In Sweden, Christians will eat waffles on the Solemnity of the Annunciation; the feast’s name, in Swedish, is called Varfrudagen, or “Our Lady’s Day,” which sounds a lot like the Swedish Vaffeldagen (“Waffle Day”). So, since as early as the 17th century, people have been feasting on waffles!
My Favorite Waffle Recipe
These liege waffles will change your breakfasts for good, I promise you!
Confession: I couldn’t even figure out how to log into my own blog to make this post.
Even funnier: my mouth dropped and I went, “Huh!” when I realized that it has been more than a hot minute since I have posted.
More like 259,200 hot minutes. Did the math really fast, probably messed that number up, and even so–that numero is large enough!
I could say that it’s been my recent timeline:
July: Husband and I found out we were expecting Baby #2 in April! August: I couldn’t eat, look at, or think about chicken. September: See August, add in naps. October: See September, subtract blog posts. November: Got the flu after Thanksgiving. Still haven’t had turkey since. This pregnancy’s for the birds.
December: Second trimester peak in time to pack up apartment! January: Moved back to Phoenix! Mid-January: Our things moved back to Phoenix! February: Baby #2 arrived 10 weeks early.
March: This is a strange time in life, a time when we really do need to turn back to God and His saints.
Okay, so my calendar is one thing. But…here’s the other, really big thing…
As a preface…I’m impressed by the blogging world. I’m extra impressed by the mama blogging world.
But I’ll be real. I am not organized, I am not aesthetic, and I am not able to post a brand spanking new recipe with facts about a new saint every day. All while making sure husband, toddler, bebe, and me are up and running.
But, here’s what I want to do:
1. Share the saint of the day and one reason to pray to that saint.
2. Either share one of my own OR link to a recipe I have found. It’s probably gonna be more of the latter.
I couldn’t be more excited to start this blog up again tomorrow, on the feast of Saint Joseph! Stay tuned for what looks like to be an easy pasta recipe tomorrow.
1. Nearly 10,000 Catholics were martyred for their faith in Korea; religious freedom didn’t even come around until 1884. Compare that to the fact that Korea has nearly 4 million Catholics today. (from Loyola Press)
2. Andrew Kim Taegon was the first native Korean priest; I love this quote from him: “We have received baptism, entrance into the Church, and the honor of being called Christians. Yet what good will this do us if we are Christians in name only and not in fact?”
Tips for this Recipe:
The key ingredient to kkwabaegi (Korean doughnuts)?
Time. These doughnuts need a lot of time to sit and rise. I made only one on 9/20 and then the rest the following day…and even then, there was a noticeable difference in size!
When I opened the refrigerator the following morning, I saw that the dough wrapped up BUSTED out. I’m not kidding when I say time is the crazy ingredient! Even when you compare these to the photo I took last night…these guys are incredible hulk size!!
1 cup whole milk, warm 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for coating 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 large egg 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting oil, for frying 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Today’s saint and I are kindred spirits. He was a real klutz, and always seemed to be breaking dishes. But the Lord worked amazingly through him, to the point where this saint could levitate! He’s the patron saint of aviators and pilots…meet Saint Joseph of Cupertino!
5 years ago, I flew with a friend who ordered me a drink called a flight attendant. It’s ginger ale with a splash of cranberry… But I’m going to be honest: upon googling this, there does not seem to be a single other soul who knows this drink…am I crazy??? I’ve ordered it since, but now I’m a little nervous to do so when we fly next week. 😂 We would have done aviations tonight, but we’ve cut alcohol out of our budget for now…
Whether it’s a real drink or not, it is the perfect thing for my sick day, especially because it is the classiest of ways to drink ginger ale. 😉
Ingredients Glass of ginger ale, your pick Splash of cranberry (we like the not from concentrate kind) Squeeze of lime
Italian Saint Robert Bellarmine is known for being the spiritual director, most notably to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga! And yes, I made a Gorgonzola dish for Saint Gonzaga’s feast day… And it seemed totes approps to toss it into today’s salad!
The beautiful secret about pasta salad is that you can really use whatever ingredients you have on hand. We threw in shallot, pine nuts, basil, garlic, and tomatoes… Most of which needed to be used up anyway! The only thing special I got for this recipe with a little bit of Gorgonzola.😉 I am all about a dinner that takes less than 20 minutes to prep. 🙌
Ingredients for us: 1 package of pasta 1 shallot 3-4 cloves of garlic 1/3 cup pine nuts handful of basil cherry tomatoes, quartered salt and pepper, to taste pinch of paprika oil and vinegar, to taste Gorgonzola cheese!
Cook pasta as packet instructs, drain, and run cold water over it for several minutes.
Saint Cornelius was our 21st Pope, and he and his good friend and one of his bishops, Saint Cyprian, are being honored today as martyrs of the Church. It’s a good reminder to pray for our pope and our bishops to be the courageous men we so badly need.
However, I was a little surprised how gruesome it was crushing red raspberries….it added to the whole celebrating martyrs in a way I wasn’t expecting!
One tip for this recipe:
1. Husband and I have cut alcohol out of our budget for right now, so you can definitely add the rum in…but I went with squeeze fresh lemons into my virgin mojito. 😉
Ingredients 21 raspberries 1-2 limes, cut into wedges A handful of mint leaves 1/2 cup simple syrup 1/2 cup lemon juice club soda, to top it off
1. Crush raspberries, lime, and mint together (true story, I used our potato masher).
2. Add in syrup and lemon juice; stir. Top with club soda!
2 reasons you should get to know our Lady of Sorrows:
1. People, even non-Catholics, usually just see Mary as the sweet, non-descriptive, never suffering go-along-for-the ride mother of Jesus. But she sorrowed so very, very much! From hearing Simeon’s terrifying prophecy to losing her preteen son for THREE DAYS (that one always gets me) to watching her son die a criminal…she dealt with way more than I hope I ever do!
2. And yet…even when I suffer, I need to turn to someone who suffers well. That’s our Virgin Mother!
1 tip for this recipe:
1. It may feel like a pain…but squeeze those oranges and limes. The taste will be a hundred times better, I promise! You won’t even need sweet and sour–the fruit does it all for you!!!
Ingredients: 1 cup orange juice 1 cup lime juice 1/2 simple syrup Club soda, to top it off Ice, crushed salt and lime wedges, to garnish Our other addition: homemade candied hatch chiles
1. Squeeze oranges and limes into measuring bowl. 2. Add extra ingredients and stir. 3. Enjoy!