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No Kid Hungry

Today is September 22, 2022.  It is the first day of Autumn and children everywhere are settling into the new school year. Tragically, many children went to school this morning…

Meet the Bellini Family

Dan, Alex, Michelle, and Nicole Bellini are one of the nicest families you’ll ever meet. Together, they run the family business that started out as an Aviary. The two hives…

The 12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In the 17th century, Jesus appeared four times to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French Visitation nun. In these apparitions, Jesus asked that Catholics receive Holy Communion on the First…

Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Immaculate Heart of Mary signifies, first of all, the great purity and love of the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for God. This purity is manifested in her…

Lavender Scones

After visiting Capay Lavender Farm, I knew the first thing I was going to make with lavender was going to be scones. It was a bit of a no-brainer as…

Cooking with Lavender

From the field to the kitchen – Can you really cook with Lavender? Yes, however, many have never tasted it and only know that it looks pretty and smells nice.…

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

According to the Popes of the last 100 years, there is no devotion more important to the life of the church than devotion to the Heart of Jesus. The Heart…

When God Created Fathers

  Many years ago, my husband and son and I went on a family “explore” (as we called them) in a motorhome. Wanting to get a reaction out of me,…

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

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This past Mother’s Day, I experienced Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel like I have never seen it before. The traveling Exhibition showcases the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic…

A Lenten Prayer

  Loving God, During the sacred season of lent, bring me closer to you. Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may…
Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano

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Parmigiano Reggiano, is one of Italy’s gifts to the world of food and is an essential staple in many kitchens around the globe, including mine. It’s unmistakable aroma, milky taste…
Holy Week

Holy Week

  During Holy Week, we enter into Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. This is known as the Pasqual Mysteries. We not only commemorate the important events of our salvation in…
The French Market

The French Market

  The historic French Market stands today as an enduring symbol of pride and progress for the people of New Orleans. The first iteration of today’s French Market was erected…

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God acknowledges and celebrates Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus Christ. This holy day of obligation is a liturgical celebration observed on…
Lenten Soup Suppers

Lenten Soup Suppers

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  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a journey of spiritual growth, requiring fasting, the giving of alms and prayer. Although this is a solemn season more about self…
Epiphany

Epiphany

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  The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is one of the oldest Christian feasts. The word epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning to appear or…
Advent Wreath

Advent

  Advent marks the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. It is a season of joyful expectation, hope and preparation for the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. The traditions…
Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

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  In the United States, many of us learned about Thanksgiving in grade school. We were taught that the fifty-three pilgrims (the only colonists to survive the long voyage on…
All Saint's Day

All Saint’s Day & All Soul’s Day

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  In Italy and Sicily, nearly every small town has its own patron saint with their own celebratory feast day. The celebration known as La Festa Ognissante (All Saint’s Day),…
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