Making a Simple St. Joseph’s Day Altar (Liturgical Living Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect)

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Yesterday, March 19th, was St. Joseph's feast day. And every year, we forget to celebrate. Maybe it's because it's Lent? Maybe it's because St. Patrick's Day comes just two days before. Even though it's not as important a feast as St. Joseph's Day, it seems to overshadow it because St. Patrick's Day is a big deal culturally for Americans (because so many of us are descended from Irish immigrants) … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim (Menu and Recipes)

  It's been awhile since I've shared about it here at Carrots, but celebrating the liturgical year is one of the ways that why try to live out our faith. This is the menu and recipes we have used in the past to celebrate The Feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim coming up on July 26th. Enjoy! About the Saints: St. Anne and St. Joachim are the mother and father of the Blessed Virgin Mary … [Read more...]

Little Holydays: Trinity Sunday Blueberry Pie

On Trinity Sunday (May 26th this year) we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity–the doctrine that distinguishes Christianity from all other faiths. A concept like the Holy Trinity is difficult to denote through food, but in our family we try to start food traditions for the Christian Year that also tie into what’s seasonal where we live. During early summer in Florida, blueberries are fully … [Read more...]

Holy Time: Lent and Cleaning Up My Whiny Soul

(Please join us in the Little HolyDays Lenten Link-Up by sharing your posts about this liturgical season. Linky below!) “I CAN’T do it! It’s TOO HARD!” whined my then 3-year-old son as he sat in the middle of his messy room and cried at the idea of having to clean up the toys, books, and stuffed animals scattered everywhere. Maybe I’m asking too much, I thought. He’s clearly overwhelmed. … [Read more...]

Preparing for Lent

Lent is almost upon us! It’s very early this year beginning a week from today, Ash Wednesday. This season of the liturgical year is represented by the color purple: the color of the bruised heart. This is the uncomfortable time preceding Easter when we remove distractions, focus on spiritual formation, and take an honest look at ourselves in order that we might prepare our hearts. Here’s a few … [Read more...]

A Simple Meal for St. Brigid’s Day, February 1st

 Tomorrow is St. Brigid's Day, so I wanted to share a post I wrote for our neglected real food liturgical year blog. Included is a simple recipe for a seasonal soup to be paired with bread and honey butter. It's quick, easy, and as St. Brigid's Day falls on a Friday this year, vegetarian. Enjoy! February 1st celebrates the Feast of St. Brigid (c. 451-525), a nun, abbess, and friend of St. … [Read more...]

The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas: Recipe for Grilled Pork Chops Lazio Style

January 28th is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. This is a post Daniel wrote for our woefully neglected real food liturgical year blog a couple of years ago. This meal was amazing. Reading the writing of St. Thomas had a huge impact on our conversion, so he holds a special place in my heart. Happy Feast! Thomas was a 13th century Dominican priest and scholar from Aquino, Italy who made gigantic … [Read more...]

Little HolyDays: Christmas Eve Edition!

The waiting is almost over! Our Lord is almost here! It has been such a joy to observe Advent along with so many of you that participated in this link up. Today I get to "curate" the posts from last week and share my very favorites with you. But I'll be honest, I had a hard time narrowing it down. There were so many beautiful posts.  I was inspired by the reflections on Advent and waiting in … [Read more...]

Little Holydays: Third Week of Advent

Yesterday was Gaudete Sunday when we are reminded to wait with joy for the coming of Our Lord. In light of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, it was difficult to do anything but grieve this weekend. I did find joy in the presence of my sweet family and savored each moment with them with a grateful heart. On Saturday I posted this reflection on the darkness of Advent and … [Read more...]

Little HolyDays: First Advent

Something from the archives today. I wrote this little reflection soon after Benjamin was born. It feels appropriate especially since I'm expecting during Advent again. Don't forget to link up with Little HolyDays with your old and new posts for this second week of Advent (Link Up at the bottom of the page)! I was huge. Not just big—gigantic. Even before I entered my third trimester, … [Read more...]