Breakfast Main Dishes – Blueberry Pancakes

It seems as though Christmas memories are at least in part associated with stories, movies, and shows that we’ve learned to love over the years. Some of my favorites:

1. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. I remember seeing a play based on this classic story years ago. It’s a beautiful example of giving and irony.

2. Martin Luther’s Christmas Book. This little volume is a collection of Martin Luther’s sermons or talks on the Christmas texts from Luke 2 and Matthew 1. It’s a treasure!

3. A Christmas Story. It’s a goofy Christmas tradition. Here’s a link to the real Christmas Story house.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life. The classic Frank Capra movie I can’t seem to enjoy Christmas without!

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5. The Bishop’s Wife. Although this classic with David Niven from 1947 is not too much about Christmas, I love it.

6. Home Alone. Love this funny Christmas movie and how the kid outsmarts the crooks.

What are your faves?

Blueberry Pancakes

The Murphys made this recipe (p. 35) in the cookbook for me. Thank you, Murphs! The recipe makes quite a few.

Here they laid out the ingredients:

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And the mixture:

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On the griddle:

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And the final product:
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Breakfast – Norwegian Pancakes (Sweet Crepes)

Mentors
When I was a tween, I found a mentor in a Christian woman who was at the time my dad’s secretary. She lived in Denver, in a basement apartment where I visited occasionally.

One night she taught me how to make crepes, and since that time so long ago I’ve not made crepes again. They’re not difficult at all, though I remember them being a challenge all those years ago. We’d do girly stuff like curling our hair and painting our nails.

Even more important than the skill of making crepes is the importance of mentors in a young person’s life. Of course, parents are essential as a youth develops, but mentors also help. Mentors, different from parents, show in theirother life choices an alternate example for the young people to follow.

That’s why it’s so important to encourage family participation in the youth program. Having involved adults who can be mentors to young people in the church is vitally important to the community of Christ, and why I’m so thankful that many of our parents are so involved.

I’m also thankful for those mentors, like Debbie, and the others who have helped shape me into who I am today.

Norwegian Pancakes
Well, these pancakes have changed my life. I know that sounds extreme, but I don’t think I’ll ever go back to making pancakes the same way again. These are light, thin, and delicious! Super easy too.

Start by mixing the eggs, milk, sugar, and flour in the blender.

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Then pour 1/4 cup in a heated pan. Circle it around until it covers the bottom of the pan.

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Flip when the first side is done.

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Serve with fruit, butter, or preserves.

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Main Dish (Breakfast) – Egg Casserole

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Well, last weekend was graduation weekend. We had a nice time with family, celebrating Jacob’s big day.

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I love this picture because it shows the full circle of Jacob’s education and Lucy’s life. We got Lucy in 2001, the summer before Jacob started kindergarten. And here she is with our high school graduate, through it all.

I still have a lot to catch up on after the busy weekend, so unfortunately, I’ll have to continue neglecting you all for a couple more days. I promise more–soon!

Egg Casserole

This delicious egg casserole recipe was the perfect main dish to serve to my house guests on Saturday morning, alongside banana bread and fruit salad. The casserole is cheesy, hearty, and delicious. It includes both cheddar and swiss cheese, which gives it a rich flavor.

I used low-calorie flax seed bread cubes, low-fat cheese, and bran flakes as the topping instead of corn flakes. This helped to lighten up the recipe–and still it was completely fabulous.

Unfortunately, amid all of the busy-ness of the weekend, I forgot to take a picture of the egg casserole! But it looked and tasted great!

This recipe comes from Karen O., one of my fellow book-clubbers. Karen has a quiet steady presence, impeccable taste, and dedication to her family and her church family. She’s a treasure!

 

Breakfast Main Dish – Eggstrata

Easter weekend

We left the somber, silent, darkened church on Friday night at the end of the Good Friday service. All week, I’ve had on my mind that line from the hymn, “Do we pass the cross unheeding, breathing no repentant vow?” Just that one little line caught my attention. I said to myself: yes. That is definitely what I do.

Sometimes the danger of being so closely connected to my church and a small portion of the behind-the-scenes knowledge is too much familiarity. I’m almost numbed to the sights and sounds around me because they are so familiar. This is why the church calendar is so important. Without it, there is no cycle to our worship, no shape to the baptismal life. With it, we travel through seasons of repentance, seasons of joy, seasons of celebration. And Holy Week is the pinnacle of that life together. We feel the emptiness and shallowness of our own pettiness and selfishness on Good Friday, owning the fact that we ourselves have no one else to blame. And then we renew our hope in the resurrection and the hope of heaven on Easter Sunday, festive and joyous, full of trumpet blasts and the scent of lilies in the air. Here is an Easter poem for you today.

Easter Alleluias

On Good Friday,

I unlock the church door,

swing it wide and find

inĀ a dusty stairwell:

a crowd,

a host of

Easter lilies

sweetening the air,

waiting

to trumpet their news.

In the darkness of Tenebrae,

candles are extinguished,

silence fallen.

But waiting in the wings,

the lilies wait to trumpet their news

with the scent of resurrection:

He is risen!

Alleluia!

Eggstrata

For the second (or is it third?) year in a row, we are serving Eggstrata (p. 36) for the Easter breakfast. It’s one of those fabulous make-ahead breakfast casseroles that you put together the day before, and then pop in the oven the morning you serve it. This year, we are making five pans. In addition, we’re serving pancakes, fruit salad, bacon, and beverages. It’s a delicious breakfast, which I can say because I don’t actually cook anything! I just do the shopping and order the kids around while they put everything together. Also, three fabulous chefs, Jeff W., Fritz T., and his son Leland make the bacon/pancakes.

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Here are the ingredients for the eggstrata–simple! Hash browns, eggs, milk, cheese, and seasonings.

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Here are Monique and Walt, hard at work cracking eggs and assembling the egg casserole.

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And here are four of my fruit choppers, feeling shy in front of the camera.

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And the amazing sidewalk art that Hannah, Kelley, Abbey, and Alexandra created. Beautiful!

However, the crucified bunny was totally unintentional! The bunny came first, right where the T needed to go! Oh, the Easter ironies.

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Happy Easter!