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Five Catholic Cookbooks That Belong On your Shelf

Five Catholic Cookbooks That Belong On Your Shelf

Catholic cuisine and drinking have experienced a new media revival recently. Back in 2008, Jeff Young became interested in this relatively new podcasting thing and decided to try his hand with a podcast about cooking and Catholicism. The Catholic Foodie was born. A radio show, kids and a trip to the Holy Land later, Jeff Young is now the author ...

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We’re having an Anniversary Sale

It’s our 15th wedding anniversary today! Take 15% off everything in our store using the coupon “anniversary15” during checkout. (Just wait for our 100th anniversary!)

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How a Civilization Kills Itself, One Generation at a Time

On Monday our whole family went to Costco. We have nine kids under the age of twelve so there is almost a 100% chance that someone we don’t know will make a comment. We stopped for lunch at the Costco food court and ordered pizza (about the best you can buy). Sitting at the table behind us was an elderly ...

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Advent and Christmas Family Traditions

Tucson, Arizona. Land of saguaro cactus, red desert and the yearly gathering of the Gastellum clan for Christmas. For as far back as I can remember, we would make the annual fourteen hour drive from Colorado to Arizona to spend one or two weeks with family in a continuous celebration that centered on the Faith, family and food. But before ...

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The Quilt

Growing up, we regularly took trips to Craig to visit my grandparents and other relatives. Craig is a small, sleepy town in northwestern Colorado known, if at all, for mining and ranching. My great grandfather died of black lung from mining. My grandfather worked in the mines for many years and raised my father and siblings in Mt. Harris, a ...

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31 Years Ago

On March 17, 1979 my first sister, Erin Patricia was born. Due to a combination of complications and medical incompetence she died on March 30, thirteen days later. I got to hold her once. When Paula and I were married it took us over two years to conceive the first time. We miscarried Blue Bonnet a couple of weeks into ...

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The Colorado Blizzard of ’09

We spent Easter with family in California in nice 70 degree weather. On our trip back we squeaked in just as the leading edge of this blizzard hit. From Thursday night until about 4pm on Saturday we had non-stop blizzard conditions. The snow is still coming down a little but the storm is passing. The pictures below are what it ...

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New Rutherford Baby!

I can’t believe a week has gone by and I haven’t posted this yet. Thomas Edmund Paul was born on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul three hours after Father came to bless our house. This was our seventh home birth and everything went as smoothly as ever. Congratulations to the Willets on their new one, too!

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I’m Voting For Mr. Norris

Overheard in the car: Lucy (9): “I want Mr. Norris to be president.” “Who?” “Chuck Norris. The pro-life candidate.” “Do you mean Chuck Baldwin? Chuck Norris isn’t running for president.” “Oh, I guess so.” I’d probably vote for Chuck Norris if he was running.

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Help The Brady Bunch With College

H/T to Shrine of the Holy Wapping by way of St. Mary’s Aggies. Some friends who have a wonderful Catholic family of 9 kids, all home-schooled, are in the final 10 of a $25,000 college scholarship contest (and the parents are Aggie Catholics if you needed more incentive). They created a great video, but now need your votes to help ...

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