Peanut Butter Crepes

Peanut Butter Crepes


Sadly, Peanut Butter Lover’s Month is drawing to a close.  This is the last peanut butter recipe I will be sharing for the foreseeable future (read: until I make a new recipe).


Usually, the recipes I post are not entirely original.  I begin with someone else’s recipe and make a few tweaks here, a few substitutions there, finally arriving at the recipe I post.  However, this recipe is one of a kind.  I am not claiming that no one has ever made peanut butter crepes before, but I did not reference any recipes when I started cooking.  I simply poured a bit of this and that into a bowl and hoped that it would all turn out.  Originally, I was going to make pancakes, but the thin batter is better suited for crepes.  I was quite pleased with the results.


To top my crepes, I whipped up some un-original “nice cream”–a frozen banana run through a food processor until it has the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.  The “nice cream” can either be rolled inside of the crepes or spread across the top.



  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp. baking powder


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Lightly coat a skillet with nonstick spray and heat over medium high.
  • Pour batter by spoonful onto hot pan.  Let cook 2-3 minutes until the top is bubbling.  Flip and continue cooking until done.
  • Top (or fill), eat, and enjoy!


Book Review: Redeeming Love

Book Review: Redeeming Love


“What good are you?”  she cried out to the heavens.

No answer came.

At a young age, Sarah learns that life is bitter.  Her father wanted her aborted, her mother dies, and no one will lovingly raise her.  At only eight years of age, she becomes an owned object rather than a human.  Her future is dismal, and it is God’s fault.

By her teenage years, Sarah is full of hatred and emotionally wrecked.  She has already accepted that her life is a vicious cycle of pain.  Death is the only way out.

An even stronger force than the hatred that feasted on her was the weariness that sucked her soul dry.


Michael Hosea, on the other hand, is a young, strong farmer in search of a wife.  He made the difficult journey west with his sister, who died along the way, and brother-in-law, who is now in search of gold.  When he sees Sarah walking down the road, he hears God’s voice say that she is his intended wife.  There’s only one problem: Sarah is the town’s best prostitute, not the godly lady he has been seeking.

Lord? Did I misunderstand?  I must’ve.  This can’t be the one.

Lord, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

In her book Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers retells the biblical story of Hosea.  Time after time, Sarah refuses Michael’s care and runs from his inexplicable grace.  Yet, he continues to bring her back to his love and safety.

Redeeming Love also paints a picture of God’s love for his children.  When Sarah was cruel to Michael,

He was never angry…He complimented and encouraged her.

When Sarah ran away from him, he went to find her and

knelt before her and washed her dirty, blistered feet.

At times, we are cruel to God.  Yet, he is gracious and slow to anger (Psalm 103:8).  We run away from God in search of worldly pleasures.  Nonetheless, God binds up our wounds (Psalm 147:3).

No matter what we have done in our pasts or do in our futures, God, chooses to love us. just as Michael,

chose to love [Sarah].  With all [her] past, with all [her] frailties, with everything.  He knew from the beginning where [she] came from, and it didn’t make any difference to him.

Give thanks for God’s redeeming love.

Give ye thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his love endures forever

– Psalm 136:1

Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal Cookies


I hear the timer beep; my snack is ready.

I smell sweet cinnamon coming from the oven, and

I see the soft circles waiting patiently on the pan.

I feel a scalding disk sear my satisfied tongue.

I taste the heavenly combination of oats, sugar, and butter.

I sense happiness and fulfillment.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Brother

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Brother


This week, my family made the long drive from North Carolina to Connecticut.  As much as I love road trips, this one was not near as merry as my summer rides.  The company was just as good, and the view through the window was just as interesting.  However, the purpose for our journey was not as leisurely.  My favorite (and only) brother is moving over 600 miles away.

Obviously, this move warrants a Top Ten Tuesday post completely devoted to my brother.  Originally, I was going to post 10 hysterical memories that we have shared, but the post became quite lengthy.  Instead, I will attempt to quickly state 10 reasons that my brother is absolutely the best brother in the world.


Ten Reasons I am Thankful for My Brother

  1. He always makes me laugh.
  2. He desires to serve the Lord.
  3. He let me follow him to college.
  4. He encourages me and gives me advice.
  5. He drove me around or let me borrow his car for years until I bought my own car.
  6. He understands my corny jokes.
  7. He is handsome.
  8. He loves to travel (and sometimes he lets me tag along).
  9. He let me call him “Chin Chin” until I learned his real name.
  10. He is loud (and can compensate for my quietness).


Second Blogiversary

Second Blogiversary


If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.

– Lemony Snicket

To me, the main benefit of writing is the opportunity to change what I have said.  If a word is unclear, I can replace it with a synonym.  If a sentence is difficult to understand, I can rearrange it.  If an entire post is stupid, I can delete it.

I have done all of those things many, many times over the past two years.  That is right–tomorrow this blog will turn two years old.

How does one celebrate a blogiversary?  Birthdays merit presents and parties.  Anniversaries are often celebrated with trips.  But a blogiversary….what does it deserve?

Ice cream.  Every celebration deserves ice cream.


If you (like me) don’t have an ice cream maker, Pinterest shares an easy solution. By simply blitzing a frozen banana in a food processor, you can have a single serving of banana soft-serve ice cream, or “nice cream,” as it is commonly called.  You can even add in some unique flavors to create a one-of-a-kind soft-serve ice cream.

Another alternative is to go to the store and buy a container of Breyer’s.  That’s what I generally do :)

Ginger Coconut Soft-serve Ice Cream


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger


  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.  You will need to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times.
  • Transfer to a bowl, eat, and enjoy!
Sunday Snapshots: November 15-21

Sunday Snapshots: November 15-21

november photo challenge

November 15 – In Your Bag

Since I don't carry a purse most days, my backpack is my only bag.
Since I don’t carry a purse most days, my backpack is my only bag.

November 16 – Begins with “K”


November 17 – Something You Cannot Live Without

17 - Can't Live Without
My family means the world to me.

November 18 – Horizontal

I thought it might be whimsical for my "horizontal" photo to be vertical :)
I thought it might be whimsical for my “horizontal” photo to be vertical :)

November 19 – Large

19 - Large

November 20 – Shine

20 - Shine

November 21 – Nature

21 - Nature

Falling Idols

Falling Idols


Read I Samuel 5:1-5

When the people of Ashdod rose early the next morning, they found that Dagon had fallen on his face on the ground before the Ark of the Lord.

-I Samuel 5:3

The command is found throughout both the Old and New Testament to worship nothing more than the Creator God (Exodus 20:3-4, I Corinthians 8:6).  He alone deserves our focus, worship, and trust. In fact, Exodus 34:14 names God “El Qanna,” or “Jealous” because humans offer His deserved praise to earthly idols.

It is remarkably easy to unintentionally worship something other than El Qanna.  We focus on work, school, food, clothes, assignments, future goals, sports, and media while unconsciously neglecting El Shaddai.  Too often, our focus is irreverently set on earthly aims.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

-Colossians 3:2

The problem is that everything on earth is futile (Ecclesiastes 1:2).  Every earthly gain will vanish (Matthew 6:20).  Even life itself is fleeting (James 4:14).  God, in contrast, is worthy (Psalm 145:3), unchanging (Malachi 3:6), and eternal (Gen. 21:33).

In I Samuel, the Philistines placed the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of God Himself, in a temple dedicated to Dagon, their god of fertility.  When the people of the city entered the temple the following morning, the idol had literally bowed to worship the one true God.

What a picture of our God’s power, dignity, and victory.  The Philistines believed that their metal god could cause reproduction.  However, Jehovah Sabaoth had the power to destroy and control this earthly lump.

I must remember that, just like Dagon, my earthly goals have no power.  I pray that my idols will fall as well so that I may focus solely on praising my Savior.

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

-Romans 14:11