Celebrating Every Day

Splish, splash!

A sunny Independence Day at Grandma and Grandpa’s pool::

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Does this look just a little like an invasion by sea? Louis hung out in this orange tube all day.

 

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Sophie taking a turn with the goggles.

 

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Josie getting a bit of help down the stairs.

 

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Carrie taking cover from an incoming splash ball. They had a great time.

 

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I think James wanted to get back in.

 

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Will, frogman.

 

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A medal-worthy dive? Jack taking a plunge.

 

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Sisters. Cat (20) and Jo (1) watching siblings and cousins (and Pa!) play in the pool.

I hope that you had a wonderful and safe holiday!

Twenty

This weekend, we celebrated Catherine’s twentieth birthday.  Twenty years.  Two decades since the day I saw her sweet baby face looking up at me after a very long night of labour.  In fact, 28 hours of labour.  So worth it – every minute.

Her birthday was actually the Friday before Brian’s ordination.  With all of the hustle-bustle, we decided to postpone so that we could have a proper family celebration.  And it turned out to be a beautiful day for another picnic:

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A woodland glade picnic

 

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Luminaria hanging from the trees.

 

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Pretty plate.

 

{Celebrating Everyday} | Twentieth Birthday Picnic

Primrose Pie

 

{Celebrating Everyday} | Twentieth Birthday Picnic

A trug full of sweet gems.

 

{Celebrating Everyday} | Twentieth Birthday Picnic

A bouquet of white clover for the birthday girl, from her little brother (and godson) James.

 

{Celebrating Everyday} | Twentieth Birthday Picnic

More leather-bound classics for her collection!

 

We have been blessed with glorious weather this summer.  Every picnic we’ve planned has come on a lovely, sunshine-y day.

The Menu::

Primrose Pie::

  • Almond Crust (double recipe)
  • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1.5 c. sugar
  • 6 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1.5 c. boiling water

Pat 1/2 of the almond crust mixture into a pie plate.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, until set and golden brown.  In a large saucepan,  combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt.  Add lemon juice and cold water and stir until smooth.  Stir in egg yolks, and butter.  Slowly pour in boiling water, stirring constantly.  Place over medium heat and continue stirring gently until it comes to a full boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for one minute.  Remove from heat and add lemon zest.  Pour into the baked pie shell, and top with remaining almond crust mixture.  Place in the oven and continue to bake for 1-15 minutes, until topping is lightly browned.

 

 

Merci, Papa!

Yesterday, we had a picnic luncheon for Brian out in the front garden.  We were graced with a beautiful, sunny afternoon.  Just gorgeous.

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The table set and ready...

 

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A tub of cold brew... Virgil's sodas - so good!

 

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Polo sandwich - a summertime family favourite.

 

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What to choose?

 

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Mmmmm. Lovely!

 

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William

 

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Caroline

 

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Papa enjoying a well-deserved day off. I promised not to tell you all that he dozed off in that same spot after dessert.

 

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Catherine

 

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Joséphine

 

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Cherry trifle for dessert. Anything cherry is Papa's favourite.

 

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Fatherhood.

 

Recipes::

{Celebrating Everday} | Father's Day 2012

Polo Sandwich.

Polo Sandwich:

So called because this is what I always make to take along for picnics to the polo matches in Newport.  You can make it the night before, wrap it up and stow it in the fridge until the next day.  It travels really, really well.  In fact, the flavour improves with sitting overnight.  For our crew, I make two.

  • Ciabatta bread (sourdough is so nice)
  • roasted chicken, sliced or pulled
  • 1 tin anchovies
  • 1/2 jar roasted red peppers (about i whole roasted pepper if you are making your own)
  • salad mix (with herbs is nicest)
  • 4 oz mozzarella, sliced
  • tapenade
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

Split the bread and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Spread one or both halves (as you like) with tapenade.  Layer on salad, cheese and roasted pepper.  On the other half, layer on chicken and top with anchovies. Put the two halves together and wrap tightly in wax paper, then foil.  Refrigerate overnight.  Don’t forget to bring a knife to slice up your sandwich! Serves 4 hungry adults.

Cherry Trifle::

  • 1 pound cake, cubed
  • 4 c. vanilla custard
  • 4 c. dessert cherries, or cherry pie filling
  • 1 qt. heavy cream, whipped and sweetened

In a trifle dish or glass bowl, layer half of the cake, half of the custard, half of the cherries, and half of the whipped cream.  Begin again withthe cake and end with the cream.  If you’d like, you can sprinkle the top with chopped nuts, shredded chocolate, cake or graham cracker crumbs.  This is also lovely with chocolate pound cake and chocolate custard!  Brian isn’t a chocolate fan, so we went with vanilla.  Makes about 16 servings.

 

I’ll try to get some more photos up from Brian’s ordination.  I didn’t take any pictures, so I’m working on getting them from other photographers.  Can’t wait to share more of that day with you!

 

Ordination Weekend:: Rehearsal

Five years of preparation came to an end last Saturday at 10 AM.  And a new chapter of our lives began.  I share here photos from Friday night’s rehearsal at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

I spent my day creating a floral centrepiece for Brian’s reception.  It was just the sort of project I needed in order to settle my mind and heart.  I picked up some beautiful Tibet and Gold Rush roses, along with some white dendrobium orchids from my wholesaler on Thursday.  But greens were in short supply, so I visited my neighbour, Kathy.  She runs a lovely little flower shop at her home.  I knew I’d find what I needed.  What I didn’t expect was a glorious half-hour spent in her garden while she snipped away at euonymus and hydrangea, and showed me more of her delightful perennial beds (which spell out the word “LOVE”).  I purchased some white button mums to complete my arrangement, but she insisted that the greens were a gift.  I called Jack to bring me an armload of bedstraw from the farm after finding out that Kathy used it successfully in her own arrangements.

While Brian rested up, I greened in the arrangement and placed everything but the orchids.

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All greened in.

 

We carefully packed the arrangement into the bus and drove it 30 minutes into the city.  It was awfully nerve-wracking.  I felt every bump, every turn in the road, but did a good job keeping my good humour.

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Safely arrived at the Holy Name of Jesus House of Studies, and finished with the orchids.

 

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A closer view...

 

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And another. I was pleased that this arrangement came together so well.

 

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I was delighted to find that the Cathedral was decorated in the same golden yellow and white.

 

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The beautiful tabernacle

 

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The brothers greeted each other joyfully. They've been through so much together.

 

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Practicing to be called forth, while we wives look on.

 

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Monsignor running them through everything they'll need to remember for Mass in the morning.

 

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He looks happy.

 

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Turn then, Most Gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us... Blessed Mother, pray for us!

 

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The next time we see these beautiful windows above the organ pipes, we will be the Rev. Mr. & Mrs.

 

After rehearsal, we spent the evening with our diaconate family at O’Connor’s for a celebratory dinner.  It was good to share a meal, good conversation and laughs.  Gifts and cards were exchanged.  And we wished each other a goodnight, looking forward to the following morning… a day that changed our lives forever.

Seven

Garden Birthday

Garden Birthday

A balloon 'chandelier' hangs over the table from the wild cherry tree in the front garden.

 

Garden Birthday

 

Garden Birthday

Tournesol - Sunflower

 

Garden Birthday

Birthday Girl

 

Garden Birthday

Make a wish!

 

Garden Birthday

... and blow out the candles.

 

Garden Birthday

 

Garden Birthday

Big brother, Jack made her a crown of sweet clover. It is an ancient symbol of comfort and prosperity, and the leaves, of course, symbolise the Holy Trinity.

 

Garden Birthday

Surprise!

 

Garden Birthday

New earrings!

 

Garden Birthday

Pa and his girl

 

Garden Birthday

 

Garden Birthday

 

Garden Birthday

Sunflower lolly

 

Garden Birthday

James and sunflowers.

 

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