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1. More Summer Highlights



September is almost here and summer is ending soon so I thought I'd share with you a few more highlights from it. We were able to vacation in the desert again (see last year's photos HERE).  It's just sooooo different than our life here at home and I just enjoy it so much! The desert is a dream with all the golden light and colorful sunsets and endless plants to photograph!


This cactus blooms in the morning and then by afternoon, it's gone. I snapped this photo while it was on it's way out.


This jackrabbit visited us a few times in the afternoon.

 
 The paddle cacti were just brimming full of fruit. I kind of wish that I would have bought some cactus jelly. Oh well.




I really miss the Mexican food! We ate it every chance we got!

Blessings,
Jenni

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2. In my Window Sill


I walked by the kitchen window and saw that my son had placed this leaf in the sill. I think it looks a lot like a fall leaf don't you? I'm claiming it as our first fall leaf (maybe a far stretch!). As anxious as I was for spring to come, well, I'm now that anxious to get rid of the heat. I love how with seasons, you can look forward to a change just when your tired of the season your in. What a blessing seasons are!

And speaking of seasons, my life is in a new season now that my kids are back in school (as I'm sure many of you can relate). I can actually hear myself think. Kinda weird. I've been blasting music in the house to create some "noise." I'm currently loving this CD of Francesca Battistelli.

Blessings,
Jenni

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3. The End of Summer

Hey Friends,

Just in case you're wondering, I'm still here but I had a nice blog break while my kids were home for the summer. And speaking of summer, it just keeps getting shorter and shorter. I remember a time when I was a kid that summer lasted 3 months. Not anymore. I will say though that while I love sleeping in and not packing lunches, it's nice to get back on a school schedule after awhile of lazy daisy-ness, you know? Anyhow, here's a few photos from our summer.


My daughter made these butterfly cupcakes. They are just cupcakes cut in half and turned around.

Blessings,
Jenni

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4. Lazy Daisy Summer


Daisies from our back yard field

How is your summer starting off? Are you able to relax and unwind yet?

We aren't really relaxing yet, well not exactly. My mom came and we worked on decorating (mainly sewing curtains). I'm not too good at sewing. I guess I didn't get that talent. Anyhow, the curtain I pinned was a little bit lopsided and my Mom ended up having to re-sew it. Oh well. So, I ended up painting an illustration for decoration instead. That's more of my comfort zone!

We got a new blow up pool out last week for the kids. Wow, what a chore that was to put up! *Note to self, just buy hard plastic pools in the future! Our air pump didn't seem to work much so we ended up having to blow up most of that pool by ourselves. So exhausting!

Also, I've made THIS  homemade 5 minute ice cream recipe tons of times over the past 2 weeks. I LOVE it! You've got to try it. It's so simple! I suggest you freeze a package of fresh strawberries for it. That is the best! YUMMMMM!

Blessings,
Jenni

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5. Summer Turtle


While working in the yard this past week, the kids and I found a summer turtle! We kept him as a temporary pet for the day. This little guy seemed to really enjoy eating the mini ornamental strawberries that my kids picked for him to eat.

Happy Summer!

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6. a Crabby Pirate in pancake art


"Watch out for that hook!"

Whew......Ok, it's made out of pancakes so don't worry! Heehee!

I've got a Crabby pirate pancake tutorial all ready for you today complete with a hook arm-Arrrg!

Before I get into more talk about this grumpy crab, I wanted to chat a little bit about teaching and being a parent.  If you've been around on my blog for a little while, you'll notice that I do a lot of teaching but I was thinking that I should share with you that I'm not a professional teacher. You know that right??? Sure, I have in my past and continue to work and teach in children's ministries at church but honestly, I totally rely on God for help in this area of teaching! I feel very inadequate.

I'm an illustrator and years ago, that's why I started this blog, for my artwork. However, I discovered pancake art and realized how much I enjoyed "illustrating with pancakes." Then, somehow, one day I decided to use pancakes as an object lesson to teach the Bible to my kids.  I wish that I could remember what in the world I was thinking that made me decide to do that but I just don't know.

Anyhow, I'm off on a tangent, sorry.  I meant to say that, I'm not a professional teacher.  I'm just a Mom giving her best effort......I hope to encourage you that no matter where you are in your life, that you make time to teach your kids about the Lord.

Please know that I'm not perfect and that I struggle myself.  Sometimes I get lazy or sometimes life just seems too busy to schedule time in but then I remember how important it is to train them and not rely on outside sources only (church or Christian programs) to do it. Not that those aren't important. They are, but we need to be their primary teachers....even if we aren't "professional teachers" we serve an awesome God who can help us do our best! He's called us to be parents, so he will equip us.

Lord, 
help us to do our Best because, well, it's not always easy to do so......help us to put training our children to know you, to love and serve you as a top priority, even when were tired, or busy and just don't feel like it. You are worthy Lord of our best effort.  Please help us to reflect that in our lives.

In Jesus name,
Amen

My Crabby pirate sketches.
Luke 6:37
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven

Forgiving others is the theme that I'm teaching my kids this month and I'm using a grumpy, silly, Crabby pirate to do it.

I think that "forgiving others" is one of those lessons that needs to be taught over and over a million-billion times because it's something that just doesn't come naturally (to kids or adults!). However, it's really, truly important to teach this because the Bible says that we won't be forgiven if we don't forgive others and since salvation comes through forgiveness, we totally need to be forgiven ourselves. Wow, this is important!

Here is the video I put together on how to make a Crabby pirate:



Let's work to give God our BEST!

Blessings,
Jenni

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7. An Inspiring Life Story


<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->All day long, over and over I have been thinking about this inspiring life story that I watched on youtube the other day of this young woman (Katie Davis) who followed God’s purpose for her life.  I think I’ve seen Katie’s interview like 3 or 4 times now and I’ll probably watch it again. You have to see it!!!!


Katie was the prom queen, the head of her class, and had her pick of any colleges, but she gave up everything after high school to answer God’s call and move to Uganda to minister to children there.  She is now just 23 years old, has adopted 14 little girls and heads up Amazima Ministires.


Ask God to open your heart if you do watch her testimony because I feel like even though she is really young (23 years old), she has so much wisdom to share, specifically about finding God’s purpose for her life (which we can all apply to our own lives), obedience, and about trusting in God for your needs.


This interview is on the first half of this video from the 700 club. Click the link below to watch it.



 Katie also has a blog and a book

Blessings,
Jenni  

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8. Be Still..Trust in His Love


<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![endif]-->I saw a beetle in the house today and I don't really mind them as long as they live outside and not in my house. Spiders on the other hand, well, I just smash them. But beetles, are kind of cute (sort of).

Anyhow, I decided to save this little beetle's life by picking him up with a Kleenex and tossing him outside but that little thing just kept on wiggling and wiggling and wouldn't be still and let me pick him up.

I kept thinking that if this beetle wouldn't be still, he would end up getting accidentally squished.  This made me think about how when we worry and worry and don't really stay still and let God move in our lives, we might make choices that aren't best for us based off of fear.

As this school year is coming to an end and the future is a HUGE unknown, I'm realizing that God really wants us to just be still and trust him. It's hard to do, and I've been struggling so far (like the beetle) but I decided today that I'm going to start trusting in his love...

Psalm 37:7
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him



 My prayer today (and maybe yours too):

Lord we praise you,
 Thank you for our tomorrows Lord…that even though there’s a big blank question mark for our lives next year as this school year comes to an end, and the future is scary and unknown, I’m so glad that you’re the one in charge. 


Thank you for loving my children even more than I do and that you know the path that they need to be on to lead a righteous life in your eyes and to make a difference in this world.  


Lord, please help us to be still, wait patiently, not worry and know that you will take care of us…


We love you,
 In Jesus name, 
 Amen.

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9. Spring Color Theme


Every season around here seems to naturally have a color scheme. I've been noticing that all year long when I put together collages of photos that I take around town (like the one below). This month should definitely be called Yellow and Green.



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10. Bunny Pancakes Video

II Cor. 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 Several years ago, I created a bunny pancakes tutorial and I thought it would be fun to do a video to go with it.  Here is also the original post with step by step instructions and the video is below.

We're having a bunny tea party at our house today....should be fun! 




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11. Pirate Art Pancake Tutorial


 
New art pancake video up about loving you enemies :)


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12. Little by little

Spring is coming...inch by inch...

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13. Coming up in Art pancakes....




This is a *hint* of the new theme I'll be working on in art pancakes for awhile.

Can you tell what the balloon is??? My daughter made it :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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14. Little Signs of Spring

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!

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15. Pancake Art: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Ephesians 2:8-9

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...

<!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE <![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 :)

Blessings,
Jenni

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Just a few photos from my life recently :)

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17. Praising the Lord today

My prayer today:

Oh Lord, 
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.
Amen

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!

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18. Valentine's Day Gingerbread House Pancake Art

Rev 3:20
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.
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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.!

Blessings,
Jenni

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19. Happy Super Bowl Day!

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!

Jenni

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20. A Worried Snowman in Pancake Art


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 :)

Jenni

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21. Coming up Next in Pancake Art

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!
*Hint* Hint*

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....

Blessings,
Jenni

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22. An Icy Day


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.....

Blessings,
Jenni

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23. Merry, Merry Christmas!

A photo I took of our courthouse decorated for Christmas. So Pretty!

My favorite Quotes from my kids this week:

"He (Santa) only has one outfit and he has to wear it everyday!" -my son

"Of course he doesn't have only one outfit, he has to have pajamas!"-my daughter's reply

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

Blessings,
Jenni

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24. Christmas Stocking Pancake Art Tutorial

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:

 Blessings,
Jenni

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25. Snow Days


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?

Blessings,
Jenni

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