Hospital Stays, Milestones, and Road Trips

I’m finally coming up for air after a hectic few weeks. Some good stuff, some bad stuff, some planned things, some surprise things. Ultimately, I’m reminded how blessed our family is, and I’m coming out of all of this with relief and a lot of good memories. Fulton Was Hospitalized Spring is illness season in…

2024 Goals: 1st Quarter Review

This year, after setting my usual resolutions, I decided I would check in with myself quarterly to see how I was doing, and where I needed to make changes. This way my resolutions would stay in the front of my mind, and I could change things up if needed, rather than abandon a resolution all…

Mantoan Family Traditions – April

Combining a general update with some traditions. Since its within the Octave of Easter, I don’t feel like I’m too far behind in giving an Easter update. An update on everything else…well, I’m definitely behind there. Easter I’d picked Byron up on Holy Saturday around 8:30 a.m. for a 36 hour visit. He had to…

Mantoan Family Traditions – March

Just a reminder to take my reader survey! I promise the link works! It’s time for my third Family Traditions post! I’m really enjoying writing these up as doing so leads me down rabbit holes of old posts and events I’d forgotten about. And in the research, I’ve come across posts to add to previous…

A Look Back at February

How about a general update? Nothing too major happening around here except a MURDER! …mystery dinner party! After our successful 80s party, I was trying to figure out another themed party we could host and settled on a murder mystery theme. My friend found a murder mystery dinner party game on sale and snagged it…

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2023-24 Mid-Year School Review

Even though St. Bruno’s has a small class this year (just Edie). I still wanted to do a quick update on how things were going, and also update everyone on her post high school plans. I’ll also share a bit about how public school is going for Fulton and Teddy. As for Addie and Byron,…

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Mantoan Family Traditions – February

As someone who abhors winter, February is always the longest month of the year. When everyone was little and homeschooled, February was the month when we all wanted to give up. It always seems more fitting to me when Ash Wednesday falls early in February so that Lent and the dreariness of the month occur…

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Lent 2024

A very solemn Ash Wednesday to you all. I’m happy to say my Catholic Valentines have been bringing in quite the traffic spike. It’s not too late to download a few to give to those whose eternal souls you’re enamored with….saving from the fires of Gehenna. And once again, it’s time for me to naval…

Mantoan Family Traditions – January

In my ongoing desire to catalogue and organize a bunch of stuff I decided to do regular posts that record all (most? some?) of the traditions our family does each month, or season. Most will be liturgical stuff, some things will probably overlap with the online cookbook posts, and some will be collections of archive…

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What You Eat When Your Mother Is From Lancaster County, PA

Because our family, and most modern American families, make so many different foods from all over the world on a regular basis, I forget how specialized cuisine can still be from one location or culture to the next. Nowadays its so easy to pull inspiration from the internet to make Chinese food, Somalian food, Indian…

An Online Family Cookbook

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been cleaning up the archives of this here blog. Old, irrelevant posts or those with information I’d now prefer to keep private, are being reverted to ‘Drafts’. Other posts are being removed from Google search results, so you’ll only find them if you’re clicking around on my site….

2024 Resolutions

Starting off 2024 with a timely New Year’s Resolutions post. First up, how’d I do with last year’s resolutions? I only made two so how hard could it have been right?? RIGHT???!?!? 1. Be focused on spiritual improvement this year.  I think for the first half of the year, I did pretty good on this…

2023 In Review

I’m taking a break from eating all the things to finally write my typical year end blog post. Even though I’ve posted the least amount of posts EVER, there was still plenty going on here. I think a lot of this info will be new to readers as I wasn’t blogging much, but journaling almost…