Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Our Snowy Day

The weathermen were talking about it for days and days in advance.  I was receiving weather alerts five days out on my phone.  The day before, I ran to the store to stock up on coffee, deodorant, and Cottonelle flushable wipes!

The clouds blew in.  The temperature plummeted quickly.  Shortly after dinner I heard a bit of freezing rain pinging against the window.  I had a little one who went to bed hoping and praying for snow.

This is what we woke up to ::

While reading books on snow, I remembered that I had some painted snowflakes artwork that the older kids painted way back when.  As I was hanging them up on the bulletin board by Miss Clementine's desk, we decided that she, too, should have one on the wall!  So off the the craft store I went.

While the paint dried, we gave her little finger nails a snowy effect ;)

Then it was time for some, "Frozen", while we continued to wait for the painted snowflake to dry.

Ta Da!  Just like her big brother and sisters' painted snowflakes.  She was SO excited to do this art project!

All of this activity called for a special snack.  I found these cute chocolates right after Christmas and hid them away for a special, snowy day :)


At the end of the day, after waiting and waiting for what seemed like forEVER, we pulled out the snowballs for a friendly fight.  (My mom sent these to us a couple of winters ago - so much fun!)

And I am now exhausted!  I don't have the energy in me that I use to, but how I love having a little one in the house that brings so much joy!

Happy winter days, friends!


Monday, January 15, 2018

A Refreshing Punch Drink

I once drank this punch (only a different flavor), at a friend's house.  It was very refreshing; not sugary at all!

It consists of only 2 ingredients (easy peasy) and you can mix up the flavors if you like.

I served this for New Year's day and the kids really enjoyed it.

 64 oz Juicy Juice (or some other brand of 100 % juice) - I used Fruit punch flavor

33 oz Walmart's Clear soda - I chose Strawberries & Cream


Just mix one part juice and one part soda.  - I mixed together half of the 64 oz bottle of juice with the entire bottle of clear soda.

The fact that it is refreshing and you can switch the flavors up, makes this Refreshing Punch Drink a winner for year round holidays and parties.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Creamy Corn Casserole

Creamy Corn Casserole

We made this with our Christmas dinner this year.  I wanted something "new" to try; something southern.  This family loved it, and it was easy!! The older girls brought a dish of it to a Christmas party later that night.

1 (15oz) can cream style corn
1 (15 ox) can sweet corn - drained
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter - softened
1 (8ox) sour cream
2 large eggs - slightly beaten
1 (8.5) oz box Jiffy cornbread mix
Salt to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Mix everything form corn - eggs together.

3.  Add 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix and stir.

4.  Bake in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan for 20-35 minutes until the mixture has set.  It may still be slightly jiggly, but that okay!

Prep Time - 5 mins
Cook Time - 35 mins
Total Time - 40 mins

Servings: 1 casserole

Recipe found over at showmetheyummy.com.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Little Flowers Class - St. Katharine Drexel

I had to teach one of the Little Flowers classes earlier this month.  This group of girls (age 8-12, in wreath 2) is SO SWEET!

The saint they studied was St. Katharine Drexel.  While the girls colored the coloring page of St. Katharine that came in their books, I had them listen to her beautiful story using my Glory Stories CD.

The next item was crafting!

The virtue was generosity (St. Katharine was incredibly unselfish with her family's wealth).  I found a craft online (teachers pay teachers)  that encouraged generosity in giving compliments.

Each girl cut out, decorated, and wrote a sweet compliment (gift) to each member of the group.  When they received their presents, they glued them onto the paper.  Each girl took home a sheet full of compliment presents.

I cannot tell you much they truly enjoyed being so "generous" with their compliments for one another!!

The other craft was making a daisy bracelet out of fun beads I brought with me.  We chose daisy bracelets since the flower for this saint is the daisy.  (I'm not sure why though??)

As the group leader for the night, I had to supply the snack to my group.  I had Miss Mabel and a friend make these daisy cupcakes, and they turned out adorable I think!  I heard no complaints from the little ones ;)

I have to teach the younger group in February (Miss Clementine's group).  She is so excited to have her mama teach ;)

I love the virtues the girls learn and the crafting is fun to gather ideas for, especially with the help of Pinterest!  (I'd be lost without Pinterest!)

St. Katharine Drexel, pray for us!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year, New Changes - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

On the Feast of the Epiphany, David led our family in a house blessing.  This isn't just a Catholic practice either; many denominations practice this.  It is so beautiful!

The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 16. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross and 2016 is the year.
I am thankful for ~
Christmas break with Sarah home!!  I took her back to school last Saturday and helped her get all settled in.  She loves it there and is really in her element.  
(Photo credit: Sarah)
I hadn't said much, but she had a rough first quarter.  Room mate issues.  Nightmare room mate issues.  Sarah moved herself out by mid-October due to the problems that came up.  The former room mate really needs prayers.  Her lifestyle included every form of horrible decision-making that parents have night mares over.  I feel sorry for her because it all began with her home life.  
At any rate, Sarah ended up using the gifts that God blessed her with and received a 4.0 her first semester!!  
From the school room ~
The biggest change of all is that this semester finds our guy, Stan the man, in the public school system.    
Stan just needs me to be "Mom".  It's been coming for a couple of years, and I've been praying and hoping things would get better.  They didn't.  Back in October, we made the decision that he would enter public school at the new semester (there are no local Catholic schools around).  
Almost 1300 students in this one middle school. (I about died when I heard that from the registrar.) I was brought back to life when they showed us that 6th graders have their own wing and lunch hour, and the same goes for the 7th graders and 8th graders.  Can you imagine?? 
The first three days we drove him to school and picked him up after as we waited for the system to catch up and assign him to a bus.  (Don't even get me started about the bus.)
This was my view (car line) and it feels so surreal.

He will either end up loving it or hating it - no in between.  So far, he really likes it.  I'm giving him a two week adjustment period before I can get a good reading on the entire situation.
Stan has been seeing Ms. D (his AMAZING counselor) for some time.  She's helped us all out so much.  We love her!
Today was his first bus ride.  Please keep my little guy in your prayers for a peaceful transition. 
From the kitchen ~
My little baker made these Abigail's Biscuit Poppers ::

She (and her friend) made these little cupcakes for the Little Flowers lesson I had to teach last week (the virtue was generosity, the saint was St. Katharine Drexel, and the flower was the daisy) ::

What I am reading ~
My oldest sister told me about this challenge - reading the Bible and the Catechism in one year.
It sounded rather intimidating at first, but once I looked at the program (through the Coming Home Network), I knew I would accept the challenge.  It's making a lovely change to my daily routine.  :)
And Jack Frost arrived after Christmas! He makes a cute edition to all the winter books in our winter books bin.

Around the house ~
I'm taking part in another saint peg doll exchange and can hardly wait to see all the finished saints!
I painted St. Maria Goretti (my Confirmation saint).

There's 21 ladies involved again, and we will meet early in February for a brunch and exchange.
My husband recently converted the wood burning fireplace to a gas log fireplace.  Now I can start the fire without worrying if I will blow the place up!!

I am praying for ~

* an end to abortion.  (March for Life is coming up next weekend.  Two of my teens will be marching in Dallas.)

* a very special intention on my heart, something I need to handle and am seriously struggling with what to do.

* for Stan's transition into public school

* students everywhere as they begin the second semester

I am listening to ~

The wind hollowing outside as a cold front moves in

Coming down the pike this week ~

Thursday - ice skating lessons start up for Miss Mabel and Clementine.  They'll have 9 weeks of lessons.

Friday - Field trip for Miss Clementine

Saturday - There is a basketball game for Stan who is in Upward Sports again this year.

A last photo to share ~

I just LOVE the new tea kettle that Miss Ester gave me for Christmas!!

Wishing you all a warm cozy rest of your week!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Christmas Day 2017

Oh my gosh!  I just love having a little one in the house who keeps the magic alive ;)

Miss Clementine was up by 5:45 am.  She was so excited to see what Santa had brought and that he had eaten a couple of cookies and drank the milk that was left out!

We tried letting the big kids sleep another half hour before my little one's patience ran out.

So it was onto opening all the gifts Santa left as well as the love that Mom and Dad packaged up to the kids, and gifts from Grammy.

By the time it was all over, baby girl was running a yucky temperature and ended up falling asleep in her new tepee.  Poor thing :(

While the rest were looking at their new treasures or taking a nap, I made some pancakes and bacon.  All the fruit and whip cream that was suppose to go with them??  Forgot about due to my medicine-induced, brain fog.  Oh well.

At some point, Miss Clementine got dressed and played with a few of her new toys.

But exhaustion took over and I eventually found her like this ::

I put together a vegetable tray to tide us over until Christmas dinner was served.  For dinner we had a Christmas ham, sweet potato casserole, bean casserole, and a new recipe, cream corn casserole.  (It was good, and I will post it later!!)

As for dessert, all I could muster was mini-cheesecakes (which we had made the day before).

You know what stunk for me?  No smelling or tasting anything Christmas.  I kind of wish I could get a do-over with the food ;)

Even with all the illness, it was still a wonderful Christmas Day!

And since then, we have been living slowly in between then and now, celebrating the 12 days of Christmas (the decorations come down this Sunday, Epiphany Sunday).

We are starting to return to the land of living; I'm keeping reality from seeping in at an unhurried pace.

Joy to the world!  Our Lord has come!

~ Patty ~


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