Our Greatest Weapon: The Rosary

I found this awesome YouTube video over @ A Woman’s Place blog and must share it. It is an absolutely beautiful expose on the beauty and importance of the rosary.

Homemade Window Cleaner

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A long time ago, I found the following homemade Windex® recipe on a blog that is now defunct. It works very well and  more frugal than paying full price for the original! Not only that, it also makes the house smell so good with the essential oil added. 🙂

Homemade Window Cleaner

1 Spray Bottle
Rubbing Alcohol
Water
Essential oil, such as Eucalyptus or Rosemary oil

Fill the spray bottle half full with water and half full of the rubbing alcohol. Add 10-12 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Mix gently.  Now you can clean your mirrors and windows per usual!

And that’s it for this week’s Works for me Wednesday. 😉

A Prayer for Fathers

“St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.”

– Pope John XXIII

(This and other Catholic prayers can be found at catholic.org)

Menu Madness: June 20-26, 2010

Another week, another menu. 🙂 Here’s what I’m planning for the coming week:

Breakfasts:

Sunday: Breakfast casserole
Monday: Oatmeal with raisins
Tuesday: Blueberry pancakes
Wednesday: Cereal with milk and banana
Thursday: Oatmeal with cranberries
Friday: Fruit and yogurt platter
Saturday: Waffles and strawberries

Lunches:

Sunday: N/A
Monday: Ham and cheese sandwiches, green pepper sticks
Tuesday: Chicken salad, fruit cups
Wednesday: Tuna salad, carrot sticks
Thursday: Egg salad sandwiches, broccoli florets
Friday: Broiled tomatoes, avocado salad, crackers
Saturday: N/A

Suppers:

Sunday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, brownies*
Monday: Gazpacho (I am doubling the recipe found in “Going Solo in the Kitchen“), crackers
Tuesday: Hamburgers with lettuce and tomatoes, homemade baked french fries, raspberry jello
Wednesday: Angel hair pasta with homemade marinara sauce, garlic bread
Thursday: Turkey pot pie, apple sauce
Friday: Homemade cheese pizza, popcorn (family movie night!)
Saturday: Leftovers

*Michael starts his new job today (thank you Lord!) and has to work this weekend, so we will be celebrating Father’s Day next weekend.

Special Family Time

This weekend we went to visit my husband’s Auntie Ceil who is ill. It was quite a trip being six hours away, but so worth it! My in-laws (father-in-law is Auntie Ceil’s brother) drove down from NJ with my husband’s grandmother who is visiting  from Italy and Auntie Ceil’s other brother and his wife in their motor home; we drove up from GA.

We had such a wonderful, grace-filled time! Auntie Ceil may be frail, but she is as sharp as can be! Her faith is as strong as can be as well and I am so inspired by her.

Of course, my son was in his glory in getting the undivided attention of all the adults in the house. He even got to stay up until 10pm which is way, way past his bedtime. 🙂

We talked, shared stories and celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday. My husband and in-laws took Andrew to the club-house pool while the others rested or cooked; and I got to read an actual grown up book for a while!

On the way home yesterday, I was so filled with the goodness of the Lord for the gift of family. Living so far from all of our family (mine and my husband’s) is hard sometimes, and having time with them like like we did this weekend makes me realize just how precious they are to me.

I was also convicted. It is so easy to get caught up with daily life that I often don’t take the time I could to stay in touch with my family and friends. I should, and that needs to change. I’m not someone who likes to talk on the phone, but that’s no excuse. The deepened relationships that result from the time invested is so worth it!

Menu Madness: June 13-19, 2010

Well, the menu never got done last week. I was in the process of putting it together when I found out about my cousin; so, although I wrote up an outline, I never got the menu posted.  (She’s doing okay, btw.)

We are going to be spending some time with family over the coming weekend, so I won’t be planning for those days.

Without further ado, here’s my weekly menu for next week:

Breakfasts:

Sunday: N/A
Monday: N/A
Tuesday: Cereal, with milk and banana
Wednesday: Waffles with strawberries
Thursday: Fruit and yogurt platter
Friday: oatmeal with raisins
Saturday: Blueberry pancakes

Lunch:

Sunday: N/A
Monday: N/A
Tuesday: Ham and cheese sandwiches, grapes
Wednesday: Peanut Putter play dough (for Andrew; PB&J sandwich for me), apples
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Tuna fish with carrot sticks
Saturday: Usually have late breakfast on Saturdays and forgo lunch

Suppers:

Sunday: N/A
Monday: Steak Fajitas (found skirt steak on sale!) with peppers and onions, rice
Tuesday: Chicken cutlets, mashed potatoes, asparagus
Wednesday: Tuna pie, salad
Thursday: Meat loaf, noodles and gravy, green beans
Friday: Pizza and popcorn (It’s family movie night!)
Saturday: Grilled hamburgers (with lettuce and tomato), homemade potato fries

What will you be serving your family this week?

Have You Seen the “Mom Song” Yet?

If not, here’s your chance. 🙂 This YouTube video is so funny and yet so SPOT ON! I’ll re-watch this every once in a while when I need a laugh. Enjoy!

PineCone Research is Growing!

If you’ve never heard of PineCone Research, it is a reputable online researching company where participants receive $3.00 each time they complete an online survey. I first heard about it over a year ago over at MoneySavingMom, and have been doing the PineCone surveys every since.

You usually get a new survey to complete once or twice a month, give or take; so, obviously you aren’t going to get rich doing these surveys. However (for me at least), the surveys are a quick and easy way to make a few dollars. I also enjoy giving my input on different products and/or product ideas, and once in a while I get to test out a product.

Yesterday, I got an email from PineCone Research letting me know they are looking to recruit new members. If no one in your household is already a member you can go here to register for membership. For more information you can go here and here on PineCone’s website. Don’t wait too long to sign up though, because the membership enrollment won’t last.

*PineCone Research does not have a referral program, and I am not being compensated in any way for promoting PineCone.

Prayer need for a family member with lung cancer

Yesterday, my cousin (technically my cousin’s wife) found out that she has stage three lung cancer. The doctors are giving her about two-three months. It is heartbreaking for the whole family. She is only 55. My heart is heavy and I am so sorry for her.

She’s a fighter though. She told my mom that she is going to enjoy this weekend with her family before starting chemo. She’s going to do all she can.

Please in your kindness, pray for Michelle, that God give her the peace and courage that she needs. That she be healed if it be His will and that she has acceptance, whatever the outcome. Also, please say a prayer for the family; especially her husband (my actual cousin) and her children.  Thanks.

Prayer to St. Peregrine

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying) – For Michelle and all those suffering with any form of cancer. –

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.

Amen.

(hat-tip to EWTN)

Btw, Let me pray for you, too. If you have any prayer requests, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the prayer list in my journal. God bless.

Indoor Tea Party Picnic!

So, yesterday morning my sweet little boy asked me if he could have a pajama day. We had no plans to go anywhere, so how could I refuse?! 🙂 As he was playing, I decided to give him a little surprise and put together a little tea party for lunch!

All I did was throw a blanket on the floor, put the lunch down on it and told Andrew to grab a couple of books. We cuddled on the floor, read, ate and just spent a wonderful hour or so together.

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Of course, no tea party is complete without cookies! I happen to have some girl scout cookies on hand, so that’s what I served. (FYI, we don’t buy girl scout cookies anymore due to their support of abortion.)

tea cookie

tea cookies

The tea party was such a little thing, and yet it made Andrew so happy! It just proves that you don’t need tons of money or do “great things” to make memories. 🙂