Seafood Casserole

This is a great dish. You can stock up on the ingredients and put them all in the freezer. When you are ready, pull them out, whip up the sauce, and throw it all together.

I love this recipe but it splits the vote in our household. Several of the kids request it and eat it by the plate-full. My husband and other kids would rather eat dirt. This casserole has the taste of childhood as my mother made it frequently. Try it and see what kind of mileage you get!

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The Dan Can

There is something wonderful about driving an old car. Old cars have personalities and, the lucky ones, have names. May I introduce the Dan Can.

The Dan Can is affectionately named after my dear Uncle Dan who gave us this car in November 2018. He was buying a new car and knew we were looking for one for our teen drivers. We became his charity of choice.

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My dear friend Elizabeth has more artistic style and talent in her fingertip then I have in my entire body. She is a seamstress and an artist. Her home is a visual delight. I always feel like I am in a European museum but one where you can touch everything. Her use of color, texture, and art is breathtaking.

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Easter Bonanza

When I was about 9 years old, my Dad made the colossal mistake of allowing us kids to buy the Easter candy. And he financed the deal.

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Childhood memories are malleable, but this is how I remember the blessed event. It was Holy Saturday and, for some reason, Mom hadn’t yet procured the candy. All five of us were beyond believing in the Easter bunny (I never really bought into that one), so Dad suggested that the kids do the shopping.

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O Sacred Head

One of my most vivid childhood memories is from Good Friday, circa 1988.

Andreas Pavias Icon of the Crucifixion, second half of 15th century egg tempera and gold on wood overall: 83.5 × 59 cm, National Gallery, Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens

I remember sitting in church with my family for the Good Friday service. The service is quiet and simple, consisting of just a few parts: The Liturgy of the Word, The Adoration of the Holy Cross, and Holy Communion. It is simple, stark, and deeply moving. And rather long.

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