1. I've been taking a little break from blogging lately. Life has been pretty busy, but I plan on getting back into the swing of things during Lent. I have a lot of ideas for posts, so stay tuned! =)
2. Lessons in the kitchen: My world has forever changed... I was never really sure how to chop an onion. To be honest, I've always been frightened of the slippery layers of an onion - fearing for my poor fingers who could easily be victims of the knife. But all that has changed now, after watching this video on how to chop an onion! (H/T Shelly!)
3. Potential trip: We are still working out the details, but it is very likely that we will get to take a vacation to Florida! Andrew has a one-day conference to go to, and SwingSetMall.com will be covering the costs of this portion of the trip (including his flight round-trip). So we thought it would be a nice way to save some money, since he is going anyway, and make it a family trip. We are hoping to be there for about a week. It will be so nice to have some down time and relax in a sunny place. The trip will be in May right before John's birthday, which means that he will (barely) fly for free!
4. Friends: Several weeks ago we had a delightful visit with our friends Andrew and Molly. It is so refreshing to spend time with our friends. We even squeezed one of our favorite games - Settlers of Catan!
5. Date Night: We went out on a date last Saturday and saw The King's Speech. I know it's been out for a while, so everyone else has already seen it - but it was very good! =) I even found myself Googling more information about the British monarchy. (Funny side note: I just googled the word "googling" to make sure that people say that... haha)
6. Video: Check out this great video to promote Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for college students:
7. St.Hilaire Family Recipe: Here is the recipe for the Soda Bread that we had last night:
Grease pan - heat oven to 350 F
Sift together in a large bowl: 4 c flour, 2 T sugar, 3 T baking powder, 1 t salt, and 1 t baking soda
Add 1/2 c corn oil and mix with fork or pastry blender until fine crumbs form (optional: stir in 1 c raisins and 1 T caraway seed)
Mix together 1 c buttermilk and 1 egg. Gradually add to flour mixture, stirring until soft dough forms
Turn out onto floured board
Knead lightly about 10 times or until smooth
Shape into ball, place in prepared plan, flatten lightly, and cut a cross on top of loaf
John and I went grocery shopping yesterday and we saw our favorite grocery checker there, Annie. She is so fun and we always choose her lane over the others even if there is a wait. John always loves to see her. Yesterday she was wearing a St. Patrick's day headband. John was intrigued, so she let him wear it. I warned John that we had to give it back, and she generously told us to have it - she has plenty more. That was SO nice! Needless to say, John wore it a lot today and got some great compliments from his friends at Mothers' Group this morning.
Here at the St.Hilaire household, we just finished enjoying a yummy Irish-inspired meal: Soda Bread (recipe from Mom St.Hilaire), and Guinness Beef Stew served over a mound of Colcannon. It was delicious and we gave the meal 4 stars (out of 5) - which is very good; we reserve the 5 star for only the finest cuisine known to man (in our humble opinions).
Happy Feast of St. Patrick!
PS. Today is also my conception day too! Thanks, Mom and Dad!! =)