Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Adapted from Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
1/2 cup minced onion
4 T milk
4 T minced fresh herbs
2/3 c grated cheese
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375. Grease pie dish with olive oil.
Melt butter in skillet. Sautee onions about 5 minutes, until translucent. Remove from heat. Set pie dish in oven to preheat.
Beat eggs; fold in milk, herbs, cheese, and salt and pepper. Stir in onions, using a spatula to transfer all the butter.
Peel and grate potatoes. Press all the liquid out. Mix potatoes into egg mixture.
Pour egg mixture into preheated pie dish. Bake 40 minutes, or until set. Serve with a green salad or other vegetable.
Friday, February 26, 2010
It's difficult to begin to write about Gail. She was an amazing and wonderful woman, so selfless and tireless.
As Director of Music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame, a position she held since 1988, Gail was extremely influential in liturgical music. She was an excellent musician, married to another wonderful musician, ND organ professor Craig Cramer. They were "the cutest couple" in everyone's eyes - especially when they played dual organ recitals.
Gail was everyone's second mom. She was always looking out for you, but she never looked out for her self. Last year she hurt her foot - falling off a stool if I remember correctly. The doctors told her the foot had to rest and be in its boot until it healed. But how do you play organ with a boot on your foot? So she took it off. I scolded her after one of our rehearsals (she was not only director of the Liturgical Choir, but assistant director of the Women's Liturgical Choir to which I belong) and told her she had to take care herself. She laughed and said she'd be ok. That was Gail. Our head director visited her just before Christmas. The doctors had allowed her to return home for a period, so long as she was strictly on bedrest. Was Gail following the doctors' orders? Of course not. She was baking, trimming the tree and doing all manner of things around the house. That was Gail. She was a such a wonderful woman...Absolutely unstoppable.
She was a perfectionist, too, and always drove us to be the best we could be. Everyone loved Gail. She will be missed so much - she already is. It's hard to believe she's gone.
Lastly but most importantly, Gail's faith was always inspiring. Today, the Notre Dame Observer published the following letter from an alumna, Laura Hoffman:
"I came to Notre Dame raised on Christian values but as a non-Catholic. When I auditioned for choir my freshman year in 2000, I wasn’t sure I would feel comfortable in a choir that sang at masses weekly. Gail Walton and Andrew McShane selected me to sing for the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir and I did so for four years.Gail herself was a convert and I can think of few others who embraced the service of the Church as she did. Gail shines as a model for all of us - a true church lady in every way.
Gail had a profound influence on my life beyond music. Singing at the mass at the Basilica weekly, I was exposed to the Catholic faith. Gail provided an extraordinary example to me of what it meant to be a faithful Catholic through the respect she trained us to have for our service in the liturgy and the way she personally conducted herself with class. I was baptized after graduating from Notre Dame during my first year of law school. I was touched by a stunning bouquet of flowers sent to me by Gail Walton and Andrew McShane on that special day of my entrance into the Catholic Church.
Gail Walton gave so much more to us students at Notre Dame than training and excellence in music. She brought us closer to God and made us better people. The Notre Dame family matters because of people like Dr. Gail Walton who helped us grow beyond our years at Notre Dame.
Thank you Gail, we love you and will miss your presence terribly in the Notre Dame community."
Please take a moment to pray for Gail and her family, especially her husband. This has been so difficult for him.
Requiescat in pace.
In Paradisum deducant angeli...Chorus angelorum te suscipiat...Aeternam habeas requiem.
Gail conducts the Liturgical Choir in a 2008 concert:
(The Mawby Ave Verum (at the 5:20 mark) is one of my favorites)
Adapted from my original post at The Sober Sophomore. Funeral details can be found there.
Also, check out Sister Julie's compilation of blogs by women religious.
Article cloche tip: A Sister of Saint Joseph
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 10 oz. packages frozen spinach(or less), thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh oregano, chopped
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
20 sheets fillo dough
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 cups (1 pound) mozzarella cheese, grated
3 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup bread crumbs
In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add spinach and sauté until all excess moisture has evaporated. Add basil, oregano, lemon juice and pepper. Mix well. Cool slightly.
Prepare fillo pizza crust:
Use 10 sheets of fillo dough, brushing each with melted butter, margarine, oil or vegetable spray. Use 1/4 cup butter. Repeat this step. Place length of fillo across width of greased 15” x 10” x 1” cookie sheet or baking pan. Overlap each set of 10 buttered fillo sheets 5 inches at center. Roll overlapping fillo onto itself on cookie sheet to form “pizza crust.” Brush top layer with melted butter or olive oil.
Spread spinach mixture on prepared fillo sheets. Top spinach with 1/2 of mozzarella. Dredge tomatoes in bread crumbs and arrange on top of mozzarella. Top with remaining mozzarella and feta cheese.
Bake in preheated 400°F oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
NOTE: This serves nicely. To make appetizers, simply arrange the tomatoes closer (so there's one in the center of each piece) and cut smaller. Diamond shaped would be nice.
Of all the pious exercises connected with the veneration of the Cross, none is more popular among the faithful than the Via Crucis. Through this pious exercise, the faithful movingly follow the final earthly journey of Christ: from the Mount of Olives, where the Lord, "in a small estate called Gethsemane" was taken by anguish, to Calvary where he was crucified between two thieves, to the garden where he was placed in freshly hewn tomb.
The love of the Christian faithful for this devotion is amply attested by the numerous Via Crucis erected in so many churches, shrines, cloisters, in the countryside, and on mountain pathways where the various stations are very evocative.
The Via Crucis is a journey made in the Holy Spirit, that divine fire which burned in the heart of Jesus and brought him to Calvary. This is a journey well esteemed by the Church since it has retained a living memory of the words and gestures of the final earthly days of her Spouse and Lord.
In the Via Crucis, various strands of Christian piety coalesce: the idea of life being a journey or pilgrimage; as a passage from earthly exile to our true home in Heaven; the deep desire to be conformed to the Passion of Christ; the demands of following Christ, which imply that his disciples must follow behind the Master, daily carrying their own crosses.
-Directory on Popular Piety, 131-133
For today's prayer, the Church Ladies suggest you consider Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's meditations and prayers from Lent, 2005.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
- A crisis of commitment (men who are reluctant to say yes to their call)
- A crisis of encouragement (Basically, mothers and fathers who are not supporting sons who express an interest in saying YES to God’s call. Also, bishops and their vocation directors, and their discernment and vetting processes. Does your bishop really believe that an ordained priesthood is necessary for the flourishing of the Church? Is there a culture of priestly community in the diocese? Are the priests happy and encouraging of vocations? Bottomline: no young man is remotely interested in joining an order or a diocese controlled by bitter, angry ideologues who loudly and proudly celebrate the coming demise of the priesthood. Who wants to jump on a failing project as it sinks under the weight of its stewards’ neglect?)
- First, give God constant thanks for the vocations He has called.
- Second, pray that God will encourage those whom He has called. Pray that they will say YES.
- Third, personally, one-on-one invite a young man to think about priesthood.
- Fourth, spend some time studying what the Church teaches about priesthood. Ignore functional models of priesthood (i.e., the priesthood is a job or a role) and ignore attempts to turn the Catholic priest into a Protestant minister (i.e., a minister of the Word in the pulpit but not a priest at the altar of sacrifice!). Also avoid all attempts to understand that priesthood is rooted in baptism only - ordained priest ministers out of his baptism AND out of his ordination.
1 cup of cornmeal
1 t olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
4 Italian or red bell peppers
1 can corn
1 can black beans
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 375.
Prepare 1 cup cornmeal into polenta. Stir in olive oil and garlic.
Spread polenta over peppers. Bake 20 minutes. Top with corn, beans, and cheese.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
For every 2 servings:
2 sweet potatoes, grated and liquid pressed out
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt and pepper
oil for frying
Combine all ingredients thoroughly; shape into pancakes and fry.
1 apple, cut in wedges
1 red onion, cut in rings
oil for sauteeing
Sautee apples and onions; serve with pancakes.
- Pray to the Holy Spirit for self-knowledge and trust in the mercy of God. Examine your conscience, be truly sorry for your sins, and resolve to change your life.
- Go to the priest and begin with the Sign of the Cross. Welcoming you, the priest will say:“May God, who has enlightened every heart, help you to know your sins and trust in his mercy,” or similar words taken from Scripture.You answer:“Amen. Then say, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been ____ weeks/ months/years since my last confession.”
- Confess your sins openly and candidly. Tell the priest of all mortal sins and the number of times each was committed, and then you may confess some of your venial sins. (Although it is not strictly necessary to confess venial sins, the Church recommends that you do.) If you do not know whether a sin is mortal or venial, ask the priest. If you have no mortal sins, confess venial sins you have committed since your last confession; you may also mention some mortal sin from your past life for which you are particularly sorry, indicating that it has already been confessed.
- Then listen to the priest for whatever counsel he may judge appropriate. If you have any question about the faith, how to grow in holiness, or whether something is a sin, feel free to ask him. Then the priest will assign you a penance.
- Pray the Act of Contrition when the priest tells you.
- Listen as the priest absolves you of your sins and enjoy the fact that God has truly freed you from all your sins. If you forget to confess a mortal sin, you are still forgiven, but must mention it the next time you go to confession.
- Do the penance the priest assigns you.
- ...examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
- ...wait our turn in line patiently;
- ...come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
- ...speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
- ...state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
- ...confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
- ...listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
- ...confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
- ...carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
- ...use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
- ...never be afraid to say something "embarrassing"... just say it;
- ...never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;
- ...never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret… he is bound by the Seal;
- ...don’t confess "tendencies" or "struggles"... just sins;
- ...don’t leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution;
- ...memorize an Act of Contrition;
- ...answer the priest’s questions briefly if he asks for a clarification;
- ...ask questions if we can’t understand what he means when he tells us something;
- ...keep in mind that priests can have bad days just like we do;
- ...remember that priests go to confession too … they know what we are going through.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
oil for frying
1 package firm (not extra firm) tofu
1/2 cup marmalade (if not using Epiphany marmalade, add 1 t powdered ginger)
3 T hoisin sauce
soy sauce to taste
pepper flakes to taste
1 1/2 cups peapods or brocoli florets
Leafy lettuce, like Bibb or romaine hearts
Ramen noodles or rice (prepared)
Heat oil. Saute tofu gently. Stir in marmalade, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, & pepper flakes. Cook 5 minutes over medium heat; add vegetable, and cook 2-3 minutes more.
At the table, let everyone prepare their rolls with desired fillings.
Monday, February 22, 2010
- Originally from a pamphlet, presumably from some egg promotion board.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Recipe: Country Pork Stew
About Celebrating Sunday
- Caramelize the onions: In recipes that start by sauteeing onions or garlic, cooking them until they begin to blacken adds flavor and color that might be lost in a meatless rendition. Roasting vegetables such as peppers or tomatoes before adding them to the dish also helps.
- I've yet to find a recipe where vegetable stock can't be successfully substituted for other broths. For a healthier version than the canned ones, save the water you use to steam vegetables in your refrigerator (use a wine bottle or something opaque to help keep the vitamins intact--they don't like light). Add salt and herbs as needed, or just keep in mind that you'll need extra in the dishes it's used in. For the adventurous, pull out your food processor and try making your own vegetable bouillon!
- Whole wheat pasta, flour, breads, and pizza crusts lend a richer flavor than their refined counterparts. If you're worried about substituting successfully, try White Whole Wheat Flour, which yields a lighter finished product than regular whole wheat, but with the same nutritional value. I wouldn't use it for very light pastries or cakes, but for things like breads, cookies, pancakes, etc., I've had no problem substituting this for all of the white flour in my recipes. Whole wheat flours also contain more protein, which reminds me:
- Don't forget the protein! It's one thing to make up for the flavors lost from meat, but make sure you're getting the nutrients back in, too. Aside from vegetarian standards like tofu, try tossing in a handful of cashews or almonds with your green beans or carrots, use plain yogurt (or better yet, Greek yogurt) in your creamy sauces, add beans or nuts to your salads, and for the experienced cook, try thickening sauces (and even some soups) with eggs rather than flour or cornstarch. Dark green leafy vegetables and shellfish are great sources of the iron you may be missing, as well.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
1 medium onion
2 Tbsp butter
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato soup
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 8 oz package cream cheese, cubed
Saute onions in butter. Stir in tomatoes, soup, milk, and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer ten minutes. Stir in cheese until melted.
Friday, February 19, 2010
No doubt when Michael embarks on a hopeless enterprise or is about to make a serious blunder, you must warn him. But if he ignores your warning, you have to let him make his own mistakes. Once the error has been made, your theme changes radically: it's definitely not to stress how wise you were to foresee the catastrophe. It's rather to use your gifts to lessen the consequences of the mishap and help Michael not to lose face. (He should do the same for you when you're the wrong-headed one.)....I highly encourage you to move this to the top of your reading list. Read it all at once, a chapter or two a day, or just pick out the chapters that seem applicable (you certainly don't need to read them in order). At two pages each, a chapter is the perfect length for a quick reminder when you need it.
Objectively there's very little sense in ever saying "I told you so," because by the time you say it, the culprit knows it full well himself.
Dahl (red lentils)
2 cups dried red lentils
2 garlic cloves, minced or 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
pinch of curry powder, turmeric, cumin, and coriander
salt and cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
Place lentils in a pan and add enough water to cover. Cook on medium heat until tender; drain if necessary. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer 15 minutes.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
1 T olive oil
3 cups fresh Brussels sprouts (or broccoli) , quartered
1 red onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425. Grease baking dish with olive oil; spread vegetables evenly. Roast 25 minutes, or until crisply cooked. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
1 t oil
1 t mustard seeds
1 t diced hot pepper or pepper flakes to taste
2 cups of rice, prepared
1 cup plain yogurt (not fat-free)
salt to taste
3/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely diced
Heat oil in large frying pan. Toast mustard seeds and pepper briefly; fold in rice and coat evenly. Mix in yogurt and heat through; taste for salt. Fold in fresh cilantro.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
3 avocados, mashed
splash of olive oil
juice of one lemon
pinch of diced fresh jalapenos
a couple cloves of garlic, minced
pinch of salt
pinch of cumin
Min all ingredients together. Let rest 5 minutes, then serve.
Tomato Mozzarella salad
1 tub of fresh mozarella or a block of mozarella, cubed
1 pint of cherry tomatoes or a couple large ones, cubed
a little basil if you have some
Toss all the ingredients together. Serves 4-6.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Squash fritters are a great meatless entree. You can serve them as you would tuna patties, or halve them and serve in a hoagie roll for a satisfying sandwich. This recipe is different from most in that you don't cook the squash first and that the fritters are pan-fried, rather than deep fried. An electric skillet makes the frying go quickly. They freeze well; separate them with waxed paper first.
For 2 fritters:
1 summer squash, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 1/2-2 cups cornmeal
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
pinch of curry powder
Oil for frying
Combine vegetables in a large bowl. Press all the water out.
Combine the dry ingredients in a second bowl.
Add milk/egg to squash. Fold in flour, adding more cornmeal if necessary. Fry in skillet until golden brown on both sides.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Last weekend, I unexpectedly toured the Cardinal Spellman Stamp Museum, featuring the collections of His Eminence and President Eisenhower. I admit, I was predisposed to like the place: as a young priest, Father Spellman was pastor of my parish and I have a connection to the women's religious order that once ran the museum. Cardinal Spellman was a great philatelist; the permanent collection features his own stamps, while the exhibitions change monthly.
This postcard was sent by one Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli (who became Pope Pius XII) to Cardinal Spellman's mother. What a great piece of history!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Although the green baize doors, nannies, and nursery maids have become a thing of the past, the practice of giving children a combined tea and supper still continues with sandwiches, cakes, and biscuits forming the main part of the meal.
[The Book of Afternoon Tea]
Wouldn't your Junior Church Ladies enjoy a tea party supper for a bit of fun on a cold winter's night? Here's a list of tea sandwich recipes for inspiration. Happy baking!
Image: Gianbattista Gigola, Portrait of the Daughters of Gian Giacomo Trivulzio, 1807
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
-using my wedding china and silver
-following the Eastern European tradition of lighting a candle before an image of the Trinity
-Praying Evening Prayer after dinner
Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to the LORD. [Ex 35, 2]
Last Sunday I made Crock-pot Split Pea soup. I added a bay leaf and some thyme, and found the lentils and vegetables were so smooth I didn't need to puree it. With Superbowl Sunday, I'm making chili.
Lucy's Blue-Ribbon Southwestern Chili
1 onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground turkey
red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 t cumin
salt and pepper to taste
1 28 oz can tomato puree
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
2 beef bouillon cubes
In a stockpot, sautee onions and garlic. Add turkey, cook until brown; drain fat. At this state, you can transfer to a Crock-pot, or keep going on the stove. Stir spices in to the meat, then add remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 3 hours. (NB: If you use the stove, you might need to add more water at intervals.)
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
My job has always had a strong geographical commitment, so as a result, at less than 5 years after graduation, I have been on over 100 interviews. As spring interview season and job fairs approach, I'd like to share some tips that I've gleaned through the years (including the memorable spring break of my senior year at Our Lady's University, which seemed to be spent entirely on the Metro-North railroad).
SETTING UP INTERVIEWS:
-See if your field has a professional organization website with job postings.
-If you are looking for a job in a faith-based context, check out catholicjobs.com, the diocesan website, or the local Catholic Charities website. It might not hurt to call over to HR with the latter two; some places don't keep their websites up to date. If you are interested in education, call the Catholic Schools Office of the diocese.
-For other nonprofit jobs, check out nonprofitjobs.com
-For jobs in higher ed, I strongly recommend HERC. Smaller institutions might belong to independent consortiums, so google "independent colleges" and your area.
-Word of mouth is great. Ask, ask ask.
-Take advantage of your alumni connections. Our Lady's University is very good about facilitating networking. If you are still in school, ask if your department maintains a list of alumni and their professional connections.
-Narrowly focused job fairs, such as those set up to specifically recruit students from your school/ school's department- can be rewarding. In my experience, smaller is better, excepting fields that hire a lot of employees, like public education.
-Schedule your interviews at least 3 hours apart. I have had good interviews that lasted from 15 minutes to 2 hours and counting. You never know.
-Check out my earlier post on buying a good dark suit.
-If you are interviewing at several offices over a few days, consider buying a second suit. Depending on your complexion, I'd recommend grey, navy, or chocolate brown. Pick shirts or camis that can go with both suits.
-If your interviews include trudging through spring slush, consider investing in a pair of dressier walking boots you can keep on during your interview, or trade out for your dress pumps if you would rather.
-A stylish briefcase/large purse makes a good first impression. It should be big enough to fit a ring binder inside. Interior pockets are a plus for your wallet, keys, etc.
-Lightly apply make-up and cologne.
-Unless you are interviewing at a parish or chancery, swap out your religious jewelry for the Church Lady Classic, a string of pearls. Modern HR policy forbids discrimination on religious grounds, but you can never tell what will set someone off. You can be an example of the faith- after you get the job.
-Have a small emergency kit: clear nail polish (for runs in stockings), stain stick, safety pins, umbrella, headache remedy, and gum/mints.
-Interview season may be the first time you have been in a metro area alone. Be safe.
-Make an index card for every interview with: date/time, the name of organization, address, interviewer, phone number, and brief summary of the organization. When your GPS picks the wrong one of six highways named after Boston's Irish bishops, you'll be glad to have a direct contact. If taking public transportation, note the nearby stations and schedules. Keep this card in your coat pocket for easy reference.
-Someone should know where you are. Share a list of interview locations and times with a parent or roommate.
-Don't talk about your travel plans in public.
-Bring your charged cell-phone, but turn the ringer off.
-Sole proprietorships can offer a more flexible work week and a wider professional experience. But go with your gut here. If you feel uncomfortable with the proprietor, or the office is very remotely located, don't take the job.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
-Confirm your interview a few days ahead of time.
-Print off extra copies of your resume, at least one for each interview. I know you emailed it to them already... but they misplaced it. Or gave it to a colleague for review. Their kid drew on it. The dog puked on it. Don't take it personally. Have another to hand out.
-Consider having business cards made.
-Arrange your documents in a ring binder or folio. Check that your portfolio is up to date.
-Print off the company's home-page and list of recent ventures. Talking about these expresses your genuine interest in the organization.
-Think of creative ways to describe some of your faith-based activities for the public sphere. You led a book-study? Translation: Experience facilitating small groups.
-I strongly recommend reading Drucker's "What NonProfits are Teaching Business."
AT THE INTERVIEW:
-Speak clearly and cheerfully.
-If asked about a skill you lack, express your willingness to learn.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
-Send a thank you note promptly. Use professional stationery.
-Follow-up as necessary. It can take longer than you think for some hiring decisions to be made.
Good Luck! The Church Ladies are praying for you.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
If Therese's favorite appliance is her kitchen scale, mine is definitely my stand mixer. I use it most often for making pizza, but the homemade bread, pastries, turn-overs, and Chinese dumplings have let me make home-made convenience foods for less money and better nutrition than store-bought products. Icing and whipped cream stay much fluffier; meringues are a snap. The construction is solid and powerful.
The attachments connect right into the mixer proper, so you don't end up with a series of stand-alones. Options include a pasta roller/cutter, ice-cream maker, food mill, and more.
The biggest down-side to a stand mixer is the cost. I was lucky; the department store my wedding china came from offered a 5% gift card of the total registry purchases, so I paid less than $20 for Max the Mixer. But between Black Friday sales, Craigslist, and manufacturer rebates you might be able to score a deal.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
In reality, it is properly and only from this faith, from this profession of faith in Jesus Christ, the only and definitive Mediator, that consecrated life has meaning in the Church, a life consecrated to God through Christ. It has meaning only if he is truly Mediator between God and us, otherwise it would only be a form of sublimation or evasion.
Full of trust and gratitude, let us then also renew the gesture of the total offering of ourselves, presenting ourselves in the Temple. May the Year for Priests be a further occasion, for priests religious to intensify the journey of sanctification, and for all consecrated men and women, a stimulus to support and sustain their ministry with fervent prayer.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
- How tall should the monogram be for a man's handkerchief?
- What stitch do you recommend for forming the monogram? The monograms in today's picture look like machine embroidery.
- Any recommendation for fonts and colors?
- The height can vary. I guess I'd go with something about 1/2-5/8". That would depend on your overall design though. The round design in the photo is bigger. I'm inclined to smaller monograms, but I've seen purchased handkerchiefs with a single initial that's almost an inch high.
- Those pictured are definitely machine embroidered. For hand embroidery, I'd recommend using a satin stitch with a single strand of floss for most monograms. You might want to use a back stitch for very narrow areas and thin lines. I like to use an embroidery hoop to keep everything stretched tight; it always gets pucker-y for me if I don't.
- Colors: navy, grey, maroon, black, and cadet blue are all classics. If I were making one for my son, however, I would be tempted to use bright red. (He's kind of a flashy dresser. :-) Fonts: I worked out a few examples below. (Click on the image to make it bigger.) If the directions aren't clear, just put your questions in the comment box. I used Microsoft Publisher for the WordArt features to make the funky shapes. You might be able to do it on MS Word also, but I'm not as familiar with that program.
But the best reason to carry a handkerchief has nothing to do with you. It’s the chance to lend it to others that’s commends this practice the most. Be sure to put one in your pocket when you go see a tear-jerker movie with your girlfriend or accompany your wife to a funeral. When women are feeling vulnerable, they’ll really appreciate your offer of a soft hankie. It’s a gallant and chivalrous gesture; there’s just something comforting about it.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Stop! Don't throw that away! That last bit of dinner not big enough for anything, the lone carrot in the crisper, the ends of your bread loaves, stale cracker crumbs. The sum is greater than the parts, and the savings do add up.
All of these odds and ends can be re-purposed if one has the foresight to freeze them before they spoil. Depending on the the size of your family and your freezer space, you will need freezer bags or containers. When I was single I used quart bags; a mixture of quart and gallon bags now better fits my needs.
"Have all the good bits of vegetables and meat collected after dinner and minced before they are set away; that they may be in readiness to make a little savoury for supper or breakfast."
[The American Frugal Housewife, 1829]
I've tweaked the Tightwad Gazette's Freezer Soup a bit. Instead of one container into which all scraps go willy-nilly, I have three themed bags. It takes a little longer to accumulate left-overs, but the results are far more palatable.
Get in touch with your inner Italian- make minestrone from leftovers. This bag is for your most robust vegetables, like zucchini, bell peppers, or tomatoes. Odd bits of beans, pasta, rice, and lentils find their home here. Don't let that half used can of tomato paste languish in the back of the fridge- scrape it in. I keep this bag meatless.
Bones (like thighs and drumsticks) get frozen for pot-au-feu broth. In separate bag go vegetables such as peas, carrots, or unseasoned potatoes to be stirred in the soup.
Ditto for beef. Save the bones for broth. The deeper flavor of beef means you can get away with saving vegetables or other bits cooked in a flavored sauce here. Root vegetables are a natural fit, and I usually add some barley to the finished soup.
"Above all, do not let crusts accumulate in such quantities that they cannot be used. With proper care, there is no need of losing a particle of bread, even in the hottest months." [The American Frugal Housewife, 1829]
You might be surprised how quickly all the loaf ends and stale bread add up. Just cube the old bread before putting it in the freezer. When you have enough to fill a terrine, toss it with a pinch of sage or tarragon, a little melted butter, some chopped onion, and enough stock to moisten it before baking it in the greased dish at 325 for 30 minutes, covering to start and finishing uncovered.
You can also crush stale bread for great bread crumbs.
Excellent for breading chicken or fish. Substitute for bread crumbs in your favorite recipe.
Are saved for a top-secret Church Ladies' purpose!
Image source: Crespi, The Scullery Maid
[full USPS press release]
For all scholars and intellectuals, that by means of sincere search for the truth they may arrive at an understanding of the one true God.
That the Church, aware of its own missionary identity, may strive to follow Christ faithfully and to proclaim His Gospel to all peoples.