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Our Journey to Pascha

Our Journey to Pascha

Three weeks prior to Great Lent, the Triodion (the service book for Orthodox Christians which contains the services for the three weeks prior to Lent, Great Lent, and Holy Week) begins. In these three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent, it is a time of preparation...
Our Family Forgiveness Night Tradition

Our Family Forgiveness Night Tradition

Many years ago, when my big kids were but wee ones, we were unable to make it to Forgiveness Vespers for a variety of reasons that night.  If you’ve never been to this vespers, it is a wonderful service where you approach each person individually in the church and ask...
St. John of the Ladder Craft

St. John of the Ladder Craft

Jeannie is an Orthodox Christian homeschooling mom to 3. You can visit her blog at: http://www.creativehandscreativeminds.com On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church we commemorate St. John Climacus (also known as St. John of the Ladder). He is the...
Saturday of Lazarus Lesson

Saturday of Lazarus Lesson

I tend to model my teaching style after the Divine Liturgy.  By this, I mean, I try to include the use of all five of our senses when I develop a lesson or unit.  This approach reaches all the different learning styles and at the same time doesn’t require any...
…because I never back down from a challenge

…because I never back down from a challenge

Determination.  That’s what this is all about.  I’ve seen the photos of beautiful, red Pascha eggs dyed using onion skins and I wanted to learn how to do it myself.  The first two times were my fault.    The third time, I have no idea where I went wrong...
Dyeing with Onion Skins for Pascha Gets a Third Chance

Dyeing with Onion Skins for Pascha Gets a Third Chance

I had at least six people tell me I could get a darker red using onion skins for my Pascha eggs than the results I got in my first two attempts.  Two lovely ladies (thank you Maria & Erica!) were kind enough to share their recipes with me and I used both!  I also...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Here’s one more set of Lenten meals on the go during this season. These are simple meals I made for my family to eat on the way to or from church during last week.  Trust me, at 6 months pregnant, I did not spend a lot of time putting these together. These are...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

These fasting meals were inspired by the school lunch, the grown-up work lunch, and the meals eaten in the car going to or from weeknight Lenten services.  They are meant as inspiration or to copy for all those needing a Lenten meal on the go.   Contents of this...
Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

These are eight examples of meals I’ve made using the legume and grain staples in my pantry.  I decided to label this selection of food legumes and grains to provide the widest definition for these staples.  Wikipedia defines legumes as – “Well-known...
Lenten Staples: Vegetables

Lenten Staples: Vegetables

How do you create a fasting meal using the items you already have in your home?  With a few Lenten staples, the possibilities are limitless. Below you will find 8 examples of meals I made using the vegetables I had available in my kitchen.  I have some basic recipes...
Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Chopped: My Version of Lenten Meal Planning

Once again, Sylvia and I are on the same wave length.  While her approach to meal planning during Lent looks absolutely fantastic, I take a slightly different approach.  I’ve never met her in person (talked to her via the webinar practice session and would LOVE...
Pascha Passports

Pascha Passports

This Lenten season, every student in our church school received their own Pascha Passport. These were made available to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver parishes through Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, Colorado.  We were fortunate enough to be...