Friday, June 7, 2013

7QT Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (3 Reasons included)

Linking up with Micaela for 3 Reasons I love my faith. - June edition.

1.  Meat Fridays! Or Feast Days and Solemnities.

This Church knows how to practice penance and how to party.

Ain't no party like a Meat Friday party.

Meat Fridays are Solemnities that occur on a Friday which would normally be a day of abstinence from meat.  I've written about Meat Fridays a lot.



The Feast of the Sacred Heart is ALWAYS on a Friday, making it one of our favorite feasts.  Lucky for me, the first delivery of The Bacon of the Month Club arrived earlier this week.



2.  Sacred Heart

Ever had your home enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?  Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, "I will bless the homes where the image of My Heart is exposed and honored."

That's just one of the eleven promises He made to her.  You can read the rest here.

I like my Sacre Coeur a little more manly than most of the images out there.  More like this:


Less like this:


Or this:


And especially not this:


I think I have that haircut.

3.  Adoration.

Last week, on the feast on Corpus Christi, I was able to participate in the worldwide holy hour at the same time as Pope Francis and millions of my Catholic brothers and sisters all around the world.  All of us adoring the same Lord at the same time.  Incredible.



Well, they were adoring and I was getting distracted because that's what I do. I have mental ADD or something.  It's especially bad at church, but I try.

For cheap dates and free therapy, visit your local adoration chapel for one hour.  You'll be amazed.

4.  Cherries!

In case you missed it, on Monday Tasha of A Clan's Tale, Anne of The Bazin Chronicles, and I kicked off MYSTERY INGREDIENT MONDAYS.  You can read all about it here, here, and here.

This week's Mystery Ingredient is Cherries.  Next Monday, we'll all be posting about what we made using cherries this week and the next ingredient will be announced.  Be there or be lame.

I express ordered one of these nifty gadgets and since then I've had a hard time keeping fresh cherries in stock.   I don't know how I lived without my Westmark Cherry Pitter for so long.  Also works on olives.



5.  Rice Crispy Treats

When the weather gets warmer, I am loathe to turn on the oven.  Rice Crispy treats, low in fat, quick to make, don't heat up my kitchen too much.



For my birthday, a sweet friend gave me a bag of one of my favorite things, candy corn.  I googled "rice crispy treats with candy corn"  and Paula Deen helped me out with this recipe.  So began a Rice Crispy Treat obsession that includes sprinkles, or Caramel Bits, or mini M&Ms, or chocolate.



I've found that spraying the rubber spatula really helps with the transfer of the sticky stuff from pot to pan and the spreading.



Last week, I invested in Cocoa Krispies to make these Turtle Treats, but instead of pecans we substituted Heath Toffee Bits.  Then I discovered that handfuls of mini M&MS mixed with Heath bits are the bomb.  Someone should market packets of that awesomeness.



6.  This week the weather was much cooler so we turned on the oven and made sugar cookies, using our new TARDIS cookie cutter from Etsy.



For those of you not in the know, the TARDIS (or Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is Dr. Who's  time machine which takes the form of a 1960s blue police box.



I did buy some blue icing pens to decorate the cookies, but they're almost gone now so why bother.  Maybe next time.

7.  Susan just finished school yesterday, and she's leaving on Tuesday and will be gone for 36 endless days.



She is going to Spain to live with a family and hopefully learn Spanish.  Then she'll come home with the 15 year old daughter of the host family to live with us for the rest of the summer.

I'm excited for her and terrified.  I'm hopeful that she will learn a language, a culture, and forge some friendships.  Pray for her, and us.

We are going to miss her so much!  She hasn't left yet, and I miss her already.  I'm kind of a basket case about the whole thing right now.  I keep praying random things like "Dear Lord, Don't let her get eaten by a shark."  and "Dear Lord, Help me to love this Spanish girl just the way I want her family to love Susan."  and "Dear Lord, Please help my ditsy blonde daughter make her connecting flight in Madrid."  and so on.  But as my friend Dwija says, He can handle it.

Please pray for Dwija and her baby too.  She's got a crisis pregnancy going on right now and her baby needs all the prayers he/she can get.

For more quick takes with less sugar, go see Jen at Conversion Diary.



10 comments:

  1. You and Jesus share a hairdresser. Dying.
    Here's why I love you:
    1. Totally with you on the manly Jesus preference
    2. Totally with you on the candy corn loving
    3. and the bacon loving
    4. and the Tardis loving
    5. being terrified with you about your baby leaving for Spain
    6. being so excited with you about your baby going to Spain!
    7. Your prayers about the whole thing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "You and Jesus share a hairdresser." This may be the quote of the century. It was funny in the blog, but your rephrasing somehow made me laugh even harder. I now need to go change my pants because a) I've had 5 kids, and b) I haven't had time to go to the bathroom uninterrupted in the last 10 years! Stop making me laugh so hard!

      Delete
    2. And that is exactly why I don't do jumping jacks.

      Delete
  2. 1. the only thing better than a meat Friday is a LENT meat Friday (love you St. Joseph)
    2. definitely prefer manly Jesus
    3. we did the hour too, all 8 of us(!) and the husband only had to take Frankie out twice. We make a quick stop all the time, but I'm embarrassed to admit that it was my first ever whole hour!
    4. love my cherry pitter, but I have to wear an apron or I end up looking like those Dexter billboards
    5. love rice crispy treats for summer, made some today, they are gone. but I'm a purist, don't like stuff in 'em.
    6. I am wearing Tardis flats right now
    7. mine are too little to imagine this yet. yikes. how exciting/wonderful/terrifying.

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  3. What an amazing experience for your daughter!

    My son is allergic to dairy and so I recently made rice krispie treats with coconut oil. Wow! They were SO GOOD! If you like coconut I strongly recommend them -- even if there are no dairy allergies in sight!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You know, as I was stealing bites of my husband's German chocolate cake on our date last night, I said, "As a kid, I wasn't a big coconut fan, but as a grown-up, it's one of my favorite things." The coconut oil I bought doesn't taste like coconut. Maybe because it's refined?

      Delete
  4. I have to admit, I was excepting you to choose bacon, but that would have been the obvious choice... Now I'm thinking it was because you hadn't received your bacon of the month yet.
    Lots of prayers going around for many of your intentions! I hope Susan has one of those eye opening experiences... In a good way! How thrilling!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This has got to be the most delicious 3Reasons post ever. I want to eat my iPad.

    I love manly Jesus! When I picture him in my head, I actually picture a swarthy Middle Eastern looking man.

    How cool is it that I was in Korea in the Real Presence of Christ while you were in _____, USA, also in the Real Presence?! Our Church is awesome!

    P.S. don't forget to add your link to the link-up. As of now it's not on there yet. :)

    ReplyDelete

Friday, June 7, 2013

7QT Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (3 Reasons included)

Linking up with Micaela for 3 Reasons I love my faith. - June edition.

1.  Meat Fridays! Or Feast Days and Solemnities.

This Church knows how to practice penance and how to party.

Ain't no party like a Meat Friday party.

Meat Fridays are Solemnities that occur on a Friday which would normally be a day of abstinence from meat.  I've written about Meat Fridays a lot.



The Feast of the Sacred Heart is ALWAYS on a Friday, making it one of our favorite feasts.  Lucky for me, the first delivery of The Bacon of the Month Club arrived earlier this week.



2.  Sacred Heart

Ever had your home enthroned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus?  Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, "I will bless the homes where the image of My Heart is exposed and honored."

That's just one of the eleven promises He made to her.  You can read the rest here.

I like my Sacre Coeur a little more manly than most of the images out there.  More like this:


Less like this:


Or this:


And especially not this:


I think I have that haircut.

3.  Adoration.

Last week, on the feast on Corpus Christi, I was able to participate in the worldwide holy hour at the same time as Pope Francis and millions of my Catholic brothers and sisters all around the world.  All of us adoring the same Lord at the same time.  Incredible.



Well, they were adoring and I was getting distracted because that's what I do. I have mental ADD or something.  It's especially bad at church, but I try.

For cheap dates and free therapy, visit your local adoration chapel for one hour.  You'll be amazed.

4.  Cherries!

In case you missed it, on Monday Tasha of A Clan's Tale, Anne of The Bazin Chronicles, and I kicked off MYSTERY INGREDIENT MONDAYS.  You can read all about it here, here, and here.

This week's Mystery Ingredient is Cherries.  Next Monday, we'll all be posting about what we made using cherries this week and the next ingredient will be announced.  Be there or be lame.

I express ordered one of these nifty gadgets and since then I've had a hard time keeping fresh cherries in stock.   I don't know how I lived without my Westmark Cherry Pitter for so long.  Also works on olives.



5.  Rice Crispy Treats

When the weather gets warmer, I am loathe to turn on the oven.  Rice Crispy treats, low in fat, quick to make, don't heat up my kitchen too much.



For my birthday, a sweet friend gave me a bag of one of my favorite things, candy corn.  I googled "rice crispy treats with candy corn"  and Paula Deen helped me out with this recipe.  So began a Rice Crispy Treat obsession that includes sprinkles, or Caramel Bits, or mini M&Ms, or chocolate.



I've found that spraying the rubber spatula really helps with the transfer of the sticky stuff from pot to pan and the spreading.



Last week, I invested in Cocoa Krispies to make these Turtle Treats, but instead of pecans we substituted Heath Toffee Bits.  Then I discovered that handfuls of mini M&MS mixed with Heath bits are the bomb.  Someone should market packets of that awesomeness.



6.  This week the weather was much cooler so we turned on the oven and made sugar cookies, using our new TARDIS cookie cutter from Etsy.



For those of you not in the know, the TARDIS (or Time And Relative Dimension In Space) is Dr. Who's  time machine which takes the form of a 1960s blue police box.



I did buy some blue icing pens to decorate the cookies, but they're almost gone now so why bother.  Maybe next time.

7.  Susan just finished school yesterday, and she's leaving on Tuesday and will be gone for 36 endless days.



She is going to Spain to live with a family and hopefully learn Spanish.  Then she'll come home with the 15 year old daughter of the host family to live with us for the rest of the summer.

I'm excited for her and terrified.  I'm hopeful that she will learn a language, a culture, and forge some friendships.  Pray for her, and us.

We are going to miss her so much!  She hasn't left yet, and I miss her already.  I'm kind of a basket case about the whole thing right now.  I keep praying random things like "Dear Lord, Don't let her get eaten by a shark."  and "Dear Lord, Help me to love this Spanish girl just the way I want her family to love Susan."  and "Dear Lord, Please help my ditsy blonde daughter make her connecting flight in Madrid."  and so on.  But as my friend Dwija says, He can handle it.

Please pray for Dwija and her baby too.  She's got a crisis pregnancy going on right now and her baby needs all the prayers he/she can get.

For more quick takes with less sugar, go see Jen at Conversion Diary.



10 comments:

  1. You and Jesus share a hairdresser. Dying.
    Here's why I love you:
    1. Totally with you on the manly Jesus preference
    2. Totally with you on the candy corn loving
    3. and the bacon loving
    4. and the Tardis loving
    5. being terrified with you about your baby leaving for Spain
    6. being so excited with you about your baby going to Spain!
    7. Your prayers about the whole thing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "You and Jesus share a hairdresser." This may be the quote of the century. It was funny in the blog, but your rephrasing somehow made me laugh even harder. I now need to go change my pants because a) I've had 5 kids, and b) I haven't had time to go to the bathroom uninterrupted in the last 10 years! Stop making me laugh so hard!

      Delete
    2. And that is exactly why I don't do jumping jacks.

      Delete
  2. 1. the only thing better than a meat Friday is a LENT meat Friday (love you St. Joseph)
    2. definitely prefer manly Jesus
    3. we did the hour too, all 8 of us(!) and the husband only had to take Frankie out twice. We make a quick stop all the time, but I'm embarrassed to admit that it was my first ever whole hour!
    4. love my cherry pitter, but I have to wear an apron or I end up looking like those Dexter billboards
    5. love rice crispy treats for summer, made some today, they are gone. but I'm a purist, don't like stuff in 'em.
    6. I am wearing Tardis flats right now
    7. mine are too little to imagine this yet. yikes. how exciting/wonderful/terrifying.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What an amazing experience for your daughter!

    My son is allergic to dairy and so I recently made rice krispie treats with coconut oil. Wow! They were SO GOOD! If you like coconut I strongly recommend them -- even if there are no dairy allergies in sight!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You know, as I was stealing bites of my husband's German chocolate cake on our date last night, I said, "As a kid, I wasn't a big coconut fan, but as a grown-up, it's one of my favorite things." The coconut oil I bought doesn't taste like coconut. Maybe because it's refined?

      Delete
  4. I have to admit, I was excepting you to choose bacon, but that would have been the obvious choice... Now I'm thinking it was because you hadn't received your bacon of the month yet.
    Lots of prayers going around for many of your intentions! I hope Susan has one of those eye opening experiences... In a good way! How thrilling!

    ReplyDelete
  5. This has got to be the most delicious 3Reasons post ever. I want to eat my iPad.

    I love manly Jesus! When I picture him in my head, I actually picture a swarthy Middle Eastern looking man.

    How cool is it that I was in Korea in the Real Presence of Christ while you were in _____, USA, also in the Real Presence?! Our Church is awesome!

    P.S. don't forget to add your link to the link-up. As of now it's not on there yet. :)

    ReplyDelete