Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter to All of You

From all of us down here in Texas!

(Easter Vigil 2014)

Laughter is great medicine, is it not?

(Photo credit :: my neighbor, Monica :)

Wishing you all a blessed Easter!

Enjoy this beautiful day, this amazing Easter season, with your family and friends!

And if you wouldn't mind keeping us in your prayers as we set out this early Easter morning on a road trip to Illinois to attend the funeral of my father-in-law.

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him, O Lord...

William LaVelle Hughes

September 6, 1930 - April 16, 2014

David's father, Bill, passed away early this evening at the age of 83. Clare, his wife of 59 years, was by his bedside. He fought a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer's. They have six children, 19 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

Please keep the repose of his soul in your prayers as well as prayers for the family.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

~  Patty  ~

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Selfie

(Photo credit ::  google stressed out cat!)

Ha ha ha ha ha!

It's been a stressful month, and that's about how I look.

What set me off?

A handful of things, but the big one?

A recent and HUGE tactical error in our school calendar planning that royally screwed up our finals week, our group CAT5 achievement testing, and my Mom Get-Away (with Jen) to FL.  ( I had scheduled all of them within five days of each other!)

When I realized my mistake I was like...

You fellow home school moms are probably thinking, "How in the hell did she do that?!"

Since I'm not a Senior (yet), I will refer to it as a brain -fart moment.

Our solution was to have the kids start compressing 9 weeks of school into 7, voiding all unnecessary book work for them.  A huge task for the upper grades.  (My students are the best for putting up with me!  Seriously!)

You may ask, "Why don't you finish later in the summer?"  Because.... we all want the school year over...the sooner, the better.

(We will finish by Mother's Day.  I leave for my trip a week later.  CAT5 testing will take place when I get back.)

Holy Week is a good time to recharge, don't you think?

I plan to use this important time to gather and grow in my faith, as a wife, a person, and friend.

And to keep extra curricular activities to plain, simple routines such as these...

I have to remember that limping into the last stretch of lent really is, and that some of my greatest growth spurts have been during Holy Week and Easter (Paschal)  Triduum.

By Easter Sunday, I should be all set to bask in His shining glory! (Even if it is in a simpler form than years past.)  

I pray that you all have a fruitful Holy Week, and I will see you after Easter!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Greek Salad

I had forgotten all about this salad recipe.  After I found it tucked away, I made it for dinner the other night. may already have had it yourself!

Greek Salad

Ingredients ::

Red leaf lettuce; washed and cut up.
1 small red onion, sliced
1 small pkg of grape tomatoes, washed
1 small container of crumbled feta cheese
Black olives, whole and pitted
Garlic Expressions - classic vinaigrette

Directions ::

Put lettuce into a large bowl.  Pour a little of the vinaigrette over the lettuce, enough to coat lightly.  Add your own desired amount of the grape tomatoes, black olives, croutons, and feta cheese.  Top with sliced onions.

*Those who don't like certain ingredients just pick them out.

I'm thinking about putting this  on our Easter menu.


~  Patty   ~

Monday, April 7, 2014

Daybook Post - South Pole Elf - Monday, April 7, 2014

Outside My Window ...

Bouncing temperatures...but they do bounce up into the 80's!

I Am Thankful For ...

Gosh!  So much...but in particular...

*  My sister-in-law Sara and her daughter Alison, who took the time to fly down and visit us from Illinois.

Sara is David's older sister and Miss Clementine's godmother.

David is Alison's godfather.

(I did not think to get a picture of the four of them.)

* My husband who has agreed to take my place as coordinator for our home school group's field trip to the  George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum this Tuesday.  (50 people to organize and keep track of :)

I Am Thinking About ...

Ester's indoor skydiving experience,  (a her birthday gift  from David and I),  at iFly Indoor Skydiving.

Her Aunt Sara and cousin Alison went with her :)

(Do you see Clementine and Stan looking at her in the tube?)

(She had a permanent grin on her face!)

I love giving  "experiences" as gifts for Christmas or birthdays.  

From The School Room ...

* Depending on the child, we have 5-6 weeks of school left.

* Field trip on Tuesday.

What I Am Reading ...

With house guests, I got away from my lenten reading.  :(

From The Kitchen ...

These healthy snacks have been added to our healthy snack menu / rotation.

No-Bake Energy Bites, recipe found here.

Homemade Pita Chips, recipe found here.

(Re-posting) Peanut Energy Bars, recipe found here.

(Re-posting) Birds' Nests, recipe found here.

(And not-as-healthy) Tortilla Pie, recipe found here.  (A good meatless Friday dish.)

We have been saving vein-clogging desserts for Sundays.  Last weekend, I made an old favorite of ours...

(Re-post) Strawberries and Cream Cake, recipe found here.

This past Sunday, we made and old-y but a gold-y...

(Re-post) Monkey Bread, recipe found here.  (Although, I'm sure y'all already have a monkey bread recipe.)

What I Am Praying For ...

* My mom who is making a car trip from Illinois to Nebraska (on her own) to visit a sibling of mine.  She can do it, but I still worry about her.

* For all who have asked me to pray for them.

* For all those who are preparing, or have already received, the sacraments of Baptism, Confession, Holy Communion, and/or Confirmation this spring!

* For my in-laws.

What I Am Listening To ...

Silence  :)

Around My House ...

I'm going to be MIA from the blogosphere for another week.  (I'll try to read your posts on the fly.)

Monday's extras ::  

"Hopefully" my last dental trip.  
Swim Team

Tuesday's extras ::

Field trip to George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
Doctor appointment for Miss Clementine (I could not reschedule it unfortunately.)

Wednesday's extras ::

Stan's "Gotcha Day" 
Confirmation class (I only have two left to teach.)

Thursday's extras ::

Grocery Day
Swim Team

Friday's extras ::

Swim Team
Little Flowers / Little Women
Service Hours for swim meet (We need to get 20 in for the year or we are fined $500!)

Saturday's extras ::

Swim meet

* Overwhelming weeks turn me into a South Pole Elf!  (For those of you who have seen the movie Elf.)

One Last Collage To Share ...

(Miss Clementine listening to her daddy sing Let It Go from the movie, Frozen at the breakfast table.)

We kiss those cheeks  ALL.  THE.  TIME.  

Wishing y'all a GREAT week!!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tortilla Pie

This is a new Tex-Mex recipe that we recently tried.  If you are a fan of Tex-Mex, this was quick to prepare, and a yummy edition to our Meatless Friday rotation!

Tortilla Pie

Ingredients ::

1 cup frozen corn kernels

2 green onions, thinly sliced (I substituted onion powder.)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 1/2 cups salsa

1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained

4 burrito-size flour tortillas

1 (8 oz) package shredded Mexican cheese blend

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions ::

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.    (I used parchment paper instead.)

2.  Spray 12" skillet with cooking spray; place over medium heat.  Add frozen corn, green onions, and cumin; cook 3 minutes or until corn thaws.  

3.  Remove skillet from heat; stir in salsa and beans.

4.  Place one tortilla on a cookie sheet; top with 1 cup bean mixture and sprinkle with cheese.  Repeat, starting with tortilla, to make 2 more layers.

Top with remaining tortilla and cheese.

5.  Bake pie 10 minutes or until heated through.  Carefully transfer pie to cutting board (I used a spatula); sprinkle with chopped cilantro.  With sharp knife (I used a pizza cutter), cut into wedges to serve.

*The cutting into wedges part is REALLY messy.  Just go slow and don't expect perfectly sliced pieces.*

When I made this recipe, I doubled everything and had 12 servings.  Some kids were full after one piece, some had more than one piece.  


~  Patty  ~


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