Friday, October 25, 2013

7 Quick Takes

1. I'm always looking for new breakfast ideas - esp. ones I can prepare the day (or week) before, and I found two new recipes that were a hit with the kids:

-"Welcome Home" Chocolate Chip Muffins, and
-Pecan and Chocolate Breakfast Cookies.

Both of these can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen. With a big cup of milk, they make a fairly decent breakfast (though with nuts and oats, the cookies are definitely the heartier choice).

2. Despite these successful recipes, one of my children, Anna, wasn't entirely happy. Why? Because she doesn't like the chocolate chips. Go figure.

3. The next kitchen experiment I want to try is this one. Though I doubt I can get away with calling it breakfast. At least something with "muffin" in the title sounds healthy. There's nothing about "Gooey Cinnamon Cake" that sounds the least bit sensible and nutritious.

4. Speaking of healthy - though this time for the heart and mind, not the body - we've been listening to these cds in the van for a few weeks now, and I'm really pleased with them. I think the ones we have are "Seeds of Faith" and "Seeds of Courage". But, anyway, they're just Bible verses set to music. Music that the kids love and that I can tolerate.

And just by listening to them on the way to and from school, all four children are memorizing a lot of Scripture. Totally worth it.

5. I liked this article about why historians should write historical fiction, especially this part:
That realisation led to another – that this is what good historical novelists do. Often without realising it, they will choose a historical period to bring out some aspect of human nature. In my case, I had chosen to set my fiction in the sixteenth century because I wanted to write about loyalty and betrayal. Loyalty to one’s spouse, to the state and to one’s faith have huge resonance in a sixteenth century context, much more so than in today’s easy going world. I used the historical setting of the 1560s to amplify what I wanted to say about people.

6. My dog thinks wikkisticks are yummy. My dog is weird. What's the weirdest thing you've seen your pets eat?

7. I'm planning to interview the authors of "Let Us Keep the Feast" here on the blog, and first up are Rachel Telander, author of the Advent section, and Michelle Bychek, author of the Christmas section. What do you think I should ask them? What do you want to know about the seasons, about their writing process, and just about them? Leave it in the comments!

More Quick Takes here!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell


Kathleen Basi said...

Oh, I needed any more delicious breakfast recipes to explore... :)

Anonymous said...

My idiotic dog got in the bathroom trash and ate band aids and nursing pads. I know this because afterward he threw them up in the middle if my living room. Blech!

Amy said...

Those recipes sound delicious! I will have to try them. And I think that book sounds amazing. I'm very new to Catholicism and am learning so much right now about Advent and how to teach my children about it. I can't think of any specific questions, but I can't wait to read what you come up with.