Friday, September 30, 2011

Whole Wheat Spelt Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I know it's kind of a long title, but really I could have made it a whole lot longer - Whole Wheat Spelt Banana Chocolate Chip Fantabulously Tasterific Yumminess!  I could think of several other adjectives, but I'll spare you the obsessiveness that is my brain.  All that said, I made these wonderful pancakes for the kiddos this morning and thought I'd share the goodness.

~ 1-2 Mashed Bananas
~ 2 large eggs
~ 1 cup white whole wheat flour
~ 1 cup spelt
~ 1 1/2 cups milk
~ 2 tbls sucanant
~ 1/4 cup applesauce
~ 2 tbls baking powder
~ 1/2 tsp salt
~ handful of chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients until just combined. Cook on your skillet til golden brown and enjoy in normal pancake fashion.  Hope you like them because they're going to rock your skillet!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Change On Firm Foundation

Do you like change?  Have you ever met someone who does?  I honestly don't think I have and no I'm not a big fan of it.  Funny thing is my life has been one of change since I was little. My parents didn't own their own home, and though we stayed in the same town, we lived in six different houses growing up.  I went to five different schools, not including college and then graduate school.  Since I've been married I have lived in nine different states and 15 different homes.  Matt and I have worked for four different radio networks and have accomplished multiple jobs for those networks.  I'm not sure if I should be bragging about these stats or humiliated.

I remember as a small child going to a new church and my wise Daddy forcing me to go to Sunday School.  I remember standing in the corner terrified to speak or even look up from the ground I was so intent on.  There were many times like that, and every time I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone.  Little did Daddy know that he was setting me up for my future, teaching me a lesson to step out in faith even when filled with fear.  I'll admit that I have failed sometimes to face the change with the hand of God at my back following His lead and there are others that I glory in the strength He has given me.

At times I have grown weary with the change.  I lack the desire, even the ability to try.  I once had a dear friend tell me that no matter where I am in life to put down roots and go as deep as I could for that season.  She told me that some day I would be able to not only get through the change and trial to find joy in God's work, but actually know joy as I go through the next one and have joy in anticipation for future change. 

When I see change on the horizon I cringe a little, but as I prepare my heart I am always filled with a sense of awe.  I wonder at how God's hand always leads and provides.  I am reminded of all that He has sacrificed for me.  How can I deny Him the pleasure to change and shape me with the events of my life for His glory.  Herein lies the difference- change without Jesus leaves wandering to and fro on the waves of life.  But with Jesus, change happens on a firm foundation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Breakfast Cupcakes

If you're like me, you get bored with the everyday cereal routine.  And when we do eat cereal every morning we go through it like there's no tomorrow.  So occasionally I try and whip up something different.  A favorite at our house is whole wheat banana muffins.  The boys call them Breakfast Cupcakes.  They have a few twists in them that will make your morning routine do flips and the breakfast judges (ie, your kiddos) score you a perfect 10! Hope you enjoy!

1. Preheat your oven to 375.
2.  Mix the following:
     ~1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
     ~1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (if you're not the whole wheat kinda person all propose works too)
     ~1 1/2 tsp baking powder
     ~1/4 tsp cinnamon
     ~1/4 tsp salt
3.  In separate bowl combine the following:
     ~1 tsp vanilla
     ~3 large bananas
     ~2 eggs
    ~3/4 brown sugar
    ~1/3 cup Greek yogurt
    ~3 tbs butter, melted & cooled
4.  Fold banana mixture into flour until combined.
5.  Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake 18 to 20 minutes.
6. Turn onto wire rack and allow to cool.