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Caramel for Carmel

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My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we headed to the local Habitat ReStore.  On the way, my husband asked, “OK, what exactly are we still looking for?”  I listed off a few things and then I just started to pray aloud, “Lord, lead us. You know what we need to have in our home. So, let us find things that are useful and beautiful and that would be a blessing.” Read More

Caramel for Carmel

My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we […]

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Living in Peace With Nature (Thoughts for Earth Day from Israel, age 12)

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Besides Earth Day, when do you ever think about the earth?  And maybe that’s just another weird thing that people do. Maybe the world’s not important, its not like we need it to survive or anything.   Saint Francis didn’t think so. He knew the importance of what God gave us, so here’s a view of the earth from Saint Francis:

Saint Francis is the patron saint of the ecosystem. Why? Because he not only knew how important nature is but he knew how to co-abide with it.  Okay, here is a question for you: are you afraid of spiders? No? Maybe a little? Yes?  Crazy scared of them?  If your answer was anything but no than you’d definitely be scared of wolves! But when Francis heard about a wolf who was eating people and their livestock in the city of Gubbio, and while others ran, he hiked up the mountain to find the wolf! As soon as he saw the wolf he made the Sign of the Cross and commanded the wolf to come and lay at his feet! The wolf obeyed! Then Francis told the wolf that even though he did it out of hunger, eating people was still evil.  He led the wolf down into the city and told the amazed people that if they just fed the wolf  he would stop eating people and livestock.  What?! I know amazing right.

Francis knew that GOD doesn’t do things for no reason but that He always has a plan. Imagine if Francis had had the wolf killed? Would that have shown the citizens the power of GOD? No, it wouldn’t.  Only by understanding what the wolf needed, being at peace with the animal showed the citizens the power of GOD.

So this Earth Day take time to thank God for nature and think about how important and wondrous nature is.

(By Daja’s son Israel, age 12)

Family Time Ideas For Earth Day:

Movies to Watch:

Activities:

  • Pick up trash at the park or beach
  • Memorize the Prayer of St. Francis
  • Recycle
  • Work together in your garden
  • Visit a Farmer’s Market, Farm Stand or local farm
  • Make dinner from scratch as a family
  • Take the 30-Day Fast Food Free Challenge

Things To Read:

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Earth Day

Besides Earth Day, when do you ever think about the earth?  And maybe that’s just another weird thing that people do. Maybe the world’s not important, its not like we need it to survive or anything.   Saint Francis didn’t think so. He knew the importance of what God gave us, so here’s a view […]

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Celebrate Pi Day with Pie! (and some fun family time!)

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Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I mean, com’on! That’s just cool! You should probably let everyone sleep in until 926! (Math geeks everywhere just freaked out.)

For those of us who are far more interested in Pie than Pi, we have put together some truly delicious recipes. For those who like Pi we have some really fun and educational ideas for family time! Here are your instructions:

1. Eat Pie.

2. Play Pi games.

3. Eat more pie.

4. Laugh your heads off!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

 So, first the pie. Here are more than 30 totally fantastic recipes from some of the best food bloggers on the web! You will want to lick your plates, we promise you! We suggest you make a savory one for supper and a sweet one for dessert. One can really never have too much Pie.

SWEET

SAVORY

THE CRUST and OTHER GOODIES

 

And now for the games!

Math is so much more fun when it’s a game! These particular games were planned and perfected by Kristina’s daughter (my god-daughter) Anna, our resident brainiac.  I’d say she takes after me, but my mouth is too full of pie.

Game Number 1

You will need:

  • 20 Index Cards
  • A Sharpie or black marker
  • 1 Mini Pie (For prize)
  • Plus 1 extra index card with 867-5309 on it.  (Tommy Tutone fans unite!)

(Requires at least two people but three or more is better!)

You begin by writing the first twenty numbers including the decimal point; putting each number on it’s own individual note card. Then you blindfold one player and the other player hides the cards around the house and sets a stopwatch for 1 minute. Have the first player take off the blindfold and give him/her 5 seconds to gather themselves then begin the official timer.  In that minute the player must find as many cards as he/she can. If they find the card with 867-5309 they get an ten extra seconds of looking time for the pi cards, this card has to be hidden the hardest.

Once the one minute timer has expired, the player gets an additional thirty seconds to put all cards in order.  However many they get in order is their score.

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If you get a tie score:
If you end up with a tie, you have to race to the pie! Simply find a spot in your house with 6-10 feet without any obstacles. Have the two players lie on their backs and slide across to floor in a race to the finish (using their feet is allowed.)  Put the piece of pie at the end of the racetrack first person to make it to the pie wins!

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Game Number 2

You will need:

  • Twine or a strong string
  • A small piece of pie

(This game requires at least two people to play.)

Begin by wrapping the twine around the piece of pie and have one player lay on the floor and the other player hold the pie at mouth level the player laying down gets five chances to do a sit up, no hands allowed, to reach the pie.  Whoever can reach the pie gets to eat it!!

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Game Number 3

You will need:

  • Blue masking tape
  • The twenty index cards you made for game one
  • A Mini pie for prizes

(You need two people)

Make a blue masking tape hop-scotch course in a any shape you want. (We only had regular tan-colored masking tape, but blue would have been much easier to see!)  Then have the first player hop through course on one foot.  To make it more challenging, there can be squares that say change feet or you may create a square in which the player can put both feet down.

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Each time the player completes the hop scotch course without touching any of the tape lines and/or falling he or she places a card with a number of pi down in any square the player chooses.  That square is now off limits and has to be jumped over.

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To make the game even more exciting, music is being played the whole time if the music stops (like in musical chairs) the player must stop jumping and stay perfectly still until the music starts again.

The last player to jump the course successfully wins!

Happy Pi Day ya’ll!

Celebrate Pi Day with Pie!

Every March 14 is special because it is Pi Day. (PIE DAY!) There is not better day to make a pie and thank the Lord that Pi is not something you have to use in your everyday life, but that pie is appropriate for every meal. This year, it’s especially awesome because it’s 3.14.15! I […]

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Salad For Breakfast? Three salads that will jump-start your day!

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Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a green smoothie or the occasional Western omelet.  So, Kristina’s 12 year old daughter, Alyssa and I teamed up to create three breakfast salads. These are not your regular salads–they have a distinct breakfast-y flair! Alyssa is the Supreme Queen of Salad Dressings (it’s an official title. We are waiting on the stationary.) and every vegetable or fruit she touches turns to absolute gold.

Breakfast Salads

Each of these salads not only tastes DELICIOUS–like you will want to marry them–they also each have a decent amount of protein and healthy fat!  Which is sort of essential if you don’t want to be ravenous by 10:30.  Protein and fat can carry you through until lunch. No sugar crashes and no sugar cravings!

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

Apple Salad with Cardamom Creme Dressing

For the salad:

6 sweet apples, cored and cut into chunks

3 oranges, peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 – 3/4 cup roasted and salted pistachios

Hemp Seeds

The Dressing:

8 oz. creme fraiche

3 teaspoons real maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

DIRECTIONS:

Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing. Set in fridge and let the flavors come together for about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Toss the apples, oranges, raisins, cranberries and pistachios together. Add the dressing and lightly toss to evenly coat the fruit. (I had some extra dressing left over. Which was awesome with scones come tea time. FYI.) Serve on plates and sprinkle with hemp seeds to serve.

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing

Smoked Salmon and Fresh Beet Salad

For the Salad:

3 heads green leaf lettuce, washed and torn in salad sized pieces

handful of chives, chopped

3 raw beets, peeled and grated

6 – 8 oz. smoked, flaked salmon (not lox.) (Something like this.)

1 egg per person

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the dressing:

juice from one whole lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1/8 teaspoon Kelp granules (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Mix all ingredients together. Set aside to allow the flavors to come together. Mix all salad ingredients, except the egg. Make sure you flake the salmon into smaller shreds so that it is evenly distributed throughout the salad. Toss with the dressing to taste.

Medium fry each egg, so that you keep that delicious runny yolk.  Serve the salad on plates and top each serving with the fried egg. Sprinkle with the salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Bacon, Egg, and Kale Salad

Bacon Egg and Kale Salad

For the salad:

1 head kale shredded or torn into small pieces

6 eggs, boiled and roughly chopped

8 oz. raw milk cheddar, cubed (or whatever other cheese you like)

8 oz. bacon, crumbled and fried crisp

Dressing:

6 oz. sour cream

Salsa to taste (I used about 1/4 cup of hot salsa. We have a great fermented one here.)

Avocado slices to garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Start with the dressing. Stir together (full-fat….need we say so???) sour cream and salsa. I used about 1/4 cup, but taste as you go to reach your desire heat level! Set aside to allow the flavors to come together.

Mix together all the ingredients for the salad. (If you boil the eggs the night before, this breakfast will come together lickety-split!)

Place salad on a plate and top with a generous dollop of your spicy cream! We served this with avocado slices.

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Breakfast Salads

Does breakfast ever get a little boring at your house? The same oatmeal or smoothie or scrambled eggs? Need a fresh idea? I have been trying to include vegetables and/or fresh fruit at every meal.  Breakfast can be a challenge on the vegetable front. We don’t usually think of veggies at breakfast unless it’s a […]

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Count Your Blessings in the Storm

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Hello this is Anna and Alyssa, daughters of Kristina. Our mom is not feeling well right now and so she asked us to write this post for her.

We both know how hard it is to be grateful when you are sick. Read More

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Hello this is Anna and Alyssa, daughters of Kristina. Our mom is not feeling well right now and so she asked us to write this post for her. We both know how hard it is to be grateful when you are sick.

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The Importance of Role Models

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Role Models

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. I Corinthians 11:1

Role models are important–not only in the lives of children, but in the lives of adults.  We all need that person we can point to and say, “That is the example I want to follow.”  Often however, we don’t have role models–we have celebrities and idols.  We look at someone and want what they have and not to be who they are.  We want the wealth or the fame or the hit selling album or the hot body or the groupies or the show on the Food Network.  But those people don’t always have character we want to emulate. Read More

Role Models

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. I Corinthians 11:1 Role models are important–not only in the lives of children, but in the lives of adults.  We all need that person we can point to and say, “That is the example I want to follow.”  Often however, we don’t have role models–we have celebrities […]

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Say “Cheese!” (Three fun variations on a classic!)

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Say "Cheese!"

Hi this is Meg, Daja’s daughter! Today I am going to tell you about three different grilled cheese sandwiches I recently made.  Some variations you probably hadn’t thought of! Hope you enjoy them! Read More

Say "Cheese!"

Hi this is Meg, Daja’s daughter! Today I am going to tell you about three different grilled cheese sandwiches I recently made.  Some variations you probably hadn’t thought of! Hope you enjoy them!

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5 Ways One Daughter Keeps Her Love On

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Raising children into adulthood is a challenge, period.  Perhaps every generation before me has felt the same way, but I think it is harder now than it’s ever been.   Read More

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Raising children into adulthood is a challenge, period.  Perhaps every generation before me has felt the same way, but I think it is harder now than it’s ever been.  

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Preparing for My Coming of Age Party

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AlyssaAs part of our series on Parenting Our Children into Adulthood, Kristina’s youngest daughter, Alyssa (age 11,) is sharing how she is preparing for her coming of age party or bat-mitzvah.  In our families we celebrate the arrival of each of our children into the community of adulthood.  It is important for us to recognize their transition from child to adult and we do it with a formal celebration that includes an evening of blessings, scripture reading and of course, great food!  But before we get to the fun of the evening we have to prepare.  Preparations include Bible study, learning about the saints, and memorization of scripture.  For each child the process is slightly different, but the point is for a solid foundation of faith to be developed.

Alyssa ~ One of the reasons my mom and dad have me prepare is so that I know why I am having a bat-mitzvah, also so I learn more about God.

As part of my preparations I am studying catechism and learning about the saints.  I think it is important to learn about the saints so that I have a better understanding of them and because it is a lot better to look up to a saint then it is to look up to a singer or a movie star, like most girls my age.  I think it is amazing what the saints did for God!

My favorite saint is St. Therese.  She was a lot like me (I sometimes have a bad temper, too) and I love the Little Way that she taught about.  I have learned about her Little Way and how some things can be difficult, but if you look to God, you can trust it will be ok.

After studying St. Therese, I am also thinking about my choices.  I am choosing to study the Bible more and I’m trying to be a better person.

I’m thinking a lot more about my actions; am I getting angry?  Am I yelling?  Am I making snarky comments to my parents?  Am I really listening to God or am I just doing what my mind tells me?  Am I trying to get my own way?  Am I taking time to do my work?  Am I cheating in school?  Am I trying to get out of things?  I am asking myself these things and trying to fix what I am saying.  I’m trying to be patient with myself and learn from my mistakes.

I feel like I am a little sheep who is lost without God but when I trust God I feel like I have been found and I feel loved.   As I prepare for my bat-mitzvah, I’m finding I hear God more and it makes me love him more.

 

Alyssa

As part of our series on Parenting Our Children into Adulthood, Kristina’s youngest daughter, Alyssa (age 11,) is sharing how she is preparing for her coming of age party or bat-mitzvah.  In our families we celebrate the arrival of each of our children into the community of adulthood.  It is important for us to recognize […]

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Passover Coloring Book

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We’re guest posting over at Vintage Faith Modern World.  It’s a new blog with tons of beautiful ideas for celebrating the Biblical Feasts and Fasts with your family.  Kid-friendly, uplifting, and beautiful!

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We’re guest posting over at Vintage Faith Modern World.  It’s a new blog with tons of beautiful ideas for celebrating the Biblical Feasts and Fasts with your family.  Kid-friendly, uplifting, and beautiful!