Saturday, May 2, 2015

What's for Sunday Dinner?

David has been busy at work, working 12 out of 14 days.  I decided to spend less time in the kitchen and more time visiting with my love on Sunday ;)

For dinner, I am going to have Grilled Lemon Chicken (recipe here).

Green beans.

Sweet Potato Fries with honey and cinnamon (recipe here).

For dessert, we will have some Texas Sheet Cake (recipe here).

Wishing you all a happy weekend and a blessed Sunday!!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sunflower Cupcakes to Celebrate St. Catherine of Siena

The end result was beautiful (and delicious)!

The kids and I made these with yellow tinted butter cream frosting for the base, yellow tinted royal frosting for the leaves (leaf tip - forgot the tip number), and mini chocolate chips for the seeds.  We are novices when it comes to decorating cupcakes, so this (decorating) project took almost two hours.  Miss Ester baked and then froze the cupcakes a couple of days earlier.

We found the idea on Catholic Cuisine and Betty Crocker.

“Our faith may be compared to this flower, since its gaze is ever fixed above, and turned towards the glorious sun of divine truth.” - Fr Lasance - Catholic Girl's Guide

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

~  Patty  ~

Toxic Moments

Last week was one of the worst weeks I have had in a long time.  Encountering toxic situations weighed heavily on the heart of David and myself.

Anger.  Hatred.  Gossip.  Calculating.  

Why do people  behave in such ways?  Insecurity?  Jealousy?  No one is immune to them and no one is immune to causing them, myself included.

What I do know is that it is hard  to rebound after being on the receiving end.  Growing from these humiliating experiences is so important, but hard when residual effects of hurt stand in the way.   So I wanted to share these thoughts I read just last evening.  Nancy always inspires me and makes me ponder more deeply.  This is from Nancy...What's Lurking in the Foyer

And leaving you with another of Nancy's posts...

In Each Moment

May you find great peace as you do what God expects you to do.

~  Patty  ~

Monday, April 27, 2015

No Worries

Life has been rather hectic here lately, but at least one person knows how to savor every moment.

(P.S.  This was before our precious Blue Bell ice cream was taken off the shelves.)

~  Patty  ~

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Faces of the Homeless

There's no "What's for Sunday dinner?" post this week.

In its place, I must share this picture that was sent to our home school group ~

The survival kits our home school kids prepared were delivered to the homeless in Dallas this past week.  The lady in the blue t-shirt works with this amazing ministry out of another parish.

It has been quite a humbling experience for the children and adults.

How the service project worked::

1.  A mom from our home school group met with this ministry's spokesperson and decided to chair this service project for our group.

2.  Home school families donated money, and we took money out of our petty cash fund as well.  Items for the kits were purchased in bulk quantity.

3.  A night was set to meet and assemble the kits.  (It was short notice and whoever could come were welcome.)

4.  Items were laid out on tables.  Children and parents took a spot by a table and as the large Ziploc bag was passed, we would put an item from our spot into the bag and then pass it along.

Survival kit items ::

tooth paste
band aids
pad of paper
granola bars
apple sauce packs
plastic spoon
and other various non perishable food items

We also placed holy cards into each bag.

*Approximately 85 bags were assembled.  Set up time to completed assembly took maximum one hour.  We had approximately 40 people show up to help.

When I saw this picture come through on my email, it brought tears to my eyes.  To put a face to a homeless person and to see that human being holding a bag we touched...there are no words.  Humility.  Compassion.  Gratitude.  These words just scratch the service.  It was such a blessing to take part in this service project.
I am not putting this post up for accolades, but to promote what we really can do as brothers and sisters in Christ.  I had a lot of inquiries since I first posted our project here.  I earnestly pray that this corporal work of mercy has a wide ripple effect!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Beautiful weather.

Friday and Saturday brought some strong thunderstorms to Texas at bedtime, but there was only glorious sunshine during the day.

I am thankful for ~

* so many good friends we have made in Texas over the past 8 years

* seeing so many GOOD people in a world that seems to have gone mad

* Miss Sally's new job (swim instructor assistant with the city)

* children who have the drive to be employed

What I am reading ~

Nada.  Not since Easter.

From the school room ~

* Stan the Man has finished up a few subjects for the year:  Phonics, Vocab, History, Maps & Charts.

* Service Project ::  Assembling Survival Kits for the homeless shelter in Dallas

These photos do not do the night justice.  One of the moms in our group, Amber, organized this amazing service project.  First, she collected the monetary donations from families in our group, and then she purchased items for the kits in bulk quantity.  Last Friday night was assembly night where  she set up stations for each item and had the kids and parents stood in an assembly line to fill some 85 survival kits.

Survival Kits included: chapstick, tissues, combs, wipes, pens, pads, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, Gatorade, small food items, apple sauce cups with plastic spoons, holy cards...(and I know I'm missing items from the list.)

There is a group of adults from another parish that take these kits down into the city and deliver them to the homeless shelter.

Around the house ~

They've taken a liking to horse barrel  and pole bending races!

We sat outside to watch a thunderstorm blow in on Saturday night...

From the kitchen ~

I was only able to get part of my menu and grocery shopping completed.  Need to work on that after I finish this post.  (Can we say priorities.)

I am praying for ~

* Heather and her family...that they will be in their new home soon.

* Annie and her family.  Annie is the young mother of five battling a horrible monster inside of her.

* For all the persecuted Christians around the world, in particular, for those in the current holocaust taking place in the Middle East and Africa.

I am listening to ~

Silence.  It is golden.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Art class for Sally and Ester
Tuesday - Archery for Stand and Mabel
Saturday - Garage Sale - for the youth group's mission trip

A final photo to share ~

Wishing you a wonderful week!

~  Patty  ~


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