"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

~ French Lentil Soup ~

Our Meal and Soupe du jour...I used what fresh ingredients I had and improvised some...as you will see (and as my family tasted) it turned out délicieux!  Or maybe we were all so very hungry from fasting? 

 Actually, I used one of my favorite cookbooks "Twelve Months of Monastery Soups" by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette.  Everything in this cookbook comes out delicious; a must have.

A little bit of garlic and some onion gently sauteed in olive oil.  (Again with the sidways picture) *sigh*
 The recipe didn't call for zucchini, but I threw some in (because I had some).  Fresh spinach, carrots...
...Fingerling potatoes (love them!), etc...
 oh yes, and LENTILS!

Add some cooked rice (we used brown & wild rice) to complete the meal.
Ta da!  Française Soupe aux lentilles (aka French Lentil Soup)   Our Ash Wednesday ~ Soupe du jour ~ Soup of the Day!  Worth the Wait.

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~ Shrove Tuesday ~

Shrove Tuesday...or Shrovetide;  It's not a party but it can sure feel like one...a week or two earlier, we start going through our pantry, refrigerator & freezer to use up items that will help us to keep our Lenten Commitments or Promises - as it relates to fasting or abstinence.

Butterfly's Raisin Oatmeal Cookies - mmm-good!
 I found some cookie dough in the freezer that Butterfly had made a few months ago...goodbye temptation.

Home-made Chili - yum!

Found all the items to make some delicious Chili - I've only made chili a few times...my children don't usually eat it...However, this was a HUGE HIT - they loved it!  Even my picky one...I'll be making this again.

King's Cake stand in

Making Pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday is a tradition at our house.  This year I opted out from using the yellow, green and purple food coloring.  But we did use b.u.t.t.e.r. (oh yea!)  And we found a bag of chocolate chips, so we added some of those as well.

 We rarely, rarely use butter on our pancakes.  Yes, I realize they taste better with some butter, but I just got our kids used to the idea of no butter...so we were REALLY indulging here.

Little Lamb slathers on the b.u.t.t.e.r.

This is a Happy Shrove Tuesday!
Shrovetide is the English equivalent of what is known in the greater part of Southern Europe as the "Carnival", a word which, in spite of wild suggestions to the contrary, is undoubtedly to be derived from the "taking away of flesh" (carne levare) which marked the beginning of Lent. The English term "shrovetide" (from "to shrive", or hear confessions) is sufficiently explained by a sentence in the Anglo-Saxon "Ecclesiastical Institutes" translated from Theodulphus by Abbot Aelfric about A.D. 1000: "In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance]". In this name shrovetide the religious idea is uppermost, and the same is true of the German Fastnacht (the eve of the fast). It is intelligible enough that before a long period of deprivations human nature should allow itself some exceptional licence in the way of frolic and good cheer. No appeal to vague and often inconsistent traces of earlier pagan customs seems needed to explain the general observance of a carnival celebration. The only clear fact which does not seem to be adequately accounted for is the widespread tendency to include the preceding Thursday (called in French Jeudi gras and in German fetter Donnerstag — just as Shrove Tuesday is respectively called Mardi gras and fetter Dienstag) with the Monday and Tuesday which follow Quinquagesima. The English custom of eating pancakes was undoubtedly suggested by the need of using up the eggs and fat which were, originally at least, prohibited articles of diet during the forty days of Lent.

Monday, February 20, 2012

~ Boys & Toys ~

Conductor at work
 I just love my two men!  They are always SO good about keeping things maintained around the yard (& house)...always fixing & improving.  What a team!

They are amazing - both in designing and building new places of beauty, all for the family to enjoy.

Conductor's Toy

Toys, toys, toys
Of course, with all this manly work, several toys tools are needed...

...I'm good with this;  Hmmm, come to think of it, I have several toys tools in the kitchen.  ;o)

Besides, they always get the job done - and it's always top notch. 

Break Time

Man & Man-boy are peacefully enjoying a short break and some father/son time.

Play Time

Dog-puppy playfully attacks Master, from behind!

Master reverts to old high school wrestling move for a pin!                                                                     

Time Out, Time

Friday, February 17, 2012

~ A Penny For Your Thoughts ~

2nd Grade Experiment:  Cleaning Pennies with soda pop

dirty penny awaiting transformation
 Place (dirty) pennies in a dish; we used a stainless steel bowl.

Cover the pennies with soda pop; for best results, pennies should not be sitting on top of each other. (Little Lamb wanted all her pennies in at once). :o)

Let sit for about 5 - 6 hours (you can flip them halfway through, and check on them periodically to see the changes - or at least Little Lamb did).  Aren't most scientists curious?

Pennies soaking in soda pop

Little Lamb's side comment:  "Mama, if I ever get to be a Scientist, I'm going to prove to the world that C**e is bad for people."

Stay tuned for the results....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

~ The Language of Love ~

St. Valentine's Feast Day 2012
 If I speak in human and angelic tongues - but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 

And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. 

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Sweethearts, Chocolates, Rose scented candles...
 Love is patient, love is kind. 

It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own iterests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

What's better than chocolate? 
Chocolate with a bible verse, of course!
  Love never fails. 

If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. 

For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away...

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.  ~ 1 Corinthians 13

Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Perfect Love

Hope you had a Lovely St. Valentine's Day...                      

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

~ St. Valentines Day ~

Little Lamb's Love Note and Hand-Maid Heart...

~ Rosebuds ~

Jiggler Hearts...Hmmm, idea for St. Patricks...

~ Tea-Time ~

Sunday, February 12, 2012

~ Our Lady of Lourdes ~

Our Lady of Lourdes - France
Yesterday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11th. 
We attended a beautiful World Day of the sick Mass at our Cathedral, where the Sacrament of the Sick was administered to those with serious illnesses.  Conductor served the Holy Mass...just four years earlier, he had served in the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes...unforgettably amazing!

Our hearts & souls were forever touched...and we were inspired to share this wondrous experience...

Our Lady of Lourdes candles from Lourdes, France (see them??)

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine ~ Our Gift

Saturday, February 11, 2012

EXPECTING! ...the unexpected

I was feeling pretty good about my recent weight loss...slipping into my dress as I prepared for Mass...trying on different jackets over my dress, trying to decide on the red or the blue...

In walks Little Lamb, as she often comes in to chat...

Little Lamb:  "Oh no; that makes you look like your gunna have a baby in a few months!"

Mom:  *ouch*  (LOL)

"Pain is never permanent."  ~ St. Teresa of Avila

And Furthermore...

"There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world."  ~ Saint Teresa of Avila

And Finally...

"Humility does not disturb or disquiet or agitate, however great it may be; it comes with peace, delight, and calm. . . . The pain of genuine humility doesn’t agitate or afflict the soul; rather, this humility expands it and enables it to serve God more."  ~ St teresa of Avila

Friday, February 10, 2012