waffle summer

This is fun.


I love making breakfast for the children.  The best thing about summer vacation is that the extra time we have makes it possible to do so.  I’ve been making waffles.

I suppose it has something to do with the moment a few weeks back when my Mom and I were organizing my pantry and we discovered that one of the boys had put my waffle maker back with waffle stuck all over it.  It was shocking. I remembered the day years ago that Rich bought me that wonderful waffle maker from Williams and Sonoma.  I was so proud of it, but had forgotten how much I enjoyed it.  I immediately felt like nurturing my waffle maker again.  As soon as I had extra time again (days later), I took it outside and cleaned the crumbs out of it.  The dog was by my side, eating them out of the grass.  Waffle makers have the potential to be the filthiest appliance in the house if they aren’t perfectly cleaned after each use.  Even the cord itself was coated in old batter.  (I blame the boy who used it last.)

Of course once it was clean again I immediately wanted to use it.



This morning I made cornmeal waffles from a Bed and Breakfast cookbook.  Before I mixed them up, I thinly sliced 2 quarts of strawberries into a fiesta bowl and sugared them.  The kids could put strawberries on their waffles, maple syrup, or both.


Cornmeal Waffles
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons melted butter

In a large bowl beat the eggs and add the milk.  In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients and store into the egg mixture.  Gradually add the melted butter.  Spoon into a greased hot waffle iron, and bake.

Notes:  I use one of those silicone pastry brushes to grease my waffle maker.  Also, I added extra flour to this recipe because I like waffle batter to be thick.


When I made them, only Caleb, Seth, and Sarah were awake.  So all the rest are waiting in a 200 degree oven, waiting for the big kids to wake up and eat them.  Last week we had someone spending the night with the boys and he was so amazed that I had made waffles from scratch that he took a picture of the recipe.



(star wars and elsa)

I have something to say to you that has nothing to do with waffles!

God is Sovereign, is in perfect control of all things.
Jesus had harsh words for hypocrites.
Self-righteousness is a terrible attitude and scares people.
Strange and Unusual Joy is a mark of a Christian.
A key to a content life is purposefully living the one God gave you and enjoying each part of it.
Continuous study and learning…having a curiosity about life and living….is another way to grow in grace.
If you believe in the blessedness of marriage, put extra time and effort into your own.
At some point in the very near future all the children of God will experience the best happy ending in History….and I just cannot wait!!!!

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  

11 thoughts on “waffle summer

  1. Your waffles look delicious, and I wish I had one! They are magazine-worthy. I bought a cheap waffle maker years ago, and my waffle-making ventures were not very successful. I think good equipment to work with makes all the difference in the world.

    • I also want to say that I hope you are okay. It sounds as though someone has done something to offend you. You are so hard on yourself sometime (and I can totally relate to that). I think you are a wonderful mother, daughter and sister (and Christian sister). You have so much talent and creativity. There are always going to be judgmental people out there. Bud always says that when nobody disagrees with you, you’ll probably be dead. God has a specific purpose for each of us, and we just need to concentrate on that, go forth and be secure in the mission we know He has for us, even if NOBODY else agrees with it. YOU know what it is, and that is what is important. That’s easier said than done.

      I am ASSURED that my upcoming hike is what I am supposed to be doing. It might sound crazy and ‘out there’ to some people, but HEY…their life is different than mine. I have no children. We are retired. I’ve supported my husband behind the scenes, applauded his accomplishments, and have encouraged him to do whatever he wants to do. I’ve not done much of anything, it seems sometimes. I have a string of failures and mistakes in my life. Bud fully supports this hike, and he is thrilled for me. And…crazy as it seems…I TRULY believe that what I am going to do is something that is in God’s will. I think it’s part of the plan. But you can bet your booty that I’m still praying about it, because it’s important to me to make sure that I am totally in His will…not someone else’s. There are people in my own family who I think don’t agree with it…and that’s okay. I don’t agree with some of the things they do, either, but that’s between them and God. It’s none of my business, and the truth is, there is NO WAY I can know what God’s will is for their life.

      Jesus said that if you are on the right path, you WILL be maligned, judged, criticized, hated. It has taken me a long time to even begin to get to the point where I can move forward, regardless of what other people think. I have been in a prison, captive to doing what OTHERS think I should do, or being who THEY think I should be, and I am breaking free to do what I think God wants me to do and who He wants me to be…doesn’t matter what others think. I can’t say that I’ve totally arrived, though, because things do still bother me a lot sometimes..but I don’t OWE anyone an explanation for how I live my life, and neither do you.

      You do, indeed, have a beautiful life. I pray that we are both set totally free to love who God made us to be, and to revel in that.

      I guess I am feeling your pain. I have nothing but the utmost admiration for you, and I pray that your day today (and always) is full of joy.

      • Kara, if God put that desire in your heart I am inclined to believe it should be part of your journey!! I can’t wait to see how it goes, I’ve often thought of hiking that trail myself but I think my reason is that I miss being “disconnected” from society. LOL Thank you so much for your care and wondering if maybe I was hurt in some way. I am fine, I actually wrote this out very lightheartedly this morning and would’ve responded sooner but I was away (1 dollar movie monday!). I have had some things on my mind as a result of the news last week….anyway, hugs to you, dear lady!! You are an encourager!

  2. Beautiful post Shanda. We have been making waffles here too—and I also love having the extra time in the summer for making big breakfasts. You have inspired me to take some photos of my own.

  3. I want to try that recipe myself now. Although my waffle maker was lost in the move. Does that recipe translate well to pancakes?

    • Hi Beth, most of the recipes I’ve seen are interchangeable– pancake/waffle so I’m sure it would work! Hope you find your waffle maker at some point!

  4. I love the extra time to do things too! Summer is the best of all! Thoes cornmeal waffles look super good!:)
    I’m sure glad nothing is bothering you.
    I agree. Thankyou for your words of encouragement. Have a great evening! Christina

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