What’s for supper? Vol. 58: Reserve candy corn for garnish

November 4, 2016 My last week of meals with Aleteia! It’s my very last blog post for Aleteia, alas, before my new blog really takes off. I’m sure they were tired of being stuck with all the dishes anyway while I slink off with a beer in my hand and pretend I don’t know what time it is. What’s Read More…

Light to the roots (and moving day for me)

November 3, 2016 Hello, I must be going! My time at Aleteia is almost up. I’m striking out on my own, right after one last “What’s For Supper?” post tomorrow. After that, you can find me on my new blog (which is oh so under construction. Work while you walk, right?). I’ll have my archives there soon, and I’ll Read More…

Soul cakes!

November 2, 2016 On All Soul’s Day, if we can manage it, we bake soul cakes. Here’s the recipe I use, because it doesn’t include yeast. These dense, fragrant little cakes are a good way of helping your kids step down from cramming Kit Kats into their faces for several hours a day. They are sweet, but also Read More…

A hymn to household saints

November 1, 2016 For all the saints Who’ve lost their arms and head; For those whose poor legs Are now duct tape instead; For those long gone Beneath my bad kid’s bed: Alleluia, Alleluia! For all the saints Whose words are super true, Who labored hard To preach to me and you: Please try again, Until your face is blue: Read More…

Set your Catholic mind at ease about Halloween

October 31, 2016 Are scary Halloween costumes okay for Catholics? Jimmy Akin has answered this common question in a typically thorough and reassuring way. Sexy, offensively disgusting, or occultish stuff is out (gee, what a loss). But everything else, including spooky stuff, is in. He makes the sensible point that people are attracted to spooky stuff for a reason — that Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 57: Simcha Fisher, mummy blogger

October 28, 2016 I try to make one new recipe every week, and I try not to make anything two weeks in a row. Except for this week. This week, I just tried to get through the week. *** SATURDAY Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad If you like meatballs but hate the hassle of frying them up, Read More…

The love story no one wants to hear: Vaginismus in marriage

October 27, 2016 Who doesn’t love a good, bracing, honest, personal essay, especially one that tells about awful struggles and times of darkness? We love them, that is, as long as they have a happy ending. I suffered this, we endured that, and now we’ve come out of that dark time and happier, wiser, stronger, and more fulfilled than Read More…

Why have I never heard Alex Chilton?

October 26, 2016 First of all, this is Alex Chilton: I have heard of him — or I’ve heard this song, anyway, which is very short and nearly perfect. He was barely sixteen when it hit the charts. It was right around this time when the term “blue-eyed soul” was coined, sometimes to refer to white boys who Read More…

The ultrabonkers genius of Jack Chick

October 25, 2016 God have mercy on the soul of Jack Chick, the father of countless garish mini comics that litter laundromats and bus stations around the globe. Chick’s infamous cartoon tracts have been translated into hundreds of languages and are meant to terrify unbelievers into a godly way of life. Chick was 92 when he died yesterday. He had been pumping Read More…

Do we still really need news reporters anymore?

October 24, 2016 In our area, most schools have some kind of garden for the kids to tend. Along with agriculture and botnay, gardens teach lessons about patience, persistence, and teamwork. You can even have the kids prep, package, and sell their produce after the harvest and teach them how to make change for customers for some integrated math. Gardens also Read More…
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