Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Eggs & Lilly Pulitzer

Today, I am linking up with Beverly at "How Sweet the Sound" to celebrate a very special Holy Saturday!

Last night we dyed Easter eggs.

*Disclaimer*  I hate dying Easter eggs.




My eggs NEVER turn out.

I have no idea why. I follow the directions. To the letter.  It's the teacher in me. 

(Maybe that's the problem...I'm a teacher/ruler follower at heart and not a crafter...)



See what I mean...

Then there was this...

Mr. Blue Eyes full of tears....running down his belly!


Luke was having none of this Easter egg coloring business!

Finally, I did spot these cuties while out shopping for the Easter Bunny.  Who knew Lilly Pulitzer fashioned animal crackers?


Wishing you all a blessed Holy pink Saturday!

P.S.  Don't forget to drop by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see other Easter celebrations this weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Resurrection Rolls

For as long as I can remember, Good Friday has always been about spending the afternoon in quiet contemplation.

As children, this meant no television (all three stations!), radio, or record players for my siblings and me. Only books, puzzles, or time spent in prayer was allowed between the hours of noon and three o'clock.

I have continued my mother's tradition...now that I am a mother.

Our first-born has no trouble with this. She's six, after all, "and can read!"

Middle child struggled a bit more with "quiet time" and I finally allowed him to don his rainboots and slicker and explore the front and back yards.  I think communing with nature qualifies as prayer! 

Only this is what I discovered...heaven help me!

Benjamin moved my decorative ladder from the front porch to the front yard to climb trees!
During our quiet time, we made "Resurrection Rolls".  Mine flopped, but were still delicious.

"Resurrection Rolls"

Essentially, what you do is take crescent roll dough and wrap one triangle around a sugar-coated marshmallow. Pinch the ends and bake according to crescent roll directions.

The marshmallow, representing Jesus, disappears from the "tomb" or crescent roll.

I think we failed to pinch our ends tightly...we had lots of marshmallow that oozed out onto the cookie sheet instead of seeping into the crescent roll.

To get the recipe click here.

Still, it was a beautiful Good Friday.  Gloomy, rainy, overcast all day until late afternoon when the sun broke out in all its glory!

Monday, April 4, 2011

SMILES on a SOCCER SATURDAY

Why, yes...I did notice that her bangs are in her eyes.  They've been trimmed!
How was your weekend?

Relaxing..peaceful...productive?

Our was hectic.  Not really my favorite way to spend a Saturday and Sunday, but Soccer Season tends to be like that.  Hmph!

I did manage to get a couple of cute pics of the kiddos, though!

I tried to convince Mary to be "No. 1", but she didn't quite get it...she wanted #10...because it was a "bigger" number!


This is Mary's 3rd season to play soccer.  An athlete she is not...but team player, positive attitude...perseverance...she displays!  (Those more important life skills, anyways!)

This is Benjamin's 1st season to play.  Definitely the better athlete...but totally clueless...like most 4-year olds are at group sports!  

Still it was fun to watch this brother and sister duo take the field together.  This will be the first and only time that they are eligible to play together.  (Mary moves up to 1st/2nd grade league next year...if she plays.)  

Sunday was spent at the Kansas City Zoo...and at home planning the potager!  (I know, I'm late...I'm late...might have to aim for a harvest of Fall veggies since my window is closing for planting those tender Spring veggies!)

Happy Monday!



Friday, April 1, 2011

"The IMITATION of CHRIST"

As I wrap up my "book week" review, I thought it would be appropriate to come "full circle".

While reading Story of a Soul, The Autobiography of St. Therese, I was introduced to the spiritual work, The Imitation of Christ.


Authored by Thomas a Kempis, around 1441,
"the work is a manual of devotion intended to assist the soul with its pursuit of holiness and communion with God." (Wikipedia)  It is comprised of four books with various chapters in each book.  It is a deep read and one appropriate to share on this 1st Friday of the month.

To learn more about The IMITATION of CHRIST go to the Catholic Encyclopedia or Wikipedia.

Each book holds beautiful suggestions to living a more Christ-centered life.  

I hope that you enjoyed a taste of the reading that has been on my bedside table of late!  While deeply spiritual, it has encouraged in me a desire to lead a more simpler, holier, life.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend and blessed start to your month of April,