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a children's illustrator using pancake art and a digital paintbrush
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I never started off with the intention of using pancake art for ministry but God had a different plan. I have used pancake art now in various ways by teaching, demonstrating, and presenting it to both children and adults in various settings. It's been a wonderful and unexpected journey these past many years but my time on this blog has come to an end. However, before I say goodbye, I thought that I would share with you a little bit of that journey....
Back in 2010, I was surfing the internet and ran into a few people who were creating pancake art. At that time there weren’t very many people making it but I was enthralled by it. I remember thinking about it all weekend long until I just had to try it. My first few attempts were pretty awful because I didn’t have the right equipment, but I loved it anyway.
In the beginning, I created pancake art for my children almost every day as an after school snack. At some point, I let them try it too and they loved it as much as I did. We were all hooked! I thought about pancake art all the time back then and I would catch myself often thinking, “that design would make a great art pancake!” I still do that sometimes. It’s been many years now and my kids and I still love pancake art, although we don’t make it every day.
In my early days of pancake art I began participating in an online group called Muffin Tin Mom. We would create lunches or snacks for our kids around a muffin tin and then share our pictures with each other online. It was a lot of fun and I would use pancake art to create my submissions. I would start off with a sketch and then figure out a way to break it down in pancake layers. Some of my more elaborate designs could take hours to create!
At some point, I began adding Bible verses to my Muffin Tin submissions as a way to spread God’s word online. After doing this a few times, I realized that I could also use these muffin tin snacks to teach my children lessons about the Lord. Eventually I began to start with the Bible lesson first and then come up with pancake art to fit it instead of the other way around. So I feel as though I didn’t start off with the intention of using pancake art to teach about the Lord, but that God opened my heart to use it in that way.
|My very first muffin tin Mom submission. It was a "Build Your Own Snowman" snack for my kids.|
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
If you look closely at this verse, you’ll notice that there are 3 areas where we need to do our part and then God will direct our paths. So many times we feel as though we need to Dream Big and have everything figured out but we don’t. What I’ve experienced in my life is that God puts a love in your heart for something and then he opens the doors of opportunities for you to use it. Of course you have to be willing to follow His lead. I like to say to my children, “Let God dream for you. You’ll be happier and more fulfilled if you let him guide your path.”
Life is about seasons and blogging has been a memorable part of that for me for many years. After much prayer, I have decided that it's time for that season to be done. Thank you for joining me on this blogging journey! It will be hard to let go, but I feel that the time has come.
Please keep updated on my YouTube channel for the rest of the 10 Commandments. My life is busier than usual right now and it might take awhile for me to get the rest of them finished, but God willing, I will eventually get there.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
We've had quite a few snow days lately and we all rejoice. I love sleeping in and my kids are celebrating too (but not because they want to sleep in of course! Heehe!).
I found a good tutorial on Youtube HERE teaching how to make a 6 sided paper snowflake. My kids absolutely loved making their own. We had a full week of paper snowflakes all over the house!
For snow day, I made white play-dough and my kid's had a snowman building contest. I love contests because it keeps them busy! I set out melt beads and small carrot pieces to be used as decorations. That worked pretty well!
Our fluffy wild cat decided to nap by the window. I snuck up on her to take this picture and she never knew I was there.I don't think soccer and snow really mix but somehow my son figured it out.
This is a snowman that my daughter made and then it snowed again covering it up. Poor snowman!
I walked in my son's room and found it funny how his stuffed dog was somehow hanging on.
Thou shalt not kill.
We are working on the 6th commandment in art pancakes already. Wow, we are more than halfway done! I can hardly believe it!
To represent the 6th commandment, we made happy heart pancakes. I'm teaching my children that if we live by the Holy Spirit within us, we are going to love others like we should and were not going to want to hurt or murder them. So the hearts represent love.
You will need three colors: white, pink and hot pink.
You will only need one food coloring, pink. Add extra pink coloring to get the hot pink colorStep one: using the hot pink draw a smileStep two: draw two eyes with the white batterStep three: surround the entire smile with a pink heartStep four: using the hot pink, draw dots around the heartStep five: fill in the heart with the pink batterStep six: outline the edges of the heart in whiteStep seven: put a little batter down and set the stick in itStep eight: cover up the stick with batterStep nine: place the pancake on top of the stick, press it down gently and let it cook for a few minutesStep ten: attach mini chocolate chip eyes with a little bit of white cream cheese.
I've also created a video for you. You can click the link HERE or you can watch it below:
Even after 4 years of making pancake art, my kids still love it! Now that's pretty cool!
Wow, my daughter was really smashing the eyes into these poor hearts! Gotta have fun of course!
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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.
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,JenniYou might also enjoy the first 4 Commandments in art pancakes:1st Commandment, King Crown Pancake 2nd Commandment, Frog Pancake 3rd Commandment, Turkey Pancake4th Commandment, Candy Cane Pancake
I just love this pretty wild cat in our back yard!
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!
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!
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?!!
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....
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 usWhite= We are washed white as snow in purity through redemptionI'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!
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.
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!
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....
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.
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Where we live, September brings several unique changes that I look forward to seeing again:* Golden light on the rolled hay bails in both the front and back yard*Cheerful sunflowers that pop up all over the surrounding areas as one last "hurrah" before the cold season hits
*Plants that look like wheat (not sure what they are actually called??) that seem to glow in the light*Cicada insects that are super noisy (I won't miss these actually but they signal the end of summer)
*My neighbor's tree that's already changing red for fall! Yeah!
........Coming soon will be the black fuzzy caterpillars that cross the road in the early morning. They always signal the start of cool mornings. I've never gotten a photo of one. Maybe this year!
focal length 50mm, f/2, exposure 1/500 secWelcome little tiny acorns, cooler weather, golden leaves, white swans swimming in the pond against a colorful autumn landscape at the park.....Welcome October! I love you so much.
I set up this little sick dog scene (in surprise) in my son's room while he was at school to go along with a Bible lesson that I'm teaching my kids. I can't wait to hear what he says about it!
Isaiah 53:5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.We have been dealing with a serious surgery in our family and I realized that I was holding on to fear, not claiming victory in faith like God would want me to. The Bible says that faith can move mountains and we need to claim the promises of scripture as truth for our lives. So, I'm claiming this verse, "with his stripes we are healed," and teaching my kids today to do the same. If you need healing for anything, let's bring it to the Lord in prayer together:
We need your healing touch and we believe
that you can and will heal in this situation.
Help us to keep on believing and having unshakeable faith.
We claim today that by your stripes, our situation will be healed.
We claim victory in Jesus!
In Jesus name,
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted a tutorial for art pancakes, but I've still been making them for my kids behind the scenes. If you've checked out my YouTube channel recently, you may have noticed that I re-uploaded quite a few of my videos. I wanted to re-translate the Bible scriptures that I was using in Arabic and in Thai (2 of my top countries that watch my channel are Saudi Arabia and Thailand). In the past, I've used Google translate but recently I've found actual Bibles in Arabic and Thai to use so this was an answer to prayer for me! Anyhow, that took awhile to fix and re-upload my videos.
Another thing that I've been doing since Spring, but haven't mentioned yet on this blog is that I've been enjoying teaching a children's all-girl Sunday School class at our church. I use art projects and art pancakes to teach the Bible. I just love teaching this class so much! I would like to start sharing some of the fun things we've been doing in my class with you. I also use the same lessons from my Sunday school and teach them to my children at home and also the kids on YouTube. It's been a blessing to be able to share my love of God and use my gifts for him in these areas.
Anyhow, I have been praying about what to teach next to my own kids, my Sunday school class, and the kids on YouTube and I really feel led to teach the 10 Commandments. If you've been on this blog for a few years, you'll know that I taught my own kids the 10 Commandments 2 years ago (and it took a year to complete) using art pancakes but I know that this is something that God wants us to talk about continually with our children and I'm looking forward to tackling this again! This time, I'm going to try to come up with new ideas for teaching this in art pancakes and this might be a challenge but I'll pray my way through........
Here is the link to my new video on YouTube or you can watch it here on my blog:
Ok, about the pancake tutorial...this King Crown is actually a sandwich that I made for my own kids' lunchboxes. I also let my Sunday school class make their own crowns in pancake art so that is definitely something you can do if you don't want to make the pancakes yourself. I can almost guarantee that your kids (boys too) will love pancake art. It amazes me how much kids universally love pancake art because I've tried it with such a variety of children in school classrooms, playdates, and church. I shouldn't be so amazed though, since I love pancake art also!
Anyhow, this King Crown represents God because he is the King of Kings and with the 1st Commandment, we are to worship and serve him only and put him first in our lives. I had my SS class tell me a list of their favorite people and things and then I told them that they are to put God above all those things.
If you're curious, Here is the link to all of my past art pancakes for the 10 Commandments.
Let me know if you give this tutorial a try!
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:
Beads (must have a wide hole)
Hot Glue gun/glue
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 middleStep Two: spread out the purple pipe cleaners and pull the green pipe cleaners downStep Three: Start rolling the end of a purple pipe cleaner towards the middle until you reach the beadStep 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 pencilStep 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 clothespinStep 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 :)
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 :)