Sunday, January 31, 2016

February! - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

The sun is shining, and the fresh air is blowing in with a southern breeze.

Oh my goodness, how I love that smell!!

This isn't exactly the tropics, but  ^this^  is one of the reasons why we moved to a more moderate climate ;)

I am thankful for ~

* David and Stan having time for another camping trip

* the "girl" time my daughters and I have when the boys are away

* the priests at our parish

What we are reading ~

* I just ordered this for myself for Lent ::

* To celebrate the feast of St. Blaise on February 3 ::

From the school room ~

* This week is mid term week.  Already.

* Poor Miss Mabel.  She read the wrong book for Seton's  2nd quarter book report requirement.  It is considered an "I" for incomplete until she reads the correct one and writes a new report.  The correct report will be finished this week, and then she has to turn around and begin reading the 3rd quarter book.  (Trust me.  She definitely learned her lesson about double checking Seton's required book list.)

^^character building moments^^

I am praying for ~

* my children

* my husband

* for all those who have asked me to pray for them

* an end to abortion

* priests

Around the house ~

I had some plants in front that were in serious need of a hair cut!  I did not cut them back last January so they were pretty thick this past season.

Grasshoppers love to nibble on these.

Before and after

In a couple of months, they'll be tall and full once more.

From the kitchen ~

Lent preparations!

I am looking for a good Creamy Tomato Basil soup recipe for Lent.  If you have one you really like, please share!  

In the meantime, this Egg Salad recipe has been a favorite of ours for some years.

This Tuna Salad recipe is also very good.  I grew up with it (it's my mama's.)

I am listening to ~

Kids playing outside.  Basketballs.  Skateboards.  Bikes.  Scooters.

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Monday - cardiac appointment for Ester

* Wednesday - Blessing of the throats (St. Blaise feast day), Ballet, CCD

* Friday - First Friday Mass

One last photo to share ~

I found Miss Clementine's "pet" pig tied up.  She said he was at the playground, but the children were afraid of him so she had to tie him up ;)

Have a great week!

~ Patty ~

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What's for Sunday dinner?

It seems as though I haven't had the time to post one of these in a long time.  David and Stan are camping this weekend, so when they are away, I really take a break from cooking ;)

Tonight, the girls and I are going out for dinner, but for Sunday dinner, I plan on doing crock pot style.

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken BBQ (recipe here).

Dessert will be White Chip Island Cookies (recipe here).

Have a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Winter Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

This flag hangs outside by the front bushes.  My mom always had cute flags hanging on her porch for the various seasons and holidays.

The weekend weather report is calling for :  71, 71, and 76 degrees F.  Yay!!

I am thankful for ~

* coffee in the morning

* the time I have to spend with my kids at home during the day

* my hard-working husband

What the littles are reading ~

I'm not sure how long we've owned a copy of Owl Moon, but it has always been one of our favorite winter books to read aloud.

Stan and Clementine made baby owls to go along with it for art ;)

I did, however, buy two books this week for Valentine's day (coming up quickly).

Both of them are just adorable :)

From the school room ~

We took a field trip this past Monday to the Dallas World Aquarium.

It was such a fun day.  Everyone kind of split up to go with their friends so it was Sis and I hanging with the sharks.

* Living Liturgy ::
February 3, St. Blaise
February 14, St. Valentine

I am praying for ~

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* all those who were affected by the big snowstorm

* my Confirmation students

* my children

* an end to abortion

Around the house ~

Stan has been rock painting again.  He received this kit from his Grammy last summer.

Clementine had her big 4 year old birthday party last Sunday.  Ballerinas galore!

We had our own family celebration on her actual birthday, Jan. 26.

From the kitchen ~

Not much new.  I've been too busy to come up with any new recipes.

I am listening to ~

The hum of the dishwasher.

Coming down the pike this next week ~

* Monday - Cardiac appointment for Miss Ester (Miss Ester had open-heart surgery as an infant to correct a defect.)

* Wednesday - Ballet for Clementine, CCD class, celebrate the feast of St. Blaise

* Friday - First Friday Mass

One last photo to share ~

Before Picture ::  Two weeks ago, I began a new project dealing with all of these photo albums.  (It will have its own post.)

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Monday, January 25, 2016

All The Little Ballerinas!

Our little ballerina turns 4 years old tomorrow!   It just seems like yesterday that she came into this world.  She's definitely not an angel, but boy oh boy! is she loved and continues to bring so much joy to our lives.

Cecelia is all about pink and ballet these days and requested a ballet-themed party.

So when I found this on Etsy, she was pretty excited :)

This adorable craft project was found on pinterest (a couple versions of it actually).  It was perfect for seven little girls.

I made cupcakes for all the little guests.

The little retro, plastic ballerina toppers were found on Etsy as well.

Ballerina paper plates were found on Amazon.

The table centerpiece (jar with tutu & pearls) was found on etsy.  (The flowers I picked up at Michael's).

We filled goody bags with pink nail polish ( found at TJ Max) and little ballerina necklaces ( found on etsy).

And then, thanks to Marie for this idea, we also sent each of the little ballerinas home with a special cookie!

The cookies were purchased from an etsy shop as well.

The entertainment was the best part!  Sally and Ester have a friend who is a real ballerina, so she came to entertain the little ballerinas for a spell.

After a lot of dancing and twirling, it was time to blow out candles.

Happy birthday, sweet Cecelia!  We love you to the moon and back.  May the lives of those you touch always be filled with joy.  Birthday blessings!

Daddy and Mommy


Thursday, January 21, 2016

January Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

The skies are dark gray, it's raining and there is thunder.  I'm praying for all those who are attending the March for Life in D.C. this weekend.

I am thankful for ~

* new home school friends that joined our group recently

* the never-ending smile on Miss Clementine's face while she is in ballet class

* after 20 years of marriage, we have our very first set of matching bedroom lamps!!

Even though this may sound strange to some, I'm so excited to have these.

Not only do they match, but they came in the two different sizes I needed.  (Thank you, Target!)

The first bedroom lamp we had was a hand-me-down.  Then I found a couple of unmatched lamps that were actually those buffet table lamps (those really tall, skinny ones?)  David repaired them a couple of times each.  When we painted our bedroom (a year ago!) I knew it was time for new lamps.

What the littles are reading ~

It's such a funny book that can set a little one's imagination on fire :)

From the school ~

* Miss Sally is now registered for the ACT in April (and SAT in March)

* We are finishing up week 21 out of 36

* Miss Ester is working on her research paper for English (Broad topic is on the priesthood of St. Pope John Paul II)

* Miss Mabel is focusing extra time on Confirmation prep (she is in year 1)

* Stan is studying machines, engines and now magnets in science

* Miss Clementine loves art every Friday

I am praying for ~

* participants at the March for Life in D.C., especially with all that snow in the forecast

* an end to abortion

* our priests

* my children and their continued growth in their faith and love for God

* my husband (this is his busy home show season a.k.a. bread and butter season)

Around the house ~

* more well-check ups (4 out of 5 done)

* more hair appointments

* dental appointment

* The two oldest ones went to a murder mystery party last Saturday evening.

(Miss Beatrice Marmson, elementary school teacher in Golden Grove, and Chief Clint Callahan, Chief of Police of the Golden Grove police dept.)

From the kitchen ~

I posted two new recipes recently ::

Ham Tetrazzini

Pull-Apart Cheese Bread

I am listening to ~

* the rain hitting the chimney

Coming down the pike this week ~

This is happening on Sunday!  (She is so stinking excited for her party!)  Her actual birthday is January 26.  I cannot believe my sweet bundle of JOY is going to be 4!!

One last photo to share ~

A pretty cyclamen for my kitchen table.

Have a great rest of your week, a fabulous Friday, and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Feast of St. Sebastian

The feast of St. Sebastian is January 20.

This Christian was a guard under Emperor Diocletian, (a brutal persecutor of early Christians).  He was able to conceal is Christianity for some time.  During this period, he would give aid to other Christians who had been arrested and even converted prominent persons.  After being discovered, Emperor Diocletian ordered him to die by being used as a target for archery practice.

Miraculously, St. Sebastian survived!  When the archers thought his riddled body was lifeless, they left him tied to the tree.  It was here that he received the help of a Christian woman who aided in his recovery.   After his recovery, St. Sebastian chose to publicly denounce Diocletian and his horrible treatment of Christians.  St. Sebastian was arrested again, and this time, he would not survive.  He was beaten to death and his body was placed in a sewer where it was thought that it would never be found.  St. Sebastian appeared to another Christian woman and ordered her to retrieve his body.  She found the saint's body and buried it in the catacombs.

St. Sebastian is the patron saint of soldiers, athletes, and those who desire a saintly death.

I set out these (arrow) pencils for each of the kids for school today.   ;)

They were so easy to make!  It only took some new pencils, a sheet of brown foam paper, and glue dots.  I measured 1.5" x 1" with ruler and pencil, then cut the shapes out.

We are pretty big fans of archery in our house.  David was an excellent bow hunter in Illinois.  After moving to Texas, he and the kids took up bow fishing.  Stan the man has been involved with an archery club that one of the homeschool moms teaches.

(I originally found this idea on Pinterest.)

St. Sebastian, pray for us!

~  Patty ~

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pull-Apart Cheese Bread

This is good stuff!

Pull-apart cheese bread is a new recipe I tried on Christmas Eve to go with our vegetable beef soup, and my family really liked it.

Ingredients :: 

1 round loaf artisan bread (16 to 20 ounce loaf)
1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese, like Monterrey Jack, Mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, or a mix
1/4 cup butter

Directions ::

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Slice the bread horizontally and vertically into 1" cubes.  Do not slice all the way through the loaf - leave bottom of the loaf intact with the bread pieces still attached.

3.  Place the loaf on a large piece of tinfoil prior to stuffing it.  Combine the cheese in a small bowl.  Stuff between the vertical slices first, then go back and fill in the spaces between the horizontal cuts - it's a bit easier this way!

4.  Melt the butter in the microwave, then pour evenly over the loaf.

5.  Wrap the loaf tightly in foil.

6.  Bake the loaf for 20 minutes.  Uncover the top and bake for another 10 minutes, until the cheese is totally melted and top of the loaf is crisp.

7.  Serve immediately.


~  Patty ~

Ham Tetrazzini

I knew I was going to have plenty of Christmas ham left over so I tried to plan ahead and look for a dish to make with it.  I found this ham tetrazzini recipe on and am glad I did!

My family LOVES it!  The recipe is super easy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients ::

6 ounces of spaghetti
3 quarts water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped onion (I substituted onion powder instead.)
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham (I added more!)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions ::

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add spaghetti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

2.  While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  *Stir in onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

*Because I substituted onion powder, I just bypassed the cooking onion and went straight to adding the soup mixture, etc.

3.  Stir in cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup water, and shredded cheese.  Heat mixture until cheese melts, stirring often.

4.  Mix in the ham, cooked and drained pasta and chopped parsley to saucepan; stir to combine.  Cook until mixture is heated through, then serve.

Prep : 15 minutes
Cook : 15 minutes
Ready : 30 min
Serves : 10


~  Patty ~

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sprucing Things Up - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Gorgeous weather!

Last weekend was pretty chilly outside, but mother nature has dumped blue skies and gorgeous sunshine on us all week long.

Thursday is suppose to be 66.  I love it!

I am thankful for ~

* this little 3 year old fashionista who had fun dressing up in the hats and scarves after Mass last Sunday

* for left over donut glaze on her face

* for AWESOME prices on shoes (for Mama!) at DSW

Top right : Clarks Alto Madi originally priced at $75.00 .... wait for it ... Patty paid $17.98!

Bottom left : Franko Sarto Lexi originally priced at $89.00 ... wait for it ... Patty scored at $20.98!

Bottom right : Vaneli Jenetta Truffle Suede originally priced at $140.00 .... bam! ... $29.97!

What I am reading ~

 I am LOVING this book!

And the book of the week for Clementine and Stan...

Tomorrow, we celebrate the feast of St. Felix.  This delightful story tells how one of God's smallest creatures saved the life of a man from the evil hands of an emperor.

St. Felix, pray for us!

From the school room ~

Affirmation in homeschooling!

Miss Sally received her scores from the PSAT she took last October (she took it at the local high school.)  These scores are for the brand new SAT that makes its debut in March.  She did very well on it.

That night she registered for the SAT (March 5).

Things are getting exciting.  She wants to be a nurse, working toward a degree in midwifery.

I am praying for ~

* all those who have asked me to pray for them

* an end to abortion

* our priests

* my husband (his company's busy season is upon us now)

* my children, for their continued steadfast growth in their Catholic faith

Around the house ~

Well check-ups and hair cuts this week (and next).

I just love Miss Mabel's honey-colored hair, natural highlights, and silky layers.  Stan the man is pretty handsome I might add ;)

The beta fish are getting a sprucing up as well.  Miss Ester and Mabel created new rock caves for their fish tanks.

Pretend cooking never gets old.   ( Don't you love Melissa & Doug wooden toys?!)

From the kitchen ~

I have a couple of new recipes I need to put up.  Hopefully by this weekend??

I found this note on Miss Ester's back while she was baking in the kitchen...

"I'm in tune out mode."  I guess she didn't want to be bothered ;)

I am listening to ~

Either a loud truck or a loud motorcycle in the distance, miles away.  It's noise is growing more faint.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - well check-ups

Tuesday - hair appointments

Wednesday - ballet (Miss Clementine) and Confirmation class for me

Thursday - horse riding

Saturday - the girls have a 16th birthday party to attend

A last photo to share ~

Total sweetness!

I overheard Miss Clementine talking to her toy bear as she was "feeding" him ;)  I never tire of this adorable age.

Happy hump day!!

~  Patty ~


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