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Egg Waffles

This is one of our favorite breakfast treats! It hails from Hong Kong where it is served as a street food. It is super easy to make but it is sure to impress the most important guests. These taste light and fluffy, crisp around the edges. Sweet but not overly sweet. We serve them with powdered sugar and fresh fruit, but you can top them with butter and syrup, blue agave, you can roll them and stuff the inside like a cone with ice cream or fresh fruit and whipped cream. Or even make savory ones. 


4 Free range egg yolks
6 Free range egg whites
3/4 Cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoons vanilla extract
6 Tablespoons melted grass fed butter
3/4 Cup organic raw sugar
1 1/4 Cups organic flour
1 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1/8 Teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

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In the mixer beat egg yolks, milk, vanilla, butter and sugar until combined. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk egg yolk mixture into dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Beat egg whites until they are medium stiff. Add to batter in 3rds folding gently. Heat both sides of the egg waffle pan on the stove over medium heat. Baste pan with butter. Pour 3/4 cup of batter into a pan, place the other side over the top and gently squeeze. Cook for 1-2 minutes on either side or until golden brown. Remove to a plate and top with whatever you wish.

What Is In A Name?

What is in a name?

I mean there are tons of them. Bill, Bob, Sue, Sarah.

How about this name?


It means God With Us

How radical is that? Why did he give us a reminder of who he is and where
He is, in relation to us? 

When we look at Jesus, at his amazing name we can see how amazing God's love for us is. 

He reminds us

When we wake up and can't believe we are where we are.

When it seems that our sins have made it impossible for us to just come to Him.

When the road behind us seems too long to forget, too long to forgive.

When there feels like there is no way back.

When we have burned more bridges than we can even count.

When we have hurt more people than we can count.
When we look in the mirror and don't even know how we got so far off track. 

When we feel like there is no way to forgiveness and restoration.

Next time I am discouraged Lord, Remind me.

Next time I am fearful, remind me, Lord

Next time I think there is no way back Father, remind me.

Remind me of your name.

God with us. 

Help me to remember this Lord, Help me remember and not doubt.  Help me to forever see that I don't need to fear because you are "God with us".  You are "God with me".


Matthew 18:12 

Psalm 119:176

What do these verses speak to you in light this?

Holy Land Tour | Masada

Israel – Day 2 Stop 3


I was driving to the office and listening to “The Daniel Prayer” by Anne Graham Lotts. (I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!) Being convicted, I started praying fervently. I often pray while driving to work. It’s so nice and quiet – plus you typically aren’t going that fast in California traffic! But this was different, it was an urgent prayer for our country. Since it would be extremely dangerous to close my eyes while driving, I gazed up at the stormy looking sky. There was a mixture of dark gray clouds, white puffy clouds and even some deep blue sky peeking through. Overall it looked like it could rain at any minute. While praying and looking up at the threatening sky, I realized with clarity that there is a huge battle taking place right now at this time in history in the heavenly realms and on this earth! A struggle between good and evil and Satin is very, very angry! We can see it every day on the news. Typically, we only hear one side – the side that is raging and furious. I am always tempted to blame those that are raging. This morning, I know they are being manipulated by Satin who doesn’t want to relinquish his power in this country.

It feels like we are headed for another civil war.

Then as I researched Masada I am reminded this battle has been taking place since the first sin including the time period of Masada.

Mathew 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence and violent people have been raiding it”.

As you guessed Masada was the next stop on our Holy Land Tour. Located down the road from En Gedi high on a mountain overlooking the Western shores of the Dead Sea.

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King Herod the Great either built or re-fortified palace as a refuge in case of a revolt. It was referred to as his winter castle by our guides. Earlier in the day, when we had our first glimpse of the sea, Pastor Jack pointed out a hill on the eastern side of the sea, in Jordan. Herod had built another castle there. Sadly, this is where John the Baptist was held prisoner and ultimately killed.

Mark 1:2-3 “as it is written by Isaiah the prophet: I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way- a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him'

Mathew 14:8- Prompted by her mother, she said: “Give me the head of John the Baptist.”

There are two choices to reach Masada. There are two cable cars that will take you up and down or a walking path appropriately called the snake path. It winds back and forth and looks like a snake climbing the mountainside. Because we had already climbed to the springs in En Gedi, our guides graciously bought us tickets for the cable car. Each car holds 80 people and it was packed!

Tiles in the bath house
You may find it interesting that during the same historical period of Masada, some very famous characters lived and in some ways affected this very area – directly or indirectly. Research the history or the Roman Emperors during this time and you will find names like Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and even Cleopatra. I’ve heard contradictions to this, I’m told that Marc Antony controlled the eastern part of the Roman Empire and Octavian controlled the Western part after Julius Caesar’s death. Marc Antony hooked up with Cleopatra and eventually, there was a power struggle with Octavian to gain total control. Octavian won. You know what happened to Marc Antony and Cleopatra.
Tiles in the bath house

Back to Herod. Before Herod died in 4 BC – The Roman Emperor, Octavian, trusted Herod to keep the peace in Jerusalem. Herod’s kids were all spoiled brats I guess so after his death the Emperor started sending various governors from Rome to keep control. This went on for over 60 years. Herod had been ruthless against the Jewish people, including having the children in Bethlehem killed.
Replica of the bathhouse

Mathew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem.

The governors likewise oppressed the Jews some even stole from the temple. Ultimately this led to a revolt.

The Roman Emperor Vespasian sent his son Titus with Roman troops to stop the revolt.  During this time, some Zealots who opposed the pagan rule of the Romans and the way some of the Jews were compromising the Jewish religion left to go to Qumran and Masada.  With the Roman’s coming to stop the revolt, more left to escape the fighting and sure death. Titus eventually conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the temple!
The Zealots and others that were hiding out in Masada thought that Masada was impregnable.


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Looking down the siege ramp
There was food, if you can believe it, that was still edible from Herod’s storehouses that we saw! Both here and in Qumran, the engineering of the water system was amazing. Clouds from the Mediterranean would bump up to the higher mountains west of Qumran and Masada causing flash floods to come down the mountains. In EnGedi it created a haven of springs for David, in Qumran and Masada it allowed them to build dykes and canals to channel the water and cisterns to store the water.  
Looking down at the palace ruins

We saw all of this along with a Roman bathhouse that had basically three baths, hot, tepid and cold. Again the engineering in the walls created a heating and cooling system that was amazing! Mosaic tiles are still in place in some areas. There were many rooms of the fortress for various purposes including living quarters for all those serving Herod. Herod’s actual palace was built on three rock terraces down the mountainside! Eventually, it was vacated and became a refuge for the Jews.

After the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, they went after the rest of the Jews that were hiding in Qumran, Masada and elsewhere. The Zealots and a splinter group, Sicarii, lived here for three years before the Romans breached the fortress. The Romans took about 3 months to build a siege ramp using captured Jews and soldiers to build this monster up the mountain. It is still there today.

Sadly as the Romans came close to breaching the fortress, the inhabitants decided they would rather die at their own hands than having their wives raped, babies thrown off the palace walls and in general be tortured. Because they didn’t believe in suicide, each man killed his own family. The men drew straws as to who would kill the men. What the Roman’s found was over 900 dead men, women and children.

Pricilla Shirer wrote a women’s Bible study called “The Armor of God”. This is also excellent and highly recommended. She describes in her book taking her children to a carnival where games were set up in the trunks of cars or the back of trucks. One particular game was a board with holes carved into it that allowed a puppet to pop out and the children had to hit the puppet back down into the hole. Of course, another would pop out of the next hole and another and so on. One child waiting for his turn, being frustrated, ran and pulled off the covering of the game to reveal a group of adults pushing the puppets through the various holes.

This hilarious experience (read her book and the cd’s) she is very funny!) to describe the spiritual warfare taking place that we cannot see. We think we are hitting the puppets, but the real culprit were the adults pushing them up. I love her illustration and think about it all the time. Especially these days that are so disturbing and crazy. The kids rioting on college campus’s woman marching using filthy language and promoting the killing of babies. Look beneath, the covers and you will see there is a real battle taking place.

Many years ago, my Mom encouraged me to read a book by Frank Peretti called “This Present Darkness". This book provides a vivid, dramatic picture of the war raging between God’s angels and Satan's demons in the heavenly realms. Christians, Believers this war is raging now. Let’s fall to our knees humbly in prayer and supplication for our Father to rescue us from the danger that is now befalling our great nation.
Ephesians 6:10-18 - Put on the FULL armor OF GOD

Debbie lives in Southern California with her husband Doug and her children and grandchildren.

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Elderberry Extract


80 Proof  (or higher) Vodka 
Quart Jar

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Separate berries from stems, wash and pour into the jar. Fill the jar with vodka to an inch or two from the top and fasten lid tightly, label and store in dark place for 4-6 weeks. Shake everyone in a while. Strain through a stainless steel colander and flour sack towel. Bottle it and store in the pantry.

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Kassel Hesse Germany part 1

Welcome back to Germany!

So far, I have made to 2 trips to Kassel and are working on a third. I thought I would break up the 2 trips and talk about each one. 

The people that I normally travel with on the weekends had to work this weekend so I decided to break out on my own and take the train up to Kassel Germany.  

 And so the story begins, I woke up before dawn and talked to the lovely Mrs. Cottage who was a little bit worried and who tried to discourage my trip alone to Kassel.  I believe in going in at least a pair when going out so I know this was good advice but I was determined. I went down and ate a fast breakfast and made my way down to the train station to purchase my ticket for the RE31 train.  It is the regional train that has several stops in between. It is a small orange ticket and cost 15.50 euros.

I waited for the arrival time for my train and hopped on. While sitting in my seat I was smugly thinking how well this plan is going. Well, we get about half way there when the lady checking tickets comes buy and ask for my ticket. I smiled and handed her my ticket, and it was then that she informed me that I am on the wrong train. 

Getting nervous I asked isn't this train going to Kassel, she said yes but I am on ICE train, not the RE train. She happily tells me that I will have to buy a ticket for that train. She rung it up and after another 18.50 euros and about 25-30 minutes, we pull into Kassel. I asked during the paying process if I could get refunded for the first ticket, she said I would have to take care of that in Kassel.

Now in the Kassel Station, I walk up to the main floor and find an information desk. I ask about the first ticket and getting a refund, the lady informs me I need to go to the ticket office, in which I happily did.

I waited about 15-20 minutes before I was informed by a nice gentleman that I needed to get a number to be waited on. He showed me where to get the ticket and they called me up. I explained to the lady what I did and asked if I could get a refund for the first ticket since I didn't technically use it. Her answer was since I bought the ticket is Stadtallendorf I would have to take care of the problem there. I thanked her for her help and then asked her about the real reason I was there. I asked her which train I needed to take to get to the town of Istha where my 8X great grandfather was born before the Clapp family line came to America. He was born in 1702. His father my 9X great grandfather was born and died in this town. So now you know what spurred this trip in the first place.

OK, back to the trip. The lady informed me that the train doesn't go there and I would have to take a 45-minute bus ride to get there. Well, I wasn't sure If I wanted to do that while I am alone. I decided to walk around Kassel. With a little disappointment, I walk outside of the train station and realize how big Kassel is. I was now having second thoughts about this trip. Thoughts of Shiloh were creeping in ( if Cheyenne has not said anything about it, then neither will I).

I continued exploring but staying close to the station I didn't get far or go out enough to see the old part of town. Indeed this part of town is mostly newer buildings. 

I walked a couple blocks and found a beautiful church down the road, so I headed there next. 

I  was excited to find this pretty building. Construction began and the foundation laid on the birthday of Martin Luther on November 10, 1903. The name of the church is the Christ Church (Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Kassel) in Bad Wilhelmshöhe.

It is a pretty church with stunning 53.75-meter tower and beautiful stained glass windows.  The colored glass was donated by different people in the community.   It reminds me a lot of Saint Elizabeth's in Marburg just not as old. This is a protestant Church. it cost originally 318,000 gold marks in all from political donations and donations from the community. 

I was drawn to this beautiful door. The red door in the church is called the emperor's lodge.  This was made for a gathering room for the Kaiser Wilhelm II and his wife Auguste Viktoria. Christ Church was a court church for their visits to Wilhelmshöhe although the Kaiser Wilhelm never attended this church, only his wife did.  Today it is a meeting room.

The statue of Jesus was donated by Moritz Wideshold and is a copy of the one located at the Women's Church in Copenhagen. It was carved out of French champagne lime and it was carved by Bertel Thorvaldsen.  

The church has been completely renovated several times since it was originally built. 

 During World War II the town of Kassel was heavily bombed at the center of town.  The town was a site of Fieseler Aircraft Plant, the Henschel and Sohn maker of Tiger I and King Tiger heavy tanks, the Henschel and Sohn Locomotive Plant, the Engine Plant, Ammunition Stores, Motor Transport Plant, Railway Works, a local sub-camp of the Dachau Concentration Camp (that provided forced labor for the German Henchel Motor works), military headquarters, central German headquarters, and the home of the regional supreme court. After the most severe bombing, the downtown area was 90% destroyed.  

During this bombardment, the stained glass windows on the north side of the church was the only part of the church damaged in the war. 10,000 people were killed in this town from this bombing. The oldest medieval part of town was never rebuilt.  The downtown area was rebuilt in the 1950's which explained why this town was so much newer than others that I have visited. 

I ended up walking around the town for a couple of hours in all and then I headed back to the station wanting to get back to my hotel before it got dark. I went into the ticket office and bought my ticket from the same young lady I had talked to earlier in the day.  I walked down to area 7 where my train would stop and drop off and pick people up. When the time came for my train, I saw the train- saw it was an RE train but the number itself was different on the train. I thought it was it but I hesitated. Now I was getting worried not wanting to buy a second ticket again I asked a gentleman if that was the train I was needing, but I waited too long to ask and the doors to the train closed before me and it pulled off. I looked up and waited to see if the train I needed was on its way still and saw nothing.  Sadly I realized that my train left the station. Now I am completely frustrated, I walk back up the ramp to the office get another ticket and ended up with the same lady.  As I walked up she smiled and again I told her what just happened. The RE train pulled up but it had the wrong number and not wanting to pay for 2 tickets again I didn't get on.  When it pulled off I then noticed my train's number left the board with that train. She said she could give me another ticket and as long as it is an RE train it is fine. But, the train doesn't come for another hour. and twenty minutes.

 So, completely flustered now and I am getting hungry so I walk around and find a sandwich shop and buy a sandwich and a bottle of water (not carbonated water). (Sorry Cheyenne I just looked and no photos of that sandwich.) 

 Tired of sitting I go back to the main floor and look in shops. I find a map of Kassel and historic buildings and where they are based and a grid map of the city.  Before long I head back and wait for my train.  The next RE train shows up I jump on and find a seat. I let out a deep breath hoping that all is good now and I will be back to the hotel in no time but inside my head wondering "What else could go wrong?" The ticket guy shows up asks for my ticket. I hand him my ticket and he looks frustrated.  My stomach sinks as he says something in German to me after looking at my ticket. 

"I say English??" 

He mutters something else with a terribly frustrated look on his face, then stamps my ticket and hands it back and moves on. Not sure what was wrong but he didn't make me buy another ticket and that made me happy. After returning to the hotel and thinking about my trip I had to laugh at it. I looked at the map and marked down several historical things to check out on my next trip. Not knowing when that will be.

Book Cookies

We made these adorable cookies for our book club and everyone absolutely loved them! We picked classics like Moby Dick, Anna Karenia, and Chronicles of Narnia. These are perfect for the book lovers in your life, served by themselves or with a cup of tea. 

Ingredients & Supplies

1 cup salted organic butter
1 cup organic sugar
1 large organic egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 cups organic flour
melting wafers
food pens

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Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 1 minute. On medium speed, beat in the egg, vanilla, the other extract of your choice, baking powder and salt. Add flour to the mix 1 cup at a time, beating until combined after each cup that you addDivide your dough into two balls. Lightly flour your rolling pin so it will not stick.  Roll your dough to about 1/4" on a piece of parchment paper. Use book cookie cutter to cut dough. Line cookie sheets with clean parchment. Place cookies on parchment and bake at 350 F. for 6-8 minutes depending on your oven. Remove parchment from pan and allow cookies to cool. Dip into melting wafers and place on parchment paper until set. 

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In The Midst Of Deep Waters

You are in the midst of deep waters.

A flood of deep waters and every time you feel the water recede another tsunami wave comes.

Water and hopelessness - burning your lungs as you cry out and the spit and sputter at the surface as it rolls over your head only to have another come and crash over you, driving you below the surface.

God! Help!

The Word...
The only hope in the dark and merciless storms.  Under the tumultuous seas. The hope of a life vest, the hope of a raft.  The hope of rescue when all you can see is the waves. The hope that though we are battered and buffeted we are NOT destroyed.

When I was a small child my surfer brother would take me to the beach.  He would carry me in his strong arms out in what seemed like the deepest part of the sea for a little girl.  He would stand there like a pillar in the ocean.  He would point out to the open ocean and warn me a wave was on its way and when it was upon me he would say, "Quick, hold your breath!"  I couldn't take my eyes off of the wave.  It terrified me growing as I watched it grow to a towering monster ready to consume me.  I cried out in fear as it loomed above me.  Again he would say "HOLD YOUR BREATH", but I didn't. "But the wave! The Wave!" I would yell in my baby voice. It would slam over us as I would cling to him crying, sputtering, coughing.  "Why didn't you hold your breath?" He would ask me.  "I was scared!" I cried.

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I have you, honey.  I love you and nothing, Nothing will take you out of my hands.

John 10:29Hebrews 12:2 & Isaiah 43:2

Instead of focusing on the waves cresting, growing, towering above ready to crash down on us we have to keep our eyes on Him. Jesus. Nothing can pluck us from His hands.

Every flood of trouble remakes the topography of our souls making us better or bitter. ~ Ann Voscamp

How does this provide hope in your current storm?