• Who Is Saint Valentine?

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    Who is Saint Valentine? It is a bit of a mystery to this day. In the medieval times, Valentine was a very popular name. It was disputed that as many as three saints could have been what we think of as St. Valentine and the Catholic church does indeed recognize all three. As many as 11 other saints with the name Valentine are honored by the Roman Catholic Church. Confusing!

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  • Chrismukkah - A Gift Guide

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    chrismakkuh gift guide


    Looking for yet another reason to eat delicious food and give (and receive!) gifts in the upcoming month?   Chrismukkah is the ultimate interfaith holiday.

    The holiday originated on the television show The O.C. in the early 00’s in a mixed Jewish-Christian household, when Seth Cohen declared that he had “created the greatest super-holiday known to mankind”.  It is now a part of pop culture-and isn’t just for interfaith households-but can be celebrated by everyone.  Before it worked its way into the mainstream, many Jews were already celebrating Christmas as a “festival of the world around us”.  Many contemporary Jews were celebrating Christmas in a secular sense, while celebrating Hanukkah as their religious holiday.  Now more than ever, in the year 2016, when the first day of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve at sundown, Chrismukkah can bring friends and family together for food and celebration.


     Start the evening out in true Shabbat style with challah bread!   A perfect hostess gift is this Shabbat set from Faithhaus, including a beautiful challah cover: 



    A universally loved appetizer is potato latkes. Here is a great contemporary recipe. Serve with sour cream and applesauce:


    hanukkah latke

    Wine is a must! This one isn't kosher, but it is made by a Jew. Does that help?

    love and squalor winery

    Forget lampshades on your head, wearing a yamaclaus at a party is much cooler:

     hanukkah yamaclaus

    Make your own with this super cute DIY project:

    diy yamaclaus

     Directions here:  http://www.yamaclaus.com/yamaclaus-print/



     The Magic of Chrismukkah is in the 8 days of presents, with one special day filled with many presents! 

    Light the first candle with this contemporary menorah $150


    The perfect all natural beeswax candles for the menorah (or a birthday cake!) $23 for 45

    hanukkah candles

    A gnome/tomte/nisse lurking on your mantle adds a Scandinavian touch without screaming CHRISTMAS, $20-28

    christmas gnomes tomte nisse


    A wreath on the door? Get a year-round rustic look with this faux deer-antler wreath $100

     christmas antler wreath

    For your fashion-forward set the ‘shalom’ necklace in 14k gold:

     shalom faith necklace

    We love it layered with the Bronze Virgin Mary necklace for an interfaith fashion vibe!:

    faith catholic necklace

    For the home with an organic and modern look this Kiddush cup (doubles as a contemporary chalice!) fits the bill : 

     kiddush cup


    The hamsa is the universal symbol of protection and good luck. This gold leaf hamsa is the perfect interfaith décor for your space.

    hamsa spiritual


     Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Faithhaus!

    green heart

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  • Best Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese Recipes for Thanksgiving

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    If you are like me, you have a child who refuses to any reasonable amounts of Thanksgiving food, here are five macaroni and cheese recipes. Macaroni and cheese is one of the maybe ten foods in my son's rotation. I can get him to have bites of turkey, green beans, etc but only in order to get to the good stuff-homemade mac n cheese.

    First let me mention that Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday however it is a time to say thank you to whatever or whomever you worship so I'm including it in our blog. Personally, I think being thankful is an everyday practice and I try to be mindful of that. Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays because we REALLY all are on the same page that day and  the energy is definitely more powerful in numbers.

    The other thing I must point out is my obsession with the crock pot which therefore means these are all crock pot recipes. Even better for that busy household or easy transport to Grandma's house.

    number one

    Paula Deen Crock Pot Mac N Cheese.



    1. Boil the macaroni in water for six minutes. Drain.
    2. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts.
    3. In slow cooker, combine cheese mixture and add the eggs (I omitted the eggs), sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper. Add the drained macaroni and stir again.
    4. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

    FYI - the cooking notes from GiddyUpGo who has a profile on Food.com

    User review: I saw Paula Deen make this recipe on her Food Network program. I was looking for a really creamy macaroni and cheese recipe, and this is it! I changed it a bit by omitting the eggs (the original recipe calls for three) and boiling the macaroni for six minutes instead of seven, so it doesn't get mushy while cooking in the Crockpot. I also shortened the cooking time from three to two and a half hours. Perfection!

    Potluck Macaroni and Cheese Recipe


    Potluck Macaroni and Cheese from Taste of Home

    TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours
    MAKES: 16 servings


    • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
    • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
    • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese
    • 1-3/4 cups whole milk
    • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
    • 3/4 cup butter, melted
    • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten


    1. Cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; drain. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients.
    2. Cook, covered, on low 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads at least 160°, stirring once. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).

    FYI- loving the two step directions!

    User review: AllisonO  Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

    "I made this for a family reunion and it was a hit! I made just two "tweaks" to the recipe: I used four cups of the Mexican cheese blend instead of two of it and two of the shredded white cheddar (because my small-town grocery store didn't have the latter) and I used 2% milk because that's what I had on-hand. The flavor and creaminess were wonderful! It got rave reviews by the kids and adults alike, and I had several requests for the recipe...including one from my college-bound niece who is a mac & cheese fanatic. She's starting to build her cooking repertoire and wants to be able to make this whenever the mood strikes!"

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    Uncooked Macaroni Crock Pot Mac and Cheese from 101 Cooking for Two

    Ingredients (for two servings. Double or triple ok)
    • 1 cup Standard Macaroni (DON'T USE WHOLE WHEAT OR GLUTEN FREE)
    • 2 cups milk
    • ½ t salt
    • ½ t dry mustard
    • ¼ t black pepper
    • ¼ t garlic powder
    • ¼ t paprika
    • 1 T butter
    • 1 cup Cheese of your choice. I used sharp cheddar
    1. Dump 2 cups milk, 1 cup standard (not whole wheat or other non-standard) macaroni, ½ t dry mustard, ½ t salt, ¼ t each of pepper, garlic powder and paprika, and l T butter into a smallish slow cooker. I used a 3.5 qt one. Mix well.
    2. Cook on low. Stir well at 1 hour into the cooking. Cook another hour or so until pasta is al dente. Slow cookers vary some your time may vary some. DO NOT COOK BY TIME ONLY HERE.
    3. When the pasta is al dente, drain any free fluid, add 1 cup of shredded cheese. I used sharp cheddar this time. Mix very well.
    4. Continue on low until cooked to your taste. About 5-15 minutes.

    Author notes: I went through a lot of trial and errors here. A lot of mac and cheese was eaten and a lot went down the sink as not worth of a reheat. They were OK but just not worthy… But the stove-top mac I did last month convinced me that I did not need to pre-cook the macaroni, I just had to do it right.

    First the heat. This must be done on low. This is NOT a recipe you should cook on high and cut the time in half. The cheese will be more likely to separate some and the macaroni will either be over or under cooked.

    Second. American made shredded cheese that we all buy does not like long or high heat. It is more waxy then block cheese and it just wont take it. I’m sure a better cheese like a block of Cabot would do better but are you going for a $10 cheese for this? So the cheese should not cook for long periods. Put it in near the end and let it melt and deliver its creamy goodness.

    Third, a little fat is needed. I have only fat-free milk usually. So since I was using that, I added a tablespoon of butter. That is enough fat to equal just over 2% milk. So if you use whole or 2% milk, you may not need the butter but I would keep it for taste. Or even leave it out with 0% for health reasons but the texture will suffer a little.



    Best Crockpot Mac and Cheese from Chowhound

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  • Can I wear a rosary as jewelry?

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    rosary necklaces to wear


    Can I wear a rosary? Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum University
    “Wearing a sacred object is not the same as using it in a secular or inappropriate manner. In fact, many religious congregations wear the rosary as part of their habit, usually hanging from a belt. There are also several historical cases of laypeople wearing the rosary for devotional purposes. I think that the key to answering this question can be found in St. Paul: "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). In other words, there should be no indifferent or irrelevant actions in the life of a Christian.”

    david beckham rosary

    How can you rock the rosary like David Beckham? Shop with us...


    pearl rosary necklace waxing poetic

    The Rosary Necklace from Waxing Poetic in sterling and pyrite $119


    dolce and gabbana rosary

    Sapphire and jade rosary necklace from Dolce & Gabbana

    rosary necklace

    The Panama Rosary Necklace from Delicate Raymond $158

    cross rosary necklace

    For the rebel in you- the knife cross rosary from Fitrou $198

    So whoever you are and whatever you believe if you wear a rosary necklace be the best person you can be! FH 



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  • The month of May- Like A Virgin, Mary that is

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    It is the month of May and it’s time to talk about Mary. The Mary of devotion, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. For many cultures the month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary. This month is considered the season of the beginning of new life, the beginning of growth and the fertility of the land. May begins with the crowning of Mary- a tradition of presenting the statue of Mary with a crown of flowers in honor of her existence- and continues with daily devotions dedicated to her. This medieval custom began in Italy and the month of May became the month of Mary. As a woman and a mother I choose to recognize her as such and feel honored on this day as well. No coincidence that Mother’s Day is in the month of May!

    Mary is the greatest of all Christian saints it’s believed, since she was the mother of Jesus. As Christ possesses two natures, human and divine, Mary was the Mother of God in his human nature. This special role of Mary in salvation history is clearly depicted in the Gospel in which she is seen constantly at her son’s side during his missions. This Queen is also our Mother but not in the physical sense, she is called a spiritual mother, for she conceives, gives birth, and nurtures the spiritual lives of grace for each person. That’s a mother’s role- to nurture the spiritual life of your child and your family which then spreads through a community and the world. Women can reflect on that each May and realize their universal importance to their family and beyond.

    Why not keep Mary close to your heart with a beautiful antiqued bronze medallion on a silk cord? From Tara Gasparian at Jboutiq and adorned with gold beads. Reverence meets fashion. $80

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