Monthly Archives: August 2012

Homemade waffles

Afraid of a little ole waffle iron? NOT anymore!

I must admit I have never made waffles.  I really don’t care for them much myself, but the real reason was because I didn’t think I could do it.  I was afraid to try.  They would stick to the griddle, make a mess and probably taste terrible.  Was I ever wrong!

White chocolate chip waffles

My son Benjamin said he felt like having white chocolate chip waffles…could I make them…and I thought, “why not?  I have been stepping outside my comfort zone quite a bit lately.

We have a Food Network griddle that has waffle plates also.  I switched the plates and got ready to cook.

I looked through my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook and found a recipe…tweaked it a bit and made, what Benjamin says, were delicious waffles!

Cleanup was NOT bad either 🙂

Moral of my story and note to self…Be not afraid…

Here is my recipe—feel free to add your own flair!

Chocolate & butterscotch chip on left
Blueberry on right

Waffles

2 eggs

1 cup whole grain flour

1 cup unbleached white flour* (or 2 cups total any combination of flours)

½ cup melted butter (Can use vegetable oil or margarine)

1 teaspoon sugar (I used organic unbleached cane)

1 ¾ cups buttermilk (or milk)

4 teaspoons baking powder (I use one with no aluminum)

½ teaspoon sea salt

White chocolate, butterscotch chip, berries or other chocolate

Maple syrup or chocolate sauce, if desired

Heat waffle iron. (I sprayed mine with cooking spray between batches) Beat eggs until fluffy, add buttermilk and butter.  Combine dry ingredients, except chocolate and berries.  Mix with egg mixture.  Pour about 1/3 batter (about 1 ½ cups) from cup or pitcher onto center of hot waffle iron.  Add desired amount of chocolate or berries and close lid.  Bake until steaming stops m, about 5 minutes.  Remove waffle carefully.  Drizzle with real maple syrup or a bit of chocolate sauce and enjoy!

Makes about three 10 inch waffles at 715 calories each.

If using self-rising flour, omit baking powder & salt

Our Youngest Turns 18

So handsome…hard to see him grow up…

Our youngest son, Benjamin turned 18 today.  It is with mixed emotions that I post this. I am so proud of him and the young man he has become, but part of me wants to hold onto that little boy.

Benjamin’s birth photo

I can clearly remember sitting on the sofa and watching Little Bear or making forts with all the blankets and pillows in the house.

I have faith that God will guide him to be all that he can be.  I do look forward to the future, full of  blessings and joy… but part of me can’t help but look back at what was…

Create a Strategy and Process

Map out your strategy and how to reach it

Create a Strategy and Process for everything you do in your business.

Random actions get random results. Whether you’re doing some marketing, offering a teleclass, or doing a live presentation, networking, or launching a new product you need to map out a strategy that will take you step by step to the result you want. Once you’ve nailed down your process or strategy you can use it again and again to get similar results. Taking a “shot in the dark” approach where you try an approach hoping it will work without thinking it through from beginning to end result is like playing darts while wearing a blindfold. Creating process maps as a visual really helps with this process.

From Janis Pettit, Small Business Strategy and Lifestyle Coach

Getting back into your business

Give your dream wings
and let it fly!

After you have discovered your “Why” Decide why success matters to you.

When you want something badly enough, you will find a way to get it. You probably have a good idea what to do to restart your business and regain your passion. But is your “Why” strong enough? No matter why you are in business, a clear sense of purpose is essential.

From Build It Big by Direct Selling Women’s Alliance