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Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting

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Friends, I’ve heard more and more about people going through the coffee line and having their coffee paid for by the person in front of them. That’s a very cool random act of kindness, I must say. (Keep reading for this Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting recipe).

Whole Grain Pumpkin Scones

A delicious homemade treat for the weekend, of if you’re hosting out of town company!

The creamy frosting is delish, too!

But taking it a step further, while taking nothing away from it, there’s more that we can do to actually have personal interaction with people.

My daughter, Abby, is a great example for me. I love the way she interacts with people she does not know, especially the elderly.

She looks into their eyes, talking, listening to their stories …

Being present, actually caring, and taking the time—I’m working on this, to be more aware of the people around me!

Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone

Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting

By the way, Abby made these Whole Grain Pumpkin Scones with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting the other day, to share with a few friends.

Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Cream Cheese Frosting

Absolutely delicious and perfect for fall!

Sage in the cream cheese frosting? The perfect flavor, so earthy and yummy!

Back to kindness.

Do you care about people? I’m trying to smile, start up conversations in random places, like Abby does. And not be so in my own little world.

It can be as easy as the grocery store. For me, it seems to always happen at Costco.

With an elderly lady in front of me in the shopping line last week, and I emptied her whole cart for her. She was so grateful. While I unloaded, we chatted. I asked her questions, she told me her story.

No one needed to know, or give me a brownie button. I could have taken the time to scroll through the social media feeds on my phone, and be in my own little world, or help this lady out.

More than just saying, “I’ll pay for the person’s coffee behind me,” (which is nice), I actually was close enough to feel and see the lady’s eyes, hear the crackle in her 80-year-old voice, and ask her questions, showing that I was interested.

Love is wild, people.

It involves kindness, mostly with no accolades.

When I do something for others, I don’t want this feeling of “yeah, that felt good,” because love is not about us.

Paying for coffee for the person behind you is really nice, but how about going with something more “hands on,” that’s real life, and risky?


Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting

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Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, plus pumpkin puree, to equal 3/4 cup
  • Frosting: 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. fresh, finely chopped sage
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter or spray a baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour and baking powder together. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender.
  • Add the egg, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves in another bowl; mix together.
  • Mix egg and pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture and mix with hands—do not over-mix—until evenly moistened, forming a ball of soft dough.
  • Place the ball of dough in the center of a greased baking pan, patting into a circle about 1” thick, mounded slightly higher in the center.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and top is lightly golden.
  • Combine the cream cheese in a medium bowl with powdered sugar, vanilla, and sage. Mix until smooth.
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. With a knife, score into 6-8 wedges, depending on the size you want to serve.
  • Serve warm with sage cream cheese.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
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Whole Grain Pumpkin Scone with Sage Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe