Wordless Wednesday: Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for Us!

(author of photo: Georges Jansoone (JoJan) – artwork by Adriaen Isenbrant)

Go here to learn more about the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows.

Wordless Wednesday: Chugga Chugga ChooChoo!

Here’s a few pics of our trip to the Southeastern Railroad Museum:

The museum is run almost exclusively by volunteers:

museum volunteer

Did you know that Atlanta was originally named “Terminus”? Yep, it says so right in the picture below. Unfortunately, the picture isn’t that clear:

TerminusSome Trains:

Train 1

Train 2

Train 4On the train:

On the train



Coal Engine


In the train yard:

train yard

The Perfect Roast Recipe

This recipe is a re-worked version of a roast recipe that was posted a few years ago on a Catholic forum that is now defunct. The roast comes out so tender you don’t need a knife!

Recipe: The Perfect Roast


  • 3-4 lb Rump or chuck roast
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2-3 carrots, cut in chunks
  • 2-3 celery cut in chunks
  • 2-3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • Garlic powder, to taste


wrapped roast

  1. Sprinkle the roast with salt & pepper and then brown all sides of roast in a skillet with a little olive oil.
  2. Put the browned roast on tin foil. (Fold the tin foil to make a little “bowl”.)
  3. Sprinkle roast with the garlic and put the vegetables on/around the roast.
  4. Add the water and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Wrap the tin foil tightly around the roast/veggies.
  6. Put the roast in a preheated 250 degree oven for about 4 hours.
  7. Let the roast rest for about 10 minutes before unwrapping and transferring to a serving patter.


Quick Notes:

  • The original recipe calls for sprinkling a package of onion soup mix over the roast, along with the other ingredients. We tried it both ways and prefer our roast without the soup mix, but you may like the roast with the soup mix.
  • You can easily adjust this recipe for any size roast. You will just need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your roast.
  • For best results, use a thermometer to check the done-ness of the roast: 145°F for medium-rare, 160°F for medium and 170°F for well-done.

(This recipe is linked up with the recipe roundtable and Works for me Wednesday.)

(Not so!) Wordless Thursday: Oh So Proud!

Andrew Certificate

Andrew is in kindergarten and we are using the Catholic Heritage Curricula. He loves the program and is way ahead of the game with the lessons. Instead of doing two letters per week as suggested, he has been doing two letters A DAY. We started school on August 9th and he is already finished with the 60 page book!

Anyway, as an encouragement for the children, when they finish the letter practice book they get a certificate of achievement (as you see above).  Andrew was so proud and excited about the certificate he asked me to take his picture and post it for all to see! 😀 (Not a shy bone in his little body! lol!)

Here’s what the certificate says:

This certifies that
Andrew Michael D’Annunzio
has completed the study of letters and letter sounds
and is ready to begin
Awarded this 23rd day
of August 2010

(Signed by both parents)

How cute is that?! :mrgreen:

Wordless Wednesday: Sticker Fun!

Andrew stickers


Andrew is proudly showing off  a picture of  an ocean sticker set sent to him from his nanny (maternal grandmother) a while back that he finally decided to put together. He did a great job, didn’t he? (Me, biased? Nah! lol!)

(You can check out more Wordless Wednesday pictures here.)

Saint Martha, Pray for Us!

Saint Martha

your Son honored St. Martha
by coming to her home as a guest.
By her prayers
may we serve Christ in our brothers and sisters
and be welcomed by you into heaven, our true home.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

(Opening Prayer from the Feast Day Mass)

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday)

Wordless Wednesday on Thursday: Ocean Beauty


(Photo courtesy of photos8.com)

Our Lady of Grace, Pray for us!

Our Lady of Grace

Wordless Wednesday: My Little Dragon Slayer

My Little Dragon Slayer (Linked here.)