’d seen the syrup in the pantry lately – the pantry we open and shut a hundred times a day. That’s when it really hit us how BLESSED we are!

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