Monthly Archives: June 2012

Roasted Strawberry Brown Butter Pancakes

Oh my.  Does that look heavenly or what?  You’re going to want to make these come Saturday morning if you’re a weekend-bakers-anonymous like me.  They’re healthy and deeelicious.  This recipe by How Sweet It Is is a definite keeper and I will be repeating this anonymous act come Saturday morning.  You watch me.

Never roasted strawberries before?  I hadn’t either, but they are YUMo with a capital YUM.  Besides, they’re 99 cents at Aldi this week.  What better time than now…

Roasted Strawberry Brown Butter Pancakes

serves 3-4

1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 egg, lightly beaten

1-1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toss sliced strawberries with olive oil and a pinch of salt, then lay on a nonstick baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until juicy and caramely. While strawberries are roasting, heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until brown bits form on the bottom, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup milk, egg and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until just combined, then stir in brown butter (get all the brown bits from the pan!) and 1/4 of the roasted strawberries. If batter isn’t smooth or is too thick, add additional milk. (The strawberries will add liquid to the batter so you may need to add a little more milk if needed, based on your strawberries.)

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of butter to the griddle and using a 1/4 cup measure, spoon batter into pan. Cook until bubbles form on top, then flip and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Top with remaining roasted strawberries and syrup.

Source: How Sweet It Is

By the way, thank you all for pinning my Memorial Day recipe like wild fire.  You all are seriously the best.  If you haven’t checked it out…it’s HERE.  And it would be the perfect thing for the Fourth of July with its’ red, white, and blue.  Or any other day.  Don’t limit yourself.

our weekend :: a little late

our internet connection went out today.  i know…excuses, excuses!  since i could not for the life of me picture taking the three schooners to starbucks with me so as to get up the weekly weekend post…it’s coming at you a little late today.  forgive me please.

/1./ music.  we met up with church friends for an outdoor music night at utica square.  someday i will do a complete post on the square.  when i found it here, i was sorta ok with giving up my pottery barn outlet in SC and outdoor dining in downtown greenville.  /2./ boys.  the menfolk take a break and go to a drillers baseball game on friday night.  jeff on the left, stevo {hot hubs} in the middle, and casey on the right.  /3./ VBS.  i have such fond memories of vacation bible school growing up.  i felt so grown up dropping my emma claire off all week.  those moments hit you sometimes: i’m doing what my mom used to do.  it sinks hard sometimes!  ”time, please slow down and give me a chance to catch up.” /4./ baking.  i haven’t made a bonified baking-with-sugar recipe in a while.  i gave up on being healthy last week after the fourth meal in a row at mcdonalds. i had had no time to go to the grocery store and was hustling back and forth between houses.  but those muffins…oh those muffins.  i even went so far as to make the crumb topping.  and it was good.  stevo kissed me extra long that day. /5./ deck.  ever since we left our beautiful deck in sc, i’ve missed it.  this house has a gorgeous one off of the living areas and it’s perfect for riding bikes.  /6./ tired.  sundays are just hard for kids.   there’s just no way around it.  keller usually doesn’t make it home before falling asleep.  we live a lot closer to our church now, so maybe that will help!  and yes.  that is a quick trip sign you see in the background.  and yes. we did get some diet coke.  sue me.  /7./ friends.  it’s been so nice to be closer to our friends here in the “big town”.  although, we miss out little town friends just as much now!  what could be better than hanging out on a summer night, eating mexican food, playing with the family dog, swimming in the pool, and swinging on a rope swing? nothin comes to mind, except eternity with Jesus. /8./ frappacino. it is hitting triple digits…weather-wise this week.  a free, iced caramel frappachino from starbucks hits the spot after church.  /9./ groceries.  finally made it to the grocery store after church.  i was so sick of french fries and happy meals.  i bought wheat flour, bananas, oats, honey…you know the drill.  i swear my stomach is already doing better. steven cut the kiss short that night.

just kidding. :)

Coffee Chat

Random thoughts on a Saturday afternoon…


confession.  i have been getting too little sleep this week and relying on diet coke to get me through.  withdrawal is hitting today as i tell my body, “no more!”  that stuff is pure evil with a capitol E.  69-cent signs luring me from quick trip convenience stores do not help while i’m on the go.


just wanted to make sure you all knew we did not buy a house here…yet.  the one we’re in now is a temporary house that’s gorgeous, but on the market.  i feel like that old hymn, “this ain’t my home, i’m just passin through…”

you can bet it has not stopped me from nesting and making it beautiful {to me} while we’re here. i am sharing the rooms i get complete as i go.  i have some simple DIY projects i’m working on and hope to share here as i get things checked off my list.  i thank God for this little blog and the space i have to share my love for design.


i’m now following thomas murphy on pinterest.  you really should too.  it’s like i’ve been introduced to a whole new world of original designs i never knew existed, but always wanted them to…and now i can’t get enough.  {i realize i just exposed the complete design nerd in me.  but if you’re here, you probably already know that.}  these industrial, black & white, minimalistic designs he pins have me itching to buy a warehouse or a loft apartment or a farm house on the cheap that needs to be fixed up.

steven finds that scary.


speaking of fixer uppers, the one we flipped is back on the market in the upstate of SC after being under contract for a month.  we’re sad, but content.  God has the perfect people out there for that house.  view the listing HERE if you think you might be those people.


while walking through home depot, i spotted these pendant lights.  i stopped dead in my tracks.  “they’re getting it,” i thought to myself.  home depot is finally getting it.  then i kept walking because i didn’t have a house to buy them for, or people i could give them to for a house warming present.  that might be a weird house warming present anyway.  i would love something like that you know.


i love a good yard sale.  as i was driving back and forth through our new neighborhood on moving day i kept seeing signs for one and so i stopped.  i was so glad i did.  this banana republic bag in perfect condition was just laying there calling my name.  price tag was for $10, but they offered to give it to me for $5.

sold.  that made my day. :)




i’ve been thinking a lot about grace, specifically God’s grace, the past few weeks.  how i need it.  i flipped to this portion of the book i’m reading {quoted below} and it hit home for me and all my jumbled thoughts on grace lately.

how to give it.  how to receive it.  how to grasp God’s kind of grace.

this portion from the book by Tim Keller condensed the concept for me and helped me re-understand…

“Without an experience of God’s grace, people who feel they have succeeded in life feel confident but are not humble before others who are wrongdoers. People who feel they have largely failed in life are humble but not confident and joyful.  

But the gospel transforms us so our self-understanding is no longer based on our performance in life.  We are so evil and sinful and flawed that Jesus had to die for us.  We were so lost that nothing less than the death of the divine Son of God could save us.  But we are so loved and valued that he was willing to die for us.  The Lord of the universe loved us enough to do that!  So the gospel humbles us into the dust at the very same time exalts us to the heavens.  We are sinners but completely loved and accepted in Christ at the same time.  How do you get the power of grace?  You can’t create this power; you can only reflect it to others if you have received it.  If you see Jesus dying on the cross for others, forgiving the people who killed him, that can be a crushing example of forgiving love that you will never be able to live up to.  But if instead you see Jesus dying on the cross for you, forgiving you, putting away your sin, that changes everything.  He saw your heart to the bottom but loved you to the skies.”

isn’t that beautiful? “He saw your heart to the bottom but loved you to the skies.”  

thanks for the chat.  keller’s awake and wanting to play with light bulbs.  and the girls are ready to go swimming.

see you monday!