Catholic Women’s Daybook No. 65

Outside my window::

Sunny with wispy little clouds and bright blue sky. It’s lovely!


Jeans and a grey t-shirt. I’m cleaning a bit and running errands so nothing too fancy.

In the CD player::

Music Man, because, yeah. Music Man all the time. 🙂


Geraldine Brooks’ Caleb’s CrossingMrs. Hemingway; The Hummingbird’s Daughter

Around the house::

General cleaning–vacuuming, dusting, etc.–before the week gets insane with rehearsals. Parents are coming over for the Fourth of July so the house needs to be parent ready. 😛

From the kitchen::

Right now I’m making lunch of roasted tomatoes with Panko-crusted salmon. Dinner is pasta with homemade marinara (we have rehearsal, need the carbs to be happy. :-P). Rest of the week:

Tuesday: 2 bean chili for lunch, sweet potato enchiladas for dinner

Wednesday: chickpea salad for lunch, “steak” fajitas for dinner (it’s really portobello mushrooms)

Thursday: walnut, avocado and pear salad for lunch and turkey burgers for dinner

Friday: Fourth of July, so this and this. (I always make these for Fourth of July)

Saturday: No idea yet. 🙂


We’ve moved in to Heritage’s theater (it’s the oldest school building still existing in our district, and it was built–I think–around the time the show is set, so it’s historically accurate!), so we’ve started bringing in props, lights, set pieces, and marking where these things go during rehearsal. Yesterday we got through about half of Act I (maybe a little more than half), with some blocking/choreography adjustments, but I think it’s going well. Tonight we pick up with “Marian the Librarian”. I’ve also started getting my make-up kit together for dress rehearsals next week, so I’m not scrambling to do it later. We open next Friday!




Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 41

Outside my window::

It’s a really lovely fall day…blue sky, high clouds, bit of a breeze. It’s like upper 50s, I think, so that’s quite excellent, temp wise, for me.


Gray skirt, light purple tank, blue cardigan. Layers are our friend!


Abandonment to Divine Providence; A Concise History of Italy; Be Holy. 


That Christmas scarf is still going. It’s like the Energizer Bunny.

 Praying for::

Pregnant friends

Thomas Peters

My CCD class

The new convent of Dominican Sisters in our diocese. One of them is the new CCD director at our parish.


NaNoWriMo 2013 starts on Friday! Yippee! This year it’s a more “realistic fiction” piece as opposed to last year’s dystopian flavored one. It takes place in England, technically, near Newcastle, but the town is fictional, sort of like Thomas Hardy’s fictional British locales.


Three Pure Barre classes on the agenda for this week. Yay!

Around the house::

Vacuuming, dusting, mopping. The usual.

Recipe corner::

This macaroni from Rachael Ray sounds fantastic! And you don’t even have to have the BLT part, if you don’t want to.


backstage at And Then There Were None, with Jenny, who played Vera (and also introduced me to Pure Barre!)

backstage at And Then There Were None, with Jenny, who played Vera (and also introduced me to Pure Barre!)

Catholic Women’s Almanac No. 37

A midweek edition.


Blue top, blue patterned skirt, blue shoes…a theme? 🙂 Shirt and skirt from Talbot’s. I love their full skirts and try to get a new one every fall so I have lots of them to wear. They’re sort of my uniform.

In the CD player::

Renee Fleming, Guilty Pleasures (her new album)


Just finished Having a Mary Heart In A Martha World. Some good insights here and things I know I need to work on. Also re-reading The Kane Chronicles and Percy Jackson, because, really, there isn’t a bad time to do those things. Also reading Back to Virtue by Peter kreeft.

In the kitchen::

Tonight is a spring pasta, although it’s, you know, Fall. It’s pasta with asparagus and peas.  Here are two things I made last weekend that I loved:

Panko crusted salmon

Summer vegetable stew

I tried eggplant parm on Monday. Yeah, I just don’t like eggplant. It’s official.

Around the house::

Vacuuming, dusting the first floor and the vents in the master bath. Oh joy!


Thomas Peters

Pregnant friends



Christmas scarf No.4, which is almost done!

Plans for the week::

Dinner w/ Tiffany tomorrow; rehearsal Fri, Sat.., Sunday; teaching my CCD class on Sunday. We’re talking about Heaven. 🙂

Deeelicious pasta

I originally posted this on my food blog, but I will also cross post here, because you may want to make this this weekend. Or sometime soon. Because it’s really good.

Lemon Fusili Pasta

Also observe that serving bowl: Rachael Ray. It is fantastic! And dishwasher safe! Also has a 10 cup capacity which was just enough for this massive pasta recipe.

Catholic Cooking–UPDATED with Lenten archives link!

We all know I love to cook, so when I found this site, I got pretty excited, especially when I saw the recipe for this. 

I mean, fasting bread? How awesome!

This broth recipe also looks great for Good Friday.

Here’s the entire Lenten/Holy Week archives. Have fun!

A Hunger Games Recipe: Katniss’s Craved Cheese Buns

I have The Hunger Games Cookbook on my Nook—and yes, I find it somewhat ironic that something called the HUNGER GAMES has a cookbook—and have just made my first recipe from it. It was DIVINELY easy and really yummy—think Red Lobster cheese rolls (except probably healthier). 

The recipe is called “Katniss’s Craved Cheese Biscuits” and is described thus: 

Katniss loves Peeta’s family’s cheese buns, and throughout The Hunger Games trilogy the buns become a symbol of home and of Katniss and Peeta’s lives before they became tributes. This symbolism is so pervasive that Katniss’s preference for cheese buns becomes part of Peeta and Katniss’s “Real of Not Real” game to help Peeta find himself after the Capitol violated and changed his memories.

The yield is about 12 buns. You can probably get about 14 if you’re using a regular spoon. 

NOTE: For the non-cooks out there: Old Bay seasoning is usually used with seafood dishes, and can be found near the seafood section (fresh or frozen). It’s amazing! And you use the garlic powder twice—once for the biscuits themselves and once for the topping.

So, here we go: 

2 c. Bisquick

1/3 tsp. garlic powder (NOT GARLIC SALT!)

1/4 c. sugar

2/3 c. milk

3/4 c. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated/shredded (either works)

1 stick butter

1/2 tsp. garlic powder (NOT GARLIC SALT!) 

1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease a large cookie sheet. 
  • Mix Bisquick, garlic powder (1/3 tsp.), sugar, milk and cheese until well-blended.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes. 
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. When melted, stir in 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, Old Bay and kosher salt. Generously brush mixture over the tops of the cheese buns. 
  • EAT! 

The book notes that in Brazil and parts of Northern Argentina, buns like this are eaten for breakfast, as well as snacks. I say they are yummy anytime!

(I adapted the recipe slightly: in the cookbook it says to combine all topping ingredients (from butter onward) in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, until butter is melted. But I don’t have a microwave, so I went the old-school route.) 

Weekend cooking!

SO MUCH weekend cooking happening here!

Today: Making Gwyneth Paltrow’s tomato sauce. It really is a great basic tomato sauce—which is the title of the recipe, “basic tomato sauce”. It’s great plain, but also as the base for her fantastic pasta puttanesca. 

Also starting The Barefoot Contessa’s brioche. If you know me, you know this is something I make just about every three day weekend I get. It doesn’t require a lot of kneading (and the bit it does require…helllloooo stand mixer!), makes two great loaves, and keeps forever in the freezer. It’s a perfect bread. With this, I’ll be making Croque Monsieurs, which I’ve never tried. (These are both from her Barefoot in Paris cookbook). 

Sunday: Also from BIP, Lemon Chicken with Croutons. There was a sale on whole chickens at Whole Foods this week, so I grabbed one (should’ve grabbed two, in retrospect, but I don’t make whole chicken that often). I have a TON of roast chicken recipes, but since Ina Garten is a Roast Chicken Fanatic, I decided to try this one. The croutons are french bread, so very appropriate. Also serving a big salad with it, and possibly some veggies. Not sure about that part. 

The Simple Woman’s Daybook–October 9, 2011

Outside my window…getting dark—the porch lights are on (I do love my porch light!) 

I am thinking…iPHONE!!! (I just got one.) Huzzah!

I am thankful for…improvements that make it easier for me to communicate w/ the CI. (Although I still have to figure out mic placement…)

From the kitchen…lots of options! Probably a carbonara this week, but also Williamsburg Peanut Soup!!! Yum!

I am reading…Outlander (again), Introduction to the Devout Life

In the CD player…The Best of Simon and Garfunkle

Around the house…yet more unpacking. But it’s mostly “finishing” stuff now. Day off tomorrow so some vacuuming, tub cleaning, etc. And flu shot!

One of my favorite things…free apps. 🙂 And Hockey season started!

Plans for the rest of the week…flu shot tomorrow and Catholicism movie class at church; Dominican novitiate class on Thursday, and then 20s group.