Friday’s Ember Days of Summer

Today is the second Ember Days of Pentecost or Summer, but the first Ember Days of Summer to receive an optional observation. Confusing, isn’t it? When a lesser feast day (such as Ember Days, which are all optional days) falls on a feast of greater importance, the greater day is observed. This year, Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, took precedence over the first Ember Days.

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Say Something Nice and Have a Slice of Cake

Here we are, on the first day in June. That’s half-way through the year. June 1st is one very busy day in one exciting month. It’s the month of summer fun for folks in the Northern Hemisphere. Did you know that no other month in the year begins on the same day of the week as June? I kid you not!

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A Visit Between Women of Faith

Today is National Utah Day. It is also the First Ember Days of Summer or Pentecost since it is the first Wednesday following Pentecost Sunday. We aren’t going to talk about either of those days. For today is the Feast of the Visitation of Mary.

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A Brave Young Saint Was She

Last year, for the sake of convenience, we talked about the Feast Day of Joan of Arc the day before her actual feast day. Why? Well, it’s Coq au Vin Day naturally. This year, since we shared the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on Coq au Vin Day (as well as a Coq au Vin recipe), today it’s all about Saint Joan.

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Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope

In the life of the Church, the Feast Day of Mary, Mother of the Church is very new. It is a Memorial Feast, set for the Monday following Pentecost. This feast day was added for the first time to the Church calendar in 2018.

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Oh What a Beautiful Sunday

Today is Pentecost Sunday. It is also called Whit Sunday, Whitsunday or Whitsun. Pentecost Sunday is a movable celebration in that it falls 50 days after Easter. Since Easter is moveable based in part on Passover as well as the cycle of the moon, all Christian Holy Days linked to Easter are also moveable, such as Ash Wednesday or Good Friday.

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Celebrate Grape Popsicle Day with a Splash of Wine

Did you know that today is National Grape Popsicle Day? Yep. Do you know how the Popsicle was invented? It’s really an amazing story only because you wouldn’t think of California as the birthplace of the Popsicle.

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Don’t Fry Friday and Memorial Weekend

Having the mind-set of a home cook as I do, the first time I heard that the Friday before Memorial Day was also National Don’t Fry Day, my mind immediately thought of fried foods. Turns out, that’s not the case at all.

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Brown Bag it Day, Wine and Meatball Boats

Hello and welcome to the 25th Day of May. On the National Front, we have Wine Day and Brown-Bag-It-Day. Both lend themselves nicely to an assortment of delicious recipes to share. Although I would not recommend Brown Bagging It with Wine. The whole idea behind Brown Bagging It is to have a healthy-er alterative to fast food lunch.

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Wyoming and Barbecue Foil Packs

Today is National Wyoming Day. Wyoming – how I love that state! I love the people. I love the hard life it offers. Sometimes I wonder where we might be today, had we moved to Wyoming way back all those years ago. But then again, there would be no Kiddo or Kamren or Grace.

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Slow-Cooker Forty-Clove Garlic Chicken

We seem to be eating more and more chicken these days. I’m not sure why that is. Coming up with new ways to serve the same old thing does get to be a bit much. One thing I can promise you about this chicken is the aroma.

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Grilled Cajun Country Pork Ribs

Today is 7th Sunday of Easter. Since moving the Feast of Ascension Thursday to Sunday, Catholics throughout the world are celebrating Christ’s Ascension into heaven at today’s Mass.

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Meat-Lovers Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Growing up, I can remember my mother had the biggest, deepest cast iron skillet on the planet. Okay, so that is an exaggeration. Nearly every home in our neighborhood had the same skillet. I think it was a requirement of family life back then.

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