It’s Friday! So that means linkup time!
Gifts from the Internet
How on earth do make sure your kids keep the Faith? It’s something I think frequently think about even though I know there’s no sure answer. People ultimately make their own choices after all. However, these two posts lend some wise advice and I love them both so much I want to do what my mother (whose birthday is today!) does with pieces off the internet she finds and loves and print them out and stick them on the fridge.
3. After resisting unpacking all of our kitchen things and a full week of dinners of the takeout or wine and cheese variety, I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of cooking and went all out for the inaugural homecooked meal at chez ramos. We did a mashup of brunch and afternoon tea. My sisters and I introduced my eight-year-old nephew to the concept of afternoon tea last summer and now he thinks having tea means not only the beverage but all sorts of necessary treats on the side. He had been asking to have tea for a while so we obliged and perpetuated his grandiose ideas by serving chocolate black tea, lavender tisane, petit fours, cake balls, matcha green tea pancakes, homemade whipped cream, more of this fruit salad (which I’m thinking of making again for a get together tonight–it’s that good and simple), scrambled eggs, sausage, oreos (for him), and elderflower champagne cocktails (for us).
4. You know I’m all about using up leftovers in the most creative and delicious way possible. I ended up making enough tea for a small party of twenty (there were five of us), so I combined the teas, refrigerated the mixture, and served it the next day for Sunday brunch with milk over ice. Chocolate-lavender black tea latte ftw.
5. I saw this recipe for skillet faro and brussels sprouts and was sold since I had brussels sprouts on hand. I didn’t really make it according to the recipe but it turned out phenomenal nonetheless. I used bulgur wheat instead of faro and added prosciutto. Even with panfried chicken thighs, it really was on the table in less than forty-five minutes so I think it’s going to be something I return to again and again.
6. We’re living on the top floor of our apartment building and it’s the middle of the summer in Texas so it gets really hot really fast when we’re cooking. But we had an itch for hamburgers so my husband grilled some up on our panini press grill out on the patio. He had the grill propped up on a low shelf and was sitting cross legged in front of it grilling. It was very zen. Very hilarious. Very delicious.
7. I’ve been making more things for people. The ultimate goal is to start a small business of my own original work. Stay tuned for that (hopefully not indefinitely…I’ve been talking about it for ohhhh two years now). Presently, I’m just taking on custom illustration/handlettering commissions.
“the stories of these small humans with whom we coexist, and our collective familial journeys to eternity — those matter. And all the little details that make up those journeys are something to celebrate. The path we walk together as the “body of Christ” a la 1 Corinthians is for real, and I believe there is power in solidarity along the way. Ours may not be the stories that historians record or news anchors broadcast, but they are not insignificant when we live them with gusto. That barely perceptible, daily-grind quest for holiness? It can shake up the universe in ways we can only imagine.”
Yes and yes and yes. I’m so excited she’s finally blogging.
It’s the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ today so we’re going to try to get a some first Friday devotions worked in today amidst preparing for a weekend of game nights and brunches and barbecues.