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


Easter 2012
April 10, 2012, 11:16 am
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And I’m back after the Holy Week silence! Happy Eastertide! We had so much to celebrate this Easter: the Resurrection of Our Lord, my older brother’s confirmation, Lucy’s first Easter, dear family and friends. This is Lucy’s sweet Easter dress:

The Easter Vigil was three hours long and the little lamb slept through almost all of it. Is it just me or is she looking more gingery? I would love it so much if she has red hair. And I really think her grey-blue eyes are here to stay!

Lucy and Oompa at Easter dinner. We had a full house! 19 folks!

THE HAM! I’ve mentioned that we bought an organic, local pig with our friend Kaitlin and Ted. The menfolk successfully butchered it leaving us with a freezer full of pork. Daniel brined the ham in a molasses and coffee porter (his homebrew) brine. Oh. My. Yes. Turns out real ham isn’t pink! It’s the color of pork chops. The nasty nitrates (nitrites? I always get them confused) that are added. Eew. Just a little fun fact about our nasty food industry.

All the different kinds of lettuce Daniel has been growing in our garden! So pretty in a big Easter Sunday salad!

Daniel sweet sister brought deviled eggs. Yum. Guests brought so many delicious side dishes.

I made coconut macaroons. The first batch was covered in chocolate. The second batch of chocolate underwent a tempering disaster at my hands. I made them because the only ingredients are honey, egg whites, coconut, and vanilla and almond extract so my gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free little boy could eat them. But then his eyes swelled up and eczema went crazy so he might be allergic to coconut. Food allergy fail. More on that later.

Weather was gorgeous so we ate outside (it’s a good thing because we wouldn’t have all fit in the house).

I hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

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The Feast of St. Patrick
March 17, 2012, 12:54 pm
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I hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day today! It is spring in North Florida and the outdoors are green in honor of one of my favorite saints. The dogwoods, azaleas, and wisteria are in bloom and the scent of flowers is downright intoxicating.

And here’s a little something from the archives about St. Patrick, why I love him so much, and a St. Patrick’s Feast we made with links to a couple of recipes for Irish Soda Bread and Nigella’s Guinness Chocolate Cake. Mmmmmm.

From St. Patrick’s Breastplate (an ancient prayer attributed to him)

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ in my headway, Christ in my wake,

Christ alow and Christ aloft,

Christ at my right hand, Christ on my left,

Christ with me waking, waking and sleeping.

 

Christ in every heart thinks of me,

Christ in every tongue speaks to me,

Christ in every eye beholding,

Christ in every listening ear.

What’re your St. Patrick’s Day plans? We’re getting together with some friends to grill out and celebrate!