The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
This summer I have completed the arduous process of collecting all my blog posts (ten years’ worth!) that are worthy of collecting and am now actually (re) writing. When I started putting thoughts down here on Like Mother, Like Daughter, I wondered if I’d ever have enough for a book — now I wonder if I’ll ever be able to contain and organize what I’ve written!
It’s not as easy as it sounds because I’m committed to making the very best book I can, and not just regurgitating willy-nilly. Things that sounded great as blog posts are a bit unpolished when they try to be a chapter in a book! At least when it’s me who’s posting… I’m not sure how you can stand it!
Since I also try to be available to various people for their wife/mother/daughter/grandmother/friend needs, things are indeed a bit more quiet around here.
All this to say we still love you and hope that you are finding things to keep you occupied in the archives!
Besides the garden, we are slowly sprucing up some things here, including re-doing the kitchen island with a new (to us) butcher block top. I can’t wait to show you how it turns out!
On to our links!
- The Artist, Deirdre’s husband, has set up a shop to offer beautiful — and I mean beautiful — original art for your home or office. It’s called Ratscullery, and really, I don’t know where you could get an actual painting — framed! — at these prices. In fact, as soon as it catches on, the prices are going to go up. Much of the art is by his friend John Petersen, but some is by himself, John Folley. These artworks are amazing!
- Would you like to win a $100 credit towards a painting at Ratscullery? Simply enter the Instagram giveaway here by following and tagging someone — maybe be sure to let your friend know that to be entered, she too needs to follow and tag. The IG account needs lots of followers to make this art endeavor a success! Please go follow and tag!
- Rosie was, like everyone else who loves happiness, watching The Great British Baking Show. She was idly contemplating looking up Golden Castor Sugar (after Candice made her sponge, I think it was) when she came across this undoubtedly life-changing information regarding roasted sugar, which apparently not only gives the sugar a “faint caramel taste” but contains significantly less sweetness/calories! Do you see the implications! Now we need to try all those things that seem just too sweet, but need the sugar, like meringue, fudge, and angel-food cake! Wowee!
- Have I ever told you that I am a sucker for any recipe with the word “Cowboy” in the name? Cowboy Stew, Cowboy Beans, Cowboy Beef — seems like they are all basically the same thing but I get all excited about the very concept, every time. Well, closely related, I love camping food! As I was looking at the method for the sugar (above), I came across this collection of fun camping recipes. Shorter version, if you wrap potatoes, onions, and meat up in foil and grill the packets, good things will result. Honestly, they will be so good eaten in the backyard, don’t you think?
- (Just for fun, not a link, I will give you my one of my best camp-food tricks: Throw some frozen sirloin steaks in your cooler, in ziploc bags of course. They will help keep the food cold, and by the time you are ready to grill them (on day two or three, maybe), they will be just the right temperature. Any leftovers make great sandwiches!)
As regards the upcoming eclipse, during which I will be (so gladly!) picking up the wandering Bridget from the airport, a little roundup of good links (feel free to add any helpful ones you’ve found, in the comments):
And all the rest:
- A friend sent this little video from Cardinal Burke that could be the perfect intro to our book, The Little Oratory. He gently explains how important the life of faith is in the family — how devotion unites the family to the Church, helps the children live and learn their faith, and brings peace to each person. It’s not long and it’s a wonderful little tutorial for mother and father to watch together, giving them lots of food for thought about family life.
- I don’t know about everything on this site, but this little app for midwives in Africa seems so helpful and actually life-saving.
- An excellent primer from our friend Fr. Jerry Pokorsky on Just War Theory and its applications. When we are discussing current events and the proper response to them, it’s vital that we have sound moral principles in mind.
- Sr. Katharine Drexel’s life never fails to move and astonish me. What a great American saint, a true lover of mankind! This is the story of how she and her nuns stood up to the Ku Klux Klan. Also, can we just mention that her habit is intense.
- There are many issues facing us, but we have to understand that all moral truth works together; if we let go of transcendent truth, we let go of our power to do good. The truth about the human person, as Saint John Paul II called it, is that God made man in His image, and the most fundamental truth we know about being a human being is that we are nuptial, male and female. Anyone who denies this does not have man’s good at heart.
- Cardinal Sarah: We need the spirit of the Vendéans! (To read more about the Vendée, here’s a good book review with further reading recommended.)
Today is the feast of St. John Eudes, a really great saint who brought intelligence and a gentle spirit to the faith at just the right time. May God send us saints now! May we be His friends here and now!
From the archives:
- If you’re thinking about school, you might also want to think about menu planning!
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