Monday, July 25, 2016

Tea Party on the Feast of St. James

St. James’ Cake
This recipe is genuinely easy. 


I had no idea what ground almond was, until the internet told me almond flour, almond meal is more bitter FYI.
(And you only need one bag of this special flour- in a few days you will use your bag up on St. Ignatius cake)


Beat 3 eggs.


Mix the almond flour and cinnamon in another bowl.


Zest half a lemon into the eggs.


Add the two bowls together.


Make sure you spray you pan well, or line it.


Go for 12 mins and see how it looks, cook till done.


Have you cross ready to go.


Use your Ikea sifter to sprinkle on the powered sugar lightly (or in a 4 year old's case, as much as possible cause the sifter is a blast to use!)


Pull the cross off carefully.


We had Peach Tea Snapple and Tarta de Santiago for our tea party tonight. The cake is actually really good. It was a nice change from boxed mixes. You could do this cake with a boxed mixed and keep the cross decoration the same. But it's good to try foreign foods too!

I found a cute and short YouTube video of here- its really easy. Oh Santiago is James in Spanish..who knew!?


St. James pray for us!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mint Jelly, The Poor Man's Jelly

This is the first time I have ever made this jelly. That's my rename for mint jelly.  I decided it would be more appropriate to call it 'Poor Man's Jelly'.  Mint grows like a weed, once you plan it, you may come to regret it after a few years. It's to prolific, it's free, it's the gift that keeps giving, even if you don't want it to! So since berries are so expensive. It reminds me of St. Patrick's day and the Irish- who were poor (at least my family was when they came over here). My parents were in Ireland recently too. Anywho..We used my mint out front...almost all of it to get two packed cups of leaves. 



Chopped it as fine as possible and boiled it. Added green food coloring too.


Strained it the water through cheese cloth.


Good jelly is crystal clear!


Squeeze that ball of leaves out.


I think I had four little bits of leaves get past me.  That's you mint water above, with green food coloring in it, at your Sure Jell and boil.


Add your sugar and boil it again.  Hopefully you remembered to sanitize your jars and lids- I don't have enough pots, so they all go in together. 


About half my jars always seal before the water bath, and I don't bother with them, the others get the water bath.



Mint Jelly, and boy is it sweet and very very good. Nothing like it! We are saving it for special Irish feast days we celebrate. Straight from the front flower garden to a jar!  We might have to make one more batch when it grows back again in the fall, just to be certain we will make it through the winter and have some to share ;)

July sales, elephants, swim lessons and berry picking, jamming, Sacred and Immaculate Heart tree altars, rock climbing...

I will try to go in order from my title. 
Have you guys been to Walmart at all lately? They have some seriously cute knit skirts, with stripes and chevron patterns. And they had plenty of cute tops as well to match.  They were all clearancing them this week too, $5- $9 a skirt.  Greys, stripes, coral pink, chevron, blue/grey, black, red, all nice solid colors too.


See the baby, she was so tired of being in the dressing room, thank goodness boogie boy came with me that day. It was his Baptismal Feast day. I think I bought 7 or 8 skirts in all. Then I got matching tops and I spent $99. I couldn't be more excited ;)


Okay moving on...

Our Zoo...just visit it, it's world class.



I have the most hilarious video of this young male elephant swimming and chasing the ducks and geese.  The tiger was even swimming that day as well. 



Speaking of swimming, they all passed swimming!


It happened to be Brenden's Baptismal Feast day this week, so he had a good week! He even got a late birthday present from his Godmother and Godfather, Auntie Erin and Uncle Nate, it timed with his feast day!




God Bless our police men!







Don't know why I can't find Knox leaping off the board. On the last day Brenden went without his life vest off the boards. No fears! It was great.


We went when Knox was a toddler and was talking, at that point we picked raspberries, ooh they were so good. Today we went for blackberries (their raspberries are non existent right now).


Lets go!



so thoughtful!






He didn't do much picking...lol  He was ready to leave after 15 mins.


Sweet Genna kept finding him shady places to sit and berries to eat..what a good sister! I just ignored his whining to be honest. Genna was waay more patient than I was! ;) lol


We made blackberry jam and triple berry chia seed jam, I have no idea if you can do that, but I did it anyway.


Genna is learning for 4-H for next years fair. (Even the boys are learning to preserve and can).



We need more for Knox's feast day and our homeschool's feast day in September.



Yes, I had the kids trying to help with the hysterical baby. She woke up and screamed and was unconsolable, right. when. I. couldn't leave the stove. She even had projectile spit up...lol  OH the souls that were popped from purgatory for the love of blackberry jam!






Triple berry.



Chia yes I slipped some in, there are already a ton of seeds.




Oh it tastes so good, we couldn't wait and opened some for breakfast the next morning.



My mom with Zoe in her pool.





See the Roman soldier getting the mail?







One is in the front the other in the back, they can be seen from all our window's. It will be cool this winter to see them in the snow.







So we have been trying to do stuff to keep us cool in doors since Kansas is officially hotter than hell in July, it's true I saw it on Facebook! 


Having the YMCA waterpark empty  and to ourselves is a blessing!


We have a program called Kids Bowl for Free. It's just the cost of shoe rental, which is around $9. My kids love bowling, and it's indoors!




Stay cool my friends!