Saturday’s Seven -Our Favorite Breakfast Cake and Some Book Recommendations-

My friend Hollie is sharing today on her blog a list of seven things –happenings– in her family, I decided I will jump in and share the Saturday’s Seven around here…

1. Today is one of those quiet, slow Saturdays in which we had breakfast at noon.

2. Talking about breakfasts, a favorite breakfast cake in our home comes from Alexandra’s kitchen: Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake. Note that I always double the recipe and we eat it all during the weekend. I also like to make scrambled eggs with pesto,  or with goat cheese and herbs, or chives and cream cheese, or even with sun-dried tomatoes and grated manchego cheese. Bacon or breakfast sausages on the side are most welcome.

Coffee, of course, is always ready when the sun starts to come in through our windows.

3. I have been enjoying the new blog that some of my friends started a while ago. It is called Out of the Ordinary, I would like to encourage you to subscribe to it and read it on a regular basis. There is so much that I have to learn from God-fearing, Word-loving women like them.

4. It is really sad to see how many young evangelical women are embracing feminism. Some of my friends and I have been seeing this problem in our different countries, which tells us that it is an issue that we need to be ready to address no matter where we live. Feminism is a disease that is creeping into the church and we need to stand firm against it.

I just finished reading Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate: A Complementarian Response to the Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic by Reaoch. This is a book that you don’t just read, it is a book that you study. You need to sit down with a notebook, a pen, and your Bible. I recommend this book to those women  who really want to understand the gender debate and are willing to go deeper.

This week I started reading, The Feminist Mistake by Kassian, I will perhaps, write a review (only if time permits it). Some other books on this topic that are highly recommended are:  God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says About Men and Women by Claire SmithWhat’s The Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible by John Piper, and Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by McCulley.


5. A wonderful book for children that I am loving is Wise Words: Family Stories that Bring the Proverbs to Life.  The description says (and I agree),

“In the tradition of Grimm’s fairytales, Peter Leithart has produced a wonderful collection of whimsical, yet meaningful, bedtime stories. The characters in each story are as varied as the biblical proverbs they reveal. Meet a chatty squirrel with a secret, or find out what happens when you run up against the Ministry of Nasty Smells. Sure to delight children ages five and up, but no promises they’ll be asleep by the time the story’s over.”

6. I can’t believe I am already on day 52 of my photography challenge “100 Days of Books.” It has been so much fun!  Many of you have been visiting me there… Thank you!

7. I am thinking about having someone redesigning my blog. I have an idea in my mind that I know you all will love. Sometimes changing the look of a place is good, don’t you think? We’ll see if it happens soon.

Happy Weekend, my friends!



@ The Dermer Family

Cinnamon+ Cardamom+ Garlic+ Fresh Ginger= Best Spicy Grilled Chicken

I promised to share this recipe with my friend Robin, and because it is so simple and so yummy, I thought YOU would also like to have it.

Spicy Grilled Chicken
adapted from the book Gold’n Delicious (a book recommended to me by my dear friend Teri)

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in stripes.
5 cloves garlic, minced.
2 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 tbs catchup
1 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp water

1. In a medium bowl combine garlic, ginger, salt, red pepper, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom (note: I used my coffee grinder to grind the cinnamon, pepper and cardamom… gotta love the fresh ground spices!)

2. Stir in the catchup, vinegar and water.

3. Marinate the chicken breasts in this sauce for about two hours.

4. Grill and enjoy!

I love to serve this with my sister’s Couscous recipe:

Couscous with Cranberries and Chives

3 cups of couscous
3 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup diced chives
salt to taste
olive oil

*optional: the juice of one lime

1. Add the boiling water to the couscous. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
2. Add the cranberries, chives, salt to taste and some olive oil (and the lime juice if you chose to add it)
3. Mix carefully.
4. serve at room temperature.

¡Buen provecho!


Grilled Peaches and Figs Pizza


Sorry, don’t keep looking, I don’t have a nice photo for this yummy recipe. Actually let me tell you that a few months ago I got a book- that I am planning to read and eventually use- on how to photograph food, but it is still sitting on one of my bookshelves. I have not yet figured out how to multi-task cooking and photography. It is always the same, I remember about the picture just when we finished eating, and I don’t think a plate with crumbs will make a good photo. So I ask you to bear with me and use your imagination. Believe me this is very yummy!

You will need your favorite pizza dough, and for each pizza:

2 large ripe, but not too soft, peaches (cut in thick slices)
3 firm figs (cut in fourths)
Parmigian cheese, the real thing and thinly sliced. (as much as your family likes)
5 slices of prosciutto or jamón serrano.
some fresh leaves of basil.
olive oil.
pressed garlic for the base.
tomato paste.

Don’t forget to pre-heat the oven at 250ºC (yes, it is your turn to do the math here, unless you are Canadian or Mexican like myself) Consider that most recipes will ask you to put your pizza dough in the oven for about 10 mins. before putting all the toppings.

Now, in a large skillet in high flame, grill the peaches and figs until caramelized (be careful, do not overcook!), can you just imagine the flavor! Well, get your bottle of olive oil and drizzle a little bit over it. Remove from the flame and set apart.

Wendy Hollender artist

Spread tomato paste (not too much, I used only a little), garlic, some olive oil, the fruit, prosciutto, cheese, and basil (in that order) on top of your pizza (that by this time should be cooked somehow).

Bake for 15 mins or until cheese is soft. Real Parmigian cheese sliced won’t melt like a Mozzarella, you want to keep that in mind.

Enjoy with a good glass of wine.

Life is a feast because God has set a table before His children; let us enjoy the good things He has provided for us!


How to Start Your Mornings, and Two New Recipes Added to Our Repertoire

Mornings can be beautiful or awful, and we moms have the “power” to make them either. What about instead of “Hurry up!” our first words to our children are:

“This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118: 24

These are the  first words I love my children to hear every morning; and the words I speak to myself every morning as I wake up, and believe it or not, they can help you open your eyes without grumbling!

Isaac Watts wrote a beautiful hymn based on this Psalm, the first stanza says,

This is the day the Lord hath made;
He calls the hours his own;
Let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad,
And praise surround the throne.

Another way we can make mornings beautiful is by cooking a yummy breakfast. This week we tried one new breakfast recipe from my Pinterest board, “Good Morning, Breakfast is Ready”: Blueberry Crumb Cake

The Pioneer Woman

Yes, it was as delicious as it looks.

My girls also wanted to try a new recipe that some suggest is perfect for breakfast, but my girls thought it was perfect for dinner. (I guess some of our American friends are influencing us with their “breakfast for dinner habits”) This recipe comes from my board, “Sweets for Sweets Moments”: Red Velvet Crepês filled with a Mascarpone Cream Filling. My oldest girl decided to reduce the sugar, and I loved the results. They are very, very, very yummy.


The third thing I made from Pinterest this week is agree with what this poster says:


So, excuse me, ladies… coffee is ready and waiting for me!

“This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118: 24

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Wednesday's World of Work

How to Make a Book Prettier, A Lovely Candle, and a Lunch Recipe

Some of us are starting this week to pray through the Valley of Vision (13 weeks, 3x’s a day -Would you join us?-), and I think that most of us own the paperback edition which to be true, and I will say this quietly, it is not very pretty. So one day, I decided I would make mine prettier. Of course, I ran over to my Mom’s because she is definitely more talented than I am; and well, I convinced her to make a new cover for my books the easiest way possible (I we also made one for one of my favorite books, Practical Religion by R.C. Ryle, because of the same reasons: a not so pretty cover, go see what I am talking about here.)

What is my secret to have a pretty cover? No needles and thread, but glue!

The result is this:

Practical Religion by Ryle


Now you know, if you don’t want to spend your money on the leather edition, get the paperback and make it special. (Isn’t this another great idea for Christmas or birthday gifts?)

This week I have made two things that I found over at Pinterest, a lovely candle and a yummy recipe.

First the candle. I have seen it on Pinterest but was unsure how it worked, but after Katie Lloyd reviewed it I decided we needed to make it; and yes it works pretty well, and certainly looks very pretty. We used grapefruit instead of clementines, just because that is what I had at hand.


The “twig” is part of the fruit itself and the fuel is olive oil. (We made a second one and tried to use canola oil instead, but it never burned)

And lastly, a yummy lunch recipe. A recipe I needed to share because some of my friends are running out of ideas and serve their family breakfast for lunch, while others feed their family on chocolate and “throw them a few organic carrots once in a while to make themselves feel better”! 🙂  (Yes, you guessed, this is an “inside joke”!)

The recipe comes also from PinterestRoasted Grapes with Thyme, Fresh Ricotta & Grilled Bread from Alexandra’s Kitchen. The picture is hers, I did not even try to take one of mine, hers is just perfect.

I really recommend you to try this one; it is delicious, easy and looks perfect on your plate!

Enjoy the rest of your week, and rejoice in Him who gives us our breath every second.


Wednesday's World of Work

>From Michelle’s Kitchen to Yours -Breakfast Muffins-

>Michelle who blogs at Losing Michelle sent me this wonderful recipe for breakfast muffins to share with you; and as soon as I received it, I looked for the first opportunity to bake them for my family. The result: Big smiles and crumbs all over the table.

By Michelle Sneed

1 pound of sausage
1 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1 can of cheddar cheese soup
3 cups of Biscuick
2 tbs of butter/margarine
3/4 cup of milk

Brown your sausage and drain.
Mix with shredded cheese and Bisquick.
Add butter, milk, and soup and stir.

Spoon into a greased muffin tin and bake approx. 20 minutes. Makes 24!

I usually bag up 12 for the week and throw twelve in the freezer to pull out on Sunday for church! Makes preparing for worship much easier!

In my country we can’t find Bisquick, so I found this way to substitute it:


Biscuit Mix Substitute
For each 1 cup biscuit mix (like Bisquick) called for in a recipe, use 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening.

Happy baking!


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