Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here is my recipe for monkey bread, which if you sprinkled with purple (symbolizing Justice), green (symbolizing Faith) and gold (symbolizing Power) sugar sprinkles and hid a plastic baby doll (symbolizing baby Jesus) inside could be a perfect King Cake in honor of Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras (french for "Fat Tuesday"). The idea of using Monkey Bread for a King cake is from In the Heart of My Home, but this is my recipe.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Today is my Peaches first birthday. We had her birthday party yesterday. It was a pink bunny theme. Here are some pictures and her birthday invitation (excuse the attempt at blurring out her name and our address). I had a lot of fun with the food and decorations going along with the pink bunny theme. She and her brother were a little under the weather and had fevers (and Pumpkin had a very flushed face to match his pink shirt), so they were very patient with me taking pictures of them. But they loved their cake and ice cream and opening all the fun presents.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The below is quoted from an article from National Catholic Register: "Consider what she wrote in a book called Being Catholic Now earlier this year. In it she explained, “I’ve always been pro-choice. To me, it’s like saying, ‘Should we surrender our brains?’ I feel very comfortable with it.” But then, we really got to the core of the problem. In the book, she recalls that around the time of her swearing in as the first woman speaker of the House, her granddaughter was preparing to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time (my words, not hers). Relaying an exchange with the girl, her mother and Grandma Nancy, the congresswoman writes that the girl announced that she wanted to explain that “‘it is the BODY and BLOOD of Christ. When we go to church, IT IS THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.’” Her mother corrected the girl: “‘Yes, the host and the wine REPRESENT the body and blood of Christ.’” But Nancy’s granddaughter protested, God bless her: “‘NOT represent. IS, it IS the body and blood of Christ.’” Pelosi writes, “My granddaughter was buying into it.” Pelosi goes on to explain: “Okay. But it is hard. Every Sunday for me it’s hard. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. Now think of it; we say that every week. Do I really believe he’s coming again? Yes, I believe he’s coming again. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again. This is my body; this is my blood. They’re asking a lot. In my era, we didn’t question any of it.” Of course, it’s not “they” who are asking anything. It’s Him. " I especially love how even her 7 year old grandaughter has more wisdom than she does. This is the same Pelosi who had this to say about her meeting with Pope Benedict XVI today: "It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today," Pelosi said in a statement released hours after the meeting. "In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church's leadership in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming, as well as the Holy Father's dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family's papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren." The Vatican released this statement before the two had their 15 minute exchange today: "His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoins all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development." Don't you wish you could have been a fly on the wall in that room.
Posted by Robina at 8:59 PM
Friday, February 13, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day from our home to yours. We'll be eating our heart donuts and exchanging Valentine's cards for breakfast and share three things each that we love about each other. Then we are off to the garden store to get our seeds for planting our Spring garden tomorrow. We're going to finish making some yummy Valentine's treats for our gift bags to our families. I'll share pictures of those later.
Posted by Robina at 2:40 PM
Here are some cute ideas for crafty Valentine's Day cards that are easy and fun to make.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I found this online. It looked so cute and easy. I will say I think this is a craft for a 2 year old girl or older or a 3 year old boy and older. I tried with my 2.5 year old son, and he could do it a little
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. In honor of today which marks the first apparition (February 11, 1858) of Mary to St. Bernadette in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes, we will be having blueberry pancakes for dinner. White pancakes to symbolize the Holy Mother's virgin purity and blueberries to symbolize her blue mantle. You could do any version of a white or blue and white dinner menu, such as chicken, white rice, white grape juice, milk, white wine, white potatoes, mozzarella cheese, blueberry muffins, or cauliflower. A French inspired dinner menu could be chicken cordon bleu and for dessert blueberry crepes, follow the link for a recipe from Catholic Cuisine.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We did a fun thing today since it was so cold out, and it was also a fun learning experience. We dipped pretzels into chocolate and they were very yummy. We kept the whole pretzels for dessert, but all the fragments became whatever letter they most resembled. ome of our "discoveries" are to the right, an "x," "v" and an "e." It was silly, imaginative, and deliciously messy. For this I recommend the thin big pretzels instead of the thick or small kind. We just melted a bowl of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a bowl stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate was smooth and liquidy. A more advance version of this activity for older children could be spelling various words.