Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guardian Angel Art

Oct 2 - Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

We are celebrating it early this year since we are suppose to be heading to the State Fair of Texas on October 2,  (to use our FREE homeschool tickets they give out!)

(Miss Clementine's)


(Miss Mabel's)

(Miss Ester's)

With a little construction paper, white paint, glue, scissors, and doll hair (found at Hobby Lobby), the kids made these cute Guardian Angels.  (Idea found at Catholic Icing.)

I picked these up years ago.

And Stan the Man received this DVD for his baptism birthday this past June.

So we are all set to remember our Guardian Angels!  (Praying that they keep us safe and sound at the fair :)

Angels and men are the chief creatures of God.  They are created spirits without bodies.  Some remained faithful to God and those angels entered into eternal happiness with God.  The "good" angels help us by praying for us, acting as messengers from God to us, and by being our guardian angels.  ~ The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 1.

Happy (early) feast of the Holy Guardian Angels!

October feast days we plan to celebrate::

October 2, Feast of the Guardian Angels
October 4, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Which is also Stan's birthday!)
October 5, Feast of St. Faustina Kowalska
October 7, Our Lady of the Rosary

~  Patty  ~

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekends In Texas

Last weekend.

With their dad, mastering the art of setting up hammocks for camping.


Mama won't take me to the pool so I'll make my own.

Mabel wanted a hammock to read in, too.

Who would have thought an old paint sheet and tarp could bring so much fun?!

Tossing in some added comfort.

Almost every Sunday, on our way to Mass, we  see a handful of these floating overhead.

This weekend.

David and Stan were on their Troops of St. George camp out with another troop from Fort Worth.

(Photo credit ::  TSG website.)

They love these Catholic camp outs!!  David said he loves this time with fellow Catholic fathers.

Stan earned his pocket knife by taking a safety course at the TSG campout.

(Trying to look tough ;)

Taking care of my Vitamin D deficiency.

Volunteers at the parish festival.

New shoes because Mama didn't realize all those size 7 shoes didn't fit my size 9 foot anymore!

Have a great week!

~  Patty ~

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Book for Feast of St. Wenceslaus

Today is the feast day of "Good King Wenceslas".

 I found this book on Amazon...

The illustrations are gorgeous and it comes with a CD...narrated by Jane Seymour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  BEAUTIFUL!

St. Wenceslaus was such a good and holy man, born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke of Bohemia.  His grandmother, a faith filled woman, St. Ludmilla raised him since St. Wenceslaus' mother was a pagan.  (Crazy!)  St. Ludmilla was murdered by these haters of Christ, but St. Wenceslaus was able to assume leadership of the Bohemian government.  He was a peacemaker and supported the church.  He was known for his compassion and generosity, especially toward the poor and outcast.  This caused trouble for him from the pagans, including his own brother!  His brother ordered his death, and in 929, St. Wenceslaus was murdered on the way to mass.

St. Wenceslaus is remembered as putting the heavenly kingdom before an earthly one.

He is the patron saint of Bohemian people and the former Czechoslovakia.

St. Wenceslaus, pray for us!

~  Patty ~

Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's For Sunday Dinner?

Do any of you plan a special dinner each week for Sunday?  Or a special Sunday dinner routine, for example: eating in the dining room, bringing out the china, or just making time to eat together?

For the past few years, I somehow gravitated to making the fancier meal of the week on Sundays.  I think it was when meat prices started going through the roof, and I had to keep our food budget in check.

For awhile there, we ate every Sunday meal in the dining room, but we have not done that in a long time.  (I'm not sure why.)  Oh wait!  I remember.  It was just easier to feed the baby in the kitchen where her high chair was located rather then moving her (and her messes) to the dining room.

Where we are definitely not like this on Sundays...

... I still am old fashioned in the sense where I enjoy our Sunday family dinners even if we are in shorts and t-shirts at the table.   I like cooking and baking on Sundays, and have been trying to save Sundays as our  dessert day, (keeping healthy snacks for the rest of the week.)

I usually grocery shop on Thursday, when it is most convenient for me.  Do any of you have a regular shopping day?  The one thing I love about making the menu is planning for Sunday dinner (and dessert!)

This Sunday I am planning on making Beef Brisket, recipe here.

Mashed potatoes.

Corn bread.

David's Cole Slaw, recipe here.

And for dessert, it will be provided by Miss Ester who wants to try a new dark chocolate chip cookie recipe.  (Yes, I'll post it ;)

So what is for Sunday dinner at your house this week?

~  Patty ~

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Major Hiccup in Bathroom Remodel

Every home remodel/building project has hiccups.

But what really stink is when that hiccup is a major one and comes at the end of a project.

So our beautiful granite top arrived last Thursday.  I was so excited for David to come home and hook up the plumbing fixtures.

* Granite top

I can't remember the name of the color.  It is a remnant though.

So what's a remnant?  You pay a much lower price for a "left over" piece of granite from someone elses project.

It can be a bit of a treasure hunt.  If you are wanting a particular look, well, the search is limited.

That route, though, is TOTALLY worth it for a vanity top!  (Save 1/2 the price on granite.)

* Vanity sink

We wanted something different and unique looking.  We perused houzz.com for a long time and trough-style sinks kept impressing us.

David wanted to keep the clean lines going throughout the bathroom.

We chose a Lavabo Gea 90 sink.

We received the wrong drain and are missing the pretty, chrome plug for the overspill...those are coming.  That was minor.

* Faucets & Shower head

We went with the Hansgrohe "Metris" grouping.

David knows his plumbing and did not want any plastic parts in the faucets or shower head.  (Technically, we won't need to replace these fixtures due to something breaking on them.)

Now for the first MAJOR problem...

See this over flow hole?

After David hooked up all the fixtures and plumbing, he tested for water leaks.  The drain worked just fine.

Then he filled the sink up to check the over flow hole.  It leaked like a sieve!

He found a hairline fracture underneath and behind the main part of the sink. It was clearly a defect.

We were like holy crap!  Everything was installed...the sink was glued to the granite...the granite was siliconed to the vanity...the backsplash to the wall...ugh.  We felt sick.

What a huge problem...would the sink be replaced?...who would cover the cost for the new granite top?...Will the vanity be damaged?....the walls?

It was a bad, bad moment.

He filled the fracture with some plumbers putty.  A temporary fix.

Ready for the second BIG mistake?

We sat back on our haunches and noticed that granite sink hole had been cut out wrong...off center by almost 2 inches!

And when he held up a drawer front, it was even more noticeable ::

We were like WTH?!

So here's the skinny ~

Everything is clearer in the morning, right?    (And you know what else?  There are a whole lot of horrific issues people in other parts of the world are facing.)

1. We have to start this phase completely over.

2. Granite people were out yesterday.  They will replace the top.  Fingers crossed, we will find something similar to what we had.

3. Sink will need to be replaced.  (It took 3 weeks for the first one to come in!)  Nothing will be torn out until all products are in.

4.  Project may take up to another month.  (We will survive.  Life goes on.)

* Vanity

Happier thoughts now...

So stepping back, here is another view (minus two drawer fronts) of the beautiful vanity David built...

It is a floating vanity, anchored inside and underneath to the wall.

The tile underneath goes straight back to the wall.  He is installing a long drawer underneath for towels, and the a false front on the top.

We are waiting for the light bar and drawer pulls to arrive...any day now.  And then we measure for the mirror.

Back in August, I jokingly asked if the project would be done by the holidays :)  Always plan for the unplanned and then it is easier to accept when it happens!

It's just a shame that it all has to come out.  Good grief.

Until the next update...

~  Patty  ~

Monday, September 22, 2014

First Quarter Break - Daybook Post, Sept. 2014

Outside my window ~

Our new fall flag.

It is hard to get your fall on when you live in a southern climate.  (And that's perfectly fine with me since I am a warm weather girl.)

From the classroom ~

* Study break.

By Friday, their brains needed one!

(See what I mean about being in the mood for fall?  Pumpkin Spice candles and suntan lotion just don't mix :)

Sally stayed behind due to some serious allergies kicking her bum.

*  New school photos.

I managed to take some a couple of weeks ago.  Just posted them on my side bar (if you want to take a peek.)

* Homeschool fun.

On Saturday evening, two of them were at the stables with some of their homeschool friends for a parents night out.  (Parents drop off their riders for $22 each, 5pm-9pm, one hour of riding, hot dog roast, and s'mores!)

What a fun deal!

Miss Sally attended a pizza dinner / movie night for homeschooled High School kids in our group.

The family that hosted has a huge media room.  They generously entertained 8 young men and 8 young ladies from 6pm-10pm!

* Two week break!

We finished up the reports, papers, and quarter finals tests and  plan to enjoy two, wonderful weeks of fall break!!  Yeehaw!!

I am thankful for ~

* A friend of Sally's who helped her through a tough Chemistry chapter!

* A successful 1st quarter to our school year.

* My children who have worked really hard this first quarter.

* The Knights of Columbus at our parish who are providing the funds for a new evangelizing program.  Amen!!

From the kitchen ~

So many new things bubbling up in our kitchen!  I posted a few of new recipes this past weekend: Mabel makes Jambalaya,  Pecan Pie Muffins,  and Apple Oatmeal Crisp.

But my favorite?

The littlest helping the biggest make monkey bread...be still my heart :)

Oh... and those dirty door cabinets two photos up?  Yeah.  I guess I should put them on my to-do list over fall break ;)

What I am praying for ~

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

* For the Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Nigeria.

* Prayers of thanksgiving that an adoption case has finally sailed into smoother waters for the family waiting to adopt baby Marcel.

* For my Confirmation students (and their parents, who so many need prayers!)

What I am reading ~

Unbelievable what this man suffered in the first 20 years of his life and to read it in his OWN words describing certain situations.  Amazing!!!

I was born when Pope Paul VI was alive...so I grew up knowing all about Pope St. John Paul II...or what I "thought" I knew of him.  In reality, I had a lot to learn, because I realize now how much I took for granted regarding this Holy Man.

This book is just amazing!  (Bought it at church from the Knights of Columbus, promoting that new evangelizing program.)

What I am listening to ~

David watching a movie on his lap top.  A pesky fly buzzing in the window blinds.  Otherwise...bed time silence.

Around my house ~

This doily belonged to my (maternal) Grandma Achin, who passed away at the age of 72 in 1981.  I was in sixth grade at the time.

I added the three silk sunflower plants and made it our dining room table center piece.  I think my grandma would like seeing this photo :)

A photo to share ~

Watching the ice cream truck go by.

Until next time...have a fantastic week ahead!!

~  Patty  ~

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mabel Makes Jambalaya

Miss Mabel wanted to make our Sunday dinner, trying a recipe from her new Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook that she received as a birthday gift last Monday.


This was so delicious!

Seriously good stuff.

She did a great job on a recipe that included a lot of cutting and chopping.  The prep time took a little bit longer than I anticipated, but it was totally worth the effort!

Ingredients ::

2 tbsp olive oil

3 skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion chopped (*she substituted with onion powder)

7 oz smoked ham (*I purchased smoked beef sausage)

2 large cloves garlic (chopped)

1 red pepper (de-seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 tsp paprika

1 green chili, de-seeded and finely chopped (optional)

1 tsp dried thyme

3 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock

1 chopped tomato

1 1/3 cups brown rice

1/3 cup peas

salt and pepper

Directions ::

**We doubled this recipe for our family**

1.  Chop the onion into small pieces and set aside.  Then carefully cut the chicken and ham into bite-sized pieces.  Heat the oil in the large saucepan.

2.  Fry the chicken and onion for 8 mins over a medium heat until the chicken is golden all over.  Stir frequently.

3.  Add the ham, garlic, red pepper, and chili, and cook for 2 mins.  Add the paprika, thyme, rice, stock, and tomato.  Stir and bring to a boil.

4.  Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 35 in or until the rice is cooked and the stock is absorbed.  Season the rice and stir before serving.

**The recipe can be adapted for vegetarians by swapping the chicken and ham for extra vegetables, meat-free sausages, or tofu.


~  Patty  ~


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