Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mother's Day 2013


One of those days I will never forget.

What a great husband to give me exactly what I wanted - not a day of pampering or a day away from all my troubles with my feet up and freshly painted, but instead all I wanted was a day to remember with my family. A day in the place in this world where I am the happiest with the people who make that place even worth being at. 


We hiked, awed at waterfalls, blew "wish flowers," counted tree stump rings, picked flowers, played in creeks, searched for the perfect hiking stick and breathed lots of clean, crisp mountain air. We brought home homemade sourdough bread and many jars of homemade jam.

For dinner we happened upon a gem of southern comfort food, Famous Louise's Rock House. It is situated on the three county lines in the NC mountains, so you walk in the door in one county, dine in another and pay your tab in a third county. We had some delicious fried chicken, friend shrimp and scallops, hush puppies, veggies and no less than 6 types of homemade fruit pies and homemade strawberry shortcake.
Put it on your short list of places to visit in North Carolina. 

Some pictures from the top of my world
from the bottom of my heart. 















My husband was the superhero of the day, sometimes carrying two children on our hikes, one in a   hiking backpack carrier and another in a baby bjourn. He deserved that slice of pie at the end of the day. 












Sunday, May 19, 2013

Springtime Pastimes

"The earth laughs in flowers."
- E.E. Cummings

It really feels that way this time of year. On these kinds of days, I treasure being able to share all these little moments with my children. So this post is more of a scrapbook of a season for me.

"It is spring again. 
The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart."
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Spring is the perfect time for...

baseball games


ice cream with friends


gobbling up crisp salads


wearing flowery bonnets


finding inchworms


backyard picnics


schoolwork with a view


bonfires with roasted marshmallows and s'mores


art projects inspired by Spring-like paintings


playing at the park


running in the sprinklers


picking strawberries, and eating a few too


"Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain 
and the rain falling on the sunshine..."
- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
- Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May Crowning Ideas

from the archives for friends who asked

from St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington

 Early in the month of May it is tradition to have a May Crowning to honor Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother, as the month of May is dedicated to her. This is often done as a procession with a ceremony of placing a crown of flowers onto a statue of Mary and flowers at the foot of the statue. Here are ideas of prayers to say, hyms to sing and other food ideas and activities to celebrate a May Crowning.

  Prayers

  Haily Mary
Hail Holy Queen
Memorare Angelus
a decade of the rosary
 
  Hymns 

  Bring Flowers of the Rarest (melody & lyrics)
Hail Holy Queen
Immaculate Mary
On This Day Oh Beautiful Mother
Ave Maria

  Food & Treats



Make an edible replica of the floral crown for Mary with Rice Krispies using this recipe. Decorate it however you like with blue and white icing flowers, sprinkles, jellybeans in the shape of flowers.
Inside the crown you can display your Mary Candle.

 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows - OR - 4 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon blue food coloring
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
frosting, sprinkles, jelly beans etc.

 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows & stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring.
2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Transfer cereal mixture to wax paper. Using buttered hands shape mixture into wreath approximately 8 inches in diameter. Decorate with frosting, sprinkles, candies, powdered sugar. Best if served the same day. 

Note: This picture above is only a half recipe because someone got a hold of the marshmallows and ate half the bag. I made a buttercream frosting with butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. I use a simple ziploc bag for piping the frosting out. I am not a very good frosting decorator but I think you can tell that the crown is decorated with flowers.

 
Another idea is to make a bundt cake to resemble a crown and frosted with blue icing and decorated with white icing flowers.

For more May Crowning food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine

Crafts & Activities

Make a flower crown or bouquet for a statue of Mary with real or silk flowers
(various flower meanings for Mary's crown)

Dye white carnations blue by placing them in water with blue food coloring.
Place these flowers at a statue or image of Mary in your home

Make Mother's Day cards for Mary to place with flowers at a statue or image of Mary in the home as a family on Mother's Day

Mary, Queen of Heaven, Pray for Us.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Our Feast of St. Gianna 2013

It's always nice when special feast days fall on Sundays, since we get to celebrate with our whole family. We kept it simple making pizzas in honor of St. Gianna's home country of Italy. Sweet Pea loved talking all day about today being her "paytwon saint da-a-ay" (she turns most one syllable words into multi syllabic words). 



Hubby came home that afternoon from being out of town all weekend bearing these sweet gifts to celebrate the day - authentic Italian bakery fresh cannolis. Pretty much my most favorite thing ever. I had one each for dessert, breakfast and lunch in one 24 hour period = happiness. 


We looked through my books about Saint Gianna, talked about her love of Christ and sacrifice for family and colored Charlotte's picture of her. Mostly we just spent time together as a family.

Saint Gianna, Pray for us.  

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