Monthly Archives: September 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Yarn-Con was awesome! I bought some beautiful yellow yarn I will use to make a hat. I also got the cutest hat for Maggie.

It’s reddish-pink and has a yellow flower on it.


We’ve been watching princess movies this week.

There’s a great second-hand children’s store just down the block, and we got dvd’s of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella for $5 each! I saw them listed on Amazon for like $50 each because Disney hasn’t re-released them from “the vault” yet. I don’t know about you all, but I’d like to blow the door off the vault, run inside and grab copies of The Lion King, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmations, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Mulan. What would you grab from the Disney vault?

Also, Prince Phillip is a c-u-t-i-e.


Tomorrow we’re going to the Notre Dame vs. Purdue game!

I wish we were going there. But this year’s Purdue game is at Ross Ade.

Nice, but not as inspiring. Especially because Jesus isn’t in the background.

We’re super-excited. Grandma and Grandpa are going to babysit Maggie while we attend the night game.

Go Irish!


Have you seen Simple Mom? It’s my new favorite blog.

It has a little bit of everything and it’s a beautiful blog to look at too.

One thing I read there that I am trying to incorporate into my life is the idea of a Home Management Notebook. It’s like a day planner on crack. Awesome.

I hope to do a blog post soon about my journey in making one.


I am in full Christmas mode. This year everyone is getting homemade gifts, so I’m trying to get and stay on the ball early.

Lots of crocheting, and some other little fun ideas.

I will *not* be up all night Christmas eve finishing presents this year. I might, however, be building this for Maggie:

I love it!


To wrap up today, I’m going to post a picture from a trip to the park today with my friend C and her cutie-pie daughter V.


Ok, so I lied. Have you seen the show Up All Night?

I was skeptical. But I l-o-v-e it. It’s a nice mix of funny and sweet. And slightly inappropriate. But you laugh, because you can relate.

Feasts Abounding

Friends, my favorite part of the liturgical year is upon us! I simply love, love the time that begins with Michaelmas (September 29th) and extends through the many wonderful feasts in October, the month of All Souls in November, and then Advent and Christmas. It’s so magical.

I was raised Catholic, but since my grandparents aren’t Catholic, I didn’t have any liturgical celebrations in the home. Neither did Atticus, as he was raised Methodist. But one thing that is so important to us both is creating a home environment that is steeped in the beautiful cycle of feasts and fasts that is the liturgical year.

What this means is that I’ve had to do a lot of research, and that by and large, we’ve had to make our own traditions. Even though it sometimes seems a daunting task, and I nearly always forget at least one big feast day a year, being the keeper of traditions for my home and family is one of the most joyful aspects of fulfilling my vocation.

I don’t know where you all are coming from on this (but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!), but I for one am always, always looking for ideas on how to make the feasts of the Church year come alive in our home, which is, after all, the domestic church.

So I thought I’d share some resources and ideas I’ve found lately, plus some ideas for the feasts coming up soon. Also I’m going to create a separate page where I hope to add posts with ideas and resources for celebrating the liturgical year. I would love, love to hear any traditions that you lovely readers have to share!

Now on to the good stuff!

Michaelmas (Feast of St. Michael, September 29th)

September 29th is actually the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the archangels. Though the feast is most commonly associated with Michael, and thus called Michaelmas.

Depending on culture, there are a ton of things associated with St. Michael’s feast.

In Celtic nations (including Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England) a bread called St. Michael’s Bannock is very common, as is roasted goose and apples. In Scotland, carrots play a large role in the celebration.

In Italy, gnocchi pasta is popular on Michaelmas.

Many people also make angel food cake, or angel hair pasta with white sauce.

One of the most adorable ideas for kids that I’ve seen is to make devil’s food cake, then get plastic cocktail swords and “stab” it, a la St. Michael as he’s often depicted defeating satan. I am so doing that when Maggie is older!

Check out Catholic Cuisine for more ideas and some recipes. Also, the book The Catholic Home by Meredith Gould is a great resource.

On the other-than-food front, you can pray the St. Michael prayer, and the Angelus. There’s also the Michaelmas daisy, also known as the purple aster. Pretty, huh?

St. Therese of Lisieux (October 1)

St. Therese, often called the “Little Flower” is one of most popular saints of the last 100 years. Her “little way” of holiness is often imitated, and she was made a doctor of the Church because of the profundity of her insights.

She is associated with roses, so one of the best ways to celebrate her feast day is with roses, or if you prefer, rose colored food!

Catholic Cuisine has a cute recipe for “rose punch” in honor of St. Therese.

I think this year we’ll try to get some roses (I love having fresh flowers around), but in future years it would be fun to make papier mache roses in honor of the “little flower”.

We’re also going to have French food! “Beef Burgundy” which is the lazy woman’s version of Boeuf Bourguignon. Someday I will make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon, but not this year.

St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th)

I am not even going to explain a little bit about who St. Francis is, because, seriously. Everyone knows about St. Francis. Even Protestants love him.

My favorite idea for St. Francis’ feast is to make Italian food from the Umbrian region, where Assisi is located. Catholic Cuisine has a recipe for chicken that looks delicious.

Also, any Italian food (even pizza) could work as a St. Francis celebration.

One site had a recipe for making dog treats, which is so cute if you’re into that sort of thing. Cookies called Wolf Paws abound, and also look good (and for humans).

Many parishes have a blessing of animals, where you can take your pet(s) and there is a little ceremony of blessing done in the church parking lot. We keep meaning to take Sirius, but haven’t yet. One of these years we’ll do it!

Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th)

The whole of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, but her actual feast day is the 7th.

Of course, the best thing to do on this feast is to pray the rosary and learn more about this devotion which is one of the oldest in the Church. For those of you crafty-minded folks, you could even try your hand at making a rosary.

I can’t wait until we have a whole mess of kids and/or we can get together in a big group with all of our friends who have a mess of kids because what I really want to do is make a cupcake rosary. Yes, that is as awesome as you think it is.

The other idea which I love, is to make “victory vessels” to remember the origins of this feast, which is the Battle of Lepanto. The victory vessels are twice baked potatoes turned into ships with toothpick sails. Genius!


Catholic Cuisine

The Catholic Home by Meredith Gould

Shower of Roses (awesome, awesome blog)

That should cover the first two weeks of October’s feasts. Look for another post on the second half, including the feast of St. Teresa of Avila and All Hallows Eve.

Where I’m From

Hello friends! Come read more about where I’m from over at

I promise I’m writing here this week! Once we figure out why our new fridge is beeping every five minutes and make it stop. ha-ha, wish I was kidding.

7 Quick Takes Friday

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It’s my kind of town


After cancelling our trip to the Chi over Labor Day because we were all sick, I decided to go and visit Elizabeth another time.

It’s time! I’m taking the MegaBus there tonight and back Sunday morning. I’m really looking forward to the trip.


We’re going to something called Yarn-Con. Be jealous. It’s a celebration of fabric arts.

Why, yes, we are nerds on the loose. I am bringing a tote bag to fill with hand-made goodies, or at least some new yarns!

Also, deep dish pizza is nice.


On the other hand

I will miss Maggie a whole lot. I’m actually kind of nervous, worried that I’ll be a bawling moron for the first half of the bus ride.

I’m also hoping she won’t crawl while I’m gone.


She scoots backwards. It’s a sort of backwards army crawl.

her shirt says Prima Ballerina

I do indeed put flower headbands on my child at every possible opportunity. Just until she has enough hair for a bow.


I’m making Oatmeal Raisin Walnut cookies for Atticus in my absence. I want him to have a crunchy, constant reminder of my awesomeness all weekend long.

“Don’t you…forget about me.” Now, please join me in a moment of remembrance, for the greatest brat pack movie; The Breakfast Club

I saw Molly Ringwald on an episode of Medium once. She played a blind woman being haunted. She’s still adorable.


We are getting a new fridge! Yay!

Well, it’s a deeply discounted scratch ‘n’ dent. But it’s all ours!

Our current fridge works, but several of the drawers and/or shelves are broken off or about to fall off. It’s also quite small and over five years old.

It’s stainless steel side-by-side, and the best part, it’s energy star rated!

Even though it’s a lot bigger than our current one (26 cu.ft. vs. 20 cu.ft.) it will cost less to run each year than our current. Score!


Hope you all have a great weekend, and goooooo Irish!

Go, Tommy, go!

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Neglect, Sleep, and Some Books

Oh my. It would seem it’s been more than two weeks since I’ve written anything on this poor, neglected blog.

Things have been so crazy here that I’ve had a hard enough time just meeting my weekly post deadline over at I haven’t even been able to comment on as many posts as I’d like, anywhere. I’ve seen so very many good ones lately.

The main reason for my not posting is because Maggie has decided to revert back to newborn behavior and to only sleep (at night or during the day) when someone is holding her. Too bad she doesn’t fit in her baby swing anymore. The somewhat frustrating thing about her not sleeping is that there seems to be no cause for it. The week after she was sick I took her back to the doctor because she wasn’t sleeping, and I was worried she might have an ear infection. No ear infection, and no signs of teeth either (I asked the doctor to check). It seems that she isn’t sleeping because…she isn’t sleeping.

First she was sick, then once the sickness cleared up, this started happening. I normally do some blogging during her naptime, but she has been napping in my lap (and only my lap) for nearly two weeks, so I haven’t been able to swing it. My mother in law babysits Maggie on Wednesdays, but this past week I spent a large chunk of the day doing a painting project in our back foyer, so I did not get a chance to write. Quel domage (too bad).

I apologize friends for leaving you in the lurch for so long!

However, there is hope! The last two nights Maggie slept in her carseat the whole night, only waking once for her paci. Please pray for us all, that our sanity will be restored, and our baby will go to sleep!

I’ve been reading a few books lately and I have to recommend them to you. Now of course, by read, I mean: I’ve started the book, read at least the first chapter and hope to finish it sometime before I die.

1. The Immortal Life of Hendrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This is a true-story of the woman whose cells have been reproducing in labs for over 50 years. All kinds of medical research and advances have been made using her cells. What’s even more remarkable is that her cells were taken without her permission, and her family did not know about it for about 30 years. It is fascinating.

2. A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler by Frances Mayes. She wrote Under the Tuscan Sun. This book is compiled chapters each about a different part of the world she visited with her husband. I love travel writing. She’s so descriptive, I feel that I’m right there with her, eating tapas and watching flamenco in Sevilla. And let’s face it, reading this book is as close as I’m getting to world traveling any time soon! Now, some of her personal thoughts about so-and-so or some of her little digs at Christianity I can do without, but her descriptions are so beautiful, it makes the book worth it.

Well, I guess that’s actually it on the book front. It seemed like I was reading more than two books because I am moving at a snail’s pace through them. Ah well, c’est la vie.

Friends, again I apologize for neglecting this little blog for so long, and promise to be back with more regularity this week!

A parting shot; the five most wonderful words of the week:


Sick, Sick, Sick!

We’re sick over here. Can’t breathe, blow your nose until it’s raw, watery eyes, sore throat, and oh yeah it’s 96 degrees outside sick.  I came down with it on Saturday, and then Maggie got sick on Monday.

Then yesterday, Wednesday, I finally went to to the doctor because I was feeling some pain in my ear. It felt like when you’re on an airplane and your ear needs to pop. It felt like that for three days, and by yesterday I was hurting so much I didn’t have the energy to do anything but lay around.

I trot off to the doctor; he takes one look in my ear and says, “Oh my. It looks angry in there.”

Yes, the 27 year old with an 8 month old infant has an ear infection. I thought only babies and kids got ear infections? Not that I’m complaining, I’d rather have one than Maggie have one, for sure. So I’m taking amoxicillian for the first time since I was around 12.

Antibiotics, ear drops, and lots of NyQuil for Mom, and nasal syringes, saline drops, and lots of sleeping in her stroller for Maggie. And of course Atticus started his new job this week! Couldn’t have everyone get sick last week when he was home, of course not. Luckily, he has not gotten sick, though I know he’s been tired from long nights with Maggie while I’m passed out with a tissue in my nostril.

That’s why things have been so quiet over here for the last few days. I had the best intentions of spending all day yesterday writing when Atticus’ mom was babysitting, but instead I slept and went to the doctor, with several hours spent lying on the couch moaning. I’ll hopefully have some time for writing this weekend, since our fantastic Labor Day trip to Chicago was cancelled. I am so bummed.

But at least there’s Notre Dame football and a holiday on Monday to cheer me up!

Guess who’s going to be wearing the first of several “game day” outfits chosen just for her?? I have seriously been waiting for over a year for the joy of dressing my child in Notre Dame apparel on a game day. Not even an ear infection can steal that joy.

Keep your eyes peeled for photos.

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