Saturday, September 4, 2010


The cool breeze seems to whisper that Autumn is just around the corner.
"Cottage schooling" has begun, and homemaking continues :)
My sister in the kitchen
Kneading bread dough
Breadsticks are an easy appetizer to a meal.
ah, the smell of fresh baked bread is a delight!
Our Pear tree is heavy laden with fruit!
To me, there's nothing like picking fresh fruit--still warm & sweetened by the sun :)
I didn't weigh how much my sister and I harvested for that morning, but I ended up peeling, chopping and blending up the pears for jam. (8 cups of pear puree)

Along w/ jam, I made Quince Jelly for the first time! For Spiced Pear Jam I just added cinnamon, cloves and a little ginger to the fruit puree. Ah, it cooked like a warm spiced applesauce..really a great way to begin anticipating the Autumn season!


We've really enjoyed having hens, they're so simple to care for...and the reward of fresh eggs everyday is wonderful!

Heartwarming Oat Scones

*1.5 cups flour, *1/2 cup Oats, *1/3 cup sugar, *1 Tbsp baking powder, *1/2 tsp salt.

*1/3 cup melted butter, *1 egg, *1/3 cup milk

Mix together ingredients...

Pat dough out to a 7-8 in. circle, about 1/2 in. thick.

Then spread 1 TBsp softened/melted butter across the top...
Cut halfway through the dough into triangle sections...
Then sprinkle w/ Cinnamon sugar topping
(1 TBsp sugar & 1/4 tsp cinnamon)
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 mins.
While waiting for the scones to bake, I finished up my laundry.
Gathering favorite books to read...

On the front porch, I set up a small table complete with tea, scones, pear jam...
The scones turned out wonderfully!
Not too sweet, the topping added just enough spice so as to compliment the jam.
My family came to join me for tea...

As we ate, we skimmed through the books, sharing enlightening quotes we came across or a favorite topic :)

A beautiful event....

This morning we attended my dear friends wedding!

It was an 1860s themed event, in an old church tucked away in the country.
Sweet, simple, Inspirational.
"...And as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."
Isiah 62:5


Tracy said...

Beautiful, as always! I do so enjoy your blog and your lovely photos, Mia. :)

Ashley said...

Love the idea of having tea on the porch. So sweet and simple. Also, the wedding looks like it was beautiful!

Stephanie Ann said...

The scones look lovely, as all of your cooking does! They look so yummy, I can't believe they only have to bake for 15 minutes. I can't wait to try these.

Nearly 50 and trying to be Frugal .... said...

Really look forward to your blog. It's a completely different world for me and I love to hear about how you live.

Sue said...

Your photos are wonderful. What a nice way to spend the days......

*~Sarah Lynn~* said...

The scones look so yummy. Your dishes always add to the feel of your blog. :) Everything is really beautiful. :)

from me to thee......... said...

absolutley wonderful in every way......Linda

Anonymous said...

Inspirational as always Mia. Your family truly makes me pine for gentler days of old. And those scones look absolutely divine.

Thanks for sharing :0)

kpaints said...

Thank you for sharing, such beauty and love of the old ways.

Beautifully Veiled said...

As usual, an "inspiring" post from our "aspiring" homemaker!! Sweet post, Mia! And I love your friend's wedding dress. Precious!!!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

OH so wonderful ) :) :) :) All that food looked delicous. I love tea and scones :) :) :) The recipe you posted here for those yummy scones...well, I'm sure those didn't last long in your house :) :) :)

The wedding photo was really sweet...what a neat thing when two people come together!!! So awesome!!!

Oh, the pears, I LOVE pears. we grow a particular variety of comice pears here in Southern Oregon...that don't grow anywhere else in the country. We call them "Royal Riviera pears" any case, there are lots of pear orchards here in the area...and we have a festival every year called the "Pear Blossom Festival"...

How did you like the quince jam? I've had that before, it's wonderful. A friend of mine gifted me with a nice jar :) :) Have a lovely weekend, Mia. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

clarkenvironmental said...

Hi Mia,

I'm fairly new to your blog but I think it is gorgeous!! I was wondering about the floral dress in the photo was it handmade? and if so what pattern did you use?

God Bless you and your family

Rosie said...

So nice to hear from you Mia, and see the happenings at your home.
I'll have to give the recipe a try, it looks delicious.
Have a lovely evening.

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Mia,

Such an inspiration you are! Your mother must be so glad to have your willing hands to help her, and all of your family feel very blessed.

Your friends' wedding looks simply divine; what beautiful clothes they both have.

May you be blessed with abundance this fall.



Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for such a beautiful post! It makes me want to go can some jelly. :)

Mrs.Rabe said...

We love scones! I am going to give your recipe a try!

elizabeyta said...


Thank you so much for sharing the beginning of your Autumn. The scones and tea look lovely.



Allison said...

Hello Mia!

Can't wait to try the scones! Your friend's wedding dress looks beautiful! My great-grandmother gave me an apron in the exact style of the one your wearing!


Gilly said...

Hi Mia, thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I just noticed you have a picture of Tasha tudor on your side bar- i have one of her books about her life and the photographs are just amazing :)

Another beautiful post. Your photography is amazing and really seems to capture the essence of your life. Blessings :)

alisha a. said...

What an absolutely beautiful post... as usual! The scones look absolutely YUMMY! I'll have to try them soon.

You take BEAUTIFUL pictures by the way!

Happy Labor day!


donna rae said...

Thanks for sharing the yummy scone recipe... tea on the porch with scones sounds lovely. Your friend's wedding looks like a wonderful time. Autumnal blessings to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

My husband somehow found your blog a while back, via another blog, and we have all enjoyed it ever since. My girls, ages 4 and 7, were looking at all the photos with this post and were just enchanted! It gives them encouragement, even at their young ages, to be lovely young women for God's glory! Too bad we couldn't have all joined you for tea....that would have been fun!
Blessings from Central Illinois!

Under Southern Skies said...

The scones look delicious! And your blog is lovely!

Anonymous said...

These photos are so lovely. It's a pure joy to read your blog. I was wondering if you had decided whether to host your old-fashioned picnic this year?



Miss Jen said...

Oh.... how lovely, dear Mia! :)
Those scones look scrumptious
and Oh, what a beautiful wedding

Love & Blessings~ Miss Jen

Suzanne said...

Nothing like scones and tea:-)

Bella Michelle said...

I am going to give your recipe a sounds so delicious! Also, I would love to see more photos of your friends wedding if you could show us. I love weddings so very much!

Anonymous said...


Those scones looked delicious! I'm going to have to try those sometime.

The one wedding picture of your friend was a nice one. I wish we could have seen more of the bride's dress. From the snippet that you showed us, it appared to be a heavenly dress! :)

Take care dear Maiden.

-Lady Rose

NanC said...

I just found your blog and love it. I so enjoy your attitude about life and the way you live it. So sweet, so simple, so inspiring...

Carmen said...

I really enjoy taking a peak into your blog, Mia. You have beautiful pictures! THey are "eye candy".

Barb said...

Reading your blog, and looking at the beautiful pictures as indeed blessed my life today!


Lindy said...

WONDERFUL! LOVE what your'e doing with your blog.....LOVE what you're doing with your life! To God be all glory!

Lindy said...

WONDERFUL! LOVE what your'e doing with your blog.....LOVE what you're doing with your life! To God be all glory!

Lindy said...

Mia, I shared your blog link with my friends on Facebook. Hope that's OK with you. You do such a wonderful job and I think you lift up and celebrate Biblical womanhood....that I wanted others to enjoy and benefit! God bless you and yours!

Sarah said...

Lovely post, Mia... those scones certainly look delicious! Also, I really like the painting at the top of your post... do you by any chance know who it's by?

Anonymous said...

May i come have some scones and tea with you ladies. How wonderful that would be! :-) Hope you all have a wonderful september and safe travels. Maybe we can have agood visit soon :-)!!!tammy

servant2theKing said...

Mia, your BLOG is absolutely lovely! It is truly beautiful and thoughtful that you refer to yourself as a stay at home daughter...may the Lord bless these very special years of preparing for the life He has in store for you! May God bless you and your dear family in your veru lovely ad caring home!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,
You are a remarkable young lady. I have so enjoyed my visit with you. everything looks so beautiful. I am going to make your scones for my family. I am very old fashion like you. When you have time do drop by for a visit.
Blessings in Christ,

Laura said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog! A wonderful week to you!


Miss Grace said...

The Scones look delicious!

Emily of A Beautiful Life said...

oh yum! Everything looks so yummy! I made some of your Peach BBQ sauce that you had on a previous post awhile ago, and it was quite the hit here! We went through a whole quart with the extended family, so I am going to have to make more! Thank you for your wonderful inspiring blog!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Beautiful post as always, Mia! Your pictures are beautiful as well. I love how you get the light streaming in through the trees....BEAUTIFUL!

I can't wait to try your scone recipe. I think I will try it this weekend!


GailinVirginia said...

Hi Mia, lovely posts and photos. I wanted to share this...Basil Butter: soften a stick of butter, put it in your blender with a packed half cup of Basil leaves, mix up good. Remove and center in a sheet of waxed paper, roll up tucking the ends in and freeze. I add mine to cooked pasta,spread it on bread then broil.It would be
delicious on those bread sticks and also a nice topping for steaks if your enjoy them. Wishing you continued peace and happiness in the joy of your family.
Take care,Gail

Esther said...

Hi Mia, your blog is sooo lovely and refreshing!! I wish you would put more photos of the wedding though...especially the bride's dress, it looked so pretty!! =)


Gail said...

Mia - Thanks for another lovely post. I appreciate the peacefulness portrayed. Scones look delicious. Some of my favorite recipes come from you!
Can you tell us a little more about "Cottage Schooling"?

Ashleigh said...

I just love your blog! It's so cozy and inviting!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love your little tea party and the cottage is so lovely!!