Monday

An Unexpected Journey: A Goodbye

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! 


My very first muffin tin Mom submission. It was a "Build Your Own Snowman" snack for my kids.

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.

Proverbs 3:5-6 
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.

 Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

God's Blessings,
Jenni

Wednesday

Snow Days


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!

Blessings,
Jenni

Monday

Hanging On


 I walked in my son's room and found it funny how his stuffed dog was somehow hanging on.

Saturday

How to make Hearts in Art Pancakes

 Exodus 20:13
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 color

Step one: using the hot pink draw a smile
Step two: draw two eyes with the white batter
Step three: surround the entire smile with a pink heart

Step four: using the hot pink, draw dots around the heart
Step five: fill in the heart with the pink batter
Step six: outline the edges of the heart in white

Step seven: put a little batter down and set the stick in it
Step eight: cover up the stick with batter
Step nine: place the pancake on top of the stick, press it down gently and let it cook for a few minutes

Step 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!

Blessings,
Jenni

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Friday

How to Make a Snowflake Pancake

Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long
upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

 I was talking to my oldest daughter the other day about the "cool group" in school since this is something that is newly coming up in her life. I told her that most of us are right in the middle and that's ok. And speaking of what others think, I'm a little self-conscieous myself about my winter earmuff hat that's awesome for keeping my ears warm but I feel pretty geeky in it because it makes my hair look crazy. I already have big hair so I don't need any more assistance in making it look crazier!

 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!


Snowflakes are the theme this month with my kids and boy did I feel like one the day that I made this art pancake! 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 since most of us would choose to have a long life, we want our lives to be the 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.

Below is the art pancake snowflake video but if the video player doesn't come up, HERE is the direct link.



Here are some step by step illustrations as well.


  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,
Jenni

You might also enjoy the first 4 Commandments in art pancakes:
1st Commandment, King Crown Pancake
2nd Commandment, Frog Pancake
3rd Commandment, Turkey Pancake
4th Commandment, Candy Cane Pancake

Wednesday

Scaredy Cat

 I see................
You!

I just love this pretty wild cat in our back yard!

Thursday

Twisting Vines

Psalm 139:23-24
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!