Friday, March 18, 2011

7 Quick Takes ~ Vol. 21

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 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
  • Brush with corn oil
  • Bake about 50 min or until brown
  • Cool on a rack


  1. Where in Florida are you guys heading? We head there in April! I still want to see the Kings Speech too!! And that onion video made me laugh....I dont have that chopping talent but bias to my EASY and FAST Pampered Chef food Chopper, does the job in 2 minutes!! And protects my fingers. :) Will have to try that recipe, thanks for sharing

  2. Wow, I'm out of the blogging loop-- I never saw these pics! Thanks for posting them. :)