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I am so desperately sorry that I missed so many wonderful emails from various readers! Honestly, my blog’s email inbox had become so clogged with spam that I couldn’t find the “real” messages and had abandoned trying during the end of the pregnancy and our move. I do apologize most profusely, and the problem has been fixed. So feel free to email with your questions and comments, and I will do my very best to reply if a response is required or requested.

Thank you!!!

~Stephanie

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Savory and Sweet…

Midway through fall. Fewer warm, sunny, golden days. We woke up the other day to pellets of ice wind-whipped against our windowpanes and a light, thin layer of snow blanketing the landscape. Time to withdraw inside to the hearth. Time for large pots of simmering soup and lined baskets overflowing with baked goods. So here are the promised recipes, with very similar pictures found online.

image from notyourmotherscookbook.com

White Chicken Chili

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

1 large sweet onion and 1 bunch green onion, chopped and sauteed in 2 T. of butter

16 oz. chicken broth

4 cans cannellini (white kidney) beans (dump it all in, including liquid)

4 cans chopped green chiles, mild (the small cans, I believe 4 oz.)

juice of 4 limes

salt and pepper to taste

8 oz monterey jack cheese, shredded

8 oz. sour cream

Simmer chicken through salt and pepper together on low for at least half an hour. Add cheese and sour cream, simmer up to half an hour. Garnish with additional shredded cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onion. Provides generous helpings for about 12 people.

image from nibbledish.com

Blueberry Lemon Scones

In mixer bowl, combine the following:

2 c. flour

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

Cut in one stick of cold butter, in small pieces. I use the batter attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer and it turns out beautifully.

Then add:

8 oz. sour cream

1 egg, beaten

1/4 c. sugar

zest of one lemon

Mix carefully. Do not overmix! Line one large or two small baking sheets with parchment paper. Take about 3 tablespoons of dough and add fresh blueberries by hand, being careful not to burst the berries. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

Cool, then glaze with the following mixture:

1/2 c. powdered sugar

3 T. lemon juice

zest of one lemon

Best served with devon cream and lemon curd, but they are delicious even without those added indulgences! Perfect for tea parties or an afternoon luncheon.

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“To know someone here or there

with whom you can feel there is understanding

in spite of distances or thoughts expressed–

that can make life a garden.”

~Goethe

 

Six ladies. That is, if you include the tiniest Little Lady, which we do. A “Girls Day Out”, rambling the streets of a small, quintessential New England town. Thrifting, “booking” (thank you, Sarah, for a fun new verb!), and feasting at a delightful little coffee shop. An autumnal stroll. Just enjoying “my people”.

I don’t get to spend very much time with my mother anymore, though we speak on the phone nearly every day, and of course we text and email more than once a day. Still, time spent face to face…it’s rare and precious.

And then there is the lovely and incandescent Sarah Clarkson, whose nomadic rambling up my way just happened to coincide with my parents’ visit. We sure didn’t mind, for amongst those to be considered “good company”, Sarah is a jewel. A pure delight. Our visits together are a whirlwind of tastes and chatter and ideas, with a good measure of romping with my four oldest, irrepressible children. With them, if Sarah were a stuffed animal, she would be the Velveteen Rabbit. I expected to see her start fraying at the edges at any moment!

My mother lives 1,000 miles away from me…Sarah is nearly double that distance. Yet when I am with them, it’s as though no time has passed at all and there is no distance between us. Well, until my mother goes to leave and is clinging to the baby, sobbing into her sleeper. Then I feel every single mile like a thousand little pin-pricks all over me.

~Coming Soon~

I will be back in a day or two to post my recipes for White Chicken Chili and Lemon Blueberry Scones, by request!

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