Showing posts from August, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 22, 2014

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Collin has several job prospects on the horizon. I don't want to go into more detail than that, so apologies for the vagueness, but could you please pray for us and our discernment?

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Congratulations to Amy (and her husband) from This Cross I Embrace! I have been praying for them for years, and I'm so overjoyed that they are parents at last! I was so happy when I heard the news that I teared up.

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Peter had an orthopedist appointment yesterday. The doctor said his feet continue to look great! He did order some adjustments to his brace, but the pediatric orthopedics shop was booked so we can't get those done until next week.

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Speaking of Peter, look who is allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllmost crawling:

He hasn't quite figured it out yet, but he's very close. *gulp*

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The kids started school on August 7 - Ellie in 4th grade and William in 1st. Sigh... time flies.

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In contrast, here is a picture of me and my brot…

Over at Catholic Stand...

...I've provided a helpful guide on when it's permissible to use NFP to avoid pregnancy.

You can read it here.

Also, just a reminder that the coupon code for the Organic Mama Shop ends TOMORROW!

Whole Wheat Pita Bread in the Bread Machine

Thank you to Heidi for the recipe! I made it last weekend and ate it this weekend (it was in the freezer all week). Very tasty pita bread, and wonderful with roasted garlic hummus.

1.5 pound:   1 and 1/8 water 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp oil 1.5 tsp sugar 1.5 tsp active dry yeast 
1 pound: 7/8 cup water 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 2 tsp oil 1 tsp sugar 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
Place all ingredients in bread pan, select Dough setting, and press Start.
When dough has risen long enough, the machine will beep.  Turn off bread machine, remove bread pan, and turn out dough onto a floured countertop or cutting board.  Gently roll and stretch dough into a 12 inch rope.
1.5 pound:  with a sharp knife, divide dough into 8 pieces 1 pound:  with a sharp knife, divide dough into 6 pieces
Roll each piece into a smooth ball.  With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6 inch circle.  Set aside on a lightly floured countertop:  cover with a towel.  Let pitas rise about 30 minut…

Product Review - Organic Mama Shop

When I was at Edel, I loved the vendor tables. So many beautiful items! (But, alas, so little money!) 
One table in particular that really impressed me was Organic Mamas Shop. (There's a Facebook page, too.)
I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a beautiful necklace.

The beads were my favorite shade of slate blue, and the pendant was an elegant wooden "M" with a miraculous medal embedded in it. Isn't it beautiful?

It has ten beads so it can be used as a one-decade rosary as well. 

Look at those gorgeous shades of blue! I had to buy it. 
Then, Shannon (the lovely proprietor of the shop) told me that my purchase was part of a special promotion -- spend more than $20 and pick out free nursing necklace! Peter's getting to the age where he likes to try pull my hair while nursing, so this was fantastic news to me. They were all in paper bags so I had Luisa pick one at random, and to my delight I got one that was the same blue as my necklace!

Both necklaces are made w…

Catholic Working Mothers

Hello friends! For anyone who is interested, I've started a Facebook support group for Catholic moms who work outside the home. Full- or part-time, in-home businesses and freelancers included.

Peter approves this message. 

If I Was Stranded on a Deserted Island...

Recently I was contacted by Man Crates and asked to write a post about what I'd like to have in a survival kit if I was stranded on a deserted island and found a crate washed up on shore.

[What are Man Crates, you ask? Well, I'll let them speak for themselves:

We say 'no' to ugly neckties, cologne samplers and executive trinkets. We don't save wrapping paper, we don't do ribbons.

We ship bragworthy gifts for guys. Gifts that you can't wait to arrive because you know the recipient will love opening them.

Gifts that people gather round at the office, people following the sounds of wood being torn from wood by the included, laser-engraved crowbar.

We are Man Crates, and we deliver awesome gifts for men.]

And while these gifts may be primarily designed for men, I saw many that I'd love as well! For example, I'd be beyond heaven if I found one of their Bacon Crates waiting for me. *drool*

But, failing that, these would be my top five items in my Survival Cra…

The Edel Gathering 2014 - Day 3

Sorry for the delay in my day 3 recap! I was trying to be productive around my house (futile, I know).

Luisa and I didn't fly out of Austin until 9:30pm, so we had the entire day to sight-see.

We started our day with the La Quinta continental breakfast, which featured some very special waffles:

Which then inspired me to make this meme:

After breakfast we went to Mass at the gorgeous St. Mary's Cathedral, just a block or two away from our hotel.

After Mass we browsed St. Mary's gift shop for a bit, then headed back to La Quinta to pack up and check out. The front desk clerk graciously agreed to let us keep our bags there for a few hours so we didn't have to drag them along with us.

(While we were checking out, another hotel patron had a seizure right outside the hotel and had to be rushed to the hospital. Say a prayer for her? I've been thinking about her often and hope she's doing okay.)

After checking out we grabbed some lunch and Subway and walked to the Muse…