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Pearls of Wisdom: the Grace of Providence

I ran across this little pearl of wisdom while perusing some of my favorite blogs (that I used to have time to read all the time) over the weekend.  As I was catching up on Tammy at Wing and a Prayer Farm‘s lamb and goat shearing, and lambing, and exciting farm news (one day I WILL HAVE GOATS AND LAMBS AND CHICKENS), I stopped in my tracks at this poetic gem in the midst of the farm news, and I knew that I just had to share it.

grace of providence, wing and a prayer farm | oysters and pearls

“…the grace of providence, how much more beautiful life is when you’re open to working with the blowing wind instead of being consumed with how to build a shelter against it.”
– Tammy, Wing and a Prayer Farm

Isn’t that the truth?  I’m reminded every. single. day. that God instructs us to pray for our daily bread.  Not to be be consumed with collecting enough bread to stockpile for days ahead, but to trust Him to provide for us each and every day.  And I’m reminded so often that when we do trust him, when we work with the blowing wind, and only worry about our daily bread, we are gifted the most divine solutions to our problems, and everything always works out as it should.  As I get ready to embark on the greatest adventure of all time in a couple of weeks, this is a prayer I intend to repeat daily and a sentiment I’ll keep close to my heart.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.’”Exodus 16:4 (NLT)

2 weeks until Baby Kirbo’s arrival! Unless he or she decides to make an appearance sooner. :)

until next time | oysters and pearls

Pregnancy Craving: Buttermilk Pancakes

Happy Friday!  I have been wanting pancakes for quite some time for some reason (also known as being knocked up), so the past two weekends I’ve indulged and made some.  Since it’s FRIDAY, and there’s another weekend upon us, I thought some of y’all might want to make some thick, fluffy, delicious, homemade buttermilk pancakes this weekend, too.

I used the excuse that I needed to test my new Blanc Creatives skillet that my parents gave us for Christmas. But that was just an excuse.  You don’t really need an excuse besides the age old it’s-the-weekend-and-you-want-pancakes excuse.

Fluffly Pancake Recipe | oysters and pearls

  1. The Blanc Creatives skillet is amaze-balls.  No other way to say it.  It’s like cast iron that NEVER sticks.  It also makes badass pancakes.
  2. This pancake recipe is super simple and makes super fluffy, thick, pancakes.  I highly recommend.

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

ingredients

1.5 cups (or 8.5 ounces) all purpose flour
3.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 cup (11 ounces) buttermilk
1 large egg
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

instructions

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk, egg, and butter. Mix until smooth.  Cook over medium-low heat in a non-stick skillet until you can flip it (until there are one or two bubbles coming up through the top of the pancake).  Store on a plate in a microwave until you can serve a stack of ’em.

Optional Mix-Ins: for a healthier version, I like to add in a couple tablespoons of ground flax and a couple tablespoons of chia seeds!  It makes me feel slightly better about eating pancakes.  And would be a good way to sneak them in for kids!

Blanc Creatives Skillet and Homemade Pancakes | oysters and pearls

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes on Blanc Creatives Skillet | oysters and pearls

Yup, practically perfect in every way.  No expertise required.  Half the battle is finding a not-too-runny pancake recipe, and this one fits the bill.  Add in chocolate, blueberries, bananas, whatever.  Top with syrup (cane syrup, if you’re here in South Georgia), and LOTS of butter (if you’re me).  Just be sure you make them.  I’ve decided my favorite way to eat them is still just plain, with butter, topped with fruit and a little syrup.  Or instead of syrup and fruit, I like to top them with jelly or jam. :)

HAPPY WEEKENDING!

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Pearls of Wisdom: Liz Gilbert

Tuesday afternoon/evening, I took myself on a date.

  

I left work a little early, took myself to Tallahassee, did a little window shopping (and bought not a single thing… does this mean I’m growing up?), went to dinner, and then to a show.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, most especially her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.   As it happens, Liz Gilbert came to Tallahassee as part of the (what used to be Seven Days of…) Opening Nights at FSU.  

  

She spoke at Ruby Diamond Auditorium Tuesday night, and I went all by my lonesome, and it was wonderful.  I’m so grateful to have taken an entire afternoon and night to be with myself.  It could be quite a while before I get that chance again, as le bebe is set to arrive the first week of May!

Liz Gilbert - Women Who Wait | oysters and pearls

In addition to being one grateful introvert for time spent alone and unhurried, I was so grateful to have been able to hear Liz Gilbert speak.  She speaks just as she writes, and she is inspiring, motivating, witty, entertaining, down to earth, and so, so funny.   I was furiously jotting down notes when I remembered to do so, and I came away with two favorite quips from Liz.  I couldn’t decide which one I liked best for this graphic, so I made both.

Liz Gilbert on Authenticity

Enjoy.

And if you ever get the chance to see Liz in person, don’t miss it!

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