Monday, February 4, 2013

Catholic Woman's Almanac

Moments of Gratitude:

* Even though my son's basket ball team lost AGAIN, they played for the first time like a team and it was so much fun to watch.
* The big snowflakes falling softly to the ground - I mean straight down, no wind, no obnoxious threat of horribleness, just gently falling snowflakes.
* Finding a new doctor that I actually liked!
* A great dinner of our favorite pizza and my sister-in-law's delicious cake.

Beauty in the Ordinary:

We took a family walk today in the snow.  Okay, so that is not exactly ordinary because we don't often take walks and it doesn't often snow, or so it seems that way lately.  But, nonetheless, it was a beautifully ordinary day in the woods.  Peaceful, not too cold, not too much commotion from anyone.  How peaceful God's creation can be.

Listening To:

Nothing.  It is so silent here.  My dh and some of the kids are still at the in-laws watching the game and the rest of the girls are not saying a word.  Wow.

In the Kitchen:

Well Monday we're going to have to have the Balsamic vinegar marinated pork chops with peaches that we were going to have on Sunday until half the family left to go eat sub sandwiches and watch the game.  Then I believe we have the wonderful Taco Soup and a good ole fashioned Shepherd's Pie as well as  homemade pizza on the list.

Looking Ahead:

We go to the accountant's office this week to find out if there is much hope of a tax refund.  Ugh.  We also have our monthly hour at the local Planned Parenthood as well as a double header in basketball this week.  On the weekend, my hubby and I get to go to a Valentine's Day dinner put on by the girls' club two of my daughters are in.  Homemade French food and champagne, YUM!


For Sarah who will be having her bone marrow transplant on Monday sometime.  Please join me in praying that it will be successful.  Also praying for friends of ours to find a job as he has been out of work since last April.  


Still nothing.  I really do need to remedy this and get going on something.  Actually I just remembered that I was supposed to be reading the next chapter in History so I could be prepared to discuss it this week with the kids.  Guess I'll have to get right on that one.


God Bless!


  1. Oh I love your pictures from your family walk. Your week sounds so nice and ordinary.

    1. Thanks, Jenny. I guess there is beauty in the ordinary, isn't there :)

  2. Beautiful pictures. I haven't seen snow like that in ears!
    Praying with you for Sarah..+

  3. Love those pictures!
    Pork chop recipe? Please? :)

    1. Emily, sure thing! Ingredients:

      1/3 c balsamic vinegar
      1/3 c olive oil
      3 Tbl honey
      1 Tbl fresh rosmemary, chopped
      4 5-oz pork chops
      4 peaches pitted and halved


      IN a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, honey and rosemary. Reserve 2 Tbl and add the rest to a 1 gallon zip top bag. Add pork to bag and refrigerate for 1 hours, turning occasionally.

      Preheat broiler to high. Remove pork from fridge, discard marinating liquid and season pork with salt and pepper. Broil port until it is opaque throughout and feels firm to the touch, about 5 to 6 minutes per side.

      Meanwhile, cook peaches under broiler until tender and joicy, 3 to 5 minutes Transfer to a plate, season with pepper and brush with reserved 2 Tbl marinade.