The 23rd

Yesterday was the 23rd.  It is our family practice to read what we call “The Psalm and Proverb of the day” which is the Psalm that correlates to the number day on the calendar.  So yesterday we read Psalm 23.  The classic shepherds psalm.  Most people know it…”the Lord is my shepherd….”


But I encourage you to watch a WONDERFUL sermon on this Psalm.  It gives a great perspective.  It is not boring or dry, but VERY well done.  So well done, that our kids all watched it and LOVED it!

It is available through Embassy Institute on this link below.  You can subscribe for $9/mo. and have access to hundreds of amazing teacings.  It would be worth it to just watch this one:

A Shepherd’s Look at the 23rd Psalm


Fuss-Free Pancakes

OK- life is about give and take. For many years we didn’t eat pancakes. We love them, but I couldn’t manage kids that needed constant “monitoring” and cooking individual pancakes.  And somehow rising extra early just for pancakes was not attractive to me. Now rising early for a quiet devotional to set my day before the Lord–that’s worth it. So, I had come to assume that I would have to give up pancakes in trade for having the beautiful children we have.  Then one day I just was DETERMINED to find a different answer.  (if my mom is reading this she is laughing about now because she knows my whole childhood was filled with moments like this!!)

In this recipe you have to give up those buttery, crispy edges around the circle of your pancake from frying them in butter….but you get a lot less stress, less dishes, no smoky kitchen, and you can actually leave the kitchen!!! A good trade in my book!


any pancake mix you like.  🙂

I use TWO very large cookie bar pans (the kind with short sides).  Spray them VERY WELL with pan spray. Pour your pancake mix onto the sheets.  Bake in oven until done….about 10-15 minutes depending on the kind of mix you use and the flour in it.  Buckwheat and whole wheat take longer than white flour.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into large squares. Pour on the syrup of choice.  Chop little kids pancakes with pizza cutter- much faster than a knife and fork. (we use pizza cutters for everything)  Easy peasy!!!  Now, wasn’t that stress-free??!!


Savory Rice and Beans- dairy free & GF

Perfect to feed a large family for TWO meals or to feed a crowd.  Makes your grocery budget happy too!


In My rice cooker I place:

6 cups rice

6 1/2 cups chickenbroth

8 oz of raw bacon (chopped up small)

1/4 cup fresh chopped chives (small)

1 Tbsp chopped garlic

1/2 tsp cumin (we like 1 tsp, but you have to like cumin to use more)

S & P to taste (use less salt if you use chicken broth cubes verses fresh stock)

1/2 stick of butter or vege spread (if need dairy free)

** 4 cups of cooked Kidney Beans-  add at end

Set rice cooker to white or brown rice depending on what you used.

Usually takes about 40 minutes to cook unless you use a really harty brown rice. Then it takes longer.  When finished I toss in beans.  Serve hot.  Makes a huge amount.   For our family, we use half one night and the other half I put in the fridge so I don’t have to cook on the next day.   You could top with Feta goat cheese. mmmmmmm (an excuse to use Feta)

* About the beans… this is an approximate amount.  I cook my beans in large batches in lightly SALTED water.  Then I bag up the beans in zip lock and throw them in the freezer.  This is especially helpful in the summer to reduce humidity.  Then I have them ready to use to throw into a cold pasta salad or soup.


The bacon just adds flavor.  I also buy my bacon in large packages and chop it up and divide it and place some in the freezer ready to use for the next meal.



Breakfast Scones- dairy free

So I think I have promised 10 different people that I would some day post this…..ahhh finally!


3 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups rolled oats (thick)

2 Tbps baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp salt

1 cup vege oil

1 1/2 — 2 cups water*

I cup dried fruit (any kind) & spice***

* The amount of water is approximate. I use fresh ground flour and thick rolled oats.  If you use grocery store flour and instant oats, then you will use less water.  You want the mix to be very thick.

*** I change the dried fruit depending on what I have in the pantry. Sometimes I add nutmeg or cinnamon too.  It is really good with shredded carrots also.  I just do not use any “juicy” fruits.

We just made some with rye flour, caraway seeds and raisins…mmmmmm

Mix all ingredients together. Spray a large cookie sheet or two. Plunk out mix onto sheets.  I generally make mine large ovals- they look like little footballs that I could hold in my open hand.  It makes 10-12 scones.  Cook at 375 for about 15 min.

A joy-filled weekend!


…such beautiful young ladies!!! Whether it was just hanging out, sitting in ricking chairs on the front porch, or loving baby chickens, these girls had a great time together.  We were especially grateful to get to know Grace better.  She is such a great big sister to all her little brothers and sisters- boy are they blessed that God gave them her as a big sis!!! Hannah was a joyful and hospitable hostess.  She took great initiative to lead her friends in helping out with food prep, chicken lovin’, and enjoying the day.  Thank you Hannah! Sophie is thankful for more friendships that will last into eternity.

We are so very behind on posting in our blog…the past months are filled with events we want to share with everyone, but THIS post HAD to be first! ( maybe we’ll start posting them in reverse order)

We spent the weekend with some wonderful friends celebrating the graduation of Daniel and Sarah Wilkes.  Our time there with full of joy!

As we enjoyed the sharing of personal testimonies, beautiful music, and the heart of a Father who has seen his children grow up in faith, wisdom and knowledge–it was such an encouragement of the DILEGENCE, HUMILITY, ATTENTIVENESS, DEFERENCE, (to name a few) and commitment to bringing up your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord  that is necessary for parenting.  Wow- Daniel and Sarah- what a testimony your lives are!

We had the blessing of staying a few extra days to worship with some families on Sunday and then get our hands dirty on Monday in the Wilkes garden!  Though we know that weeds were pulled, somehow more dirt ended up ON martin children than in the garden! But it was fun, even the littlest ones pitched in by plucking potato bugs off of plants ( and eating a few peas)!

And last but not least we got to take a quick visit to ride some go carts….what a BLAST!