Sunday, December 15, 2019

Second Week of Advent Activities 2019

On the feast of The Immaculate Conception (December 8), I tried something new this year.  I have read for a couple of years now how some families dine on an all-white dinner to celebrate this special feast day.  So I made an all-white dinner & dessert.


We had chicken with Alfredo sauce over some pasta (that was already in the pantry) with a side of Roasted Garlic Cauliflower.

I tried a new dessert recipe, Cream Cheese Mints.  Some of the family liked them, the others thought they tasted like the "toothpaste-flavored mints you get at a restaurant".  The woman who I got this idea from said that after the feast of The Immaculate Conception, she will drizzle green and red candy melts over them and serve them at Christmas.  We shall see if the candy melts will add to them.  Otherwise, I probably won't make them again.

Moving on...

For the feast of St. Juan Diego (December 9), we baked Mexican Wedding Cookies.  I grew up calling these delicious morsels Russian Tea Cakes up in the Midwest.

And on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December12), we made warm Snicker doodles and I bought the kids Jarritos soda to go with their dinner that night. :)


As I'm typing these post, I realize that I need to add the recipes to these two cookies under my recipe tab.  They're both so easy and delicious!

The Catholic faith is SO tangible!  We have so much fun living it out at home in a variety of ways.

On the feast of St. Lucy (December 13), it is a Swedish tradition to serve cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  Let me just say, I don't have time to make homemade cinnamon rolls on a weekday morning.  I feel no guilt baking from a can, or I make the Rhodes cinnamon rolls that you can find in the freezer section at the grocery store.



Emma and some girlfriends came over that night to bake two more kinds of Christmas cookies, Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsel Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkles.


The feast of St. Lucy is the night that we traditionally go out to look at Christmas lights.  While Emma was baking at home for me, I was able to take Miss Clementine out to view the lights.  Win-win.

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The week had been a stressful one medically speaking.  You see, once upon a time, David and I had health insurance that we LIKED and could AFFORD.  Then Obamacare happened.  Being brutally honest here, that ruined it for us.  We could NOT afford our insurance anymore and switched over to a health share.  This was the only alternative to Obamacare.

If you hadn't read, our Mabel was in the hospital last weekend.  The issue wasn't resolved and we were given a follow-up appointment with the Children's hospital in Dallas.  Last Monday, when I called to confirm the appointment with the urologist's office at the hospital, we were told since we are a health share, they would not take us and immediately cancelled her follow-up appointment.  I said I would pay cash - up front.  They said, sorry.  No can do.  Let me restate here, her issue was not resolved.  We were left hanging in limbo.

You could have knocked me over with a feather!

Long story short, after much stress, countless phone calls, we miraculously got her in for an early appointment tomorrow but will be paying an obnoxious amount up front.  Stressful is an understatement.

But!!

Today is the third Sunday of Advent, and we will find the JOY this week as we trust in Jesus, set our fears aside, and make space in our hearts for the coming of Emmanuel.

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Last evening, we hosted an American Girl movie night for girls from Kinder - third grade.  We use to do this with our older daughters many years ago.  In lieu of a sleep over, we'd invite the friends to come in the pajamas with favorite dolly in tow.  It was successful movie night with this sweet bunch of friends :)


So much joy last night!  May you and your family find the JOY this week as you celebrate the third week of Advent.

Patty


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful celebrations of feast days, Patty!
    St. Lucy is Flynn's very favorite saint.
    We celebrated her on Friday too.
    Blessings for a wonderful remainder of Advent!

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