Month: November 2017

Book Review: “Habits of the Heart” by Katherine J. Butler

Habits of the Heart by Katherine J. Butler is a collection of short, daily devotions. The idea behind this book is that we should be training and building Bible study habits with daily discipline that will help us to grow in our Christian walk. As someone who has trained for a physical race, I can easily relate to the idea of training to walk a better spiritual walk. Each week concentrates on a particular aspect of training our heart to better follow Jesus. Each day within that week features a Bible verse, a short devotion, and some sort of action item where the reader is prompted to consider the lesson for that day. Although the book doesn’t use the Bible version that I use, it does contain the Bible reference so that I can easily look it up. The book itself is compact and would easily fit in a purse. The pretty woodgrain look of the book, with it’s shiny copper lettering and gorgeous artwork inside the covers, is simply stunning. Each day is not only labeled with the month and day, but also is numerically labeled by week and day in case you were to get behind on the daily devotions. It also contains handy ribbon bookmark. I enjoyed this book. The short devotions can help even the busiest among us to focus on training our hearts to follow Jesus closer each day.

Thanks to Tyndale Publishers, I’d like to share the first chapter of Habits of the Heart with you here.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

A Thanksgiving Tradition

As Thanksgiving approaches, I thought I’d like to share a fun Thanksgiving tradition with you. This tradition started several years ago when I decided to make pancakes for Thanksgiving breakfast. I thought it would be fun to make pancakes decorated to look like turkeys for us to eat as we watched the parade on tv. Little did I know that the kids would love it so much that they asked if we were going to do it again the next year. (We’ve now incorporated the tradition to include Christmas and the Fourth of July too.)

Thanksgiving Pancakes:
2 cups Bisquick mix
1 cup milk
2 eggs
butter
a variety of fruit of your choice
scrambled eggs or bacon (optional)
small candies or chocolate morsels for decoration

1. Mix the Bisquick, milk, and eggs with a whisk until combined.
2. Grease a griddle or skillet with butter using medium-high heat.
3. Pour about 1/4 cup of combined mixture on the griddle or skillet for each pancake.
4. Cook until the edges of the pancake appear dry and flip to finish cooking.
5. Decorate the pancakes by using the fruit, eggs, and bacon as the turkey’s feathers and feet. The candies can be used as details for the face.

Obviously, the pancakes aren’t professional-grade in terms of my decorating or culinary skills, but this is something that the kids love and will be part of their childhood memories. In fact, I think that makes me love the pancake creations even more. It helps me to remember that not everything we do as mothers has to be “Pinterest-perfect”. It’s more important to just do things with our kids and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy Thanksgiving!