Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definitive Guide to Sorting the Saints

Is Your Favorite Saint a Gryffindor? The Definite Guide to Sorting the Saints!

Ever wonder whether your patron saint is a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff?  I didn’t start to consider it until last week when my friend Haley over at Home to Catholicism brought up sorting saints into Hogwarts houses on Twitter (she’s @bakeorbake over there, folks). But then I couldn't STOP thinking about it, crowdsourced my queries to Facebook, and ended up with the best thread ever. Granted, I’m … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: April 2016

Recipes, Books, and More for Celebrating April Saints Days and Eastertide!

  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 … [Read more...]

5 Saints Every Nursing Mom Should Know

5 Saints Every Nursing Mom Should Know // Carrots for Michaelmas

We know that Pope Francis has supported breastfeeding women (even in church) and Our Lady offers a beautiful example of motherly love when she's depicted nursing in the tradition of Christian art. There is wonderful encouragement for nursing mothers in our faith, but some of us still face difficult challenges when we try to breastfeed. As a mama who has struggled with breastfeeding, I was … [Read more...]

Baby-Friendly Saintly Gifts (Shining Light Dolls GIVEAWAY!)

Shining Light Dolls

This post is sponsored by Shining Light Dolls. I have a treat for you today! A few months ago, I shared about what we were stuffing our kids' Easter baskets with. I was having a hard time finding something for Baby Gwen that she wouldn't choke on. And I found Shining Light Dolls and their baby-friendly Our Lady of Guadalupe doll (the stars on her mantle made me think of my Gwen … [Read more...]

Liturgical Living at a Glance: October

Spanish Tapas, Eggplant Spread, and Potatoes Aioli // Carrots for Michaelmas

One of the sentiments that was clear from this week's reader survey (you can still fill it out and help me make Carrots better) is that y'all miss the monthly liturgical year posts. As a blogger it's hard to tell what's striking a chord, and because there were rarely more than one or two comments on these posts, I thought y'all were bored with them! And they're time-intensive to put together so I … [Read more...]

Feast! Our eBook! (A Michaelmas Announcement)


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 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...]