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Baked German Pancakes

German Pancake

First, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F

Then, stir together:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs melted butter or oil
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Finally, stir in without over-mixing:

  • 1/2 cup flour

Butter a pie pan or cast iron skillet with 1 Tbs butter.

Pour the batter into the buttered pan, bake the pancake 12 to 18 minutes (mine took the whole 18 minutes.

Top with seasonal fruit and powdered sugar. Serve with syrup or honey on the side.


For most of my adult life I have seen recipes for German Pancakes but never tried them. Nanny Ash changed my mind. I watched her and one of the quads make a pan of German Pancakes on The Gardner Quad Squad (September 15, 2018) BAM! I had to search for directions! Score!

German Oven Pancake from The RECIPE CRITIC.

Yum! I am going to need a whole lot more practice! What do you suggest?

Debs …on a brisk September morning in Everett, WA (Happy birthday Mom!)

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Road Food

Sending my love with our traveling family

RoadFood 5
Jason is taking his family for a long, hot road trip, across the state (Washington). The girls and 4 dogs (3 of them are really big dogs) in a small car. Ray and I wanted to send road food and something for the girls, to make the trip slightly easier. I’m sure their electronic devices will entertain them and the AC will keep them comfortable, but we really wanted to send our love with this family that shows us their love all year long.

  • RoadFood 3 We made our personal road-food favorites.
  • Summer Heat Chex Mix

We make ours with all organic ingredients including the cereals, kettle chips, raisins, pumpkin seeds and peanuts baked with Indian spices, cayenne pepper and butter. This mix is sort of like the traditional Nutz -n- boltz that Ray’s mom always made for Christmas, but with a summer time taste.

RoadFood 4 Dirty Gourmet Granola

Simple and just sweet enough, this road food has staying power. Made with traditional (organic) ingredients, the thick-cut oatmeal and nuts are filling, while honey, coconut ribbons, and black sesame seeds give a sweetness that keeps us away from the donut shop.

Both of these recipes are from our new favorite camp food cook book, “The Dirty Gourmet”

RoadFood 2 SnackleBoxes

This great idea was all over You Tube. A dollar store tackle box is filled with a variety of sweet and salty snacks. In my home town of Everett, Washington, the Trader Joe’s is right next door to a dollar store. We snagged cheese goldfish, chocolate chip Annie’s Bunnies, TJ’s jellybeans, Airheads, Sourpatch, chocolate covered grahams, white chocolate pretzels, some kind of TJ’s gummy things, and TJ’s corn-nuts. It looks like a lot, but we could have filled 5 more boxes with the extras… or we might have. We only bought snacks we like.

RoadFood 1Are We There Yet” bags

Do you know how difficult it is to find old-fashioned make-up bags? They seemed like a good idea for the extras we packed. I know we will be looking for smaller coloring books for next time. The regular size books did not fit into the bags we finally found. Into these bags we tucked tissues, wet wipes, a pen, crayons, note pads (the old fashioned paper type), paper doll stickers, a few more snacks and those little plastic write-on things (wish I knew what they are called) for tic-tac-toe and hangman. It has been forever since I’ve been in a dollar store. They have great ideas for stuffing these bags.

Have a great time my loves! Honestly, I hope you have more pool time then color book time!

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Back To School

I’m no longer a teacher (sad-face), my son’s are grown up and I have no grandchildren BUT I do have three lovely children whom I pray for. I want to send them Back to School gift boxes. I’m thinking stickers, cookies to tuck into lunches or to have with milk after school, first day picture frames, blah, blah, blah. But what about school supplies?

My three kiddo’s probably want to pick out their own supplies, even so, I want to send something fun. Here is a kewl idea! Now I need to go shopping….

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The quest for camp pizza

We have a 4th of July tradition, Dutch Oven Pizza. It began in the summer of 2015 when we could not afford to turn the key in our vehicle knowing that we could not afford to refill the tank. Determined to not feel depressed or to go on government assistance, we had an awesome year. Summer was the best. That was when we began The great Dutch Oven Pizza Cook Off. That was when I first discovered overnight Pizza Dough. It occurred to us that this would be perfect for camp pizza. Not that there is anything wrong with Trader Joe’s pizza dough. It is inexpensive and quite good. But a family of pizza makers ought to be able to make their own pizza dough.

I’ve lost the recipe we originally used (the guy is famous for having Labradors, I think he lives in Connecticut and has built an outdoor pizza oven from stacked bricks and cement stones) Here is a recipe that comes close…. more to follow.

Overnight Refrigerator Pizza Dough from One Lovely Life

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Celebrate Something!

March 17th is a minor big deal to meSo much to choose from, especially this year (2018) the weather looks like it will be beautiful.

Gram'ma's Cup March 17, 2018

Gram’ma (or maybe great grandma’s) tea cup. Mint green with pink for… everything!

Saint Patrick’s Day

selfie, March 17, 2018 Most of America puts on something green, drinks green beer or maybe has a green milkshake. My own children loved this day. So do I. As a child my mother would tell us that she was Swedish, and the Swede’s wear orange, not green. As a child, school children were serious about giving a good pinch to anyone who did not wear something green on March 17th. My mother is kind and had mercy on us. We always wore green despite her objection to the Irish (?).

My Husband is Scottish. The Scotts also wear orange on March 17th. My sons are almost militant about this. My youngest is deeply in love with a very Irish woman whom we all fell in love with. So this year, I’m all about orange and Kelly-green.

The New Moon

Pink March 17, 2018 In Hebrew, the month is Nisan which apparently indicates that creation has come into bud, new life is about to begin. It is also the month of Aviv, which has to do with barley being in full head but green. In America, we take the name the eastern native-American tribes give this moon cycle, calling it by the romantic name, The Pink Moon, which I’ve read has to do flowering trees. Wherever the name comes from, it is all about Spring!

Pea Planting Season Ray and I built a structure for our Peas yesterday. I usually plant peas on the 17th of March (no matter what the weather), but pushed it ahead a day because this year the 17th is Sabbath and the 18th is not a day not a day for dirt in my fingernails. I planted half a row of Cascadia Snap Peas and half a row of Maestro Shelly Peas. Both are semi-dwarf, meaning that they do need something to climb but they only get about 4-feet tall. Even being a pea hater (exception made for fresh snap peas with plenty of ranch), Ray came and made a chick-wire tunnel to discourage birds and really lazy squirrels. I’ll get back to you in 5 to 14 days with baby pictures.

Shabbat Shalom

Luke March 17, 2018 And Happy New Year, New Moon. It may sound busy, but it is still all about rest in the Almighty and His word. This Parsha (reading) is called VAYIKRA (and He called)

Levitus 1:1 — 6:7 with Ex 12:1-20

Ezekiel 45:16 — 46:18 and Hebrews 10:1-18 and 13:10-15.

It is also the first day on the religious calendar. A day of new beginnings. And, as mentioned earlier, the New Moon, so watch for the waxing (growing) crescent moon. When it is full it will be Passover, start getting ready!

March the 17th, Sleep the 18th!

March 7, 2015 (3) Cake My favorite reason for March 17th? It’s the day before my birthday. Thanks to my mom for always making it a special day. I’ll be 61 this year and it still feels special. Ray is the one who makes it a special these days. So do my children. My brother even sent me a text offering to buy me a drink.

My Peas are all planted, so I am free to do whatever I want to do. I am blessed!

Debs at the Toy Box Urban Farm

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Up Potting Special Sweet Peas

On January 25th my sister-in-law had her last radiation treatment. Hallelujah! 

Sweet Peas March 4
First, I need to get this out of the way… I hate the multi-million dollar cancer treatment cartel as much as I hate cancer. I could not say that while my sister was getting her treatments. I respect the road she chose. I fully support her. Now that she is done, I can say what I feel. Done!

Sweet Peas March 4, 2018 I wanted to do something to mark the moment. I am a simple woman. When I say I am simple, I mean that I am not clever or talented. I know how to embroider but I do not do other crafts, so something cute and crafty was out. I have a talent for making fussy cookies (who doesn’t?) but sugar feeds cancer, so that was not an option. What could I possibly offer? What could I do?

Sweet Peas 5 March 4, 2018 I know how to push seeds into dirt!

In late January what was I going to plant for someone who is good at planting gardens. Humm, there probably wasn’t anything I could grow that would reflect well on my talent (pushing seeds into dirt) but never mind, I would plant something to celebrate “No More Radiation! But what, other then onions, can I grow? (who celebrates onions besides me?)

Sweet Peas 4 March 4, 2018 Sweet Peas! Peas don’t seem to mind cold weather or short days. They can handle a light freeze. I’ll grow sweet-peas! It was easy to find a dwarf variety to put into large pots. Little Sweetheart.

So into the deep-root break-away planters went a package of (soaked overnight in a wet paper towel) sweet pea seed. I waited.

Sweet Peas 3 March 4, 2018 Every year I think I have lost my green-thumb. Let seed stay hidden in the ground just a day or three longer then the early germination day and I start to panic. How did I kill the babies before they could even arch up out of the dirt?

Silly me, they always come up eventually. And my sweet peas did eventually come up. Bright and cheery! A promise of flowers to come. Maybe I’m not a killer of green life after all.

Sweet Peas 2 March 4, 2018 Today, I divided the little green plants into two nice, big planters. A heavy blue stone pot and a light weight foam planter that isn’t as difficult to pick up and move when I need to. One will probably go to Sheri’s beautiful house for the summer. I’m jazzed!

While I was at it, I planted a big planter of spring salad (with a viola to finish my salads!) and put a root-bound pot of crocuses into the side garden. What a great day!

Luke 1 March 4, 2018 I came in, washed up and sent a picture of the up-potted sweet peas to Sheri, letting her know that I am still celebrating! She shot a text right back at me letting me know that she is feeling like her old self again. She thought the pot of baby sweet peas looked great!

Oh, by the way…. she asked if I had heard that her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

I have to remind myself that God is good even though cancer is a mean monster. He loves, He is merciful, and is coming again soon. I also remind myself that our tears are precious to him.

Debs in Everett, Washington… crying, praying, feeling strong and encouraged. Some times it is like a cycle, wash, rinse, repeat. Even so, it is well with my soul.

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Day 5; Sweet Onion

Celebrating Ten Hours of Daylight, 2018

Sweet Onion February 14, 2018
Today is Valentine’s Day. The plan was to find a place to go bird watching, make a fire in our bio-stove and stir-fry lunch. Ray, who loves sweet onions as much as a person can love onions, suggested that we go to Mt Vernon, Washington to the Natural Foods Co-op, who are known to offer local, organic seed selections. Score! They had the Sweet Onion we were looking for, Ailsa Craig. They are now in a pot in the greenhouse, I’ll get back to you on their progress in 4 to 14 days.

Lake McMurry February 14, 2018 Did I mention that it is Valentine’s Day? Neither of us feel very well yet, but we did not want to let the day go by un-celebrated. We had lunch, we had binoculars and cameras, we even had a place, Lake McMurry, on the way home from Mt Vernon (skip the freeway). We also had slush and the trailing edge of the flue we had last week. Our heads ache. I got out long enough to let Rudy stretch his legs before getting right back into the truck, where both of us decided to bag it, go home, eat our cheese and crackers in bed and get over these headaches before Bible study tonight. It was a good decision, AND I got a pot of those sweet onions into a pot.

Selfie, February 14, 2018 The weird part of today? We enjoyed ourselves. We like being together. Lord willing, there will be other bird watching days, other picnics, but there is no one else for either of us.

Hope you made someone smile, knowing they are loved by you today. Maybe tomorrow I will start celery and celeriac, Happy Valentine’s Day

Debs in Everett, Washington

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