Carrots for Michaelmas: Musings of a Catholic Wife, Mother, and Occasional Redhead

The Solemnity of the Annunciation and Back Porch Dining
March 27, 2012, 1:36 pm
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Just a quick post of instagrams today. We’ve been fighting colds at our house and life is busy, busy.

For the Solemnity of the Annunciation, I made Sweet Potato and Carrot Lentil Curry Soup and Spelt-Flour, Dairy-free biscuits (hello, bacon grease!) for Benjamin and my gluten intolerance and his dairy allergies.

It’s been so beautiful outside that last night I set up a table on our back porch for dinner. Benjamin thought it was mighty fine to eat outside and when Lucy and I woke up this morning, the boys had breakfast prepared on the back porch for round two of eating outside.

Days when you wake up next to your sweet baby, stumble bleary-eyed out of your bedroom, are immediately handed a cup of miraculously delicious coffee by your handsome husband and are treated to German apple pancakes, fruit, and granola on the back porch are…well…splendid.

Gluten-free, Dairy-free success! And North Florida this time of year is simply gorgeous.

Oh, glorious Spanish Moss! I’m feeling very grateful despite all the runny noses in our household…

How is your family enjoying springtime?

The Annunciation and Playing Outside
March 27, 2010, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Annunciation, Children, Farm Life, Feasting, Motherhood


There are so many beautiful images of the Annunciation but this is one of my favorites:

It’s an icon our friend Marianna gave to us of an Annunciation scene by Fra Angelico.

On March 25th (9 months before Christmas) we celebrate the moment when the Angel Gabriel came to Our Lady with the announcement that she would bear the Son of God to which she gave her “Fiat” or “Let it be done.” 

In Sacred Feasts, one of the dishes for this day is a tarte aux champignons (mushroom tart). It was delicious. 

While we’re on the subject of food, Little Bear has decided that perhaps he does want to start using a spoon. I wouldn’t say he’s really mastered it though.

Yesterday, Daniel had to work a double shift so Little Bear and I had a special day just the two of us. I think it has to go down as one of the sweetest and best of days together. We laughed, read, played, napped, and snuggled. It was really quite perfect up until around 7pm when he presented me with a handful of poop that had miraculously exploded out of his diaper and shorts and down his leg. Thanks, Bear. I laughed until my tummy hurt. Then I spent about 20 minutes cleaning it out of the carpet while the adorable exploding toddler laughed at me. 

Fascinating by the tractor. Also fascinated by sticks.

In this picture, Bear looks EXACTLY like his papa when he was Bear's age.

We also visited our friends the cows today. The wind blew Little Bear’s hair and made it look hilariously nerdy.