Friday, March 1, 2013

7QT-TGIM

1. A Prayer Too Intimate

I was listening to Relevant Radio at about 3:20pm on Wednesday.  They say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy live on-air then, and they take callers' intentions for each decade.  "Marge from Virginia" had a long list of intentions including one that her daughter would conceive.


Now a certain colorful talk show host on Relevant Radio takes these intentions and regurgitates them as spontaneous prayers.  He took Marge's prayer request and proceeded to pray:

Lord, touch all women struggling to get pregnant.
Touch the wombs.
Touch the Fallopian tubes.
Touch the eggs.
Touch the sperm....

That's when I turned off the radio.  How detailed was he going to get?!?  And that's one of the reasons why I can't listen to Relevant Radio with kids in the car.

2.  Let's Mind Scrub Together.


3.  The Next Best Thing to PB and J

One version of a meatless Ploughman's Lunch

Edmund and I discovered (by necessity of course) that sliced baguette with Trader Joe's Sweet and Spicy Mustard and a slab of good cheddar cheese is delicious!  It could be better with some assorted salamis, and a pint of porter, but for a lunchbox version of a Ploughman's Lunch, it's not bad at all.  I never would have thought the mustard and cheese combo would work, but it does.  Score one for Lent: it's meatless too.



Trader Joe's is a great place for meatless meal options.  I picked up the Vegetable Gyoza (potstickers) for tonight.  A few weeks ago, we had the Vegetable Fried Rice (in the frozen section) with the addition of some scrambled eggs and soy sauce or hot sauce or both.  They have a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna as well as some frozen vegetarian Indian and Italian entrees that I don't even recognize.

Not that we eat convenience foods every Friday.  It just helps to have something simple so we don't keep ordering veggie and cheese pizzas.  Or serving endless repeats of the same few meatless pasta dishes.

Plus those $3.99 flower bouquets do a lot to keep the darkness at bay.

4.  Do you guys read Hell Burns?  Sr. Helena Burns is a Daughter of St. Paul and she blogs, usually movie reviews.  She's also all over Twitter and Facebook.

She gave a rave review of the new zombie flick, Warm Bodies.  



I like to support films that are decent films but also *good* films, as in good examples of film-making.  So, I was thrilled to see something aimed at teens is decent and good.  I sent Peter and Susan and their friends and they were not disappointed.

The feedback I got from Peter was mostly guttural grunts, punctuated with "scary" and "funny."  Susan, in typical Sue Heck fashion, started telling me the entire screenplay.  When I explained that I didn't want spoilers, and I hoped to see Warm Bodies myself someday, she only had a "few" more things to tell me.  I was thoroughly confused, though I did grasp that the human girl was not thrilled when the zombie-boy-love-interest shared that he had eaten her boyfriend.

5.  Theme Thursday

Happiness or Joy, take your pick.

I hope that Cari doesn't quit this bizniz, because I could really rock some themes like "Ugly Slush Piles that You Climb Through in Every Parking Lot"  or "Destroyed Bedrooms of Boys" or "My Bed, Made" or "Gloom and Shadow."  That last one sounds like a song from a Tolkien book.

If she does put the kibosh on the Theme Thursday parties, maybe she could do another Snapshots of a Sunday, because I learned a lot these last few weeks. You hear me, Cari?

6. Of Benedict and Bratwurst

University of Dallas Rome Campus welcoming the Pope Emeritus to nearby Castel Gandalfo

Speaking of virtual friends of mine and their blogs, my friend and frequent giveaway winner, Charlotte, does some very cool things in her home to reinforce the faith.  She also draws Catholic coloring pages that she lets anyone download for free!  She just uploaded an lovely one of Benedict XVI.

Anyway, yesterday she was on Facebook talking about serving bratwurst for dinner, because it was B16's retirement party.  I took that great idea and tweaked it, seeing as we didn't have any bratwurst in the house.  Roast Pork Loin for us, with a vat of gravy, just like they serve at the Bavarian Lodge, German Potato Salad, and German Chocolate Brownies for dessert.

I'm hoping the next Pope is Mexican because I'd love to celebrate his election with fajitas, 'ritas, and fried ice cream.  Or if he's Spanish, we could have sangria and paella.  Or if he ends up being the Canadian I like, hmm...what do Canadians eat?  Besides the Beaver Tails I loved in Ottawa?

7.  Thank God It's March!  Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way...

We had a mini blizzard this week.  I do what I always do, go to the mall because no one is there.
Girls' Easter dresses, Check!


Jen hosts the Quick Take event, so go check out her seven.


25 comments:

  1. Ha! I will never quit either TT or Snapshots. What would I blog about otherwise?

    But, alas! I am lazy and disorganized, and February's Snapshots slipped past me. I think only one of those Trader Joe sandwich thingies you mentioned will cheer me up.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Marc Oeullet is a Quebecer, so you would serve(1)poutine, a wonderful combination of french fries, gravy and cheese curds or (2)tourtiere, a meat pie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's the Canadian I like. Had never heard of him until Fr. Barron gave him a shout-out as a front-runner. French fries and gravy and cheese curds all mixed-up together? Or French fries with gravy and a side of gravy? Sounds awesome, in a high caloric celebratory kind of way.

      Delete
    2. Be sure and serve with a side of back bacon. Wow. You guys are making me hungry. I should have had more sushi for lunch today.

      Delete
  3. I thought Canadians only eat Kraft Mac and Cheese. Mexican sounds really good. I don't think I've ever tried authentic Spanish. I'm thinking it's going to be Italian though, I don't know why.

    Thanks for the sweetness!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Never tried Authentic Spanish? Or never tried to make it? Spanish Tortilla is a cold or room temp egg and potato pie that's a great meatless meal. You MUST come visit me so we can go to Emilio's Tapas. Chef Emilio is teaching a class on how to make paella, but I have a schedule conflict or I'd be there.

      Delete
    2. Hmmm... both. I didn't go to Spain when I was in Rome and living here in Texas, I'm pretty sure it's all Mexican or Tex-Mex. And I've never cooked anything like paella or tapas. I've made a frittata that sounds like a tortilla but it was Italian.

      Delete
    3. There's a couple of fab tapas places here. There must be some in Big D. We love the super garlicky potato salad, and the baked goat cheese on toast points with a marinara-ish sauce. And the sangria of course.

      Delete
    4. We live closer to FW, not Big D. There is one in downtown FW. Maybe we will try it for an anniversary outing. It's weird... the metroplex is so big that living in the midcities area feels alot like living rurally.

      Delete
    5. I'm raising my hand for a return trip to Emilio's!!!

      Delete
  4. Thank goodness it is March, for sure! I love Trader Joe's for meatless as well. Love your pics, the lambs are adorable! I have been thinking about getting a better camera for my food pics but am hesitant to take the jump! But I love reading about your photo adventures. Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hello!?!?! Canadian Bacon of course!
    In other news did you see this: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/02/25/march-madness-make-your-picks-in-the-vaticans-sweet-sistine-brackets/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Check out the Fantasy Conclave page. It's free, and they have cool prizes. I'd enter, but I'd probably win another set of Catholicism. ;) (http://fantasyconclave.com/)

      Delete
    2. OK, I have to chime in on the cardinals. Have you been to adoptacardinal.org? You get randomly assigned one to pray for. We did one for each of us. Fair warning, there is a maximum of 5 per e-mail address, so we had to break ours up, but we got a cool array. Three Italians, one Nigerian, one from Guinea, one Slav and one American. It's been nice to have a new prayer focus for Lent.

      Delete
    3. So far I have the Archbishop of Paris, (trying not to think of him as a villain from Hunchback) and Edmund has the Archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela. What a great geography lesson!

      Delete
  6. Very nice Easter dresses. May I inquire where you found them? Dresses for this age are hard to come by.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan (navy and green) is from LOFT, Lucy's we actually got last year end of season clearance at Von Maur, the shrug is from Old Navy, Baby J is wearing Gymboree Couture, but her Easter dress is actually they're white one with lavender pansies. I have asked my big girls so many times to do a fashion blog. "Mo-om!"

      Delete
  7. Drew Mariani would've made a stellar side show hawker in bygone eras. He's a piece or work, he is.

    Love the dresses!

    ReplyDelete
  8. 1. Talk about TMI.
    2. haha!
    3. I love TJ. Tonight I am cooking up their soy chorizo to make meatless tostadas. Yum.
    4. “In Sue heck fashion” hahaha. :-) I was intrigued by the movie but figured it was the usual nonsense. Glad to hear I was wrong. I may have to have a mom night out.
    5. I love ThTh! Heck, the "Destroyed Bedrooms of Boys" photos are ready to be shot this moment.
    6. Why didn’t I think of that? Go Mex!
    7. Lovely girls. Cute dresses!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I shrink to think if the next few lines of his prayer. ugh.

    And your daughters are gorgeous! Yikes, so afraid of having teenage girls!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, RIGHT? Where was he going with that? Oh well, made me laugh.

      Thank you. They are real joys in my life. Maybe they are nice because I let them see cool zombie movies, I don't know.

      Delete
  10. 1) made me snort. I'm sorry. I may have lost it with giggles had I heard it.
    Lovely Easter dresses indeed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh goody! I was hoping it was more funny than disturbing. I mean it is disturbing...but I guess my sense of humor is "disturbed?"

      Delete

Friday, March 1, 2013

7QT-TGIM

1. A Prayer Too Intimate

I was listening to Relevant Radio at about 3:20pm on Wednesday.  They say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy live on-air then, and they take callers' intentions for each decade.  "Marge from Virginia" had a long list of intentions including one that her daughter would conceive.


Now a certain colorful talk show host on Relevant Radio takes these intentions and regurgitates them as spontaneous prayers.  He took Marge's prayer request and proceeded to pray:

Lord, touch all women struggling to get pregnant.
Touch the wombs.
Touch the Fallopian tubes.
Touch the eggs.
Touch the sperm....

That's when I turned off the radio.  How detailed was he going to get?!?  And that's one of the reasons why I can't listen to Relevant Radio with kids in the car.

2.  Let's Mind Scrub Together.


3.  The Next Best Thing to PB and J

One version of a meatless Ploughman's Lunch

Edmund and I discovered (by necessity of course) that sliced baguette with Trader Joe's Sweet and Spicy Mustard and a slab of good cheddar cheese is delicious!  It could be better with some assorted salamis, and a pint of porter, but for a lunchbox version of a Ploughman's Lunch, it's not bad at all.  I never would have thought the mustard and cheese combo would work, but it does.  Score one for Lent: it's meatless too.



Trader Joe's is a great place for meatless meal options.  I picked up the Vegetable Gyoza (potstickers) for tonight.  A few weeks ago, we had the Vegetable Fried Rice (in the frozen section) with the addition of some scrambled eggs and soy sauce or hot sauce or both.  They have a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna as well as some frozen vegetarian Indian and Italian entrees that I don't even recognize.

Not that we eat convenience foods every Friday.  It just helps to have something simple so we don't keep ordering veggie and cheese pizzas.  Or serving endless repeats of the same few meatless pasta dishes.

Plus those $3.99 flower bouquets do a lot to keep the darkness at bay.

4.  Do you guys read Hell Burns?  Sr. Helena Burns is a Daughter of St. Paul and she blogs, usually movie reviews.  She's also all over Twitter and Facebook.

She gave a rave review of the new zombie flick, Warm Bodies.  



I like to support films that are decent films but also *good* films, as in good examples of film-making.  So, I was thrilled to see something aimed at teens is decent and good.  I sent Peter and Susan and their friends and they were not disappointed.

The feedback I got from Peter was mostly guttural grunts, punctuated with "scary" and "funny."  Susan, in typical Sue Heck fashion, started telling me the entire screenplay.  When I explained that I didn't want spoilers, and I hoped to see Warm Bodies myself someday, she only had a "few" more things to tell me.  I was thoroughly confused, though I did grasp that the human girl was not thrilled when the zombie-boy-love-interest shared that he had eaten her boyfriend.

5.  Theme Thursday

Happiness or Joy, take your pick.

I hope that Cari doesn't quit this bizniz, because I could really rock some themes like "Ugly Slush Piles that You Climb Through in Every Parking Lot"  or "Destroyed Bedrooms of Boys" or "My Bed, Made" or "Gloom and Shadow."  That last one sounds like a song from a Tolkien book.

If she does put the kibosh on the Theme Thursday parties, maybe she could do another Snapshots of a Sunday, because I learned a lot these last few weeks. You hear me, Cari?

6. Of Benedict and Bratwurst

University of Dallas Rome Campus welcoming the Pope Emeritus to nearby Castel Gandalfo

Speaking of virtual friends of mine and their blogs, my friend and frequent giveaway winner, Charlotte, does some very cool things in her home to reinforce the faith.  She also draws Catholic coloring pages that she lets anyone download for free!  She just uploaded an lovely one of Benedict XVI.

Anyway, yesterday she was on Facebook talking about serving bratwurst for dinner, because it was B16's retirement party.  I took that great idea and tweaked it, seeing as we didn't have any bratwurst in the house.  Roast Pork Loin for us, with a vat of gravy, just like they serve at the Bavarian Lodge, German Potato Salad, and German Chocolate Brownies for dessert.

I'm hoping the next Pope is Mexican because I'd love to celebrate his election with fajitas, 'ritas, and fried ice cream.  Or if he's Spanish, we could have sangria and paella.  Or if he ends up being the Canadian I like, hmm...what do Canadians eat?  Besides the Beaver Tails I loved in Ottawa?

7.  Thank God It's March!  Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way...

We had a mini blizzard this week.  I do what I always do, go to the mall because no one is there.
Girls' Easter dresses, Check!


Jen hosts the Quick Take event, so go check out her seven.


25 comments:

  1. Ha! I will never quit either TT or Snapshots. What would I blog about otherwise?

    But, alas! I am lazy and disorganized, and February's Snapshots slipped past me. I think only one of those Trader Joe sandwich thingies you mentioned will cheer me up.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Marc Oeullet is a Quebecer, so you would serve(1)poutine, a wonderful combination of french fries, gravy and cheese curds or (2)tourtiere, a meat pie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's the Canadian I like. Had never heard of him until Fr. Barron gave him a shout-out as a front-runner. French fries and gravy and cheese curds all mixed-up together? Or French fries with gravy and a side of gravy? Sounds awesome, in a high caloric celebratory kind of way.

      Delete
    2. Be sure and serve with a side of back bacon. Wow. You guys are making me hungry. I should have had more sushi for lunch today.

      Delete
  3. I thought Canadians only eat Kraft Mac and Cheese. Mexican sounds really good. I don't think I've ever tried authentic Spanish. I'm thinking it's going to be Italian though, I don't know why.

    Thanks for the sweetness!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Never tried Authentic Spanish? Or never tried to make it? Spanish Tortilla is a cold or room temp egg and potato pie that's a great meatless meal. You MUST come visit me so we can go to Emilio's Tapas. Chef Emilio is teaching a class on how to make paella, but I have a schedule conflict or I'd be there.

      Delete
    2. Hmmm... both. I didn't go to Spain when I was in Rome and living here in Texas, I'm pretty sure it's all Mexican or Tex-Mex. And I've never cooked anything like paella or tapas. I've made a frittata that sounds like a tortilla but it was Italian.

      Delete
    3. There's a couple of fab tapas places here. There must be some in Big D. We love the super garlicky potato salad, and the baked goat cheese on toast points with a marinara-ish sauce. And the sangria of course.

      Delete
    4. We live closer to FW, not Big D. There is one in downtown FW. Maybe we will try it for an anniversary outing. It's weird... the metroplex is so big that living in the midcities area feels alot like living rurally.

      Delete
    5. I'm raising my hand for a return trip to Emilio's!!!

      Delete
  4. Thank goodness it is March, for sure! I love Trader Joe's for meatless as well. Love your pics, the lambs are adorable! I have been thinking about getting a better camera for my food pics but am hesitant to take the jump! But I love reading about your photo adventures. Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hello!?!?! Canadian Bacon of course!
    In other news did you see this: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/02/25/march-madness-make-your-picks-in-the-vaticans-sweet-sistine-brackets/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Check out the Fantasy Conclave page. It's free, and they have cool prizes. I'd enter, but I'd probably win another set of Catholicism. ;) (http://fantasyconclave.com/)

      Delete
    2. OK, I have to chime in on the cardinals. Have you been to adoptacardinal.org? You get randomly assigned one to pray for. We did one for each of us. Fair warning, there is a maximum of 5 per e-mail address, so we had to break ours up, but we got a cool array. Three Italians, one Nigerian, one from Guinea, one Slav and one American. It's been nice to have a new prayer focus for Lent.

      Delete
    3. So far I have the Archbishop of Paris, (trying not to think of him as a villain from Hunchback) and Edmund has the Archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela. What a great geography lesson!

      Delete
  6. Very nice Easter dresses. May I inquire where you found them? Dresses for this age are hard to come by.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Susan (navy and green) is from LOFT, Lucy's we actually got last year end of season clearance at Von Maur, the shrug is from Old Navy, Baby J is wearing Gymboree Couture, but her Easter dress is actually they're white one with lavender pansies. I have asked my big girls so many times to do a fashion blog. "Mo-om!"

      Delete
  7. Drew Mariani would've made a stellar side show hawker in bygone eras. He's a piece or work, he is.

    Love the dresses!

    ReplyDelete
  8. 1. Talk about TMI.
    2. haha!
    3. I love TJ. Tonight I am cooking up their soy chorizo to make meatless tostadas. Yum.
    4. “In Sue heck fashion” hahaha. :-) I was intrigued by the movie but figured it was the usual nonsense. Glad to hear I was wrong. I may have to have a mom night out.
    5. I love ThTh! Heck, the "Destroyed Bedrooms of Boys" photos are ready to be shot this moment.
    6. Why didn’t I think of that? Go Mex!
    7. Lovely girls. Cute dresses!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I shrink to think if the next few lines of his prayer. ugh.

    And your daughters are gorgeous! Yikes, so afraid of having teenage girls!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, RIGHT? Where was he going with that? Oh well, made me laugh.

      Thank you. They are real joys in my life. Maybe they are nice because I let them see cool zombie movies, I don't know.

      Delete
  10. 1) made me snort. I'm sorry. I may have lost it with giggles had I heard it.
    Lovely Easter dresses indeed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh goody! I was hoping it was more funny than disturbing. I mean it is disturbing...but I guess my sense of humor is "disturbed?"

      Delete