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I’m beginning to really enjoy Wednesdays…

It tells me that my week is half over.

I get to watch Lucy.

Clark and Joel get to have playdates.

I get to watch the toddlers at church.

(who is that crazy kid in the red shirt?!  Someone needs to control him….)

And lately, it’s been my fun baking day!  I don’t have to cook a meal for dinner since we eat at the church on Wednesday nights, so I’m freed up to bake to my own desire….which is what I really love to do.  I don’t mind cooking….but my heart really falls for baking.  And there is a difference.  A BIG difference in my opinion.  One  I do to fill my family’s bellies (cooking).  The other I do because it fills up my heart (baking).

And on this line of thinking…and as an early plug, I want to let you know that I (and some others…ok, maybe, just one other <<wink, wink>> Kris) will be doing some baking and selling our goodies.  at the church.  for the Youth.  April 25th.  Mark it on your calendar and bring your cash (or your checkbooks!) 😀  What would you be willing to buy for a quick simple breakfast?  Got any ideas or suggestions?  Let me know!!

Here’s what I got to make today:

Fudgey Brownies

  • 1 1/3 c butter
  • 2 2/3 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c baking cocoa
  • 2 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, vanilla, and salt.  Add cocoa, slowly, so that it doesn’t come back up on you!  Now add flour, 1/2 cup at a time.  Blend well and spread into 9×13 greased pan.  Dough will be very thick.  Now you can pop them into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or you can top with your favorite toppings.  Today I added chocolate chips over the whole pan and then on half I add a few peanut butter chips and pecans (my favorite) and then on the other half I drizzled on some caramel sauce.  It’s pretty much up to you on what you can put on top!  Or you can leave it with no toppings.  Or after you bake them you can dust them with powdered sugar.  Or you can top them with a thick chocolate frosting….oh the possibilities are endless!!

with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and pecans

with chocolate chips and caramel sauce

me not waiting for the kids to get home 😀


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My youth pastor hubby is heading up another Annual Youth Pancake Feed for this Sunday.

And this year I’m making all the pancake mix…enough mix for 300 people.

That’s a whole lot of mix.

This is what my kitchen looks like:

This is part of the mix bagged up:

And this is what we’ll be selling on Sunday:

That’s right.  Come eat some pancakes and then you can buy a bag of the pancake mix 😀

All proceeds go to the youth for their summer trips!

How’s that for advertisement?!

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I was overwhelmed by kindness this morning.

I’ve been dealing with Healthwave, Kansas’ state insurance for children and mom’s.  It’s been frustrating.  I’ve shed a lot of tears.  Healthwave is typically a great program.  We’ve had surgery, stitches, countless dr appointments, etc – without having to pay a cent except for the monthly premium.  However, I found out in January, by pure accident, that they had dropped the kids.  That they’d had no insurance since November, actually.  I’ve been dealing with it ever since.

So now, Reagan has been sick.  And she’s not getting any better.  I was stressing about whether to even take her to the doctor – because of the money.  Mike finally just convinced me to go – that Reagan is just too frail and if we wait any longer she could be in the hospital.  So, I called and we went.  I knew she had bronchitis, but I didn’t know she was dehydrated.  I was nervous the whole time, because I knew I needed to tell Dr. Starkey about having no insurance and I knew I’d need to ask him about paying with cash, etc.  I hate dealing with this kind of stuff.  But I did.  I braved up and told him about the insurance and how I go about paying cash,etc.

He told me that he doesn’t take money from pastor’s families.  That he’ll take whatever the insurance pays, but that’s it.  He said that giving tithing only for minister’s to give it back to him just doesn’t make since.  Typically, Dr. Starkey is  laid-back, easy-going kind of guy.  But with this he was firm.

It was almost too much.  I could barely hold the tears back until I got in the van.

God is good.  And sometimes, even His kids are good, too.

Thank you, God.  Thank you, Dr. Starkey.

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Biscuits and Gravy

I’m just gonna be honest with you.  There are times I wish I wasn’t a pastor’s wife.  I never doubted marrying Mike, I mean, he’s the guy I chose to marry.  However, I had NO IDEA what it meant to marry a pastor.  I was just marrying Mike.  There are a lot of joys, but there’s also heartache, and I literally mean heart aches, especially for this emotional & highly sensitive person.  And even though I look forward to going to church every week, it’s emotionally draining for this introvert.  Why is it that the church is supposed to be a safe place, but can house the meanest people?  Just goes to show that we are all just normal people, even if we call ourselves “Christian”.

Anyhooooo, I’ll come off my soap box now….

Today was just one of those days, and I ate a few too many of these and I still felt the need for some more comfort food for dinner tonight.  So, I made biscuits and sausage gravy.  Yeah….that hit the spot.

3 c flour
1/4 c sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2/3 c shortening
1 c + 2 Tbsp milk
1 egg

If baking immediately, preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and cream of tartar.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives.  Combine egg with milk and pour into flour mixture.  Mix well.  Pat out onto floured surface and cut into biscuits.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  These can be frozen.  Just thaw before baking.

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