Cheap and Easy Christmas Things that Even You Can Do!

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I assume you're already doing all the religious stuff, and have already bought, made, figured out, or given up on gifts. Here are a bunch of other nice Christmasy things you can do pretty easily, using materials that you may actually have in your house and skills you can probably muster up even at this stage of your life. SOMETHING SWEET TO EAT:Fudge recipe that doesn't require a candy thermometer.Can be dressed up with various nuts, crushed candies, flavored chips ( … [Read more...]

Yes, your kids can pack their own lunches. BUT . . .

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You really do want to check them before they leave the house.  Not that there is anything wrong with an actually quite balanced and hearty meal consisting of ham, carrots, apple sauce, an apple, yogurt, and ...  bread-and-butter balls. "It's just something I invented," the kindergartner mentions casually.And then we have this meal prepared by the third grader:   who is willing to face the day knowing she has peanuts, two cold … [Read more...]

At the Register: God and the Hungry Belly

[L]et's make a distinction here. Christ and the saints exhort us to deny ourselves, to voluntarily turn away from the lure of physical comforts, to sell all we have to follow Him. He wants us to learn that we have a choice: to give ourselves over to the demands of the flesh, or to master the flesh and try, instead, to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Christ and the saints did not exhort us to deny others, to prevent other people from enjoying physical comforts. He did not tell us to mak … [Read more...]

At the Register: To serve your parents

Late afternoon finds me slaving over a hot Facebook page, gorging on a smorgasbord of tantalizing photos with captions like: "Here is my 8-year-old carefully chopping the chives she grew in her little garden! This is the second time this week she's made pork medallions herbs de provence, but we're not complaining, as long as her little brother provides those scrumptious grilled peaches with caramel bourbon sauce for dessert! They are so cute with their aprons. <3 <3 <3"Yes, well. I b … [Read more...]

What’s your roast beast?

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My favorite part of How the Grinch Stole Christmas is where he brings back the roast beast. Because while it's true that Christmas isn't about presents or decorations or food, you really do want to have that special Christmas food!PIC the grinch himself carved the roast beast If we can manage it, we spend Christmas Eve drinking egg nog and decorating the tree, then going to Midnight Mass.  Then Christmas morning is presents and chocolate and a breakfast of eggs, bacon, fresh … [Read more...]


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