Michaelmas Day

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May St. Michael send angels to protect you and yours from everything wicked. +

May St. Gabriel bring you a message of love and peace, hope and joy. +

May St. Raphael heal every hurt, and keep you well. +

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{Snack Time}:: Honey Oat Bars

An easy recipe to make with your children for snack time.  These bars are lovely and warming for chilly days.  They are good with a cup of raw milk or some fruit slices on the side:

Honey Oat Bar

Preheat oven to 350F, 180C, Gas mark 4

  • 1 c. oats, flaked or ground (old fashioned oats will work fine, too)
  • 1/2 c. dried fruits, chopped
  • 1/2 c. self-rising flour
  • 1/2 c. raw sugar
  • 1/2 c. shredded carrot or coconut
  • 1/2 c butter or coconut oil, softened or melted
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger, or citrus peel
  • 2 T. raw honey

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Pat into a 9×13″ baking pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Score while still hot.  Leave to cool before serving.

Makes 16 bars.

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Alphabet of Saints

I have rebuilt the Alphabet of Saints that was lost in a hard drive crash and will begin to upload those stories and new artwork slowly to the site.  Each letter will be available as a downloadable pdf to print and use.  When the entire alphabet is completed, we will offer the entire set as a single download or in spiral-bound printed form through the Family Centered Living Catalogue.

Below is a re-posting of the original letter “A”. 

Long ago, in the land of Gaul, was nestled the beautiful town of Trier.  The hillsides were covered, and still are today, in vines, which – every summer – grow heavy with grapes.  And in one lovely house, on one of those hillsides, lived the family of Aurelius Ambrosius – his very wise and pius wife, his daughter Marcellina, and son Satyrus...

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The Good Shepherd

Kildara| Knitted Ram | The Good Shepherd

“The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,because they recognize his voice But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”John 10:3-5 NAB

The most important thing we teach our children is to know, to love, and to serve God.  So, from the youngest ages, we must introduce them to the story of their salvation.   One of the ways we can tell that story is through the use of simple scenes and figures.

The story of the Good Shepherd reminds us all of God’s loving care.  Start by making a flock of sheep from the pattern below.

Knitted Sheep (make as many as ...

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Apple Time

Apple Time

September delivers the gift of abundant apples.  If you don’t have your own apple trees, it is important to use apples from a local organic orchard whenever possible.  To find one near you, visit the Holistic Orchard Network.

Bread Pudding

This is a traditional fall-time treat in our little family. It’s one of those foods that really qualifies as Comfort Food. It’s easy to make and is delicious with heavy (double) cream, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream. Makes enough for a large family, or as a generous offering for co-op gatherings.

  • 4-1/2c (20floz) milk
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 16 slices bread, diced (leave it out overnight, or use stale bread)
  • 1c. organic brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. raisins (golden, black or combination)
  • 6 apples, pared, cored ...
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