“You have prayed for patience, and I have multiplied the opportunities in which you could be patient.” God, speaking to St. Philip Neri ...Herein lie the opportunities the Lord is providing me to exercise this beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit - Patience.
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So MG and I cooked Thanksgiving for us and some friends of ours - the family who took me in when my house was rejecting me. It was nice to have them and their 17 month old twins! Great times were had by all. Since we cooked all 'new to us' recipes, I'd thought I'd share them along to you, if you need some Christmas ideas!
Breakfast: Fresh Cranberry & Orange Scones from Two Peas in their Pod ... and there's enough for breakfast all weekend! Score!
Our Thanksgiving table was quite beautiful!
Appetizers were some crackers and Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese (log from Aldi).
Crackers with Brie, Sugared Cranberries, Jam, and Mint adapted from Yummly Mummy Kitchen ... no maple syrup around here so we warmed white wine and honey for the berries to soak in overnight.
They were so beautiful! And delicious!
For Dinner we had Buttermilk Brined Cornish Hens from Kitchen Confidante ... doubled the recipe to get 4.
Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen ... again doubled the recipe and Aldi only had gigantic stalks rather than skinny ones!
Twice Baked Potatoes from Saveur - these were a huge hit and I am super excited that we had 8 halves (each person could only really eat 1 half) and now have left overs for today!
We also had gravy and stuffing - although both were delicious, neither were super exciting. And for the little ones I made Annie's Bunny Mac & Cheese.
We also had Greek Yogurt Biscuits from Lovely Little Kitchen which were quite delicious even though the cook time was a little messed up - a 'not so hot' oven would have made them amazing. I'll have to try again and then have them for breakfast with butter and honey this month. Sorry no pic!
For Dessert we had the most amazing Ooey Gooey Butter Cake from Paula Deen (who else but the queen of butter) topped with Vanilla Ice Cream.
All in all, it was an amazing dinner with pretty great people and now we've got even more days for vacation relaxing. Today we are off to paint and see the newest Hunger Games, tomorrow some more relaxing, and Sunday more of the same!
Happy beginning of Advent on Sunday - see you then! Check our Beth Anne's for the first day of the Advent Blog Hop - we'll be over here on Monday the 8th for my take on Nativity Decoration on the Immaculate Conception!
I receive the weekly notes from the Catholic Match Institute since my unsuccessful dabble in Online
Dating some time ago (link) and today's included the face of one of my favorite priests. A man who helped me become the Catholic woman, for better or worse, that I am today. He is doing a series of five videos for CM through Advent. The first two are below ... I encourage you to watch them and stay tuned for the next three! Fr. Ananias, OSB - what an Advent treat!
Today is the day before my 32nd birthday. Thirty-Two years alive in this world and I sit down to try to actively think about what I've done in the last year, what I've accomplished to keep my mind from being overwhelmed by what I haven't done: marriage and kids.
When I was a kid, it snowed every single year on my birthday until I moved to Charlotte almost 9 years ago. Now this year, well it's the day before, but in Charlotte that's close enough to count I wake up to the below. So many of my birthday parties were cancelled or changed when I was a kid because of a giant snowstorm.
But anyway, back to the things I've accomplished this past year. I became a godmother, again, to a young woman who came into the Church through RCIA with her father. At 17 she was baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil.I was promoted at work. Twice. I've been given the opportunity to develop a new product offering and am going to spend the next year implementing it at a parish ju…
In general I appreciate when people like me, as I think most people do. For me, it's really hard when people dislike me, even if I don't have to be around them all of the time. I get anxious thinking about the next time we will be in the same location and if I'll be able to just kindly avoid them or if there will be an awkward confrontation. There's a line in scripture about how blessed we are when others despised us because they hated Him first. Him, being Jesus, of course.
But is that always the case? Am I applying a section of scripture to a situation to which it has no relationship? Am I using a passage of scripture to make myself feel better about the actions that I'm going to take, to justify it to myself and others? Am I manipulating the Lord's words to promote my own agenda in the name of the Lord?
I wonder this regarding many things. Passages like "The Lord will fulfill His promises" in relationship to my relationship status. Did He promise t…