Friday, July 29, 2011

Mama and Baby Love: Freezer Cooking with Slow Cooker Recipes

This is what they look like, yummy, click on title to read the her post and get her recipes.  I found this via a link on Pinterest.  She said she felt like she invented electricity when she discovered how to do this.  I am so glad she "discovered electricity" because I will be using this technique.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Clothing inventory

To really save out of season. Summer clothes are going on sale now. During my inventory, I noticed my husbands short sleeve polo shirts were starting to look worn. So I went shopping and found a great deal at a Hamricks store.
They had men's polo collared shirts for $5.98 each! The shirts are 60/40 poly cotton, preshrunk, and I purchased 5 of them for him to wear to work.
Here is a great tip for setting the color in shirts and really keeps them from fading.
Before washing place the shirt in a bowl of white vinegar and let soak for an hour. Ring out vinegar and then wash in cold water.
The vinegar sets the color in the fabric. I do this for all my new colored clothing.

5 Exercises for Everyday

e 5-Minute Fitness Secret

By: Adam Campbell, M.S., C.S.C.S. 

Want a fat-burning workout that fits your life? Then check out this routine that uses moves from The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. You can do it almost anywhere, and you can do it fast—yet you’ll be amazed at how quickly it gets your heart-pumping. All you need is just one pair of light dumbbells—5 or 10 pounders!—to target every part of your body while burning tons of calories. So you’ll never have to leave your house or even use a treadmill.
The best part: You can tailor the routine to fit your schedule. Because one circuit takes exactly five minutes, you can give yourself a fat-burning boost any day, any time. For example, say you have only 10 minutes on Monday. Go ahead and just do two circuits. On Wednesday and Friday, maybe you have 20 minutes—enough time for four circuits. But maybe you find yourself with the time and energy for a 10 or 15-minute workout on Saturday or Sunday. Jump to it! Just think of each circuit as a five-minute fat-burner. Use that strategy to shape your body whenever you get the opportunity.
Directions: The workout is simple: There are 5 exercises. We’ll consider each a “station.” Go to each station for 60 seconds. Do the exercise for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat this process—moving to a new exercise at the top of every minute—until you’ve completed all five exercises. That’s one circuit. Catch your breath, then repeat the entire circuit. Try do four to five circuits (very challenging!), three days a week, for a super-fast, fat-blasting plan. But remember, you can customize the plan to fit your schedule if needed. So if the three-day-a-week approach doesn’t work for you, simply try to do a total of 12 to 15 circuits a week—working them in when you can.
One note: This workout is made for light weights. How light? You should feel challenged by each exercise. Read: You’ll be breathing hard and feeling it in the targeted area. If 5 or 10-pound weights are too easy, use the trial-and-error method to determine the weight that’s right for you.
Beginners: You may need to start out a little easier. Simply do each exercise for 15 seconds, and rest for 45 seconds. Do two to three circuits. As you become more comfortable, increase the time you perform each exercise and the number of circuits you do.
Fitness buffs: If you want to make the routine harder, just increase the amount of the 60-second station that you spend working, and decrease the amount that you rest. So you might do each exercise for 45 seconds and rest for just 15 seconds.
For even more novel fat-burning moves, check out The Best New Exercises for Women.

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Dumbbell Lunge and Rotation

Step 1

Step 2
  1. Grab a dumbbell and hold it by the ends, just below your chin. 
  2. Step forward into a lunge. As you lunge, rotate your upper body toward the same side as the leg you're using to step forward.
Total body toning workout
This move works:
Biceps, Calves, Core, Obliques, Quadriceps
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

Mountain Climber

Step 1

Step 2
  1. Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight.
  2. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Touch the floor with your right foot. Return to the starting position. Repeat with your left leg. Alternate back and forth for 30 seconds.
Build a Better Booty
This move works:
Abs, Chest, Core, Hamstrings, Hips, Lower Back, Obliques, Quadriceps, Shoulders, Upper Back
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

Dumbbell Push Press

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3
  1. Hold a pair of dumbbells next to your shoulders with your elbows bent.
  2. Dip your knees. 
  3. Explosively push up with your legs as you press the dumbbells over your head.
The perfect pushup
This move works:
Shoulders, Triceps
Photo Credit:

Dumbbell Row

Step 1

Step 2
  1. Grab a pair of dumbbells, bend at your hips and knees, and lower your torso until it's almost parallel to the floor. Let the dumbbells hang at arm's length from your shoulders, your palms facing behind you.
  2. Bend your elbows and pull the dumbbells to the sides of your torso. Pause, then slowly lower the dumbbells.
Flat ab-pilates workout
This move works:
Upper Back
Photo Credit: Beth Bischoff

Squat Thrusts

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5
  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms at your sides.
  2. Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as deep as you can into a squat.
  3. Kick your legs backward, so that you're now in a pushup position.
  4. Then quickly bring your legs back to the squat position. 
  5. Stand up quickly and repeat the entire movement.

It's amazing what you can accomplish when your kid is sick (episode II)

It's amazing what you can accomplish when your kid is sick (episode II): "After spending $2 a jar for pizza sauce that wasn't even that great, nor was it organic, I realized that making my own might be a better way to go...

And then I realized how easy and cheap it was to make and I want to kick myself for buying those stupid jars for so long.

Now I make a huge batch of this every few months and always have it on hand.

Pizza Sauce

5 cans of organic tomato paste (Costco carries 12 packs for under $5)

1/4 cup of raw honey

A bunch of minced garlic

Dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and rosemary to taste


Mix the tomato paste, honey, garlic, and spices. Slowly add water and stir until it reaches your desired consistency. Let the bowl sit on the counter for 30-60 minutes until the flavors have had a chance to mellow and meld.

And just so we're 'keeping it real', this is what the rest of my dining room table looked like while taking the 1st photo.
Freeze in 1 cup portions.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dittle Dattle: Stained Stairwell

We have had our spindles painted for two years now, but have not yet darkened up the top rail nor the handrail. Carrie from Dittle Dattle has done just that and it looks great. This is a project I need to put on the list so I can get it done.

How to Make Salad in a Jar

How to Make Salad in a Jar

A Turtle's Life for Me: Freezer Meals on the Cheap

Brilliant tutorial on freezer cooking that will work for me big time. Thank you!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Watching Over the Heart and Home: Homemade Vinegar Success!

Who knew you could make your own vinegar? The things I learn on the internet. Visit Patti at Watching Over the Heart and Home for the full tutorial. Thanks Patti!

Dear Lissy: Finish the Job, Finish the Job, Get It DONE!

Lissy's mom has written an excellent post on the three P's of getting a job done: Prepare, Perform and Put Away. Head over to her site for the entire article.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What we buy

Heinz ketchup
KC Masterpiece
Old el Paso enchilada sauce
Diet rite
Velveta loaf
Jello cook n serve pudding
Citracel calcium
Kelloggs raisin bran
Campbells chicken noodle soup
Mrs. Pauls frozen fish fillets (green box)
NOW Multi Vitamin

WFMW: What’s App — We are THAT Family

Comments section has lots of apps to consider getting.

what if this is as good as it gets?: just finished reading...

Miranda's Big Mistake by Jill Mansell.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Learning About Freezing Food

What to Refreeze

Foods that have defrosted have no remaining ice crystals. If defrosted foods have warmed above refrigerator temperature (40 F) they should not be refrozen, except for very high acid foods, such as fruits.
Many thawed foods, i.e. those still containing many ice crystals or a firm-to-hard core of ice in the center, may be safely refrozen.
Any signs of spoilage, off-odors or color in any food indicate you should dispose of the food without tasting.
Remember, however, that you can't rely on appearance and odor. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they've been at room temperature too long, food poisoning bacteria may have multiplied enough to cause illness.
Meats, such as beef, pork, veal, lamb and poultry can be refrozen when they are still firm with ice crystals. Meat still safe to eat can be cooked and refrozen. Discard meats if they have any signs of spoilage such as an off-color or off-odor.
Fruits usually ferment when they start to spoil, which will not make them dangerous to eat but will spoil the flavor. Defrosted fruits that smell and taste good can be refrozen.
Vegetables should be refrozen only if they contain plenty of ice crystals.
Shellfish, prepared foods or leftovers should not be refrozen if defrosted. If the condition of the food is poor or even questionable, get rid of it. It may be dangerous.
Never refreeze melted ice cream, cream pies, eclairs or similar foods.
Unfrosted cakes, uncooked fruit pies, breads and rolls can be refrozen.
The investment in the foods in the freezer may be significant, but so are the benefits of serving safe foods.

Foods That Do Not Freeze Well


  • Pepper, cloves, imitation vanilla, garlic (especially uncooked), sage and celery seasonings may become strong and/or bitter.
  • Curry may develop a musty off-flavor.
  • Onion changes flavor during freezing.
  • Salt loses flavor and has the tendency to increase rancidity of any item containing fat.
  • Add artificial sweeteners and salt substitutes at serving time to be on the safe side.


  • Cooked egg whites become tough and rubbery.
  • Soft meringues toughen and shrink.
  • Mayonnaise and cooked egg or cream-based salad dressings seperate when frozen alone.
  • Milk sauces or wheat-flour thickened gravies may separate or curdle.
  • Half-and-half, sour cream and cottage cheese separate and may become grainy and watery when frozen alone. Buttermilk and yogurt react similarly, but can be used for baking.
  • Custard or cream fillings tend to separate and become lumpy and watery.
  • Boiled or fluffy frostings made with egg whites become sticky and weep.
  • Cooked pasta products lose texture and tend to taste rewarmed when frozen alone.
  • Most gelatin dishes tend to weep when thawed.
  • Cheese or crumb toppings become soggy.
  • Fried foods, except french-fried potatoes and onion rings, lose crispness and become soggy.
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, parsley, radishes and similar high-water-content vegetables become limp and watery.
  • Potatoes might darken and have a texture change when included in frozen soups and stews. New potatoes freeze better than older ones.
  • Canned hams can become tough and watery.
  • Stuffed poultry cannot be safely frozen.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Training Teens in Biblical Sexuality

By Jennifer Matlock - to read the entire article, click on the title!!!

Part One: The What and The Why

Let me be the first to say that I am not, by any means, an expert on the subject of training teens in Biblical sexuality. My oldest child is only 14, and there are at least three more behind him. We’ll see in about 15 years whether the seeds I’m trying to plant end up bearing the kind of fruit I’m hoping for. But I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts and plans for helping my kids navigate the rough road of adolescence, particularly the sex part.

When it comes to teaching our kids about sexuality, we would be hard-pressed to find a topic more difficult or embarrassing to discuss. Parents are led to believe that talking to kids about sex is difficult, awkward and unrewarding. We get conflicting messages about when to do it, what to say, how to say it and why. Then, we’re told that even if we do talk to them about it, the choices they make are not going to be based on what we’ve said, but what they see on TV and hear from peers. And ultimately, all those choices are beyond our control anyway, so why even bother?

The What – Sexual Purity
I want more for my children than just being able to claim that they’re a virgin when they marry. That in itself is a higher standard than a huge majority of parents hold their kids to. It also tends to be the general standard of the church. The typical stand on sexuality from the church is “don’t have sex until you’re married…oh, and don’t date non-Christians.” The great majority of churches never go beyond those vague rules

In today’s sex-saturated culture, getting to your wedding day as a virgin is not only difficult, it’s exceptionally rare. The reality of our morally ambiguous world doesn’t allow for JUST a “Don’t-have-sex- before- marriage” worldview. If this is the only standard we ask kids to aim for, they’ll end up teetering on the edge of a cliff, one slip away from the thin line that separates actual sexual intercourse and all other sexual activity. Many teens (and even pre-teens) today are even turning to activities like oral sex, anal sex and mutual masturbation to avoid ‘losing their virginity’.

I want more for my children than that. GOD wants more for them than that. As Christians, we’re called to live a set-apart life – not just sexually, but in every aspect of our lives. When it comes to relationships and sexuality, a set-apart life includes sexual purity.

God knows our hearts. When He said that “among you, there should not be a hint of sexual immorality” He didn’t mean to make sure that on your wedding day you need to be able to pass the ‘by the book’ virginity test. He is asking us to remain sexually pure and save our whole sexual self for marriage, only marriage and nothing but marriage.

There is a huge difference between ‘technically a virgin’ on and ‘sexually pure’. My hope is that I can teach this to my children in a way that they not only learn it, but they internalize it and claim it for themselves.

It’s going to be a battle. Today, kids are growing up in an era where hookups, sexting, booty calls and ‘friends with benefits’ are all seen as normal among teenagers. Those who admit they want to be a virgin when they get married are considered to be freaks. Someone who aims for more than that – for sexual purity – is laughed at and mocked.

The Why (train children for sexual purity)?

What’s the big deal? Isn’t that whole ‘purity’ thing outdated and archaic? No, it’s Biblical.

People try to push that aside saying, that stuff in the Bible only really applied to Bible times. No, God’s word is living, breathing and ALWAYS relevant. We live in an utterly perverted, completely corrupted culture. It’s a culture of hook-up, shack-up, break-up. It’s a culture of self-worship. In fact, we justify not quite following God’s commands by doing the exact thing that got humankind into sin in the first place. We look at His laws and say “Did God really say…” just as the serpent said to Eve.

The problem is that all too often, we look at the boundaries that God gives us and see them as obstacles instead of protection. Many people say “God just wants me to be miserable” or “He doesn’t want us to have any fun.” The truth is, when God says “Don’t…” what He’s really telling us is, “Don’t hurt yourself.” Biblical principles are in place to guide us to a life of fulfillment and joy.

Our response comes down to a very direct challenge: “Do we believe?” Do we believe that the God who created us really knows what’s best for us? Does He understand the desires we have? Can we trust that He knows us better than we know ourselves, and – more importantly – is better at providing for us that we are?

Surprisingly, training teens for sexual purity is a lot more about answering those questions than having the ‘awkward conversation’ or running through the unbelievably short and vague list of dating rules for the Christian teen. We have to train our children to understand God’s character and their relationship to Him if we want them to take sexual purity seriously.

To see the rest of the article, click on the title - great job Jennifer.

Canning Tutorials from Food Storage Blog

At Food Storage Made East, they have done a few tutorials on different items they have canned over the past few years.  If you are just getting started with canning these might help you overcome any fears or worries you may have.

I am particularly interested in the canning of meat.  Having said that, I do not have a canner and I have a fear of canning.  It is really a fear of the unknown.  I am sure that very few have actually blown up which is what may fear actually is, not fear that the food will be contaminated because I didn't can it properly.

Canning Peaches … Delish!
Learn how to can peaches, Jodi has a little different technique than most books recommend.

How to Make Strawberry Jam
Homemade strawberry jam is such a treat, it is so much yummier than store-bought, which is truly the reason to make it.

How to Can Homemade Applesauce
Applesauce is one of the easiest and most delicious foods to can. Step by step tutorial on how we do it.

How to Pressure Can Ground Beef
Jodi gives a step-by-step overview of her experiences with this process that intimidated her for a LONG time.

How to Pressure Can Chicken
See how easy it is to can your own chicken so that you can have shelf stable chicken ready for recipes, and in case of emergencies.

7 Things Mel Knows About Double-Unders

1. Get your hands on the right rope.

I thought the need for a speed rope was just a case of Hothouse Flower Syndrome ([sigh] “I’m delicate and need things just so to succeed.”) But I was wrong. Getting a speed rope – at the right length – changed double-unders from the wistful “I can get them once in a while.” to the cocky “I have double-unders.” I really like this Again Faster Revolution Rope. If you invest in your own speed rope, play around with the length; I shortened mine a smidge a few weeks ago, and that’s when I nailed 22 unbroken.

2. Find that magical place where you’re both aggressive and relaxed.

The day I got my first double-unders was the day I got angry. I was pissed at the rope, at my feet, at my arms, at the rising welts on my shins, at the evil mastermind that decided we should even be attempting to do double-unders in the first place. The angrier I got, the more aggressively I flung that rope and suddenly, vroop!, it had circled under my feet twice. On my next attempt, when I was happy about that, I tripped. But when I got angry again, I succeeded.

Now I’ve learned how to whip the rope without going to a grouchy place. It’s a far more aggressive movement than I imagined. With singles you can sort of la-la-la the rope around. It’s very chill, like Muhammad Ali slamming his poetry and shuffling his feet. With double-unders, there has to be a lot of force behind the movement, BUT… you also want to keep your shoulders and jumping mechanism relaxed. It’s tricky, but once you get it, you get it.

3. Remember it’s all in the wrist.

Somewhat related to #2, the movement of the rope needs to initiate from your wrist. With your shoulders relaxed in a neutral position and your core tight, you form a solid base from which your wrists can flick the rope. Again, it’s that hinky relationship between relaxed and fired up.

4. Keep your hands slightly in front of your shoulders.

Nick, champion-level double-under-er, shouted out this tip this morning (Thanks, Nick!), and it considerably improved my unbroken-to-broken reps ratio. When you’ve got the “from the wrists” thing working, try to bring your hands slightly forward of your shoulders. With elbows tucked into your sides and palms angled so they’re almost facing each other (instead of directly forward), you have a ballast against which to spin the rope.

5. Get bouncy.

Another tip from Nick: bounce! Most of the time, I have a little hitch in the rhythm of my double-unders. But if I think “bounce!” while I’m doing them, I reach a lightness and steadiness in my jumps that matches the rhythm of the rope… perfect sync.

6. Do not let frustration get the better of you.

This may be the hardest aspect of all. DUs are nasty little f*ckers and sometimes, that rope just refuses to cooperate. THAT is the true challenge of the DU. It’s not whether you can move the rope fast enough, but whether you you can put aside your frustration to learn to move the rope fast enough.

7. Channel the fighting spirit of Muhammad Ali.

I’m of the opinion that there is never a bad time to rely on Ali’s athletic model. He was charming, classy, worked hard, enjoyed his accomplishments, and did a whole lot of jump rope.  Mel has video of Ali on her blog.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Crock Pot Whole Baked Chicken

Stacy at has a great tutorial on cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot.  Something I haven't done, but have wanted to but have been to intimidated to do.  Now, however, I think I can do it!  For the whole tutorial head to her site.

Time to make a rub mixture! or can use a rub you already have, or make your own.

Rub the mixture all over the chicken. Don’t take the skin off. It helps hold in the yumminess. If you don’t want to eat the skin later, you can just peel it off when the chicken is done. Coat the bottom

Break out some foil and make two small balls out of it for the chicken to sit on top of in the crock pot. Sorta flatten the balls out a bit. Pour some water down in the bottom of the crock pot for steam….don’t cover the foil balls. I think I had about ½ inch of water in total.

Pick your chicken up and let it rest on top of the foil balls. .

Put on the lid and cook on high for 2 hours.

After two hours, turn it to low and cook for another 5 hours. AHHH!!! The wing is starting to separate! And your kitchen is starting to smell delicious

Get your thermometer and test to make sure it’s done. It should read 160 degrees….mine was WAY hotter than that.

Ta da! I baked a whole chicken!

Slice it up and serve it for dinner.

Crock Pot Whole Baked Chicken
1 whole chicken (2-4 pounds)

2 teaspoons sea salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Wad up two pieces of foil, and make them flat on top. Place in 5 quart or larger crock pot and pour ½ inch of water in the bottom. Rinse and dry the whole chicken. Clean kitchen with peroxide. In a small bowl, combine the spices. Rub into the chicken. Place chicken on top of foil balls. Cook on high for 2 hours. After 2 hours, switch to low and cook for 5 hours. Test for 160 degrees on a thermometer.

Eat for one meal, then pick the chicken from the bones. Save all the fat, bones, innards, and skin to make chicken stock.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How to Give the Gift of a Flag Flown Over the US Capitol

How to Give the Gift of a Flag Flown Over the US Capitol

Playing in the Dirt — (Mostly) Organic Gardening in the Durham Region

Playing in the Dirt — (Mostly) Organic Gardening in the Durham Region

Top 10 Movies of the 2010s -

Top 10 Movies of the 2010s -

A neat online spelling program {free}

A neat online spelling program {free}

What to Do with Coconut Oil

Heavenly Homemakers tips on coconut oil uses

~Apply Coconut Oil to your Skin - Sometimes I rub it on my face or hands if I have dry patches. It is especially soothing and healing after a sunburn. If ever we accidentally stay in the sun too long, we slather our skin with coconut oil. It’s incredibly soothing, plus helps keep us from peeling.

~Use Coconut Oil to Make Popcorn – This is probably our favorite use for coconut oil. Sometimes we pop our corn on the stove using melted coconut oil in a pot with the popcorn. But, since we have an Air-Popper, we usually use that. The boys pop the corn in the Air Popper, then we pour melted coconut oil and sea salt over the bowl. SO yummy.

~Make Granola BarsCoconut oil is fantastic in these Chewy Granola Bars. Because it is a solid oil, once it is stirred into these granola bars and they are allowed to cool, the coconut oil keeps the bars from being too soft and squishy. Plus, the coconut oil gives them a delicious flavor!

~Stir Coconut Oil into Muffins – For just about all of my muffin recipes now, I use coconut oil instead of butter. It works wonderfully and the flavor of the muffins is fantastic.


~Subtitute Coconut Oil for Butter when Baking Dairy Free – When we’ve needed to bake for someone who has to eat a dairy free diet, coconut oil is our fat of choice. It almost always substitutes for butter when baking. (Check out these Dairy Free Gluten Free Muffins that use coconut oil!)

~Bake Cakes with Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil is great used in just about any cake recipe.

~Fry Foods – Coconut Oil is a very stable oil, which means that it can be heated to very high temperatures and not become rancid or bad for you. This means that you can fry foods in coconut oil and still be healthy!!! I prefer to fry foods in Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil instead of Virgin Coconut Oil, as the expeller pressed coconut oil is flavorless. I love the coconut flavor Virgin Coconut Oil provides in muffins and granola bars, but I don’t really like my Chicken Fried Steak Strips to taste like coconut. Therefore, I use Expeller Pressed coconut oil for frying.

To learn more about where to buy coconut oil, how healthy coconut oil is, the flavors and qualities of coconut oil…read this post: Coconut Oil: Why it is Good for You and Where to Buy it.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How I Did On My 10 Things And 10 More Things

  1. I only go one half of the garden covered with cardboard and paper.
  2. I got through probably 30 magazines culling from them information for a creative project I am working on, I have more magazines stored up than I realized : ).
  3. I enjoyed my stampin up event.
  4. I started some new seedlings, one has not germinated so I need to start something different.
  5. DS and I started his room redo.
  6. I staked the plants that needed it using large sticks dropped during storm, I like the rustic look.
  7. I paid the bills.
  8. I rearranged the Man Cave which included moving the chair from my office into it.
  9. Got shredding started.
  10. Started culling my bookmarks on main computer.

I should have done more on the lists, bit I am pleased with what I did do and BONUS! I started a new creative project which I am excited about.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Famous Quotes by Author - The Quotations Page

Famous Quotes by Author - The Quotations Page

Crock Pot Chicken W Black Beans And Cream Cheese...yum! Recipe - - 89204

Crock Pot Chicken W Black Beans And Cream Cheese...yum! Recipe - - 89204

What's That Mean

Mass Setting

This is the set of music sung at the Eucharist service. It consists of the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. English words taken from Book of Common Prayer (BCP) or the traditional form in the Book of Common Worship (BCW).


Greek (Kyrie eleison = Lord, have mercy) - Sung in either English or Greek at the start of the Eucharist service as part of the Mass Setting. Usually only sung in Lent and Advent to replace the Gloria. In a nine-fold setting, each line is sung 3 times.
Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Lord have mercy upon us.
Christ have mercy upon us.
Lord have mercy upon us.


Latin (Gloria in excelsis Deo = Glory be to God on high) - Sung in either English or Latin at the start of the service. Not sung in Lent or Advent.
Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Glory be to God on high,
and in earth peace, good will towards men.
Laudamus te. Benedicimus te.
Adoramus te. Glorificamus te.
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.
We praise thee, we bless thee,
we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.
O Lord God, heavenly King,
God the Father Almighty.
Domine Fili unigenite, Jesu Christe,
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis;
Qui tollis peccata mundi,
suscipe deprecationem nostram;
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris,
miserere nobis.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesu Christ:
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,
have mercy upon us.
Quoniam tu solus sanctus.
Tu solus Dominus.
Tu solus Altissimus, Jesu Christe.
Cum Sancto Spiritu,
in gloria Dei Patris.
For thou only art holy;
thou only art the Lord;
thou only, O Christ,
with the Holy Ghost,
art the Most High in the glory of God the Father.


Latin (Credo = Creed) - Sung or said (because of its length) in either English or Latin.
Credo in unum Deum,
Patrem omnipotentem,
factorem coeli et terrae,
visibilium omnium et invisibilium.
I believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum,
Filium Dei unigenitum.
Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula.
Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Deum verum de Deo vero.
Genitum non factum,
consubstantialem Patri;
per quem omnia facta sunt.
Qui propter nos homines
et propter nostram salutem
descendit ed coelis.
Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto
ex Maria Virgine,
et homo factus est.
Crucificus etiam pro nobis;
sub Pontio Pilato
passus et sepultus est.
Et resurrexit tertia die,
secundam Scripturas.
Et ascendit in coelum:
sedet ad dexteram Patris.
Et iterum venturus est cum Gloria,
judicare vivos et mortuos;
cujus regni non erit finis.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten son of God,
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father,
By whom all things were made:
Who for us men,
and for our salvation came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man,
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
He suffered and was buried,
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
And ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and dead:
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
Et in Spiritum Sanctum,
Dominum et vivicantem;
qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.
Qui cum Patre et Filio
simul adoratur et conflorificatur;
qui locutus est per Prophetas.
Et in unam sanctam catholicam
et apostolicam Ecclesiam.
Confiteor unum baptisma
in remissionem peccatorum.
Et experto resurrectionem mortuorum.
Et vitam venturi saeculi.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The Lord and giver of life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
And I look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the world to come.


Latin (Sanctus = Holy) - Sung in either English or Latin. The Benedictus normally follows straight after.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God of hosts,
heaven and earth are full of thy glory:
Glory be to thee,
O Lord most High.


Latin (Benedictus = Blessed is He) - Sung in either English or Latin. It normally follows straight on from the Sanctus.
LatinBCW Traditional
Benedictus qui venit
in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei

Latin (Agnus Dei = Lamb of God) - Sung in either English or Latin. It is normally sung just before or during communion.
LatinBCW Traditional
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
Agnus Dei,
qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.
O Lamb of God,
that takest away the sins of the world,
grant us thy peace.

Last updated on Saturday, 14th February 2004
Copyright © 1999 - 2004, John Watkins - portions copyright © Richard Bloomfield.

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Excellent post on how to prepare veggies in advance.  Something that will help me not waste so much produce.  If I cook it, DH will eat it and the easier it will be for me to quickly prepare meals with our schedule.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Water and Preparedness

I live in a suburban city in the Midwest and am trying to become better prepared (for what exactly I don't know or didn't know until yesterday).  One of the things I have done to be prepared is to store some tap water (we have great tasting, award winning tap water) just in case.  Periodically, I will change out the water using the old water to water in the garden or hand wash something.

Yesterday, my DH called to tell me we were under a boil alert until Saturday at 5 pm.  I was delighted to tell him that that wouldn't be necessary because I would just use some of our supply of saved water.  It felt sooo good to grab a bottle to stick in the refrigerator for a cold drink, and a bottle for each of the bathrooms for tooth brushing and medicine taking.  Easy peasy, both to save it and to grab and go with it.

We may never know what we are being prepared for or what we are preparing for but it is nice to be prepared either way.  I hope to reflect on this some more to see what other small problems could come up that I can make even smaller by being ready.

Have a great 4th!