Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve

I just finished a beautiful batch of Peppermint Meltaway Cookies. *My sister-in-law's blog. View, comment and follow!*

The only thing I did differently with this recipe was roll the balls of cookie dough in my hands with additional loose flour. This seemed to help keep them from flattening in the oven. I have no idea if it really did, but my second batch came out much better than the first when doing so. :)

We're heading out to go to Christmas Vigil, so I only have time to post a yummy picture.



Definitely a favorite the season. :) Enjoy! 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Churchgoers

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I'm convinced my church is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. After my husband and I got married and moved into our home, we "shopped around" at the churches nearby. It wasn't a hard decision to pick one and become parishioners there. One of the reasons we chose OLV was because it is absolutely gorgeous, and I wanted my kids to have something aesthetically pleasing to look at every week, especially when they are too young to grasp what's going on.

Another reason I wanted to go here was the size - it's huge! Not just physically, but the attendance as well. A part of me wanted to belong to a Church where everyone didn't know each others' business. Where we could just go to Mass and focus on our family. And not worry about people checking up on us. Because, as we all know, once you start going to the noon Mass, everyone expects to see you there and thinks ill of you if you don't show. God forbid you catch an earlier or later time. Or the vigil (oooh the horror!).

But that's not my focus here. My observance today (at the Noon Mass, by the way. Where were YOU?) was the humor in people's attitudes. I heard a saying that people behave like Christians, but only on Sundays. And even then, only until they try to leave the parking lot. But I'd go a step further and say:


Ain't it the truth, though?

Though we live very close to the church, I insist on leaving early to grab a "good seat" - which for us, with a one year old, means near the back. The seats in the back fill up the fastest, especially the ones near the aisles. People claim those seats and hand them down to their descendants in their wills. My husband always teases me about sitting there, but that's because he has never had to carry a squirming child down the main aisle in front of hundreds of people. We just duck in the back and save ourselves a lot of embarrassment. It's a shame we even have to feel this way. I mean, you'd think people attending Mass would be the most understanding when it comes to issues like this. The child's being restless? Oh, well the parents are doing their best and at least they're bringing the kid to church. Nope...instead it's, dirty look here, loud sigh there, and evil stare...evil stare...

Before we had her, we did sit in the middle and/or would be be happy to move in near the middle if people came in after us. Nobody has (yet) asked us to move in recently, probably because they see us with a baby. They usually glance ahead at the pews in front. That's where the comedy starts. The church-goers already in their pews suddenly become very territorial over the 18 inches of wood their little duppas are sitting upon. They become very focussed on anything else...If I don't see you, you won't see me. 

Sometimes it works, sometimes not...and when they are asked to share their pew...wow, the nerve. Silently though visibly annoyed, they scoop up their purse, their missalette, and their bulletin that they were clearly reading, and move down another 18 inches. It's absolutely horrible. Now they're stuck. Till the end of Mass, or whenever this new person's ready to go. Heaven forbid this new person tries to exit the parking lot first. Now things really have gone too far. Know your place. 

Of course I'm dramatizing things, but if you've ever witnessed this, you know there's not much need for exaggeration. As far as finding the positive in this weekly occurrence, I suppose it calls for a dose of patience and humility. We've probably all been late to church at least once in our lives, and we've all been annoying as well. We can try to be more understanding and kind when other people aren't perfect. Especially in church. :)





Saturday, December 18, 2010

Eggs and Bacon...sweet style

I love Christmas cookies...eating them, that is. I wish I was more of a baker to be honest. But it's no fun baking alone. However, I can't just go around eating everyone's cookies; I need something to bring places this holiday season. Just a little tin to pass around at parties and gatherings. So the other day, I made this quick and delicious recipe for that very reason. Unfortunately, since they are that good, I practically ate all of them already...so it's time for another batch!


Eggs and Bacon

You will need:
Tiny stick pretzels
White chocolate disks
Yellow M&M's or Yellow Reese Pieces
An oven or microwave

First, lay out two pretzel sticks, side by side, on a cookie sheet. If you're doing this in the microwave, you should use a plate. Since I am against microwaves, I did this using my oven. Now, place the vanilla/white chocolate disks on top of the pretzels. It's important to keep your sticks close together; otherwise, the chocolate will melt and fall in the middle. Not what we want.


Fail egg...you rolled off your pretzels.


Then, place your cookie sheet in the oven. You'll have to be careful doing this because those sticks will roll a bit and the chocolate will fall off.  I set my oven temp on "Keep Warm" because all we want to do is melt the chocolate a little. When the sides of the chocolate start to drape over the pretzels, it's done. Carefully remove from oven.






Then, take your yellow candy and place them into the centers of the melted chocolate. This is why keeping your pretzels close together is important. The yellow candy just sags into the middle...and it looks bloopy.






And voila! You're done! Let them cool before trying to remove them from the sheet. They make a perfect,  pop in your mouth little treat. :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cuzcotopia

Cuzco
We got a puppy yesterday! Here he is...the adorable little guy. He's pretty tiny right now...only a few pounds, 11 weeks old, and 1/3 the size of our cat. Our cat is a little pudgy. 


He's very cute. Not overly hyper or obnoxious. Loves to cuddle and fall asleep in our laps. Whined all night long for us, even though he was in the same room...ya know, all that kind of stuff.

I'm really happy he's here with us. He's good with Little Olive, which is the best news. I'm sure he'll cause lots of trouble with her, and on his own, but for right now, we're just soaking up the cute moments. :)


Friday, December 10, 2010

So here's the deal...

I have an announcement. When I started blogging back in July, I was bursting with ideas and topics. I had (and still have) strong opinions about certain issues. But I started to slow down after a couple months with the whole blog thing. Not because I burned out...I actually have 14 posts that I started to write; they're just sitting in my blog waiting to be published. So why didn't I ever click "publish"? Because some of my posts are pretty personal, and I don't always feel comfortable with everyone reading them. But I miss writing. I kept a journal throughout my teenage years and just because I'm in my 20s doesn't mean I have to stop.

So, I'm going to change something... (and yep, it might be the name of my blog - again! Stay tuned.)
Inspired by a few friends/family who keep wonderful blogs - specifically the tumblr crew - I'm going to

1) Try to write more often
2) Write about things other than babies, parenting, breastfeeding, etc. (But no promises...those things are kind of a big deal to me right now)
3) Try to find the positive in whatever I'm writing about


 There is just so much negativity already in the world. We don't need another blog concentrated about it!

So with this note, I shall leave you, my friends.

This is a quote I have on my facebook right now. I think it's awesome...and true. We can do nothing without Him, and with Him, all things are possible.
(Wish I could take credit for that...but no, tis from the Bible.)

:)