Saturday, April 19, 2014

Just another Saturday


I get out of the bed for a couple of minutes and I am immediately replaced!!

I love lazy Saturday mornings.  Those mornings when there is no reason to hop out of bed until you are good and ready.  Those mornings when you can sit around, drink coffee together and catch up on life.

When I heard Mom stirring, I went up to set out her clothes and get her toothbrush ready.  When I came back...there were interlopers on my side of the bed!!!  It was pretty cute though...when I approached and said "What about me?", Princess Fiona scooted over so I would have room to crowd in.

Today should be a pretty relaxing day, all around.  I have a mani/pedi appointment at 10 am., and we have to go to Frank's sister's house because Ronnie was nice enough to pick up the pierogi for me when he was in Hamtramck.  While we are down in the City we will stop by the funeral home.  A friend of ours died suddenly of a massive stroke this week.  He was only in his early 50's.  Very sad.  

And all the more reason why we should cherish these stolen Saturday moments...because you just never know.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A change to tonight's menu


I did get my errands done today before our 1 o'clock service at church but the nail place was swamped so I just made an appointment for tomorrow at 10 am.  After our church service we came home and I started dinner while Frank cleaned the carpets.

Originally we were going to have Shrimp Scampi, Mushroom Ravioli in Alfredo Sauce and Caesar Salad but Max requested Macaroni and Cheese almost the minute he stepped into the door on Monday. Hence, the change from Mushroom Ravioli.  I also did not have the makings for Caesar Salad but I did have some fresh Green Beans.  So I am basically going to make my Garlic Green Beans and when I get to the stir fry part of the recipe I am going to add in a 1 lb. bag of thawed, frozen cooked shrimp.


 Can't get much easier than that!!
Or much tastier for that matter.

Garlic Shrimp and Green Beans

2 large handfuls of fresh green beans, trimmed
1 lb. large cooked, tail on shrimp
3 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced

Place green beans in pan with enough water just to cover.  Bring to a boil and boil rapidly until water evaporates and the beans are crisp-tender.  Add the butter, garlic and shrimp.  Stir fry until the butter melt coating the beans and shrimp and the garlic is fragrant.  Print Recipe

Still preparing for Easter

I think I may have mentioned this before but Easter is my favorite Feast Day.  I love Easter more than Christmas or my birthday or Thanksgiving or Halloween.

Easter is what makes all the rest of the days in the year worth living.  It is the day that Christianity was born.  Christmas would not matter at all if that tiny little Baby had not arose on Easter morning.  He would have just been another great prophet.  He would not have been our Lord and Savior...we would have nothing to celebrate.

Easter is a very busy time around here.  The weeks before Easter we spend extra time at choir practice, we spend extra time in prayer and fasting, we spend extra time repenting for all our sins that are nailing our Lord to the cross this day.

The Easter Triduum, celebrated by my church, began last night on Holy Thursday.


Lent is now over and the Triduum has begun.  At our parish, we start off the celebration each year with a pot luck supper after which we attend Mass.  In our church, Holy Thursday Mass is celebrated with the washing of the feet.  We follow our Lord's example and become servants to each other.  Holy Thursday is when we (the Catholic church) commemorate the Eucharist, the Priesthood and the Mass, all of which were instituted by Christ at the Last Supper.  You can learn more about Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday here.  The Mass is a celebration of Christ's life up to this point, he has not yet been betrayed by Judas, and Jesus and his apostles are all together celebrating Passover.  The Mass ends very solemnly.  We sing the Pange Lingua ( a cappella) as the Priest processes through the church with the Holy Eucharist to place it in another location until we receive it on Good Friday.  This is because we do not celebrate Mass again until Easter.  It is during Mass that the Bread is consecrated and becomes the Body of our Lord.  The Priest consecrates enough Bread at this Mass to allow us to receive our Lord at Good Friday Service also.

Today, we celebrate the Death of our Lord. Celebration sounds like a strange word for me to use when speaking of death but that is, in fact, what it is.  It is a solemn celebration, however, with a liturgical service that includes the reading of the Passion according to the Gospel of John.  We, as Catholics, fast for the 3 hours our Lord was dying on the cross for our salvation.  I will not eat nor drink, except water, between noon and 3 pm this day. Much of that time period will be spent in church contemplating a love so amazing... so divine.  You can learn more about the Good Friday Liturgy here.


This year, our Associate Pastor, is incorporating another celebration to be held this evening called the Tenebrae.  This will be my first experience celebrating the Tenebrae.  Father Robert is very pleased that the choir is helping with this celebration which begins in complete darkness and consists of 15 different psalms are chanted using the Gregorian melodies and tunes.  After each psalm a candle is lit until all 15 candles are providing the only light in the church.  It is a "funeral service" for our Lord.  I am looking forward to it.

The last celebration, for me, will be after sundown on Holy Saturday when we celebrate the Easter Vigil Mass.  This Mass will start in our parish at 9 pm.  It will last approximately 3 hrs.  We will welcome all of our new catechumens , who will receive all the Sacraments that will allow them to become full members of the Catholic church.


Easter Sunday, for me will be spent getting ready to celebrate by having a feast with family and friends. 
Frank will be singing at Mass on Easter morning.

Well, this post took much longer than I anticipated.  It is time for Nancy to arrive and for my day to begin.  
Ting informed me last night that Tony's father, stepmom and brother will be joining us for Easter dinner, so I need to make 3 more place setting eggs.  I would like to get my nails done before this afternoon's service.  I have to get the house straightened and ready for Tamie to clean and I want to steam clean my carpet in between this afternoon's service and the Tenebrae this evening.

I better get moving!!



The Glue that Binds

Today is Five Minute Friday.  FMF is a writing exercise hosted by Lisa Jo Baker of Surprised by Motherhood fame.  It is very simple.  Lisa Jo gives us a prompt and we write on that prompt for 5 minutes.  Easy. Only one rule...you must visit the link before yours and offer encouragement to one another.

Today's prompt is Glue.

Start

Love is the glue that binds.  It is what keeps me together, prevents me from falling to pieces.

The love of and for my husband, my children, my family and my friends.

But mostly the love of God....The love so strong that today we celebrate the death of His only begotten Son.  A love that I cannot comprehend.  I can imagine loving someone enough to lay down my own life for them but I cannot imagine loving anyone enough to allow one of my children to suffer and die for them. Not for one second.

And not being able to comprehend it makes me appreciate it that much more.  It makes me want to bow down and worship my God who so loves me with all my faults, all my sins.  Sins that He doesn't see any longer because He wiped them away when He came to us as His Son, suffered, died and was buried.


In 3 days He will rise again!!!!  Alleluia, Alleluia...

But for today He loves us enough to die.....how deep is that love?.....How strong is THAT glue??

Stop

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Preparing for Easter


Today was a great day!! I got to hang out with one of my favorite people, my niece, Danielle! We spent the whole day together, shopping for the things we need to make Easter Dinner. We met Danielle's Dad, Dan, and Uncle Frank and Grandma Klik for lunch in between shopping trips.


One of the stores that we went to was Morley's, where we bought chocolate eggs. Some are Peanut Butter filled, some are filled with cherries, some are marshmallow and one is nuts just for Mom....no not because she is nuts LOL....because she loves nuts....which is important when you live in a household of nuts!!!   We also stopped at Miles Cake and Candy Supply and picked up a candy writer.  When we got home Danielle, Max and I wrote the names of all the people who will be over for Easter dinner onto the eggs.


Danielle was the Queen of writing large names on the eggs.


Max wrote his name on one.


  And Emily's on another.  
I wouldn't let him cheat and just put Em.


I think they turned out adorable.

There will be one placed at each place setting so people will know where to sit and have a little keepsake to take home with them even if they decide to take it home in their belly.







Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Wild Roller Coaster Ride


I finished this book this morning.  What a wild ride!!  This book takes you up, up, up in anticipation....you know that something is going to happen but you have no idea what and then all of the sudden you are off!  It is a white knuckle, up and down ride with lots of hairpin turns... 

And then....when the ride ends...you can't wait to get in line and wait with bated breath to take the ride again because it ended way too abruptly, leaving you wondering what might lie behind the turn that the architect had not yet built.  

I strongly recommend this book.  It was one of  those rare books that awakened me in the middle of the night, calling out.....read me, read me, read me......

I have now downloaded Little Girl Lost (DS Lucy Black #1).  I have not yet started reading it but I have a feeling it is going to be an early to bed night since I was up for most of last night finishing "Gone Girl", so perhaps I will get a chapter in before I conk out.

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Today is Food Pantry day so that means a crockpot meal for this family.  There will be seven of us for dinner tonight so the recipe is adapted not only in preparation but also in types and quantities of ingredients.

I found a recipe in the Fix it and Forget it Cookbook that was originally submitted by Kimberly Jensen of Bailey, CO. as Orange Chicken Leg Quarters.  It has been adapted quite a bit but I wanted to give credit for the original idea.  Thanks Kimberly.


I mixed everything right in the crockpot so that I didn't have to dirty any unnecessary dishes.
Just layer the peas and oranges on top for cooking.


The chicken was fall off the bone tender and the sauce was delicious over the rice.
I served watermelon instead of salad as a side dish.


Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
adapted from Fix it and Forget it Cookbook
submitted by Kimberly Jensen of Bailey, CO.

6 chicken legs, skin removed
6 chicken thighs, skin removed
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 c. chicken stock
1 c. orange juice
1 c. ketchup
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 T. yellow mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lg. can or 2 sm. cans of Mandarin oranges, drained
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen peas

Mix the stock, orange juice, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, mustard and garlic in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Add the chicken and peppers and stir to cover.  Over the top of the chicken, layer the peas and then layer the oranges, allowing them to remain on top. (Do not stir them into the liquid).  Cook on low heat for 7-8 hrs. Print Recipe