Liturgical Living At a Glance: February


 February can be such a bleak month weather-wise (it might SNOW today in FLORIDA! We're anxiously watching the skies!) so, we thought it would be fun to put the ebook version of Feast! on super sale to spice things up! I'm always trying to figure out how to make it easier for families to observe the Christian Year because we felt so overwhelmed when we first started that journey (which is why we … [Read more...]

New Shoes and St. Nicholas Day


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...]

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 and the … [Read more...]

Catholicism: Empowering Women for 2000 Years (Part III: Female Saints and Doctors of the Church)

So we’ve talked about how Marian doctrine taught me to celebrate my womanhood and how the Catholic idea of vocation honors women. But I want to share with you how learning about the saints and doctors of the Church taught me to love the diversity and strength of women in the communion of saints. In Part II I shared how before converting to Catholicism, I felt that my gifts didn’t fit in … [Read more...]

A Simple Meal for St. Brigid’s Day, February 1st

 Tomorrow is St. Brigid's Day, so I wanted to share a post I wrote for our neglected real food liturgical year blog. Included is a simple recipe for a seasonal soup to be paired with bread and honey butter. It's quick, easy, and as St. Brigid's Day falls on a Friday this year, vegetarian. Enjoy! February 1st celebrates the Feast of St. Brigid (c. 451-525), a nun, abbess, and friend of St. … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas: Recipe for Grilled Pork Chops Lazio Style

January 28th is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. This is a post Daniel wrote for our woefully neglected real food liturgical year blog a couple of years ago. This meal was amazing. Reading the writing of St. Thomas had a huge impact on our conversion, so he holds a special place in my heart. Happy Feast! Thomas was a 13th century Dominican priest and scholar from Aquino, Italy who made gigantic … [Read more...]

Little HolyDays: The Feast of St. Nicholas

Welcome to our first Little HolyDays link up and Happy New Year! No, I haven’t gotten the months confused, it’s the beginning of a new liturgical year. Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. Let’s hope you were more organized than I and didn’t spend part of your Sunday scrambling around looking  for your Advent wreath (don’t worry! I found it!). Anyhow, for our very first Little HolyDays … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Andrew, Nov. 30th

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Andrew. Daniel whipped up this fabulous meal of Tahini Tilapia for our celebration of St. Andrew (a fisherman)  a couple of years ago and it's still a staple at our house. And since November 30th is on a Friday this year, how handy that it's fish for us Catholics, right? The following is drawn from a post on Feast!, our woefully neglected Christian Year blog, that … [Read more...]

Soul Cakes! (Gluten-Free)

Making Soul Cakes during Hallowtide (All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day) has become a little tradition at our house. Now that we know that our three-year-old is severely allergic to gluten, we're having to try some new recipes. I wanted to share this one with you just in time for All Souls tomorrow. As a kind of early version of Trick-or-Treating, folks would go door-to-door and … [Read more...]

Michaelmas Traditions: Prayers, Food, and Flowers

Michaelmas is quickly approaching: September 29th (next Saturday)! It will come as no surprise to you that I love St. Michael's Day. It was the first feast we celebrated when we started observing the Christian Year in 2009, the Fall before our conversion to the Catholic faith. What is Michaelmas? Michaelmas (pronounced Mickel-mas) is a feast day celebrating the Archangels. It follows the … [Read more...]