Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Frozen yeast-style dinner rolls
jelly or jam
Let your frozen rolls thaw and rise according to package directions. Place them in a round pie dish, and create a well in the center with a spoon. Add the jelly, and push down on the tops to make the rolls more heart-shaped. Then cook according to package directions.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
This year we are trying to keep our Lenten plans as simple as possible. I tend to suffer from do-it-all-itis when it comes to liturgical living, often to the detriment of my poor family!
1. A list of pray, fast, give ideas and a chart of all the people to pray for each day.
2. Laminated pray, fast, give cards to write what we are doing each day.
3. Our daily countdown from Catholic Icing, laminated so that we can cross off days with a dry erase marker as we go.
Our Cross of Mercy. Each time the kids perform a work of mercy, we will tape a seed to the tree. On Easter morning, the seeds will have transformed to beautiful flowers.
Jesus Tree. During Advent, we use a Jesse Tree to read all of the Old Testament leading up to Jesus' birth. Our Jesus Tree is the same idea, except that we read all of the New Testament leading up to Jesus' resurrection. We use the plan from Shower of Roses.
We are returning to our practice of praying a decade of the rosary every night and stations of the cross on Fridays.
As a family, we are also reducing our TV consumption (other than the occasional religious movie), eating out (other than for the two birthdays we have during Lent), and putting a freeze on any frivolous spending.
We will be trying to eat out of our pantry and freezer as much as possible, and donating the extra money saved at the end of Lent. The kids will also choose a few non-perishable items every time we go shopping. By the end of Lent we should have a nice big box to donate to our local food pantry. The kids are also doing this cute almsgiving activity thanks to my dear friend who prepared them for us!
I joined 2 lenten bible studies, and have made a commitment to start each morning with prayer.
I am trying my hardest to leave my phone charging most of the day and limit my social media. My goodness, we are one day in and it is already hard! I'm also doing 40 bags in 40 days again to clear my house of all the junk that keeps me from a simpler, more intentionally lived day-to-day life.
I am focusing on the Works of Mercy this year, both in and out of my family. Bearing Wrongs Patiently looks like the one I'll struggle with the most with these kiddos of mine!
What do you do during lent? Thanks for reading!
Along with St. Patrick's Day, Valentine's Day is one of those Catholic feast days that has been completely overwhelmed by the secular world. If you'd like to infuse a bit more of your faith into the Valentine cards your child hands out, I've got you covered! Also, don't forget to take a look at my February saint post for links on celebrating this feast day as a family.
Catholic All Year has a great set of printable valentines with saint quotes that you could print at quarter size.
That's it for now! I'm sure there are a ton more out there, but I'll have to find them next year. Thanks for reading!
Monday, February 8, 2016
Ash Wednesday Activities @ Eyes on Heaven
Triduum Bracelet @ Loyola Press
Holy Week Day by Day with Jesus @ Eyes on Heaven
Holy Week Wood Countdown @ Joyful Mama's Place
Holy Thursday Learning Pack @ Eyes on Heaven
Last Supper Craft @ Catholic Icing
Good Friday Learning Pack @ Eyes on Heaven
Good Friday Nature Walk @ The Unlikely Homeschool
Lent Basket or Prayer Table @ Peanut Butter and Grace
Lent Art Appreciation @ Eyes on Heaven
Lent Coloring Pages @ Eyes on Heaven
Mid Lent Reflections @ Eyes on Heaven
Lent Planning Printables @ Peanut Butter and Grace
My Lenten Chart @ Eyes on Heaven
Litany of Humility @ Catholic Company
40 Days of Prayer @ Homeschool Is Where the Heart Is (Coming Soon)
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
I put together a fun snack today in honor of the Presentation of Our Lord. I was inspired by this lovely tea.
Monday, February 1, 2016
My friend shared her delicious Irish soda bread recipe with me for the feast of St. Brigid and is graciously allowing me to share it here. It is sweeter than some of the more traditional recipes, but that is how we like it! I halved the original recipe and cooked it in a round cake pan to make it more like scones (original version below).
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 c raisins
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 c buttermilk (or 1T lemon juice w/ milk to equal 1c)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
Whisk dry ingredients together, and wet ingredients together seperately. Mix together. Dough will be sticky. Place in pan and bake at 375 for 25-30m in pie tin or baking sheet, or 45-50 in loaf pan.
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