Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's for Sunday dinner?

So Monday we were all iced in like this.

By Tuesday the temps went up, and the roads cleared for us to get to horse lessons.

Does anyone have any special plans for this weekend?  Birthdays?  Anniversaries?  On Friday, we have a special friend coming for dinner.  Father Art.

He likes to play Wii when he comes over...

(I think it is SO important for kids to know that these holy men are human beings who can be approached comfortably as well as respectfully.) 

Dinner menu:

A little bit for everybody on a Friday during Lent...

Egg Salad (recipe here)

(The dill weed and dried mustard gives this recipe a delicious kick!)

Tuna Salad (and this is when I realize that I have never put up my tuna salad recipe.)

Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Recipe here)

Tossed Green Salad with chopped walnuts, sliced strawberries, and mandarin oranges.

Potato Chips

And for dessert?

I'm thinking just some plain, old-fashioned, home made chocolate chip cookies??

Then there's Sunday dinner...

Since we have not grilled in awhile, I thought it would be a good time to make Grilled Lemon Chicken (recipe here).

I plan on making sides of  Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Garlic Cauliflower (recipe here).

And for Sunday dessert, Texas Sheet Cake sounds about right (recipe here).

Oh man!  I'm hungry now.

Here's wishing you all a warm weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, February 23, 2015

Icy Wonderland!

I can't see!

My big sisters' bedroom window is no better.

Big sisters' closet window has a better view.

I spot ice and sleet on everything!

Oh!  The poor buds on the maple tree.  

Mom said that the white stuff on the roof tops and ground is frozen rain, not snow! 

My brother and sisters hurried to get their morning work done so we could go out in the snow  sleet.

See my pink snow pants?  My mom bought them last year on clearance...this is the first time I get to try them out!  

My sisters put me on a plastic lid (to a bin) and took me sledding down the driveway.

I LOVED being outside in this cold weather!

My sister Ester made her hat.  It kept her nice and warm today!

Since we do not have any salt trucks, we have to now wait for Mother Nature to warm up for the ice to melt.  At least our power is still on! 



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ice-Meggedon - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Rain all day today (Sunday).

Howling wind.

Icy bushes and trees.

It's "suppose" to get bad in the middle of the night tonight through Monday night.  (All of North Texas school districts have pretty much canceled school for Monday.)

Jim Cantore (from the weather channel)  is in town so they seem pretty serious about this ice storm.  (He cracks me up!)

At 4:15am the sleet came.  It was a driving sleet that sounded horrible.  After 15 minutes, it turned into a freezing rain and has been falling for the past 3 hours.

Everything is closed.  We will remain homebound until Mother Nature warms up.  The southern cities have no ice trucks or snow removal trucks down here (except for the freeways.)

I have lived through my share of blizzards and ice storms, and I tell you, I'd take a blizzard in the Midwest over an ice (or snow) storm in the south any day.

What I am thankful for ~

* heat & shelter

* a quiet Monday ahead, (All school districts are canceled as are all homeschool co-ops and horse lessons.)

* the Rosary

From the school room ~

* a very, very small glimpse into a morning in our homeschool routine.  (No two mornings seem to be the same ;)

David gets little man up by 7:30am.  He has Little Man do some calisthenics, gives him a hearty breakfast, and then after getting ready for the day, (Little Man makes his bed, gets dressed, and brushes his teeth), he begins his school work at his desk by 8am.

Don't laugh to loud on the calisthenics bit.  Seriously, boys need to work out all that stored up energy!

Around 8:15am, I am coming to the aid of Little Miss who seems to have lost a shoe (or two.)

We better darn well find that missing "ballerina shoe" (the one with the pink bow), because those are her faves and she wears them every. single. day.

8:30am.  Okay.  These pics are from a Tuesday which explains the late breakfast for my sophomore.  Tuesday is the only day of the week she can actually sleep in.

8:45 am.  I'm on the hunt for that missing shoe.  I stop to show you that sometimes pajamas are our school uniform ;)

I found the missing shoe right after this shot.  Whew.

9:00am.  One last breakfast to serve.  Normally, I shut down breakfast by 8:30, but every now and then life happens.

This one has been quietly studying on the couch upstairs.  I love it!  In sixth grade, and for the most part, is a self taught student.  I review with her and correct most of her work, but that's it.

Working with the kids, checking the work they turn in, I walk around to find out what happened to Miss Clementine.

There she is!

She is on her sister's Fire while her sister is finishing reading a book for her 3rd quarter book report.

The kids divide up their subjects doing half of them in the morning and half in the afternoon.


I have a weekly chart on the fridge.  They each have their chores to do.  They have all week to get their chores done, as long as they are done by the end of the week.  Typically, they do a little here and  a little there throughout the week.

My kids are seriously  amazing helpers around the house and will be able to run a household with ease when they are older.

From the kitchen ~

Miss Clementine helping her big sister clean the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.  (Miss Mabel does this once a week for the month she will switch off with someone else next month.)

What I am reading ~

Actually, I have a whole boatload of Lenten devotionals coming in my email each morning.

Around the house ~

Tomorrow I look forward to an entire day of uninterrupted schooling.  No swim.  No co-op.  No horse lessons.  Just schooling.

(Praying that our power doesn't go out in the middle of any ice storm that they are predicting.)

I am praying for ~

* the Christians being martyred by Muslims in Africa and the Middle East

* world peace

* priests

* those who have left the Catholic church

* those who are luke warm in practicing their faith

What I am listening to ~

The wind.  It sounds very cold.

My furnace is running quite frequently.

All of my children are snug in their beds.  (It's a late Sunday evening as I type.)

Coming down the pike this week ~

Sunday - parent meeting for mission trip
Friday - a priest/friend is coming for dinner
Saturday - Dallas Mavericks basketball game for high school youth group

A final photo to share ~

When technology is super cool...

My sophomore on the phone with Seton's Math Department discussing a very difficult Geometry math problem on a test she encountered.

As the Math teacher is talking to her, she is logged onto the virtual dry erase board to see the Math teacher help her work out a similar problem.

Have a warm and safe week!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, February 21, 2015

What exactly IS A Baptism Birthday?

On the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, our priest always reminds the faithful to remember their own baptism day, to honor it, and pray for a continued growth in faith.

I wish more priests would remind the faithful how important our baptism birthdays are...the day our original sin was removed, we became children of God and heirs of heaven.

We have been celebrating our baptism birthdays for years in a quiet yet meaningful way.  We always light their Baptism candle and look at cards and pictures.  While the children are little, we may tell the story of their Baptism day.

"Receive this burning light and safeguard thy baptism by a blameless life. Keep the Commandments of God that when Our Lord shall come to claim His own, thou mayest be worthy to greet Him with all the saints in the heavenly court and live forever and ever. Amen."

We gave our little one a St. Cecelia pillow for her doll (embroidery kit found on Charlotte's etsy shop.)  

We always give a small gift that represent their Catholic faith.

As our children grow, they study their faith from the Baltimore Catechism, and this includes a study of the Sacrament of Baptism each year in our home school.

 (Miss Clementine on her Baptism day, February 18, 2012.)

We will continue to keep this a memorable day for each of member of our family.  

Other ideas for baptism birthdays may include:

1. Go to Mass that day.
2.  Read or talk about the saint's feast day on which your child was baptized.
3. Make a white cake.
4. Try to include the godparents (if possible.)
5.  Pray for the godparents.

~  Patty  ~

Friday, February 20, 2015

What's For Sunday Dinner?

I saw these pictures on FB  (Thanks, Nancy!)....

David and I have to go to a parent planning meeting for this year's mission trip that Miss Sally and Ester will be attending.  I thought I'd keep it easy and use up ingredients from a dinner I did not get to earlier in the week.

Black Bean and Rice Burritos (recipe here)

Nothing fancy, but definitely easy!!  With a side of chips, salsa, and guacamole, we will definitely have our protein ;)


Miss Mabel will whipping up some Hello Dolly Bars (recipe here.)

These are so yummy!  With Miss Mabel honing in on her baking skills, this recipe will be a perfect match for her in the kitchen.

Stay warm my friends!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, February 16, 2015

St. Valentine's Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

A cloudy and chilly Monday.  What a contrast against the daffodils and budding trees that we saw last week!

For reals.

Stan found this Texas-sized earthworm last Monday at horse lessons.

What I am thankful for ~

* love

* God

* the gifts of faith and hope in this insane world

From the school room ~

* Quarter finals in Vocab for Ester, Mabel, and Stan have been taken.  They will keep moving ahead and finish those subjects up early in the fourth quarter as well.

* Miss Mabel finished up with her Science (Apologia's Zoology 3, Land Animals of the Sixth Day) and will start health a few weeks early, hoping to finish early in the fourth quarter.

* Stan the man successfully wrote his third quarter book report and his third quarter English essay.

* Stan the man also finished his third quarter Phonics test.  He will start his fourth quarter Phonics and finish that up early as well.

* Last minute Valentine's for Ester and Mabel's Little Flowers/Little Women group...

(Thank you, Pinterest!)

From the kitchen ~

Poor David.  One of the kids beat him to the left overs...

What we have read ~

In honor of St. Valentine's Day...

Around the house ~

After the swim meet....after 5pm Mass....after a dinner out...we had some St. Valentine snacks at home ;)

(FREE printable labels found on Pinterest attached to bags of Hershey's Hugs and Kisses chocolates.)

I am thinking about ~

Ash Wednesday.

I am such a wimp.  I moan and complain at breakfast thinking about the fasting that is to take place for the day.

I WILL do better this Ash Wednesday!

I am praying for ~

a fruitful, Lenten journey.

What I am listening to ~

Miss Mabel and Clementine playing "horsey" upstairs.  (Mabel is the horse ;)

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Monday - horse lessons
* Tuesday - contact fitting appointment for Miss Sally
* Tuesday - Moms' Night Out for our home school group (woot!  woot!)
* Wednesday - Ash Wednesday Mass
* Wednesday - Kids' dental appointments
* Wednesday - Miss Clementine's baptism birthday
* Friday - Stations of the Cross and K of C fish fry afterward
* Friday - Sunday - Troops of St. George camp out for David and Stan

A final photo to share ~

Actually 2, because this is totally cool!

David found these beautiful antlers in the woods while pig hunting.  (Sadly, he thinks the deer may have been poached because no other remains where found.)  

(Miss Ester was gluing the teeth in.)  

Wishing you a healthy week and a blessed start to your Lenten journey!

~  Patty  ~


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