Sunday, March 31, 2013

Scenes From Easter Sunday: Christ is Risen!

We attended the Easter Vigil last evening which was beautiful as usual.  The trumpets, the fire, the water, the Paschal Candle, the vestments, the drums, the candles, the was perfect!  After the Vigil Mass, we came home.  The kids had cake to celebrate and went to bed.  The older girls stayed up with Paul and me to set up our Easter celebration.  Maria filled plastic Easter eggs for our egg hunt, and Monica helped put together the Easter baskets.  I was busy trying to figure out what to make for Easter brunch.

I decided to put my smoked ham in the crockpot.  Yes!!!  I put a cup of water, sliced a whole orange and arranged it in the bottom of the crock.  I placed the smoked ham on the orange slices and dumped in 1 Tbsp. of whole cloves.  I set the crockpot on low.  When I woke up this morning, it was perfect!

Next, I had to find some kind of bready, egg dish.  After scanning the internet, I decided on this Overnight French Toast recipe.  I used a loaf of Tuscan bread I bought at Target on a whim yesterday in place of the brioche or challah.  Although it calls for 8 eggs, I only used 7 because I ran out!  The whole thing sat in the fridge overnight.  This morning I baked it uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.  Surprisingly it came out perfectly!  Paul described it as "crispy, not mushy, substantive, and tasted like a caramel roll."  We served it with warm syrup, ham slices, and fresh oranges....rave reviews all around!

Here are a few pics of our morning....

Have a Beautiful Easter Sunday, Monday,
and Season!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Picture Thoughts for Holy Thursday: Reflection

The girls dyed Ukranian Easter eggs over two days.  I love their creativity and skill!

They made 17 total eggs.  I made this makeshift drying box by poking nails up through the bottom of the box.  I used quick drying liquid polyurethane for the eggs.  I'll probably post another pic tomorrow so you can see these eggs get their shine on!

Molly made cupcakes for our Seder Meal dessert.  She was happy to do something herself.  Monica piped the icing and finished up the cupcakes with Easter sprinkles.

Our Seder Meal was another success.   A friend of the girls joined us this year which was a treat.  I roasted a lamb with potatoes and onions while the girls prepared the table and the Seder platter.

The Mass this evening was beautiful as always.  I pray you are all able to live the remaining days of the Triduum.  The Church knows what her children need in order to feed their souls, and these days culminating in Easter Sunday are evidence of that.  We have so much to live and look forward to.  ¡Disfrutenlo!

Friday, March 15, 2013

7QT: Because I Haven't Blogged in Days:(

1.  I've been sick.  I spent Wednesday in bed and only got up to get Nick's snacks, lunch, and help him in the bathroom.  He and I camped out in my bedroom while Paul stayed away from work to take everyone else to Homeschool Days at the MN History Center.  I watched the news on the television in my room.  I cried when I saw Pope Francis which made my sinus headache hurt even worse, and my nose ran, and I got even more congested.  Sheesh!

2.  I'm super happy that I may have a chance to have another picture of the pope on our "Pope Wall."  I wanted you to see a shot of the wall, but I haven't had a chance to take it.  However, it does include a framed 8X10 of this shot we took in 2010 at our papal audience!  But the chances of us getting back to Rome....well, I just never say never!

3.  I decided on Sunday, before I got sick, to paint the walls downstairs.  I had a quart of electric green paint that I wanted to use in either the laundry room or craft room, but don't you think this looks better? It matches the bins perfectly which was not what I expected.  The downstairs really needed a redo so this is what I did.  It makes me so happy!

I finally found a frame for Paul's poster from our TX trip two times ago.  He just had to stop in Shiner after having Mexican Breakfast burritos in Victoria.  The kids and Paul had those after leaving our campsite/parking spot in Corpus Christi.  Now that was a trip!!

Swimming at beach in Corpus Christi, Galveston Aquarium, Leaving TX
Here's the poster...

I am painting the other walls downstairs a beige color.

4.  Yesterday we celebrated Pi Day.  Hee hee!!

Dutch Apple Pie made from apples I had in the freezer!

5.  We are planning a trip to TX!!!!!  As you can see, I am very excited about this.  I'm even more excited that we'll be using this for our trip.....

Here's a view of the inside.....

So this should work out very well for riding and sleeping.

6.  We're still making decisions about school for the kids.  Monica will likely be attending one of the local high schools that her second cousins attended.  The youngest cousin in that family is her age so they'll be in several classes together.  She's coming around to the idea.  I'm feeling like that will be the best choice for our family.  Paul is already there with the decision.  It takes me a little longer to realize God's will.  I'm very prone to second guessing EVERYTHING!

The High School Mascot
7.  Today is a day for staying put because of the weather.  So the kids are watching Brave, and the boys are enjoying their last day of Spring Break.  Jane's break is next week, and M & M have their breaks over Holy Week.  I can't believe Lent has sped by.  It's been hard getting through these last days of winter.  The time change has helped with having more light during the day.  My spirit is so ready for Spring.  I think Easter and the trip will definitely brighten up my outlook.  For today, I'll be cuddling up with the littles and nursing my cold.

Snow, snow, and more snow!
See more Quick Takes over at Jen's Conversion Diary and have a great week.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reposting from You Smart Cookie....St. Paddy's Day Cookies

I do believe we all should.....

For this set of cookies, you will need:

Sugar cookies (I chose a shamrock and medium fancy square cutters)
Green and White 10 second Royal Icing
Americolor Gourmet Food Writers

I began with simply baking the cookies and letting them cool.  Here we go!

Now outline your cookies using a #2 tip.

Now you can fill them in with the same royal icing but using a #3 or #4 tip to make the process go a bit faster.  Use the toothpick to work the icing all the way to the edges popping any air bubbles as you go.

For the shamrocks, I dropped dots of white royal icing using a #1 tip onto the wet icing.  I then dragged a toothpick through the dot pairs to make a little heart.

When all the cookies are finished icing, drive them overnight or if you have a dehydrate button on your oven or can get your oven down between 100 and 120 degrees, just pop them in the oven for 15 minutes to speed up the process.

Now you'll be using the dried white cookies, a green food writer, and the stamp.

I bought this stamp for this purpose so it hasn't been used for anything else, and my kids don't mind me using a rubber stamp on their cookies.  What can I say?  They'll eat anything!

Now rub the rubbery end with the food marker.

Now press the stamp lightly but firmly on the white cookie top.

You can touch up any lettering with the food writer to make the color pop if you need to.

So there you have it.  I hope you are able to make beautiful cookies for St. Paddy's Day!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snow Day

It's crazy outside!  It snowed most of the night and is still snowing....lightly, but it still is.  I don't know how many inches we have right now, but it's very light and fluffy.

Come on out.  I'll show you!

See.  I told you we have a Snow Day!

Daddy said you should probably shovel to keep up with the downfall.

And Mom can't help because she's too busy taking pictures of cookies!

She's going to a Lenten Retreat at our parish and was asked to make these cookie favors for all the attendees.  We tried to make them simple and yet beautiful in keeping with the lenten theme.  What do you think?
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