Easy Pancake Mini Muffins

I am always on the hunt for a great breakfast on the go for my husband. Between two jobs, school, and clinicals the only breakfast he gets is one on the go. I saw these Pancake muffins floating around on Pinterest and decided to give them a try. I didn’t see any recipes that used instant pancake mix, so I made my own recipe. It only took me 2 tries to get them sweet enough for my liking.


I started by making the pancake mix, but substituting some of the water for maple syrup. By the end of my kitchen experiment I decided that for every 1/2 c. water that is added I would add 1/4 c. syrup. My particular pancake mix called for 3/4 cup water. I changed that to 1/2 c. water and 1/4 c. syrup. I filled the Mini Muffin Pan with about 1 tablespoon of mix and then added some maple sausage to some and mini chocolate chips to the others. Blueberries are on sale this week at Winn-Dixie, so I will be making some more and using blueberries.

Another thing I love about these are that they can be made ahead of time and then put in the freezer. Pull them out the night before then microwave in the morning for about 20 seconds.

What is your favorite ingredient to add to pancake muffins?


My First Love

I love my husband so much. We have known each other over ten years and I couldn’t imagine life without him. With all that said. He is not my first love. He didn’t love me first. He hasn’t been with me my whole life. He hasn’t been through some pretty rough times with me. Jesus has though. Jesus is my first love.


Jesus is my first love because I can hide nothing from him and He still chooses to love me. My husband doesn’t know all my deep dark secrets or the thoughts of my heart. Jesus can read my thoughts and my inner heart, and can still love me through the ugliness. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus loves you too! Let Him love you!

Jesus is my first love because he will never leave me. I might have to live without my husband someday. No one but God knows what the future holds. Nothing can separate me from the love of God. I cling to the promise of Romans 8:37-39, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. [Read more…]


Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken One of my Goals this year is to save money by eating out less. When I have a meal all ready for me at the end of the day with very little prep then I don’t feel the need or want to eat out. This Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken has all the qualities of a meal that I love: cheap ingredients, little prep work, and great flavors!

For the salsa, I used my homemade roasted salsa roja.

Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken
Recipe type: Crockpot
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
  • 2 LBS. Boneless/Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Jar of Salsa
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1 can Black Beans rinsed
  • 1 sm. bag Frozen Corn
  • Rice
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar
  1. Place the chicken at the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. In a bowl combine the salsa, taco seasoning, corn, and black beans.
  3. Pour mixture over chicken.
  4. Cook on high 4-6 hours.
  5. Once done, take a fork and shred chicken (this will be very easy).
  6. Prepare rice according to package directions and serve with chicken mixture on top.
  7. Garnish with shredded cheddar and sour cream.


Biannual Blogathon Bash!

Biannual Blogathon Bash

I think this is my 3rd time participating in the Blogathon Bash and I get so much accomplished each time I participate. This time around I have some important things on my task list. I want to thank Kathleen Garber for all the work she puts into the event to make it amazing.

Here are just some of the items on my Task List:

  • Complete Lessons 8 and 9 in my Inspired University BOOST class.
  • Send out some pitch letters for my #DisneySide Party.
    • Update 1/23 12:47pm – Have sent out 2 so far and awaiting replies.
  • Network like crazy with fellow bloggers. I plan on attending all the Twitter parties. They are a lot of fun.
    • Update 1/4 7:54pm -Was able to attend 1 Twitter party on Friday. It fun fun to chat with everyone about Pinterest. Due to some circumstances beyond my control my weekend has kind of been turned upside down. I am hoping to do some more Twitter parties on Sunday, but today has been a wash with the parties.
  • I might tackle some of the challenges.
  • Clean out my email- over 9,000 in just one of my 5 main accounts.



Pulling Back the Shades Book Review

Disclaimer: “I received one or more of the products or services mentioned below for free from Moody Publishers and Authentic Intimacy in hopes that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Book Author(s): Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery
Book Genre: non-fiction, marriage
Number of Pages:
Publisher: Moody
ISBN: 080241088X
My Rating:   5/5 Stars

Book Summary

Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart is a book that exposes the lies behind what 50 Shades of Grey tries to get you to believe and teaches you how to satisfy the longings in a God-given way.

My Thoughts

Ever have a book help you understand yourself better? That is what Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart did for me. The first chapter gave five longings women try to fulfill by reading erotica and why 50 Shades of Grey got so popular. I personally identified with all of the reasons. I had read 50 Shades of Grey, primarily because I wanted to know what all the hoopla was about. After I read it, I kind of fell for the lies. You can even read a comment on one of my friend’s blogs where I defended reading it. I was so wrong [Read more…]