7QT: 2 Days Late and Several Dollars Short


It’s two days late and several dollars short of anything worth value, but hey, here’s another round of 7 Quick Takes Friday. . . . → Read More: 7QT: 2 Days Late and Several Dollars Short

Take 5 with Chris Stefanick


Ready for some fun? Time for another Take 5! Today we welcome Chris Stefanick — a husband, father, speaker and writer, and founder of the nonprofit ministry Real Life Catholic. Chris and I chat about his latest project with Ascension Press called “Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation,” a preparation program for those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. P.S., I really had fun with this interview, especially the post-production work. I hope you enjoy the new iMovie tricks I’m learning. :) . . . → Read More: Take 5 with Chris Stefanick

When Mama’s Kitchen is a Research Lab


Today’s Soup & Stories post comes from Stacy Trasancos who shares a recipe for Rustic Butternut Squash Soup that feeds a family of seven for a week, around $0.40/person/meal. Not too shabby. (And check out that kitchen!) . . . → Read More: When Mama’s Kitchen is a Research Lab

7 Quick Takes: Too Much Feasting?

St.Joseph Day Collage

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I received an email early this morning that read, “Blessed Feast of St. Benedict!” Yay. St. Benedict is my man. Party on, Schmidts! Wait, what? I thought his feast day is July 11. So I turn to my favorite monks’ website and learn there are actually two feasts of St. Benedict on the calendar for Benedictines. On March 21, they celebrate the Transitus of St. Benedict, meaning his death or passing from this life to eternal life. This is the day the Church traditionally celebrates saints’ feast days.

As I suspected, St. Benedict’s feast day is on July 11 according to the . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes: Too Much Feasting?

The Das Schmidt Haus Baby Name Game


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An ancient history professor went to the hospital to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first child. While the baby was born, the professor’s expression never changed. The child was put in the arms of his mother. Still the professor’s countenance never changed. The family moved from the delivery room to the post delivery room. Still the man’s face didn’t change; it remained bland. A nurse noticed this and asked him to go into the hall while they examined the baby. In the hall she asked the professor, thoughtfully, “What name will you give the baby?” He replied, “Theophilus.” . . . → Read More: The Das Schmidt Haus Baby Name Game

7 Quick Takes: Not Just Soups

Blessing Cup

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Who knew Catholic radio could be so delicious? It’s been a fun week with great opportunities to plug our ongoing Soup & Stories series. Matt Swaim interviewed me for the Son Rise Morning Show on Monday. He’s a smart interviewer, and we had a great chat. Full podcast of Monday’s show is available here.

Today I’m on Around the Table with Jeff Young (The Catholic Foodie) and Monsignor Christopher Nalty. It’s broadcast on Catholic Community Radio for New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Gulf Coast. The program airs at 3:30pm central on 690AM in New Orleans and 1380AM in Baton Rouge. It also streams live at the same time online at http://catholiccommunityradio.org.

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Make Your Own At-Home Stations of the Cross

At home Stations of the Cross

Note: This post originally published last year during Lent, and I’m updating it just a tad and republishing. I’ve seen a few “how to pray the Stations with your children” posts floating around social media lately, and I simply want to share something that works well in our home. . . . → Read More: Make Your Own At-Home Stations of the Cross

Cooking in the Fast Lane

30-minute spicy vegetable soup

If you’re a listener to the SonRise Morning Show on EWTN Radio, you’ll likely recognize the name of this Soup & Stories contributor, Rita Heikenfeld. Her weekly Bible Foods segments with Matt Swaim always enlighten. Rita shares her recipe for 30-minute spicy vegetable soup and throws in a bonus recipe for easy cheesy garlic bread. . . . → Read More: Cooking in the Fast Lane

The Joy of Gazpacho


Today’s Soup & Stories entry comes from fellow CatholicMom.com contributor Kelly Wahlquist. She shares a recipe for gazpacho, a soup I have never tried until today. It’s a winner, and I’m looking forward to sipping on this one tonight. Kelly, take it away … . . . → Read More: The Joy of Gazpacho

Today We Feast, Tomorrow We Fast

Mardi Gras

Today I kick off the Soup & Stories series with a recipe for Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup, a dish one friend recently described as “transcendent.” Not sure about that, but it does get rave reviews wherever it goes. . . . → Read More: Today We Feast, Tomorrow We Fast