Our Michaelmas celebrations are simple. They're not meant to be another Christmas or Thanksgiving - just a reasons to eat good food together and reflect on the changing seasons. I think the reason Michaelmas is celebrated around the turn on the season is that, in the past, we've needed something to inspire us to be... Continue Reading →
This weekend we'll be observing our second Michaelmas, or the Feast of Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel the Archangels. Even though it is a new tradition for us I have been looking forward to this for a long time. While I find myself wishing more people around us celebrated these Holy Days it's nice to... Continue Reading →
A while back a friend mentioned that she was reading "The Giver" for the first time because her junior high aged daughter was assigned the book for class. "Get to the end before she does," I warned. "Or at least get to the scene the baby twin before her. It's a doosey.:"She did finish the... Continue Reading →
September 22 is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, but do you really need a reason to celebrate all things Hobbit? The correct answer is not at all.Here's a few ideas to help you celebrate your Hobbitiness in true Hobbit Style.The most important part of a good Hobbit Day celebration is Food and Drink. ... Continue Reading →
Welcome back to Part 3 of Preparing the Pantry. We'll have one more part in the series next week to wrap up and then on to October! Don't forget to check out PART 1 and PART 2Today I wanted to share a few of the other items that I keep on hand, but first I... Continue Reading →
Today is the Feast Day of St. Hildegard of Bingen. While she's only been formally recognized a Saint for a few years, her title of Saint also came with the Title "Doctor of the Church". A Doctor of the Church is some recognized as contributing greatly to theology or doctrine. It's a title which has... Continue Reading →
Last year I had my first foray into canning and this year I decided to have a go with freezing. Canning is all well and good, but we're not big fruit spread people so I'm limiting the fruit canning this year to small batches in small jars in the hope that it'll get used more... Continue Reading →
Wishing the Great Children's Author and Illustrator Tomie dePaola an early happy birthday (September 15th) by sharing our top ten favorite of his books!http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_cw&ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fmomado08-20%2F8010%2Fbcfa5853-5912-4639-954e-2fbbdc7189c7&Operation=GetScriptTemplate Amazon.com Widgets Of course it was hard to just pick 10 go HERE to see his entire works.What's your favorite Tomie dePaola book?