Tuesday, August 30, 2011
If you have boiling water left over after making tea, it may be frozen and stored indefinitely, and then reheated when you need it to make tea again.Aren't you glad we're here to pass along such useful information?
Monday, August 29, 2011
During these hot months, my tea drinking is restricted to strong sun tea made from the cheapest tea bags I can procure. It is nearly to the point, though, where I can start thinking of hot beverages again without breaking a sweat, so this idea from Kinfolk magazine's blog has me intrigued.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
* Explore St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
FUN is just around the corner. Step into sensational skits, exciting Bible stories, creative crafts and amazing music!
The methodology, structure, content, and enthusiasm of Totus Tuus is concerned not only with teaching the faith, but also igniting the hearts of the team members and young people. The result has been the formation of young adults who continue to dedicate themselves to the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
All of the great Catholic religious orders have their associated laypeople. Franciscans have their Secular Order, Carmelites their Third Order, Dominicans have their Tertiaries, Benedictines have their Oblates, Passionists have their Associates, and so forth; and the differences are very slight. Third (or Secular) Orders are literally “third” parts of the Dominican, Franciscan and Carmelite families and those laypeople who join them try to adapt the charisms and characteristics of each order into their daily routines, which in turn tends to shape their lives in ways reflective of the lives of their vowed brothers and sisters.
Monday, August 22, 2011
the mother of the King of kings, it is deservedly and by every right
that the Church has honored her with the title of 'Queen'."
(St Alphonsus Liguori)
Check out Pope Pius XII's encyclical "Ad Caeli Reginam"
Raphael, The Crowning of the Virgin (Oddi Altarpiece)
Oil on canvas
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Electric pans come in two varieties, griddles or skillets. Griddles tend to have more real estate, but I'm partial to the skillet version. Because of the sides, it's more versatile. In addition to hot breakfasts, it can be used to cook dishes when entertaining or during the holidays, such as paella. The pan portion of my skillet is removeable for easy cleaning, and can also be used in the oven. With an impending move, cooking in the skillet helps me keep the stove clean.
I often find myself stumped for what to make for breakfast, so here are some ideas: scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried bread, birds in a nest, potato pancakes, or hash and eggs. What are your family's hot breakfast favorites?
Saturday, August 20, 2011
This take on a dry erase board has been making the rounds of various ladies' magazines and blogs and it really is a nice addition to my kitchen.
large picture frame with glass
light colored fabric 1" larger than the back w(edges serged or treated with Fray check)
masking tape (optional)
Remove carboard backing. Wrap fabric around it, smoothing away any wrinkles. Open stapler, and staple fabric in place on reverse side. Place inside frame, fabric side forward, and seal back (either with masking tape, or replacing the original staples etc).
The whole process took 5 minutes, start to finish, and cost next to nothing. It would make a lovely hostess gift or dorm-warming present.
N.B. If you have little ones or a tile floor, I would recommend making sure the frame is hung with wire rather than relying on the backing loop for support, in case the frame gets knocked.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Voila- pretty little jars for pennies. My next project will be to re-cover the lids of my spice jars, which are almost all re-purposed condiment jars, since I buy spices in bulk.
Also check out my new bud vase for larger blossoms (originally a bottle of Redemption bourbon). I like its lines.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
In life she shone to a few;
after death she shines on the whole world!
On earth she was a clear light;
Now in heaven she is a brilliant sun.
O how great the vehemence of the
brilliance of this clarity!
On earth this light was indeed kept
within cloistered walls,
yet shed abroad its shining rays;
It was confined within a convent cell,
yet spread itself through the wide world.
- Pope Innocent IV
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It's time for a barbecue, in honor of St Lawrence!
St Lawrence was a 3rd century deacon who was martyred for his Christian faith, exemplified by his protection of the treasures of the Church- her poor and her material wealth, including her intellectual tradition.St Augustine wrote "[Lawrence] ministered the sacred blood of Christ; there for the sake of Christ’s name he poured out his own blood. Saint John the apostle was evidently teaching us about the mystery of the Lord’s supper when he wrote: “Just as Christ laid down his life for us, so we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” My brethren, Lawrence understood this and, understanding, he acted on it. In his life he loved Christ; in his death he followed in his footsteps."
Follow St Lawrence's advice in your grilling-during his martyrdom, he cried out "Turn me over; I'm done on this side."
I'm not sure what St Lawrence would have thought of this apron, though.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes.
And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory
wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me.
(St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
For all the Jane of Lantern Hill fans- do you think Aunt Irene's chocolate peppermint cake was anything like this?
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Among the books that I have re-discovered due to an impending move were Helen McLoughlin's My Nameday- Come for Dessert and Mary Reed Newland's The Year and Our Children. In early July, we celebrated my son Thomas' nameday with a fish-shaped mango ice cream cake (as Thomas was the Apostle to India) and a string of knitted fish for him to look at from his carseat.