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Friday, October 24, 2014

~ Papal Cream Cake ~

After a quick search, I came across the simplest & quickest version of kremowka papieska (pronounced: kreh-MOOV-kah  pah-PYESS-kah) or Papal Cream Cake. 

This Polish dessert was renamed papal cream cake after it was learned that Pope John Paul II ate this as a youth, and apparently, he was quite fond of this delicious pastry.  

It is pretty high-profile dessert, now; and the story of how Karol Wojtyla, enjoyed this creamy pastry delight from his friend's father's bakery, is endearing.

It is the perfect choice of celebratory food, as we celebrate this 1st special occasion.  

On the first anniversary feast day of Pope St. John Paul II - we enjoy the kremowka papieska!

The Pastry Cream recipe I found, turned out to be DELICIOUS.  It was so easy to make.  Six basic ingredients:  milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, cornstarch & egg yolks.  It took about 15 minutes to make this delicious custard cream filling.

I cheated and used a pre-made puff pastry; so, I didn't need the butter after all.  The entire dessert (from start to finish) took less than an hour...that includes clean up.  I did have the frozen pastry dough thawed prior to my baking and prep time.

This was my first time making this dessert.  Perfect for a first time anniversary!

You can find the full step by step recipe for Papal Cream Cake here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

St. John Paul II...

We love you.

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Pray for us!

"I plead with you!  Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged.  Be not afraid."
~ St. John Paul II

Happy Feast Day ~ October 22

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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The crew looked {pretty} & handsome as they attended a movie premiere gala event.  Our friends' daughter produced, directed & filmed a movie that included several children in our home school & church friend circles.  
It was a super fun afternoon.  Cast members (siblings & parents, too) brought snacks, desserts, drinks to watch the completed film.  The families enjoyed watching the youth laugh and enjoy themselves.  
Movie Premiere
The Event included:  The Walk of Fame; Special Movie Premiere; Luncheon with the Stars. 
All the cast dressed to the occasion.
Everyone enjoyed the afternoon.  Good wholesome fun and entertainment.  
Rated G for GREAT! 


AHG & Trail Life have been bringing many {happy} events and memories.
A lot of badges and service hours have been accomplished through meetings, camping trips and home activities.  Little Lamb even took the initiative to personalize her new tote bag that each girl received to hold their AHG book & projects.  She embroidered the American Heritage Girls initials onto her bag.
American Heritage Girls

Conductor has turned SEVENTEEN.  Wow.  TEMPUS FUGIT.  
He requested his favorite side dish with bacon, and this fruit torte.  
Happy 17th!!!!!!!!!

We are so proud of you, son, and 


Fresh eggs
After a good wash, I lined up the eggs in a safe spot so they would not roll away...I love having fresh eggs every morning.  Love it.

We attended the 2nd Annual Blue Mass at our Cathedral to honor our police, fire fighters and first responders. 
Blue Mass

Eighty years ago, the first Blue Mass took place in  Washington, D.C. at St. Patrick's Church.  Since 1934, the Church has been asking for special blessings for those that work in public safety, protecting and caring for our communities; and to pray for those who have given their lives.
We take time to honor those that gave their lives in the line of duty.  This particular Mass was special in that a family friend, a police officer, was killed in January of this year.  Our bishop mentioned his name during the intentions.
Credit:  SFgate
Funeral Mass of Detective Sergeant T.S.
Bishop Barber celebrated the Mass along with ten chaplains, and three deacons; The mayor, 3 chaplains from the Episcopal church and two from the Baptist church were also in attendance and praying together with the law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders.

We pray for those living, especially my brother.  

Please offer up a quick pray for all those that serve and protect us.   

St. Michael, Patron Saint of  Law Enforcement Officers
St. Florian, Patron Saint of Firefighters

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Monday, September 8, 2014

~ Back To School - 2014-2015 ~

Although my teens are now in their second week of school, we officially began our Home School classes - today.  

Since we began home schooling, 12 years ago, we have used the Nativity of Mary as our official school start date.  Today was no different.  
Vespers at St. Albert's Priory, to celebrate the Vigil of Our Lady's Feast Day.  

Our morning included sharing our school supply surprises and I brought back an even older tradition:  "Sunshine Omelets". I first made these for my husband, 24 years ago!  
I made sure to use our Fresh Eggs.  

Well, we have our schedules in place, and calendars to help keep us organized and (hopefully) on top of things.  Please pray for us!  We are praying for all the Home Schooling Families out there!!


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Sunday, August 31, 2014


The Summer has been filled with one spectacular event after another....

Camping at Lake Siskyou
Fishing for rainbow trout
Cooking rainbow trout

AHG Camp
Learning to tie knots...among other skills
Achieving the Climb on badge

Train Ride from California to Washington

Catholic Family Conference

San Francisco Stay
Investiture Mass

Dinner at the St. Francis - Celebrating a joyous occasion

Mass at the Carmel
Mass at the Carmel - Imposition of the habit

and Fresh Eggs!  My Little Lamb has now been gathering fresh eggs on a daily basis.  Which means, Butterfly has been doing a lot of baking using up some fresh plums & peaches from our families gardens...one "eggstravaganza" event after another.

Our summer is officially over...it is Back to School time.  I am hoping for a successful academic year and praying for a rainy Autumn & Winter...

"O God, in Whom we live, move and have our being, grant us sufficient rain, so that, being supplied with what sustains us in this present life, we may seek more confidently what sustains us for eternity.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever."  ~ The Roman Missal of the Catholic Church, #35

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Monday, June 30, 2014

~ Around the Home ~

I love to decorate for the Fourth of July.

We are a very patriotic family and celebrating the Fourth is always time spent with family and friends, usually with the same enthusiasm.

I fell very ill last week and have been slowly recovering.  My children, especially my Butterfly, have been nursing me back to health and taking very good care of me.  I am one, very blessed lady.

My husband gets good points, too.  He came home in the middle of the day/week to brighten up the "convalescent" room with a lovely bouquet of flowers. 

My decorating began, before I fell ill...and I am glad that I was able to get the Easter decorations down and the Fourth of July decor up before I became too sick to do anything.  
Some things old, some things new, some old things in new places.

Besides, I wanted to get things in place before the World Cup USA vs Portugal game.  We should have won that one.  Oh well.  I had both patroness set out, no surprise it ended in a tie.

Patroness of the Americas: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Patroness of Portugal:  Our Lady of Fatima
(Although I believe that both countries invoke The Blessed Virgin Mary - Immaculate Conception as their principle patroness).

Everyone brought lots of great dishes and we supplied some All American Hot Dogs and Portuguese Sausages...American...Portuguese...that was my husband's idea.  It was his and the teens party; I was just asked not to bring out the 'fancy' dishes and to use paper plates.  No dishes?  Why, sure.  You cook?  Oh-K.  No problema.  
We had some trimmings for the dogs & sausages and a few appetizers and snacks...and chili.  I love chili.  And I love it, even better, when someone else makes it.

Our friends baked and brought some fabulous homemade desserts...as well as a delicious store bought for two birthdays that we celebrated.  Happy 9th & 14th dear friends!
We can't forget the Red Velvet cake...

Just some things that have been happening around the home...


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Twenty-Four Years {p,h,f,r}

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My husband and I have just celebrated our Twenty-Fourth Wedding Anniversary.  To celebrate, we flew to New York.  Why New York?  My husband had a business trip to NY planned for the following week, so we decided to take advantage of the travel opportunity.   

It was an absolutely wonderful getaway...

I have been to New York once before.  The first visit was a stop over on our way to Rome.  We ended up having Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral and visiting ground zero and the Empire State Building, among other things.

This trip was also jammed packed with fun...lovely, exquisite dinners; Yankee's Game at Yankee Stadium via Grand Central Station; Horse-drawn carriage ride; NY City World Trade Center Memorial Site; St. Peter's Church; Times Square; and of course, Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, which was celebrated by Cardinal Dolan.

So without further ado...

It may seem very touristy, but this is the best way to see Central Park.  It is so pretty & BIG.  We had such a blast.  At the end, it started to rain, and the driver pulled over and set up the canopy...IT WAS LOVELY.  It could not have been a more perfect ride.  HAPPY 24TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!


As a kid, I have always wanted to go to a Yankees game.  It just seems so All-American.  Well, my dream came true...

Funny, so many people asked me if my husband and I were going to the theatre while in NY...to me, this was quite the show.  And we WON!  Happy, happy, happy.
There were also the fun perks of enjoying a 'foot long' and washing it down with an ice cold 'beer here' (imagine saying this, loudly, with a NY accent).


I have been to Roma four times...this reminded me of the little cafes and ristorantes that we frequented.   The very large cannoli was unreal!  And the mini ones were delicious! :D 


Of course, we went to Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  The Choir was beautiful (almost as wonderful as our Children's Cathedral Choir).  
His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York celebrated the Holy Mass.  His Homily was inspiring.  At first he began by apologizing for the condition of his church...then he mentioned that one of the con-celebrating priests was visiting from Egypt.  He went on to explain that the priest, also, had a church that was under repair...however, because of vandalism and terrorists.  Cardinal Dolan humbly thanked the visiting priest...

The last time I attended Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, it did not have all the scaffolding.  It is a truly a magnificent Cathedral.  You can read more about the restoration of this beautiful iconic landmark here.

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Honoring the victims of the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001

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