Monday, April 23, 2012

Pop Beads and Pancakes…

Ever have one of those days, or maybe weeks, when you feel like everything you do is like climbing a really steep mountain?  It’s tough, it takes a lot out of you, you’re just plain tired and wonder if you’ll ever get to the top so you can come back down.  Last week was my “uphill climb,” if you will, but God brought me to the top and reminded me that no matter how hard the struggle was getting here, there’s always a way down and He will guide me to the bottom.

It’s kind of like this hill I walked several times last week (it was my time alone with the Lord).

IMG_3890 It’s actually steeper than it looks!

IMG_3892 I was out of breath by the time I reached the top, but the rewards for making it were beautiful and so worth it!  And each time I walked that hill I pushed myself to go a little further just because I knew I could muster up the strength to do it.

IMG_3899 The sun was just peaking over the mountain tops and everything was so green.

IMG_3901 I was surrounded by God’s beautiful creationIMG_3897Sometimes you

Don’t tell God how big your storm is, you tell your storm how big your God is!”

With that said and with God’s mercy and grace, I’m on my way down the mountain and things seem to be getting a bit easier….



Like playful moments making royal jewelry with “Pop Beads” and the princesses….a sweet reminder that we’re daughter’s of a mighty King!

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And like getting up early to make a nutritious breakfast for the family because we choose to honor God through living a healthy lifestyle. 

A “perfectly sweet” breakfast for a royal family!DSCN3856 Golden and crisp on the outside…light and fluffy on the inside!

DSCN3851 Sweet Pumpkin Pancakes (vegan and gluten free)

(inspired by Tessa the Domestic Diva)

Yields 8-10 pancakes (I doubled this recipe, which made 20 pancakes, so I could have some in the freezer for later!)


1 flax egg (2 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp hot water, set aside to “gel”)

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

3 Tbsp grapeseed oil

3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

water, as needed to thin the batter


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center of the the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.  Whisk the wet ingredients gently to mix, then continue to incorporate the flour mix.  Add water, if needed, to thin out your batter (you want it to be easily pourable).

Pour batter into 3-4” circles (I used a 1/4 cup to pour with) in a preheated pan sprayed with cooking spray.  When you see small bubbles working their way to the top, you know it’s time to flip and cook the other side.  Enjoy warm with your favorite toppings!DSCN3853 A quick pic before the hubs drowned his in more syrup!

Nourishing Thought for Today:

“When life throws a mountain in your path, know that you don’t have to walk it alone!”

biblical encouragement (source)




  1. J'lene, I am so thankful I stumbled upon your blog. I love it! Everything from the food to your faith to your stories about your family. I love love love your tagline. That is something I realized when starting my health journey that God gave us food not only to sustain us but to nourish us and we can honor him by choosing foods He gave us to nourish our bodies. Thanks for sharing your recipes and your faith! By the way we live in the same part of the world. I am in San Diego. :) Kristy

    1. Kristy,

      Thank you for stopping by! I just went over and checked out your blog and my, the recipes sound oh so delicious! I feel so blessed to be able to share life, the Lord and food with others through this blog. Where in San Diego are you at? I hope to be sharing and talking with you more!

    2. We're in Mira Mesa. What about you? Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) That Kale Salad with Roasted Veggies sounds so scrumptious! And perfect timing too because I have been in a salad rut of sorts. I will definitely give that one a try. Oh and I was going to try out your avocado dressing but I don't have any cilantro and I thought that would be pretty essential. So needless to say, cilantro is on my grocery list for next week! Thanks for helping me jazz up my salad repertoire!