Praying to Our Children’s Guardian Angels . . .

I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company. Amen.

Doing God’s Will With Faith . . .

We should all leave a legacy of words like this behind when we go to our Maker. When asked for his last words, shortly before his death, Billy Graham said:

“I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful  faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.

I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for his glory.

By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.”

Ethnic Food Appropriation Night?

Not sure with the craziness of the world, but I think that we are still allowed to cook any kind of food we want in the privacy of our kitchen. Being of German heritage from my mother’s side of the family, naturally, I’m making fajitas and homemade tortillas for dinner!

Anyway, I learned a long time ago in my family meal preparation, homemade is better and less expensive. I’ve been making flour tortillas forever and no longer even follow any set recipe. When my husband had to be declared a gluten-free zone, I just switched the flour ingredient in my recipe to a gluten-free blend. Authentic Foods Gluten-Free Bread Flour Blend is currently my favorite although I still enjoy using BetterBatter Gluten-Free flour.

We decided we had a yearning for fajitas for dinner this evening. My husband only has one or two Saturdays a month off so we decided to celebrate this. I spent the afternoon with food prep and he cleaned the house for me. Since I’d rather cook than clean house and he’d rather clean house than eat the mediocre dinner he might venture to prepare, it was a good deal for both sides!

My recipe for flour tortilla? Basically, I put around three or four cups of wheat or gluten-free flour in the bowl, add a teaspoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of salt, combine, and then add hot tap water slowing to the dry ingredients until a workable dough evolves. I use an ice cream scoop to parcel out the amount of dough to roll out for each tortilla. I have a cast iron pan but most any frying pan would work for cooking them on both sides or until some bubbles and browned blisters show up. You want them baked but not crispy!

Hard as I try to roll them out to a beautiful, uniform circle, I usually end up with what looks like various countries removed from the map. I do have a tortilla press (More of that German heritage!) but it only makes small one and, sometimes, you need a larger size.

This is also a fun kitchen activity for mom and the children so they can see what goes into fixing a meal and be proud of the results of their efforts.

Valentine Riddles – Better Late Than Never . . .Maybe!

What did the stamp say to the envelope?
❤Stick with me and we’ll go places.

What travels the world over and stays in one corner?
❤A stamp.

What does an envelope say when you lick it?
❤Nothing, it shuts up.

Whom do birds marry?
❤Their tweethearts.

Where does Valentine’s Day come after Easter?
❤In the dictionary.

Is it better to write a love letter on an empty stomach or a full stomach?
❤It is better to write it on paper.

What is the longest word in the English language?
❤SMILES. There is a mile between the first and last letter.

Why is the letter A like a flower?
❤Because a B comes after it.

Send Your Holy Angel to Mass

Send Your Holy Angel to Mass (Discovered on the Internet)

O holy Angel, at my side,

Go to the church for me

,Kneel in my place, at Holy Mass,

Where I desire to be.”

At Offertory, in my stead,

Take all I am and own,

And place it as a sacrifice,

Upon the Altar Throne.”

At holy Consecration’s bell,

Adore with Seraph’s love,

My Jesus, hidden in the Host,

Come down from heaven above.”

Then pray for those I dearly love,

And those who cause me grief,

That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts,

And suffering souls relieve.”

And when the priest Communion takes,

Oh, bring my Lord to me,

That His Sweet Heart may rest on mine,

And I His temple be.”

Pray that this Sacrifice Divine,

May mankind’s sins efface;

Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home,

The pledge of every grace.” Amen

Quick Thinking in the Kitchen – Super Easy Bundt Cake

Yes, there are some times that you actually need to have a cake ready within hours for unexpected company, a birthday cake, a gift for a friend, etc. Unfortunately, we find the rest of the day crowding in on us and have no idea what to do except head over to the store bakery for something that will taste and look store bought!

This has been a favorite recipe in my family for years. My mother came across it over 40 years ago and it has saved the day many events since. I like the fact that it is open to interpretation in that you can use whatever flavor cake or pudding mix you like for the perfect end result. Don’t care for the sherry, use water or juice.

Don’t have a bundt pan? Make cupcakes or use a loaf pan.

Easy Bundt Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 small package instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sherry
Combine all ingredients and mix just until well incorporated. Smooth into a well-greased and floured bundt or tube cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees approximately 35-40 minutes. Cool ten minutes in pan and invert onto serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar.
Variations:
Add ½ cup ground walnuts or pecans to the cake batter before baking.
Add 3/4 cup toasted coconut to the cake batter before baking.