Thursday, May 29, 2014

Easter Dessert ~ Tomb Brownies and Our Lord's Resurrection

Welcome!
Well, halfway through Lent....thinking about your Easter dessert yet?
I'd love to share the  "tomb dessert" which graced our table on Easter Sunday last year!  Life's been full here. So full that I've stopped in only briefly to chronicle confirmation day, festive foods and decor at the gathering and a wonderful boy's  14th birthday. Since then, homeschooling, family and life's details have occupied me such that I'm not quite sure when I'll be hitting that "publish" button on the handful of drafts I've begun here. Hopefully before too awfully long.  But while I find calm in writing and 'scrap booking' here, I find I need  balance in this space. Despite it all, I of course, find not only enjoyment, but calm and sanity too, communicating with all of you is the best part of blogging......!

I've seen clever and cute Easter desserts out there and even tried a couple ( here's last year's Peep Cake)  but  I knew I had to attempt Jennifer's Resurrection Cookie Display, when I saw how easy and festive she made it look! So go to a peek and then come on back for my adaptation...



So here we go...it couldn't be easier!

Resurrection Tomb Brownies: 

Ingredients
*Favorite brownie recipe ( As you can see, I took a shortcut, thanks to Pillsbury)
* Shredded coconut and green food color  ( for grassy area around tomb)
* printed sketch of our Lord, resurrected
 (The one you'll see in my dessert was printed from Jennifer's  post. )
* Marshmallow peeps, to decorate tomb area ( a last minute thought and not pictured here)


Here's the finished product:


And here's the quick how-to:

1.Bake brownies, let cool and then cut to desired "tomb" sizes.
2. Mix green food color into  whatever amount of coconut you'd like to place 
around the tomb.
3. Assemble brownies as boulders/ rocks/ pebbles, along with green coconut and peeps.
(Completely out of place, but who doesn't like a peep in an Easter dessert?)
4. Place our resurrected Lord among the rubble. 
(I  taped the picture to a game piece and its stand so that it was secure enough until we had dessert.)
A  shot of my hubby assembling the concoction.
He loves a kitchen "challenge!"



Enjoy!!





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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WW ~ Cuddly Reptile Break



..And both shots taken with my brand new
Mother's Day gift !
A Nikon camera/video camera!
I'm thinking I love it, but I'm still trying to figure it all out!

As you know, this is Tootles, sweetest turtle ever.
She's our baby.


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation ~ Dinner, Dessert, Decor ~ Festive Recipes and Ideas

Welcome friends!
As you know, my oldest son
 received the sacrament of confirmation
 earlier this week,  the final of the
three sacraments of initiation in our Catholic faith.
The story of our big day, in photos, is here 
if you have a minute ( or five) to click over.
And it IS our big day.......
The  spiritual prep that culminated in his anointing
with chrism was  truly emotional and overwhelming
Love to have you for a visit to my scrapbook of the day!
We're still talking about how beautiful the mass was,
how gorgeous the weather, 
how fitting the bishop's homily,
how happy my son was to have received the Holy Spirit.
Yes, he does feel different!

Now, for the nitty gritty practical side of things~~~
There are several dishes, 
treats and ideas I created or adapted
that I'd like to share here,
 which made my son's day a touch more special and festive.

Here we go:
~Dinner~
I took no pictures of these courses - drat )
but we served  shrimp appetizers after the mass,
 followed by leg of lamb as the entree..
Fitting, right?...
along with potatoes and veggies.
A table setting photo:
Can't for the life of me get the picture right side up!
Sorry!!
In the little cordial glass is a chocolate cross, 
whose mold I bought yeeeeeeeears ago in a chocolate shop
in Queens. I've used that mold for every Easter 
and every sacrament for the past 35 years!
I little chocolate cross at each setting makes a nice added touch,
I've found, for adults or kids....

~Decor~
Before the mass, a quick get together in the kitchen....
we also tied balloons to the front door lanterns.
Present at the mass and celebration were my son's Godmother,
to whom he gave flowers and his sponsor/uncle,
to whom he gave a boutonniere....
a white carnation, representing purity,
 with a spray of red,  
representing the Holy Spirit!



And here's the dinner table.~~~ 
as well as one place setting to get an up close look.
(It's amazing the slabs you can request be
 formed into an 
4 by 8 table with a base from "scraps"  in Cancos's yard!!)
My hubby is a sort-of geologist and actually,
this is gneiss, not granite.
If you happen to come over and mistake the rocks,
 well, be prepared for a
30 minute talk on the differences between the two!
He does love talking rock formation~~ !
Anyway, I do love this room, especially for celebrating special events,
such as our sacraments!




 
~Desserts~


The "centerpiece" of the table is the framed picture of
our hero, Pope Saint John Paul II,
our Karol.
This is my son's favorite photo of him;
so we had it printed and framed for the canonization
 two weeks ago and for his special day.

I'll detail  each dessert  below~~



Again, not sure how to flip this pic....
I've tried everything.
If anyone knows, I'm grateful for a tip.
Thank you!
 ~The Cake~
Preparation:
So simple, it's crazy!
Boxed cake mix, canned icing~~


 I found a Pentecost cake at Catholic Cuisine with a dove atop and I was all set,
especially after some encouraging words about its arrangement
from my friend and fellow faith/ homeschool /cake/ family blogger, Tracy
Off I went to simply draw a dove and then trace it onto a 
Wilton sugar sheet, which I got at Michael's.
You can also just pick it up online right here.

Then I wrote my son's confirmation name in red icing writer 
on the cake platter........
Which, as you all know by now from reading it  nine million times
in my excitement and pride,
is Karol.

When I stumbled on birthday candles in the cake creation aisle at Michael's,
I decided it would be appropriate and fitting to buy RED so that my 
confirmandus ( is that correct?)
 could say a silent prayer of thanks before blowing out
seven flames, representing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit,
which blessed him that day.

Wisdom
Counsel
Fortitude
Piety
Knowledge
Understanding
Fear of God


"Dove" Chocolates


Hey, a play on words around the Holy Spirit involving chocolate?
I'm in.
Nice and easy ordering online



 "Keys to the Kingdom"


Another beautiful idea I adapted from Catholic Cuisine
All the details are over there...but this is a lovely, simple and festive
 touch to any Catholic celebration, is it not?
Here's what we did to create the papal Keys to the Kingdom,
as seen on the papal flag

I clicked through to amazon for the key candy mold,
then picked up a bag of yellow chocolate at Walmart...
We melted and molded the keys so easily and quickly,
 then displayed them as they are seen on the flag.
One bag of chocolate made 8 key candies.
Enjoy!!

Papal Cream Cake
The enchanting  story behind Kremowska, 
Pope Saint John Paul II's
favorite dessert is right here.
We made the Papal Cream Cakes for JPII's canonization on April 27th 
and again for our confirmation celebration this week.
The super easy how-to, as well as our major adaptation to the recipe
 is in my post
of last week, right here.
Enjoy!!

Thank YOU, friends, for stopping by and sharing in 
The Big Day!
I hope you might find  some of these ideas
adaptable to your own sacramental celebrations!

We were graced to be in the pontiff's presence a number of times.
Here, in America, twice.....once, in Rome.
AND---- we were blessed to see our current Holy Father in NYC in 2015!

Previously, I've written about our  JPII and  Pope Francis here:
My Pope, My Shepherd: Mercy IS Divine


Papa Rocks The Garden

Join Us in The Big Apple As We Relive Pope Francis's Historic Visit


Also, friends, if you are not Catholic and you'd like to learn more about
this beautiful Faith,
OR
if you are Catholic and have not been involved in the 
practice of the Faith but would like to come home,
there is nothing that would make your Church happier!
Please do not hesitate to contact me~~ 
 I'll put you in touch with 
a priest who can assist you!

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Artful Friday~ A Servant's Monologue in "Comedy!"


Hi there friends  and welcome to Artful Friday!
As you guys know, my kids do a lot of community theater...
my younger son just came off a truly wonderful show...
the Bard's very first,
 staged in honor of his 450th birthday!
What a cast. What an experience.
He's very lucky to have landed a role with this talented theater company~~

Here are a few shots ~~




 .....as well as one of my son's monologues
from Act 5 scene 1:









...and the curtain call~~~

We always use No Fear Shakespeare .
The easy translation is perfect.
Here's the link to the Comedy script.
Mistaken identity and hilarious at that!
The Bard is simply too funny.....

For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:

 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)



And, my son's popular  guest posts on crafting rocket balloons,
 both of which include instructional videos:
I hope you get a chance to click over and enjoy one of his posts!



Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time here at my home on the web!

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~Chris