|I love my daughter's stuffed bunny. It's so cute!|
|One of the first robins I saw in our back yard|
Little signs of spring are starting to pop up.....the bunnies and robins are coming back and one of the local farmer's field's is starting to look green.....I can't wait for spring!
For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
New pancake art video up today on how to make a PBJ sandwich! I love PBJs. I kind of wonder if I'm like the only adult who actually really loves them?? I know they're considered a food for kids but I could eat them every day...
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<![endif]-->The purpose of this video:
Peanut butter and jelly will stain the bread and there's nothing you can really do to get it off.
This represents sin in our life and how there's nothing we can do on our own to wash ourselves clean. We need the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins. It’s a gift from God waiting for you to receive! I think it's important to add on a last note here, that while doing good works won't save you, they are a reflection of your faith and the love you have for God.
After school, my daughter made this mini PBJ with real peanut butter and jelly from the leftover batter. So cute!
Mini PBJs are simple really. All you have to do is the same basic steps but on a smaller scale.
Have fun :)
Just a few photos from my life recently :)
My prayer today:
Whatever it is we are going through,
No matter the situation, good, bad, and everything in between,
help us Lord to praise you. Stay close to us. Help us to know that your there.
We need you so desperately in all areas of our life. How we love you. How we praise you.
You and you alone are worthy of that praise Jesus.
Whatever your going through today, I encourage you to offer up a sacrifice of praise because I promise, it will get you through. Not only will it change your attitude, but it will help you to surrender your situation to the Lord. So, let's start praising him....
Praise you Lord! We Praise you!
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
I put together a new pancake art video showing you how to make a Valentine's Day gingerbread house! Don't be intimidated, this one's easy. I promise!
The purpose of this video: To share with you that Jesus stands at the door and knocks, waiting for you to let him into your heart. Seek him with "all of your heart," and the Bible promises that you will find him.
Check out these conversation heart candies in the photos above and tell me, who actually likes these? I had a pancake art ministry booth at our church recently and I bought these (mostly for decoration) but also if (big if) anyone wanted to decorate their pancakes with them. They are festive after all. That's probably the only reason people buy them...oh and they're cheap.
Anyhow, my kids didn't remember eating them so I gave them each a box and video taped their reaction. I was honestly shocked that they "pretended" to like them for the video. Then, after eating a good portion of the box, they decided that they weren't all the great. Yep.
Hey, I just put up a new link at the top of this blog called Bible Q&A which links to a fabulous site that really goes into depth about common questions that come up in life and what the Bible has to say about them. It's really good and I hope you'll go check it out.!
Happy Super Bowl Day!
I snapped this photo of my son's football buried in the snow recently. It stayed there until the snow melted...now I have no idea where it went??
We honestly don't follow sports but I do hope to make some nachos tomorrow...festive for the day and all.
Wishing you a fun filled day!
Just published... a worried snowman pancake art tutorial on my youtube channel! This one was created with my daughter again (who calls herself Jasmine in this video) and it's to go along with the Bible verse below.The purpose of this video is to share with children that they can give God all their worries because he loves them very much and that they don't need to worry about anything!
I snapped this photo while we were cooking up more snowman pancakes later on after the video.*Challenge* Watch the video and tell me which carrot nose do you think we used...mine or my little Jasmine helper?
Blessings....and be Worry-Free because God loves you :)
|Check out the snowman and igloo house my daughter made. Pretty cool! I love the stick mouth!|
|My daughter loves to sign her name on my sketchbook when I'm not looking!|
Here's what's coming up next on my youtube channel...that is, whenever I get a chance to work on the new video my daughter and I made recently. My kids are currently fighting the flu so it may or may not be awhile before I publish it. *Sigh* sickness, it's that time of year....
It was a cold, icy day when my daughter and I braved the weather to snap a few photos of the chilly landscape near our house. Brrrr....I'm a little cold just looking at these photos!
Have you made any New Year's Resolutions yet? I'm still thinking about it.....
Christmas is just about here. Wow! Hello??….at what point did the time totally fast forward after Thanksgiving? I’m not sure where I’ve been, but it seems like a time warp happened and I’m just realizing this.
My daughter and I (actually her name is "Wonder Women" today) put a new Christmas video together for you.
By the way, "Wonder Women" did NOT want to wear this red dress for the photo. Probably because it required a change of costume. Heehe!
I’m sad that I’m getting this tutorial out late to you because it was a fun one and with your busy schedules about now, you might not get a chance to do it. But, it’s OK because there’s Christmas break and your kids probably won’t mind if you all make pancakes in an afterChristmas theme.
The purpose of this Tutorial:
The stocking represents gifts (in general) and this tutorial is to give you the "edible tools" to train your kids that Jesus is the absolute BEST gift ever given and that through him, we can have eternal life!
Colors needed...kind of a lot, I know!
My daughter made a stocking with the left-over batter. Cute right?!! Instead of the bear in the stocking, you could totally simplify this tutorial and do just a simple stocking like she did. It totally works too!
Here are a few other Christmasy ideas to try:
We've had our first few snow days...you know the "out of school" kind that we all celebrate (Alright we can sleep in!).
So, here's a few things that we did on our Snow Days:
We did a mini photo shoot. Our elf joined in on a few. He's new this year from my kid's Nana. Like many elf on the shelves, ours moves around every night if "he remembers to."
We did art projects. This cute popsicle tree was made by my daughter. FYI, cutting popsicle sticks is not easy! Ours were flying everywhere! I must have done something wrong.
And of course we didn't forget to do chores because hey, I'm tons of fun! Heehee!
Lastly, we played in the snow. Well, I mostly took photos but that counts right?
We've now officially had our first substantial frost and snow. These photos were taken in the field behind out house. Can you spot the turkeys in the field in the first photo? Now that it's deer hunting season, they're feeling pretty safe and making quite a few appearances back there.
I took the above photo of our pumpkins while they were waiting in the garage to be painted by my kids...which we got around to painting last weekend and they are quite colorful now!
I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you to Michelle and Jillian for the feature on Disney's Spoonful recently (see HERE
)! They put together quite a collection of party pancakes and its a great resource for ideas.
Happy Thanksgiving Friends!!
It was red ribbon week in many schools around the US recently. The campaign was to encourage kids not to do drugs. I wanted to teach this to my kids at home as well so I came up with the theme, "Donut
It tied in really well with the below Bible verse. It seems like this topic and verse has come up quite a bit since we initially talked about it.
My daughter and I put together this video on how to make donut pancakes. Click to watch...enjoy!
I let my kids smother vanilla pudding all over their donut pancakes to resemble cream filled donuts. They do sort of look like owls ya know, but oh well, it's the idea that counts, right?!
My kiddos had the day off recently and this is how my daughter spent part of her day....making balloon art!
I just love her balloon art! I have no idea how to do this and I'm so impressed!
The above balloons are an octopus and two elephants. I think my daughter said the blue and pink elephants got married. How cute!
I'm always encouraging her to keep developing this skill. She recently got a chance to make balloons for several little preschool classes. They called her "teacher" and I think she really enjoyed that!
For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God Loves You!
|My Son decorating his cupcake pancake|
My daughter and I created a new video tutorial showing how to make a Smiley Candy Corn Cupcake Pancake. Whew, that's a long title! I had so much fun with her.....I hope you enjoy watching the video we made together!
Click to watch the Video
Here's my daughter's pancake art version of a candy corn cupcake and a harvest tree.
The kids and I had a mini Christmas day and they made beaded ornaments (saw the idea HERE
). I know it's not exactly Christmas season yet but the holidays are so hectic that it's nice to do some fun activities outside of December's stressful schedule.
Check out my daughter riding her bike in snow boots! That's hilarious! I don't know how she accomplished this but she did. Heehee!The leaves are starting to change for fall even though it's not cold yet. Nice to see. I took this photo in the road. Glad I didn't get hit by any cars!
I John 4:4
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
I love this time of year when the leaves start to change (our backyard has a good start already!) but with it comes Halloween stuff that we see everywhere that can be scary for my kids. So, I figured this was a good time to start teaching them that God is always with us in our hearts and that he is greater than anything out there that might scare them.
So I started brainstorming, trying to think up something that they would consider scary to make in art pancakes. My kids are scared of the dark so I decided to incorporate that and there's this dinosaur that scares them at one of our science museums so that's how I ended up with these two ideas.
I thought it might be fun to put together a short video showing my typical pancake art process start to finish. So this is what I do when my kids are at school (and laundry, clean bathrooms, dishes...you know, those fun things too!).Don't forget to subscribe to my channel so that you can preview my videos early (before I get a chance to blog about them).
Click the arrow to watch the making of this Dinosaur Pancake!
This muffin tin had a lot of pieces built around it!
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My muffin tin after school snack had grapes and whole grain fig newtons. I also opened a new bag of candy corns (yeah!-love those!) to decorate the tin and a couple of mini M&Ms.
My kids ate their pancakes with yogurt. They like to take apart the pieces, divide them up between themselves and make their own creations with the pancake pieces. The top left is my son's creation and the bottom right is my daughters. She told me that the dinosaur was eating the grape.
With school in session, I thought it would be a good time to teach my kids to let the light of Jesus shine through them. So that was the theme of this pancake.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I know I haven't always shown all of the 10 commandment pancakes that we've worked on but we did officially finish them up this summer. It took a full year to do them all! Now I've got to think about what Bible project to do next. Any ideas? Maybe Bible stories??
|My children learned how to play marbles|
|I taught my daughter how to paint on fondant...she loved it! |
We are excited for new beginnings!
School is back in session for my kids and I found THIS
M&M cookie recipe to make for my kids on their first day as an after school treat and for their teachers as gifts.
Ok, so I'm not actually sure that my review of this recipe is accurate because I used butter instead of the shortening that it called for (advice that I followed from other recipe reviewers).
It was a yummy, buttery cookie and I really enjoyed it but I would prefer a plumper cookie so I probably should have (and will next time) done a combo of half butter and half shortening to achieve this.
It made a lot of cookies too (around 34), which was a really great plus! I had enough cookies to hand out to teachers and still have some left over to freeze for a quick homemade treat in my kid's lunch boxes.
Also, with crayons being so cheap this time of year, I bought a bunch of packs to make containers to put the cookies in. I've seen so many people online glue crayons to cans/boxes and etc that I thought I'd give it a try.
If you haven't tried this project before and want to, here's what I used:
Supplies*bottom portion of a large cardboard milk carton*Hot glue*2-3 packs of crayons for each container*black paint*green pipe cleaner (to line the top rim of the milk carton)*green ribbonHappy New School Year!P.S. If you have kids in school now, what artsy plans do you have for the school year????
We just got back from a fun summer vacation exploring the southwest. Wow! What a blast! I totally enjoyed photographing the sites around me and just seeing it all through my camera lens really made me appreciate the small details so much more I think. Of course, I got left in the dust on numerous occasions by my family as I stopped continually for photos but...I made it.
Wow, don't you think the desert has such a unique beauty all to it's own? Honestly, I even enjoyed walking down to dump the trash at the place we stayed at because I ran into so much wildlife while doing so.
Here's a few..ok, ok a bunch, of photos I took during our trip.
Welcome to a glimpse of my life! Ok, so I'm starting this Local living series so that you can see a little peek into my daily surroundings....and because my Mom asked me to (so Mom, this is for you also).
This above photo I took of the field across the street from our house. I snapped this after sending my kids off to school one morning and noticed that the light was really pretty. Our neighbor just had the field freshly cut and bailed. It still looks like this because they haven't gathered up the hay bails yet and usually it takes them months before they do it seems.
The field behind our house had these lovely yellow flowers and I took the above right photo right before they cut and bailed the back field. I was so glad I snapped this because we won't see it again looking all yellow and summery until next year and now it's gone.
The farm on the bottom left, I pass by every time I leave the house. They have both horses and cows which are fun to look at.
My neighbor has been growing some really beautiful flowers this year (I only seem to be able to "grow" the wild flower variety and pumpkins that never sprout-Hehee!). I guess I don't have much of a green thumb so I have to enjoy the bounty of her flowers. She told me that zinnias are really easy to grow so maybe I should give them a whirl next year.
In the top right photo, you can see a little bit of a hay bail from the back field.
Everything is starting to turn golden now with the lack of rain we've been having and I suppose that it's also because it's getting closer to fall....can't wait for that!
I started taking my kids on "photo taking" adventures and I shot this photo during that. I have a point and shoot camera that my kids can use and it's been a blast sharing my love of photography with them!
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I can hardly believe that it took a full year to complete all 10 Commandments from the Bible in art pancakes. It was such a busy year last year that I never expected it to take that long, but we finished! Whew! To see some of the original posts I wrote about the 10 Commandment art pancakes, click HERE
asked me to put together a round up of them, so here they all are. It's neat to see them all together like this since they were so spread out over the course of the year.
Some of the art pancakes I made and some of them my kids made. I'm guessing that by looking at the photos, they might not all make sense without my explanation, but they were all object lessons. For example, the last one was made by my son who must have wanted some type of angry bird toy that he shouldn't covet.
Anyhow, I'm still praying and thinking of ideas for our next Bible lesson themes.....hopefully I'll come up with it soon!
September has really flown by but that's OK by me because I'm really getting anxious for colder, jacket weather. Here's a run down of the above photos from this month:
*My daughter's shoes
wet from the sprinkler (maybe the last day to enjoy playing outside in the water before it gets too cold)
*Beautiful, pink fluffy flowers
by the road. I'm guessing that we always have these in September by the road but this year was the first time I noticed them.
*Anyone know what kind of flowers these are?
These are growing out of a bush stump in the backyard and they are so pretty and delicate.*Balloon art
by our fabulous family balloon artist (aka my daughter). She picked up this skill all on her own when she was really little. We went to a restaurant on vacation by Disney World years ago and they had a balloon artist there that really inspired her to try it-so neat!*Colorful zinnia flowers
that my neighbor let my kids pick. We have 3 vases full!*Check out this rainbow leaf.
Doesn't it look crazy cool how it's changing for fall in stages like that?