Waffles and Work

A friend once suggested an excellent tip when taking photos of food: “Take better photos by maximizing the sunlight. It will show the natural colors of the food and drinks you prepare”. If you’ve noticed in my recent blog posts, I did my best to apply this tip by cooking and/or baking while documenting the process during the day. However, when I was about to make rainbow waffles for our afternoon snack yesterday, I fell asleep and woke up four hours later!


It was already past 5 pm when I woke up and the sun was starting to set. I hurriedly prepared the ingredients and cooked the waffles while trying to take photos of them in the daylight. But, halfway through the process, the sky was getting darker and by the time I finished the waffles, it was already past 6 pm. I felt a bit discouraged because I was really looking forward to taking photos of the rainbow waffles in the sunlight. The photos would have looked better that way.


After a few minutes, I decided to bring them inside and I placed them on our breakfast table. I got our camera and took one photo at a time. As I arranged the waffles and captured different angles, I noticed how well the rainbow colors complemented the black table. Because of the dark background, the bright colors of the waffles stood out more and the effect was quite lovely.


Even though I felt that it would be a much better idea for me to take the photos in the sunlight, I realized that God had something amazing in store for me. He wanted me to appreciate the set of rainbow colors by seeing its beauty in the dark.

This reminded me of the reason why I decided to make rainbow waffles. It was my simple way of celebrating one of God’s blessings for me recently. For the past months (or even year), I got discouraged with certain aspects in my career. I struggled with my mistakes at work, temptations to complain and compare myself to others who have “better opportunities”, finding my self-worth in God and not in my financial resources, and many more.


Despite these and some discouraging moments that I had, God encouraged me to keep on praying for wisdom, excellence and direction at work. He allowed me to focus on His goodness, power, and grace in my career instead of on my weaknesses. By God’s grace, just a few days ago, my bosses evaluated me and told me that I got promoted!


It was really all by His grace! After spending time with God, I realized that He wanted to humble and prepare my heart first before giving me more responsibilities and blessings. It’s interesting how he answered one of my heart’s requests AFTER committing to fast from shopping for a year (https://encouragingtreats.com/year-shopping/) and after choosing to honor Him with the finances that He has blessed me with.


A year ago, I thought that having a salary increase or a promotion would make my life better, easier, and lovelier. But, God changed that wrong mindset in me and encouraged me to see my worth not in my work, in my salary, in the things I have, but in Him and Him alone.

God helped me see the beauty of the colored waffles even without the sunlight. And in the same way, He allowed me to appreciate the beauty of His love, faithfulness, and sovereignty even without the things that I thought would make my life better (e.g. salary increase, etc.).


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

[Isaiah 55:8-9]


Indeed, Lord, You are more than enough for me. Thank You for Your grace. :)



RECIPE: (Sweet Version)


1 3/4 cups flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

2-3 tbsp. white sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 3/4 cups milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla

Food coloring (liquid or gel)

*Optional: You may add Cinnamon powder, sliced bananas/strawberries/mangoes, chocolate chips, and crushed nuts.



1. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl.

2. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture while stirring.

3. Divide the batter into the desired number of colors.

4. Add food coloring and mix until well-combined.

5. Cook in a waffle maker.

6. Serve with pancake syrup, fresh fruits, and whipped cream!



Encourage yourself one treat at a time.


Savory Waffles

My eldest sister and I usually pass by the grocery after going to church on Sundays. But yesterday, we decided to go home instead. I actually wanted to go and buy new ingredients at the supermarket, but somehow, God encouraged me to save money by skipping the additional expense. I remember getting a bit disappointed because I wanted to cook something new for our merienda and I couldn’t then, because our ingredients at home weren’t “enough”.


Nonetheless, I went around our kitchen and looked for ingredients that I could possibly use. After a few minutes, I found a frozen chicken breast in our mini freezer, eggs, milk, cherry tomatoes, unsalted butter, and some leftovers (less than 1 ½ cups of flour, a few pieces of iceberg lettuce, and sliced mangoes). While I was looking at the ingredients, I suddenly thought of making waffles with chicken.


Actually, I’ve never made savory waffles before, but because I didn’t feel like having waffles for dessert yesterday, I said to myself “Why not? I’ll give it a try.”



While I was preparing the ingredients, I began to appreciate what I had. Although some of them were leftovers, they were still pretty good and useful. Moreover, by God’s grace, I was able to use some of our fragrant and fresh herbs (Basil and Oregano) in the veranda and a few cherry tomatoes which were recently harvested. In less than 30 minutes, I was able to prepare a new snack for me and my sister!

Fresh Oregano
Fresh Oregano
Fresh Basil
Fresh Basil

God used that moment to humble me and encourage me to constantly have a grateful heart and a resourceful mind. Many times, I focus too much on “not having enough” of certain things (in and out of the kitchen) and because of this, I end up getting disappointed even more. I even remember the time when I was just thinking of starting a blog (about two years ago), I was discouraged to pursue it because I thought that if I didn’t have a DLSR camera, the photos in my blog wouldn’t look nice and it would affect the blog’s quality. But God gently rebuked me and encouraged me to focus my heart on Him and maximize the resources he has given me. I realized that I didn’t need that camera. I needed God.




I wrote this on my journal last February 29, 2012 while I was thinking about blogging: “But you spoke to me Lord and you reminded me to use what I have now (simple digital camera, old laptop, some kitchen tools and equipment…). Just like how you used the two fish and five loaves of bread and multiplied them to feed thousands, I know that you can use whatever I have right now to glorify you, if it’s your will.”

By God’s grace, He has been faithful in providing for my blogging needs since I started. :)



Hebrews 13:5 says: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I really enjoyed making the savory waffles. God knew that I wanted to do something different this time and He allowed me to do so even with leftover ingredients! He also gave me a bonus by helping me save the money that I was supposed to spend at the grocery yesterday. Thank You, Lord, for this savory treat! :)


RECIPE (Good for 1-2)


1-2 Chicken breasts

salt & pepper

unsalted or salted butter

Dried Spices: (1 tbsp) Chili powder, (1/2 tbsp) paprika, (1/2 tbsp.) cumin powder, fresh oregano and basil leaves

a few slices of ripe mangoes and cherry tomatoes


Grated cheese

Waffle mix*


*Waffle mix:

3/4 cup flour + 2 tbsp. of flour

pinch of salt

1 tbsp. of sugar

3/4 cup milk + 2 tbsp. of milk

1/2 tbsp. baking powder

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup canola oil



1. Pat dry the chicken breasts and rub the dried spices on them.

2. In a small bowl, mix the fresh herbs and butter until well combined. Rub on the spiced chicken breasts.

3. Fry the chicken and set aside.

4. Cook the waffles on a waffle maker.

5. Slice the cooked waffles into two.

6. Assemble the waffle sandwich by adding the chicken, tomatoes, mango, lettuce, and cheese on one side.

7. Cover the sandwich with the other half of the waffle. Serve and enjoy!

Encourage yourself one treat at a time. :)

Simple Sunday Snack: Cherry Tomatoes on Baguettes

Nothing beats fresh ingredients in home-cooked meals. It has always been my dream to own and manage a huge garden or an orchard where I could pick, eat, and cook various fruits, vegetables, and herbs anytime. In the future, God-willing, I’ll get to experience that. But for now, I am very much pleased with my baby plants in our veranda. By God’s grace, I harvested my first batch of red cherry tomatoes and made an easy, cheesy snack at home.




While I was removing the tomatoes from the plant, I started reminiscing about its younger days. It was just a beautiful experience to see that one, tiny seed grow into a leafy and fruitful plant. When I was in gradeschool, I remember collecting fruits on the ground that fell from the trees and I was happy even in those simple moments. I guess I’ve always admired the beauty of seeing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs grow in trees and plants.






And now that God has given me the privilege of growing my own plants and vegetables, I am reminded even more of how amazing God is as our Creator. He is able to make seeds grow and bear fruit! The remarkable thing about it too is that even when I wasn’t able to regularly water and fertilize our plants at home, God still made a way for them to get their needs (e.g. through rain; my mom who sometimes watered the plants too).




Seeing his grace in the growth of the plants encourages me to trust in His faithfulness. If He can easily provide for the plant’s needs, make it grow and bear fruit, how much more can He graciously work in the hearts and lives of His children?


Philippians 1:6 says: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Thank You, Lord, for the simple joys of knowing you more through nature. :)




  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Spices: Salt, Pepper, Dried herbs (oregano, rosemary, basil, sage, etc.)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Baguettes (I got mine from Le Coeur de France)
  • olive oil
  • Fresh Basil leaves



1. Slice the tomatoes.


2. Add a dash of salt and pepper and sprinkle some of the dried herbs. Drizzle olive oil on it and mix.


3. Cook the spiced tomatoes in a small pan, until soft.

4. Place the tomatoes on sliced baguettes and add shredded Mozzarella cheese.

5. Toast them for 2-3 minutes.

6. Sprinkle chopped fresh basil leaves on the baguettes.

Mom’s fresh basil

7. Enjoy white it’s still hot, crunchy, and cheesy.

I served it with Sbarro’s baked ziti with Meatball. :)


Encourage yourself one treat at a time. :)

Cinnamon Rolls and Second Chances

I wanted to surprise my younger brother, Gabo, last Thursday with a homemade birthday cake. However, since I didn’t have enough ingredients the night before his birthday, I wasn’t able to bake one. We ended up celebrating his birthday at home with Japanese food and a cake bought by our parents. I still wanted to make something for Gabo and the rest of the family. I then remembered one of his favorite desserts: Cinnamon Rolls. (It was one of his requests when he was hospitalized a few weeks ago.) “Perfect!” I said. “I’ll make them this weekend.”

Last Saturday, while I was on my way to the grocery store, I wondered if it really was a good idea to make cinnamon rolls. I had second thoughts because I remembered the first and last time I made them (about a year ago). I remembered the mistakes I made while baking them which resulted to mediocre cinnamon rolls. Yes, they did taste like cinnamon bread, but they were also very dry and crisp.
I sat down for a while and told God: “Lord, maybe I shouldn’t try doing it again. I might just make another mistake and waste the ingredients. What if I just make another dish instead?” But somehow, God encouraged me to make the cinnamon rolls and reminded me of Isaiah 41:10…
It says:
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
…and He said to me: “Nic, I know you made mistakes when you baked those cinnamon rolls last year. And I also know that you didn’t make them again, since that time, because you were afraid of failing. But, I want you to remember WHO I AM. I want you to remember that I AM greater and stronger than all of your mistakes and weaknesses. So, don’t worry. You can try again. Don’t be afraid because I AM with you.” :)
“..to remember WHO I AM…” I whispered. “Okay, Lord. Let’s do this!” I bought the ingredients and prepared them as soon as I got home. Before baking, I decided to pray and lift the night up to God.
I also expressed my desire to make cinnamon rolls that were similar to Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls. I then thanked Him in advance because I knew that He would help me bake them and that He was in control. But, I also told God that I would still be grateful even if I make mistakes again and/or end up with cinnamon rolls that aren’t good.
And so, I searched for the best recipe that I could find; carefully followed the steps in it; and made the Cinnamon Rolls that night.
While I was pouring the glaze, Gabo entered the kitchen and saw the freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Immediately, he shouted: “OH, YOU LURVE (LOVE) ME! This is my favorite!” I laughed and said: “I know. Hahaha.” After a few minutes, I gave my siblings samples of the finished product. And by God’s grace, they said that they were delicious! My older brother, Glenn Michael, even said: “Wow, Nic! They taste like Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls.” Then, I replied: “Cool. Hahaha! Praise God, kuya!”
I went back to the kitchen, sat down, and stared at the golden brown, glazed, cinnamon rolls. I was in awe. “Lord, they look lovely. This is only by Your grace.” :) I told God. “Thank You.”
Making cinnamon rolls that night was a very special treat for me. I was able to enjoy the sweet, fluffy, cinnamon rolls, and was encouraged by God at the same time. I realized that many times, I can easily get discouraged when I remember my past, my weaknesses, and the mistakes I’ve made before. When I dwell on these things instead of focusing on God, I find myself being weighed down. And this hinders me from getting up and trying again.
But, there is Hope in our God. Even if I failed before when I first made the cinnamon rolls, God still gave me a second chance to bake them last weekend. :)
God is so amazing because I know that even in the other aspects of my life, He will continue to give me new opportunities each day to learn from the mistakes I’ve made before; to try again; to focus on Him; and even to experience victories by His grace.
“This is not about what you’ve done, but what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been but where your brokenness brings you to.
This is not about what you feel, but what He felt to forgive you.
And what He felt to make You loved.”
-You Are More by Tenth Avenue North
One of the things I am grateful for is the fact that our God does not make mistakes. He never did and He never will. So, even if we do make mistakes, we can still trust in Him, knowing that He allows them to happen for His special purposes. Indeed, it is such a comfort to be reminded of the security that we have in Christ. He knows what He is doing and I know that He wants us to experience what is best… even if it means that we would, sometimes, have to experience failures and mistakes along the way.
“God, if you gave me Your best (Jesus), then I know that I can certainly trust you with my life.”
-Ptr. Peter TanChi
Made a mistake this past week?
Do you feel like such a failure/disappointment?
It says in Psalm 37:24…
“..though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Keep on trusting in God. He is with you. :)
Encourage yourself one treat at a time.

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My name is Nicole Obligacion and I started this blog because I was inspired by Hebrews 10:24 and Hebrews 3:13. I love to eat, cook, bake, read the Bible, and encourage. :)

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