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Happy Feast of St. Andrew!

We love today's Feast.  Not only do we have our own little Andrew, but today is the start of the St. Andrew Christmas Novena.


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
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+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897


Last night we all made our chaplets for the Novena.  And this morning we had them blessed after mass.  We then enjoyed Feast Day donuts and prayed the Novena together! 
And if you want a BEAUTIFUL St Andrew Novena Prayer card, go to JOYfilled Family! She made a great one! 



Annapolis Half Race Recap

This past weekend I ran the Inaugural Annapolis Half Marathon.  When I first signed up for this race, my plan was to go for a PR and a sub-2 hour half.  About three weeks ago, my IT band started to feel sore again, so I scaled back my runs.  At the first sign of IT band trouble in a run, I would stop running and would cross train.  So, I dropped the idea of a sub- 2 half, and just went for a PR.

The race was supposed to begin a 7AM.  I live about 1/2 hr away from the race start and I planned on getting to the race about 45 min ahead of time.  Well, I got stuck in traffic.  The exit was all backed up and it was stop and crawl to get into the parking lot for the race.  It took me an hour and 15 min to get to the race and I got out of my car at 6:58 AM.  Luckily, most runners were stuck in the traffic too and they delay the start by 15 min.  I am not sure why the traffic was so bad.  I have been to this venue for races before and have never had problems getting into the parking lot befor…

Bribery Works!

For the last several weeks, I have been potty training my 3 1/2 yr old.  He has been reluctant to say the least.  The first week, he would say, "No underwear, Mommy. I wear diapers."  He would even go so far as to get a diaper and put it on himself.  But, after a great deal of persistence, he would put on his Thomas the Tank Engine Underwear and go on the potty.

The only problem.  He REFUSED to go #2 on the potty. So, for the past two weeks, I have consistently had to clean messy underwear.  By the middle of this week, I had had enough.  I had to find that "thing" that would be the hook to get him over his fear and just do it.

Then I remembered.  A few months ago we got this amazing toy pirate ship at the thrift store.  It was way too nice to just give the boys, so we told them that it would be a Christmas present.  Well, A has not forgotten about the ship and asks for it, almost everyday.  I had the hook!

Last night I told him that if he went #2 on the potty, he w…

Healthified Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup has become a favorite in our family.  It is fairly easy to make the whole family enjoys it.  It is perfect for cold fall nights.  I have adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com to make it a bit more healthy.


Italian Wedding SoupIngredients:1/2 pound ground turkey meat1 egg, lightly beaten2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese1/2 teaspoon dried basil1/2 teaspoon onion powder5 3/4 cups chicken broth, low fat, low sodium version2 cups thinly sliced spinach2 cups cooked orzo pasta (1 cup uncooked)1/3 cup finely chopped carrot DirectionsIn medium bowl, combine turkey meat, egg, bread crumbs, cheese, basil and onion powder; shape into 3/4 inch balls. Bake these in the oven at 350 for about 10 min, or until browned.In large saucepan, heat broth to boiling; stir in spinach, chopped carrot and meatballs. Return to boil, then reduce heat to medium. Cook at slow boil for 10 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Add about 15 min before se…

The Real Reason I Run

Time alone. A sense of satisfaction.  Setting goals and working to obtain them. Having fun.  A great time for reflection a prayer.
These are all reasons I like to run.  I feel good when I run.  But the other week I was reminded of the REAL reason I run.  The real reason to run.

Two weeks ago, I finally had my stress test to rule out a heart issue.  The stress test was a "vitality test" that not only monitored the heart, but my breathing and oxygen consumption as well.

The good news is that my heart if fine.  It showed no arrhythmia.  There was no negative change in blood pressure.  All was good with my heart.

Actually, all was great with my heart.

And a few days later, I got the full results of the test.

My % body fat is in the "athletic range"

My resting metabolism is higher than even predicted based on my weight and % body fat.

My exercise capacity is 120% of that predicted for my age, which means my body is "younger" than my actual age in years.


So the rea…

Sweet Potato Muffin Recipe

I had to share this recipe.  This recipe is adapted from the Sweet Potato Muffin recipe from Runner's World Magazine.  I made these and everyone in the family LOVED them.  They really are light and fluffy.

Sweet Potato Muffins
2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour (preferably pastry flour) -I used pastry flour
3/4 cup organic evaporated cane juice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (I used safflower oil)
1 cup pureed or mashed cooked sweet potato
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk

Heat oven to 375° F. Grease 12 muffin cups or add paper liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, and salt.

In a bowl, whisk butter, oil, sweet potato, egg, and buttermilk. Fold wet mixture into the dry; stir until just combined.

Fill muffin cups three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Enjoy!!

Wordless Wednesday

A nice reminder when I am stressing about cleaning the house.

Our trip to Jamestown and Yorktown in pictures

This post is a month in the making.  In September, we went to Williamsburg for three days during Williamsburg's and Jamestown's homeschool weeks.  This time we went to Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, and Yorktown battlefield.  Here are some of the pictures of the fun we had: