Friday, March 10, 2017

Seven on a Snow Day (and a Winner!)

It's Friday and extra special because....


No work!  No school!  It's a snow day!!

Hello long weekend :)  Unfortunately I think we might get a big snowstorm on Tuesday, which would put us over our allotted snow days and mean we have to stay later into June.  Snow thank you!


Key Lime Chicken with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

I discovered a new food blog while hunting for healthy, low carb recipes for Lent.  It's called Iowa Girl Eats and she posts gluten free recipes.   So far, the meals have been delicious.  I'm looking forward to trying the Thai Peanut Chicken with Sweet Potato Noodles this week.   Here's the rest of the week's meal plan:

My favorite day made a double appearance!


For the Women's bible study I'm doing at my parish, I learned something this week that I feel like I should have known already, but wanted to share in case you didn't realize it either.  We read in the Bible (1 John 4) that "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."  This is something I've heard forever.

Then in 1 Corinthians 13, we see that "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."  This is also a verse commonly quoted, and nothing new.

But (here comes the AHA moment) if God is love, then love is God, and so we can interchange those words to see that God is patient, God is kind, etc.  It helped me to get to know Our Father better.  That concludes this lesson of Colleen's Theology for Dummies.


The basketball season update for this week is that Andrew's town team lost in their first round of playoffs.  Andrew actually fouled out (!) and then the other team just ran away with it.  Eamon's town team is in the playoffs, won their first two games and has one more to go for the championship.  Their CYO team is in the bottom half as far as standings go, so they are hoping to win out of that group, and playoffs start tomorrow for that.  I see the light at the end of the hooped tunnel.


We rented two movies today, Trolls for the little kids and Doctor Strange for us and the big boys.  I don't think I'll like either but I'm really hard to please with movies!


Maggie (age 9) just finished previewing a great little book called How to be a Hero: Train with the Saints by Julia Harrell.  

She devoured it in one night and said it was "So good!  I learned some cool stuff about saints I didn't even know existed like Blessed Chiara.  And it talks about virtues which my class is learning all about this year with our virtue of a month.  I want to read more books like this one!"  Well, if that's not an enthusiastic endorsement, I don't know what is!   Keep writing, Julia :)  This book comes out on March 15, and would be a great addition to your child's Easter Basket.


And now for the winner of this gorgeous print from Sweet Oak Gallery...

Congrats to Heather Kraft!!  I will mail it out as soon as you email me your address at

Have a happy Friday everyone!  Go see Kelly for more!


  1. That food looks so delicious. I really need to try cauliflower rice. I think I might like it but I'm not sure anyone else would eat it. Could be nice low carb option for my lunches! And I'm the same way about movies. It's so bad, that I typically don't even watch them. And it would be so hard to find one that we all wanted to watch. Have a great long weekend! They are actually calling for snow here on Sunday even though it has been in the 70s this week. This has been the weirdest winter!

  2. We have had NO snow in Michigan. It's been kind of a bummer for this snow loving girl. But, we had almost two weeks of 50-60' weather in february.... I'll take it.

    The other thing you can do with Corinthians is use it as a examination of conscience (you probably knew this, but it is so helpful for me). So "Mary is Patient, Mary is Kind, Mary is not resentful"- etc... it's a good call on.

  3. We are big Marvel fans here and were not excited at all for Dr Strange...but finally caved when it came to the dollar theater, and my husband read all the positive reviews about it. Turned out we LOVED it and it also had a very positive, good message in there as well. So maybe you will like it? We were very pleasantly surprised, even my skeptical teen said it was one of the best movies he'd seen.

  4. So unbelievably super excited about this! I just e-mail you my address. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Yay Heather! Sweet win! I have mom brain and forgot to come over and enter the giveaway. Drats. I'll offer it up. LOL. Post a photo on IG, Heather, when you get your print up at your house.

  5. I thought I wouldn't like trolls… But you know what actually thought it was Kind of cute!

  6. I’m so glad Maggie liked the book! Please give her my thanks for reading and reviewing. ;)


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