Lent Introduction

Ash Wednesday to Easter  For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. John 3:17 Happy Lent!  Yes, I do mean Happy Lent.  Lent is one of the most misunderstood of the holidays.  Yes, it is a holiday!  The season of Lent […]

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Lent Recipes

Pretzels Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 1 and 1/2 cups warm water 1 packet active instant yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) Dissolve yeast into the warm water.  You might need a pinch or two of sugar to wake the yeast up.  Let it alone to do its stuff for five minutes. 1 teaspoon salt Add […]

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Lent Activities

Burying the Alleluia There is a tradition called the Burying of the Alleluia.  During Lent, as a symbol that we are separated from God by sin, we don’t sing the Alleluia during the Mass because we are separated from praising God with the Angels and Saints.  Traditionally, they would take a coffin inscribed with the […]

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Candlemas Activities

Plant Snowdrops (later) They are bulbs and must therefore be planted in the fall.  However, you can “force” them if you don’t live where there is snow. Planting to have for Candlemas if you don’t live in an area that gets cold is easy. Snowdrops look best in a wide pot that is at least […]

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Candlemas Recipes

Spicy Pancakes 1 cup flour ¼ cup wheat germ ¼ cup oatmeal 2 teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup milk 1 egg 3 tablespoons melted butter Wisk together.   ½ cup raisins ½ cup walnuts Add to previous as you grill them.   Tequila Lobster in a […]

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Candlemas Introduction

February 2 When the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. Luke 2:22 Happy Candlemas!  Before I can tell you what this holiday is I have to go back to when it starts.  Long ago, to mark the […]

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Carnevale Recipes

Jambalaya 2 cups white rice 4 cups water Boil water, add rice.  Simmer 20 minutes. 1 pound ham 2 boneless chicken breasts 1 cup onion ½ cup celery 3 cloves of garlic 1 link Andouille sausage ½ cup green bell pepper ¼ cup green onion Chop all and sauté. 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes in […]

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Carnevale Activities

Make a Mask Making a mask is helpful, psychologically as well as a spiritually.  Making a mask from paper or decorating one from the store allows you to explore who you are and who is the façade that you show to the world.  While making the mask decide for yourself, is this who you are […]

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Carnevale Introduction

Epiphany to Mardi Gras  For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Happy Carnevale!  Epiphany started the season of Carnevale (see Epiphany posts).  Carnevale is not a spiritual season, a season out of time and space, but […]

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Epiphany Recipes

King Cake 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/4 teaspoon salt Mix. Preheat oven to 350.   1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter 1 1/4 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons Grand Mariner 1 cup milk 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest Mix with previous.  Pour into buttered and floured pans. […]

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