Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Our Favorite From-Scratch Pancake Recipes

I haven't posted a new recipe in a long time, and I've been meaning to. But, summer. So I'll post this collection of pancakes for you instead. We make these at least once a week, often times more. They're simple. delicious, and generally a crowd-pleaser, so hooray!

Favorite Basic Pancake Recipe
This has been our go-to recipe for years and years. A friend gave me a recipe that a friend had given her and... I spent a few years tweaking it to make it our absolute favorite of all time.
Favorite Pancakes Recipe HERE

Best Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
 These pancakes have a slightly grainy texture because of the cornmeal, and let me tell you, they taste just as good for supper as they do for breakfast. :)
Best Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe HERE

Apple Pancakes with Sugar Sauce
 I can't even remember how this recipe came about, probably just years of experimenting. These pancakes are packed full of good stuff, but then again, the "syrup" I concocted is nothing but sugar sugar sugar. It's all about balance, right?
This is a fall favorite for sure, when the air and apples are crisp.
 Apple Pancake Recipe HERE

Baked "Puff" Pancake
 This pancake is baked in the oven so it can rise and "puff." It's really fun to watch as it rises, and then as it deflates within seconds of taking it out of the oven. It's light but also kind of dense. I just love it with fresh fruit and powdered sugar.

Baked Puff Pancake Recipe HERE

My literal stack of pancakes when I feed this hungry crew of ours. Hope you love the recipes as much as we do. :)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Favorites: Summer Loves

I feel like I'm still a bit "off" from last week's festivities, so add in this week's, and... well that's what so great about summer. Who cares? No real schedules anyway.
Jonah arrived home from the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) soccer camp in Atlanta safe and sound last night, so we are all under the same roof again. Always makes my Mama heart feel so much better. He says he had a great week but is so, so tired. And a little crispy. My Mom kept informing me that the UV index was the second most dangerous in...Atlanta. Like every day, in case I'd somehow forgotten. ha ha Thanks, Mom.

So here are some favorites:

Technically, the first one would be the one up above- having everybody together at home.

There's nothing quite as magical as lingering summer nights under the stars and beside the fire with friends and family
And of course S'mores :)

 Peaceful mornings
This is dependent on the baby, yes, but I treasure quiet mornings in the Word
Exploring things together  
This is from our adventure to York, Maine earlier in the week

Pancakes with berries and cream simply cannot be improved upon. (Recipe HERE)
Except for summer's relaxed schedule- that's when they taste even better! No mad rush out the door, no hectic clean-ups before drop-offs (I can't leave the kitchen a mess- can you?). Just time time time to sit and enjoy.
With earplugs at times. Because kids.

We tossed the FCA camp laundry in last night so I don't even have to tackle that this morning! I'll take it! My Mom is coming over for lunch today and we're eating dinner with my in-laws tonight, which is fun and also means that I don't have to cook. Insert all the dancing emojis!! We head over to Vermont on Sunday to bring Caleb to his Armed Forces camp, and it's supposed to rain today and tomorrow (and it did yesterday too) so I don't know what we'll be doing. And it's summer, so I don't care! ha ha

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fifteen Months

My baby boy is growing up so very quickly, and while I love to celebrate his milestones and accomplishments, there's usually a bit of grieving involved in the process as well. It's all so bittersweet. Last week, he officially turned fifteen whole months old! 
He is so sweet, sleeping muuuuch better in his own room (until about 4 or 5, and then he transfers to our bed until about 7), is beginning to stand more independently, and is rather opinionated...and not so shy about sharing his opinions, ha!
He still loves to cuddle with Mama, gives the BEST wide open kisses in the world, has a smile that melts stone, and really enjoys visiting the library and reading all the books. Or maybe scooting around and tackling the ginormous stuffed animals there and yanking dozens of books off the shelves. But who can be certain? It's probably because he's a genius. Of course. ;)
Levi can also put on quite the show to get all the laughs (and all the attention, duh), and he still can stare you down to the point of wearing you down and making you look away- this one makes me laugh the most, actually. Strangers always think they will be the one to get him to crack a smile, but no. They are no match for his poker face antics. ha ha ha

I took these on Saturday morning when we were just lounging around after breakfast and having the best time. They make my heart so happy.

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