3 Art: Home Groups, Johnny Cakes and Butter

The origin of the name johnnycakes (jonnycakes) is something of a mystery and probably has nothing to do with the name John. They were also called journey cakes because they could be carried on long trips in saddlebags and baked along the way. Some historians think that they were originally called Shawnee cakes and that the colonists slurred the words, pronouncing it as johnnycakes. Historians also think that “janiken,” an American Indian word meant “corn cake,” could possibly be the origin.

The settlers of New England learned how to make johnnycakes from the local Pawtuxet Indians, who showed the starving Pilgrims how to grind and use corn for eating. When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620, most of their wheat brought from England had spoiled on the long voyage. It is said that Myles Standish (1584-1656), the military leader of the Plymouth Colony, discovered a cache of corn stored by the Indians.

An Indian named Tisquantum (1585-1622), also known as Squanto, was helpful in the settlers’ survival during the winter of 1621. Tisquantum was one of five Indians taken to England in 1605 by Captain John Weymouth, who was employed by Sir Ferinando Gorges of the Plymouth Company and set out to discover the Northwest Passage. In 1614, Tisquantum was brought back to American, assisting some of Gorges’ men in mapping the New England coast. Tisquantum lived out the rest of his life in the Plymouth Colony teaching the settlers how to grow corn, pound corn into meal, and how to cook with it. He also acted as interpreter and guide.


  • Frying Pan
  • Flipper


During colonial times, Johnny cakes were likely to appear at any meal. Many think that the original name was “Journey Cakes”, because they were so often taken along on a journey, since they could be stuffed into a traveler’s pockets. Try them hot or cold, with butter and syrup.

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup milk

  1. Mix the cornmeal and salt.
    Add the boiling water, stirring until smooth.
  2. Add the milk.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Grease a heavy, 12-inch frying pan. Set over medium-low heat.
  5. Drop teaspoons of the batter onto the pan.
  6. Cook until golden, about five minutes.
  7. Turn the cakes carefully with a metal spatula.
    Cook the other side five minutes.
    Serve the  cakes hot with butter and maple syrup. Makes 12-15 cakes.

Source: Colonialcooking

Homemade Butter

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  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Salt



  • Pour heavy whipping cream into the jar
  • Screw on the jar lid and tighten
  • Shake, shake, shake!
  • Once the butter has formed, pour out the liquid
  • Remove the butter and run it under very cold water to help solidify it
  • Eat with the Johnny cakes and enjoy!


Family Pres Week 15, Fruits of the Spirit

Galatians 6:

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”


Step 1:  You’ll need two trees.  Boys are excellent trees.  Wiggly giggly trees are best.  Be sure to choose a bad fruit tree who is fully confident that he is actually good fruit.  We do not want hurt feelings.  Leanne used towels and clothes pins.

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Step 2:  Leanne had cut out bad fruit and good fruit.  Bad fruit included fits, selfish ambition (she explained this), envy, hatred and a few more.  She left out a few too.  You can guess which ones.

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Step 3:  Leanne asked the students to clip on good fruit to the good tree and bad fruit to the bad tree.  As each child clipped, the group discussed the fruit and if it was good or bad.

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Eden Hope’s Tampa Campus

Our Tampa Campus is quite small.  A single little girl.  But it is full of love.  I’s family is so dear to us that when they moved away it left a hole in our group and our hearts that is now filled with constant texts, calls and hopefully a long visit soon.


It is a rare friendship that allows for the renaming of children.  The handsome one here will be famous for his brains or basketball one day and everyone will know him by his real name.  To me, he will always be my Murry.


We would not have been able to have camp without Ro’s help.  She was our biggest supporter and held fast when everything seemed to flop…. right before God turned it around for His Glory.

IMG_2147Through thick and thin.  Through crazy, “let’s screw bones with power tools!” to art; our littlest princess went along with our wild ideas.


Once in a while we all need a little encouragement.  But within minutes, our Tampa sweet one shone.

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Goofing in the back of the truck as we drive to Middleburg with the little brother are some of the best times.

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So, while our Tampa campus is quite small.  It is GIGANTIC in its love and beauty.


Check out I’s beautiful work in her Eden Hope book!

Visit DC: Riding Metro

Metro offers SmartCards that save $1/card/passenger.  You can purchase these on-line before your trip.  We ride the Silver line from Reston Station.  It has ample parking, though not free.   Rush hour ends at 9:30am.  Waiting until after 9:30 will save you $2 per passenger.  IMG_4790

D. is demonstrating proper Metro Rush Hour Behavior.  PASSENGERS DON”T TALK!!  This is very important.  As a former commuter, I remember spring’s warmth ushering in the loud tourists on the quiet of the morning commute.  An occasional question about what the conductor said is ok. Conductors mumble purpose, just so you know, unless you’ve ridden for years you’ll never understand them.  Beyond that, do not talk.  It drives commuters crazy.  You really don’t know where that commuter is going.  You may have ruined her quite time and now she’s leading a State Department briefing on the Middle East.  You do not want to do this to her.  Remember where you are!  Your chatter could have international repercussions.

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T. is demonstrating After Rush Hour Metro Behavior.  Once rush hour is over and the serious commuters have scurried to their offices, chatter is welcome.  Standing and pole holding are favorites of my children.  They never get over how cool it feels to stand and ride.IMG_4787 IMG_4786

The man in yellow is a good friend of ours.

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Once you’re in DC make sure you have your children’s hands at all times.  The swarms of people are like starlings, swooping in and out in an instant.