Valentine Pancakes-

My cute niece Tracy—


–did a post last week about making pancakes into shapes for her girls. They were the cutest things I’ve ever seen. ¬†Anyway–I was so impressed that I decided to try it.

First–we got a mustard and ketchup squirter bottle from the dollar aisle at Target. We washed them out with warm soapy water first. You can fill them with your favorite pancake mix–well, unless it’s blueberry or some other chunky fruit thing–your favorite SMOOTH pancake mix.

Don’t be afraid. It was really fun. Just squirt the batter onto the hot pan–make the “picture” first and then fill it in. To be honest, I was terrible at it, but laughing through breakfast prep isn’t so bad, and they were still edible. The one above looks like it has a spooky little man in the middle. It was suppose to be a heart!

So then, I tried to make a happy face and ended up with some dude with dreadlocks! I told Rhen that I made him a Bob Marley pancake and he thought I was so incredibly cool! Heh, heh…

This heart looks more like a slingshot. Tracy–I need art lessons!

And here was my attempt to make a lacy heart. Can anyone else see a squirrel in there—or is it just me? :]

Perhaps this is more a self portrait than I’d like to think. Ha ha.

To tell you the truth–I’m sure your pancakes will be fabulous if you have the least bit of artistic talent. And if not, and you’re like me, you’ll just laugh your head off and your kids will think you’re the best–or nuts.

Either way, you get breakfast and everybody’s smiling.

Beat that.

Love Is…

…the Most Powerful Force in the World

“The eternal truth that our Heavenly Father loves all his children is an immensely powerful idea. It is especially powerful when children can visualize it through the love and sacrifice of their earthly parents. Love is the most powerful force in the world.”

Dallin H. Oaks

Cranberry Smoothie

I’m not a huge fan of really seedy berries, so I made mine with cranberries, peaches and strawberries. It was great. Lynnette says she likes to make them every few weeks or so to keep everyone healthy.

One dang fine–

Cranberry Smoothie


1 c apple juice
1/2 c vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c frozen berries (ie 1/2 c cranberries, 1/2 c raspberries, 1/2 c blueberries)

Mix in blender

Cranberry Smoothie
  • 1 c apple juice
  • 1/2 c vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c frozen berries (ie 1/2 c cranberries, 1/2 c raspberries, 1/2 c blueberries)
  1. Mix in blender till fruit is chopped and smooth.



One’s Own Family

“Perhaps most significant of all classrooms is the classroom of the home. It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are the laboratories of our lives. What we do there determines the course of our lives when we leave home. Dr. Stuart E. Rosenberg wrote in his book The Road to Confidence, ‘Despite all new inventions and modern designs, fads and fetishes, no one has yet invented, or will ever invent, a satisfying substitute for one’s own family.’ “

President Thomas S. Monson

“Precious Children–A Gift from God,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 68


Tissue Paper Crowns

You will need a sheet of tissue paper–any color, a pair of scissors and a glue stick.

Fold the tissue over on itself until it is about 3-4 inches wide. Cut a point shape about 3 inches up.

Unfold it and glue the two ends together with a glue stick.