Thursday, October 23, 2014

When the swallows return to Capistrano


Mission San Juan Capistrano

 A little reading from today's saint and about the mission that bears his name...

 Those who are called to the table of the Lord must glow with the brightness that comes from the good example of a praiseworthy and blameless life. They must completely remove from their lives the filth and uncleanness of vice. Their upright lives must make them like the salt of the earth for themselves and for the rest of mankind...So it must be with the glowing lives of upright and holy clerics. By the brightness of their holiness they must bring light and serenity to all who gaze upon them. They have been placed here to care for others. Their own lives should be an example to others, showing how they must live in the house of the Lord.(
Mirror of the Clergyby Saint John of Capistrano)

There’s a figure in all this...for the condition of American Catholicism. Its long history, certainly, from the Spanish colonial beginnings on. But, most of all, San Juan Capistrano seems an image for recent decades—because sometime around 1970, the leaders of the Catholic Church in America took a stick and knocked down all the swallows’ nests...And it wasn’t until the swallows had been chased away that anyone seemed to realize how much the Church itself needed them, darting around the chapels and flitting through the cathedrals. They provided beauty, and eccentricity, and life. What they did, really, was provide Catholicism to the Catholic Church in America, and none of the multimedia Masses and liturgical extravaganzas in the years since—none of the decoy nests and artificial puddles—has managed to call them home. (Joseph Bottum, First Things)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A paper doll to call your own


Check out a blast from the past!  These paper dolls of Father Peter and an altar boy (circa 1943) were used by Catholic Extension to teach children about the Mass and Benediction.  With eight pages of cut outs, including a pop-up altar with candlesticks, there's a lot to keep little hands busy.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Gleaning


 She said, "Pray, let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers." (Ruth 2, 7)
Ma and Laura picked the tomatoes...even the smallest green tomatoes.  There were enough ripe tomatoes to make almost a gallon of preserves...She sliced [the green tomatoes] and cooked them with salt, pepper, vinegar, and spices.  "That's almost two quarts of green tomato pickle.  Even if it's only our first garden on the sod and nothing could grow well, these pickles will be a treat with baked beans this winter," Ma gloated. (The Long Winter)
While at a pumpkin patch with my sons this weekend, I commented to the farm owner that fruit remained on the vine in the tomato patch.  She encouraged me to glean the vines, and I ended up with an unexpected bounty of cherry tomatoes, ripe tomatoes, and green tomatoes.  I slow roasted the grape tomatoes, made American Masala's "better than ketchup" tomato chutney from the ripe tomatoes, and salsa verde from the green tomatoes. 

Subbing green tomatoes for tomatillos has been a game changer for me, as my rural grocery store doesn't always have the latter and I am partial to green salsa.  Do you have a lot of green tomatoes left in your garden? Here are some recipe ideas so they don't go to waste.
 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

From Today's Gospel


The Divine Sower
The seed is the word of God.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hint of the day: double duty cookie press


Deviled eggs- an economical meatless Friday hors d'ouevres popular with many.  But I hate washing out decorating bags (especially for a Sriracha filling) and I've never had much luck with substituting parchment paper or baggies.  My aluminum cookie press came to the rescue!  Just a few quick turns, and my deviled egg tray was completed and cleanup made easy.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hint of the day: lay flat to dry

 

As the days are getting warmer, I have been washing winter clothes and putting them away for next season.   But I ran out of space on my drying rack for garments that need to dry flat.  Fortunately,  my patio set came to the rescue! Children's garments would fit on the chair seats.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Verily Magazine

In case you haven't heard of it, Verily Magazine is an online publication focusing on style, relationships, culture and lifestyle, all aimed at young women and all pleasing to read from a Catholic point of view. The newest edition of Verily's online magazine was in my inbox this morning and I was able to paste it in below.  You'll want to subscribe for yourself and get your friends to do so as well.

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Weekly Dose of Verily 
KEEP IT SIMPLE: PACKING FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY

Keep It Simple: Packing for a Weekend Getaway
Packing for a weekend trip can be tough. You just never know what you'll need! Kat of The Refined Woman is here to save the day with her easy packing tips.
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WHAT TO TELL A GUY WHEN YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED

What to Tell a Guy When You're Not Interested
Art by Nima Salimi
Is it ok to tell a guy you have a boyfriend when really you're just not interested? Author Elise Italiano answers this question, plus advice on how to let a man down respectfully.
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FOUR WAYS TO STAY SHARP AFTER GIVING BIRTH

Four Ways to Stay Sharp After Giving Birth
Art by Lucy O Photography
New moms have heard advice on how to get fit, eat healthy, and keep their marriages strong, but there's not a lot of advice out there on how to keep your brain sharp. Mom and blogger Nicole offers four ways to keep your mind afloat.
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STYLE HOW TO: WEAR BOTANICAL PRINTS

Style How to Wear Botanical Prints
Art by Aaron Lee Craig

Stylist and blogger Brynn of Being Elliott looks print perfect in botanicals. She's here to help us pull off the look ourselves this summer.
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5 THINGS EVERY DAUGHTER SHOULD BE TAUGHT

5 Things Every Daughter Should Be Taught
Art by Andrea Rose
In light of Father's Day, we're sharing the five things every daughter needs to hear. Rule number five: You can be delicate and strong all at once.
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MONICA LEWINSKY AND OUR CULTURE OF HUMILIATION

Monica Lewinsky and Our Culture of Humiliation
Art via The Incredible Tide
Can we change our culture if it punishes women more than men for the same crimes?
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More Thrifty Gifts for Fathers' Day

I was a little more pressed for time this year than Therese, and opted for the store-bought route.  However, I was pretty impressed with what I managed to put together for less than $10, and it tiered together very nicely when wrapped.

1. 2 jars of Nutella (on sale for $2.68 each, and an additional $1 manufacturer's coupon)

2.  Vintage hardcover edition of Quo Vadis ($4 at local antique mall)
Our boys are quite young, so my husband has plenty of time to prep for father-son reading!  I tucked in a copy of Auntie Leila's reading guide as well.  This is a theme I plan to repeat in future years- my husband's family favored fantasy and mystery books so he never read many classic adventure novels like The Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, etc - a nice gift for Dad and the family library.

3. A cozy tartan robe ($2 at thrift store)
This is a perfect year round robe made of the softest cotton and was in like new condition.  Score!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wondering what to do with all that rhubarb?

This recipe got high marks from some Church Ladies recently:

3 pounds rhubarb, cut up


Mixed with
1 bottle vodka
1/4 cup grand marnier
Simple syrup (6 tablespoons sugar heated to boiling with 1/4 cup water)


Cool the syrup before mixing into the rest of the ingredients. 
Let stand 1-2 weeks in covered container.

Recipe is flexible - it originally called for 1/2 cup of the Grand Marnier, but my source preferred with less.


It's a lovely pink color and, according to reports, is dangerously good when mixed with 7-Up.


On a somewhat related note, I'm re-reading Anne of Green Gables now and this is just homey enough to make me think of Marilla's Raspberry Cordial.  (Medicinal purposes only, right?)