Quick and Delicious: Lemonade!

A pitcher of nice cold lemonade in the refrigerator is a great treat as the weather warms up.  This recipe doesn’t call for any cooking and uses only simple ingredients.  You can add more sugar or lemon juice if you like a sweeter or tarter taste. This recipe just fills a small carafe.  It can…

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

{ pretty } I’m fascinated by needlework, and (it may be difficult to tell from the photo, but) this is a lovely example.  White thread on white fabric in a geometric pattern. { happy } I bought this shawl 11 years ago.  I’m happy to have a place to use it. { funny } This…

Praying for Open Eyes

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. This is the…

What We’re Reading

Currently Reading… National Geographic Magazine This is my breakfast table reading.  The issues pile up, and then I read whichever I happen to grab first.  I’m currently nearing the end of the February 2011 issue (not too far behind the times!) and am reading about the tunnels below Paris.  The article hasn’t mentioned the Paris…

An Easter Carol

by Christina Rossetti Spring bursts today, For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play. ~~~ Flash forth, thou Sun, The rain is over and gone, its work is done. ~~~ Winter is past, Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last. Bud Fig and Vine, Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and…

Good Friday

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who…

A Ballad of Trees and the Master

by Sidney Lanier ~~~ Into the woods my Master went, Clean forspent, forspent. Into the woods my Master came, Forspent with love and shame. But the olives they were not blind to Him, The little gray leaves were kind to Him; The thorn-tree had a mind to Him When into the woods he came. ~~~…

Let us pray…

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. Let us pray…

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

You may be familiar with what’s known as the prayer of St. Francis* which begins: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness,…

Quick and Delicious–Pantry Staples

If you’re disappointed not to find a recipe today, try one from Expendable Edibles, Cheap Healthy Good, The Invisible Cookbook, or The Frugal Girl. For me, one of the secrets to cooking Quick and Delicious is having a good supply of staples on hand.  Cooking something up is incredibly less fun when you realize that…

Thoughts on a Friday

It is insanity to run from God and search for love. ~Erwin Raphael McManus