This is what’s been going on this week at the Stewart household. Birthday fun for my big 3-year-old, born on the Feast of St. John Paul the Great.
Look at that little gingersnap last year at her Beatrix Potter birthday party! You can read all about that one and how/why we do super simple family birthdays in that post.
This year’s theme (chosen by the birthday girl herself) was “Purple Puppy Kitty.” Behold: snacks and cupcakes.
I let the kids decorate them with “kitty cat faces.” I think it turned into a competition of “who can put the most nasty food dye on one cupcake to gross out mom.” But fun was had! The cupcakes and icing were homemade and gluten-free. I’m thinking about devoting an entire post to the two recipes I used because they were delicious….and GF isn’t always….delicious.
Coming Up in the Liturgical Year:
Hallowtide begins next Friday! All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. Usually we trick-or-treat on Halloween, go to Mass on All Saints Day, and go pray at the cemetery on All Souls Day, but we’ll be out of town this year so things’ll be mixed up. Benjamin said, “as long as there’s costumes, candy, and fun, I don’t mind!” I have a recipe for Gluten-Free Soul Cakes for All Souls Day if anybody’s interested!
The Quotable Lucy:
Lucy: “I’m sorry, mama.”
Me: “Why, sweetie?”
Lucy: “For dipping my toothbrush in the potty. I shook it off so it’s ok.”
Me: “You….didn’t put it….back in your mouth….DID YOU?”
Lucy: “No……….well……yes. Yes, I did! But don’t worry because I shook it off. AND I said I’m sorry so….”
My BBC Obsession:
Me: “How’s the game?”
Daniel: “Good. How’s Larksouth for Cranberry?”
Between loads of laundry and cupcake-making I am still binge-watching Lark Rise to Candleford.
I didn’t realize how deeply I had immersed myself in rural Victorian England until a blouse I ordered last week arrived.
Yup. Just bring me my smelling salts and a parasol. (P.S. the shirt is Anthropologie, but I got it used from Twice which is my other current obsession. I’ll post about all the deals I’ve found there lately, but you can read what Mandi said about this thrifty alternative to Stitch Fix in the meantime.)
I really think Victorian style should come back. Ruffles, puffed sleeves, what’s not to love? Would someone please create a clothing line that is Victorian enough to satisfy my Candleford heart and modern enough that I don’t look like a walking historical re-enactor? Anybody?
The Homeschool Mom Capsule Wardrobe: This Ain’t the Lyceum (You will laugh. You will laugh so hard because Kelly’s awesome.)
The Friary Who Was Ordered to Skate: Brandon Vogt
I Want to Build a Living Church: fountains of home
How to Be My Friend When You’re Expecting and I’m Not: Molly Makes Do
A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Ethika Politika
Oh! And the winner of the Angel in the Waters giveaway is Becky Scherer, so look for an email from me in your inbox, Becky!
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