Mary’s Immaculate Feast

From a purely religious perspective, today is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. While not rooted in scripture, today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The term Immaculate Conception often confuses people, even some Catholics.

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What Does Spring Taste Like?

To me, spring is bright sunshine and sweet berries. I know, berries really are more a late spring into summer thing, but still that’s what I think of in the spring. I think lemon is like a kiss of sunshine.

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Shout Summer with a Lemonade Cake and Lemonade-Buttercream Frosting

Lemonade standFresh squeezed lemons kissed with sugar is like liquid sunshine in a glass. Lemonade, the key ingredient in both the cake and butter frosting, has been a popular refreshment as far back as 1000 AD. In 1676, a company known as Compagnie de Limonadiers was founded in Paris. Having been granted monopoly rights to sell lemonade, vendors roamed the streets serving the drink in cups from tanks on their backs. Once upon a time, children sold lemonade from home-made stands on warm summer days. Sadly today, those stands are few and far between – health code violations, operating a business without a licence and child labor laws all conflict with this purely innocent activity. Yet our love-affair with all things lemonade have not diminished. Perhaps it’s the bright, sunny color of the lemons or the refreshing citrus goodness that forever links summer and lemonade in our minds and hearts.

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