You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. -Henry Ford

I made pancakes for breakfast this morning…from scratch.

I have never been known for making anything homemade…well hardly anything! But actually when the kids were little I did make Better Homes and Garden’s “Favorite Pancakes” recipe. So today I pulled out the cookbook and went to work.


The recipe called for baking powder…we had none…but I had baking soda. Checking the Internet I read I could interchange them but the proportions were different. Taking that into consideration I whipped up the pancakes. By accident I added more sugar than the recipe called for..but I thought; who doesn’t like their hot cakes sweet?

Finishing the first batch I handed my husband a plate of pancakes with warm syrup. When he said they were sour I was surprised…especially with all that extra sugar??

This evening I started to wonder if it was the baking soda that made them bitter. Returning to the Internet I looked at another article.

Ahhh… Yes, powder and soda will make my pancakes rise, but soda will make them bitter unless countered by the acidity of another ingredient, such as buttermilk.

The bitterness of the soda permeated every part of the recipe.

It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” (Luke 13:21 NLT)

Sometimes I have a good idea, but it is not executed well. Why? Poor planning, misinformation, unforseen challenges…

Henry Ford said Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.

I need to have the drive and enthusiasm to see my goal accomplished and in order to succeed. The outcome may be different than I expected and I may need to adjust, but I will keep on trying.

However, I need more than just enthusiasm. I need a plan to make my dreams come to fruition. And it needs to be well thought out. I need the right tools…the right ingredients…and when I don’t and I miss my mark…I need to regroup and try again. Rethink my course or recipe…learn from the bitterness and make a new recipe…a new dream.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. (Proverbs 21:5 NLT)

My hasty shortcut led to bitter pancakes…

Y ~ Yes!
E ~ Envision it!
A ~ Ask God for guidance!
S ~ Stay the course!
T ~ Take a chance!

Even if if turns out sour the first time (or even on the 20th attempt) don’t give up on your dreams…your goals…God wants you to succeed.

Blessings, Susan

7 thoughts on “Pancakes

  1. janna

    Wonderful advice. That’s one of my problems…I don’t have a dream.. People say follow your dreams, but how does one find them?


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