Hi there! I hope you are having a happy Easter and all your festivities were blessed and wonderful. I've been a bit busy, but I'm happy to do another 7 Quick Takes!
1. So when I say I've been busy this week it is because I have had an epiphany and found just the most fantastic website. I have literally been spending days reading it and I feel so guilty...it is called Pioneer Woman. Now you may be familiar with Pioneer Woman, but I came across it by accident when a friend of mine posted a recipe of hers on Facebook and I became hooked. It is like 6 different websites in one and while one is about cooking, another is about photography. She has just the most beautiful pictures. BUT...go to the "Confessions" section and read the story of how she met, fell in love with, and married her husband. It is guaranteed wonderful and romantic. I stayed up until 3am reading it the other night. Truly delicious.
2. Looking at all her photographs has brought back my lust for photography and I'm just dying to jump up and buy a digital SLR camera and get back into it. I still have my old film cameras but....I've gotten spoiled by the instant gratification that is digital, even if it is only "point and shoot." Boy, it is really a toss up...dslr or iPad... I better get to saving my birthday and Christmas money. Maybe I can get a camera used. If you know of a good place let me know.
3. Well, we colored Easter eggs with natural dyes and here are the results. I used the recipes from Mother Earth News, which my husband has had a subscription to since the mid-70's. I did the onion skin recipe for yellow exactly as they said. The eggs came out a beautiful golden color. Since I did not really feel like scraping beets (especially since the only beets I had were canned and sliced) I just took the juice from the can of beets and added vinegar. The results?...not so good. Next time I'll follow the directions. And since I forgot to buy blueberries, there were no blue eggs, but that was OK, my littlest was more than happy to eat any of them.
5. We actually did not have the official Easter Dinner until Tuesday. My father-in-law is very ill and in the hospital, and so my husband had to fly up on Friday and returned on Monday evening. We were very concerned, but my father-in-law is doing a little better and we hope for the best.
6. We had ham again. My husband cooks it on our charcoal barbecue. We make a Dijon mustard, white wine and brown sugar glaze. We serve the extra glaze with the Ham. Wonderful. We served it with sweet potatoes, green beans, strawberries and oranges salad, and Resurrection Rolls. If you haven't made Resurrection Rolls you are really missing something. Our dinner was very simple because of the circumstances. I did not use the good china. My heart just wasn't into it this year. I did however, make Pioneer Woman's Carrot Cake for dessert and it was very good.
7. I was one of the readers for the Easter Vigil this year and, as always, it was beautiful. If you have never been to one, please take the time to go next year. While it is long (about 2.5 hours) it is so worth it. It is hands-down the most beautiful and interesting Mass of the year. I wanted to show you a few pictures.
This is one of our wonderful priests, Fr. Jonathan. He LOVES baptisms!
This is our pastor, Fr. Alex. He is a big fan of Holy Water too. Can you tell he is just drenched? He just returned from a trip to the Holy Land and mixed water from the Jordan River into the Easter Water to bless us. Too cool.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter season (you do realize this is still Easter? And that it lasts until Pentecost on May 23rd?) I pray the Lord blesses your family and friends with peace.
He is risen! Alleluia!
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