The “little of this, little of that” feature from Like Mother, Like Daughter!
This week’s giveaway is a fabulous $250 gift certificate at Embroidered Heirlooms, “honoring the beauty and innocence of childhood”!
The details are at the end of this post, and you won’t want to miss the lovely First Communion and Baptism gowns, accessories, and veils that they offer.
I made my cranberry sauce, so I am 1/30th prepared, I figure.
Today I will tackle the pie crusts and the rolls.
Monday was so dark that I almost cried, but after seeing the mountains of snow that a good many of you endured, the silver lining was apparent to me.
Kale kale kale kale kale kale…
Habou and I wrestled with the kale (not all of it — there’s a limit, people!). (Note the large bowl to her left there, almost out of the picture.)
While it is astonishing how much it cooks down — as in, that whole sink-load on the left there ended up in one quart-sized ziploc (well, two, but only because I couldn’t admit that kind of defeat), while fresh it takes up quite a bit of space. I divided it up between bigger leaves for soups and other cookery and small young leaves for salads. Of which we will partake quite a few, if the bundle in my fridge is any indication.
On to this week’s links!
- You must read this address from Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. The Humanum colloquium seems to have brought together many people of different faiths and given rise to an exploration of what we lose if we let go of God’s plan for mankind, marriage.
- I found this video to be particularly moving. The Chief complained that everyone in it walks tremendously slowly (and apparently in a subsequent video they move very quickly), but honestly, those moments are needed so that you can adequately ponder the deep points that are being made.
- Here’s a nice round-up of Advent reading. You know, spiritual preparation and all!
- Interesting article about colors in stained glass windows, and why they are difficult to replicate today.
- Dear Teresa sent me this link, which is just a simple meditation on the beauty of the celebration of Mass in a hospital room. I may have shed a tear. Heaven and earth, meeting.
- We love our readers and commenters. You are so interesting. David popped in to take exception to my characterization in a recent post of the New Urbanism, although perhaps his own profession led him defensively to apply my critical words to the movement rather than to the implementation by our unimaginative bureaucratic processes. Perhaps I could have been more precise. I do try, but you know me, flinging my opinions around sometimes recklessly. But David sent this link which I want to share with you: The Pink Zone: Why Detroit is the New Brooklyn. The devastation Detroit has wrought and suffered can’t be lightly dismissed. It’s a real tragedy and many lives have been ruined. But where the spirit of freedom can be unleashed, there is hope.
So that was all very heavy, so here is this bit of what I hope is not irreverence but merely light amusement, but you never know with me:
- The entire Bible explained, FB-style. Nailed it.
Now, onto our giveaway!
Dear Janet is offering $250 to spend on Embroidered Heirlooms!
They have beautiful First Communion gowns, and they also have lovely baptism gowns and veils. What a great gift for a family you know who are celebrating an important occasion! Or maybe you’d like to start your own tradition for your own baby or daughter.
Some of you have asked me about our veil that I wore at my wedding and my daughters at their First Holy Communions and then at their own weddings (and our daughter-in-law too!). Well, it isn’t easy to find just this kind of longer mantilla — I know, I’ve looked! Check out the ones at Embroidered Heirlooms — maybe you will find one at last to start your own tradition.
(FYI, you are asked for your email *only* so that you can be contacted if you win! So do not fear the “registration.” If you are entering the drawing with a comment, don’t forget to come back up here and click on the Rafflecopter thingy to get your entries!)
Janet is also offering 10% off for our readers, good until December 31! Just use the code Leila to get your discount on anything in the shop. For instance, this lovely doll dress, which would make a great keepsake for your First Communicant.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
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