Sunday, October 31, 2010

Eggplant Parmesan:

Found super easy recipe here:

3 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
6 cups spaghetti sauce, divided (could use less)
1 (16 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). (I was amazing)
2.Dip eggplant slices in egg, then in bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
(Did I mention that I fried them???amazing)
Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes on each side.
3.In a 9x13 inch baking dish spread spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom. Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with the cheeses. Sprinkle basil on top.
4.Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

We all loved them...cut thin, it is amazing how far three eggplants go.



Since I mainly do this blog to write funny stories for our family memories...I just couldn't pass up posting these two stories from this weekend.

On Saturday I was at my son's soccer game. My four year old had to go potty. I looked way over to the other side of the park and saw the I really want to drag the baby and the four year old all the way over there?

So I said, "Let's just go potty here, since no one is around and I will help I pulled down her panty hose, held up her dress, held her up in "potty" position, and waited for the urine to flow...nothing happened and I heard a little gas...I squealed..."Do you have to pee or poop?" "I gotta poop." I laughed, "We can't go poop right here!" So off we went to the disgusting potty before it was too late!

We watched the rest of the game and on the way home my baby got into some of the kids candy. I looked back and he was eating a dum dum lollipop, wrapper and all.

This morning the baby woke up and I changed his poopy diaper...and saw sticking out of his hiney a piece of said, "dum dum." Man, even the baby is calling me names.


Saturday, October 30, 2010


Quick and easy...Main recipe found here:
Of course for my family I doubled.

2 1/2 c. stock from turkey
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. light cream ( I used whole milk)
1 c. rice
1 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. turkey, cut up

1.Place turkey carcass in a soup kettle or Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove carcass; cool. Set aside 3 qt. broth. Remove turkey from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside.
2.In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, saute the onions, carrots and celery in butter until tender. Reduce heat; stir in flour until blended. Gradually add 1 qt. of reserved broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
3.Add cream, rice, salt, bouillon, pepper, remaining broth and reserved turkey. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until rice is tender.

Love tasted really 12 year old had 21 bowls in two days...not really that good.


Friday, October 29, 2010


Choc-O-Licious from HUNGRY GIRL:

3 Musketeers Mini Bar - 24 calories, 0.7g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

3 Musketeers Fun Size Bar - 63 - 70 calories, 2 - 2.25g fat (POINTS® value 1 - 2*)

100 Grand Fun Size Bar - 95 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Almond Joy Snack Size Bar - 80 - 85 calories, 4.5g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Butterfinger Miniature - 45 calories, 2g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Butterfinger Fun Size Bar - 85 calories, 3.5g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

SHOCKER! Butterfinger Pumpkin - 160 calories, 8g fat (POINTS® value 4*)

Hershey's Kiss, Any Flavor - 21 - 23 calories, 1 - 1.3g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Hershey's Miniature Bar, Any Flavor - 42 calories, 2.5g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Snack Size Bar - 67 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Kit Kat Mini - 42 calories, 2.2g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Kit Kat Snack Size Bar - 70 calories, 3.7g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Milky Way Mini - 38 calories, 1.5g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Milky Way Fun Size Snack Bar - 75 - 80 calories, 3g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Mounds Miniature - 63 calories, 3.7g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Nestle Crunch Mini/Miniature - 30 - 50 calories, 1.5 - 2.5g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Nestle Crunch Fun Size Bar - 60 - 70 calories, 3 - 3.3g fat (POINTS® value 1 - 2*)

Peeps Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkin - 110 calories, 3g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cup - 44 calories, 2.6g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Reese's Snack Size Peanut Butter Cup - 80 - 110 calories, 4.5 - 6.5g fat (POINTS® value 2 - 3*)

Snickers Miniature - 42 - 45 calories, 2g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Snickers Fun Size Bar - 80 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

Twix Mini Caramel Cookie Bar - 50 calories, 2.6g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

Twix Fun Size Caramel Cookie Bar - 80 calories, 4g fat (POINTS® value 2*)

York Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pattie Pumpkin - 50 calories, 1g fat (POINTS® value 1*)

For those like me who eat the entire bag...sorry don't have the calorie intake on that...


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All Saints Day:

Mary dressed as St Therese finally gets the donut
with some help from the Sister from the Servants of the Lord.
Cecilia coloring with "St Mother Theresa"
Which one has the token?
All the Saints
ST Maximilian Kolbe with his "Bosco Bucks"
Little Mary being Mary
Young Dominic being St Joseph
Young Robert being Joseph with his coat of many colors

I got interviewed this week for an article on All Saints Day and Halloween.

(RNS) read the entire article here:

While ghouls, witches and wizards run door-to-door for treats this Halloween, St. Michael, St. Patricia and St. Lawrence will swap candy in their basement, sharing stories of their heroic exploits.

One child, wrapped in toilet paper, sticks out from the rest, not because she’s an Egyptian mummy but rather St. Lazarus, the dead man raised to life in the Gospel of John .

The festivities are part of an All Saints’ Day party hosted at the home of Sam , a Catholic mother of 12, who wanted a more sacred alternative to Halloween.

“It’s all about having fun in your faith. Just being a Christian and Catholic isn’t something to be embarrassed about,” she said. “We make faith come alive.”

Sam said the tradition started because the first neighborhood they lived in wasn’t the safest, but also because they wanted to highlight the religious aspects of the holiday.

Halloween, after all, was first known as All Hallows’ Eve, the night before All Saints’ Day, when Christian churches commemorate all the known and unknown saints and martyrs.

Thy will Be Done!!! +JMJ+

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Receiving Communion and Spiritual Communion

My meditation today from the Intimation of Christ.

The Sixth Chapter
An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to Do Before Communion

The Disciple

WHEN I consider Your dignity, O Lord, and my own meanness, I become very much frightened and confused. For if I do not receive, I fly from Life, and if I intrude unworthily, I incur Your displeasure. What, then, shall I do, my God, my Helper and Adviser in necessity? Teach me the right way. Place before me some short exercise suitable for Holy Communion, for it is good to know in what manner I ought to make my heart ready devoutly and fervently for You, to receive Your Sacrament for the good of my soul, or even to celebrate so great and divine a sacrifice.

When you can't get to daily mass make a spiritual communion.

Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787)

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present
in the Blessed Sacrament.

I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though thou wert already there,
I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee;

permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+

Monday, October 25, 2010

Movie Review Monday: Same as last week...

I talked about this movie last week...but did you know there are eight books?

How To Train Your Dragon
We all just loved it...from the one year old (ok he didn't tell me) to the 20 year old!

Wish I knew there were a series of books...cuz I make my kids read the book before the movie.


Sex Education Resources:

Haven't really found anything that I love.

We use the Joyful Mysteries of Life for Elementary school and Middle School.
(each child is ready at a different time)
We use Real Love by Mary Beth Bonacci for High School and up.

Would love to hear of any that work for your family...


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Heathly Money Saving Tips:

Market Aisle-by-Aisle Quick Tips From HUNGRY GIRL site:

Fruit and Veggies - Buy seasonal -- there's generally a lot of whatever's in season, so stores lower the price to sell it all before it goes bad. And frozen fruit and veggies are great any time of year, because they last a LONG time without spoiling.

Meat and Seafood - Take some time to compare prices. The meat counter could have a deal that beats the price of the packaged stuff; sometimes a big pack of frozen chicken breasts is your best bet. And frozen shrimp is a big YES -- much cheaper than fresh!

Canned Foods - Staples that we swear by? Canned beans, canned crushed tomatoes , canned pineapple in juice (great as an ingredient or a straight-up snack), and light soup. Also, canned/pouched tuna in water is a must!

Breads - Make the stuff last. Keep it in the fridge or freezer to lengthen its shelf life, and don't have bread with every single meal of the day. (That gets both costly and carby.) And a pack of high-fiber tortillas is a good investment, since you can wrap things up in 'em, bake them into thin pizza crusts, or cut 'em and bake 'em into chips!

Dairy - Generic/store-brand versions of fat-free and low-fat dairy items are smart choices. But also consider how well an item multitasks. For example, sour cream is good, but you're not gonna eat it with a spoon. Choosing fat-free plain yogurt (Greek or regular) will give you more options; use it as a sour cream swap, in smoothies and parfaits, or just add a bit of sweetener and eat!

Snacks and Sweets - For some SERIOUSLY helpful tips on how to put together your very own 100-calorie snacks, click here. Ration your goodies out; it's good for your wallet AND your waist.

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+

Friday, October 22, 2010

Plenary Indulgences: Confusing Catholic teachings:

Our breakfast conversation this morning...

I found this info here:

1. What is an indulgence?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church, which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfaction of Christ and the saints."

2. What is a plenary indulgence?

An indulgence is plenary if it removes all the temporal punishment due to sin.

3. What is a partial indulgence?

An indulgence is partial if it removes part of the temporal punishment due to sin.

4. To whom may an indulgence be applied?

It may be applied by the faithful for themselves or for the dead.

5. What is the basis of indulgence?

Sin has a double consequence – eternal punishment (due to grave sin) and temporal punishment. The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of eternal punishment, but temporal punishment remains. Indulgence removes all (plenary) or part of (partial) temporal punishment.

more info here and here...


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Free On line Saint coloring pictures:

My friend just reminded me of these great resources...send me your favorites!!!

Waltzing Matilda blog: she is wonderful!!!

Here are links to some free Saints coloring pages (from Catholic Heritage Curriculum) with beautiful illustrations.

St. Patrick ~

St. George ~

St. Martin ~

St. Rose ~

St. Cecilia ~

St. Joan ~

St. Joan ~

St. Francis ~

St. Francis ~

Church Triumphant ~

St. Germaine ~

St. Angela ~


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dinner tonight: Pork shoulder in the crock pot...

I was waiting to see if it was worth the was!!!


3-5 lbs. pork (may use smoked pork shoulder)...I used 7lbs
1 lg. onion, sliced
2 apples, peel & cut up in pieces
2 tbsp. chutney or 1 c. dried fruit (mixed)...I didn't use these
1 c. apple cider or apple juice...used juice
1/2 c. water
1 or 2 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook all ingredients together in crock pot 4 or 5 hours on high temperature. Thicken gravy. Remove bay leaf. Slice meat and serve.


Monday, October 18, 2010



We already watched it 3 times...
Good for all ages...not too scary

thy will be done!!! +JMJ+

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Change of Season Advice:

1. If it doesn't fit another kid next year...give it away.

2. If it is torn, stained, ripped, or needs repair...get rid of it.

3. After you have stored away clothes, put a under the bed storage box for those remaining seasonal clothes that keep showing up. Then next season you wont be in a hurry to get out the next season, you will have about 3 outfits to wear before you need to get out all of the clothes.

4. Really we all have way too many especially. I think 10 outfits per season is good for the little guys. My teens have way-way too many clothes. But take 10 times 14 and you get a messy house like me. This place looks like a consignment shop most of the time.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cool Art site:

Go Here...

Don't think I know anyone who wouldn't love playing on that site. To think...we can call it school!!!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Toy Review Tuesday:

The Anti-Coloring Book and the entire Series:
I had these when I was little. Just love them and so many possibilities.


Saturday, October 2, 2010


My hubby ran a race with his buddy...HIS REAL close buddy.

Reminds me of my favorite Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby song, "sisters".
You gotta see the movie White Christmas to get the video!!!


Friday, October 1, 2010


We have had a rough day. Fall is absolutely crazy and activities like crazy!!!

The damage today:
1 coffee mug: Cecilia age 4
1 St Therese statue: Joseph age 12

1 nice dinner glass: Mom...some kid left one on the chair

1 nice dinner glass: Barbara age 14

Dear Lord,
I offer you this small suffering so that I can handle larger suffering when time comes.

Thy Will Be Done!!! +JMJ+