Wednesday, October 30, 2019

All Saints Guessing Jars {8 More Saints!}

Our annual All Saints Guessing Jars are filled and ready for the party tomorrow night! This year I decide to re-use some of our past ideas/labels (there are now so many to choose from!) adding in some new ones to the mix. You can click the link to download the free printable for this year's new labels at the bottom of this post! 

Trader Joe's was my first stop for supplies. I love that they don't use artificial dyes and have such fun snacks! I picked up Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pinks & Whites, Fleur de Sea Caramels, Chocolatey Cats Cookies, Scandinavian Swimmers, Organic Animal Crackers, and Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies. 

I also got some carving pumpkins for Saint-O-Lanterns!

Instead of reusing the Cat Cookies for St. Jerome, I made up a new label for St. Gertrude of Nivelles, Patron of Cats.  Instead of using the animal crackers for St. Francis of Assisi again, they are now "wild beasts" for Its. Perpetual and Felicity. 

I always enjoy browsing candy isles at the grocery store to see what else I can come up with for new ways to connect candy to the saints. 

Now that Christmas stuff is available so early, I had even more options! As soon as I saw the Kissmas Tree Hershey Kisses I thought they would be perfect for St. Boniface, recalling the picture book Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree (included in our 2015 New Christmas Books for the Feast of St. Nicholas). 


I also had someone email me asking if I had any ideas for St. Sebastian (along with a couple other saints), and I had been planning to include him this year with Super Sports Chocolate Candy, since he is the Patron of Athletes!

I love how these three jars turned out. So fun!

I never did pick up Dove chocolates for St. Teresa of Avila, but a label is included in the new printable for this year. 

I also included labels for St. Teresa of Calcutta (any white and blue striped candy would work like these, these or these) and St. Maria Faustina (I think these could work for "Rays of Mercy"). 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

All Saints Guessing Jars {Dye-Free Edition}

I'm currently working on a few new additions for this year's All Saints Guessing Jars, but I recently realized that I never did share the new additions from a couple years ago! I'm going to quickly share them now in case anyone would like some new ideas. 

That year (2017) we had a smaller, mostly family party, since we had such a difficult baby at the time, and I focused on jars featuring our three newly confirmed teens' Confirmation Saints - St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Augustine, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary. We also have a teen with an artificial dye allergy, so I included some dye free options. I never did get around to making any last year, since the movers were unloading the truck at our new home on October 31st! 

Gummy Soda Bottles are perfect for St. Augustine, patron of brewers!
*I can't remember if these were dye free or not... 

 For St. Maximilan Kolbe we used Fudge Stripes

This jar filled with Sun Drops Milk Chocolates (from the Health Food store) commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun

Wooden Saints from Naturally Catholic!
*Naturally Catholic is closing shop soon for the season, 
so order now if you'd like any Christmas gifts!

Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies from Trader Joe's for St. Fiacre

Organic Delish Fish for St. Andrew

Andes Mints for St. Teresa of the Andes
*these do include dye... 

Milky Way Midnight Minis for St. Dominic, patron of astronomers

Download my free printable jar labels here: 
All Saints Guessing Jars 2017

I'll be back with a few more new additions soon... 

Find links to more of my All Saints Party Printables here!

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Dr. Seuss Birthday Cake for Father Gordon

This past weekend we celebrated my husband's youngest brother's birthday! This is the first time the kids and I have ever lived close enough to celebrate his birthday with him so we were all excited when he agreed to come over for dinner! I sent him a text message the week before asking if he had any special requests.... 

I texted the boys a screenshot at college and they agreed: 
"Hahaha you could pull it off" 

Well... okay then! 

A Few Supplies: 

I printed out the image on a sheet of 8x11 paper and covered it with some wax paper. 

Starting with some black candy melts, I outlined the buildings, windows, stairs, and bridges. 

Next I mixed a little of the black candy melts into some white to create various shades of gray for the stairs and filled them in with melted candy. 

Next I added the blue to some of the roofs, buildings, and the bridge, making sure to make it thick enough to not break apart too easily.

The last color I added was all the pink, filling in all the remaining gaps and covering it all with extra to hold it together. At this point I slipped it into the fridge and had no idea if it was going to turn out or not... 

It turned out! 

When Father arrived, he apologized for being late and I said, "Oh, that's ok! It gave me time to finish your cake!" He laughed and said he had to come up with something impossible for me... but then looked towards the kitchen, spotted the cake and said "What?! You actually MADE IT!" 

Why yes... Yes I did!

He liked my little addition of the church as well, noticing the cross on the largest building. 


Happy Birthday Father Gordon!

Friday, October 4, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi's Sermon to the Birds

"And as he went on his way, with great fervour, St Francis lifted up his eyes, and saw on some trees by the wayside a great multitude of birds; and being much surprised, he said to his companions, "Wait for me here by the way, whilst I go and preach to my little sisters the birds"; and entering into the field, he began to preach to the birds which were on the ground, and suddenly all those also on the trees came round him, and all listened while St Francis preached to them, and did not fly away until he had given them his blessing.

And Brother Masseo related afterwards to Brother James of Massa how St Francis went among them and even touched them with his garments, and how none of them moved. Now the substance of the sermon was this:

"My little sisters the birds, ye owe much to God, your Creator, and ye ought to sing his praise at all times and in all places, because he has given you liberty to fly about into all places; and though ye neither spin nor sew, he has given you a twofold and a threefold clothing for yourselves and for your offspring. Two of all your species he sent into the Ark with Noe that you might not be lost to the world; besides which, he feeds you, though ye neither sow nor reap. He has given you fountains and rivers to quench your thirst, mountains and valleys in which to take refuge, and trees in which to build your nests; so that your Creator loves you much, having thus favoured you with such bounties. Beware, my little sisters, of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praise to God."

As he said these words, all the birds began to open their beaks, to stretch their necks, to spread their wings and reverently to bow their heads to the ground, endeavouring by their motions and by their songs to manifest their joy to St Francis. And the saint rejoiced with them. He wondered to see such a multitude of birds, and was charmed with their beautiful variety, with their attention and familiarity, for all which he devoutly gave thanks to the Creator. 

Having finished his sermon, St Francis made the sign of the cross, and gave them leave to fly away. Then all those birds rose up into the air, singing most sweetly; and, following the sign of the cross, which St Francis had made, they divided themselves into four companies. One company flew towards the east, another towards the west, one towards the south, and one towards the north; each company as it went singing most wonderfully; signifying thereby, that as St Francis, the bearer of the Cross of Christ, had preached to them and made upon them the sign of the cross, after which they had divided among themselves the four parts of the world, so the preaching of the Cross of Christ, renewed by St Francis, would be carried by him and by his brethren over all the world, and that the humble friars, like little birds, should posses nothing in this world, but should cast all the care of their lives on the providence of God."

- Excerpt from The Little Flowers of St. Francis
The First English Translation, Revised and Emended by Dom Roger Hudleston. Source

The wooden trees and figures pictured (excluding our St. Francis from Catholic Folk Toys) are all made by Ostheimer. I purchased the Bird Tree, along with a couple birds, from The Wooden Wagon for our daughter's birthday a couple years ago and the tooth fairy has been adding additional birds, one at a time, to her collection ever since!

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!