Friday, January 13, 2017

A roundup of pies

I realized the other day that I can successfully make a fair amount of pies. This made me feel very... American. :) I've decided to post them here because they are all online and if you have a good pie recipe should share the love.

Best-Ever Apple Pie: This is from my favorite cookbook author. I have two of her cookbooks and all my recipes are from her. I made this pie for Christmas because you can prepare it and freeze it uncooked for up to a month. So I made it ahead of time. It was delicious. See pics above. I have an angel cookie cutter, by the way.

German Chocolate Pie: I wasn't expecting to like a chocolate pie, but alas I did. Yum.

Fresh Blueberry Pie: I saw this recipe on and it's unique because it uses a combination of cooked and freshed blueberries.  

Mud Pie: This is actually icecream. But perhaps my favorite dessert of all time.

Brown Family's Favorite Pumpkin Pie: I make this for Thanksgiving. Since we don't have canned pumpkin puree, I boil some actual pumpkin and blend it with a handheld blender. I don't usually like pumpkin pies, but this one is excellent.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Felt nativity set

Yes, I am posting about nativity sets when Christmas is definitely more than over because, well, life. I won't tell you how long it took to make this felt nativity set with a pattern I got off Etsy because I'm embarrassed. Okay, a year. And it was only done in time by Christmas Eve because my mom was visiting and sewed it all together.

At first I thought NEVER AGAIN WILL I GET MYSELF INTO ANOTHER MEANINGLESS CRAFT THAT TAKES FOREVER AND STRESSES ME OUT WHEN I CAN JUST BUY IT. But then I looked up Christmas stockings on Ebay and just couldn't do it. I couldn't buy them. They were all ugly and impersonal. So I'll be trying to knit stockings for next Christmas throughout this year. What's wrong with me?

And now I appreciate the time and stress spent on this felt nativity set. It will (hopefully) be used every year and by more than one child. That's what I love about celebrating the liturgical year, you can repeat things from year to year. It's a lot of work at first but then gets easier. Celebrating the liturgical year was one of the priorities I set for us at the beginning of the school year.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy New Year

Naptime, naturally
We spent New Year's Eve at Fatima and it was wonderful. We stayed at a hotel owned by friends and actually stayed up until midnight. We were seriously contemplating just going to sleep at nine in our hotel and sleeping through midnight... like we did last year (losers?)... but we got up courage last minute and it was beautiful. I hope to spend every New Year in Fatima from here on.

Now, however, I am battling a breast infection, flu-like symptoms and a messy house. Possibly related to one another or not. Bummer. Big, big bummer.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Article up on CatholicStand

Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

Julie Machado • January 5, AD2017 • 2 Comments
Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture
Having grown up in the United States, I thought it was common knowledge that playing sports is a school of morality, character training, and indispensable to a child’s upbringing. Now that I live in Portugal and am raising my children here, I see that is not the case in other places around the world; such […]

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Food for thought for stay-at-home-moms (and all moms)

A friend posted this article on her Facebook the other day:

And I looooooooooved it. Every word. It is so beautiful and exactly captured my every thought and feeling. Here is one of my favorite quotes, but please read the whole thing:

"In this stage of life, you are dealing with guilt. Guilt over having a career, and not spending enough time with your kids, or guilt over staying home with your kids, and not doing enough to contribute financially. Guilt over being too harsh with your kids. Too lenient. Guilt that your house is clean, but your kids were ignored, or guilt that you enjoyed your children all day, and now your husband is coming home to filth. Guilt."

Also, another friend on Facebook posted this article from Huffington Post. Also very good:

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

"Marie Claire recently ran an article giving voice to women who have failed to get that. Mothers who regret their children having ever been born and genuinely think they might be living better, more meaningful, possibly more exciting lives without these extra humans dragging them down. They’re just sure their lives would be marked by career accolades and fancy travel destinations rather than midnight bed wettings and worn-thin yoga pants.
But we’re blaming the wrong group for the disappointment and the frustration. It’s not the kids who are at fault for 'ruining' their mother’s lives. You can instead thank a feminist movement that has failed women."

Continuation of a blessed Christmas week!