Stewardship: Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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My word for the year is Stewardship. One place where that word is really coming alive is in our kitchen. The 40 Days of Soups experiment we just completed grew out of my desire to become a better steward of my family's nutrition. It's working! It's working! And maybe one day soon I'll find some margin to write about that ... working on becoming a better steward of how I use my time, too. But first, let me wrap up my Easter post from last week. During Lent, I spotted a few recipes for natural … [Read more...]

Laboring Through Lent

Black Bean Butternut Squash Soup

Today we wrap up our Lenten Soup & Stories series with a perfect ten. Or rather ... a perfect eight! The post comes from Marcia Mattern, wife to one and mother to six (just look at that gorgeous family!). She's a convert to Catholicism, a dietitian, a doula, and a Catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Really, she's just an all-around awesome and kind woman whom I deeply respect and admire. Marcia and family live on a hobby farm in central, Illinois. Close enough to Des Moines … [Read more...]

Tortellini Making Day

Tortellini Making Day

Today's guest post comes from a very special person in our lives --- our daughter Lydia's godmother Maria Campbell. Since we both live in the Des Moines area, readers might think we have a longstanding friendship. That isn't exactly true. We actually "met" through the pages of this very site. Joel and I were in the midst of getting the infant loss ministry up and running, and well, you can read Maria's story here to understand why we connected. She's such a valuable resource, and more important, … [Read more...]

Julie’s Cajun Crawfish Soup

Julie Baldwin

Today's Soup & Stories contribution comes from Julie Baldwin, the Editor-in-chief at Ignitum Today who also blogs at The Corner with a View. A Midwesterner by birth, Julie currently lives in the South with her husband and beautiful baby girl. She has embraced southern living AND southern cooking, and today shares her Cajun crawfish soup recipe. Lucky us! I'm not even a "fish person," but I find this one quite intriguing! Maybe it's the lure of the Creole seasoning? Oh, one more thing. … [Read more...]

Resilient. And Delicious.

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Shortly after bringing home my son Jude from the hospital, a package arrived in the mail. The return address on the package indicated it was from Trendy Traditions. Now if I hadn't been recovering from a c-section, I would have jumped up and down in excitement because I knew ... I just knew ... that whatever was inside would make me smile. And boy did it ever. If you aren't familiar with Trendy Traditions, now is the perfect time to learn more. TT is the work of husband and wife, Joseph & … [Read more...]

Ew Stew (otherwise known as Caldo Gallego)

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Today's Soup & Stories post is sure to make you smile. And by the time you're finished reading, your tummy may be growling for this Spanish soup, too! The recipe comes from María Morera Johnson whom we've had the pleasure of meeting at the Catholic New Media Conferences. At the first conference Joel and I attended, there were several "Lisas" in attendance. Maria joked about taking on Lisa as her alias for that weekend, but really, the Lisas might have fared better to take on Maria. (You … [Read more...]

When Mama’s Kitchen is a Research Lab

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I only invited today's Soup & Stories contributor, Stacy Trasancos, because she has a rockin' kitchen. Well, that's not entirely true. I also asked her to participate because of her Ph.D. in Chemistry, her M.A. in Dogmatic Theology, her beautiful family, her .... I could go on and on, but let's stop at these two words: Stacy rocks! The Catholic blogosphere is a better place because of her work in and for it. Thanks for all you do, Stacy! Stacy's Bio: Mother of seven. Chemist turned … [Read more...]

Cooking, An Investment in Family

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It was an early spring morning in 2010. I dropped off my then two-year-old daughter at the childcare center before heading into city hall to begin the workday. I turned on Catholic radio and heard an interview with Patti Maguire Armstrong. Up until that moment, I don't recall knowing much about her, but the interview caught my attention. Patti shared a bit about herself, how she earned a M.A. in public administration (as did I), but set a career aside to be at home full-time with her … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Parish Soup Supper

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"Something is wrong when the best possible compliment you can give a fish dish is that it doesn't taste fishy," or so said Jim Gaffigan during a recent concert he gave here in Des Moines. The "anti-fishers" in the crowd had a good roar over that line, myself included. Given I'm not a seafood fan, when today's Soup & Stories guest post hit my in-box a few weeks ago, I became excited. Could it be that our guest contributor has a plausible alternative to the Lenten parish fish fry? Please?! … [Read more...]

A Taste of Benedictine Hospitality

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Regular readers here may recall that for nearly the last four years, Lisa and I have traveled monthly to Conception Abbey and Seminary College for diaconate formation weekends. During that time, we've befriended many of the holy, happy monks there; truly a blessing. As such, it is our great pleasure to welcome Fr. Guerric Letter, O.S.B. to the Soup & Stories series. As a young monk and a recently ordained priest, Fr. Guerric is a bundle of holy energy, and that energy is coming in … [Read more...]