Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In honor of Mother Teresa on her 104th birthday today!

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.

[by Cardinal John Henry Neuman and prayed constantly by Mother Teresa]

Monday, August 4, 2014

Meeting the Purgatory Lady!

I loved meeting Susan Tassone and sitting beside her at a recent book signing at the Catholic Marketing Network this past week in Chicago. I was signing copies of my Catholic Saints Prayer Book and Susan was signing Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. 

Susan is affectionately known as the "Purgatory Lady."

Here's a You tube of her appearance on EWTN's Bookmark show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxXQxjB5aw0


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mom-ism Monday # 4: Gluten-free pizza, planting flowers, & lessons from the birds!

How's your summer going? What's happening in your domestic church? Any recipes or parenting tips to share?

1) I made some yummy gluten-free pizza recently. It's so easy. I buy the frozen gluten-free crusts at the local health food store. I get the "Against the Grain" 4-cheese type. We love it.

I spread my favorite tomato or pesto sauce (sometimes it's home-made) on the crust and then add whatever healthy ingredients I have on hand. And, sometimes I actually plan for this meal and go out and buy specific ingredients that we like on our pizzas. :)
     Other times, I empty the refrigerator for the pizza toppings. :) All over the top, of course, we sprinkle our favorite cheeses (grated).
     If you don't want to to turn the oven on and heat up the house, cook your pizzas outside in your gas grill! We do. Keep the temperature to about 400 degrees and keep an eye on the pizzas. They will cook in 6 to 8 minutes or maybe 10, depending on your grill.

Gluten free pizza!

These pizza toppings were a combination of left-overs (even potatoes!)

Everything but the kitchen sink!
They were delicious!

2) Looks like fun, right? Cute pots...pretty flowers...fun to do with your kids or grandkids...

It was!

3) I have a sweet story to tell you soon about the cute bird family outside my kitchen window.

Mama ready to go inside to see the babies.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Mom-ism Monday # 3: Thrift shop stop, DIY projects, Making laundry soap, and Garlic!

It's been a week end of special very beautiful feast days! I love the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sunday we celebrated the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul.
     I hope that you are well and happy and enjoying the summer thus far. Prayers for the folks in tornado areas.

1) In case you haven't seen my recent post about my newest television series on EWTN called "Catholic Mom's Cafe" premiering this fall, you can see it here. I am excited to report that we finally have dates for the series. It was filmed about a year ago. I hope and pray that the new series for Catholic Moms (and GrandMoms) will serve countless people. I'll keep you posted about fun contests and prizes as we get closer.

2) What are the nine things in your refrigerator that you need to throw out? Check out this article. You might be surprised.
     It's a good time to think about food safety now that summer is here. I am especially careful when grilling at barbecues. I am always cautioning my husband or oldest son (I know, I can be a pain about it!) not to use utensils on cooked foods that might have raw meat juice on them. I wash the utensils a few times during the grilling.  
     Also, please don't ever place grilled cooked food on plates that had contained the raw burgers or other raw meats, fish, or poultry prior to grilling. Not to put a damper on this post, but sadly, people have died of various food poisonings (e-coli, salmonella, etc) because of carelessness and accidentally contaminating foods with raw foods (meats, poultry, etc). We need to be mindful of food safety especially in hot temperatures.

3) On a happier note, my daughter came home for a visit again! She'll be home longer this time. Part of the reason I am late in posting my "Mom-ism Mondays" is because I had to get her from the train from NYC and then we got busy with doing a few errands.

We made a stop at the local thrift store and I bought three sweet glasses for fifty cents each!

Here in my china cabinet--the green one on the left.
The light blue "hour glass" shaped one to
the right of the green one, and the cool shaped light
green one on the right--50 cents each!

My daughter Jessica was in the Do It Yourself mood when she got home so our kitchen smelled of pretty scented candles as she busily melted and poured hot wax and mixed lovely scents into unique glass containers she bought at the local thrift shop on our way home from the train. It looked and smelled like a candle factory!

Bowl of shaved wax, candle scents, various candle containers
bought at the thrift shop, and wicks

Finished candle in Jessica's bedroom

Another finished candle in Jessica's bedroom. Isn't it pretty?
(Don't worry, she's in her late twenties and can handle candles and matches!)

We were getting low on our liquid laundry detergent which we had made some months ago so Jessica decided to make some of that too! We made six gallons of laundry detergent!

Our ingredients minus the large bar of laundry soap.
I forgot to take a photo of it before
it was used up in our laundry detergent making!

Mixing the ingredients

Working on breaking down the soap

Hot steamy beginnings of laundry detergent

3 gallons so far in this pic. It gels overnight and is
then diluted with water to double the recipe

Here's the laundry detergent recipe we use:

4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar*
½ Cup Borax


-Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

You can see more here.

And on the outside of the house...

About 260 organic garlic plants!

My scapes on my organic garlic plants are ready to harvest. Taking the scapes off the garlic plants allow the energy of the plant to go to the garlic bulb rather than the flower that is trying to bloom on the top of the plant. Without the scapes, the garlic will then grow another month or more under the ground for harvesting late summer.

Scapes are really good in pesto sauce. So, I know what my daughter and I will be making tonight for dinner. I'll post a recipe of our pesto sauce soon.

On another note, I'll be WAY down at the bottom of Texas in August participating in a "Marian Summer in South Texas" and again in October. Here's news about the August event.


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