Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Our Favorite Pancakes

"Mom, can we have pancakes for breakfast?" I hear this question often.

We love pancakes. Sometimes, I make them small and use them for dipping into hot syrup combined with melted butter. Faithful husband and some of the kiddos enjoy them stacked with butter, while others want them smothered with peanut butter. The very best pancake is one that is sprinkled with coconut and pecans before flipping to cook the second side. YUM! I also like them with a shmear of peanut butter and topped with sliced bananas. The possiblities are endless.

Quick and Easy Pancakes


2 cups flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
2 t. salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1/4 cup applesauce

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, and applesauce. Mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Scoop approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake, brown on both sides, and serve hot. Enjoy!

Sweet nephew typically likes peanut butter, but today requested butter.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

1,000 Gifts

Go to my 1,000 gifts page to see what has been added. What gifts are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Word Wednesday - What can you do...What can you give?

Come, they told me, there's a new born King!
We're taking our finest gifts to honor Him.

Little baby, I'm a poor boy, too
I have no gift to bring, that's fit to give our King.

Shall I play for you, on my drum?

I played my drum, I played my best.

He smiled at me.

The Little Drummer Boy is my most favorite song of the Christmas season. The little boy didn't have much to give and yet in his giving, what a blessing he received. The King, Jesus, accepted His gift...and He smiled.

This Christmas season, what can you do for, or give to, Him? This is not to create a checklist that becomes a burden...just a couple of things that you choose to be intentional about.

This year I am giving Him my smile and my wallet.

Proverbs 15 says that a glad heart makes a cheerful face and I think the reverse is true, too. A smile can brighten the heart that is heavy, sad, tired, etc. I want to be that smile for Faithful Husband and our children.

My money...well, it really isn't mine. All that I have is a gift from first belongs to Him and He blesses the work of Faithful Husband with paychecks. A Proverbs 31 woman, according to verse 11, can be trusted by her husband. Proverbs 14 says that a wise woman builds her home, but a foolish one tears it down. I struggle to keep my budget and sometimes the stress it causes Faithful Husband makes me so sad. I want to be trustworthy in our finances and build my house with my wallet.

I think I might even wrap these and set the package on my desk. It will serve to remind me, all year, of my that The King will honor and gifts that will bless my family. In the end, I will be the one blessed above all, and isn't that how giving works?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What can we learn from George Washington Carver?

He taught his students the following:

* Be clean, both inside and out.
* Neither look up to the rich nor down to the poor.
* Lose, if need be, without squealing.
* Win without bragging.
* Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.
* Be too brave to lie.
* Be too generous to cheat.
* Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.


"Our creator is the same and never changes, despite the names given Him by people here and in all parts of the world. Even if we gave Him no name at all, He would still be there, within us, waiting to give us good on this earth."

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God."

"We get closer to God as we get more intimately and understandably acquainted with the things He has created. I know of nothing more inspiring that that of making discoveries for one's self."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Blessed Wife

Since my last post, a long time ago, I have fallen in love with my husband again...and again, and again. He is the reason for my 1,000 Loves Journal. He is the tingle up my back. He is the smile that I wear as I fall asleep. When I am sad, he loves me through it and makes me feel glad. When I giggle, he grins. He loves me! Yes, I am amazed...and I am so very blessed.

"A successful marriage required falling in love many times, and always with the same person." ~ Mignon McLaughlin