Thursday, December 8, 2011

Celebrating Our Lady

We celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception today. I always have grand plans of celebrating every saint and their feast in some form or another, but don't always get to it, but for some reason we always celebrate this feast.

We started the morning with white doughnuts for breakfast in honor of Our Lady's purity. For lunch, we had a white lunch. John went to early mass because he had to work late today, so I took the kids to noon mass at St. Mary's. We were there early enough to sit in the front pew and to be surprised that Bishop Bruskewitz was celebrating mass along with 6 other priests. The mass was beautiful.

For Dinner, we had a real feast. I made Fettucini Alfredo, blue jello, blueberry muffins, garlic bread, and white grape juice all in honor of Our Lady. Children are so content in this way. They watched me prepare everything for two hours and were so excited about the meal. It really motivated me once again to try and celebrate the feasts each day. I have heard of so many fun ways to incorporate the saint's lives into our lives. This will definitely be one of my goals for the coming year.

I really like this alfredo sauce recipe.

Here is the recipe:

Alfredo sauce:

8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. milk
1 c. cream
1-2 c. parmesan cheese
1 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes if you like spicy

Soften the cream cheese and cut into cubes. Make sure you melt this completely until it is smooth. Add milk and cream. Cut butter into cubes also and add while stirring. Add spices.
You must whisk it continually or it will become clumpy. Pour over Fettucini noodles or I also like to do half Fettucini and half angel hair pasta.

We often will grill a salmon filet seasoned with Greek seasoning and serve this over the sauce and noodles. So crazy good. Add grape tomatoes on top of the salmon.

Tonight, I just bought chicken nuggets for the kids.

This afternoon, they watched the movie Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes. It was in Lourdes that Our Lady said to St. Bernadette the words "I am the Immaculate Conception."

Today is also each of our children's feast day as each one of them has some form of Mary's name in their name.

Dominic Savio Joseph Mary
Lillie Maria Goretti
Rose Marie Therese
Zellie Marie Guerin
Vianney Jean Marie
Clairvaux Marie Frances

It was a wonderful day.

The internet provides an abundance of resources for celebrating various feast days. My favorite sites are:
Catholic Cuisine and Shower of Roses.