Apple Picking In Autumn 🍎

On a warm morning at the beginning of October, my boys and I headed to a local farm to pick apples.  It is a yearly tradition for us to kick off the fall season.  We usually pick 1-2 bushels to eat and create into some yummy goodness.

  

This year, out 2 year old got into the action and helped us pick some perfect apples.  I struggled a bit to keep him from biting into every one he picked . . .
  
  

We also spent some time playing among the pumpkins.
  
  

The boys loved playing in the corn bin.  And the tractors were a big hit!
  

We ended the trip hanging out with the sheep, goats, pigs and a very loud rooster.

 

 We made lots of great memories and now it’s time to make apple sauce, apple butter, and apple pie filling!

A Little Celebration on the Feast of St. Therese 🌹

 
Today we had a little celebration for the Feast of St. Therese, The Little Flower. Living the liturgical year is important to us as a family.  From Ordinary time to Advent and Christmas to Lent and Easter, there is something comforting about the Church’s calendar and seasons. While some seasons call for celebration and feasting, some call for quiet and fasting.  During Ordinary time, we like to choose a few saints to celebrate each year.  St. Therese, one of our favorite saints, always calls for a little something extra.  Our daughters have participated in a Little Flowers Girls’ Club, so they really have a special place in their hearts for The Little Flower.

The kids watched a short video about the life of St. Therese.

  

  Our little guy spent some time cuddling with his sister’s St. Therese doll 🙂

  The younger readers in our home enjoyed the book, Little Saint Therese.

  Our preschooler is working through Catholic Icing’s, Catholic ABC’s, A Hands On Preschool Curriculum.  While we are only on the letter D, we jumped ahead to the letter T.
 And of course, we had roses!  And caramel apple pecan strudel.  Not exactly French, but the kids didn’t mind.  It was a little celebration for an extraordinary saint.

If you’d to introduce liturgical celebrations into your home, start small.  Choose a few Catholic feast days, traditions, blessings, or prayers to incorporate into your daily lives. If you follow me on Instagram at BlessedandBusy, you’ll find some of the ways we live the liturgical year. I find when we live according the Church’s calendar rather than the secular calendar, our family life is more balanced, prayerful and peaceful. I’d love to know – how do you live the liturgical year?

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus,
Please pick a rose for me
From the heavenly gardens
And send it to me
As a message of love.

O little flower of Jesus,
Ask God today to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
In your hands.

St. Therese,
help me to always believe,
As you did,
In God’s great love for me,
So that I might imitate your
“Little Way” each day. Amen

Spice up your autumn mornings with a homemade pumpkin spice latte 🍁🍂

Its finally starting to feel like autumn in our neck of the woods  . . . changing leaves, crisp air, pumpkins, and everything pumpkin flavored!  I usually treat myself to one pumpkin spiced latte in September.  But this year, I didn’t enjoy my psl quite as much.  Besides the price, it was too sweet, and frankly, it tasted artificial.  So I decided to take the coffee I enjoy at home and I gave it a twist of pumpkin spice.

First, I freshly ground some coffee beans  Our four year old has taken over the role of head coffee grinder.

While my coffee is brewing, I mix 1/2 cup canned coconut milk, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and a dash of stevia.

 I gently warm the coconut pumpkin mixture and add the brewed coffee.  Sometimes, I give it a whirl in the blender to make more of a latte. Perfection. Its not too sweet and it tastes like fall!  I hope you enjoy!

Our Blessed and Busy Life

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Fourteen years ago, we started our married life and family not really knowing what we wanted or where we were going. Fast forward to today, and things are very different than we could ever have imagined  Six small kids, a small dog, and a small home.  We are very blessed and very busy living this life and it is good. Not always easy, but very,very good.  This little space entitled “a blessed and busy home” is our family scrapbook.  You’ll see little parts of our life, our family, and our home.  It is not the whole picture but its the things we want to remember.

Welcome to A Blessed and Busy Home.  My name is Heather.  I am a Catholic wife, a mother, and a homemaker. And I love my vocation.

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And I really love the children that God has entrusted us with.

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I hope you’ll find something here that you like.