Thanksgiving Fun

stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed Mushroom Prep sweet apple pie

Sweet Apple Pie (Sparkles request)

ella and her turkey

Turkey Surprise turkey kids turkey popSurprise!

Start of Advent

“Let us allow the Virgin Mary, Mother of the God-who-comes and Mother of Hope, to guide us in this waiting (Advent).
May she whom we will celebrate as Immaculate in a few days obtain for us that we be found holy and immaculate in love at the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be praise and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
~  Pope Benedict XVI

First Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, November 28, 2010
The focus of Advent is preparation for the coming of the Lord -- both in commemoration of His Nativity and His coming again at the end of time. Though most Protestants -- and far too many Catholics -- see this time of year as a part of the "Christmas Season," it isn't; the Christmas season does not begin until the first Mass at Christmas Eve, and doesn't end liturgically until the Octave of the Epiphany on January 14. It goes on in the spiritual sense until Candlemas on February 2, when all celebrations of Christ's Childhood give way to Septuagesima and Lent.  ~ Fish Eaters
advent_wreathLord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord,
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.

We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master. The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come,  the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile
The Lord will come soon, will not delay.
The Lord will make the darkest places bright.
We must capture that urgency today in the small flame of our candle. We light the candle because we know that the coming of Christ is tied to our building of the kingdom. Lighting the flame, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, reconciling the divided, praying for the repentant, greeting the lonely and forgotten – doing all these works hastens His coming.

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come, that by thy protection we may be rescued from the dangers that beset us through our sins; and be a Redeemer to deliver us; Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
In English-speaking countries, this Sunday was called "Stirrup Sunday", because the "stir-up" of the Collect was the signal to begin to "stir-up" the fruits for the baking of Christmas cakes and puddings. ~ Women For Faith & Family

1st Sunday of Advent ~ Reflection with Mother Teresa
”All beginners have their many crosses, but pray for me and for those who join, that we may have the courage to do this work for souls.” ~ Mother Teresa
Isaiah 2:1–5; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 24:37–44


Marian Consecration

I decided to repost the consecration formula that we use for our children at the time of their baptism.  It is renewed every year at the anniversary of their baptismal vows.  We also use the St. Louis de Montfort’s formula for Total Consecration.

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Father SO re-created this consecration booklet with colored pictures.


this is the formula used by our FSSP Priests

Blessed Virgin Mary, * Queen of Heaven and Earth, * to your Immaculate Heart,* the channel of all graces, * we consecrate this child * whom we have received from God’s goodness.

We offer him [her] to you * that you may present him [her] to Your Divine Son, * that you may take him [her] under your loving, maternal protection,* that you may preserve him [her] from dangers, * that you may keep him [her] from all sin, * that you may make him [her] grow in piety * and in all virtue * so that he [she] may always be worthy * to call himself [herself] your child.

May he [she] grow daily in wisdom and in grace, * may he [she] go through life having you always as his [her] refuge and mother. * May all virtues shine in him [her] * and may he [she] never offend your maternal Heart.

May the Eternal Father always look upon him [her] with delight * and see in him [her] * a ray and reflection of your Immaculate Beauty. 

And as today he [she] gladdens our home, * so may he [she] one day gladden the Eternal Home * which we pray will be his [hers].   Amen.

Below is the original booklet for consecration.  I’m unable to locate where the booklet can be purchased.

This Consecration booklet has been given a Nihl obstat, Imprimi potest, and an Imprimatur.

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How to Consecrate a Child to Our Lady

This is printed on the back cover of the booklet.

Parents who wish to consecrate their child to the Blessed Mother of God should carry the infant to her altar or shrine.  They may authorize the Godparents to this immediately after Baptism, or do i themselves soon after Baptism, for instance, on the First Saturday or on some Feast of our Blessed Lady.  There they should dedicate and offer the child to Mary Immaculate, begging her to accept the child as her own property, so that the child may ever enjoy Mary’s special maternal protection throughout life and at the hour of death.

The parents should promise Our Lady to raise the child in truly Christian manner and to instill in it from the earliest infancy a tender love for Jesus and Mary.  If possible the family Rosary should be recited daily in the home.

On the day of the consecration it would be fitting for the mother, in token of her surrender of her little one to the Queen of Heaven, to have offered, as her two turtle doves, a Mass and an alms in Our Lady’s honor for the child’s temporal and eternal welfare.  She should pray like Queen Blanche of Castile for her son, St. Louis of France – that the child may ever preserve its Baptismal innocence.  Let her likewise ask that if this grace is ever lost through mortal sin, it may be regained through the immediate, or at least through final repentance.


Melody at Blossoming Joy has listed another formula for Consecration.

Consecration of a Child to Mary

Holy Mary, Mother of God and Mother of all faithful, I place my little child under your mothering protection. To you I completely consecrate him - body and soul. Take him under your care and keep him always. Protect him in his infancy and keep him sound in body and mind. Guard over his youth and keep his heart pure, his thoughts ever holy and directed to God and spiritual things. Protect him always throughout life - in his joys and sorrows, in his dealings with others. Always and in all things be a true mother to him, Mary, and preserve him. I commend him entirely to you. Remember Mother Mary, that through this act of consecration he is by a special claim your child as well as mine; guard him and keep him as your property and possession. Amen.

-- From a Catholic Mother's Manual prayer book (1941) by A. Francis Coomes, S.J.

Rainbow Cupcakes

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these are a wonderful reminder of st. cecilia and the colors of piety.

the rainbow cake is a family favorite.  we decided to make these JOYfilled cupcakes instead.  the inspiration can be found here.


rainbow mix

prep the cake as specified on the box.  we used 3 boxes since we had plan to bake these for  a parish girls bake sale.

divide the cake into 6 bowls.  we used a little over one cup per bowl.  add icing coloring to the bowls.  one color per bowl.  a little goes a long way.

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fill the cupcake liners with the different colors.  we used a table spoon to layer the colors. 

filled cupcake liners

we filled the liners to the brim.  next time we’ll try filling them with less batter.rainbow cupcakes


i always use meg’s recipe for frosting, a family fav.  it’s super easy and always tasty.

  • 2 sticks of butter at room temp
  • 1 bag of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (to taste)
  • 1 tbs milk (to desired consistency)
  1. soften the butter with a mixer to remove all lumps
  2. add 3/4 of the the bag of powdered sugar
  3. add tsp of vanilla
  4. mix
  5. add milk until it is thick enough to stand on your spatula but thin enough to spread nicely.  we like ours creamy, cool whip-like.


ice the cupcakes and decorate.  we use rainbow nerds and skittles.  they look cute and add some sweet and fruity flavor.  i think they help make the rainbow come to life.

       rainbow cucake collage

they turned out so yummy that we decided to eat some and share some with our guests.  good thing we made 3 boxes.  there were 24 kids between the 3 families.

yummy cupcake

St. Cecilia ~ Piety

   11-st-ceciliaAs music played, Cecilia sang to God, ‘make my heart immaculate that I might not be put to shame.’ (Cantantibus Organis)
November  22nd  ~ Memorial of St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr
There were 20 girls in attendance at our Nov. 6 meeting.  Majority of the girls attended First Saturday Mass together.  The meeting was a bit different than previous meetings.  We divided the girls into groups of 5-6.  Each group rotated between 4 stations.
    1. coloring page – the girls were able to get a jump start on their St. Cecilia coloring page and get a little social time.
    2. The Colors of Piety frame – Mrs. A and Mrs. R helped the girls create a colorful piety frame.
    3. piety pin – Mrs. Aranas was head designer at the pin station.
    4. memory verse skip-it.  - Mrs. P and Rose led physical exercise outside.  The girls jumped/skipped to their memory verse.  Father S attempted to join the girls but his boots were too big for the skip-it ring
The girls learned about St. Cecilia and why she was chosen for the virtue of Piety. 
We used Father Lasance’s Colors of Piety to better explain the virtue.  Each craft was based on The Colors of Piety.

28_40The Colors Of Piety
Rosy Red: Zeal in hearing Mass
Scarlet Orange: Works of Charity
Bright Gold: Practice of Frequently Raising the Heart to God
Verdant Green: Sanctification of Sunday
Celestial Blue: Fervor in Prayer (daily prayers)
Violet: Self-Denial (make sacrifices and learn to be obedient)
White: Pious actions (the Rosary, the Scapular, and Eucharistic Adoration)

Father L visited the girls.  He spoke about All Souls Day and our role in praying for those in purgatory.
Little Flowers Wreath I Patch Set

Once again, you are welcome to place the current Wreath Badge onto your Little Flowers sash, once you determine that your LF has mastered the virtue and knowledge of the saint.
AR used Boy Scout double sided tape to adhere the badge to H’s sash.

 Piety Craft Page
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Patron: Albi, France; composers; martyrs; music; musicians; musical instrument makers; archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska; poets; singers.
Symbols: Holding a lute; playing the organ; holding roses.

Piety Pin

st cecilia piety pins

Piety Pins were the main craft for my last Little Flowers meeting.  The girls loved the pins and were excited to share them.  Many of the girls gave their pin to a loved one.

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  • multi-colored beads - ($3.99/bag) divide beads by color
  • silver beads - ($2.99/bag) used as spacers
  • jewelry/butterfly/french pins -  found at JoAnn's in the bead dept. ($1.99/pack)
  • saint medal - ($.32 – $.60/medal)


  • straighten the safety pin
  • thread the beads directly onto the safety pin.  be sure that all the beads are pushed to the back side of the needle so that the side with the sharp end is without beads, free to be threaded into clothing.
  • open the top ring of the medal and place the the medal onto the beaded pin.
  • bend back the pin to its original form.

This craft coordinates with Father Lasance’s Colors of Piety.

the possibilities are endless!

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The Colors Of Piety

Rosy Red: Zeal in hearing Mass

Scarlet Orange: Works of Charity

Bright Gold: Practice of Frequently Raising the Heart to God

Verdant Green: Sanctification of Sunday

Celestial Blue: Fervor in Prayer (daily prayers)

Violet: Self-Denial (make sacrifices and learn to be obedient)

White: Pious actions (the Rosary, the Scapular, and Eucharistic Adoration)

Colors of Piety Frame

colors of piety of frame joyHere’s the latest Little Flowers creation, a Colors of Piety Frame.    It was created to help the girls remember their lesson on the virtue of piety and St. Cecilia.  It was fairly simple but required adult supervision due to the use of hot-glue guns.  The girls plan to use their piety frames for their home/bedroom altars.
supplies joy
  • colored popsicle sticks – one of each color/frame (Dollar Tree Store) $1/pack (16/color)
  • reg. popsicle sticks – 1 and 1/2 per frame (Dollar Tree Store) $1/pack
  • scissors
  • hot-glue gun
  • colors of piety cards (can be printed from here)
steps joy

  • print colors of piety cards
  • laminate cards
  • trim cards
  1. glue one colored popsicle stick on left and right side of card, directly onto the laminated card
  2. glue one colored popsicle stick on top and bottom of card, directly onto the attached popsicle sticks from step #1
  3. glue two colored popsicle sticks onto the back side of the laminated card.  glue each adjoining area.
  4. glue the reg. popsicle stick onto the back/bottom of the laminated card and exposed colored popsicle stick.  slightly angle the popsicles stick upward.  this will serve as the bottom stopper for a picture and stand for the frame.
  5. glue the half reg. popsicle stick onto the reg. popsicle stick that was glued in step #4.
you can keep the frame as is or place a picture into the frame.
The color of piety card was inspired from here, Jessica at Shower of Roses.

Baby Piranha

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6 months

19.5 lbs

4 teeth

crawling sporadically



loud squeals

teething on siblings

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Down By The Bay

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 papi overlooking the ocean

Past Years

2009-11-02 all souls day monterey

dec 2008

Giving Thanks - Craft

I used this craft for Little Flowers – Perseverance & St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  My family has made this a Thanksgiving/Pre-Advent Tradition.

The Gratitude Cards are intended to be used from now until the start of Advent - Nov. 28, 2010. 

The the goal is for the children & family to work on preparing their hearts to receive the most wonderful gift, Jesus. 

The box was decoupaged with a picture of Our Blessed Mother, Lord Jesus Christ, and/or another Saint.  It can later be used as a prayer box to store the intentions of family and friends.  The box can also be used for keepsakes such as Rosary, Miraculous Medal, etc.  It also serves as a great gift for another.  We often use the boxes to present a spiritual bouquet to someone dear.

A card is to be randomly selected from the box on a daily basis.  The activity/card selected should be performed by all members of the household.

Here’s an example:  “I’m Thankful for my toys.”  Give some of your toys away to Goodwill so that other children may enjoy them. 

The card is then placed on the hanging twine for all to see.  This serves as a reminder that this task needs to be completed.  It also helps to reflect on what you are giving thanks for.

I put our twine and cards over the fireplace.  The kids love to see what they have completed and what they are thankful for. 

Sparkles couldn't wait to start her cards.  She was even more excited when she selected the card, "I'm Thankful For Our Car."  Her task was to clean the car and then go out for ice cream cones.  She has never been so happy to clean the car.  She rallied her sisters and went to work.  I even gave a hand.  I couldn't resist their enthusiasm.



Gratitude Cards:

  • I’m Thankful for… Cards (I printed my cards from here and selected the cards that applied to my family and Catholic Faith.)
  • Scrapbook cardstock (I purchased a 4.5x6 book of Thanksgiving scrapbook papers, found at Michaels)
  • Scissors
  • Glue/double stick tape
  • Hole punch
  • Twine/raffia

Gratitude Box:

  • Paper box (purchased from the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart)
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Holy Picture
  • Foam Brush


Gratitude Cards:

  • Print & cut the I’m Thankful for… Cards
  • Trim your scrapbook paper to frame the “Thankful Cards”
  • Adhere the cards to your scrapbook paper
  • Hole punch the scrapbook paper with card
  • Thread a piece of twine/raffia in the hole and tie onto the hanging twine for display

Gratitude Box:

  • Spray paint the brown/paper box with gold spray paint
  • Trim your holy picture as desired
  • Adhere the picture to the box by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge on the box. 
  • Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the picture and entire top surface of the box.  Repeat as desired, allowing time for drying in between coats.

Father, "I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with all my heart" (Ps 138:1).

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