homemade pancake mix

from foodnetwork.com

Pancake mix:

* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 3 tablespoons baking powder
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar

Pancake batter:

* 1 egg
* 1 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon melted butter

For the pancake mix:

Mix the above ingredients together and store in a jar.
For the pancake batter:

For each 1 cup pancake mix, add 1 egg, 1 cup milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Do not overmix.

Heat a flat griddle or pan over medium-high heat.

Spoon drops of 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle and when bubbles appear on the surface of the little pancakes, flip them over to make them golden brown on both sides. A minute or so a side should do it.

a just-for-fun picture of me and my siblings (in dark socks) and our friends (in white socks). Actually they are our 3rd cousins.


2 days before 2012

This is the 3rd day I’ve been housebound – not a bad thing – except I have a sniffly snuffly cold.
Yesterday I finished watching a movie about the Pony Express – a bang bang shoot ’em up movie – but I learned a little about the Pony Express. I also finished reading “O Rugged Land of Gold” – the true story or journal of a pregnant woman who spent the winter alone in a cabin after being injured. Her husband was stranded in another area. It was quite a captivating book. The baby turned out okay in the book, but I read on an amazon review that the baby actually died but the publishers made her change the story to a happy ending. It was almost too good to be true, but so interesting the way she made do with what she had and invented ways to set her broken arm and devised a crutch, etc. etc. etc.

I also finished the stocking hat, and started it too yesterday for that matter.

Today I worked on making a couple jean backpacks. The homeless are always asking for them, and these may be better than nothing. Instructions are on a link in the previous post.

Also, my son sent me this scarf he knitted for my Christmas present – I love homemade gifts ! ! !!!

My niece sent us this favorite Christmas card of 2011.

interesting jet streams in the sky this morning.

I made a couple more bags from the remains of the jeans:

Now it’s time to fix something for supper – found this recipe at allrecipes.com for

lentil chili

* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 onion, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup dry lentils
* 1 cup dry bulgur wheat
* 3 cups low fat, low sodium chicken broth
* 2 cups canned whole tomatoes, chopped
* 2 tablespoons chili powder
* 1 tablespoon ground cumin
* salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the oil, onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils and bulgur wheat. Add the broth, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

black bean cabbage pasta salad

got this from the ohkitchen.com and changed it some for my use.

Black Bean Cabbage pasta Salad

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed (I used pork and beans, drained and rinsed)
1/2 large red or green pepper, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 green onions, diced (I used chopped leeks)
canned or fresh chopped tomatoes
1 stalk celery, diced
1 avocado diced (optional)
2 cups shredded cabbage
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or use dry or dried parsley)
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp hot chili powder
salt and pepper to taste (I used lemon pepper
1 tsp red hot sauce (optional)

Made dressing of olive oil, acv and honey and added a little Italian balsamic dressing. yum
also added pasta

mt. elbert in december

i’m very sleepy today because i could hardly sleep last night. our 21 yr. old son drove from where he lives in colorado springs 2.5 hours to mt. elbert near leadville, co. he slept in his car and then climbed the mountain early this morning and got to the summit at 11:11 a.m.; proud of him, but i was very uneasy him doing that alone – now he’s safely back in col. springs i think – yay!!

approaching the summit

he is on top of the world !

pictures and info about the tallest mountain in CO and 2nd highest in U.S. on this blog.

The day of the LORD – Joel

day of the LORD – major theme in the book of Joel

I’ve been neglecting Bible study. I finished my 10 year (supposed to be 3) study of Search the Scriptures and haven’t found anything so good, so last night I decided to find it and start again. It’s really an old friend. Instead of starting at the beginning, I’ll jump around. Joel seemed right, so I started last night on Joel. I am using the Tanakh this time through (except N.T. of course). Last time I used the Amplified Bible.

So, what is the significance of the day of the Lord? Read linked article above to find out.

Joel 1:1-2:17 stresses the importance of corporate prayer for those who stray from God’s plan – Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

I’ve been seeing on my g-mail inbox about Susan Gregory and the Daniel fast her website

This morning I picked up the new Zola Levitt magazine and read the following article from Joel.

(I meant to put this on my pray4Israel blog, so now it’s on both – it’s important so I’ll leave it here also)