All Saints’ Day Recipes

So, All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) are coming up, and I wanted to include some easy ideas that can be made at home to help celebrate a beautiful feast day on our Catholic tradition. It took some browsing, but I eventually found the following:

Holy Ghosts cookies

  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • almond bark (or white chocolate chips)
  • mini chocolate chips
  1. Melt the almond bark (or white chocolate chips) in a large bowl.
  2. Take the Nutter Butter cookies and dip them in melted almond bark.
  3. Use mini chocolate chips for the eyes. Let set on waxed paper.

Heavenly haystacks (to celebrate St. Isidore the farmer)

  • 1 large can of Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 pkg Butterscotch morsels (melted)
  • 1/2 c peanuts
  1. Combine the can of chow mein noodles with the package of melted butterscotch morsels and peanuts.
  2. Drop into small haystacks on wax paper and let set.

Rose cupcakes (to celebrate St. Therese, the little flower)

  • 12 mini cupcakes (or as many as you want – bake as directed)
  • white frosting
  • scissors
  • 6 rolls of Fruit by the Foot (cherry or strawberry)
  • 1 roll of Fruit by the Foot (green)
  1. Bake cupcakes as directed and allow to cool.
  2. Frost cupcakes with white frosting.
  3. To make a rose, unroll a piece of the cherry or strawberry fruit leather and divide it in half along the wavy perforated middle line. (Note: If their isn’t a wavy perforated middle line, cut your own with either a pizza cutter or scissors.) 
  4. Take one of the halves and roll up about 5 inches to form the flower’s center.
  5. Set the rolled strip wavy side up in the middle of a cupcake.
  6. Continue to loosely wrap the remaining fruit leather around the center at a slight angle until the flower is completed.
  7. Cut leaf shapes from the wavy edge of the green strip, then tuck the leaves under the roses.

Soul cakes

A little history on this recipe/custom, first. Did you know that “trick-or-treating” actually began with Catholic children going around on “All Hallow’s Eve” (now known as “Halloween”) and asking for “soul cakes”? In return for the food, the children promised to pray for the deceased members of the household. Here are a couple of rhymes that the children sang as they went along their way:

“A soul cake, a soul cake,
Have mercy on all Christian souls for a soul cake.”

“Soul, soul, an apple or two,
If you haven’t an apple, a pear will do,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for the Man Who made us all.”

“Soul! soul! for a soul-cake!
I pray, good misses a soul-cake–
An apple or pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.”

  • 1 c butter
  • 3 3/4 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 6 tbs milk
  • powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top
  1. Using a pastry blender cut 1 c. of butter into 3 3/4 cups of flour.
  2. Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice.
  3. In a separate bowl beat eggs, vinegar and milk together.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.
  5. Kneed thoroughly to form a stiff dough.
  6. Roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut out 3 inch circles with a cookie cutter or glass.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

Also, don’t forget to thank God for and honor our Church Triumphant members by celebrating Mass this Tuesday!

Big thanks to Catholic Cuisine and Catholic Missionary Family for the recipes.

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Homemade detergent

So, we’ve been making our own laundry detergent for over a year and a half. I absolutely love it. The only downside I notice is that every once in a while, I still like to run my whites with some bleach to help get out and tough-to-fight stains. (Also, I’m still mentally combating the idea that I can make something that works just as well – or better – than “regular” store-bought detergent. Every once in a while I still use a store-brand detergent for all my loads. I certainly don’t think it’s necessary, it’s just a mental battle!) Overall, it’s a great money saving strategy to use.

Here’s the recipe we use for anyone who might be willing to take on the adventure.

What you need:

  • 4  cups hot tap water
  • 1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
  • ½ cup Borax

What you do:

  1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
  3. Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
  4. Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – baking soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!

Let me know if you use a different recipe or if you find anything else in particular that is extra helpful in this process!

Big thanks to the Duggar Family for the recipe.

Playdough!

So, my sister is asking for Play-Doh for my niece for her second birthday. She said that the dough that she has right now just gets dried out so fast. So, in sticking with the general theme of this blog, I figure that I’m pretty sure that we can make a play-dough of sorts. Fortunately, the internet is an AMAZING gift from God (yes, I do truly believe that it can be seen as such). I just happened upon this recipe while browsing around today:

What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbs. cream of tarter
  • 1 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid (or the knock-off brand)
  • 1 tbs. oil
  • 1 cup water

What you do:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, mix your dry ingredients. (flour, salt, cream of tartar, Kool-Aid)
  2. Then add your liquid ingredients and stir. (Add additional food coloring to make desired color, as needed.)
  3. Continue to stir over medium heat until dough starts to form a ball.
  4. Once you get the ball, dump onto a clean surface and let cool for a minute or two.
  5. Once smooth, take a big sniff and swoon over how good this playdough really smells!

Best part is that it’s non-toxic. (ie: it’s okay if y’all eat it – it’ll smell so good, you might want a taste!)

Check out some super cute pics of some kiddos playing with it and a big thanks to the original posts: The Toy Box Years and The Activity Mom.

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