These beauties came out of pure luck mixed with a little exhaustion.  I know, I know.  Not the story you thought would be behind this delightful looking stack of goodness. Haha. 😉

Last night was a long one that consisted of two sick babies sleeping in our bed and one diaper leak resulting in: outfit change, diaper change, sheet clean up.  

At 3 in the morning.  

By the time all four of us nestled back into bed and my husband and sweet babies dozed into a soft slumber, I laid there wiiide awake.  

But of course, right?

I tossed, I turned, and I counted sheep, but nothing worked.  Dumb insomnia.  

Deciding to look at the bright side of waking up with my neighbor’s annoying rooster, I chose the day’s mantra as, Carpe Diem. 

What better way to seize the day than with my awesome-to-die-for-diner-style-pancakes?

I whipped out my trusty recipe, only to realize I had about a quarter of the needed ingredients.  


But part of seizing the day is to make due with what you do have!  So I made up my own recipe for pancakes with what I had in the pantry & fridge.  

The result?  Tasty pancakes.  They are not my diner style, fatty, pancakes that require 2 sticks of butter…
BUT they were tasty enough for all of us to eat plain, because I forgot we didn’t have any syrup!
A little powdered sugar sprinkled on top did the trick for it though.

Here’s my recipe

2 cups of all purpose flour 
3 Tablespoons of sugar
3/4 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
1 3/4 cup of buttermilk (whole milk might work as well)
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 

Whisk or sift all of your dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.  Mix all of your wet ingredients together in another bowl.  
Next, add your wet ingredients to your dry and mix with a spoon.  Batter will be lumpy, so don’t over mix.
Put butter on a hot griddle and pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.       


We Made It

After a three day drive with three kids, a moving truck, and little sleep, we made it to North Carolina.  

I could sugar coat for you on how awesome it is to drive for three days with three kids, two of which are babies for 7 hours each day, but I won’t.

I won’t say anything bad either.

But I will say that I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.


Do it again.

That is probably a lie, but I stand by it for the moment. hahaha. 🙂

But any way, I will write about the road trip experience some other day.  For now, I am just going to post a few pictures of the house & property etc.

I need TAPS to study this picture, stat!! Lol.    
Obviously, this is the house we are living in.  (Front)

I thought I would throw in this picture of my handsome husband, just cuz.
 This is our front yard.  Yes, the pond is in our front yard, however, someone else owns the pond.  Yep, no fishing for us unless I can track down the owner and beg.

 I also thought I would throw in a picture of my beautiful little lady.

Gobble, Gobble 2012

We just moved to North Carolina–where we know absolutely no one–less than one week ago.  To say that we were unprepared for the holiday is a slight understatement.  Sure we had the meat, but that was about it.  We did all the shopping the day before and the dishes were made the day of, except the pie.  

But even though this holiday was rushed and decorated with unpacked boxes, we made it a pretty good one.  We celebrated with big thanks to the big guy (God) for all of our blessings, (which was a long list) and then stuffed our faces with old fashioned thanksgiving staples: Ham, stuffing, pie, rolls, gravy, potatoes, corn.  
Dinner was successful in throwing us all into a food daze. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you probably saw a few photos…like the mouse hole I dug into the stuffing dish.  🙂  I couldn’t help myself.


I hope everyone had a wonderful day celebrating the great things we are all thankful for. 🙂

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 4-11

It is hard for me to make an entire post everyday for the next thirty days, so I’m going to aim the rest of A Blossoming Homestead’s 30 Days of Gratitude to rolling a week’s worth of thanks and blessings into one post.  

This will save me some time, since our lives are a bit crazy for the next month.  Which I promise to spill all details sometime during December-January.

Day 4:  Today I am most thankful for my baby girl.  Today she spoke her first word, “Mama.”  Awww…her voice sounds beautiful.  
Day 5:  Today I am thankful for the beautiful spring weather we’ve had recently here in Texas.  
** “spring” was not a typo. **

Day 6:  Today I am thankful for answered prayers!  We had a last minute mini moving sale today, and when I say last minute, I really mean it.  We woke up, had breakfast, ran some errands, came home, grabbed stuff we weren’t going to take with us (mainly baby stuff) and threw it in our driveway.  We didn’t even price anything.   

But, no one was snatching up the baby stuff and I didn’t want to be stuck with it. So I posted a status on FB to pretty much say that I thought it was weird and then I swear to you, not even 30 mins later, a woman came and bought probably half of what we had. 


Then, of ALL THE PEOPLE, a pregnant girl comes walking down the road.  Her husband just started working for the church next door to us and she went for a walk, as she puts it, “to get the baby out.”
Whoa, right?! 
So I told her to take whatever she wanted.  

So then…we took what didn’t sale and threw it into the back of the car to drive to Good Will.  On our drive there, we get a phone call about the sparring gear (tae kwon do) that we’ve been trying to sale on Craigslist for a year now, that just happened to be in the car, on its way to GW.  

Bubba said that he only had Wednesday to meet up with him, and the guy said Wednesday was his only day to meet up.  They agreed on a time, and we got rid of the gear (finally) and made our money back.  Woo hoo! 

Then our son came home to tell us the cost of the new computer screen that he cracked at school will cost exactly how much we made from the sales.  Ha! Looks like the big guy in the sky knew exactly how much we were going to need all along. 🙂

Day 7:  Very thankful for the pretty leaves I saw today.  God is an artist.

pic source

Day 8:  Bubba’s grandmother passed away today.  We are thankful for the time we had with her and thankful for the family support during this sad time. 

Day 9:  Thankful for good music along with a long country drive.  Clears the mind and eases the stress. 

Day 10:  Thankful for babysitters–enough said. lol. 

Day 11:  I am thankful for baby pj’s.  They are just too cute.  I am also thankful for my awesome job as a stay at home mother.  Now I can witness all the small moments. 🙂  It’s cliche and cheesy, but it’s the truth.

Day 2 & 3 of Gratitude

I’m already off to a bad start keeping up with the 30 Days Of Gratitude.  I have good reasons though.  Trying to pack up a house with three kids (one of which is a baby and another is a toddler) and a husband working constant overtime to ensure we have plenty of money to move on…well…it’s the recipe for many crazy days.

So I’m lumping up two days of gratitude on this post.

Friday was my 31st birthday, and I’m very thankful for being able to celebrate another year!! 

And today, I’m thankful for the little things in life: good food, good friends and family, good spirits, a roof over my head, and a cool bed to crawl into. (we are still running our a/c here in the south)

Okay, I’m sleepy and ready to hit the hay after a very long and seemingly unproductive day.  

Until tomorrow,

30 Days Of Gratitude

This was taken when I lived in Dixon, IL

I’m joining A Blossoming Homestead’s 30 Days of Gratitude, where I will jot a Lil post each day to give a shout out to the big guy upstairs for all our family blessings.

God has truly been with us lately.  Well, he is always with us, but he has certainly been holding our hands lately.  

So first off, we are truly blessed that Bubba was accepted into UNCC to try and pursue his engineering program.  He had to keep a GPA of 3.25 just to get in as a transfer student into this program.  So a big THANKS goes to this.  Another big thanks goes to Bubba getting his job transfer. If you knew the process of receiving a transfer with this company since they changed the system, you would know that it had to be God himself who orchestrated the whole process in my husband’s favor.  Wow.

And of course, as always, I am thankful for my kids and husband.  I don’t know what I would do without them.