I’m back!

I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year holy day! Ours was fantastic. We went to NJ to visit family and it was a truly blessed trip. I even got a surprise Christmas gift: my friend, Anne, drove in from OH! We were also there for the 30 inches of snow they got last week. It was beautiful to look at, but not so fun to travel in. I’ll be posting some pics from the storm tomorrow.

Anyway, now that we are back home and pretty much settled, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things; which hasn’t been easy! LOL!

(P.S. Speaking of snow, I can’t believe the snow/ice we got here in Atlanta, GA!)

See You Next Year!

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I am taking a couple of weeks off from blogging to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s! I’ll be back to blogging on or around January 10th.

I may get in a post here or there, but I doubt it; especially since I don’t have any pre-scheduled posts ready to go. 🙂 May you all have a truly Blessed and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You will all be in my prayers. Until next year…!

The Meaning of Christmas: Saints and Scripture Sunday

I never tire watching a Charlie Brown Christmas each year. It perfectly exemplifies what Christmas is all about, so please indulge me as I share it with you once again:

As we enter into this last week of Advent, may we all take some time to meditate on the real meaning of Christmas and try not to get caught up in all the crazy activities we have going on!

(Linked to Saints and Scripture Sunday over at The Kennedy Adventures!)

Fearless Friday: Travel Mercies

It’s hard to believe that next Friday is Christmas Eve! Well, it is and as we know, lots of people will be traveling to visit family, friends, etc.

I’d like to pray for all those who will be traveling: For those who will be dealing with traffic, plane delays and/or cancellations, weather, etc. May all those who travel be safe and get to their destinations safely. May there be no accidents and may their Guardian Angels be with them and protect them.

Traveling Prayer

“O Almighty and merciful God, who hast commissioned Thy angels to guide and protect us, command them to be our assiduous companions from our setting out until our return; to clothe us with their invisible protection; to keep from us all danger of collision, of fire, of explosion, of fall and bruises, and finally, having preserved us from all evil, and especially from sin, to guide us to our heavenly home. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

(Prayer found at Our Catholic Faith)

(Linked to Fearless Friday. Come add your own prayer requests!)

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

Today is the feast of a great saint: Saint Andrew.  He was the first apostle of Jesus and a fearless preacher of the gospel to the people of Asia Minor. He was crucified X style (in Greece) and died after suffering for two days.

The feast of Saint Andrew also marks the first day of the Christmas novena. Although the novena is named after St. Andrew, the prayer is actually directed to Jesus. This is a lovely way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

To pray this novena, all you have to do is say this short prayer 15 times a day (don’t worry, it only takes a few minutes, total):

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of his Blessed Mother. Amen.

(P.S. today is also my son’s name day. If you have a second, please say a little prayer for him. Thanks!)

Tasty Fruit Tarts

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been offering a different recipe each week.  Today’s recipe is one of my favorites. It is a fruit tart recipe that my aunt has been making for as long as I can remember. Traditionally she always made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas; but, now that I’m an adult and have the recipe, I don’t have to wait as long to get them. :mrgreen: Enjoy!

Recipe: Individual Fruit Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 package individual graham cracker crusts
  • 1 can of your choice of fruit (pie) filling

How to:

  1. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with hand-held mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla until well mixed.
  3. Spoon mixture into the tart shells and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to eat, spoon the fruit filling on top of the tart and enjoy. 🙂

Quick Notes

  • We usually have a few fruit filling choices available and allow each person to pick their own. Our favorites are cherry and blueberry.
  • For an extra sweetness, add a dollop of whipped cream on top!

(P.S. I haven’t made this in a while, so I don’t have a picture. Sorry!)

Other recipes you might like:

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cookies

Corn Pone

Deviled Eggs

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable. Go link up your recipe, too!)