Thursday, October 24, 2013

Here kitty kitty kitty


As many of you know months ago I rescued a kitten! His mamma rejected him and he was walking around the barn hungry and cold.I decided to take him in, keep him warm, feed him and see what happens. Well, did I get a dose of reality! He was hungry every few hours, I needed to help him go to the bathroom, and all he would do is sleep! He was so tiny and so well behaved :)

Remember this little guy?
Now he has become a beast! He is pouncing all of the place, being playful, runs around like a lunatic. I had to create boundaries and restrict him to a few rooms as he was on everything and spilling things! Being gone for hours at a time due to school I was nervous to let him wander around the house. He can be such a sweetheart though. He cuddles in with me at night and in the morning he wakes me up when my alarm goes off by kissing my nose and purring into my neck. I love him :)

Here he is now:)






Here we are :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

5 Favorites!

This week for my  Five Favorites I decided to focus on documentaries! I have a little bit of a sick obsession with them , but I justify it by saying it is educational? They are not limited to any particular category! Here are my Five Favorite documentaries :). Head over to Hallie's page for more favorites!


 1.



                    Children Underground can be found on Netflix. It follows a group of children/teenagers in Romania that are stuck living on the streets. Many of them are addicted to drugs, especially paint which is obviously cheap and legal.Many of the girls in this documentary pretend to be boys so that they do not get beaten or raped. The children form gangs in order to survive. Another interesting fac tis many of them choose to live on the street because it is better than being at home as some of their families ar very poor or abusive. My heart ached for these children throughout this documentary and not all of them had happy endings. It is in Romanian, but there are subtitles, which works for me because it is very hard for me to watch anything that doesn't have subtitles.



2. 

              Nursery University can also be found on Netflix. This documentary is a polar opposite of the one above. It follows five families living in New York city of different economic backgrounds. Each family is trying very hard to get their child into "the best nursery possible". This may sound crazy but the though process is that if their child gets into a prestige nursery they will get into a prestige kindergarten which amounts to a prestige elementary school, a prestige high school and eventually a Ivy League college.

                The child's future depends on getting into these schools. If you are accepted into the nursery your future is set in stone. It shows us the difficulties that the parents have to go through, and how they prepare their children;language classes, extra circulars etc. Not to mention the astronomical amounts they have to pay to try to get in as well as the tuition rates. It also shows the side of the recruiters and the school teachers. Very interesting and at some points disturbing.

3. 

             The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan was a hard documentary to watch. I am very involved in a few groups that promote awareness of child sex and labor trafficking and this was another documentary with a agenda that many don't see. A old practice in Afghanistan is for boys to be taught how to dance, very feminine like, as they often wear feminine clothing. They are "pimped" out by their masters. Often these boys are bought from families that are poor, the families often think that their child is doing other work(farm help,store help etc.), not dancing for men. Often they are raped as well. Although this practice has been outlawed there are still many men that participate in it. I can only relate it to what someone might consider a Geisha. Often these boys grow up in this lifestyle and then they become the pimps themselves.

 This was a very well put together documentary and the maker went through a lot of trouble following this one boy. Security reasons made him quit filming and he had to flee the country in fear of his life which really shows you how good we have it here in the United States. This documentary ended on a happy note as the director of the film was so upset about what was happening to the boy that he risked his own life, called up a child agency and got him out of that situation

4.



Monica and David is a documentary that follows this young, autistic couple. It shows their engagement, their marriage and their first year together as newly weds. It was a very touching story and warmed my heart as this couple dealt and overcame with ordinary newlywed problems. They truly care for each other and look out for each other. I almost burst into tears when Monica was holding a baby and saying how she wants one. She didn't understand the concept that she couldn't bare a child. Because of their difficulties Monica's parents built a home that was separated into two levels, one for the parents and one for the newly weds. This gave the newly their space yet the parents were close enough just in case.Beautiful story about about pure hearts!

5.
A look inside our food industry. I watched this this summer with Sebastian and we were utterly grossed out by some of the things. It goes inside Tyson chickens and how they are treated. It makes me count my blessings that I am able to have my own fresh grown food. For those that are not able to , watch this documentary it really will make you realize that it is okay to spend a bit more especially when it comes to meat. Very very good documentary!



So those are some of my top ones! What are yours? I am always for something new to watch. Subject does not matter:)
Remember all of you are beautiful and loved!

God Bless

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Scrumptious Blog Award


Oh am I excited for this! The beauitful Amelia tagged me in this super fun question game!
Here are her questions.
 
 
 
 
1.  Are you introverted or extroverted?
 I am definitely a introvert! Don't get me wrong I LOVE to go out with friends, family and the life. I want to work with juvenile delinquents in the future. I love my current job mostly because I love to meet new people and chit chat with them for a little bit. However, in all honesty I love those nights at home where I have nothing on plate, and I can just relax, or organize etc. Although I loved living at the dorms in college I was constantly stressed out because there was human interaction 24/7, very rarely did I have the room completely to myself. So, if you don't hear from me for a while, no worries I am probably just recovering from the holidays, or something of the sort :)!
2. When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging a few years a go on and off. This past summer I found Christine!
and I found a whole new world of bloggers, and more exciting Catholic bloggers. That whole being a introvert? Ya, this helped a lot. I am able to connect with women of a similar mindset, without necessarily going out every night :). After reading her blog I found a few more bloggers and it seems that every week I am following a new person or so! I finally decided to create my own blog as I wanted to comment on posts as well as open myself up to this wonderful community!


3. What is your greatest strength in your parenting?  Or, if you don't have kids yet, what is your greatest strength in your other significant relationships.
 
Hmm. I think my greatest strength is that I really like to go all out and make sure the other person feels special and appreciated, especially on special events such as birthdays and holidays. However, I really like to surprise others as well with little notes, or presents on no occasions as well. I want to make sure people know that no matter the hour I am willing to listen and that I am there for them. I know it brightens my day when someone does something unexpected!



4. What is your biggest weakness in parenting?  Or, if you don't have kids yet, what is your greatest weakness in your other significant relationships.
Although I am okay if plans don't go as planned and I do not get angry with other people if they are late/can't come through. I get unnecessarily angry when plans do not work out because of me. I hate being late and I hate messing plans up for others. When I do so I get into a horrible mood and tend to give up hope. I know I have to work on this, especially if God grants me with children in the future!
5. If you had to choose a "last meal", what would you choose?
Oh.This is easy.  Friend pork chops. Mashed potatoes with chives and gravy. Coleslaw from KFC. Cranberry juice or wine. Beet Salad. Pumpkin Pie. Heyyy, it's my last meal ;) I can be greedy!
6.  Do you have any pets?
Ha ha ha ha ha. Yes. I live on a farm, and I know all the animals are not "pets", but they kind of are to me so there. I have a horse named chief, a cat named Reno, two dogs named Rita and Kora. I also have chickens, 7 cows/bulls, random barn cats, ducks and geese :).

7.  Do you consider yourself to be "crunchy/granola"?  How?
In a way yes! I love everything and all that is natural, organize good for you. I am okay with spending a little more for a product that I KNOW is better for me and for the environment. I kind of addressed this question in this post. When and if  God blesses me with children I pray for the ability to breastfeed and use cloth diapers. I never though about any of this until I read "No Impact Man" for class alongside Sebastian. It is a great read, an experiment done by a family living in New York that decides to live impact free for a whole year. A real eye opener. Get yourself a copy or ask me to send you mine!



8.  Are you living where you want to live? (ie. Would you rather be living someplace else right now?)
Yes and no? I love living on our farm right now. LOVE IT. I have NO IDEA where I will be living come graduation, as I will follow Sebastian wherever his work takes him. That may stil be on the farm or that may be *gasp* in another state! I forever see myself as a country gal having a few chickens, and a horse. However, being in the middle of nowhere really puts wear and tear on our cars. 
I despise the fact that if I want to go somewhere I really have to plan ahead and plan my day around it. To put it into perspective, it is about 45 minutes to the nearest big box store; Wal-mart. If you want to get all fancy and go to a mall? One hour, one way. This means church is an hour away as well. Which means it is not possible to be involved in many activities such a rosary group, young couples group etc. Thank goodness I am a introvert? Regardless, if I were able to pick anywhere I would pick up my farm and move it a little closer to everything :).

9. How would you describe your fashion style?  What types of clothes do you typically wear?
Oh man. I by no means buy the latest fashion magazines and reflect my style off of that. I like to wear "trendy" clothing, but most important to me is 1) modesty and femininity 2)what looks good on ME. Sometimes the latest things just do not look good on me. I wear skirts daily and usually pair that up with anythign from a simple tshirt for around the house/lazy days to a cardigan/nicer shirt. I am beginning to spend more money on clothes and opt to buy higher quality. I also do 70% of my shopping at thrift stores.

What I don't wear even though it is in style, trendy etc.
 

More of my style :)!



 
10. What is your favorite season and why?
 I actually did a whole post on this question right here  :) . However, it is fall! Perfect temperature. I love everything and anything pumpkin. I love the colors. Usually a time for me to get organized once again, not have the heat or air on. Just lovely :)!
 
 
Thank you so much Amelia for tagging me! I had a blast :)

Here are the rules for the SCRUMPTIOUS BLOG AWARD:
1. Once you are awarded, post about it on your blog and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Answer all of the questions on the tag.

3. Do not award anyone who has more than 100 followers.

4. Come up with 10 new questions.

5. Tag 5 to 10 people.
 
I am tagging...
 
Kim aka my mother in law at,  The Stitching Chemist
 
Suzanne at, Just Another Girl
 
 
Colette at, The Catholic Lady

Sarah at, Totus 2 us Maria
 
Feel free to play along beautiful ladies! If not, no worries :)
Your questions are....
 
1. What brought you to the blogging world?
2. When you are an hour to yourself how do you spend it?
3. What is usually your first thought when you wake up?
4. . If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
5. If you could restart your educational career and could pursue anything money is not a factor what would you do?
 6. Biggest pet peeve?
7. Favorite childhood memory?
8.If you could spend the whole day just doing one thing what would it be? Assuming money wasn't a factor etc.
9. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? If not what would you subscribe to?
10. What is something you wish you could do for a living but can't because 1) it isn't a career 2)there is no way you could support yourself. Ex; I wish I could read and review books for a living!
 
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Favorites





Head over to Hallie for more Five Favorites :)


As I pondered on what to write for this weeks five favorites, I was inspired by a few bloggers and decided to tell you my Five Favorite things about my Catholic faith :).
 1.
 The Holy Trinity
Okay, so I know this isn't limited to the Catholicism, but I love how the Catholic church incorporates the trinity into our daily lives and within the sacraments! 




2.
The Saints
I love the Saints! I think they are a great example of what we can be and what we should strive to be. I love it when people who are not Catholic or even some that are make the statement that we pray to the Saints to me, for the pure fact that I can clear up that hearsay! What a support system we have, people to pray for us! I have recently been trying to incorporate feast days into my daily life and what fun it is! I think it is a great way to stray away from that "Sunday Catholic" feeling we may sometimes get by incorporating church history/saint lives into our own. I know it helps ME feel closer to the Lord!

 

 




3.
Unity
I love the unity that the Catholicism encompasses. I think it is amazing that you could go into any Catholic church on any given Sunday and the readings would be the same. I love that the teachings are universal. Since going to RCIA with Sebastian I am astonished by how much we have received from them already without paying a dime; all of our materials, time and dedication from the RCIA team leaders plus the amazing meal that we shared at our last class. They went above and beyond decorating the cafeteria for us and I was moved!


I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10

4.
Scripture/Catechism
What a blessing and a resource! I didn't get my first catechism until I reached college. When people asked me why Catholics did this or that my awesome answer was 1) I don't know...? 2)That what I was always taught. What ignorance of the scriptures and lack of knowledge about this beautiful faith! Scripture is such a raw resource for me. It is the cold hard facts. I won't lie, sometimes it can be confusing and you don't always have a priest under your speed dial... although wouldn't that be cool... 1-800-CALL- A- PRIEST :)
The Catechism explains most if not all my unanswered questions :). 



 5.
Sacraments
One of beauties in the Church. I don't know how else to describe the Sacraments other than pure, love and beauty. I love that our faith doesn't just have baptism but different steps through out our life that intertwine with the sacraments at appropriate moments to strengthen our relationship with God!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Amish Country

            I may or may not have mentioned this before. I have a slight obsession with the Amish. Out of any romance novel out there I always opt for the slow romantic courting of the Amish. Amish recipes? They are my first go to as I know they will not be using any " out of the box" products, etc. I love their modesty, I love their family values etc. of course nothing is perfect and I don't agree with their faith and I cringe at what shunning may entail. Nonetheless I always get excited when Sebastian and I take a trip to a community! I am grateful that I have a future husband that realizes my fascination with this culture.

               Anyway! This past weekend we went down to Arthur, IL which is a quaint two hour drive away from where we live.  We were able to roam around the little shops. Sebastian stocked up on mustard while I on material for a dress that I am sewing. We were blessed that this time we were able to have a noon meal with an Amish family. The meal was delicious and for very exciting as I was able to ask some of the deeper questions I had regarding their culture and faith. Sebastian says he enjoyed it too, but who could not when we were offered two pies; Coconut Creme and Apple ;). I don't have any pictures from Arthur as I wanted to respect them as they do not wish to be photographed.

               Afterwards we were able to go to a nearby pumpkin patch where we had a blast! Here I was able to take an array of pictures on this gloomy Saturday!

They were fuzzy chickens!

Nice decoration idea!

More decorations!
Old baler!
We didn't even plan on matching :)

So clever!



 Another wonderful thing was that this weekend my brother and my two nephews. These boys are growing up before my eyes, its crazy!




Here is me with my brother and two nephews! My brother is tall man in the green sweatshirt. Don't mind my crazy hair here. Christian and Matthew are on the ends :)
Mr. Sebastian with Chief :)

We brought him to the front yard to graze!


I missed him!



       

Tasty Tuesday!



.
Due to school being in full swing it is a little harder for me to find time to try full out recipes. Instead I look for ideas that a quick,simple, but most importantly are still made from nutritious sources! Below are two recipes(?) that I have recently made!


Pumpkin Pancakes!
I had a ton of pumpkin puree left over from making my pumpkin scones ( YES! I did make them and enough to even freeze them) that I needed to use up. Just as I was about to google my little heart out to look at recipes, my friend posted online that she made pumpkin pancakes! How perfect, I was planning on making a special breakfast for Sebastian and I before we headed out into Amish country ( more on that in another post :) ) and I had pancake mix leftover from my last Tasty Tuesday recipe!
Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of MY pumpkin pancake due to the morning rush but here is a picture of hers! 

Photo: Pumpkin pancakes. That's right restaurants, who needs you and your budget killing ways?

These cannot be ANY easier to make....

1. Make pancake mix according to the instructions. I made the lowest amount which was equivalent to 5 pancakes.
2. Add 1/2 a cup of pumpkin puree( more if making more)
3. And the way my friend Emily put it... 
      -A generous shake of cinnamon
      - A tap of ginger, and nutmeg 
Because who needs measuring tools right :) !?
4. Proceed to make as you would a regular pancake

End result?  DELICIOUS


Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
I have a uncontrollable desire for McDonalds breakfast sandwiches. Or any breakfast sandwich to be honest... Lets face it 1) they are loaded with calories 2) loaded with preservatives 3) the nearest McDonalds is about 40 minutes away (thank goodness). For some reason in the morning I have time for everything aside from making breakfast. hmm... I love breakfast sandwiches... no time in the morning... I had the "brilliant" idea to make a bunch of breakfast sandwiches and ...freeze them!
They are super easy! You can make them however you want with whatever you want! Here is the link that I used to help me along :)

The only variations that I did to the above recipe was that I made my own biscuits, and instead of bacon I used ham, and a Swiss cheese vs. American. Next time I may try something different :). When you take it out of the freezer just pop it into the microwave! Also, I am a huge fan of over easy eggs but unfortunately I don't think you can or should... freeze them that way


I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful day!
Remember that you are beautiful and loved!





Friday, October 4, 2013

7 Quick Take Friday!









Thanks to my wonderful facebook friends my feed is often filled with interesting articles, videos and so on. Lately there have been more and more of these interesting links so I thought why not share them with my blogger friends. I love news stories/articles that focus on the good! Without further a due, here are my Internet Quick Takes!


1.
        This is a article about Utah high-school where a Football Coach suspended all of his team members due to cyber bullying. This really touched my heart as I was a victim of cyber-bullying in middle school. Unfortunately, these cases have just been getting worse and it breaks my heart. It is great to see a coach do this as I have seen many sport teams especially football players get leniceny often. I remember in hihschool teachers would give students alternate assignemts for those who were in sports, to insure that they made a certain grade so that they could play. It is great for a COACH to take responsibility for this team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKLnhuzh9uY
http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/09/26/utah-high-school-football-coach-suspends-entire-team-cutting-classes-cyberbullying


2.
This ia a breastfeeding article entitled  "A Dads Opinion on Breastfeeding". It  was great to see it from the other spectrum. Although I am not a mother yet, when I am, I hope to breastfeed,God willing. I always thought of breastfeeding as a natural, bonding experience, and didn't really know there was much more than that. What made me self conscious is seeing all the articles, that "your body changes after you do so, your husband won't look at you the same way etc.". This article really brought a smile to my face!


http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/a-dads-opinion-on-breastfeeding/


3.
Okay, this video isn't for the faint of heart.  Maybe my fiance and I have a sick sense of humor ( who am I kidding, I know we do) but we were laughing our butts off at this commercial.When I first saw/heard it I wasn't paying attention till a certain words caught me off guard. This is a real product by the way!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iM8W-k_exs

4.
 I love catholicmemes.com!


 




















                                                    5.
This proposal was very, very well planned out and I thought it was very cute! It would have been a little too much for me but  nonetheless I think any guy who can go out of his way to get family and friends together to propose is awesome!

 http://www.godvine.com/This-Might-be-the-World-s-Most-Romantic-Proposal-2275.html

6. 

I got this link from the lovely Christine . It is a link to a survey about the 5 love languages. It is a great quiz for everyone! Find out your love language!

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/singles/

7. 
Okay this isn't technically anything to do with my post. BUT! Today is the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi
and he is one of my favorite Saints! He is the patron saint of animals, and being a animal lover, and living on a farm I think that works perfectly:). I also discerned with  The Sisters of the Third Order of Sr. Francis 
and that experience will hold a special place in my heart! 
 
Remember, you are beautiful and loved!
God Bless!



Head over to Jen to read more quick takes!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tasty Tuesday!

It's back! :)  This past Sunday I decided that it would be a wonderful day to make pancakes! I found a great recipe by a fellow blogger Suzanne who shared the way she makes Apple Filled Pancakes. They are super easy, and absolutely delicious. Both my mom and Sebastian loved them! Here is how I made mine...

Step 1 - Find apples! I had these Golden Delicious ones that needed to be used up. I am sure any kind will do, it isokay if they are soft! I played around with different widths and decided a little thicker was perfect. So basically I sliced an apple up, cut out the core and boom! You have your first step done.



Step 2: Find any pancake waffle mix. Remember that you are not using as much pancake mix as you would for a regular pancake because the apple is your filling. I made the option for 5-6 pancakes and it fed all three of us! Make the mix according to the box.


Step 3: Dip the apples in the pancake mix. This is why I felt a  thicker cut was better because it didn't break for the heaviness of the waffle mix. Then again, it probably depends on the mix. Waffle mix seemed to be heavier than pancake? 

Step 4: Put them gently on a  heated buttered pan. Keep the heat at medium s you want them to cook slower so that the apple gets nice and warm:) I would say total cooking time for 1 pancake was about 7-10 minutes...ish


Step 5: Enjoy them! I didn't have any syrup to put on them so I topped ours with cinnamon sugar. Sebastian suggested that they may also be delicious with jam,jelly, pumpkin cream etc. We are not huge fans of eating really sweet things, we paired our pancakes with some salty ham and unsweetened coffee to go with! 

This is a perfect fall breakfast!  You can control the sweetness of these which is great! You are not eating as many calories/carbs because half of the pancake is apple :) which means you can have a few more ;). I do not have any children, but I think I will use this when I babysit next time. It is easy enough to have them help and not to much mess!

Remember that you are beautiful and loved!
God Bless.


Oh!

Happy feast day of Saint Therese everyone!