The Incarnation and the Pietá

The Incarnation and the Pieta

The Incarnation of Christ, celebrated in the liturgical season of Christmastide, takes on a richer significance for me with each passing year. The story of the Nativity is fuller–but undeniably stranger. It loses the saccharine quality of greeting cards and becomes complicated. Christmas becomes more intricately connected to Holy Week and I’m reminded that the miracle of the Incarnation isn’t … [Read more...]

How to Prep for a Stress-Free Advent {Advent Candle Giveaway–Sponsored Post}

How to Prep for a Stress-Free Advent!

This post is sponsored by Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles. It's been a stressful year for our family. Job changes, selling a house, moving our three kids across the country, and transitioning to a new town. I still feel like my head is spinning from the move even though we've been in TX a whole month. And I find myself longing for Advent--my favorite time of year. Advent (this year it … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: October 2015

Tons of resources for celebrating saints and seasons in October!

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 wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Go Cajun with a Shrimp Remoulade Recipe for Mardi Gras!

shrimp remoulade recipe for Mardi Gras! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Need a good idea for Mardi Gras food? Daniel's family lived in New Orleans for several years when he was growing up and the culinary tradition of that fair city is still strong with him. Tonight we celebrated his sweet mom's birthday with some delicious gumbo and shrimp remoulade. Then I realized how perfect it was for a Mardi Gras meal and wrangled him into typing up his recipe! Seriously, so … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: February 2015

Resources for Observing Lent! (And other liturgical traditions in February)

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 wrote the book we wish we had then).  I thought it might be helpful for our family to have resources compiled for the month ahead so that we can plan in advance which special saints days we want to observe and I hope … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: December

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  It's HERE! It's finally here! Our new ebook, More Feasts! Celebrating Saints and Seasons with Simple Real Food Recipes is available for purchase this Advent season. 10 new recipes! Reflections on Advent and Holy Week and a few activities to do with children to bring the liturgical year into the home. We are so excited to share it with you! And just for Advent, our first ebook … [Read more...]

Simple Soul Cake Recipe for All Souls Day (Gluten-Free)

Soul Cake Recipe (Gluten-Free) for All Souls Day // Carrots for Michaelmas

Making Soul Cakes during Hallowtide (All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day) has become a little tradition at our house. I wanted to share my recipe with you in time for All Souls on Sunday! The History of Soul Cakes As a kind of early version of Trick-or-Treating, folks would go door-to-door and ask for Soul Cakes in exchange for saying prayers for the dead. I really love the way … [Read more...]

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Me in an Interview at Catholic Mom

  Head on over to CatholicMom.com to read all about urban homesteading, stretching the food budget, why we wrote a book, bath tub reading, the real reason I have short hair, and how I do it all (I don't!). It was so fun to be interviewed by Rhonda Ortiz! You can also find me today at The Modern Mrs Darcy where my post on advice for the Janeite who runs out of Austen novels is being … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living: Candlemas (Feb. 2)

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Most of the content for this post about celebrating Candlemas is drawn from our book, Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year. Candlemas is coming up this Sunday and I wanted to share some information and resources for celebrating! About the Feast Candlemas on February 2nd celebrates the Presentation of Christ: the event described in the Gospel of Luke when the … [Read more...]

Advent Unplugged (A Link Up!)

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I have a confession to make: I need to unplug during this Advent season. I need to stop distracting myself and focus on preparing my heart for Jesus. I find myself less and less able to just live life and BE. Instead I keep reaching for my phone, filling the minutes between one activity and the next with social media and it needs to stop. NOW. This quiet, reflective time of Advent is coming at … [Read more...]