I recently got bombarded by requests for access to the Fine Art Jesse Tree ornament files (apparently, a server update had switched sharing off for all of them), so I thought I'd take the opportunity to reshare them, especially for those of you who might be looking for a good last-minute option. The back-to-back file can just be printed double-sided on sturdy paper and cut out, or, if you have a little more time and energy, you can laminate them, or print them out single-sided and glue to colored cardstock.
If you haven't experienced Tenebrae (prayer for the nights of Triduum) before, this is the perfect year to try it out! During a typical Holy Week, it's a little much for families with small kids to try to make it to one more thing, but well, here we are. This is a prayer that really captures the senses, which is something I think we could all use when our usual forms of worship are being brought to us through the filter of our screens.
I've put together this printable version, which is pared-down enough for small attention spans who will mostly like the candles and banging on things in the dark, but serious enough not to feel babyish for older children or an all-adult group.
Cut the page in thirds along the width and, centering the image on your candle, hold the blank ends behind the candle, shielding your fingers from the heat during the next step.
Using a hair dryer on high heat simply melt the cross image onto the front of the candle. Once it's tacked in place by the heat you can trim the tissue paper ends and continue to melt down the paper edges.
A new project makes it easy for Philadelphians to put down their phones and get creative with their hands — for free.
Nailed to a brick wall on a busy section of Carpenter Lane in West Mt. Airy is a small cabinet with a clear door. Inside is a luscious bounty of color: piles and piles of yarn, plus complements like needles and patterns. On the front is a carefully lettered nameplate reading “Little Free Fiber Library.”
Read the rest here. It’s a sweet idea, and who doesn’t have a little yarn to contribute?
Over the years, I've found that the key to keeping my Lenten resolutions is just seeing them in front of me. There are so many distractions in a day that I really need something concrete to keep me focused. With that in mind, here's a tiny booklet that can easily go into a purse, a prayer book, on the fridge, or wherever it will serve as a daily reminder. Lenten Sacrifices Booklet Download (PDF). To put together the book after you've printed it out (here's a diagram if you're a visual learner like me):
Fold in half and crease, with the text facing out, along the registration marks, both the long and wide way. Since every printer is different, you may have to trim a bit of the margins to even up these edges.
Open it out, and then fold each side in to meet in the center (again following the registration marks).
Slit the paper along the tops of the center two sets of pages, then pull open this slit at the folds. Fold book so that the covers are in front and back.
"I did not expect this to be so hot, and I did NOT expect this to be SO GOOD!"
-The seven-year-old's ringing endorsement
(Adapted from) This came together very easily, and two out of three kids devoured it (the third is on strike from any vegetables that aren't peas or corn at the moment). The flavors are all familiar, but a bit exotic combined in this way.
whole onion, chopped
whole large garlic cloves, minced
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground turmeric
cup dry white wine
whole carrots, peeled and chopped
cups cooked chickpeas (if canned, drain and rinse)
cups vegetable broth
ounces diced tomatoes (1 can)
fresh lemon juice
fresh lemon juice
teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cups dry uncooked couscous
mint, thinly sliced, for garnish
In a large
soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 4
minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato paste, salt, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric
and cayenne pepper, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add white wine and reduce until
almost completely evaporated. Add carrots and chickpeas, stirring to combine
broth and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15
soup simmers, prepare the couscous. In a small saucepan, bring water, lemon
juice and salt to a boil over medium high heat. Remove saucepan from heat and
stir in couscous and lemon zest. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover the
couscous and fluff using a fork.
finishes simmering, remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, lightly puree
soup, leaving it slightly chunky. Stir in butter, lemon juice and lemon zest.
Top each bowl of soup with a mound of lemon couscous and sprinkle with fresh
My family tries to observe meatless Fridays year-round. After a lot of peanut butter or egg salad sandwiches, I have found that the easiest way to provide an interesting Friday lunch is to either serve a meatless meal (or meatless base with meat on the side) on Thursday night as well, so as to have some leftovers to work with. Outside of Lent, we have a family Friday night pizza and a movie tradition, so Thursday often ends up as our fish night. I lack the motivation to cut up fruit at lunch time, so the kids usually have frozen berries or homemade applesauce on the side.
My kids have enjoyed
Arugula pesto pasta with broiled fish
Shrimp salad with brie
Deviled eggs, corn salad, rye bread
Tuna rice salad
Vegetable pasta salad
Vegetable stir-fry with eggs
Shrimp pasta salad, tomatoes with buttermilk dressing, goldfish in beet hummus
Imitation crab salad open face, roasted sweet potatoes, applesauce