Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe + the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

Most of us are in a state of  PCDDS- Post Christmas Diet Distress Syndrome. If you happen to be one of the lucky few who escaped the Christmas season with your waistline in tact, bless your heart… but I have two recipes that will have you trading your jeans in for leggings in no time!

But seriously, if you read my blog at all, you know that our family isn’t scared of butter. We eat healthy for most of our meals, but we definitely indulge in treats a couple times of week.

Baking biscuits from scratch was on my 30 in 30 list, and the weekend before Thanksgiving I decided to give it a go. I usually shy away from making recipes for the first time when serving guests, but we don’t consider our family to be a guest in our house, so I made them anyway.

I spent entirely WAY too long searching for the perfect biscuit recipe on Pinterest. What started as a search for a recipe led to looking at spring fashion, which then led to vacay research and then ended up with a search for a front door for our new house. Pinterest is a black hole, y’all. Don’t go in, you might come of out there and find out it’s three days later! Seriously, you.are.warned.

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Anyway, I chose a recipe from Better Homes & Gardens, because it looked simple and it used the word “classic” in the title. I consider myself to be pretty classic… old, boring, not a risk taker, so this is the one I chose:

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

They turned out perfect the very first time. And my goodness… they are delicious! I served them with an assortment of jellies, maple syrup and of course, honey butter. We didn’t have a single biscuit left!

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These were flaky, buttery, delicious morning goodness! And oh, so easy! You probably have the ingredients in your house right now. Except for buttermilk… who keeps that on hand?

Last week, I posted on Instagram that I had found THE perfect sugar cookie recipe. Several people asked me to share, so here it is:

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER

I will seriously never make another sugar cookie without using this recipe. You don’t have to chill the dough, I really did have every single ingredient in my kitchen already, they kept their shape perfectly and they are DELICIOUS! Santa said these were his favorite cookies he had ever eaten, and I know because I asked him myself!

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And here’s, my last little baking tip for the day: use parchment paper! If you don’t, I’m not sure why you don’t love yourself, but you are worth the $3 it costs to buy yourself a roll!

Happy baking, y’all!

30 in 30 Results

Well, if you were to give me a grade on my 30 in 30 list, you would have to give me a big, fat F! Whomp, whomp! I set the bar high, I jumped to reach it and then did a face plant, metaphorically speaking. But, even with a failing grade on my list, I had a wonderful year as a 30 year old! Here’s what the list looks like today:

30 in 30 list

15 and 2/3 out of 30 isn’t too bad, right? Hah! My prideful self is having a hard time admitting I failed at my list, but I’m excited to keep working to finish it as a 31 year old! I have a few of these items already in progress and I’ll keep posting as I finish them! Thanks for following me on my journey. This list was my main reason for starting this little ole blog and I’m so thankful that I did!

Sunday Scriptures

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This is the LAST of the 26 ABC Bible verses. No, it doesn’t start with Z, but it’s from the book of Zephaniah, so it counts, right?

I love this verse because it’s a great reminder that God is *always* with us, always. No matter what! Isn’t that an awesome truth to memorize and write on your heart?

I’m trying to decide what I’ll do for my next series of Sunday Scriptures since the ABC verses are finished… any ideas? I would love to hear them!

Happy Sunday!

p.s. I wish I could give someone credit for this photo, but I can’t find a source. So, thank you to whomever owns this!

Sunday Scriptures (Monday edition)

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This ABC scripture verse is used for the letter “X” in eXalt. I love that this verse corresponded perfectly with the sermon the preacher at our new church here in Georgia preached yesterday. He reminded us that God is holy! God is not a casual God. God is not grandfather like figure that guides us. God is our all powerful, all knowing creator, redeemer and source of life! It was a punch in the gut for me, because sometimes I like to put God in a box. I tend to limit what I think God can do or how much he cares about all aspects of our lives. God is holy!

It reminds me of those shirts that are popular right now that say “Jesus is my homeboy.” I’m not calling anyone out for wearing them. I almost bought one for Luke because I thought it was cute. Of course, I had to look up the definition of homeboy and the dictionary states that a homeboy is: “a young acquaintance from one’s own town or neighborhood, or from the same social background”. I can assure you that after reading that definition, Jesus is certainly NOT anyone’s homeboy! Jesus is our Savior. He is our way to heaven. He is sinless and holy… he is NOT our homeboy.

Sunday Scriptures + Social Media Break

I’ve been a bit of a slacker on the blog lately. Actually, I’ve been a bit of a slacker in life in general lately. I’m not exactly sure where all my time has gone. I seem to always be busy, always rushing, always trying to fit just one more thing in my day, but I never really seem to accomplish as much as I would like. When life gets busy, the blog is the first thing to go, but hopefully I will be better at posting more frequently. (Like I haven’t said that a million times already?!?)

Taking a social media break is on my 30 in 30 list and I had planned to take the break in the fall. However, I feel like the time is now. It’s become an unconscious habit to pick up my phone and check my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. I literally do it without even knowing it. I am addicted and I’ll be the first to admit it. My fingers swipe across my phone and I mindlessly scroll through my “friends'” thoughts, pictures and opinions. I do this so I will be connected, so I will know the latest news and see what’s going on in everyone else’s world. But, while I do this, I’m missing out on my own world! The more time I invest in my superficial social media relationships, the less time I have to invest in my REAL relationships with people I dearly love. I find myself being jealous, bitter and even angry over the things others post. I’ve got to reel in my bad habits and nip them in the bud! So, starting today I will be done with social media for a while. I’m not going to put a number of days on it because I don’t know how long I will need to break my habit. I will continue to write on here and will be posting my new blog entries on Facebook and Twitter, but I will only be doing so through WordPress. So, if you leave me a comment on either of those sites, I won’t see it. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sad about my break up with social media. I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids and I love to shop on social media as well, but overall, I’m excited to get rid of the unnecessary distraction!

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These verses always seem to be so fitting for me each week. This is actually last week’s verse, but I’m behind on sharing, so this verse gets to be our focus for two weeks. I’m hoping that by nixing social media from my daily activities it will allow me more time to set my mind on things above!

We are so very excited that this is the last week of off season training for Jacob and he will be home in Kentucky with us for five glorious weeks! This will be the longest the four of us have ever been together and we couldn’t be more excited!

I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Love it? Hate it? Addicted to it like I am? One of my best friends recently told me she thought social media was going to be the downfall of society. I’m thinking she might be right! Hah!

Happy Sunday!

 

My Old Kentucky Home

Kentucky Derby Pie

I’ll never forget the first time I wasn’t in Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. We had just moved to Denver and I was SO homesick I could barely stand it. It wasn’t that I didn’t love being in Denver, it was that I was SO far from home on Kentucky’s most exciting day of the year. We couldn’t even watch all day coverage on the Derby in Denver. We were subjected to only seeing about 30 minutes prior to the race and a few post race interviews. Blah!

So, this year I knew we weren’t going to be in Kentucky and I wanted to do something that would take the sting out of not being there. Since we always bake a Derby Pie on Derby Day, I decided that I would bake them for our neighbors as well. Giving to others always makes us feel better, right? And to top it off I could cross off #18 on my 30 in 30 list.

As I went for a walk around the block, I was trying to decide who our “neighbors” were. It was hard to narrow down, so I ended up baking 11 pies! ELEVEN! Looking back on the last few days, I was absolutely crazy for doing so many. However, Derby Pies are seriously the easiest dessert to make, so it wasn’t too bad. You just mix seven ingredients together and pour them in a pie crust. If you’re a real go-getter you can make a homemade crust, but I normally just use the good ole’ Pet-Ritz ones you buy in the freezer section.

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I always use my Mama’s recipe. I’m not sure where she got it from, but it is delicious! Some Kentuckians put bourbon in their pies, but I grew up Southern Baptist, so we never did. Hah! Of course, if you would like you can always pour a splash in before baking.

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We boxed up the pies in cute little pie boxes from BRP Box Shop and added tags with baker’s twine. Luke and I are going to deliver the pies this afternoon after his nap and just prior to the Derby. I’ll try to post pictures of my cute delivery boy with the pies tomorrow. I’m excited to meet our new neighbors and spread a little Kentucky love around our neighborhood!

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Here’s the recipe if you would like to make your own Derby Pie for tonight’s race!

Mama’s Derby Pie
1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 Cup chocolate chips
1/2 Cup chopped pecans
1 9″ pie crust (not deep dish)

Mix together butter, sugar and flour. Add two eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add chocolate chips and pecans. Mix until just combined. Pour into pie crust and bake at 325 for 45 minutes.

See? SUPER easy! You could probably whip up eleven of these yourself before the Derby’s post time at 6:24pm. By the way, my Derby pick is Firing Line. I like the jockey, Gary Stevens, but what I like most are his pink and green polka dot silks!