Month: March 2018

Protected: Pulla (for family)

Protected: Pulla (for family)

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Don’t ever give up (lol)

Don’t ever give up (lol)

Notice how he remembered, in that brief moment of panic, what lessons his parents had taught him?

St. Patrick’s Day dinner (a day late) 2018

St. Patrick’s Day dinner (a day late) 2018

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a meal a day late. On March 17, some of us were gone to a hockey tournament, others were fasting, and some were at friends’ homes. Sunday (the 18th) was a perfect day for this dinner anyway, because it when we can all gather and enjoy each other’s company without (usually) having to rush off somewhere.

Anna set the table so beautifully, and Eliza made a fun meal of mostly green food. She didn’t want the lime jello “jigglers” that we traditionally make, so Anna took over against her will and made them. LOL.

We had shamrock-shaped ravioli (VERY Irish, don’t you agree?) for dinner, and Anna said it would be the first time in years she wouldn’t be throwing up after a dinner of corned beef and cabbage. (Never knew that! Yikes!) We also enjoyed green raw veggies: celery sticks, sugar snap peas, and cucumber rounds. Eliza also toasted some French bread and made some bruschetta to go with the ravioli–all in the spirit of the luck of the Irish!

And not to be forgotten, because it is Sunday dinner: dessert! Eliza made a fabulous key lime pie using blended up Nature Valley granola bars (12 of them!) instead of graham crackers (since we didn’t have any). I prefer her crust! She also added a couple of drops of green food coloring for the occasion chopped up kiwi to go on top of the whipped cream dollop. She soaked the diced kiwi in lemon juice to be sure it was tart enough! SO good. The recipe we used was essentially the same as this one from Epicurious.com: Key lime pie.

I loved my niece’s explanation of shamrocks to her children: the leaves are like hearts, each one representing a member of the Godhead: Heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. If you are lucky enough to find a 4-leaf clover, the fourth leaf is YOU, to remind you how much they love you! 🍀

Finishers wanted

Finishers wanted

Anna was just setting the table for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner* when her friend came to our door asking if Anna could play. I said she couldn’t, but if her friend wanted to come in and help her set the table, she was welcome…

Celebrating strong, contributing women in March

Celebrating strong, contributing women in March

I just got off the phone with our oldest daughter. I love hearing about her experiences living back East, attending grad school and serving amongst other young single adults in that history-rich area. She loves it. We discussed the gift of knowing strong, wonderful women…

Twelfth Night on the 13th

Twelfth Night on the 13th

“If music be the food of love, play on.”

On March 13, while folding laundry and pressing the last of our winter set of everyday fabric napkins, I listened to the entirety of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night*. I haven’t studied Shakespeare much–except for high school (which was ages ago!)–and so I’m no expert. I really enjoyed hearing this dramatized version, which made it so much easier to understand what was going on.

I loved being able to hear a play while working! I laughed and awed at Shakespeare’s expressive agility. What a gift!

*Click on the link to read the play!

True love stories

True love stories

My husband doesn’t play cello, and it’s HIGHLY unlikely we will ever perform a song together on video, but I feel the same joy being with him that this video shows of this happily married couple. Happy marriage is one of the greatest joys I…