Monday, September 8, 2014

I Can

Mums in our backyard
  I Can 
 do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 
Philippians 4:13

"Lord, help us to be all you intended us to be and not to miss out on the ability to bless others, or be blessed ourselves because we have an I can't attitude. We can face what we need to face, conquer what we need to conquer, and trust in you while we do it."

-I CAN find the energy to cook my family dinner after a long day.

-I CAN keep working on housework even though I'm worn out already.

-I CAN be brave and try that new thing.

-I CAN go to that social event and meet new people.


"Lord be our strength and help us to have an I CAN attitude in you and you alone."
-Amen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More on Katie's Inspiring Life


I have a follow-up reccomendation for you today. Do you remember when I wrote about Katie Davis's interview last May (Here)? Well, Dr. Dobson has 2 new interviews (Here & Here) and they are awesome! 

Katie's devotion to God and her life inspires me so much. She was only 18 years old when she gave up everything to be the hands and feet of Jesus in Uganda and eventually ended up adopting 13 little girls and starting Amazima ministries. Wow. Wow. 

I have learned so much from reading her book, "Kisses for Katie" and this is one of my favorite quotes of hers:

"I do not know my five-year plan; even tomorrow will probably not go as I have planned. I am thrilled and I am terrified, in a good way. Some call it courage; some call it foolish; I call it faith. I choose to get out of the boat. Sometimes I walk straight into his arms. More often, I get scared and look down and stumble. Sometimes I almost completely drown. And through it all, He never lets go of my hand."-Katie

Blessings,
Jenni

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pancake Art Tips: Cleaning Squirt Bottles


 Condiment squirt bottles are super important tools for creating art pancakes but they can be challenging to clean! So I thought I would share with you today my cleaning process for them.

I used to put the bottles in the dishwasher but I noticed that they would end up discolored (not the lids for some reason, just the squirt bottles). This could just be my dishwasher but anyhow, now I always clean the bottles by hand.

Here's my process:

Step One: Discard the leftover batter in the trash

Step Two: Soak the bottles in water for a few minutes. 

Step Three: Put the palm of your hand over the squirt bottle and shake the water around a few times.

Step Four: Use a baby bottle brush to clean your squirt bottle. Let them dry upside down on a towel.

Step Five: Put the lids in the dishwasher in a basket on the top rack

All done!

Do you have any pancake art questions?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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