Monthly Archives: April 2013

04/29/13

The sheep of HIS pasture

People often laugh when Mom and I take our semi-regular trips to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. In fact, the last time my Uncle called Dad he ended the conversation with “So, when are the girls going back to Biltmore?” Dad chucked and probably gave an answer like “Soon. Real soon.”

It has become our own version of an inside joke.

We don’t care.

Biltmore for us is one of those few, special, wonderful places where we unwind both mentally and emotionally, where we are still, where we laugh, talk endlessly, and have more fun than we deserve. As soon as we drive onto the estate, I can literally feel my muscles relaxing. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true. For some that place is at the water’s edge on a beach somewhere (by the way, that does it for me too), for others it is sitting on a dock overlooking a calm, still lake, and for Mom and me it’s Biltmore. It’s in us, and it has become a sweet tradition for us each Spring, Fall, and Winter time.

With that being said, we made our sojourn a few weeks ago… hey- it’s only the 2nd trip of the 2013 year, but whose counting? 🙂  Anyways, we experienced something we have never seen on the estate. Hard to believe, I know.

The birth of the baby lambs on the Biltmore Farm.

 

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They dotted the green hills and their sweet, shrill “baaaahhhhs” were so distinguishable that they drew us right around a corner to them. We counted close to 40 of them. What a sweet treat to spend the afternoon with them! We were the only humans around, and they didn’t seem to mind.

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Look at them following their Mammas. It was so cute to watch them run behind. Those gangly little legs couldn’t quite keep up.

Sometimes I feel that way too…

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“Know that the LORD, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”

Psalms 100:3

 Have a happy Monday and a blessed start to your week!

XOXO,

Jamie

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04/28/13

Guilt-free Late-night Baking Session

Okay…. confession time.

It was 9 pm.

Do you ever get a craving for a warm, gooey, chocolatey something right around this time?

If you are anything like me, you typically find yourself in your PJs, freshly- showered and washed face, in bed or curled up on the sofa reading a fabulous book, but the craving still remains. There is nothing to do but throw off the covers, flip on the lights in the kitchen, and wake up your Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.

So, this happened to me the other night, and I made some Chocolate-chip Meringues, or Smoogies as they are called in my house. I nick-named them that for some unknown reason years and years ago. These are light, airy, crispy, chocolatey, and almost guilt-free. Whirr up a batch tonight! 🙂

Smoogies

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, they will whip better at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar, superfine is best
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • healthy pinch of salt
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Beat egg whites until frothy and foamy. Gradually add sugar slowly. Beat until stiff. Add vanilla and salt and beat some more. Fold in chocolate chips so as not to deflate the frothy goodness.

3. Plop by the rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes.

*You can pipe like a swirly ice-cream cone (shown below) by simply snipping small hole in corner of Ziploc bag and using as a pastry bag!

So clever… why hadn’t I thought of that before?

Perfection! Light and airy perfection! I do love a good meringue.

So, tell me. What is your late-night craving?

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