12/52: Cream Puffs and Laetare
Apparently I took almost no pictures last week! Well, it *felt* like I took a lot of pictures, but looking back, a lot of them turned out to be photos for reviews I have coming up... (Do you hate those reviews? Are they helpful? I know it's easy enough to just not click, or to skim... But there were a LOT of reviews I had to do during the month of March, and I don't want this to feel like an all-homeschooling-all-the-time blog!)
We celebrated the Solemnity of St. Joseph on Thursday with roasted chickens and homemade cream puffs for dessert! I'd never made cream puffs before, but I know they're a traditional St. Joseph's Day dessert (albeit the really traditional ones don't look like this, but I thought Andrew would prefer the chocolate). They were surprisingly easy! Lots of dirty dishes, so I'm not sure I'll bother with them again since it's usually so simple to just get the frozen ones and Costco or Aldi, but that wasn't an option. I used this recipe for the pastry and this one for the pastry cream. Then I just simmered a little cream and melted chocolate chips in it to make a quick ganache, and everyone was happy! The kids told me they were SO MUCH BETTER than the ones from the store. Andrew told me they were "different" and that's all I got from him so... We'll see if I bother again.
Masses are canceled in our diocese (well, public masses), so we live streamed the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem and while it was a beautiful Mass, the kids were... not well-behaved. They did better for me last week! So maybe this weekend we'll have them sit in chairs that don't touch each other and try to find a Low Mass to stream instead, because I think it was just a little too long. (If you don't have Facebook, the Canons are also streaming Masses and vespers on their YouTube channel - please do subscribe, they are doing beautiful things!)
Despite their behavior, everybody looked cute at least, in their pink for Laetare Sunday. Cecilia very kindly offered to fix Edith's hair while I held Lucy, and I was given a little glimpse of hope for the future that maybe one of these days I won't be the only one who can brush and style everybody's hair properly!
How are you all doing? This is such a strange, strange time for everyone... I feel like I'm checking in with friends on social media, but I know not everybody uses it!
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