Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Nature Links

I added two new nature links on the right-hand menu.  I hope these encourage you to step out and enjoy the natural world around you.
Nature Rocks
Children & Nature Network

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Praise of Created Things"

Praise of Created Things
by Saint Francis of Assisi
Be thou praised, my Lord, with all Thy creatures,
Above all, Brother Sun, who gives the day and lightens us therewith.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of Thee, Most High, he bears similitude.
Be Thou praised, my Lord, of Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heaven hast Thou formed them,
Clear and precious and comely.
Be Thou praised, my Lord, of our Sister Mother Earth,
Which sustains and hath us in rule,
And produces divers fruits with colored flowers, and herbs.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

found at island Ireland
St. Patrick's Day is a fun day at our house.  It starts with a breakfast of scrambled green eggs (add blue and green food coloring until you get the desired color) and ham with toast and ends with green Angel Food cake.  My grandmother was part Irish and she actually shared her birthday with St. Patrick's Day.  To celebrate her birthday, we always had Angel Food cake, with green food coloring added to the water before mixing.  So, now as a way to remember her and celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we have green Angel Food Cake for dessert each year.
Today we had rice and beans for dinner, so I made the rice green.  Also, since I made this morning's bread in my bread machine, I made it green as well.  It's such a fun and inexpensive way to celebrate.  There are so many different color options, you can use these ideas for many celebrations.