Friday, October 30, 2009


In life we all have different ways of motivating ourselves. Much of our motivation may come from our own desires within to achieve whatever it is that we are passionate about in life. It's a lot of fun for me to watch my children learn their own passions. Books, it seems, are pretty high on their list. Lately, the book fair has been happening at school and my children run home every day and ask for chores to earn more money to buy more books. I'm in heaven. I love this sequence of events. It makes me glad.

I'm grateful that they don't believe money grows on trees and that work equals money. These are life lessons that I hope to instill on them not only now but as time goes on. I want them to understand a budget and how to live within their means.

That being said, it's been an expensive week for me paying for all of these chores and my pockets are pretty light. This is okay though because the value of the lesson is something worth more than money.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Famous Pancakes

One morning last week, my middle child asked me for pancakes. Seven minutes before I had to get in the car for work. Ugh. I made him toast and promised the beloved pancakes for dinner.

That night I thought he surely had forgotten but of course he had not. Mommy, will you make the pancakes now, please? The flour I usually buy was out of stock. Figures. So I bought Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake and Waffle Flour. I added my own baking powder, salt, eggs, vanilla, milk, half and half. Stirred. Sizzled. Flipped. Talk about ecstacy. Wow! Remind me later to write them a letter and tell them how good they are.

Note to my veggie friends: Sour the milk with a little vinegar and add a little yogurt and you will be good to go.

Note to my vegan friends: Substitute soy milk for cow's and sour with the vinegar.