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TRUST IN GOD

Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31


Friday, May 22, 2009

The Basic Family Garden - Part 1

Planning your Garden
Gardening is educational, fun, and something the whole family can do together! We live in the Northeastern part of the country and it's getting near that time for us to begin our annual garden. Depending on where you live, you might have already started and we'd love to hear any tips you'd like to share!
STEP 1 - CHOOSE THE LOCATION
1) Check the water supply- make sure the hose will reach!
2) Pick a sunny spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight.
3) Make sure your garden will be away from roads, older homes, and anything that could contamiate the soil with lead and other pollutants.
STEP 2 - SHAPE AND SIZE OF THE GARDEN
1) What will the shape be? Rectangle? Square? Last year we did an "L" shape and that worked out well.
2) Considering the location, how much space do you have to work with for your garden?

Family Bible Study - Sunday May 24th, 2009, Easter, Year B

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B
Gospel Passage: Read John 17:11-19
Questions for family discussion:
1) Jesus prayed to God the Father that He would keep us safe (protect us) from the evil one. How did Jesus teach us to pray for that same thing? Hint: Think about the end of the Our Father.
2) Jesus asks that the Father "sanctify us" (make us holy) in the truth. Are you trying to become holy by getting to know God's Truth and living It?
3) Jesus did not want to lose anyone the Father had given Him. How can someone get lost from Jesus? What can you do to make sure that you don't get lost from Jesus?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Family Bible Study - Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, 2009

First Reading: Acts 2:1-11

Questions:
1) Why do you think the Holy Spirit looked like a tongue made out of fire? What did the fiery tongue make the Apostles do?

2) The Holy Spirit helped the Apostles to talk with people from all different places and languages. How do you think the Holy Spirit wants to help you talk to others about Jesus?

3) The Apostles got together around Mary and prayed for the Holy Spirit to come. How often do you pray with Mary's help for the Holy Spirit to come into your life?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Go Cooking Moms! - Homemade Pizza




This is one of our family favorites! We've tried the "by hand" directions a few times but usually follow the bread machine directions. Either way, it is easy to fix and fun to make with the kids! Enjoy!
Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
1 package (1 tsp) yeast
pinch salt
4 T. olive oil
4-4 1/2 Cups. all purpose flour
Cornmeal
Toppings
Bread Machine Directions:
1. Add all ingredients except cornmeal into mixer in order of liquids to dry. Add yeast last by making a little hole in the flour, being careful not to go too far down to the liquid, and adding the yeast into the flour. Turn on dough setting and let mix. Keep watch to see if you need to add more flour or water.
2. When setting is finished, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and follow steps 4 and 5 below--you're done!
By Hand Directions:
1. Mix yeast and water together in a large mixing bowl. Blend in oil and salt. Add 2 Cups of the flour and mix until dough is formed.
2. Flour a cutting board and begin kneading the dough, working in as much of the leftover flour as needed to make a smooth, non-sticky dough.
3. Put dough into a greased bowl and cover with saran wrap to let rise until double in bulk.
4. Take a non-greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Then, begin to flatten the dough out onto the cookie sheet to whatever thickness you'd like.
5. Top with whatever toppings and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (keep a watch on the bottom-might cook faster depending on thickness)
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