Blog Party!

8 Apr

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

{You can follow Heather at Twitter (/heatherbrandt), her personal blog Life with Colin,  and her photography blog at Photography by Heather Brandt, and Facebook (Heather Bain Brandt)}

If you are part of the Ultimate Blog Party (click icon above if you haven’t heard of this Party before), welcome! This blog captures my musings on being a mama to my son, Colin, whom we adopted from Russia in December 2008.   Seeing the world anew through his eyes makes each day an adventure!

My blog touches on the challenges of adoption (the process and parenting) as well as the blessings. We are now in the process of adopting a daughter through domestic (U.S.) adoption. I also openly share about the infertility that God used to turn our hearts to the miracle of adoption. I occasionally do book and product reviews and give my two-cents-worth as a former elementary education teacher and mama who loves to bake and help keep my family healthy. I’m an aspiring photographer who hopes to focus on celebrating family through my photography.

What’s a Blog Party without a yummy treat?  This is NOT a healthy recipe.  Think:  INDULGENCE! Hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by,

Heather’s Cinnamon Chip Scones

2 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 Tbs sugar

1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces

1 beaten egg

3/4 cup milk

1 cup to 1 bag cinnamon chips (about) Hershey 10 oz. (depends on your preference)


about 1 TBS of sugar and 1 TBS of cinnamon mixed together

In a medium bowl, combine flour, the 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, and salt.  Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine egg and milk.  Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.  Using a fork, stir just until barely moistened; mix in desired amount of cinnamon chips.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead dough by folding and gently pressing dough for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth.  Pat or lightly roll dough into an 8-inch circle.  Cut into 8 wedges (or divide and place in a greased scone pan).

Place wedges 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Brush wedges with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 20 minutes or until golden.  Remove scones from baking sheet or pan; serve warm.

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16 Responses to “Blog Party!”

  1. Momma Snail April 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    I’m the first to comment!!!! You know what’s funny? How many of us in our blogging circle who used to be elementary/ece teachers.

    I can’t wait to find out more about your new adoption journey!

    And, try these awesome sounding scones!

  2. Mimi April 9, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Scones!! Yummy. I just did a book review on a family who adopted a little girl from Thailand and they had to release her a few years later. It was such a hard story to read. So, SO happy you have been blessed by your son and will be twice blessed with your daughter!! Visting from UBP10.


    PS Where’s your list for prizes you want to win? LOL

  3. Raising My 4 Sons April 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog party!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Barbie & Joelle April 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    What a beautiful family. We love to see recipes we do quick & easy recipes on Mondays. Little girls are so sweet. How fortunate to be blessed with a little boy and now a little girl on the way 🙂

  5. steedj April 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Hello from UBP! Have a great weekend!

  6. Andrea H April 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Nice to meet you! My name is Andrea and I am a SAHM to two little boys. We have considered adopting a little girl but finances have prevented us from doing so *yet*

    Those scones sound delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am printing it out now. =)

  7. Staci A April 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Your little one is such a cutie! Best of luck on your new adoption journey!

  8. Maria April 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Hopping over from UPB. I’ll stay and poke around a little 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. xenia April 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Your son is adorable! And, mmmmm, those scones sure are making my mouth water!

  10. Brooke Lorren April 12, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    Stopping by from the blog party! It’s nice to meet you. There are so many kids in Russia that need families, it is nice that you were able to adopt one.

  11. Nicole April 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Heather!! I have been wanting to email you but lost your contact in the switch over to my new computer. Do you mind sending me it for future reference?:)

    I love your pictures! That is a great one of you and Colin.

    I wanted to let you know our #1 reason for deciding on the circ. for Joshy was because he has an older brother who is and lots of male cousins we are very close to who all are. We did not want him to feel different from the rest of the family. I agree and don’t think it’s a big deal either way. I know you were interested in peoples reasons and I had not expressed our primary reason;)

  12. Lauralee April 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Thanks for coming over to my blog today! It does seem we have plenty in common. Nice to meet you!

  13. carma April 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I like that you are upfront about the recipe not being healthy 😉 thx for stoppin’ by my place

  14. Cascia @ Healthy Moms April 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I’m looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    The Healthy Moms

  15. Maggie Smith April 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    What a cute cute blog! I am popping over from UBP! Hope you come and follow me too 🙂

  16. Shan @ Canada Travels April 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m always looking for a great new recipe, I’m bookmarking the page so I can print it off. My hubby thanks you!

    My cousin adopted a child from Russia a couple of years ago, they were working in Moskow when they came across the orphanage where she was. It took them over a year to be able to bring her home to Canada and he works for the Canadian Government!

    Blessings to you!

    This Canadian Travels

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