I finally tried my mom's nut bread recipe. After I quartered it, the original recipe makes close to 40 loaves, I had 9 loaves. Lot's to share.
I still have some kinks to work out on the technique. My side seams keep splitting(that's what's gonna happen to my pants if I don't get these into someone else's hands soon!). But they are so dern good! Yummy Yummy Yummy.
My good mom! She stayed on the phone with me all day yesterday talking me through this. Thanks much mommy!
See my split sides!!! Argh!!!!!
Happy Easter Ya'll!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Over breakfast this morning my oldest girl begins to lament the state of her room. The one she happens to share with Mr. Pinch, my youngest girl. It is in a most disastrous state at this moment.
(The plan is that the two will remain roommates forever. Oldest daughter going to work and making the money..Mr. Pinch (aptly named) will stay home and keep the house. Oh, the dreams of youth.)
As I eat my yummy yummy pancakes, listening to the lamentations of my oldest daughter, she throws this bit in,
"If she is going to be the one staying home to clean house..we're going to need a maid!"
I just found that to be very funny. Very true indeed.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mike Aquilina's Bible Study, Sharing Christ's Priesthood, opens the eye and the heart to how we are called to live out our common priesthood. In this study he explains the different levels of the Priesthood; The Priesthood of Christ, the common priesthood and the ordained priesthood.
Mike makes full use of the Scriptures to help us understand what it means to share in Christ's Priesthood. Starting with Genesis and ending in the New Testament with Jesus' exhortation to "go into the world and make disciples of all nations."
At the beginning of each chapter we read Scripture and answer questions to help us gain insight into the meaning of the Scripture. Mike then examines the meaning of the Scripture passage and guides us to a fuller understanding of our role in the Priesthood of Christ. At the conclusion of each chapter we are given questions to think about and pray on during the week or time until the next study gathering.
I found the section on Jesus, the Great High Priest, to be the most interesting. The discussion on Hebrews 7 opened up a door that I had been searching to find and offered a much deeper understanding of the verse "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek".
I worked on this study alone and found that it would have been more helpful to have a group to discuss and exchange ideas and thoughts with. Mike offers useful tips on leading a study and includes a list of resources at the end of the book for further study and research.
Mike Aquilina's study is easy to read and an excellent resource for those who want to understand more fully our role as priest in Christ's Kingdom.
Pick up a copy at the Catholic Company!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Oh brother! The stench that comes out of Hollywood just keeps getting stinkier. If that's possible. Big Hollywood reports that Disney is searching for, what seems to be elusive in Hollywood, "real breasts."
Disney is searching for real treasure chests for its upcoming shoot of the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” swashbuckler — that is, women with natural breasts.
and it just gets worse, read more...
H/T: Big Hollywood
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Just stopped by Mary's and she had linked to Ann's. I grabbed my coffee and went bloghopping.
I hadn't visited Ann's for awhile and it was such a refreshing break. As it always is. Her post reminded me to thoroughly love my husband. He works so very hard to provide a good life for his family. He takes good care of us. He loves our children beyond words. He is a Godly man. He is a loving husband. He is principal, provider, disciplinarian and daddy.
Hug your husband today if he is near you. If he is not, email him or send him a something special in the mail. Thank him for all that he has done to keep your family together. To love you and teach your children.
+St. Joseph, you were given the responsibility of caring for Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ. Your sacrifices in this endeavor were never recorded but they are not unknown. Protect and intercede for the fathers and husbands in our lives.+
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
"I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate," Obama said.
-For someone who doesn't worry about the procedures, Obama is quite adept at skirting around them.
"By the time the vote has taken place, not only I will know what's in it, you'll know what's in it because it's going to be posted and everybody's going to be able to evaluate it on the merits," he said
-Shouldn't he know what's in it BEFORE the vote? This is one of those slick underhanded jobs..even if we get the truth on the bill..there is no dern vote in the house 'cause Obama/Pelosi have already agreed to pass it without a VOTE. Oh..and what if we don't like it and it's "merits"?
Things are looking dark my friends. Dark, indeed.
source: Fox News
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thought I'd share some interesting facts/myths/legends about St. Patrick's Day..
1. The most famous legend regarding St. Patrick is that he rid Ireland of snakes by ringing his bell from the top of Croagh Patrick, the 2500 feet tall, conical mountain near Westport. Of course this isn't a true fact, but makes for an amusing anecdote. The mountain however has become a place of annual pilgrimage. There is an ancient church at the top and at the base a natural spring well known as Patrick's well or Tobair Padraig - St. Patrick supposedly baptized the first Irish converts at this well.
2. St. Patrick is also supposed to have rid Ireland - specifically County Donegal - of a fierce lake monster. After he had killed it, the blood turned the lake red and so since then the lake has been known as Red Lake or Lough Derg. It is now a pilgrimage place and many people go there between 1 June and 15 August in the fond hope that the journey will rid them of all their sins.
3. It is wholly due to St. Patrick’s French sojourn that Hawthorn bushes bloom in the winter in the Loire Valley. He crossed the Loire River, hung his cape to dry on a Hawthorn bush, and that is how this miracle came about.
4. St. Patrick did not always have a saintly temper. Sometimes he lost it and let the curses fly. Some of his curses, with the help of geographical occurrences, worked - like the one that made a certain field sink under the sea and thereby useless for cultivation. St. Patrick's oxen had been refused permission to graze there and that had riled him a bit.
5. St. Patrick had a strong sense of justice. Once he cured a blind man, but a certain individual who had laughed at the blind fellow promptly went blind alongside.
Read more at buzzle.com
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
of St. Faustina..
+Mother of God, Your soul was plunged into the sea of bitterness; look upon Your child and teach her to suffer and to love while suffering. Fortify my soul that pain will not break it. Mother of grace, teach me to live by (the power of) God.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
After I finished recording this..I turned around to a makeshift judging panel of 4 highly qualified musicians (they watch American Idol and sing in the shower every day) and was promptly voted out of the competition.
For Sarah..Jennifer..Kathy..Mom..Michelle, and all my friends, please forgive the high notes.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thanks so much to Grace Marie at From the Rustic Home for awarding me.
Now, the object of this award is to write seven interesting (well, maybe they're not-so-interesting!) facts about myself and pass it on to seven others....
1. I am a certified theater projectionist
2. I love baking and decorating cakes
3. I love the ocean..it's vastness..it's mysteries..it's the closest thing to heaven I've found on earth.
4. I love pistachio and chocolate ice cream
5. I'd love to climb Mt. Everest..I bet that's closer to heaven than #3 :)
6. I enjoy birdwatching
7. I love the feeling of slipping into a bath of hot water! Or a hot tub. It's immediately relaxing.
so, not very interesting, but facts nonetheless. ;)
I pass this on to:
The first 7 bloggers to check it out! That means YOU! You took the time to check out my meager thoughts and so you are a Beautiful Blogger!