Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mother Teresa Tea

This post was written by past Catholic Cuisine contributor Amy.

Today is the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth! This incredible woman was and is a true inspiration for all people. Her generosity and selflessness affected the lives of people all over the world.

So today, go Indian and celebrate this wonderful Godly woman with a special and very simple tea.

Indian Fried Bread
courtesy of All Recipes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2/3 cup water 
  • 1/4 cup white sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt and water until a soft dough is formed. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Divide dough into golf ball size pieces and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. 
  2. Select a ball of dough and roll out until very thin but not torn. Sprinkle lightly and evenly with sugar. Fold up dough into a small square and roll out again until thin. 
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium heat. Place the rolled dough onto the pan and cook for 1/2 to 1 minute on each side until golden. Serve immediately. Repeat until all dough balls have been rolled and cooked. 
  4. Drizzle these bad boys with honey! They are terribly yummy!

Chai Tea Smoothies
courtesy of Food Network

  • 2 cups milk 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened instant tea 
  • 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 
  • Ice cubes 
  • Fresh mint leaves, optional


In a blender, combine all ingredients but the ice and mint. Process until blended. Gradually add enough ice to make a thick consistency. Pour mixture into tall glasses and serve. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.

The recipe above is unsweetened, so we added some sugar! About a spoon per glass. Also, honey would probably be very yummy!

This is really simple and the kids really enjoy it! Just make sure you have some napkins handy for all that gooey honey!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy 100th Birthday Mother Teresa!

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
August 26, 1910- September 5, 1997

 Mother Teresa's 100th Birthday is being honored worldwide on August 26th.  There are many resources to follow a long but be sure to watch Donna-Marie's blog.  You can check over at my place for a craft idea too!

We thought we'd make a special dessert to celebrate this occasion of love!

This is a really easy No-Bake Vanilla Jell-O Pie
We used fresh blueberries and whipped cream to represent Mother Teresa's blue and white Sari
*This post is an update since the first pie we made*
If you used food coloring or made a chocolate pie, it might look like this:
~We tried our best to get the skin color just right on this one but it turned out a little dark than expected~
(See Instructions)

2 Small Boxes of Vanilla Jell-O Pudding 
(You can buy the non-cooking if you would like to avoid heating on the stove!)
4 Cups of Milk
Large (9oz) Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Approximately 2-3 Cups Fresh Blueberries
Whipped Cream
Red, Yellow, & Blue Food Coloring(Optional)
**Note:  Alternately, you could use Chocolate Pudding mix or Banana Creme if you don't want to use vanilla.  We ended up making a Banana Creme for our Associate Pastor**

Follow the instructions on the Jell-O Pudding Mix Box
(Basically just whisking the pudding mix with milk)
The first time, we added red, blue, and yellow food coloring to the vanilla pudding, attempting to get an olive skin tone, which was very hard to do!  We ended up with a tan skin color.  The photo in the beginning of the post shows the Vanilla option and the Banana Creme looked much the same. 
Pour into Graham Cracker Crust 
Use fresh blueberries and whipped cream to design Mother Teresa's Sari and face.

"Everything depends on how we love each other."
~Mother Teresa~
Happy 100th Birthday, Blessed Mother Teresa...Please pray for us! 

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Monday, August 9, 2010

St. Clare Cheesecake

 St. Clare, Virgin
~August 11~
We know that St. Clare became a living copy of the poverty, the humility, and the mortification of St. Francis; that she had a special devotion to the Holy Eucharist, the
  source and summit of Christian worship, life and mission.
In the Eucharistic Liturgy is found every form of prayer. Here we "gather up" the heart, recollecting our whole being under the prompting of the Holy Spirit. (CATECHISM 2711) Here we unite ourselves to Christ as He offers perfect praise and thanksgiving to the Father. Here the Good Seed of the Word is lavishly sown. The Eucharist is the food of faith which strengthens us for the spiritual combat. In the Eucharist, communion with God becomes a reality cherished in adoring silence. Is it any wonder that the Seraphic Mother did all she could to foster devotion to the Eucharistic mystery?

In honor of St. Clare, try making this simple and quick
"St. Clare Cheesecake"
{Adding the design of a monstrance to the face}
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/3 Cup sugar
1 Cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. whipped topping
Graham cracker crust (I prefer the large 10 inch size)

Cream softened cream cheese and slowly add sugar.  Mix in sour cream and vanilla.  Fold in whipped topping.  Beat with electric mixer for about 2 minutes until smooth.  Pour into graham cracker crust.  Design your own monstrance on the face of the cheesecake!  I used gold sparkle gel icing. (You may chill or serve immediately)

O Glorious St. Clare! God has given you the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress. We beseech you, obtain from Jesus through Mary His Blessed Mother, what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully, (mention your petition) if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and for the good of our souls. Amen.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Recipes for August ~ Month Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Immaculate Heart is often venerated together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Just as the Sacred Heart represents Christ's love for mankind, the Immaculate Heart represents the Blessed Virgin's desire to lead all people to Christ.

August 4, Feast of St. John Vianney (New):

August 4, St. Dominic (Trad.):

August 8, St. Dominic (New): (See August 4)

August 8, St. John Vianney (Trad): (See August 4)

August 10, St. Lawrence (New, Trad.):

August 14, St. Maximilian Kolbe (New):

August 15, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (New, Trad.):

August 18, St. Helena (Trad):

August 22, The Queenship of Mary (New):

August 23, St. Rose of Lima (New):
(The following three posts were not originally posted for St. Rose, but would adapt wonderfully!)

August 26, St. Monica (New)

August 27, St. Augustine (New, Trad.):

August 29, The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (New) and Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Trad):

August 30, St. Rose of Lima (Trad.): (See August 23rd)

August ~ Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

The Daily Offering to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and suffering of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians; I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

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