Monday, January 23, 2012

Gluten free blueberry pie

Busy, busy...

Very busy day today. Babysitting, car shopping, school, menu planning and need to make a grocery list, RCIA tonight, and I need to get something from the store for dinner. And make a gluten free blueberry pie, because today is National Pie Day! And I have been sick for almost 2 weeks, so we have some catch up to do. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

wordless wednesday

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

New Roman Missal

The kids served this past weekend so we did not use the new misssal craft booklets. And will be traveling this weekend so am unsure if we will be using the them this weekend. We will pick up with them the weekend of the 22nd. God bless

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Friday, January 6, 2012

                                                        {this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bashing my stash!!!

I'm bashing my stash!! Yay!!! This is actually something I have been wanting to do for a while, but never got the motivation to actually do. Then when I saw this 3 in 30 challenge I decided to take the plunge and made 1 of my 3, to organize the stash and dig out all my unfinished projects. I even found these cute little girls I had forgotten all about.
But then when I saw Crunchy Catholic Momma was doing this year long stash bash link up, to say I was excited doesn't cover it :)
So I organized the best I could packing away 10, 20 gallon bins of fabric. And keeping only 5 bins out to work with. As I sorted I tried to think of projects I was wanting to do, make a list of the top ones, (including the un-finished projects) and tried to match up the fabric I wanted with the list. I started with a few quick and easy projects to get me pumped up and make me feel some sort of accomplishment.

I had this little box I had gotten who knows where, with a cracked glass top, so I super glued a piece of card stock on the top to keep the glass in place, because I couldn't get it out, then mog poged this picture on top to hold a few rosaries on my dresser.

I picked this cute fabric and pattern to make a bear for a sweet little girl I know,

I found these lids and corks and pumps in a bag my grandma gave me, so I made a soap dispenser for the kitchen. I have been meaning to for a while, and I had all the supplies the whole time! I used this glass peanut butter jar I had gotten from my great grandma YEARS ago, that she had for YEARS. you cant see it but it has an elephant on it.

and lastly I mog poged a tin coffee can to use to hold things on my sewing table, I had just a scrap of this cute fabric left and wanted to do something with it so I could look at it a lot.

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi


I have seen other bloggers do this post, but have not seen a link-up.





Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A garden for Mary

I posted yesterday, that I was reading A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms  Mary was the first saint, in this really awesome book. Each chapter has suggested activities to do with the kids, and Mary's was a Mary garden. January in Illinois, probably not the best time to start a garden. We needed a new center piece for your dining room table, we have been changing it according to the season or holiday and the kids have been making them. So we decided to make Mary be our center piece and make her a rose garden.
First we got our supplies, the large pink octagon is the base for our roses, the green circles are our leaves and I used my quilting ruler to trace 4 inch squares out of construction paper, the little slips left over I threw in our bookmark box.

 we rounded the corners then drew a spiral in the squares, cut along that spiral and rolled it up, gave it a pinch and then glued it the our leaves.

 We used the dessert plate to make Mary's garden 2 tiered.
 We glued our roses on to the base, I put a book on top to hold them down in the glue to make sure they really stuck.

 She said "mom, let me take your picture, you look beautiful" how could I say no to that :)
I sprayed a little craft glue all over it when we were done to be sure the roses really stuck, and the girls sprinkled glitter on the bottom roses. It was a fun afternoon craft and a wonderful center piece!
St. Mary pray for us

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Wordless Wednesday

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cherished Hearts at Home link-up

Linking-up with Gae over at Cherished Hearts at Home, to list a few ways I am encouraging my family, and keeping my Heart at Home what are you doing this week to keep your Heart at Home?

After reading this wonderful post by Erica, I am trying to  bless my children with yes!!!! And it is amazing how often I catch my self saying, no, no, no. I am so glad to have read that post. I want to encourage my children and I never thought about how much I say NO, or how much of a disheartening word it really is!

I am reading Lisa Hendey's book A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms And it looks like it is a wonderful book full of great ideas for moms and kids I can't wait to get started. We will be doing a few "rose" crafts in honor of our Blessed Mother. Along with praying the rosary.

I am keeping my dining room table clean and clear at all times. with the exception of some one actually sitting there doing something. But as soon as you stand up you need to take your things with you and put them away. This is actually part of my 3 in 30. But having a clear  table means we can all sit down to eat every meal together, which to me is very important. It gives us time to just relax and talk and listen to each other.

I am un-friending a few people from my facebook. How does this help me to keep my Heart at Home you may ask? Well the people I am un-friending have VERY different views then our family. And although we have been friends for longer then some of my children have been alive :) it is time to part ways, I do not like who I am with them, some times because I get very angry with some of their posts, which causes my to be short with my family because I am so upset.  Other times because their drama just spills into our home. Either way it does not let me be the light of Christ that I want to be. I also noticed that I am trying to change them because I feel it's my job to make them believe in God. And as 1 friend pointed out, "they already have a savior, and His name is Jesus Christ" ;) So I am giving it up to God, because he can do all things.
God bless

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Color Me Catholic, Roman Missal Activity Book

We recieved a preview copy of the New Roman Missal Activity Book from Equipping Catholic Families to review. We started using it this past week on the first Sunday of the new year. (My plan had been to start it earlier but with holiday craziness we just didnt find the time :) The Activity contains 10 booklets that are printed out by you, then colored and cut for booklets by your childrten. And then taken to Mass so that they can keep track of what is going on. Each booklet has the Mass parts to follow along with and then on the flip side of the pages has a different theme, like "vestments" So that your children learn not only the Mass parts but also the common terms of the different places, and items used in the Mass. Over all I like the idea of these booklets.  They are well drawn, easy to use, and informative .Each week we will color and review the new booklet in preperation foe Sunday's Mass. Once we have finished the 10 booklets we will continue to review the terms and and I am sure my 10 year old will continue to take them to church with her.y come with a little folder that you color to store your booklet. All that being said... here is my review for book 10 year old loved them and followed along easily with the booklet. All the children enjoyed coloring the bookletsand learning (or seeing who knew and who didnt know) the terms in them. My son was asked to serve when we got to church so he did not use it and my older daughter, almost 13 year old, flipped through her booklet before Mas started but did not use it during the service. My 10 year old, who is a missal user :) used the booklet through the Mass and liked it. So far I would say if your kid is a missal user , or uses thier Mass book then these would be great. But even if they do not use it  during Mass, coloring the booklets, talking about it when you put them together, your children would still learn a great deal. So far I give this product 2 BIG thumbs up!! I will continue to post each Tuesday about the booklets we did for the Sunday past. Hopefully with pictures, but blogger has been acting very strange on my computer, so I didnt get the pictures loaded on. God bless

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, January 1, 2012

3in30 challenge

3in30 Challenge

#1. To clean and sort through my sewing supplies and make a project list with all my UFOs and
all the things I want to make and then matching that list with the fabric and the notions needed for each project. The remaining fabric will be packed in a box. And then I will repeat the processes each time my project list has been completed.

#2. To stay on schedule with our school work!!! This is a biggie. We are almost always off schedule for 1 reason or another. So part of this will be when it is school time we do school! I have created a schedule for our day and my challenge is to STICK to it!!! *Prayers appreciated :)

#3. To have the dining room table and living room clean and picked up each day before I go to bed. It is not a good start to the day when I have to spend 30 minutes cleaning up so we can eat breakfast or looking for my school planner so we can start school. And for whatever reason those 2 places always get cluttered.

Wish me luck :) are you doing 30 in 30? If you are I would love to hear what your 3 are. God bless

Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words. - St. Francis of Assisi

It's a new blog for a new year!

After much thought I have decided I do not like the way I have handled my blog.
So I am going to change up my blogging style, hopefully for the better.
I also decided to
3in30 I'm In!!
I need to brainstorm a little on my 3, so check back tomorrrow to find out what they are.

So I have decided to Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary se words. - St. Francis of Assisi