Strawberry Lemonade Scones

All of my life, I have loved cooking. I am pretty good at it. But never was a good baker. Well not too long ago, a friend of mine posted some homemade scones on Facebook. And that did it. I started becoming a little obsessed with scones. So far I have made cinnamon/sugar scones, blueberry scones with lemon glaze, and today’s batch is Strawberry Lemonade, with a lemon glaze. They turned out great. Who knew I could be a good baker?

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
2 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. lemonade mix
1/3 c. low-fat milk
3 tbsp. sugar (2 pkg. Sweet and Low)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/3-1/2 c diced strawberries
1-2 tsp of lemon zest

Directions
Mix and form into 8 inch circle. Use more Bisquick if this is sticky. Put on greased cookie sheet; cut into eighths before baking. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.

Lemon glaze: 1/2 c powdered sugar and 2 tsp lemon juice

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Welcome to the neighborhood

Today’s topic is to publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it. Since I blog about anything and everything in my life, I didn’t feel like I have a specific audience to write for.  So I started thinking about life.  And about new things happening in my life.

Yesterdays #blogging101 task was to follow 5 new blogs and 5 topics, as a way of building community here in our virtual world. But what about in your real life? It got me thinking about all of the neighbors I have had. When i was young, I grew up in a very small town, where everybody basically knows everybody. And you definitely knew your neighbors. I remember going to their homes, having them over at our home, doing nice things for each other, etc. While still in grade school, my parents got divorced, so that indirectly started us on the path of moving several times. Each time I would get excited at the thought of a new room, a new neighborhood, new friends, etc. and then each time it got harder and harder for those connections to occur. It became even more apparent moving to southern California, where I didn’t know a soul. Living in the big city has been full of interesting experiences and culture shock for me, and has shown me that the world as I had known it as a little girl, does not exist anymore. It seems like everyone is just focused on themselves or has no time for others, and we can easily overlook those around us. My husband and I just bought our first home and moved in just over a month ago. We did try to approach a couple of the neighbors during the buying process to ask about the neighborhood and area. Two people were willing to talk to us, but some were not so friendly. It’s sad to me, as I sit here in my house, thinking about how so much as changed and that I don’t even know my neighbors name. I don’t foresee any of them inviting us over or us having them over for dinners or get together’s and being all neighborly. Sometimes I think I was meant to have grown up in the 50’s and 60’s. Sigh. This has sparked a challenge in me, though, to intentionally try to be more outgoing with my neighbors when I can. I will purposefully say hi and try to spark up conversation when I see them outside, and welcome the newbies to the neighborhood as they move in (there are a couple houses for sale currently on our street). I will do my part to be welcoming and friendly in my real and my virtual neighborhoods, because you never know when even a simple “hello” from someone could change another person’s day.


Howdy Neighbor

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Today’s blogging101 challenge is to “meet the neighbors”. As in, make new blogging friends. The tasks are to follow 5 new topics and 5 new blogs.The idea behind these tasks is that blogging is communal. I’ve already been working on those tasks the last couple of days since this challenge started. I’ve gained some new followers and have found some new blogs to follow myself. Topics and blogs that I tend to gravitate towards focus on family, photography, cooking, DIY/crafts, and those where the author just shares about their life.

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another. Plus, reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor.

That being said, it reminds me of 2010 when I first started my blog, and the team at WordPress put out the idea of “blog buddies”. Basically the same idea; you find some blogs to follow, make friends, read and comment on each other’s posts. It was a great way to meet fellow bloggers, learn about new things, get feedback on your writing, keeping you accountable for writing your posts, etc. If anyone is interested in being a blog buddy, let me know.


Catch Phrase

Today’s #blogging101 assignment is: edit your title and tagline.

Why?

  • The title is the first thing most readers will see.
  • Your title and tagline work with elements like your address and theme to give visitors context and help them decide to stick around.

I am choosing to leave my blog title just the way it is.  I have always loved it and what it represents to me.  I feel that you don’t really know a person until you’ve “walked a mile in their shoes” with them.  This blog is my personal journey, for myself and for my readers to get to know me.

The tagline does need to be updated however.  It seems kind of boring.  To help it be more related to my blog title and the “theme” of my blog, it does need to be revised.  It needs to be more of a Catch Phrase.  I would love it if you could all help me decide on the revisions.  Here is what I have so far:

 

1). The stepping stones and musings in my daily life.

2). Come walk the journey of life with me.

3). The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

4). Enjoying life every step of the way.

Which do you like best? Which do you think suits my blog?  Please answer in the comments section. I would love some feedback.

 


I’m back

So clearly if you’ve ever followed my blog, you might have asked what happened/where have I been? it went nonexistent. I guess that’s what happens when you get married and have a baby and move and move and buy a house. Darn that life, it sometimes gets in the way.

To get back on track, I have signed up for the #Blogging101 challenge with WordPress, where they ask a daily question/assignment, and I blog about it. Today is Day 1 and the topic is to introduce yourself and do a Who and I and why I’m here. Rather than reinvent that wheel, I am going to copy a post I wrote of that very topic from 2011 (gosh my blog seems old now). Not much has changed in terms of why I wanted a blog, only I’ve changed by becoming a wife, mother and now homeowner. I’m sure there will be posts inspired by those aspects of my life. So here is my “about me and my blog”……

As you can read on my ABOUT page, I started my blog as a way to improve on my writing skills, and to have a place to write random thoughts, share funny stories, rant about things on my mind, share new recipes, meet new people with similar interests, and really just walk this journey of life with others.

At work, I am consistently told that I am a good writer, with all of the reports that I have to write. But my writing has always just been limited to work. And while that’s nice, work is not my everything. I want my writing to more than limited to just work stuff.

I have always admired people that have used journaling as a creative outlet, whether to keep a record of what’s going on in their lives, to share their secrets, or to work out the thoughts or questions in their heads. For the last couple of years, I have asked close friends that journal to explain to me how they do it, any little suggestions on ways to get started and keep it up, etc. The idea of carrying around a small notebook though, did not appeal to me, especially given my tendency to lose things, or drop them, or misplace them, etc. and I did not want to have one more thing to carry with me. Then I saw a few friends start up a blog, and again, I admired it from a far, thinking that would be more my style, knowing I don’t carry it around with me, it stays in one spot, and is always there for me. But I had a few big concerns: 1) I have no idea how to create a blog (I’m not super tech savvy); 2) who will read it/how do I get people to read it; and 3) what if people don’t like what I write/post/say or think my blog is stupid. Those fears/concerns held me back.

I eventually took the plunge in May 2010 by starting my blog and trying to learn how to set it up as I go. I only posted here and there, and most of my topics were pretty superficial or short. I just dabbled in it, trying to figure it out while trying not to offend anyone or writing what I think they might want to hear/know about me. After mid-October, I kind of let it go for a bit until recently when WordPress announced the postAday challenge, which was also around the time I started realizing that I wanted to change my blog, to make it more about me. I am really working on getting over my fears of who will read this and not caring so much about what people think, and challenging myself to just write whatever I feel like, whenever I want to, and to in grow my writing skills and meet new people along my journey.

I will welcome any thoughts, comments, questions, etc, and encourage you to leave me topics to blog about. You can do that on my Blog This page.


2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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