Today's guest blogger is my daughter-in-law (who is also a pastor's wife) Cindy. She's right - this is the appliance every pastor's wife must have - a crepe maker. Over the years I've made crepes with a staid women's group, high school kids and any time we had company who didn't know each other well. (Oh, and sometimes just to have fun!) Making crepes always, always gets people talking and laughing. Thanks to Cindy and the Northern Munchkin Cooking Show Crew. MAKING CREPES Due to having a pastor's wife for a mother-in-law, I got a lot of good ideas for fun entertaining. One of my favorites is having people over to make crepes. (And for a bonus, Linda bought me a crepe maker and cookbook for Christmas!) Whether you invite a few people or 30 people, making crepes is an informal way to have a gathering at your house. Each person makes his or her own crepe, and you can even ask everyone to bring a favorite dessert topping, creating quite a variety of choices. Here's how to make a basic dessert crepe: 2 large eggs 1 cup milk 1/3 cup water 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 Tbs sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbs butter, melted, plus 2 to 3 tsps for coating the pan Toppings: chocolate or strawberry sauce, candy (like M&M's, whoppers, peanut butter cups, Andes candies, etc), fruit (strawberries, blueberries, bananas, etc), maple syrup, jams, honey, nuts, whipped creme. . . . Mix the ingrediants together, whisking until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When you are ready to cook the crepes, thoroughly stir the batter again. Heat the crepe maker, butter the top, and then dip the crepe maker into the batter. Set it back down on the counter, and wait about 1 minute, or until the edges are turning brown. With a spatula, slide the crepe onto a plate. Now comes the fun part. Fill the crepe with ice cream and roll it up. (My kids didn't take the time to roll the crepe--they just wanted to eat it.) Top the crepe off with whatever kind of toppings you like. Even though only one person can make a crepe at a time, eveybody else is talking, playing games, or watching the crepe making. It's fun, easy on the hostess, and everybody gets to make a great dessert.