— 1 —

Earlier this week I stopped by a Catholic thrift store to see if I could find anything the kids needed clothes-wise. As I was heading to the till I decided to at least look at their religious items and found a small icon of St Helena! Because of her discovery of the True Cross, she is the patroness of archaeologists. I took it to Monsignor to have him bless it and now I can hang it with my other icons (Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Christ Pantokrator).

— 2 —

Being an introverted mother is sometimes difficult. I dislike running around all the time, so constantly going (to violin, gymnastics, library, play dates, even Mass) can be draining for me. Sometimes I just need time at home to recharge. I really miss having groceries delivered (thankfully my husband usually does the grocery shopping).

I know this wouldn’t be different if my kids went to school instead of being homeschooled, as we’d still be doing violin, gymnastics, and play dates. It’s just that those things would be later in the day and/or on weekends, so it would probably be worse for me. I am glad the kids do these things, though it does give me one more thing to “offer up” at times.

— 3 —

Do you love pancakes? Of course you do! Everyone should love pancakes. When I first figured out I would have to forgo dairy and eggs, I wondered if I could still have pancakes. Well, I figured out a delicious recipe. I don’t measure everything, but I do enough that I think another could replicate it.

1 c self-rising flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 T Earth Balance soy-free
1 tsp flaxseed meal
1 T water
Rice milk
1.5 T lemon juice

Combine flaxseed meal and water in a small container and set aside until water is absorbed and mixture has gelled. This replaces the egg. Put flour in bowl and add Earth Balance. Using a pastry blender, combine the two. Add the baking powder, lemon juice, and flaxseed mixture. Whisk in a little rice milk at a time until it is the consistency you want. Let it sit a few minutes, then cook on a hot griddle. Enjoy with real maple syrup.

— 4 —

A sample of conversations at the table with my kids:
Charlotte: what size are a cat’s nipples?
Me: um, tiny
Charlotte: are camels mammals?
Kieran: yes, because they feed their babies mummy milk and grow their babies in their womb
Charlotte: Mother Camel, are you feeding Baby Camel?
Me: oh, I’m a camel now? Then yes.

Obviously we’ve been discussing mammals vs reptiles and fish lately. There had been a little confusion since great white sharks have live young, so we’d been discussing more differences. There is never a dull moment.

— 5 —

Sometimes recipe mistakes are delicious. Wednesday was my mother’s birthday so I decided to make her fave cake for her. That just happens to be a devil’s food cake with brown sugar icing. I asked her to get the recipe for me and I’d make it. The cake recipe specified using 4 squares of baking chocolate. Now, my mom told me she thought the old squares were 1oz squares, so I used 4 ounces, but it’s possible the old squares were 1/2 oz since the new ones are 1/4 oz. regardless, she said the cake was delicious.

The definite mistake I made was in the icing. The recipe said to use 1 stick of butter (so 1/2 c), and 1 c brown sugar. Well, I misread it as 1 c of butter. Obviously I was channelling Julia. Besides, butter is delicious, and using more can only be a good thing. Everyone said the cake and icing were delicious. I didn’t take any pictures of it because it looked horrible – even though I greased and floured the pans, it stuck. It was a cake my grandmother would’ve recommended serving with ice cream.

— 6 —

It appears that Leo’s fave animal is a duck. Or maybe he just likes to quack. He spent most of Mass yesterday quacking. He’s quite proud of this accomplishment, too.

— 7 —

I love the Suzuki method. Kieran’s ear is definitely being trained. He can hear if his violin is slightly out of tune, and he constantly sings his Suzuki songs or makes up his own. I cannot thank my cousin Esther enough for introducing Kieran to the violin, and then finding teachers for him and even sending him violins and music!

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