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Thursday, March 26, 2015

~ Happy Tidings ~

Annunciation Cake
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Although we are still in the season of Lent, we are celebrating many feast days.  There are just so many Angels and Saints and we love to learn about them and ask for their intercessions throughout the year...In Lent, or out of Lent.

"Golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints." Revelations 5:8

Thank You Flowers for Confirmation 2015 & Conductor's clay Holy Family from 2003

We just celebrated the feast of St. Joseph (March 19), the spouse of Mary, and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 25).

There are many was to celebrate feast days, even in Lent:

From decorating with statues or art work, to reading about a saint, or writings from a saint.  A favorite of mine is to celebrate with foods.  We have to eat...everyday.  We might as well incorporate the day with those associated with the patron in honor.  We love to sample new and exciting international types of food.  Foods that are authentic to the lands of the saints and traditional recipes that have been handed down from both old and contemporary customs.  They can be familiar or exotic.  They can be simple or extravagant... But they always remind us of our beloved saints.

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.  This is good, and pleasing to God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."  1 Timothy 2:1-4


By far, the most ordinary way we have celebrated a feast day is to attend the Holy Mass, which is extraordinary.  It is the perfect prayer and celebration.  Unfortunately, this past school year has been challenging to make every Liturgical celebration.  We attend daily Mass when we can, and pray at home and celebrate with foods and decor and readings and prayers...



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Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Meal Planning

For some reason I am really looking forward to cooking up some real traditional Irish dishes for Saint Patrick's Feast Day.

Don't get me wrong, I love all the fun green foods, but something hearty (and non-dyed) is tugging at my stomach heart.


Below are some meal ideas & recipes...and two or three of these recipes result in green foods!


Found at (where else),  Pinterest.

Skinny Shamrock Shake from Shugary Sweets

Creamy Potato & Leek Soup from Family Gone Healthy  (I will probably cook this on Friday)

Irish Apple Cake with Warm Custard Sauce from The Kitchen McCabe

Colcannon from James & Everett

and for some easy fun Treats & Snacks:

Shamrock Chips (using spinach tortillas) from Zakka life.

and last, but not least:
Shamrock Pretzels from Christianity Cove via Faith Filled Food for Moms

My Journal Memories:
St. Patrick's 2013
St. Patrick's 2013
St. Patrick's 2014

+ March 17th +

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sutter's Fort & Pioneers

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We have just completed two badges for American Heritage Girls:

The Cooking Badge (for another post) and an Our Heritage Badge through Sutter's Fort.

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park is located in Sacramento.  The girls (and parents) had fun learning about life as a pioneer in the 1800s.  It was a very fun and educational day, as we love to learn about our California history.

Everyone dressed the part...well, almost everyone.  I bailed out on my pioneer-wear at the very last minute.  Not that I did not want to participate, I just looked, well,...all wrong.  :o)  I felt like a party pooper, but it was much less uncomfortable for me.  :oP

There was about 70 girls from AHG joining us.  Our troop was one of four AHG troops.  It was fun to spend the morning with troop friends and to meet new friends!


Games of pioneer-times

The Kitchen station, I thought, was the most interesting.  Although, all five stations were excellent!
The pretty ornate block is actually tea that would last for years and years and years!

Mother/Daughter lunch & shops at Old Town Sacramento, O'Sacramento St. Patrick's Parade & Old Schoolhouse

The above picture was not taken at Sutter's Fort, but at Old Town Sacramento (another national historic landmark).  I had forgotten about the O'Sacramento St. Patrick's Parade, while thinking I could treat my Little Lamb to a fun and historic lunch.  It was the perfect afternoon.
We visited the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum - very nice!  The ladies were excited to see her dressed in her pioneer costume (thinking she was a participant in the parade).
And I (almost) never leave without visiting my favorite chocolate store for a treat of a caramel apple.  The absolute best!

I love the School Curriculum and  The Five Virtures

The Doll in glass case is the original doll belonging to Patty Reed
While browsing through Sutter's Fort Trade Store, I purchased the book Patty Reed's Doll - The Story of the Donner Party.  A group of pioneers were stranded by very heavy snow in the winter of 1846 while traveling from Illinois to California...many perished, an eight year old girl, Patty, survived.  The story is told/seen through the eyes of Patty's doll and the hardship and struggles they endured.  Little Lamb and I will read the book together and discuss the other historic and mortal dangers that occurred.  Real.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Let it snow, Snow, SNOW!

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Our AHG Explorers group had planned a SNOW TRIP many months ago.  We have been experiencing a drought, with very little snow in the mountains this Winter...

So we prayed.  

When we drove up to Tahoe on Friday...it was beautiful.  But, there was NO SNOW.  We had packed our snow bibs, gloves, snow boots and HOPES of tobogganing.

Living in California, is living in the desert.  But living through a very long dry spell, is serious business.  
After several years of drought, we are parched.  PARCHED. 
So, any sign of precipitation is reason to jump for joy and thanksgiving!!!

The soft flakes from heaven were oh so pretty!

The girls were squealing and dancing and laughing in the falling flakes...


Just as we unpacked our last bag...it began to snow.  And snow....and snow.
Records say it was 10 inches.  It certainly was at least 7 inches.  And most definitely it was enough snow to play and toboggan and build a snow castle. 

We had no snow, but we had hope...


A lot of snow, snow, snow...a lot of fun, fun, fun!


Organizing my pantry:  What began as a small project...turned into a complete overhaul.  I worked on simplifying my storage system, rearranging the existing storage space to have more functionality, eliminating waste, and most importantly...cleanliness!
This "shoe rack" makes PERFECT shelves, for my pantry.  The shelves are set at the perfect height for canned goods, paper products, boxed goods.  It fit in my pantry's dead space PERFECTLY!  I had purchased a similar shoe rack for my family room.  Once the rack was assembled, I knew the shelves would fit nicely in my pantry...and sure enough, they worked.

I found that my empty glass milk bottles are perfect for storing and pouring flour, sugar, popcorn, etc...

I love using baskets, containers, and various jars to store my spices or any opened containers or packages (pasta, legumes, rice, nuts, chocolate chips...).

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