New Shoes and St. Nicholas Day

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Each year we get the kids a new pair of shoes for St. Nicholas Day (the ones above are for the girls, my favorite shoes for babies and toddlers!) and then we fill them with treats. It's our big gift-exchange day instead of Christmas (although we do Christmas morning fun with Daniel's family). We start out the day with Mass, then the kids get to open their gifts and try on their new shoes while we … [Read more...]

24 Picture Books for Advent and Christmas

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It's been a couple of years since I wrote about picture books for Advent and Christmas and we have acquired so many more good ones to share with you! This year I'm going to wrap each book with wrapping paper so that the kids can unwrap one each morning of Advent. And we will probably keep using our Story of Christmas Advent Calendar of little storybook ornaments because Benjamin loves it so much … [Read more...]

Our Book! It’s Here! It’s Finally Here!

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At long last and just in time for Advent, our ebook, Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year, is here! Thank you so much, Carrots readers, for all of your encouragement and excitement about this project. I can't believe that we FINALLY get to share it with you! I'm thrilled and a little nervous to finally send this book out into the world. We're having a special … [Read more...]

Creating a Liturgical Year Binder

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This is a guest post from Kelly of This Ain't the Lyceum, one of my favorite blogs. I can't wait to create one of these binders because when I keep ideas only on Pinterest they're out of sight, out of mind and I simply won't remember the recipes, activities, and prayers I wanted to do! - Haley Our home library contains an impressive amount of Catholic books, however when it comes to praying as a … [Read more...]

Feast! Our eBook! (A Michaelmas Announcement)

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Happy Michaelmas! (Daniel carrying Gwen over the finish line) Even though Daniel ran 50 miles yesterday (and came in first in his age group!!!), he didn't forget how much I love Michaelmas and took the kids to the store to get ingredients for a big feast tonight. Speaking of feasts, I want to officially announce that we're writing an ebook that will launch in November! The working title … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim (Menu and Recipes)

  It's been awhile since I've shared about it here at Carrots, but celebrating the liturgical year is one of the ways that why try to live out our faith. This is the menu and recipes we have used in the past to celebrate The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim coming up on July 26th. Enjoy! About the Saints: St. Anne and St. Joachim are the mother and father of the Blessed Virgin Mary … [Read more...]

Little Holydays: Trinity Sunday Blueberry Pie

On Trinity Sunday (May 26th this year) we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity–the doctrine that distinguishes Christianity from all other faiths. A concept like the Holy Trinity is difficult to denote through food, but in our family we try to start food traditions for the Christian Year that also tie into what’s seasonal where we live. During early summer in Florida, blueberries are fully … [Read more...]

6 Must-Have Books and Cookbooks for Seasonal Eating Inspiration

Since our conversion, I've gained more appreciation for the rhythms of the Christian Year and that by observing those seasons, the story of the Gospel unfolds. One way to participate in the Christian Year is to feast and fast according to the traditions of the Church which, obviously, involves food! Sharing food with family and friends should ideally be a daily reminder of sacred things: The Last … [Read more...]

When Donkeys Talk: Book Review and Giveaway!

Soon after delving into Tyler Blanski’s new book, When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity (Zondervan 2012), I knew I had found a kindred spirit. And it wasn’t just because mutual friends kept showing up in the text: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen, and even Martianus Cappella. You see, like Blanski, I have always been a … [Read more...]

Holy Time: Lent and Cleaning Up My Whiny Soul

(Please join us in the Little HolyDays Lenten Link-Up by sharing your posts about this liturgical season. Linky below!) “I CAN’T do it! It’s TOO HARD!” whined my then 3-year-old son as he sat in the middle of his messy room and cried at the idea of having to clean up the toys, books, and stuffed animals scattered everywhere. Maybe I’m asking too much, I thought. He’s clearly overwhelmed. … [Read more...]