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Monday, April 10, 2017

Poetry & Prose - "The Light of Your Presence"

The Light of Your Presence and the Fire of Your Glory set my heart ablaze.
            Forever I will love you and for all eternity I will sing Your praise.
My spirit is refreshed in the Water of Life flowing from Your Throne.
            Gladness of heart and fullness of joy are found in You alone.

I will lift up my eyes unto the hills where my help comes from.
            You are the Rock upon which I stand and into Your Presence I run.
For You alone are my hiding place and I put my trust in You.
            You lift me up on Eagle’s wings and my strength is renewed.

When the storm clouds gather with waves crashing all about, 
            You are a very present help in trouble removing all fear and doubt.
Even in the midst of the raging seas and all hope seems to be gone,
            You fill my life with joyous laughter and my heart overflows with song.

Your refreshing Wind blows over me like a gentle breeze,
            Touching my heart with Your mercy, grace and peace.
 Your loving kindness breathes new life into my soul.
             The sweet Rain of Your Spirit revives me and makes me whole.

You fill me with Your song in the midnight hour and You are my living hope.
            You mean everything to me for You are my eternal home.
 Let Your Light shine through me as I learn to walk in your ways.
            Lord, let me live in the Light of Your Presence every single day.

Contributed by Lesta of Heartsong Treasures.  Used by permission.

Happy Reading in Poetry's Presence

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sweet & Savory ~~ "Poppy's Pancakes"

Truth be known, I've never been much of a pancake fan no matter where they were prepared or served until my husband fired up the recipe below.  Then I became a believer!  The reason that I disliked pancakes prior to this time is because most of them were too heavy or tasteless.  There is a key ingredient that makes these as light and fluffy as can be in addition to being heart healthy. Perhaps I should qualify that last statement.  The "heart healthy" would probably depend upon how much butter and syrup you applied to each one.  So, please accept my challenge and plan to prepare this recipe for anyone you know who does not order pancakes from the restaurant menu or declines your weekend breakfast invitation.

  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats (not the quick cooking variety)
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, optional - to be served on top of cooked pancakes
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, optional - to be served on top of cooked pancakes

  • Preheat griddle to 400 degrees.
  • Combine oats with buttermilk and let stand in small bowl for 12 minutes.
  • Spoon flour into a measuring cup and level with a butter knife.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon, stirring well.
  • Lightly beat extra large egg in small bowl.
  • Add the maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Stir this into the oat mixture.
  • Combine the oat mixture and the flour mixture, stirring until just blended.
  • Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter onto preheated griddle.
  • Cook about 3 minutes until bubbles appear on top of the pancakes and the edges look somewhat dried out.  Using pancake turner, flip the pancakes to the other side and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • This recipe yields about 6 medium sized pancakes.

  • Serve with other fruits such as bananas, cranberries, peaches, etc.
  • I like to butter the pancakes, apply a small amount of pure maple syrup, and then add the blueberries and heart healthy walnuts on top.
  • These make great snacks or leftovers.

  • The key to this entire exercise/project is the white, whole-wheat flour.  It is sold as pastry flour in some stores, but please check the label to make sure it reads, "white, whole-wheat flour."  What's in a name? Well, it depends on the name.  And in this case, that's the exact name.

Happy Dining!

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