Friday, December 18, 2015

Day Book 2015.12.18

Outside my is unseasonably mild. We set a new record each day for latest first snowfall. We will not have a white Christmas.

I am thinking...about Christmas. I am not ready, and I am surprisingly calm.

I am thankful...that Boy17 will be on break from classes this week. I can save a little on gas for my minivan.

I am wearing...cotton nightshirt (I'm still in bed.)

I am creating...a planner. Actually, it's been created and uploaded to Lulu and I'm waiting for it to arrive. I'll share more about it when it's here.

I am going... to work then taking Boy11 to karate while I grocery shop.

I am wondering...when the next IS attack will come, and where.

I am reading...I just finished 
The Lady Who Sang HighIt's not my favorite entry in the Reed Ferguson Private Investigator series. But I do like the series. Overall it's one of my favorites.

I am listening 
Christmas with the Rat Pack

I am watching...
Broadchurch. I just finished season 1, it took me a long time to get through it.

I am hoping...this cold I've come down with yesterday afternoon doesn't stick around.

I am learning...humility and meekness.

Around the house...we need to gear up with a good cleaning for Christmas.

In the kitchen...tonight is tacos!

I am we have lost our freedom and our nation is in decline.

A quote ... A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

A favorite new 

I am planning...Christmas gifts and foods.

A photo...

A chocolate rum cake from last Christmas

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Hummus is one of our favorite snacks for Sunday afternoon football watching. And, unlike a lot of other snack foods, it is surprisingly nutritious.

I make my hummus in my food processor. I don't think I could make it without. How did they do it in the old days? Probably a mortar and pestle, grinding by hand. I'll take my thirty-year-old Kitchen Aid over that any day.

Some notes: you do not have to mince the garlic by hand. I throw the whole peeled cloves into the food processor by themselves and whirl for a few seconds. Nicely minced.

You really can't go wrong adjusting the ingredients to taste. Play with the amounts until you get the flavor you like.

I never measure my olive oil. It is the last thing I add, through the pour spout with the food processor on. I just drizzle slowly right out of the bottle until the hummus has a consistency and flavor I like. Sometimes that means stopping and testing, and adding more.

You can serve with traditional pita. I have not mastered pita, though it is on my list. I usually serve with with tortilla chips or veggies.

Is this Real Food? I try to use organic ingredients when I can. We are all at a different place in our journey. Today's batch of hummus was totally organic. I've linked to specific products (affiliate link) where I could. The garlic was organically grown on a friend's farm.

How much does this cost? Using prices I paid locally and online, one batch cost about $8.50.


Recipe By: Philothea @ Domestic Distractions
Serving Size: 8


45 ounces garbanzo beans, drained
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup olive oil, or more if needed


Mix In a food processor, mince garlic. Add lemon juice, salt and tahini and process until combined. Add garbanzo beans through the chute, about one can at a time. Drizzle in olive oil until dip is desired consistency.

Linking up with:

Menu Plan Monday
Full Plate Thursday

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Advent Update

I can't believe we are halfway through Advent. Tomorrow is Gaudete Sunday, one of only two days in the year when the Church puts aside her penitential purple for joyful rose.


In the conventional sense, you might say I am behind in my Christmas preparations. Tight budgets can do that, although this year's budget will be more generous than a year ago. I haven't bought a single gift, but this morning I made out my gift list and I have a plan for each person. Well, almost everyone.

I invited some people for Christmas Eve between the Vigil Mass and the late Mass. So instead of our traditional sit-down dinner of spaghetti and sauce and fish cakes, I have planned hors d'oeuvres. We have a small dining room, there is just not space to sit nine or ten people. I decided this year, instead of just not inviting people because our house is small, to get over it and invite them anyway.

Christmas Day we will spend at home, just us. Unless we get an invitation, but I don't see one forthcoming. We usually do this when we aren't traveling, and  it is very peaceful.

Boy17 is planning a get-together for his friends as well, in the week after Christmas. Again, tight space but he wants to host anyway.

With all of this hosting coming up, we will have a project on to declutter and clean. That can't be a bad thing.

Boy17 has been accepted to the faithful Catholic college of his choice, and has already been notified of a scholarship award. We are praying that the aid, scholarships and work study will all work out for him to attend without burying himself in student loan debt.

Boy11 advanced another degree in his karate junior black belt. Karate was the best decision we every made for him. This semester he is surprisingly loving his Shakespeare class at homeschool co-op. He is very excited to be playing Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream up next. Yes, they skip certain scenes. It's done workshop style; they all have scripts and read from / act them out. It's not rehearsed and it's not performed. I was pretty sure when I signed him up he would quit after the first quarter. It's been a pleasant surprise.

Hubbyman continues to be busy at work and at Church. He is putting on a breakfast for the parish tomorrow. His business seems to be status quo, which in this economy I count a blessing.

My Church job is an adventure every day. Who knew what goes on behind the scenes in a parish office? I am also gearing up for my seasonal job which will start in January. My eBay store is doing okay, I'm at least not losing money while I divest of lots of books we just don't need anymore. I wish sales were more brisk, but used books are not movers.

I picked up an old manuscript I worked on about six years ago. I have all new ideas for it, and I think I can work the characters and premise, which I happen to really like, into a decent romance along the theme of healing from the sexual wounds of our current culture of death.

I've got a pretty tight schedule from here on out until Christmas. I worked up a new planner for myself which I just ordered from Lulu. If I like it, I might put up a generic one for public consumption. You'll be the first to know. I'm trying to live it and appreciate it and thank God for it every day. As my one friend always reminds me, "God is good all the time!"
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