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Mini-Chocolate Chip Scone Recipe


“You make the best scones!” my son’s fiancée said. I gave her a big hug!

I do love to make scones. but it does take a certain knack. Mostly I’ve learned through trial and error, so I hope to pass my scone making expertise on to you as I share it with my “daughter-in-love” to be.

When making scones there are two important things to remember:  First, don’t overwork the dough. You want to knead it just enough to combine the ingredients. The less the dough is fussed with, the higher the scones will rise, so just knead the ingredients together until they form a rough ball of dough. Second, remember to roll the dough out nice and thick about one and a fourth to one and a half inches. The thicker the dough, the higher the scone. And that’s really all there is to it. The mastery of these two steps will make nice tender scones with ample room for your favorite jam or jelly.

Mini-Chocolate Chip Scones


3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp sugar
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2/3 cup firm butter
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup heavy whipping cream or half and half
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1 Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat (silicone) baking sheet.

2. In a large bowl, mix flour, 6 Tbsp sugar, baking powder, semi-sweet morsels, and Kosher salt together with a wire whisk.

3. Next, cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Set aside.

4. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. First beat the eggs with a fork, then stir in the cream and vanilla and mix with a wire whisk.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together with a big enamel or wooden spoon. Then, using your hands, bring the dough together into a ball. The liquid measurements are pretty accurate, but if the ingredients won’t hold together, add a half teaspoon of cream at a time until they do. Lightly knead the dough until it holds together. Do not overwork.

6.  If you’re making wedges, divide your dough into fourths. Place 2 fourths on one cookie sheet, and 2 fourths on another. Pat or roll the dough out into 1 1/2 inch thick rounds. Cut each round into 8 wedges with a knife that has been dipped in flour. Do not separate the wedges. If you prefer individual rounds, roll your dough out and cut with a biscuit cutter or a small to medium drinking glass.

7. When placing the scones on a cookie sheet make sure you don’t crowd them. Give them plenty of room to “breathe” while they’re baking. Brush the tops with heavy cream or half and half. Sprinkle with large crystal sugar.

8. Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove to serving platter. Serve warm.

The photos below were for cream scones, but I wanted to show you the consistency of the dough.

scone tutorial

Teatime Hospitality with the Girlhood Home Companion

By Jill Novak

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I remember when I first fell in love with tea. I was a little girl sitting at my mother’s kitchen table, sipping a cup of English Breakfast Tea with a liberal amount of cream and sugar. It wasn’t a tea party per se but the memory of that blissful concoction stayed with me through the years until I had daughters of my own. Girlhood and teatime just seem to go together don’t they?

Serving tea to family and friends has become second nature for me and my daughters. Taking time out of our busy schedules to minister this lovely repast is a “soul satisfying” experience. We especially enjoy blessing others with a strong pot of English Breakfast Tea–cream and sugar of course–and mini-chocolate chip scones topped with raspberry jam – such a heavenly blend of flavors.

Over the years, I have come to learn that the act of “taking tea” is synonymous with spiritual renewal. You can visibly see the stress drain from a weary one’s face when you offer a cup of fragrant tea. Heart-felt conversation comes more naturally when two or more are happily sipping from their favorite teacup or sampling a delicious finger sandwich or scone. Many a word of encouragement can be shared in this relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

The tea table doesn’t have to be overly fancy or elegant, but acquiring new accessories can be a source of pleasure for all who gather round. Teacups, teapots, creamers, sugars bowls, teaspoons, napkins, and tablecloths can all be purchased for modest prices from antique stores or yard sales. Eclectic collections are just as esthetically pleasing as matched sets.

There is an antique mall in our town called Twice as Nice. The girls and I love perusing the different vendor’s booths for tea related items. One day we happened upon eight tiny gold teaspoons to add to our collection. They are so delicate and add such a lovely touch to our teatime celebrations. It’s hard for a guest not to feel special when using such teatime finery. I think that’s why ladies, young and old, find teatime so special. It ministers to the feminine soul.

Instituting a weekly teatime ritual is a wonderful way to enrich your children’s lives (don’t forget, boys like teatime, too). We love to sip tea and read aloud excerpts from The Girlhood Home Companion or listen to the monthly audio conversations from The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club. Some of our most treasured memories are the lessons we’ve gleaned from other Christians as shared in the pages of these precious publications. Hearts are more receptive when the pace of life is slowed and everyone can relax and enjoy one another.

Our passion for teatime has “spilled over” into the lives of our customers as well. Recently a mother shared with me how her young daughters were inspired to don aprons and serve tea for the first time because of the variety of recipes featured in The Girlhood Home Companion and The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club. It makes us so happy to see other families begin teatime traditions of their own!

The April Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club features an audio interview with Lisa Steigerwalt, The Girlhood Home Companion’s resident Home Economist and Certified Etiquette Consultant. Lisa shares the benefits of establishing a weekly teatime ritual in your home. You can listen to this wonderful interview here.

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An April Tea Cozy interview with Lisa Steigerwalt.

It is the beginning of a series of 12 months of The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club. The rest of the booklet is available for purchase below.

The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club is available in single issues or a 12 month bundle.

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The Girlhood Home  Companion is available in single issues or in beautiful back issue Treasury Albums.

Stepping Heavenward

Complimentary Pink Peppermint Pie Tutorial

Merry CHRISTmas! We’re sharing a complimentary download of the “Pink Peppermint Pie” tutorial from The December Tea Cozy Club with you.  Click on the picture to open the PDF.

Order your copy of the Tea Cozy Club Booklet and audio conversation on CD “The Gingerbread Cottage of Faith” with Heather Wombacher here .
We’re extending free shipping through the 20th for Christmas delivery.

Christmas Girlhood Giveaway

We’re giving away TWO issues of The “Stepping Heavenward” Girlhood Home Companion, plus TWO companion CD’s: A Glimpse Into the Past.

Leave a comment about a favorite memory from a childhood Christmas.  This can be about a particular Christmas you experienced (maybe one of hardship) or your memories of them in general. Share about a Christmas present you wanted very  and received (or didn’t receive). Is their a special ornament that you remember? Or tell about extended family who always came to visit, and what they were like.

Answer any or all of the above, and have fun!

Winners will be pulled the 20th so we can mail your gift for Christmas!

Merry CHRISTmas,


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Shared Journaling in the New Year

shared-journalsCan you believe the year is almost over? As I write, the clock on my bedside table ticks loudly, counting out the seconds–one after another–reminding me that life is speeding full steam ahead. In the multitude of minutes that fill these fleeting days, can I really say I’ve touched my children’s  hearts?

Touching requires more than a casual conversation here and there; it consists of life-giving, nurturing dialogs. But in the busyness of day-to-day living, how can we intentionally meet our daughters’ spiritual and emotional needs? Doesn’t that kind of touching demand a deeper level of communication and a commitment to put them first before other relationships outside the home?

We all have circumstances that compete for our time. The “urgent” moments which consist of pressing problems, deadlines, and crisis situations compete with the “non-urgent” moments such as building relationships, seeking new opportunities, and planning activities. What changes could we make this year to better focus on touching the souls of the children whom God has entrusted to us? What tools could we utilize to make relational living a daily reality? When I asked myself this question, the thought of shared journaling–a writing activity our family participated in when my children were younger came to mind.

Because of the high level of daily care we give to my 93- year-old father who has Parkinson’s (we’re in our fourth year now), I’ve had to find creative ways to stay connected with my daughters, ages 27, 18, and 14. So a couple of years ago, I gave each of the girls a special journal for the purpose of sharing an ongoing mother/daughter dialog–a place where we can share what’s on our hearts.

I need to know the words and moments we want to remember are not lost–falling to the ground like precious pearls slipping off a broken string of long-forgotten days.

Several times a  month, I take a few minutes away from our scheduled duties–sometimes early in the morning or late at night–to write to my daughters. I include entries that show my appreciation for them or the things they have done, comments about everyday moments, special “I love you’s,” and observations about the lessons the Lord is teaching us. I know from past experience, the cumulative effect of these entries will add up to a beautiful testimony of our relationship, and a permanent record of God working in and through our lives.

Not only does shared journaling lead to a joyful appreciation of life, it also brings normalcy and stability to stressful situations. There can never be a question in your daughter’s mind of how much you love her. It’s spelled out through the powerful and life-changing words the Lord gives you to bless her with–one entry at a time. As proverbs 25:11 so beautifully says, “A word aptly spoken, is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

In the midst of days that have the stamp of “urgent” all over them, corresponding to one another in a shared journal gives mothers and daughters a place to meet, free of interruptions, where they can cherish one another, strengthen the mother/daughter bond, and grow as sisters in Christ.

Our daughters and sons need to know that no matter how busy we are as mothers, we’re listening and seeking the Lord on their behalf. They need to know there is a special place in our hearts reserved just for them. This is especially critical when life’s circumstances are pressing in on every side and the whole family is caught up in doing the “necessary” things.

Writing to your daughters may not have been one of your top priorities this New Year–but it still can be. Shared journaling gives you a fresh, clean page to write upon, and a powerful tool that will strengthen relationships now, and have a far reaching impact on generations to come.

Practical Tips for Shared Journaling

  1. Write to Relate: Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Let your daughters (and sons, too, if you have them) know how much you treasure them in the pages of their journals. Accept them unconditionally right where they’re at today. Don’t compare them to anyone else. Pray for the words they need to hear from the Lord. Let Him write to your children through your pen. Invite your husband to write in your daughter’s journal as well. Even if they don’t consider themselves writers, most fathers, when given the opportunity, love to contribute to their children’s journals.
  2. Write to Refresh: Proverbs 11:25 “The generous man will be prosperous, And he who waters will himself be watered.” Be creative! Include thoughts, feelings, perceptions, prayers, and observations from your daughter’s daily activities, special times shared together, things you are grateful for, poetry, scriptures, quotes, lyrics from hymns or worship songs, memoirs, current photos, and ones of you when you were the same age, etc.
  3. Write to Restore: Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Is the relationship with your daughter strained? Does she rarely open up to you? Is her heart blocked from painful situations that are unresolved? Write to restore your relationship. Pray and ask the Lord for the right words to minister to your daughter’s spirit, the words you need to break through any barriers. Come alongside your daughter. Be transparent and share the struggles you had when you were her age. Note: never use a shared journal to lecture or berate your daughter!

Write to Remember: Malachi 3:16 “Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.” If there was ever a verse that encouraged shared journaling, this is it! God is actively involved in listening to the conversations of His children. Dedicate your journals to Him and make them a place to record the moments of your lives and His faithfulness to all generations.

The December Girlhood Giveaway

It’s time for another Girlhood Giveaway. This time we’re giving away a “Stepping Heavenward” Girlhood Home Companion bundle and a December print addition of  The Mother Daughter Tea Cozy Club Booklet and audio conversation on CD: The Gingerbread Cottage of Faith ~ Building Our Daughters’ Faith with Heather Wombacher to two separate winners.

Here are the entry rules:  Leave a comment about some of your favorite Christmas traditions or recipes. Share any or all of the ways you make  Christmas a special time in your home. Do you have a special memory from a childhood Christmas? Did your mother have a certain holiday tradition or recipe that you have kept? What are some of the meaningful ways you celebrate Christmas or New Years? Answer any or all of the above topics in your comment.

A winner will be drawn on December 10th.

Merry CHRISTmas,

Jill Novak & Company




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Kristi Stace and Jenifer Harrod
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