Sunday morning Feasts Have become a regular event in our family!
I have so enjoyed the Webinars the past couple of nights. Lots of moms have asked how you communicate love to children. My children all say that the "feasts" we had every day were one thing that tied them together. Whether we had pancakes, toast and cheese or a a fancy meal, we always lit candles, even out on the deck, and put on music and made each meal a celebration.
This was the time for sharing about our day, telling Dad about the bug we caught or the incident with the skinned knee. All children were asked personal questions and no one was ever allowed to make fun of the answers.
Food is something God gave us for pleasure. And so using meals, snack times, what I call "tea time" discipleship (more on that later), all eating became a time of sharing life, fun, stories.
Were there times when they all fussed and knocked over a glass of juice and had bad attitudes. Of course, but even as little ones, they all loved the candle light, and music and loved having us ask each of them a question about their day.
Pancakes are one of the favorite Sunday meals--sometimes I add grated apple, Sarah and I have pecans in ours and at special times, we even added chocolate chips.
Synonyms for flip: Switch, change, turn.
Perfecting pancakes can be quite an art form. In my earlier years of practice, I burnt many cakes that my taste buds had high hopes for. A lot of it has to do with a sudden flip...the quick turn of the wrist which sends the buttery cake flying onto the other side.
Why do we flip pancakes? If they remain on one side for too long, they will burn. Each side finishes it's process, and when it is time for a change, you must react quickly and carefully.
As I set out all of the ingredients I'll need to make my pancake batter this morning, my mind is swirling thinking about how our attitudes need the same kind of quick attention when we tend to our children. Just as we have high hopes for our pancakes, we set the bar and hope to be incredible super-moms. But how do we react when we fall short?
Much like making pancakes, we want every move we make as mothers to be perfect and flawless. But when one side becomes a little too toasty, or a day is filled with uncontrollable circumstances, we sometimes just stay on the side of anxiety, sizzling and burning, rather than making the difficult, but necessary, decision to flip and start over. Enjoy this delicious pancake recipe, and make the decision this morning as you flip your perfect pancakes to also flip your attitude into one that will glorify God and honor your children.
Heart Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes
1 cup milk 2 tsp sugar 1 cup whole wheat flour (I grind my grains and store them in the freezer for freshness--brown rice, millet, spelt, corn and oats have been ground together with wheat to give a more whole grain bread or cake. Sometimes no one even knows! 1 tbsp vinegar (I love using apple cider vinegar, but white wine vinegar will do as well) 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp melted butter butter for greasing the griddle 1 egg
*Combine your vinegar and milk, and let them curdle while you mix together the other ingredients. *Grab a big bowl and whisk to combine the whole wheat flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. *In another bowl, whisk the melted butter, egg and the curdled milk, until it looks smooth. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir the two together until just barely mixed. You want any visible loose flour to be completely stirred in, but if you still see lots of lumps, that means you're doing it right. If you stir out all the lumps, the pancakes will be pretty tough. *Preheat your skillet or griddle to 375 degrees F and grease it with butter. Add small scoops of pancake batter. Cook for a few minutes, until you start to see little bubbles forming on the surrounding edges. *Flip the pancakes with your spatula and cook for a few minutes on the other side, until you peek underneath and see that the bottom is golden brown.
Remember: practice makes perfect. Don't get frustrated if every cake doesn't turn out flawlessly. Keep trying & keep flipping.