Our travels continue! Last week was a blast. Pete and I finished up our time without the kids at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri. The beautiful lodge rooms provided scenic views of the wooded grounds and Table Rock Lake. Our time there featured a hike in the woods, some gorgeous sunsets, many hours rocking on the porch listening to the falls, and visits from the “cookie lady” who delivers fresh gingerbread cookies in the evenings.
These blueberry and cornmeal scones are packed with juicy blueberries and have just the right crunch.
At the end of the week we headed back to Kanakuk to pick up the kids. When we first saw the girls, they ran to us and gave us great big hugs. They had sunkissed skin and big smiles on their faces. They were anxious to describe their experiences and their stories delighted us. The camp counselors and staff displayed joy and character, including encouragement for the parents to raise our children with wisdom and faith. We all said our goodbyes and drove on, two teary-eyed little girls in the back seat with full hearts ready to return next summer.
We headed south on highway 65 through Arkansas and spotted a sign for “Serenity Farm” bakery on the side of the road. We pulled the car up to a quaint little bakery surrounded by flowers and vines. A cute dog greeted us on the front porch, followed by the scent of fresh baked goods. The bakery, to my surprise, is completely organic. I was thrilled to come across such a place! We ordered tuna melt sandwiches on sourdough, foccacia, almond croissant, an eclair, and two cups of coffee. The little pastry shop/cafe/grocer occupies an old house with creaky wooden floors and pale yellow-paneled walls. We sat in the dining room enjoying our little lunch, talking about lessons from camp and plans for the future. On our way out, we bought a few loaves or hearty sourdough to share with friends along the way.
If you haven’t yet discovered a treasure like Serenity Farms this summer, at least you can produce your own delicious, organic baked goods. Fresh ingredients, a little prep work, and some patience can enrich your day. A few weeks ago, I had an abundance of blueberries and whipped up a batch of these blueberry-cornmeal scones. They’re subtly sweet, with a good crunch on the outside, and bright bursts of blueberry throughout. I hope they brighten your week.