Monday, April 7, 2014

Free Printable Religious Easter Banner

I had update the banner in Latim from 2011. This banner matches with our 2013 Easter Lamb printable kit

Get it HERE
Happy Feast Day!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Free Printable Paschal Candle 2014!

The picture is from last year but the file is 2014!

Get the pdf HERE

I hope you are having a fruitful lent and have a blessed Easter!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

St. Nicholas and Christmas Stocking cake pops!

Easy! The Bishop hat is made out fondant. Draw the cross on the mitra, eyebrowns, beard and mustache with chocolate waffler (use a toothpick and for the beard use a zipploc bag). The nose is sugar pearls and make the eyes and mouth with candy pen.

Have a blessed Christmas!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Angel themed Baptism party

Source: Festa com gosto
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Roses Cake pops for Therese - the little flower!

First, please forgive my pictures! They were taken with my phone :-) This was the bouquet I made for a Carmelite benefit dinner. It's made of cake pops! I'm sure you have heard about them; they are so delicious and so fun to make, and always a big hit.

So here is what you will need:
Cake pop recipe (you can find one anywhere - there are some tips though that I will write on the bottom of the post);
Mini-rose silicone mold- (mine is from ebay);
Candy melts;
Paramount crystal (if you use Wilton's candy melts);
Lollipop sticks;

Make your cake pops according to the recipe you find the best, shape the balls like a tear drop, making sure the cake balls are smaller than the silicone mold otherwise the cake will break when you try to take out the mold. Chill them.

Melt you candy melts (I prefer double-boil but you can use a microwave). Fill the silicone mold up to 2/3 only (actually it may depend on the size of your cake balls). Put the round side of the cake balls inside of the mold making sure there is no candy dripping over the mold, which would make hard to get out. If some candy starts coming out on the sides just gently clean it off using a toothpick - do not press the side of the mold. 

After that, put them in a refrigerator to speed the process of drying. It does not take too long. It should come out really easily from the mold, use a toothpick to pull the mold up, gently, pushing it against the mold, not the cake.

Dip the bottom side of the rose into the melted candy - you may hold with your hands the rose side - stick the lollipop sticks inside of the cake pop, shake the excess of candy and put in the styrofoam to dry.

I made tags with famous quotes of St.Therese and turned into a bouquet using a vase from Ikea.

Here it is! Next time, I will add some edible leaves.

I really like it! And it could be made in red for St. Rita of Cascia or Our Lady!

Here are some tips to make your cake pop making more fun!
- do not use oil for baking, if the recipe calls for oil replace it with butter (not margarine), the cake will be firmer,  not falling off the sticks when dipping and not having oil coming out trough the cake pops later either;
- make your own frosting! It does not take too long, it tastes better, it will no be too sweet and also will not fall off the sticks when dipping because of the butter;
- do not put too much frosting into the crumbled cake before kneading it thoroughly and molding it into balls - I have found that 3 to 4 tablespoons are more than enough. 

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

When does Easter end?

Pentecost Sunday
156. Eastertide concludes with Pentecost Sunday, the fiftieth day, and its commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (cf. Acts 2, 1-4), the Church's foundation, and the beginning of its mission to all nations and peoples. The protracted celebration of the vigil Mass has a particular importance in cathedrals and some parishes, since it reflects the intense persevering prayer of the Christian community in imitation of the Apostles united in prayer with Mother of Jesus(160).
The mystery of Pentecost exhorts us to prayer and commitment to mission and enlightens popular piety which is a "continued sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church. He arouses faith, hope and charity, in the hearts [of the faithful] and those ecclesial virtues which make popular piety valuable. The same Spirit ennobles the numerous and varied ways of transmitting the Christian message according to the culture and customs of all times and places"(161).
The faithful are well used to invoking the Holy Spirit especially when initiating new undertakings or works or in times of particular difficulties. Often they use formulas taken from the celebration of Pentecost (Veni Creator Spiritus, Veni Sancte Spiritus)(162) or short prayers of supplication (Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur). The third glorious mystery of the Rosary invites the faithful to meditate on the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation they are conscious of receiving the Spirit of wisdom and counsel to guide and assist them; the Spirit of strength and light to help them make important decisions and to sustain the trials of life. The faithful are also aware that through Baptism their bodies become temples of the Holy Spirit to be respected and honoured, even in death, and they know that the body will be raised up on the last day through the power of the Holy Spirit.
While the Holy Spirit gives access to communion with God in prayer, he also prompts us towards service of our neighbour by encountering him, by reconciliation, by witness, by a desire for justice and peace, by renewal of outlook, by social progress and missionary commitment(163). In some Christian communities, Pentecost is celebrated as a "day of intercession for the missions"(164).
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