Monday Recap: 8/17/2015

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Book Notes: Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag

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Here’s my review of Teresa Tomeo’s purse-sized devotional, Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag, and interview with the author. This is a book you’ll want to tuck into your favorite handbag!

Tech Talk: Never Miss a Homily Again

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A growing number of priests and deacons have begun offering the text and/or audio recordings of their homilies online, so that people who didn’t get to hear the whole thing can catch up later–and people who want to prayerfully review it can do that as well.

Book Notes: Saint Clare–beyond the legend


My review of a biography of St. Clare that delves deeper into the significance of her life rather than following a timeline.

At Cook and Count:

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At Dynamic Women of Faith:

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My review of The Catholic Drinkie’s Guide to Home Brewed Evangelism by Sarah Vabulas.

At Real Housekeeping:

big batch savvy spaghetti and meatballs RHBig Batch Savvy Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Try the recipe–and join the discussion in the comments box about roaster ovens!

Monday Recap: August 3, 2015

Monday Recap-What I've been writing



menu planReview: Catholic Sistas Planner. I review this printable planner that contains sections for your calendar, homeschool, homemaking and blogging purposes. Don’t miss my giveaway right here, ending Friday!




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Stumbling Blocks on the Road to Sanctity. Taking a cue from Seinfeld, I examine my tendency toward road rage and how it’s keeping me from becoming a saint.




Farmer's MarketMeatless Friday: Farmer’s Market Roundup. I’ve gathered up a baker’s dozen recipes from the Meatless Friday archives that feature fresh produce–because now’s the time to get it and enjoy it at its best!

At Cook and Count:

rosemary chicken thighs (2)c labelBlueprint Recipe: Rosemary Chicken Thighs. Worth turning on the oven on a hot day, with a spice-rack option in case you don’t have any fresh herbs.

At Room Two Productions:

I gave the home page a fresh new look and added plenty of photos from Room Two’s vast library of video archives.



Monday Recap: July 20, 2015

Monday Recap-What I've been writingGood thing I took the “morning” out of Monday Recap! It’s been a busy day.

CWCO_live_smI’ve done a little cooking this week. And a lot of working ahead; tomorrow I’m off to attend the Catholic Writers Guild conference, where I’ll meet a bunch of contributors and a few old friends–and hone my selfie skillz with Erin’s contest. That means I had a lot of work to do for in advance of this conference, but I got a few articles done here and at Cook and Count as well.

Last week at Cook and Count:

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Algebra for Diabetics (and the people who feed them): how we work out the daily Word Problem of how many carbs are in a particular meal.

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Mexi-Melts: who needs Taco Hell when you can make something even more delicious at home!

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Italian Pork Chops with Fennel: tastes like sausage but much healthier–and on the table in 15 minutes.


Monday Recap: June 8, 2015

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My Meatless Friday recipe for Garden Marinara Sauce is up this week.

Don’t miss this fun feature that I curate each Sunday: Sunday Brunch Specials: Great Reads from This Week.

At Cook and Count:

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Chicken Pita Sandwiches


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Monday Recap: June 1, 2015

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CM Sunday Brunch 3Sunday Brunch Specials. Check out some of the best articles from the past week at!


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Meatless Friday: Summer Picnic Linkup. Join the fun and share your favorite picnic recipes, including (but not limited to) meatless dishes and summer sides, in this never-ending linkup!

Google Inbox Shame CollageTech Talk: Reforming a Digital Packrat. Find out why I used to send myself emails–and why I stopped!

At Cook and Count

Teriyaki Pork (3)cTeriyaki Pork. If takeout’s not in the budget, try this frugal family favorite!


corn and tomato saladJersey Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad. I use basil from my herb garden to make this (and sometimes fresh parsley, too.) It’s a great way to dress up garden-fresh corn and tomatoes.



Monday Recap: 5/18/15

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I had to take the “Morning” out of the Monday Recap, because it just wasn’t happening.

Here’s what I’ve been working on this week:


Catholic-TV-appTech Talk: Must-See Catholic TV, a look at an app that gives you all 99 of CatholicTV’s programs!


At Cook and Count:

trinity rice with almonds c squareSuper Sides: Trinity Rice with Almonds is a great way to transform leftover rice into something new and delicious.



new Pyrex designAn Open Letter to Pyrex was written because this is one of those times when “new and improved” doesn’t work out that way. I need more precision in measuring devices than Pyrex’s new design offers.

At Real Housekeeping:

SS-Chicken-with-Snow-Peas-FB1Scrumptious Spring! Chicken with Snow Peas is today’s featured recipe. Skip the takeout–this cooks in less time than it takes to steam the rice.

Monday Recap: 4/27

Recap logo There’s been a whole lot of cooking (and writing about cooking) going on this week! I have a bunch of new recipes up.

At Cook and Count

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Spicy Orange Chicken is a healthier take on a takeout favorite. Since it’s not fried, it’s also much less messy to cook.

Don’t miss this shrimp dish: Garlic Shrimp with Peppers and Onions.

On the Grill: Luau Chicken Thighs: These are delicious with a side of grilled pineapple slices.

Shrimp Tacos: A speedy-to-cook seafood dinner.

On the side, try some Sesame Green Beans.


dexcom g4My Tech Talk discusses the reason I’ll be abandoning Team Android at upgrade time.


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Monday Morning Recap 3/9

RecapIt’s been all recipes, all the time this week! Here’s what’s cooking:

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My Meatless Friday feature this month was Magnificent Marinara Sauce. We like it with cheese ravioli or tortellini.


spicy corn chowderAt Catholic Bloggers Network:

I served up a Meatless Friday recipe at CBN as well: Spicy Corn Chowder.


granma scones and teaAt Real Housekeeping:

A straight-from-my-Irish-grandmother recipe: Granma’s Irish Biscuits. Authentically Irish, perfect with tea! Don’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to make these! Granma made them every Sunday.


pot roastAt Cook and Count:

Monday’s dinner was a Dutch-Oven Rump Roast. This is our new favorite way to make pot roast.


fish fillets with twist of lime (4) Fish fillets with a twist of lime are a nice, light way to serve Friday’s fish.


crab mac n cheese 2 For decadent taste without the price tag to match, try this budget-friendly Mac & Cheese with Crab!


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Here’s what I’ve been writing this week at other venues:

finding Jesus logoAt Dynamic Women of Faith:

Finding Jesus: A CNN Mini-Series

FF-spice-FBAt Real Housekeeping:

Frugal Friday: DIY Spice Blends
(This was actually the week before, but I forgot to post it!)

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Meatless Friday Recipe: Cod Piccata

chicken lo mein WW (4)At Cook and Count:

Chicken Lo Mein


bakers dozen PB cookies CRUMBCookie Time: Bakers Dozen Peanut Butter Cookies



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Elsewhere This Week: 2/16/15

Rounding up my posts at other venues for the past week!

birds-featherAt, I reviewed Birds of a Feather by Kaye Park Hinckley. This collection of top-notch short stories is a must-read for Flannery O’Connor fans. Hinckley’s fiction is pure poetry.

What’s It’s an editorially-independent project of Tuscany Press staffed by volunteer reviewers who are eager to share new and classic Catholic fiction. If you’re looking for a good book to read, posts reviews every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.






At Cook and Count, new recipes include a whole bunch of meatless meals (Lent’s coming up) and a special dinner:

grilled veg burrito (3)Father Brice’s Peasant Pasta, a simple and healthy meatless dish.

Pico de Gallo, a go-with-everything-Mexican favorite.

Grilled Fajita Vegetables and Veggie Burritos

Pan-Seared Cod with Mandarin Sauce

Veal Milanese. (It only tastes fancy!)

Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs, because when the weather’s REALLY cold, you want to have the oven on for 45 minutes!