Menu Monday

Time to get back on the menu planning bandwagon.  It is so easy to get sidetracked and forget to plan.  Having the menu, makes my life so much easier in the long run, but sitting down and making the plan feels like such a daunting task, even though I know it truly doesn’t take that long.  For the of May I am going to concentrate on getting dinners planned.  In June I am going to concentrate on lunches and in July breakfasts. By the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year I will have the menu making routine back in place for all meals and snacks.



Afternoon Snacks
Hot air Popcorn
Cookies if made

Meatless Monday
Garlic Bread

Taco Tuesdays
Beef Taco Bar
Tortilla chips

Wacky Wednesday
Oven Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes

Boy Scout Thursday — Fend for yourself
1) Use up leftovers
2) Make a sandwich
3) Scrounge the pantry

Fishy Friday
Poached Flounder
Macaroni and Cheese

Silly Saturday
Homemade Pizzas

Selebrate Sunday
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
What will you be serving your family this week?
Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Another crazy month

Things at home and elsewhere became extremely busy since my last post, so the blog took a backseat.  I am back, at at least until the next crisis hits.  Mom ended up in the hospital with pneumonia for almost a week.  Then we had to get everything set up for her home health aftercare  It was a fun time all around, not difficult, just time consuming.

When I arrived back home from Mom’s house, I found seven of the zoo inhabitants were sick.  We took five to the doctor and three of them ended up on antibiotics for ear infections, bronchitis and/or sinus infections. Things have finally settled down and everyone is on the mend.

Since I was gone so much over the past few months, things have gone downhill at home. I plan on spending the next month or so doing a top to bottom deep cleaning of the house, attitudes and behaviors that have gotten out of control over the during this madness and mayhem. 

Tomorrow, after the school work is done, we will starting with a deep clean of the kitchen, with everyone helping out.  It is a relatively small space (16×16 foot room). Imagine one mom and at least four children working. This is going to be fun.  🙂

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Sunday with your family.

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Traditional Tuesday: Sweet Tea

I have to admit I have fallen in love with Sweet Tea.  grew up in Northern Virginia, not exactly the deep south, but a southern state but I had never heard of sweet tea until until my future sister-in-law introduced me to it years ago.

I never learned how to make it and relied on purchasing it the big gallon jugs from the store. Over time more and more of the companies started using High Fructose Corn Syrup in the tea. This has become a forbidden in this house.  I decided to research how to make the tea and realize I should have done that years ago. It is so easy!

I make a simple syrup and add to taste. The benefit of the syrup is you do not have undissolved sugar on the bottom of the glass. Plus you can use the syrup for so many other things.

Simple Syrup

3 cups cold water
5 cups sugar

Slowly bring to a boil in small pan. Once sugar is dissolved, cool and pour into a jar and refrigerate.

You can also flavor the syrup with lemon and/or mint once the mixture boils. Just add sliced lemons to taste (I use three). Remove from heat and let set for 15 minutes. Strain and cool. For mint add fresh mint springs to taste (I use a small handful). You can also combine them for a interesting flavor combination.

Making the tea

3 family size tea bags (I use Luzianne)
4 cups water
4 cups cold water

Boil the 4 cups of cold water. Add the three tea bags into the water and let steep.  I let mine steep about 10 minutes since I like strong tea.  Remove the tea bags and pour into a heat resistant pitcher.  Then add the cold water.

When you are read to serve, pour the simple syrup into the glass, fill with ice and then pour the tea and do a quick stir.

A wonderful, homemade drink which is better for you than soda.

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Update from the Zoo

It has been a long couple of months at the Zoo.  Lots happening.  Liz has returned for her second semester at the community college and is doing great.  She was still dealing with headaches, so the doctors scheduled another pressure monitoring of her shunt.   So now the doctors can treat the headaches as true migraines. She has been given medicine and for the first time in nearly two years she mostly pain free!  We all are praising God.

Mandy is completing her last quarter in high school.  She is doing well, but is entering the test zone in the next month.  Since she in the International Baccalaureate program she has a test in every subject that goes toward the IB diploma.  In addition she has a AP statistics exam.  All of these tests happen between April 24th and May 15th.  So it is crunch time for her.  She was accepted into several universities and has decided on attending Mount Saint Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD.  She loved it when Liz was there, but was afraid Liz would be upset if she went there.  Liz is thrilled she is going to be attending and can’t wait to visit the campus again. 

Douglas and the rest of the crew are doing well.  Homeschooling is moving along.  We have had couple of tweaks and are a bit behind in some areas,  but that is beauty of homeschooling, you are truly never behind and is just a matter of you are where you are.

The little ones are starting to participate more in the homeschooling and I have started designing their program for next year. I will probably start them this summer since they can’t wait to do more. I love their enthusiasm.

Richard is enjoying retirement and helping out with homeschooling history.  He has a passion for it, and children are benefiting from that passion.  For me it was just a subject I had to endure to get to my science classes. So they are getting the best of both worlds.   A parent that loves history and parent that loves the sciences.

I hope you all have a blessed week!

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Also known as Diving Mercy Sunday. I have a few people want to know what Divine Mercy Sunday is exactly.

This is taken from the Shrine of Divine Mercy website. It provides a wonderful explanation.

The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina and set forth in this web site and other publications of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ.

Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.

I often pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It contains wonderful prayers and is quicker than reciting a full rosary on days when my time is crunched. If you are interested in learning the Chaplet, you can check out How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome