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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…

The American Catholic Liturgical Year

And here we are in December. I’m not going to bother updating you on the entire month of November because I’ve already done that for newsletter subscribers and I don’t feel like typing it out again. In a nutshell, it was the usual busyness plus I was trying to learn everything there was to know…

I’m Still Joyfully Killing Myself For Halloween, Among Other Habits

Welcome to November! Be sure to pray for some souls. I lost the rest of October in a blur of projects, the coolest being our Halloween costumes. We went with a family theme for the first time ever. It’s not uncommon for teens to trick or treat around here, but after heading out last year…

HOWDY! Welcome to October!

There’s a chill in the air and I’ve got an impressive stash of cardboard growing in the garage – must be October! How about a recap of the last few weeks? Edie and I flew to Texas for a whirlwind trip to visit Texas A&M’s Galveston campus. It offers maritime programs and was one of…

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How to Create a Homeschool Daily Schedule

Everybody wants to start their day off on the right foot. Having a predictable homeschool daily schedule for your family can help ease you into your homeschool day with less yelling and confusion. I always had a homeschool daily schedule hung up on the wall that we referred to throughout the day and week. Each…

Addie Turns 21: What We’ve Taught Our Kids About Alcohol

Fall birthday season kicks off this week. I turn 45(!!!) today and Addie turns 21 (!!!) tomorrow. While I get a day to celebrate becoming Cologuard eligible, Addie gets to experience walking into a bar and ordering a drink. When little kids hit milestones, like walking, first day of school, etc. it’s exciting, but big…

The Illusion of Fall Normalcy

I think we’ve finally entered back into our fall routine. That doesn’t mean that everything is going according to plan; one nurse has already called out due to illness, and there’s another day I’m not sure Fulton will have a nurse. We had a clinic appointment the first full week of school and Fulton will…