Friday, July 19, 2013

Celebrating Ordinary Time

We are deep in the heart of Ordinary Time right now... and soaking up every moment!
This is the time in the Church calendar where there are no major feasts and no seasons
of fasting. Reminds me of vacation. It's just wonderfully simple.

LIFE with Christ and His bride, the Church. No Jesse trees or Lenten reminders to set up...
no shoes to fill or special food to prepare. We are just breathing. So peaceful. Sign me up.

In A Homemade Year by Jerusalem Jackson Greer even talks about celebrating
Ordinary Time. She suggests throwing an "Ordinary Time Party"!!! Such a great idea!
We've been LIVING that party pretty much all summer long - taking time to play, work,
rest, and pray together in the warm sunshine.

Last weekend we were able to enjoy our church community in this season of Ordinary Time
with a movie under the stars! Such a fun, summer-y way to sit back and just let God love you!
How is your heart this season? Are you basking in the sweetness of Ordinary Time too?!
Sharing one of Jerusalem's recipes here -
found in A Homemade Year...

|| Summer Pineapple Salad ||
(Maybe you can make it and throw your own Ordinary Time party with family and friends!?!
And then invite me over of course. That would be great. Ok? Ok. Thanks.)

8 oz. of farfalle pasta cooked al dente
2 tbls. of honey
1 C. of pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
1 C. cubed mango (or double the pineapple)
4 fresh, green onions - chopped
Juice of 1 large lemon
1 C. plain-low-fat yogurt
1 tbls. brown spicy mustard
1 tsp. of dried tarragon
salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and chill for 1-2 hours.
This is one of those salads that is best served cold and well-soaked.
If it dries out a bit while chilling, you can add a tablespoon
of yogurt to bring the salad back to life.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! WIN your own copy of A Homemade Year HERE!!!
Let Jerusalem's new book bless you and your family as it has blessed mine!

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