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1. Verse of the Day

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, 
the truth, and the life: no man cometh 
unto the Father, but by me.

There's an old song by Point of Grace that I was listening to this morning in the car that has this verse in it and it's been on my mind all morning. Here's the link if your interested in listening to it also! 

Jesus is the way. No matter what your facing, He is able...

There's freedom in that....

Summer is officially over for us but here's a few fun photos that I took.

Bubbles
This was absolutely the best bundt cake I've ever had. It was from Nothing Bundt Cake. It was really rich and very moist. Super delicious!

We ate tons of Mexican food this summer while visiting the southwest.

I'm really trying to get back into a routine with the new school year started and lazy summer days over but it's a challenge. I find myself searching for anything related to "organization" on Pinterest these days. How about you?

Blessings,
Jenni

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2. Verse of the Day


Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
 

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3. How to Host a Pancake Art Party with Friends

Hi Friends,

Pancake art is super fun and especially with friends! I've hosted many pancake art parties, classroom parties, demonstrations and classes and trust me, people really get into the fun of making pancake art. Even people who don't like to eat pancakes or don't think their artistic, love to play with pancake art. It's just really fun!

So, gather a few friends this summer and invite them over for some pancake art fun! I've put together a few tips to help you create a successful time....


  • First off, check out my Pancake Tips page to see the products I use and the tips I wrote about. This is really important! Most pancake art mixes don't work well for pancake art and you don't want to get frustrated.


  • You can make your batter up 1 1/2 hours before your friends come over. Don't make it up earlier than that because the rising agent in the pancake mix will go flat.


  • If you use a large griddle, two people can share it. I generally try to have 2 griddles for every 10-12 people. If you have more griddles going than that, think of ways to avoid blowing the electrical circuit. I've done this a few times when I've had 3 griddles going at once.


  • If you have more than one griddle going, divide your friends up an assign them a griddle to wait in line for.


  • Decide on a pancake art "theme." It's best if you have a least one pancake art tutorial readily available to show them. Check out my YouTube channel for ideas.

  • Create pancake art colors that fit with your "theme."  


  • Provide syrup, candy for decorating your pancakes such as chocolate chips and M&Ms, whipped cream, and sprinkles


My daughter's pancake that she made while having a pancake day with her friend

Are you planning to host a pancake art party of your own? Tell me in the comments below!

Blessings,
Jenni

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4. Verse of the Day


 Psalm 147:4-5
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.



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5. Pinwheel Pancake Art Tutorial

July 4th is coming up and I thought I would share with you this fun pinwheel pancake art tutorial that I created!

Supplies for Pancake Art Pinwheels

3 Condiment Squirt Bottles
Blue, Red Food Coloring (I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Paste)
3 Cups
Extras: M&Ms and Popsicle Sticks, cream cheese
Spoons
Large Mixing Bowl
Electric Mixer
Pancake Mix (I suggest Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix)
Water
Paper Towels
Vegetable Oil
Griddle
Spatula
Syrup



Mix Directions
 Add the pancake mix to a large bowl. I typically fill up a large bowl half way up with mix when I make pancake art. Since the Krusteaz mix is a “just add water” mix, you don’t need to measure out the amount. Just add enough water to make a medium consistency. You can always add more water or add more mix to achieve this.You want the batter thick enough to “draw”
with but not too much where it won’t squeeze out of the squirt bottle. Use an electric mixer to get the big lumps out. Divide up your batter into 3 cups. Add the red and blue food coloring to two cups and stir until well blended.  Do not put food coloring in the 3rd cup. This will be your white color. Fill up your condiment squirt bottles with the batter. Lightly oil your griddle with
a paper towel and vegetable oil. Turn your griddle on at 200 degrees. 



 Start with the red pancake batter and draw a dot. Switch to the blue batter and begin the pinwheel. Follow the photos to see how to draw it.


 Compare this step to the previous step because it doesn't look much different than the last step but it does have added lines in red.




Flip the pancake when it's bubbly and looses most of it's shine. Let it cook while moving on to the next step.

Now it's time to work on attaching the stick. Add some batter to the griddle.
Add the stick and quickly add more batter on top
Place the pinwheel on top and let it all cook together. Attach the M&M to the pinwheel with a little cream cheese.


Happy July 4th Everyone!



2 Corinthians 3:17 

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

I'm not sure what we'll be doing for the fourth of July yet but it sometimes involves a cookout on the grill. What's your favorite way to celebrate July 4th? Tell me in the comments below!!

Blessings,
Jenni

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6. Verse of the Day


Proverbs 15:1 
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
 

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7. How to Get Super White Pancakes in Pancake Art

Hi Friends!

One of the questions I get often on my YouTube channel is, how do I get my white color in pancake art soooo...white? So, I thought I would answer this question today because there are a few different factors that effect pancake art colors.


  • First of all, it's important to check if your griddle has old, leftover sticky oil residue. Sometimes there's nothing you can do about getting this off, other than washing it really good. Still, it's a good idea to check your griddle.


  • If your griddle is old and the nonstick coating is wearing off, this can effect your pretty pancake colors.


  • Consider buying a new pancake griddle if the above two factors are true for you. Check out my pancake tips page to see the griddle that I'm currently using.



  • You don't need to add any white food coloring to get a nice white color (yes there is white food coloring!). Some pancake mixes are not very white. The one I use is very white so check out my pancake tips page if you'd like to buy the same one.


  • Set your griddle for 200 degrees. Any hotter than that, and you risk browning your pancakes too much and ruining the pretty white color.


  • Don't let your pancake cook for too long on your griddle. This can also brown your pancake. When you notice that your pancake starts to bubble, and loose it shine, flip it.



This was a tiny chicken pancake. See how small it is next to the fork?!! Want to make these pancake art chickens? Check out my video below:



Have you ever made white pancake art designs? How did it go for you? Tell me in the comments below...

Blessings,
Jenni

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8.

Hi Friends!

This is officially my first post on my new blog...yeah!!! I hope you'll join my blogging journey with me!!!

Here's a few little mini fruits that I used in my new blog banner. Look how tiny they are in the banner! They don't even look like pancakes!

 I recently released on my YouTube channel my new video teaching about "Faithfulness" as part of a Fruit of the Spirit series. Here's a sketch from when I was coming up with ideas and pancake colors.

 Want to learn how to make this cutie? Click the video link below....


And on another note....my son has been looking for 4 &5 leaf clovers in our yard and everywhere else he can find them and giving them to anybody who wants them as gifts. So cute!

I'm currently working on my Etsy shop. What would you like to see in my shop? Tell me in the comments below!!!

Blessings,
Jenni

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9. How to Make a Snowflake Pancake

 I was talking to my oldest daughter the other day about the "cool group" in school (this is something that is newly coming up in her life) and how I wasn't in that group. Now I think that I was just in that middle group, not popular and hopefully not too geeky.  Do you ever wonder about what group you were in yourself? Now hmm, which group was I in and would others agree? Of course I'm getting old now and school was a looooong time ago. Praise God that our value is in Christ and not in what others think of us, ya know?

And speaking of geeky, I have this winter earmuff type hat that I wear in the winter that really keeps my ears warm but I don't wear it much because I feel too geeky in it (is geeky still a word now? I don't know).


I have a new video up now on how to make a snowflake pancake that I created when our heat in our house was not working and I was almost cold enough to wear my geeky earmuff hat. It was 14 degrees the day that I made this video for you...but of course I didn't break out the hat! I'm sure you would look cool enough in it friends, but I just can't pull off the look myself.

Snowflakes are the theme this month with my kids and boy did I feel like one the day that I made this! If your new here to my blog, I'm teaching my kids the 10 commandments and we are working on the 5th one right now. Snowflakes have a short life and I would bet that most of us would choose to have a long life, which is opposite of a snowflake. The Bible says that if we honor our father and mother, we will have a long life. So the snowflake theme around our house is a good reminder for my kids on what we are working on and how we want an opposite of an snowflake.

Below is the art pancake snowflake video but if the video player doesn't come up, HERE is the direct link.



Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long
upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Our heat is now fixed in our house (Praise God!) and I'm feeling warmer so I won't need to bring out my geeky earmuff hat in public just yet. Phew!

Blessings,
Jenni

You might also enjoy the first 4 Commandments in art pancakes:
1st Commandment, King Crown Pancake
2nd Commandment, Frog Pancake
3rd Commandment, Turkey Pancake
4th Commandment, Candy Cane Pancake

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10. Scaredy Cat

 I see................
You!

I just love this pretty wild cat in our back yard!

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11. Twisting Vines

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

I got several macro lens attachments for Christmas (Yeah!) and it's been fun playing with them. Just check out these vines close up. They were twisting around tree branches and they reminded me of this verse. We don't want any wickedness coming in, twisting around and preventing our hearts and lives from being right with God.


Can you believe this budding branch? I think it's a little confused. It's not even close to spring yet. Strange!

Happy New Year!

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12. Disney at Christmas Part 2

Here's a few more photos that I took at several of the Disney properties all decorated for Christmas.

 Check out this life sized gingerbread house! Wow!

A giant gingerbread carousel.

This gingerbread snowman from the movie, "Frozen," was new this year. It's hard to believe it's a giant cookie! It was life sized!

Merry Christmas!

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13. Disney at Christmas Part 1

Recently I mentioned that we spent Thanksgiving in Orlando and while there, we visited most of the Disney hotels to see how they decorated for Christmas. Here's a couple of photos that I took during that trip. I just love how they decorate!


Aren't their decorative soaps so cute?!!


Blessings,
Jenni

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14. Candy Cane Apple (again!)

 Here's a blast from the past. Do you remember this candy cane apple from a few years back? I still like to make these at Christmas time for my kids.

Just wash a red apple.....

Cut up several strips...

Slice into equal parts....

Just arrange!

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15. Candy Cane Lunch Box

Exodus 20:8
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Over Thanksgiving break my family and I took a short trip to Orlando and one of my very favorite things to do there is to visit as many of the different Disney hotels as possible to see them all decked out for Christmas. I took a bunch of photos that I'll (hopefully) share with you soon! 

Anyhow, I feel as though I'm still recovering from Thanksgiving break and getting back into the swing of things while in the midst of this crazy holiday season. I say this because this week, I just taught my kids about the 4th Commandment as I drove to our after school activities. Honestly, sometimes I think it works best this way because there's not much for them to do in the car but listen to me, no distractions-yes!

For this Christmas season, I've chosen a candy cane as our theme. When flipped upside down the candy cane forms a "J" for Jesus.  The 4th commandment is about remembering the Sabbath day by resting and making sure to honor God on that day as well. So, a wonderful way to honor God is by worshiping his son, Jesus and that's how I've tied this all together.


I recently bought for my kids the book,"Legend of the Candy Cane," which I'm sure many of you are familiar with. I love how it describes the legend for the meaning of the colors of the candy cane.

Red= Christ's blood that was shed for us
White= We are washed white as snow in purity through redemption

I've put together a video tutorial on how to make this candy cane lunchbox. You can click HERE to see it or watch it below:


 It was like a candy cane workshop on my table!

Blessings,
Jenni

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16. The Life of a Snowman

Going.....

 Going....

 Gone!

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17. A Snowy Visitor!

I could hardly believe this one....look who came to peer into my window! It's Fluffsters, the pretty wild cat that I was talking about in my recent post HERE.  So far, this is as close as she will let me come, but hey, it's a start right?!


We recently had our first snow for the winter, which is really rare for us this early. They are calling for a very cold winter here so I'll likely need to find some time to do a bunch of extra cooking and stock up our deep freeze.

With the cold coming in, it's easier to get into the Christmas spirit!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Jenni

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18. Thanksgiving Turkey Lunch Tutorial

Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

We are now working on the 3rd Commandment in pancakes and thankfulness is our theme. Since Thanksgiving is about being thankful, I taught my kids that we are to use our mouths to give God thanks and praise instead of misusing his name.

I was trying for an orange lunch theme with the orange jello and orange fruit (I LOVE themes....I can stay awake at night thinking about themes, so fun!).

This time I was able to surprise my kids with the turkeys in their lunches. Usually they find out and see me working on it, but not this time! Yeah!


You can make these pancakes ahead, wrap them, freeze them in a freezer bag and then put them in your kid's lunches the next day.  They will thaw by lunchtime.

Check out the video HERE, or watch it below:


I made enough batter for my kids to make their own turkeys after school.  I was able to freeze their lunch turkeys before they got home so they didn't know about them!

My daughter's turkey was sooooo cute! I love seeing what my kids come up with in art pancakes.

Blessings,
Jenni

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19. A Recommended Book for Girls


If you have a daughter, I have a fun book to recommend to you today. It's called Brave Girls Bible Stories (I bought it HERE on Amazon). I originally heard about it from my blog friend Christina over at the Olive Tree.

I am going to use this book for my Sunday School class of girls but also at home as well. It's awesome! The illustrations are very beautiful and I really like how it has modern day characters who introduce each Bible story and how it relates to modern day girls and tweens today.  It reads like a devotional so it's something that you could read every night. Very awesome. I'm guessing that I'll be talking about it on my blog when I find ways to incorporate the stories into my SS Lessons.

My daughter has been reading this a lot on her own lately. Also I read it to my daughter for 30 minutes the other day, she begged me to read more. I told ya, it's really good!

Blessings,
Jenni

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20. Clothespin Flower Pipe-cleaner Tutorial

Philippians 4:13 
I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me.

I have a decorated can in my Sunday School class (that we call our "I Can") to encourage my girls that with Christ, we can do all things. It's been a great way to encourage positive attitudes with my girls as well as myself (I mean, if I'm teaching this lesson, I need to be working on it myself too in my daily life!).

I currently use our "I Can" for our SS offering so that it has a purpose to sit out on the table every week. However, when I first introduced this lesson to the girls, we made clothespin flower clips to put on the can. Now I use their flowers clips as a way to hang up their artwork on the wall.

So, I thought you might enjoy a quick tutorial on how to make flower clothespin clips. They are really simple and my own daughter has already made tons of them....so fun!

You will need:
Clothespins
Beads (must have a wide hole)
Hot Glue gun/glue
Felt
Pinking Scissors
Purple and Green Pipe Cleaners 

 Step One: Line up 3 purple and 1 green pipe cleaner. Slip 1-2 beads on and push them to the middle

Step Two: spread out the purple pipe cleaners and pull the green pipe cleaners down

Step Three: Start rolling the end of a purple pipe cleaner towards the middle until you reach the bead

Step Four: Roll up all the rest of the purple pipe cleaners the same way that you did on step three

Step Five: Curl the green pipe cleaners around a pencil

Step Six: Measure a clothespin on a piece of felt and cut the shape out with pinking scissors (make it a little bigger than the clothespin)

Step Seven: Hot glue the felt to the clothespin

Step Eight: Hot glue the pipe cleaner flower on to the clothespin. Make sure and glue it to the non-pinching end.

To encourage creativity: set out a variety of colored felt, pipe cleaners and beads and let your kids have fun making their own unique flowers!

Let me know if you give this a try :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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21. Pumpkin Scrubber

I have one very dedicated pumpkin scrubber who lives at our house.  My little gal worked on cleaning her pumpkin after visiting the pumpkin patch with great diligence! I mean, it took at least 30 minutes for her to clean this very small pumpkin (Heehe!) but it's super clean now..............

Oh wait, more soap just for good measures......
Ok, Ok, I think it's clean now....time to rinse the poor pumpkin and maybe paint it some fun colors!

Happy November :)

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22. Frog Pancake Art Tutorial

 Exodus 20:4
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image

We have been working on the 2nd Commandment now and I made these little green frog sandwiches to represent it. Ok, so this doesn't make a whole lot of sense off the bat of course, but stay with me here.....

My Sunday School class had a stuffed animal picnic party recently where we talked about the 2nd commandment. My daughter used to have a frog stuffed animal that she loved and the frog pancakes are to represent a stuffed animal.

So we talked about how we love and hold our stuffed animals at night when we're scared and how they are comforting. Being comforted by our stuffed animals is good but if we believe that our stuffed animal can take away our fears and we put our faith in that instead of God, then they we are making it an idol. 

I Samuel 4:1-11 is a wonderful reference to read because Israel put their faith in the ark of the covenant instead of God himself and by doing so, it was captured.

My kids LOVE The Action Bible. I highly recommend it and I read the above story to my own kids and my class from it.

If you can't see the video player, click HERE

For my own kids, I made Jolly Rancher green apple jello in their lunches (to stay with the frog green theme-I just LOVE themes!).



Since I made up a batch of frog pancakes for my kids lunches in advanced, I froze them to keep them fresh. I do this by individually wrapping each little sandwich with plastic wrap, then I placed them all in a freezer bag. I take them out and put them in their lunches still frozen because they will thaw by lunch time.

This isn't the first time I've made frog pancakes.  Years ago I made this for my daughter when she was home from school not feeling well. "A frog with lily pads" is what she requested. You can see the original post HERE.

Blessings,
Jenni

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23. The last of Fall

Fall is on it's way out...and definitely the prettiness of it has faded from our backyard.  Here's a few photos that I'll have to hold on to and remember until next year....


Blessings,
Jenni

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24. Frog Clips


To tie into our 2nd Commandment lesson, my S.S. class made frog hair clips with pipe cleaners (I'm on a new kick with these I think!).

My daughter was inspired by the frog clips and made a bunch of Ant-eaters and red Ants. Very cute!

Blessings,
Jenni

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25. From my Kitchen Window

From my kitchen widow you can see a bunch of turkeys running away from my camera lens! Stop running turkeys! I got out my telephoto lens to capture these guys but they always see me and I have to snap fast photos (which is hard to get camera exposure settings that fast!).  These turkeys only show up when it's not turkey hunting season. It must be deer hunting season now because all the deer have "disappeared."

These little acorns that my daughter and I found at the pumpkin patch used to be on my kitchen window...I can't find them now. Hmm???

And finally, from my kitchen window, I snapped a photo of my currently favorite cat...who does not like me much :(

This is Fluffsters, a wild cat who lives behind our house. Isn't she cute?? She won't let me get very close to her (yet anyhow).  I'll keep trying...... 

Blessings,
Jenni

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