Just the Book I Needed

by | Nov 24, 2013 | Catholic Living, Homemaking, Liturgical Year, Recipes, What We're Reading | 7 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how we were able to start celebrating the liturgical year in our home only by taking baby steps. And I mentioned how overwhelmed I had felt reading the first book I found about the celebrating the liturgical year in the home. Basically it made me give up on the whole idea for a bit.

If only Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas had written her new ebook way back then!

Feast! Real Food, Reflections, and Simple Living for the Christian Year is just the book I needed when I was a young wife and mother, trying to learn to live my faith. But I’m plenty grateful to have it now.

It includes essays on how to begin to make the church calendar part of the rhythm of your family’s day to day life. You’ll be inspired and encouraged by how Haley and Daniel have found simple ways to celebrate the traditional feasts, fasts, and liturgical seasons of the Church.
They’ve also included exotic but uncomplicated recipes from all over the world that will help you introduce your family to some great saints!
I’ve already made the Simple Black Beans and Rice recipe and it was a big hit with the whole family. And Shepherd’s Pie is on the menu for tonight!
Anyway, go here to Haley’s blog and get the eBook already. You’ll be able to pull the recipes up on your home computer, tablet, or smart phone. (I keep all my recipes on my iPad now!) It’s on sale for less than $5 only until Thanksgiving, so don’t wait! It would make a great gift for anyone you know who’d like to live the Christian Year, but just isn’t sure how to start.

You can still enter to win one here . . . 


Since it’s Sunday, I’m linking up with the lovely ladies from Fine Linen and Purple for What I Wore Sunday, for (probably. hopefully.) the last maternity edition . . . 

Dress: Motherhood Maternity hand-me-down
Necklace, boots, sweater coat: Anthropologie
New Haircut!
Bump: 39 weeks (39 weeks 4 days actually, but who’s counting?)
Happy Feast of Christ the King!
We’re planning on having Haley’s Shepherd’s Pie for dinner, unless plans change :), and something for dessert. I don’t know what, I’m not feeling super creative. But there will be dessert!

The Old Mission where we attend Mass is having a High Mass for the feast and the boys are serving, and Jack gets to do the incense. He is pretty excited. So I was hoping I’d make it through this morning, and that’s looking likely.

But, come noontime, I’m totally at my leisure to have this baby.

Keep an eye on Facebook if you’re interested in that sort of thing . . . 


  1. Danielle

    Wow, you look great for almost 40 weeks! Best of luck as your look towards labor and delivery. Praying for you as God writes the perfect story for the entrance of the newest member of your family!

  2. Emily

    I hope that I can look as good as you do at 39 weeks when I'm like…20 weeks? next time around…because last time I definitely did not!

  3. Cam Wollner

    You do look great! And prayers that you're cuddling with your little one soon!

  4. Lisa

    You look great, Kendra! I love the colors in your outfit. Prayers that your little one comes soon!

  5. SHINE

    how can you look better than me when you are that pregnant? I would stay pregnant if I looked like you.

    thanks for the book! I have tried…and always fail…at keeping up with feasts and traditions and this looks do-able. What a great gift for the staff at my parish!

    Prayers for a healthy and awesome delivery…

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