Ascension Thursday and Beautiful Traditions

Some folks think that today should mark the end of the Easter Season. Tradition tells us that today, forty days after the Resurection, Christ ascended into heaven, once again to take His place at the right hand of the Father. Easter is over, right?

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Mason Jar Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

Ever since I saw a share about lunch salads that had been made in advance and layered into mason jars I have been fascinated by the whole concept of layering foods to be served in jars. Think about it – any of your parfait or trifle recipes can be adapted to work with Mason Jars. Glass will keep cold longer and make for a better presentation. The jars are reusable. The seal is better. What is not to like?

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Ascension Thursday Picnic

I began working on this menu at the beginning of Holy Week. Why? I was looking ahead, beyond Easter to the next “big” event in the Church calendar. Ascension Thursday, for those who believe, is a pretty big deal. It is the day when the resurrected Christ rose to the heavens. All over the world, the Catholic faithful are called to Mass to honor this day. Unfortunately, in many dioceses in America, the mass is held on the following Sunday. I mean really, isn’t it enough that we attend on Christmas even when it falls in the middle of the week? (Sarcasm folks). Any way you count it, forty days from Easter Sunday will always be a Thursday.

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Italian Muffuletta Picnic Sandwich

Today is the first day of spring. Don’t look at the temperature outside, it’s officially spring and that means Picnic Season! If you have a good Italian Deli in town, you could always pick up a nice, big Muffuletta Sandwich to throw in your picnic basket. Or with a little planning ahead, you could make your own awesome sandwich designed to feed a small country. A bottle of wine, a cluster of grapes and off you go on a new adventure. So what if there’s still a little snow on the ground!

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Earth Day is coming so Let’s Pack a Picnic!

Did you know that next Sunday, April 22nd is International Earth Day? Ever wondered how a day to celebrate the Earth ever got started? This observance arose from the interest of two men to gather national support in America for environmental issues.

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