Sunday, October 29, 2017

All Saints Guessing Jars {Trader Joe's Edition}

The All Saints Guessing Jars are always a hit at our annual All Hallows' Eve Parties.  Each year the kids and I have so much fun looking for ways to connect yummy treats to saints and their symbols. Last year I had just found out that I was expecting our newest little one and I was super sick... I wasn't able to host our annual party, but I still pulled together some games and activities for our family party including everyone's favorite All Saints Guessing Jars using treats from Trader Joe's!

Here's a picture of what we used including: Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies, Fleur de Sel Caramels, Animal Crackers, Chocolatey Cats Cookies, Pinks & Whites Flower Shaped Cookies, Coffee Rio, and Scandinavian Swimmers.

(I was just at Trader Joe's a couple days ago and picked up some of their Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies for one of this year's jars. I think we'll use them for St. Fiacre, patron of vegetable gardens! I'm also using Sun Drops for an Our Lady of Fatima themed jar!)  

Here are some pictures of last year's jars all filled and ready for the party. Each year I use Wide Mouth Mason Jars with White Storage Lids for each jar.   

St. Joan of Arc, Patron of France ::  Fleur de Sel Caramels

Together with his holy wife, this watchmaker nurtured the sanctity of all their
children, but especially their youngest, a Carmelite Saint known to us as the Little
Flower who wrote "God gave me a father and a mother more worthy of heaven
than o
f earth
St. Therese of Lisieux, The Little Flower :: Pink & Whites (Flower Cookies)

St. Jerome and the Lion :: Chocolatey Cats Cookies

St. Madeline Sophie Barat, Patron of School Girls :: Schoolbook Cookies


St. Drogo, Patron of Coffee Shop Owners :: Coffee Rio Caramels

St. Brendan the Navigator, Patron of Seafarers :: Scandinavian Swimmers

Here is the links to the free printable document: 

... And here are the links to some of our past All Saints Guessing Jars:

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bargain Priced Books :: Holy Sacrifice of The Mass

For a few days last month St. Augustine Academy Press offered their recently republished Highway to Heaven Catechism series at 40% off! Book Six in the series wasn't available yet, but it is now!

Produced by the Marquette University Institute of Catechetical Research under the editorship of Edward A. Fitzpatrick in the 1930’s, the Highway to Heaven series of Religion textbooks is a breath of fresh air. Unashamed love of the Catholic Faith is evident on every page.

Full of beautiful black and white illustrations, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the Sixth Grade text in the series. It studies the Traditional Latin Mass with particular attention toward helping young people learn to use the Missal.

Unlike the other books in this series, which we reproduced directly from the originals, we have retypeset this volume. This was because we needed to combine elements of two different editions: the original 1937 edition (which, like the rest of the series, used the unrevised Baltimore Catechism) and the 1949 edition (which added a chapter on the priesthood that was very much worth adding). In melding these two editions, we took the opportunity to improve the illustrations as well, which were mostly aged photographs.

Now for a limited time you can order your copy of Book Six of the Highway to Heaven Catechism series for 40% off AND save 25% on the rest of the series!

Note: No coupon code is necessary. Simply placing any of the books from the Highway to Heaven series in your cart will trigger this discount. Hurry though, offer expires at midnight on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Highway to Heaven Series:

*The teachers manual for The Highway to God is available now too:
Practical Problems in Religion

Visiting the Oregon Zoo on the Feast of St. Jerome



Friday, October 27, 2017

Silver Falls Park on Michaelmas

It was a long 4+ hour drive to get to where our teens were going to be confirmed. Since Confirmation was scheduled for 7pm, with Benediction following, we decided to turn the trip into a little vacation! It's not easy finding affordable accommodations for a family of ten... We ended up booking two cabins at a (fairly) nearby state park to stay the first night following confirmation! It sounded like a good idea at the time (both cabins cost just a small portion of what hotel rooms would have cost) but I didn't really consider that we'd have zero cell service while in the park, and that I'd be spending the night in a sleeping bag with the baby, and walking to the outdoor bathroom in the rain at night... The baby did great though and it was a fun and memorable "camping" trip for all of us!

A quick picture taken at the campground before driving to the church for Confirmation ❤️
(A little blurry... I balanced my camera on the cabin deck railing and set the timer!) 

Sean and I were in one cabin with all the girls and the boys had the other cabin. The older boys slept in, but the little guys were up early and ready to explore!

Blackberry IZZEs and Devils Food Cupcakes at the campground on Michaelmas...
We had a nameday to celebrate!

At one point Rose was sipping on her IZZE, while watching a bunny and chipmunks run in and out of the blackberry bushes, and said, "I LOVE THE NATURE!" 

After turning in the keys to the cabins, we headed over to the hiking trails to check out some of the waterfalls before driving further north to spend the weekend with friends before driving back home.

The waterfalls were gorgeous! However hiking 3 miles, carrying a 3 1/2 month old, after a difficult pregnancy/not being able to walk much at all, in the rain, was probably not the best idea... It was so worth it though and I some how made it back to the lodge for coffee, tea, and hot cocoa! 🙌🏻