dsc_0993Well, it’s Saturday and my two weeks of vacation have vanished into cyberspace or  wherever it is that time goes when you try to grasp it and it disappears. I wish I could tell you that I’ve spent hours doing research to inspire you with new and creative PW ideas, but alas I’ve cleaned drawers, made green goopy things, scrubbed floors, finished Christmas shopping, visited with friends and had some great family time.  And now again, the real world begins.

Just to get us started again for 2009 – here’s an idea that doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out or even an intelligent, I-have-everything-organized pastor’s-wife, but it might be something you’ve never thought of before – so I’ll share.

We do this in our family, but it could work if you have an extended-time activity at church like a workday, lock-in or people working on a building project. If you have a lot of people around who will be having multiple glasses of soda, water, iced tea, whatever – and yet you don’t want to purchase a trillion or so cups – put a sharpie or other type of permanent marker by the cups and have people write their name on their cup.

A cup and a sharpie is one of the first things handed to you at our family gatherings – so you can keep track of  YOUR cup all day.


Allison, a pastor’s wife from Wisconsin, shared pictures from the annual Christmas open house she and her husband do for the church.

First of all, notice the wall decoration – Allison wrapped the pictures on her wall. What a great and easy idea for an instant and inexpensive decoration! She found the candle tree at Crate and Barrel at last year’s after Christmas sale for $12.00. 









Here are some of the great things that she served!



























And I loved the picture of the shoes!



dsc_0583I know it’s not Friday, but I heard a great idea on the radio this morning and I thought I’d pass it on. Even if you don’t want to use it on Thanksgiving – it’s a good idea to begin a Bible study on thankfulness.

The talk show host was saying that as guests and family members arrive at her house for Thanksgiving dinner, they’re given a piece of paper. They’re to write down three things for which they’re thankful – but they aren’t to be the usual family and friends, but are to be more specific. When people are done writing, they put the paper in a bowl (or other container). Before dinner, someone reads the lists and others guess whose thankfulness list is being read.


dsc_0757 Remember – you need to ask for a crepe maker for Christmas!

They’re great conversation starters – especially when you ask your guests to create their own crepes.

Here’s another good gift for the pastor’s wife – especially for all those potluck dinners you’ll be going to during your life.

You know how everyone’s pan looks the same? Well, this decorative pan keeps you from losing yours – unless there is more than one you in your church!




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.


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

 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.