Sweet Sausage n Beans

This is in my crock-pot right now. Just snuck a taste – YUMMMMM!!

From Taste of Home:


    1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
    2 cups frozen cut green beans, thawed
    1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1 can (16 ounces) baked beans
    1/2 cup ketchup
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon prepared mustard


In a 3-qt. slow cooker, layer the carrots, onion, lima beans, green beans, sausage and baked beans. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard; pour over beans. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir before serving. Yield: 4-6 servings.


Homemade Orage Julius


A Year of Slow Cooking

I’d love to try this!

Prayer To St. Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings & Catholic Singles

O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings and Catholic singles, lead us by the hand towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy. Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our country. Remember the weak, you who are strong–you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene, and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.

Raspberry Beer Cocktail?

Hmm…this sounds good

The good that we do is a goodness that remains forever

This is from Magnificat’s “Meditation of the Day,” on Thursday, February 12th, 2009

If you are able to be an instrument in the hands of God, if you have trust, love, and the patience to accept His plans for you, He restores to you what you have given, one hundred times over. The reign of heaven is already among us, because it is joined with the reign on earth. The good that we do is a goodness that remains forever. This is what I have experienced. A path has opened in front of me, that has become a reality, that cannot yet be grasped. It has begun to take on the dimensions of the love of God. Who would have thought that this path could have opened like this in front of me, a woman who is weak, not very intelligent, and incapable like me? Those who trust in Him will not remain imprisoned in their little plans. I have seen young people who built a cage with their own hands and then fell into desperation because of it. God gave me the strength and patience to follow what He indicated to me day by day and this path has slowly opened wide and has welcomed with open arms many young people in need of love. These arms now embrace the whole world. By now these arms are not only mine, they are the arms of many young people who, after having received the love of God, have decided, like I did, to trust in Him and to give to those in need with that love which they have freely received.

-Mother Elvira Petrozzi
She is the foundress of Comunita Cenacolo, welcoming the lost and desperate in fifty-six fraternities in fourteen countries.

Learn to Pray

(from Magnificat, meditation for December 5, 2002)

To be able to follow [Christ], it is necessary that the desire to learn to pray grow inside of us. Prayer is an interior light that shines on our wounds and our defects. Every defect that weighs on our conscience is an open wound that bleeds. If we don’t accept the help of others, who see and suffer from our defects every day, we run the risk of accumulating a lot of anger, sadness, and superficiality inside of us.

He does not punish and does not cause fear, because he knows very well what we are like. We shouldn’t blame God when all of the idols that we keep for ourselves, making us slaves, bring us to the point of death, be it physical or spiritual.

We were created, rather, to be good, merciful, patient, and to live a clean and transparent life, in our minds, in our hearts, and in reality. To continue to live in our filth does us harm.

We were created for peace and joy, and if we haven’t yet found them, we have to ask ourselves why, and begin to search for them inside ourselves.

-Sister Elvira Petrozzi


Here’s a super easy recipe for some yummy home-made Sangria:


1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
750 mL red wine
1/4-1/3 cup sugar
Ice cubes
Orange slices (optional)
Lime slices (optional)


In a 2-quart pitcher stir together orange and lime juices. Add wine and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover and chill for 3 to 24 hrs. Serve over ice. If desired, garnish each serving with orange and lime slices.

Greek-Style Ravioli

Delish! Note: This recipe is for only two servings, so adjust accordingly if you’re feeding more than two people.

From Taste of Home:


* 12 frozen cheese ravioli
* 1/3 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
* 1 cup canned diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
* 1 cup fresh baby spinach
* 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives, drained
* 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


* Cook ravioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
* Drain ravioli. Add the ravioli, spinach and olives to the beef mixture; heat through. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Yield: 2 servings.

Easy and Elegant Ham

Making this for Easter dinner. The best ham I’ve had yet!

via Taste of Home:


* 2 cans (20 ounces each) sliced pineapple
* 1 fully cooked boneless ham (about 6 pounds), halved
* 1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained
* 1 jar (12 ounces) orange marmalade


* Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set juice aside. Place half of the pineapple in an ungreased 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with the ham. Add cherries, remaining pineapple and reserved pineapple juice. Spoon marmalade over ham. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through.
* Remove to a warm serving platter. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve pineapple and cherries with sliced ham. Yield: 18-20 servings.