April 22, 2014

julia's boeuf bourguignon

"Carefully done, and perfectly flavored, it is certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by men," wrote the great Julia Child, Queen of Food, the mistress of this recipe.

Amen to that.  Quite possibly, one of my favorite things about Easter (any holiday, really) is the food.  Boeuf bourguignon is traditionally one of our main courses for Easter; the madre and I add our own touch, and make this every Holy Saturday for breakfast on Easter morning, which is usually around 3 a.m., when we return home after the Vigil.  One of the great things about this recipe is that one can prepare it up to a day in advance.  The gravy thickens as leftovers, and oh my.

It's heavenly.  I mean, just look.

Ingredients:

April 21, 2014

finding grace book giveaway

Well looky here... another first for my 2014.

Lovely Laura Pearl's of the String of Pearls blog awarded me a copy of her novel, Finding Grace, in her most recent giveaway, a victory of which I had not a clue until she reached out to me via the Book of Faces (the kids call it "Facebook") and told me that I had won.  (Thank you, Laura!)

It took long enough to find the time and opportunity to read it with all the wrapping up of school to be done, and now that I've finally had the chance, I thought I'd write a little review, and give y'all the chance to win a copy, signed by Laura herself, for YOURself!  Consider it an Easter Week/finally spring present from me to the lucky winner.

April 20, 2014

Jesus Christ is Risen! || what i wore easter || answer me this (vol. 2)


Happy Easter, dear friends and readers!

I  hope this post finds you happy and well, and rejoicing in the Lord's Resurrection.

And I hope you enjoy that little re-creation of how I used to illustrate the event as a child (although I can't say my drawing skills have much improved).  ß 

In a day or two, I could tell you a little about our Easter traditions with a whole boatload of pictures - tell me honestly if that's even something you would be remotely interested in.  But for now, I'm joining Kendra again for her new link-up, Answer Me This.  I had so much fun going through the link-up and reading everyone's responses, I thought I'd do it again, whilst participating in Fine Linen and Purple's What I Wore Sunday, something I haven't done in a long while.  I essentially took a break from fashion blogging (if you can call what putzing around I do "fashion blogging") for most of the winter, because I am a wuss in the cold, and I don't have my indoor studio set up yet.  Oh yes, I have plans for that.  Anywho.  Let's get down to business.  (Mmmhm.)

1.  What did you and your family wear to Mass on Easter Sunday?

April 16, 2014

what god has done for you

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in Him
may not perish, but have eternal life."

~ John 3:16

"But God shows His love for us, 
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."

~ Romans 5:8

"For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by His grace, and become heirs in hope of eternal life."

~ Titus 3:3-7

April 14, 2014

christina perri comes to town

Last Friday night, Erin, Aemelia, and I embarked on a wee adventure to the shady land of Detroit, to find ourselves in the second row of Christina Perri's Head or Heart Tour concert.  (I have the prettiest groupies ever.)
And I only took about 4,598 pictures.  (Don't worry, I didn't post them all here.)  There are some of which I am quite proud.  I thought I'd share them with you, if you weren't following live on the Instagram (@iristhephotog).  Pardon the cell phone photography.  DSLR cameras aren't usually allowed in these types of settings, so I didn't chance bringing mine, lest it be confiscated or me forced to walk all the way back to the car.  The latter happened at the first Stirling concert I attended.

April 13, 2014

palm sunday & a liebster link up with kendra (catholic all year)

Happy Palm Sunday, kind folks!

"Jesus knew the appointed hour for him to die; he had pondered all the prophecies concerning himself and was waiting until everything had taken place that the prophets said would occur before his passion began. When all that was accomplished the passion would then follow, in the due ordering of events and not at the compulsion of fate.

April 10, 2014

plans & projects

"Spring is the time of plans and projects." ~ Leo Tolstoy

Y'all have NO idea how happy I am that spring finally decided to show up.  I don't need to say anything about this winter, because most of y'all know just how insane it was.  Snow-pocalypse!  Our lovely state came so close to breaking the 133-year snow record of 93 some inches, and I'm not going to complain one bit that it didn't.  I do have to admit, though, it sure was pretty.