Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Lady's Diversions: Happy 202nd Anniversary, Pride and Prejudice! ---A...

A Lady's Diversions: Happy 202nd Anniversary, Pride and Prejudice! ---A...:

Happy 202nd Anniversary to one of my favorite novels, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice ! It was published 28 January 1813.

Visit my personal blog to enter a P&P Starter Kit Giveaway!

Friday, February 14, 2014

7 Quick Takes: Colored Pants, Drinking Vinegar, and More!

Oh, it's been too long, dear readers! Here are some updates on what I'm digging these days, Quick Takes style!


Books. I've declared 2014 to be the Year of the Book for me. I used to be the type of person who could easily read three books a week. For some stupid reason, I fell out of the habit. No more! I vowed to read at least a book a week. So far, it's going great; I've read about 12 books since January 1! I'm currently working on Eleanor Catton's "The Luminaries. " It won the Man Booker Prize (not that I have any idea what that means) and I never could resist the challenge of a humongous book. :) 


Daily Mass. I've upped my daily Mass attendance so much since last year. (And now I'm thinking, dang, was I just extra lazy last year or what?!?) I especially love popping in to St. Joseph's downtown for Confession and a Holy Hour immediately before Mass. Catholic win! 


Coffee. Specifically coffee made in a French press. I hate that I sound like such a snob, but it totally makes a difference. And I like using the little plunger thing. Yes, I'm five.  


Colored pants. Way to be two years behind, Liz. I resisted for a long time because they reminded me of the horrible pastel colored capri pants my relatives would buy for me when I was little. You know what I'm talking about. But on a whim, I bought some hot pink pants a while back, and they sat in my closet FOREVER. I was afraid of those pants, y'all. Then, it happened: wash day rolled around and I could either wear the hot pink pants or my blue flannel pajama bottoms with snowflakes printed on them. I was seriously tempted by the pajama bottoms, but I scolded myself: "Self, you are only young once. You can wear these pants now, or save them for 65 years from now, when you are old and everything you wear looks cute. Because you're old. Aww. Old people. <3" I wore the hot pink pants, and haven't looked back!

Cooking. I've been getting lots more practice in the kitchen, and I now only mildly freak out when I have to cook a meal.  ;) The best thing I've made so far has been a knockoff version of the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. It was legendary, y'all. 

Homemade flavored drinking vinegar. This sounds gross, but is actually delicious! All you do is mix equal parts fruit (I've got a peach/blackberry/blueberry combo going right now) and white wine vinegar. I mean, you can use regular vinegar or red wine vinegar, whatever floats your boat. So for example, if you use 1 cup of fruit, add 1 cup of vinegar.  Squish the fruit a bit before you add the vinegar! Put it in a covered container (a mason jar if you're feeling Pinterest-y) and let it hang out on your counter for 2-3 days. When you feel like it's ready, strain out the fruit. The first time I made this, I used the fruit in a savory sauce with chicken. This time, I was like YOLO and ate the fruit. No shame over here. Ahem. Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water to the infused vinegar and stir it until the sugar is dissolved. Voila! It's done! Just mix it with sparkling water and you have a delicious fizzy drink. 


Linking up with the lovely Jen!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy 201st Anniversary, P&P!

Today is the 201st anniversary of the publication of one of my favorite novels ever, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I'm very much a literary nerd and enjoy celebrating such days with delicious meals, plenty of hot English tea, appropriate music, and today, P&P in book & movie form! Of course, I had to wear my "I <3 Mr. Darcy" ring to work.

I meant to have a little Pride and Prejudice contest to post here but have not had time to finish one of the items. We don't post very often but keep an eye on here the rest of the week for a contest post! I have to share the P&P love wherever I can.

Happy Anniversary, Pride and Prejudice!

Happy 201st Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Darcy!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

An Early Happy 1st Birthday Evangeline!


We didn't know what we were missing, your daddy and brother and puppy sister and I. Then they told us you would be a sweet (not so small) baby girl. We were nervous and scared throughout my pregnancy. We were told my health was bad no matter what the doctors prescribed or how closely I followed their advice. They told me the high risk of you being still born and the high percentage of possibility that I might not make it through either. However I knew somehow that everything would be just fine. You were born on the last day of the Mayan calender. My dad joked we should change your name to Maya. You were my 11 lb 8 oz bundle of joy. We made it through the c-section and all the bad things they told me would most likely happen did not. I was and am thankful for your health and my own. You are very different from your big brother and you both teach me new things everyday. I am also thankful I was given both a boy and a girl, but mostly for the joy that you both bring to my life.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tiny Saints Giveaway!

In honor of my daughter Charlotte Colleen's 4th birthday.

 A Tiny Saints Giveaway!

Hello again everyone,
I am so excited about this post. I have been planning on it for a while, but due to some extenuating factors (such as my timidity) I am just now putting my pen to paper (figuratively speaking).
As you know, I am a fairly new Catholic. It is still challenging for me to find ways to engage and teach my children about this way of life. Finding cute and child friendly products such as Tiny Saints give me so much joy, hope, and sanity at the ease of which they can be presented to children. They strike me as a fun way to teach about the faith and also help to comfort a child or help a child be proud of their family's faith.
Here is a bit about the company by one of its founders:
"I'm Joe Klinker, the founder and owner of Tiny Saints. My beautiful wife Colleen and I live outside Boston with our three little ones (Gracie, JT, and Noelle) and I'm a full-time Coast Guard lieutenant. When our kids are in bed and the house is clean, Colleen and I sit down each night to watch some HGTV and work on Tiny Saints; that's the routine. And it's only possible by the grace of God and the help of my brother Mark and his wife Megan. They work out of Virginia and keep the business side of things running!

Tiny Saints started as something special for our kids, although the circumstances were a bit difficult. Our third child, Melody, was stillborn on her due date in October 2011. Although Melody is now such a beautiful and joyful part of our lives, we were devastated to say the least and we miss her every single day. Gracie and JT had a hard time understanding why her crib, clothes and toys needed to be put away and as a Christian, I didn't want to shy away from telling them the truth about where Melody was: Heaven. If I showed them pictures of the saints (all of Melody's friends in heaven) on the internet, the images were often a bit intimidating or uninteresting to a child. So I wanted to meet our kids where they were at. At first, Tiny Saints were just pictures we made together on the computer. The idea grew into a business and ministry a little down the road.

I hope Tiny Saints the business can grow into something that demonstrates how hard work and use of our talents can lead to different types of success. Whether we remain a "just squeaking by" company or build into something more, I'll leave that in God's hands. He's a lot smarter than I am! In the meantime, we'll keep our focus on serving the people and families who might just give the saints a second look if they see a Tiny Saint.

One of the most inspiring parts of this experience has been seeing the reaction of non-Catholic or folks who have fallen away from their faith. Whether a person is hardened, sad, hurt or just on a difficult path, sometimes all they need is the smallest spark of grace. I'd give a Tiny Saint to every one of those people if I could afford it. I'm yet to meet a person who didn't smile after being given one. And once the gift is given, it's nice knowing God can take it from there."

The first time I talked to the company via Facebook, I got a quick response. I had asked if they would make a particular Saint and they said they would eventually make any Saint that was requested.

Here's the extra awesome news. After contacting the company, they have agreed to send a lucky winner a prize package! It includes the following Tiny Saints Giveaway Package :  1 Rosary(black or multicolor), 1 bracelet(popular saints or popular female saints), the paracord necklace, & Saint Charm of Choice.
They have also said that they would give a 10% discount to our readers here on The Cath Sister's! Just use code CATHSIS10 on orders of $20 or more.

So comment below with your preferences and a lucky winner chosen at random will receive their treasures!

Winner will be chosen at random by me on the 12th of December, 2013 and announced on The 13th.

Links to all things Tiny Saints. Check out their whole List of Saints here.
Website :
Twitter: @shoptinysaints

Monday, December 2, 2013

Job Status Change

Today December 2, 2013 is my last day of employment. I am now officially a stay at home mom/wife. November 15th was my actual last day of work. The company I worked for continued our pay through today and our insurance through the first of the year. My entire department was let go. So I have been home for two full weeks caring for my children and trying to catch up on keeping house for my husband. I Love It All! I am so happy and so very thankful. I know it's the first few weeks, but I can not get over the amount of time I get to spend with my kids. Now I just need to make time for social media. I might be a little behind with Advent/Christmas things, also Evangeline's 1st Birthday is coming up and I haven't planned any of it. Getting the chimney swept, winterizing the swamp cooler, and ordering wood need to get done too. Tomorrow I'll make time for all of that. 

Also putting in a prayer request for my husband's employment. Last week a promising possibility was laid before him. Something he has been dreaming of for the longest time. We wont know much till after the New Year, but I am hopeful that God is finally saying "It's your time Ruben."