September 27, 2013

apocalypse - 7QT (vol. 22)

1.  I have been toying with the idea of hosting a monthly or bimonthly photo challenge contest here on le blog, and I had a pretty good response last night on the CGD Facebook Page, so I think I'mma just gonna do it!  Because of school and life and the fact I have to make a list of challenges, I probably won't start it up until October or maybe November.  Stay tuned for more details! :)  This will be fun!

2.  I try not to pick favorite classes because I don't want to end up neglecting my other ones, but I'm beginning to think I have one anyway...  graphic design.  Not only is my professor just a fantabulous person (and a terrific teacher), I love the projects.  I like the hands-on work as opposed to the lectures - not that I dislike the lectures, but you know what I mean.  We get to make stuff like this:

September 25, 2013

the biggest thinker

When I was still homeschooling back in the day (man, that makes me sound old), my senior class was given a final assignment by our Philosophy tutor, which was to create some sort of presentation experimenting with the different philosophies of the ancient (and not so ancient) era.

We made a film as a parody of The Biggest Loser, and even two years later, we are still so proud of how it turned out.  It may not look like much, but a lot of hard work and nights of editing until three in the morning went into its creation.  And here it is, finally on the YouTube for your enjoyment.

September 21, 2013

7 tips for entrepreneurs from an entrepreneur

I don't write much about my job, considering its very private nature, but for those of you who don't know me personally, I own and operate a pet sitting company.  I care for animals in their own homes while their people are out of town.  I have the opportunity to work with all kinds of different animals in all kinds of different settings, and I absolutely love it.

Because of that, I have been an entrepreneur since I was 9 year old, working in the business with the help of my mom and our friend, Anna Rita, who has been in the field for years, and knows much more about it than I do.  I began caring for the neighbor's cat for them when they were on vacation, and when I discovered how much I liked that line of work, I decided to make it into a legitimate business.  Now that I have a considerable amount of experience under my belt, I'd like to share some pointers from me to anyone who might be interested in blooming a business.  Here goes!  You are welcome to chime in the comments here and/or on Facebook, if you so desire.

September 18, 2013

lemon chicken rice soup

I spent the morning with Angela on Monday, and my mom was making this soup when I came home, so, of course, I swooped in with a camera.  A friend gave us this recipe last year, and it's also a favorite.  Perfect for the cool fall weather, too!

10 cups chicken broth
3 celery stalks, sliced 1/4'', or whatever size you like
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced / or a handful of baby ones, chopped
1 large onion chopped
1 cup long grain rice
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
3 large eggs
1/2 fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. oregano

Boil broth, celery, carrots, and onions in a large pot.

Add rice and chicken, and simmer for 15 minutes until rice is ender.

Beat eggs and lemon juice until blended.

Gradually add to the soup stirring with a fork until ribbons form.

Simmer 3 minutes.

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September 14, 2013

sesame catfish

This recipe has long been a favorite in my household, and I'm just finally getting it up on the blog!  I've wanted to share the goodness for a while, but, you know... life happens.  Here goes.

Ingredients:

Four 4-6 ounce U.S Farm-Raised Catfish filets, 1/2 inch thick
5 ounces of washed spinach, coarse stems removed, chopped
1 cup minced fresh basil or Italian parsley (I use paresly - adds a nice kick to the flavor)
8 cloves garlic, minced
8 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
4 tablespoons sesame oil (available in the Asian food section of most supermarkets)
4 teaspoons olive oil
8 teaspoons lemon juice (I always add just a smidge more than this)
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Preheat oven to 450° F.

Combine garlic, mustard, sesame oil, olive oil, lemon juice, and soy sauce, and wisp.  I always make a little extra, since the leftover sauce is just heavenly on rice or chicken, too.

Add parsley and wisp again so all the greens are coated with the sauce.

Arrange fish in a deep-ish pan, and fold them in half longways.

Stuff them puppies with the chopped spinach.  You will need more than you think, because it cooks down quite a bit.

Pour the sauce over the fish.  Don't worry about coating every piece, because it adds a nice touch to the flavor.

Bake on 450° F for 20 minutes, and violá!

Sláinte! Don't forget, all of the images here are Pin-able, and the recipes are printable (look for the "Print" button at the bottom of this post)! If you try this one out, do come back and let me know how you liked it.

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September 12, 2013

miracles

Over the past few weeks, I have been blessed to be able to spend a good deal of time with Angela in the hospital, and I am convinced the Hand of God is at work there.  He has a way of bringing good things out of every misfortune, and as heartbreaking as Angela's accident was, we can't ignore the blessings...  We have been surrounded by miracles.  From all of her progresses and victories (big and small), to the bond of faith and hope holding our prayer/support group together through all the ups and downs, the nurse who happens to be a former camp counselor of mine and Angela's I met at the hospital by accident.  The inspiration Angie continues to be for all of us, the hearts growing closer to God because of her, and the unwavering faithfulness of her parents and brother.

Thank you, dear people, on behalf of Angela's family and friends for your constant prayers and encouragement so far.  Though our dear girl still has a long way to go, she has already come so far, and we would only ask that you keep on praying...  I know that a good number of you have never met her, and what a comfort it is to know she is so often lifted up in prayer before the Lord, Who is the Giver of Life.

September 10, 2013

September 9, 2013

on the mantilla

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on the Shekinah Cloud (the Glory Cloud), and the topic of veiling sacred things, and a few of my blogging friends, Jenna included, made the connection to wearing a chapel veil or mantilla (man-tea-ya) in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  Since a long time ago, Jenna has been hosting a link-up about the mantilla, so be sure to visit her bloggy, too!

I have worn a mantilla to Mass for the past 8 or so years, from the time I started attending a Catholic home school group hosted by a very traditional parish.  Quite a few girls my age did so, and I figured why not give it a try?  The think is, back then, I didn't have a legitimate reason apart from the fact that others were doing it, but now I do.

My first reason is modesty.  Hair can be a real distraction for both ourselves and others, and it's just easier to keep custody of the eyes once the distraction has been taken away...  Covering up hair doesn't mean shame of beauty, but turns the focus back to God, who is, after all, the reason we go to Mass in the first place.  We cover ourselves to uncover the glory of God.

My second reason is that wearing a veil has been part of the Church's tradition since the first days of the church, and I like to keep what little bits of tradition I can going strong.  There's a misunderstanding floating around that Vatican II changed some teaching regarding the veil, but that's not true...  The practice did begin to cease around that time though, but because of the feminist movement of the time period, and the simple fact that ladies didn't understand why veils were being worn in the first place.  And on top of that, the media reported that veils were no longer being worn, when it simply wasn't being discussed during Vatican II.

September 6, 2013

hibernation ~ 7QT (vol. 19)

Well, the first week of school was interesting.  We did not have classes on Monday in keeping with the Labor Day holiday, and I have a nine hour class day on Tuesdays, so there was no easing in for me this time around.  Remind me to space my classes better next time around.  It's a good deal on the one hand, since I don't have to drive back and forth to campus a billion times in one week, and I have a five day weekend open for study and work... but on the other hand, it's darn exhausting, yo.  My respect for a good night's sleep and caffeine has returned full force.  Tuesday morning, I successfully burned my hand and my leg with my curling iron, and lost my phone three times before I even left the ranch, but I still managed to arrive on campus forty-five minutes early (accidentally).  There was nothing else to do, so I ended up switching back and forth between sitting awkwardly staring out the window at a half decomposed and very much dead bird on the roof under the window, awkwardly making conversation with a new friend Kyle, the only other ridiculously early student in the room, and texting Caitlin about both.  Awkward.  But who can't stand a little bit of awkward?
It would appear that my blog-child, Simple Saturday, must go into hibernation, at least here, and I would sincerely like to thank everyone who has been a part of it this past summer.  I have really enjoyed getting to know some of you through your blogs.  I do hope to keep Simple Saturday going on Facebook over the school year, and you're more than welcome to join me there, but I don't want to commit to having it on the blog until holidays...  See you on the Facebook?

And while we're talking blog hops...  Don't forget to tell me your favorite stories from this summer and link up your blog post here!  If you're not a blogger, you can post them to the Book of Face if you so desire!
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September 4, 2013

rosemary garlic tilapia

I'm fighting the urge to end every recipe title with "ooh, baby."  Just thought y'all would be interested to know.  Anyway, here's the latest experiment.  I have no idea where the recipe is from.

2 tilapia filets
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 lemon (I used more.)
2 cloves minced garlic (I used more. Garlic-heads, HOLLA!)
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 pepper

Mix all that up in here.

Brush the mixture over fish.  You can marinate if you have the time and so desire.
Broil on cookie sheets until the filets are white/no longer see through.  You may want to take a fork and stick the thicker pieces, just to be sure they're cooked thoroughly.  Notice the slightly mangled bit below on the left.

September 3, 2013

highs of summer 2013

Writing recaps has never been a strong suit of mine, but I thought it fitting to make a lame attempt anyway, considering school is revving its ugly, greasy, smelly engine, and summer is drawing to a close (read:  I have a 9-hour string of classes ahead of me today), ignoring my pleas for it to stay around a little longer.  It definitely had its lows as well, but let's not focus on those.  M'kay?  M'kay.

September 2, 2013

backyard musings

Happy Labor Day, readers!

*An update on Angela.  Her family would like to take every opportunity to express their gratitude for the vigil of concern and prayer surrounding Angie.  Mr. D says, "May the Lord bless each heart for every offering being made for her."  Angela is currently in an uncertain phase of still having brain swelling due to the initial injury, while also beginning to show signs of brain activity and awakening.  While the doctors want to allow her to awaken, that can only happen when her brain is healed enough to support the activity of wakefulness without negative effects (increased swelling).  Due to two episodes yesterday when her brain pressure (swelling) significantly increased beyond a safe level, they have decided to increase her coma-inducing medications to suppress the brain activity for a few more days to allow additional healing and reduction of her swelling.  So, we continue to pray that her healing progresses safely while she is being allowed to rest deeply, and that the injury to her brain - she had some bleeding in her frontal lobes - will not prevent her full recovery.  She is accompanied on her way by our Lord, Who holds her, and all of us with her, in His Heart.  She is immersed in Love!

Right now, I'm sitting on the back porch looking over this:
My phone camera doesn't do it justice, but the sunlight is hitting the water just so it sparkles like a million tiny crystal fragments thrown over a field made of glass.  I should be inside straightening up my room or doing laundry or preparing my books and bags for the oncoming school year.  I should be making hors d'œuvres for the neighbor's party later this afternoon.  But for now I'm just sitting here on the back porch.