Sunday, March 19, 2017

Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day: Books~DVD~Sweet Treats~Green Eggs~Craft

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We had a simple celebration on March 17 to remember Saint Patrick, the most popular Saint in Ireland.  Did you know that St. Patrick was a mentor to Saint Brigid of Ireland? Be sure to read Here's 31 Things You Didn't Know About Saint Brigid of Ireland and 3 Simple Ways to Celebrate St. Brigid of Ireland's Feast Day: February 1 to find out more about this well-known female Saint in Ireland who lead an interesting and inspiring life as well. 

Before I tell a little more about our St. Patrick's Day this year, I thought I'd share this photo taken on March 16 to celebrate my husband's birthday.  My husband has a fraternal twin brother and I have shared a "twin photo" on past blog posts.  It was a busy day with a soccer game, soccer practice and gymnastics, but we managed to squeeze in a little celebration at Chick-fil-A and we had cupcakes.

Saint Patrick's Day morning I set out this little display on our kitchen table.

The opened book in the center is a page about Saint Patrick that I read during our Couch Catechism prayer time.  The book is titled Saints and Angels.


We also recently enjoyed reading out loud Chime Travelers: The Secret of the Shamrock.  Such a fun book about 2 children going back in time to spend some adventures with Saint Patrick! 


Also on the table was a Saint Patrick statue and the Saint Patrick Shining Light Doll

After we read about Saint Patrick, I made some green eggs using the Green Eggs Chemistry Experiment we used last year for the first time.  They tasted better than they smelled and looked as my daughter held her nose stirring the water dyed with red cabbage and the egg whites. Ha! 

Then we did a fun printable Trinity Shamrock Craft from Catholic Icing.  Easy and fun and meaningful! 

For more ideas on ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day be sure to visit these bloggers' posts:

And some interesting posts I have read to learn more about Saint Patrick:  

Bind on the Breastplate of St. Patrick from Catholic Exchange
Done with your shamrock shake? Enjoy these 17 breathtaking quotes from St. Patrick's "Confessio"! (seventeen breathtaking quotes translated into English from Saint Patrick’s most well-known written work, his remarkable "Confessio")

Saint Patrick, pray for us! 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mini King Cakes for Mardi Gras and Salt Dough Crown for Lent

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It's been a little while since I posted because life is well, life. So I thought I'd catch up on some posts that I have been meaning to publish. I posted about our family's Lenten traditions and we aren't doing all the traditions this year, but many of them.

Just before Lent started, we celebrated Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, with a mini King Cake recipe that we did for the first time this year.  I usually make one big King Cake, but the mini King Cakes were easy enough for my 3 youngest daughters to enjoy making and decorating with a few friends. 

Using 2 cans of Cinnamon rolls (we bought ours from Trader Joe's), we unrolled them and braided the long dough strands and then shaped them into circles for a crown.

After baking the mini King Cakes and icing them with the can icing, my daughters and her friends used sugared sprinkles to decorate each one.

I must say this took a lot less time and the girls had fun making and decorating their mini King Cakes this year.  I'll have to remember this for next year!

A family Lenten tradition we have done for years is the salt dough crown of "thorns" (toothpicks).  Here are a few of this year's photos with my 2 youngest daughters making the dough before we braided it and baked it.

The crown looks like this after it is braided and baked and each sacrifice that our children make during Lent they pull out a "thorn" from Jesus' crown of thorns. During Holy Week close to Easter this crown is decorated with gold paint and jewels to symbolize all the sacrifices we made during Lent for Jesus as we celebrate the resurrection of the King of Kings at Easter!

I hope you are having a blessed Lent so far! 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Latest EpicPew Post: 40 Facts You Wished Everyone Knew About Lent

Lent 2017 is in full swing so I thought I'd share my latest EpicPew post...

It’s that time of year again when ashes in the shape of crosses are found on foreheads throughout the world to make it the official start of the liturgical season called Lent. 

To make this season a bit more bearable, don’t you wish everyone knew these things about Lent?

Read more at 40 Facts You Wished Everyone Knew About Lent. Which facts are new to you?  :)

Speaking of EpicPew posts, below are the posts I have written so far for EpicPew that have been published in case you missed them....Enjoy!

What This Little Girl Does For This Widower Might Make You Cry 

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May the rest of your Lent be blessed!

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