Pumpkin Cardamom Scones


Well HELLO!  It’s been awhile.  I’ve been on a blogging diet for over a month.  It was a personal trial and I will share with y’all in an upcoming post but for now, can I just say I am so happy it’s FALL?!?!  Cause you know aside from the fall colors and cooler temps is my love of pumpkin anything!  So this weekend while staying inside due to my allergies, (an unfortunate side effect of the season), I decided to kill two birds with one stone.  Making something pumpkin and using my trial parchment paper from Boolik to review.  So what did I come up with???

Pumpkin Spice Scones with Maple Cardamom Vanilla Bean Glaze.


I love cardamom and seem to never get enough use of it–so when I was thinking of a new scone to make, I decided it would be a good partner with pumpkin.  AND, I was right!  These are buttery, flaky, not too sweet and have the perfect blend of ingredients.



Did a neighborhood trial with the neighbors and here’s what one of ’em wrote- haha!

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So the parchment paper I used was for me to review and is a product of BOOLIK.  I’m a HUGE fan of parchment paper, I find it a MUST  in baking.  I had never used this brand before but I found it to totally outshine the ones I’ve used in the past and I’ll tell you why.


Most brands I’ve used tend to get too hot and will crimple up and get a slight burn around the edges.  This one didn’t change at all and I could’ve used it for several bakings had I had more than one sheet of scones. See how it didn’t even crimp or burn after baking?  Amazing!  So a definite 2 thumbs up!




  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 2 t. Penzey cake spice
  • 1/2 t. cardamom
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 T milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat & set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour with dry ingredients. Dice the cold butter, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs.

In a measuring cup or other bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, egg and vanilla. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.

Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pill, roll the dough into a 10- by 7-inch rectangle, about 1-inch thick. Using a large knife or a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then cut into 2 even pieces crosswise, making four rectangles. Cut each rectangle into two triangles, making 8 triangles. Place on baking sheet and into oven.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • 1 c confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 t. cardamom
  • 2 T heavy cream
  • 1 T maple syrup

To make the glaze, combine sugar, spice, vanilla, and milk. Whisk until smooth, adding more cream if needed for smoother consistency; set aside.

When the scones are done, cool for 10 minutes and drizzle with glaze.  Sprinkle additional spice and chopped pecans.  If able to resist, allow glaze to set before serving.


No Trans-Pecos Pipeline

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Like what you see?  Do you want your children or grandchildren to be able to see, appreciate, and enjoy pristine land like this?  Then you need to stand up and inform yourselves.  Because there are these two very filthy rich billionaire, businessmen who are he’ll bent on destroying this beautiful place.

They want to run a pipeline from Mexico all the way through this beautiful Texas land, all for the sake of lining their pockets even more.  In the process they will not only ruin this picturesque, untouched land but they are intimidating ranchers in the area to cave in and hand over their property for very little money, in order to fulfill their wicked agenda.

And do you have to be a Texan to be worried about this?  No!!!  Chances are if they continue to allow this type of land acquisition here, it will surely be knocking on your back door down the road if you sit back and do nothing.

HOW CAN YOU HELP????  You can sign the petition HERE and you can get informed.  If there are events taking place in your area, like this one in AUSTIN, TEXAS this month…


GO and see how you can help or support them monetarily so they can continue to fight this fight!

Join the mailing list or follow along at the BIG BEND CONSERVATION ALLIANCE to see what YOU can do to help.

Other stories you can read on this topic:

Of course like with any undertaking of this type, you have to know someone who will help you accomplish something of this magnitude.  So who’s helping with this project?  None other than Texas governor Rick Perry who serves on the board of the Texas based Energy Transfer Partners. Perry has received at least $250,000 in campaign donations from Warren, (Kelcy Warren/Dallas multibillionaire), since 2011.  The two energy companies, Mexico-based Carso and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, won the contract to construct the pipeline in January. Carso is owned by Carlos Slim, the world’s second-richest man, who made his original fortune by charging Mexico’s phone customers monopoly prices, while levying some of the highest fees disproportionately on the poor.

Here are some of the current pipelines running through the US and owned by ETP.  They won’t be stopping anytime soon guys.


It’s a political game being played by these two men who’s only agenda is to get richer.  THAT’S IT!!!  BUT, at our land, farmers and natural resources expense.  I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of scumbags like these exploiting everything in their paths just to help themselves become filthier and dirtier!

SIGN THE PETITION, get involvedand LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.  For the love of our kids and our land!


Cookie cutter madness


What do you do with an un-Godly amount of cookie cutters?  Well,  go buy a new one but this time,


a Longhorn one, to pair with your vintage TEXAS one…of course!

Here’s the thing.  In my younger- more energetic years when my kids were small, and I tried my best to be a super-mom with super powers and stayed up late into the night in order to make personalized sugar cookies for their class parties, birthday’s, holidays, venture trips, you name it.  (And, as you can see by my cookie cutter collection), I did make sugar cookies, very-very often.  Then years went by and I stopped making those little cute cookies but I wouldn’t dare get rid of the collection because in the back of my mind I could here a little voice saying, “Mother, you better not get rid of those like you did our Halloween costumes!”  So, here they are.  (Funny thing, my daughter’s forte is not in baking cookies), but nonetheless here they reside in two large containers, filled to the brink and hopelessly waiting to be used.

So one day, while on a rare store shopping trip, I’m at a local kitchen store where I spot a longhorn shaped cutter.  I snatched it in hopes of one day having the energy to bake and ice cookies again, especially since our niece would be starting @ UT Austin soon.  That day was this weekend.





I had forgotten how wonderfully- buttery and tasty these cookies are.  I started reminiscing about all those times I spent perfecting them and making them when my kids were young and how they enjoyed helping, cutting and eating them.  If only kids stayed young—-


Anyhow, we picked up our niece for lunch and to talk about her first week of college.  We headed downtown to Gus’s.


Then big hugs and a special treat for a special UT kiddo!  Go Longhorn’s!  Hoping she enjoys the cookies as much as I remember people liking them.  (Luv ya Ang & do good!)


Work’s been takin’ over my life and I’ve got lots to post about, so stay tuned~


One hour face lift


Here’s a VERY simple re-purposed project that was completed in less than an hour!

This summer while cleaning out a closet at our office, I found this “LOL” piece on a nice sturdy, wooden background.


Don’t know if it was originally this faded or not but when the new office occupant arrived, she was in desperate need of some artwork.  So instead of tossing this in the trash or taking it to Goodwill, I decided it to give it a face lift.

After very little elbow grease and some primer, I painted the background a pure white, then taped off some sections to do some “ombre” painting.


Once I let it dry, I just glued an oversized “V” and, done!  Less than an hour and a brand new piece of artwork!

Goes perfect with the freshly painted blue accent wall!

So here’s to thinking twice before discarding an old piece—and always think of ways you can re-purpose a piece!

weekend haps

Been awhile since my last weekend haps, and this is really more about how we packed awesome trips into a very short stay!  I’ve been on vacation while our daughter and the cutest kid on the block came for his first visit to Texas.

This is the cradle a dear friend made for us when we were expecting our first child over 30 years ago.  So it was hauled out, cleaned and set up for our little guy!



Bare with me while I show you all this cuteness!  I know this Mimzy and grandpa aren’t in love with this guy at all!

So the visit started with one day of rest before heading down south, 4 1/2 hours so that the baby could meet his Southern great – grandma’s!  Can I share that our grandson is PERFECTION?  He was such a trooper, always with a beautiful smile and a very inquisitive demeanor.

This was his Valley outfit—


Then his first trip to the coast— we were all in “beach heaven”!



The family headed out together for lunch and to introduce him to the Barton Springs Pool in Austin and I do believe he loved showing off his swimming skills.  I think momma enjoyed some water time with the grown-ups as well.

We had family dinners, one cooked by Bubs and Jackie. A game of “guess zoo” that we all lost at again—Sar holds the record for most wins for the past 25 some years.


Aa bit of baby shopping


Then before we knew it, the time flew by and our babies had to fly back home.  To say we are totally in love with our new little addition is a HUGE understatement.  I decided to go and indulge on my sorrows by getting a new “do”…

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(More on my hair story later!)

After a much needed pedi, I found this little gem…


They have the most WONDERFUL cupcakes—that Hey Cupcake- has NOTHING on them!  Shout out to Cupprimo’s for their awesome and delectable sweets!!


Having to say bye to this sweet little angel,


and his momma, sure was difficult!  Silent crying is the worst~


coconut popsicles


Want a totally refreshing and superbly delicious Popsicle?  Ever heard of horchatas?  Cause these coconut Popsicle, (paletas de coco),  taste a whole lot like that wonderful Mexican drink.


So gather the following ingredients and get ready to make some people really happy with this very easy, summer treat.

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Coconut Popsicles

  • 1 can polar coconut milk (13.5 oz)
  • 1/4 c. sugar syrup (CLICK HERE for my previous posted recipe)
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut

Blend together all the ingredients EXCEPT for the coconut in a medium mixing bowl.  Sprinkle a bit of fresh coconut in each Popsicle mold.  Now pour the liquid mixture and top off with more fresh coconut.  Freeze and enjoy!

Fabulously delish~


cutest hand sanitizer dispenser


What to do with this stuff?  Well how ’bout a sweet little pump dispenser for your hand sanitizing gel?  I always keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on my desk.  I’ve seen all the cute ways to spiff up a mason jar and thought, why don’t I do that for my sanitzing gel?

So I found some very useful “how to” info here, I just made some slight changes like painting the jar prior to putting it back together. And this was the end result and I love it on my desk—looks a whole lot better than the original container it comes in.  Right?


What I did:

Used an 8 ounce jar, washed, dried and painted it a cute buff.  Two coats of paint and a clear sealant later, I was ready to start on the lid.  Painted both pieces with an ebony black, after I followed steps on drilling the hole to fit the pump tightly.  (I used an old pump from an empty bottle, as it was black and looked prettier.)  I sprayed clear sealant on that prior to inserting the pump and gluing it in place. (I also trimmed the pump stem a little shorter to fit this jar.)


I allowed it to dry overnight before filling it with the sanitizing gel.pump

Now I have the prettiest hand sanitizer dispenser sitting on my desk!