Kid’s “Fave” Oat Pancakes

Like me, my kids LOVE to eat!  They also like to know what’s coming.  To streamline our mornings and save me the trouble of thinking about what’s for breakfast everyday, I decided to have a set breakfast menu Monday through Friday.  They know what to expect,   it cuts down on questions, and everyone knows they will get to have one of their favorites at least once a week.  With three kids this has been super helpful.  We don’t have complaints about breakfast anymore because they know their day is coming.

On Mondays we eat oatmeal.  Tuesdays we have Grits and sausage.  Wednesdays are for pancakes.  Thursdays we eat toast and eggs.  Fridays we have muffins, and Saturdays and Sundays are Mommy and Daddy’s choice.  The menu is easy enough to follow and we add variety in different ways.  On Mondays we may change our oatmeal toppings, or have an oatmeal bar where everyone gets to choose their own toppings.  We rotate through different muffin recipes on Fridays, and there are different recipes and toppings for Pancake Wednesdays.   For my kiddos, this is their favorite wheat free pancake recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 c. oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. oil (coconut, canola, or melted butter all work well)
  • 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 c. milk

Combine the oats, oat flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine the eggs, yogurt, and milk.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in the larger bowl and stir.  Add in the oil and mix until well-combined.  Heat and grease your  griddle while you let your batter rest for a minute. Cook your pancakes as you normally would.

I use a ladle to pour my batter on the griddle in about 1/2 cup amounts.  I set the temperature to slightly above medium.  If your heat is too high you will burn them on the outside, and they will not cook completely in the middle.   When the edges start to bubble, flip the pancakes and cook on the other side until done.  It should take about a minute.

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I LOVE these piled high with bananas or berries or a light drizzle of cane syrup.  My middle asked me to mention that he likes them made as blueberry pancakes.  Simply add 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries to the dry ingredients before you mix in the wet ingredients.

LOVE and enjoy!

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Psalm 40:8

I take joy in doing your will, my God,
    for your instructions are written on my heart.

Psalm 40:8

 

Lord, this is what I want.  Give me the joy that comes from doing your will.  Amen.

Just Out for a Walk

Yesterday was our neighborhood-wide garage sale.  We chose not to participate this year because I simply could not get it together, but the older kids asked if we could walk around and see what others were selling.  I told them we could get out before the weather turned unbearably hot.  Against my better judgment I let the younger two ride their bicycle and tricycle.  With their money in hand I set out with my little shoppers.

As we travelled down the sidewalk I quickly realized the error in my plan.  If 2 of my 3 kiddos were riding bikes, how would they carry their loot?  Not long after that, I realized that wasn’t my only issue.  We were walking a path we’ve walked many times before.  I was accustomed to helping my youngest over the bumps and cracks in the sidewalk.  Usually a little push is all she needs every now and then, but there was so much to look at with the garage sales she found it hard to keep her eyes on the sidewalk.  She kept veering off the sidewalk and getting stuck in the space between the path and the lawns we were passing. I had to repeatedly pull her trike back onto the sidewalk. Talking to her and repeatedly saying, “Keep you eyes on the sidewalk” did not help.  Eventually I found myself getting frustrated because it was happening so often.  As I was opening my mouth to say, “Please just follow the path!”, I felt the need to close my mouth.

All of a sudden I could hear the voice in my head say, “Like you?” I couldn’t say a word because all these words started flooding my mind. “How many times have you been so distracted by everything around you that you ended up off track? There is a path laid for you and yet everything else grabs your attention and you struggle to simply continue ahead on the ‘sidewalk’ I’ve given you.  I’ve helped you over bumps in the road only to see you distracted by something you thought was greener pasture.  I’ve tugged and tugged at you to help set your ‘handle bars’ straight again and again.”  Wow! I was NOT expecting that.  We were just out for a walk.

The truth is for me it’s been really hard to follow the path.  I’ve asked for God to simply give me the next step and there have been many days I parked myself on the side and refused to move.  Other times the life I think I want or should have looks as interesting to me as the box of stuffed animals that caused my little one to roll into the grass.  Apparently it’s hard for me to follow the path too.

Lord, thank you for all the ways you continue to speak and guide.  Thank you for reminding me what kind of child I am.  Thank you for all the times you wouldn’t allow me to stay stuck where I was.  Thank you for your loving patience and kindness.  If I for a minute thought I could be frustrated after a few minutes, I cannot  imagine how you have felt after years. I pray you will give me the strength and courage to follow your will and stay the course. Amen.

Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:6

 

Habakkuk 2:1-5

I will stand at my watchpost,

and station myself on the rampart;

I will keep watch to see what he

will say to me,

and what he will answer concerning my complaint.

Then the Lord answered me and said;

Write the vision;

make it plain on tablets,

so that a runner may read it.

For there is still a vision for the appointed time;

it speaks of the end, and does

not lie.

If it seems to tarry, wait for it;

it will surely come, it will not delay.

Look at the proud!

Their spirit is not right in them,

but the righteous live by

their faith.

 

Moving Forward

My oldest two have been attending VBS at a friend’s church this week.  Tonight when they came home I asked, “What was the lesson today?”  After some back and forth with my son, who originally couldn’t remember, he finally answered, “Oh yeah! We talked about how to listen to God’s will.” Yep, that sounds about right.  That’s what I’ve been hearing every day this week.  I love God and his confirmation.  It just keeps coming.  God, help me to keep moving.

What Does The Lord Require of You?

I feel like I don’t have much to say right now, but I can’t get this verse and song out of my head tonight, so here I am at the computer.  Over and over I keep hearing “What does the Lord require of you?”  There are so many things God has spoken to me; sometimes I find it hard to prioritize, but lately, I’ve simply been frozen by my fears.  I’ve been allowing the “what if’s” to crowd out His voice.

God is faithful at sending messages and nudges and beautiful people to continue to provide flickers of light.  I hear the words of one of my dearest now, “Your problem isn’t clarity; it’s obedience.”

Maybe you are like me.  Maybe you know what God is calling and requiring of you, but scared to move forward.  He’s shown you over and over again how faithful He is, but still you hesitate. Maybe you are scared of what it will cost you. We know how to make things more difficult than they have to be.  I don’t know what your call is or what’s holding you back, but I pray you too will start to move forward.  Please pray for me too.

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,

what God is looking for in men and women. 

It’s quite simple:  Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,

be compassionate and loyal in your love,

And don’t take yourself too seriously-take God seriously.

Micah 6:8 MSG