Wednesday, June 30, 2010
If he's like my boy, you might be interested in a couple of finds. We're strongly leaning toward at least one of these to add to our summer calendar. Check them out!
#1 This weekend, the latest and greatest Thomas adventure kicks off in theatres. Misty Island Rescue will begin showing in select theatres. You can click here to find your state's listings for the popcorn laden, boxed candy peddling, air conditioned and cushy seat viewing area nearest you. And yes, your little boy will probably sit through the entire movie with a big grin on his face because he will enjoy it just THAT MUCH. As for you? You will be thrilled that it is not a full length movie. Unless of course, you are equally as enamored with that engine as your son.
#2 If you are going for the Greatest Mom In The World award this summer, then you might want to check out a longer source of fun and entertainment. Day Out With Thomas is probably just right for you if you are looking for a day long excursion and willing to fork over a little more cash. Still, not a bad attraction. Find a station near you hosting the event by clicking over here.
If you decide to do either of these, be sure to take photos to cherish in the years ahead. After all, a little engine and all of his friends surely aren't the worst thing your little guy could be crazy about. You never know when this phase will pass and he'll be on to something else. These young years are precious ones.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Okay, let's talk cereals. They seem to have become a staple around here lately and I'm wondering if anyone else's pantry and cupboards are stocked with several varieties? Good gracious those kids love their cereal selection!
If we have only three or four choices, we "don't have anything new" or "we still have the same cereals?" according to my kids. I know we do our best to limit the sugary cereals, but do buy them as a "treat" or in a moment of grocery shopping excursion weakness. Really though, how many options to we need to have? I think my kids are under the impression that our pantry should be a well-stocked supermarket shelf at ALL TIMES.
This is especially tough to understand for my husband who likes few choices and sticks with routine. Oatmeal, Grapenuts and Raisin Bran are sufficient for him and he fits them quite nicely into a set schedule. He's a creature of habit, that one. Why fix what isn't broke?
Our current cereal stock is what inspired this post. When I opened the cereal cupboard and the pantry this morning, this is what lined the shelves (keep in mind some of these are even in those huge, Sam's Club boxes and not the itty-bitty ones from the regular grocery store):
Frosted Mini Wheats
Quaker Oatmeal Squares
That's 10 breakfast options! I suppose this easily happens because I do have the storage space to fill with these cereal boxes, but still.
Today I'm wondering, what cereals do you have on hand and how many varieties does your household require? What's your favorite cereal?
Consider this a 'Tuesday Tally' of cereal goods and share your comments. I'm interested to hear how other households handle the great cereal debate.
Monday, June 28, 2010
3. Best Friends
There you go. Seems simple enough, doesn't it? I'm wondering if I should pass this on to a multitude of people who seem to get the sequence out of order?
Friday, June 25, 2010
Blooms this week:
Primrose in my backyard box planter
A few Hostas in the backyard are also flowering
This plant is also blooming, but it's name seems to escape me. Do you know what it is?
Another pretty one, but I can't recall its name either...Bee Balm?
Delphinium in Natalie's Garden
Daylilies in the front terrace
How does your garden grow? Tracy's hosting a garden tour each week over at Pinewood Castle. Join in and share your photos and leave a comment so I can stop on by your garden!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Any way, mostly due to distance we haven't been able to attend an ordination for quite some time. Well, also because there were a few years in there that we didn't have an one due to the fall in our seminarian population. Thankfully, we're getting a steady increase of dedicated, wonderful young (and older) men that are discerning God's call. So, with that, our children had not yet been to an ordination mass yet either. We finally figured that they could handle the length (a good two hours) and it would be the perfect way for them to see first-hand what a beautiful thing it is to see these men dedicate themselves to priestly ministry.
As timing would have it, we were running a bit later that morning and arrived at the Cathedral exactly 5 minutes before things began. We walked in and priests and seminarians were in formation standing their posts. And the church? Absolutely PACKED. No room in the inn for our little family. Until we discovered that there were still a few coveted pews way up in the balcony. You know what? That was even better because it allowed the kids to see fully every movement and beauty that I had explained would happen.
I think Divine Providence played a role in the actual scheduling of these ordinations since last Saturday just happened to be the final day of the Year For Priests that the Church celebrated. How's that for the pinnacle of this prayerful year?
Of course, I had to snap photos like crazy in hopes to capture whatever I could to share with you. And yes, I still did my best to remain prayerful and attentive the whole time.
Not all of our diocesan priests attended, but some of our favorites were in the crowd!
And of course some of our favorite seminarians were also assisting the Bishop. Standing at the steps are the three men to be ordained.
One of my favorite solemn moments in the ordination mass, when the other priests gather around and lay hands on each of the newly ordained.
Then all of them wait around the altar and then welcome the new priests as their brothers in Christ.
Fr. Michael, Fr. Scott & Fr. Matthew, our new priests processing out with their parents. I bet they were pretty darn proud of their sons!
Chicken Club Pasta Salad
8 oz. corkscrew or spiral Pasta
3/4 cup Italian dressing
1/4 cup Mayo
2 cups chopped, cooked Chicken
1 cup Monterey Jack or Mozzarella Cheese, cubed or shredded
12 strips crisp-cooked Bacon, crumbled
1 cup chopped Celery
1 cup chopped Green Pepper
8 oz. Cherry Tomatoes, cut in half
1 Avocado, chopped (optional)
Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions and rinse with cold water. Whisk the dressing with the mayo in a large bowl, then stir in the pasta and the remaining ingredients. Spoon into serving bowl. Great for picnics too!
Feel free to join in the Recipe Swap and grab the button! Be sure and leave a comment if you participate.
*Note: Sorry I don't have a photo to share, but thanks to this Swap I'm reminded of this yummy salad and will be making it tomorrow to share at a potluck!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It is such a folly to pass one's time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus.
~St. Therese of Lisieux~
Friday, June 18, 2010
First, I thought I'd show you a few of my flowers not necessarily in gardens, but just around our yard:
In case you missed it in my Daybook, this one is by the swing set
Under a tree
By the playhouse door
In an old corn planter
Begonias & Spider plants in pots; Astilbe & Jacob's Ladder planted
Hosta, Hardy Geranium, Daylily & Salvia
Perennial (Natalie's) Garden
Box Perennial Garden
The Dead Nettle is spreading like crazy. I just planted it last year.
Hosta/Mum Garden (newest addition)
Yellow & Green Beans are up!
Tomatoes & Green Peppers
Thanks for coming along on my little tour! I hope to post more throughout the summer as my gardens grow and blossom.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
2 3/4 cup crushed Pretzels
3 T. Sugar
1 cup melted Butter
Mix above and press into 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 mins. Cool.
Mix 8 oz. Cream Cheese (at room temp.) with 1 cup Sugar. Fold in 8 oz. Whipped Topping. Spread over Pretzels.
Mix 1 (6 oz.) box Strawberry Jello and 2 cups boiling Water. Add 2 (10 oz.) packages thawed Strawberries. Spread on top of dessert. May serve with a dallop of Whipped Topping on top.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Outside My Window... more dreary, cloudy, foggy weather with misty rain. Chance of sun tomorrow and we can't wait to see it again!
I Am Thinking... about several overnight trips our family can take this summer. We've found out that these work much better for us and we get lots of mini vacations that way.
I Am Thankful For... the unexpected things that summer brings.
I Am Praying... for new little babies due to arrive within our extended family.
Around The House... potential painting projects, but not for a little while longer yet. There's still work to be done before we're ready for paint.
From The Kitchen... the smell of freshly baked apple pies for our church supper this evening. I found a Betty Crocker app on my iTouch this week and searched to find several easy recipes that I'd like to try: Baked Chicken Dijon, Baked Chicken Panzanella and Balsamic-Glazed Grilled Chicken Breasts. Don't they sound yummy?
For The Rest Of The Week... church supper to work at tonight; fun evening tomorrow with other families who volunteer with our diocesan Office of Marriage & Family; Ordination on Saturday and hopefully a picnic afterward.
Lyrics In My Head... I've seen miracles just happen..silent prayers get answered..broken hearts become brand new..that's what faith can do (I know I've posted this one before, but it seems to keep popping up in my head)
One Of My Favorite Things... fresh fruit. We've been enjoying having plenty of it around and eating it like crazy. I've always loved strawberries, but we've also had a bunch of excellent tasting raspberries lately too. Yummy.
Picture Thought I Am Sharing... sneak peak to my upcoming post on Friday
Read more Daybooks over at The Simple Woman's Daybook.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The weather didn't cooperate as much as I would've liked, but thankfully it didn't rain. It was cloudy and windy, so that kept us from having an outdoor garden party type event. In the end, I think everything turned out just fine despite eating indoors. Everyone had a wonderful time!
I thought I would share photos for your viewing enjoyment. Please excuse the fact that I didn't seem to get any photos of the mothers at all and forgot to get a shot of all of the food before we served. I guess I was too busy watching the girls enjoy themselves!
~The Tables Are Set~
Little Flowers Table:
~The Food Is Prepared~
(We also served fresh fruit and veggie pizza)
Tea Tray Game (Memory Game):
"She Likes It, She Likes It Not":
~St. Therese Craft~
~Our Little Flowers~
Thanks to Jessica, once again for all of her postings which really helped me with our luncheon and throughout the year. She just posted her photos from her Little Flowers Tea last weekend. They are pretty darn cute, so go check them out!