Monthly Archives: December 2010

Patience, Let Me Introduce Humility. Oh, Looks Like You Two Know Each Other!

If someone asked me if I am a virtuous woman, I would probably say yes (thinking “what is the opposite of that?”).  When push comes to shove, though,  there are so many virtues that I lack.  Today, and a great many other … Continue reading

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A Golden Loaf of Five-grain Bread

I just baked another loaf of this very delicious bread, and since I’ve worked over the recipe and, to my mind, perfected it, I’ll share it with all of you who enjoy using your bread machine.   I always have a … Continue reading

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Gratitude

These days after Christmas have been full of blessing and a quiet happiness.  I don’t know how much is attributable to the joy of being settled in our new condo, and how much is due to my depression really being … Continue reading

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When I Learned About the Feast of Stephen

Although the feast of the Holy Family is always a beautiful celebration,  this year it pre-empted the feast of St. Stephen on December 26, and I had to include a private and personal commemoration.  I have a love for St. … Continue reading

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Unbelievably Good Cranberry Sauce – Save This Recipe

I know that for most of you this recipe comes too late for this year, but I’m posting it because you will want to have it when the holidays come around next year.  Yes, it’s that good!  Believe me, print … Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Present

Prompted by an MSN page this morning which listed their version of the top 15 favourite toys of all time, I started probing for what my favourite Christmas present might have been.  A Slinky came to mind, but I remember … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part Three: Icicles or Rain?

I think it was in the summer of 1951 that my mother and father and I moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania to Portland, Oregon, to be close to my mother’s family.  That first Christmas in the West we were still staying with … Continue reading

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Now The Light Will Be Growing

December 21!  Winter Solstice!  It’s the longest night of the year, but that’s okay because from this point on, the days grow longer. It will be imperceptible at first, then as January wears on we will begin to notice that … Continue reading

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Snow Is Crisp And So Are These Cookies

I mentioned in my previous cookie post that next I would make cookies from some of my mother-in-law’s recipes.  She was a cook and baker of some renown–particularly for her pies–but I always loved her Christmas cookies.  These are particularly … Continue reading

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Loving the Latin

I grew up Catholic during the forties and fifties.  The Latin Mass was what I experienced as a child and I knew it was beautiful.  Understanding was not a problem;  I had a little Mass book (received at my First … Continue reading

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