Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

I have so much fun writing my Friday Favorites posts! I love looking back on the week and piecing together my favorite stories, moments, recipes, and any other miscellaneous things that are too good not to share! We have had a great week, and now that it’s Friday, we are worn out and ready for the weekend! Sometimes as parents, weekends seem just like every other day of the week as they start out with a 6 or 7 am wake-up call. But here’s to hoping that this weekend is slower, more relaxing, and fun, of course!

One of my favorite moments of the week: On Saturday, we were at our friend Scarlett’s first birthday party. The older kids were excited to go outside and play, even though it was pretty chilly. Steve went out with Nolan so he didn’t wander off into the woods. When I peeked outside at them, I saw this scene, and my heart melted! Nolan was up to bat for the first time using a stick from the woods. Nolan got his first hit ever—and off of a professional baseball player no less (my friend Nikki’s husband Josh)!

I am loving my new “Sinful” nail colors! Yesterday, I did a post all about nail polish techniques and tricks. It’s hard to get polish to stay on while running around with two little kids, so I gave some tips that I use to get a lasting at-home manicure. Astleigh and I also did an Every Girl Link-Up yesterday, so there are some other great nail polish posts to check out!

This has been my FAVORITE week weather-wise. On Monday, it was 75 degrees and heavenly! We haven’t had much rain, it’s been sunny nearly every day, and I have officially broken out the sandals. I definitely missed the ease and comfort of sandals! I posted this particular outfit on Wednesday, if you missed it. :)

The boys have spent some good hours in the backyard, and Ephraim now throws fits when he has to come inside!

Those knees kill me!! ;)


Last night, I made one of our favorite breakfast-for-dinner meals! Oven Pancake (or Pannekoek) is so delicious, and my boys shovel it down!

This is all you do:

Preheat the oven to 425. Melt 6 Tablespoons of butter in a 13x9-inch glass pan for a couple of minutes while the oven is heating up. Mix 6 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt with a fork until blended. (There will be lumps). Pour the batter into the 13x9, over the butter.

Bake for 25 minutes, then sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar! Serve with syrup and fresh fruit if you have it!

The sides rise up (and sometimes the middle), but this is okay. They’ll relax. :)

Ephraim has a favorite song. . . It’s “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective. We have listened to it every day for months—and it makes him so happy! Several times a day, he will clap to signal to me that he wants to listen to his song. 

I was having the worst time getting E to lay down on his back to get his diaper changed. Tired of fighting him, I decided to play “My Lighthouse” on my phone every time I needed to change him. It has been working like a charm! He lays there calmly and claps to the music! Totally adorable. Even though I’m quite tired of the song, I would do anything to make this boy happy!

I found one of my favorite quotes on a journal at TJ Maxx yesterday! Isn’t it so true?

“I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.” C.S. Lewis.

The other night, we were watching a Candace Cameron Bure film called, “Finding Normal”. I LOVE Candace, and I thought the movie was a super cute romantic comedy—perfect for a Saturday night at home! It definitely had a “Sweet Home Alabama” vibe, where a self-centered city girl meets a selfless country boy and starts to see life in a whole new perspective.

I want to give you the chance to see this movie—and many other faith-based films as well!

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These are the next three movies that Steve and I will be watching on gMovies: “Amazing Love” with Sean Astin, “Far From Home” with Barry Watson, and the documentary, “The Road to Emmaus, PA”.

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  1. Love the first picture! Such a sweet moment.
    Monday's weather was perfection. I wish it would stay!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. You had me at that donut picture. This has been my favorite weather week so far too – sunshine can so brighten your mood! Love breakfast for dinner and that looks delicious! I love Candace too, she's such great lady! I'm definitely going to have to check out that movie!

  3. I love that C.S. Lewis quote! And I've been meaning to watch Finding Normal, maybe I'll have to get around to that this weekend :)

  4. That oven pancake looks SO good! And your boys are just the cutest! Have a lovely weekend with your sweet family :)

  5. Those oven pancakes look delicious! My girls love pancakes; i'm sure they'd love those too! Have a great weekend!

  6. Yeh for Nolan! I swear every week you post those donuts I must go get some! Thankfully I have been able to hold back so far! Have a great weekend Rachel!

  7. I always love your donut pictures! They get me craving them in a BAD way.

    Oven pancake?? Yes please!!!

    Have a great weekend, Rachel!

  8. My family calls Oven Pancakes, German Pancakes! They are so yummy! I also love the C.S. Lewis quote:)

  9. I'm definitely making those pancakes tomorrow morning! I've never heard of gmovies, how cool!

  10. Love your shirt in #3! I've broken out the sandals too and I'm not going back!


Thank you so much for your comments! I enjoy reading each one!


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