7 Quick Takes Friday Vol. 19


 1. Many Christians have mixed feelings about Halloween; I have friends who celebrate the holiday whole heartily and others who do not.  I found two links I would like to share that discuss the origin of “All Hallow’s Eve”, and how Halloween can be redeemed. Please read and let me know what you think.  

2.  Thursday, was day 37 of 40 Days for Life., so far 484 babies have been saved. It was also the day that our newly constructed Planned Parenthood had a ribbon-cutting ceremony.   About 50 people from our local 40 Days for Life were there in peaceful vigil to protest.  I got the call when I was grocery shopping so the girls and I showed up a little late with our Red Rider wagon and our “Choose Life” signs.   

3. In August, Ladybug donated 12-inches of her hair to Lock of Love.  This Tuesday, Ladybug received a “Locks of Love” merit badge from her Girl Scout troop.  It was so thoughtful of her troop leader to recognize her.

4. I received a few requests for the spiced pumpkin cheesecake recipe from this week’s Wordless Wednesday photo.  Here it is:

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake

38 Ginger Snaps, finely crushed
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 butter, melted
4 packages (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP whipped topping
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
HEAT oven to 325 degree F
Mix crumbs,nuts, and butter into a food processor, and pulse until completely blended.  Press mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up side of a 9-inch springform pan.  BEAT cream cheese, and sugar with mixer until blended.  Add canned pumpkin, spice, and vanilla; mix well.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.  Pour into springform pan.  BAKE 1 hour 20 minutes or until center is almost set.  Loosen cake from rim of pan, cool before completely removing rim.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours, however I usually make it the night before, it taste better when it sits overnight.  Serve with cool whip and a sprinkling of nutmeg to be fancy.

5. This week I borrowed E.D. Hirsch’s What your Kindergartener Needs to Know from the library.  I have been reading the fables to my girls, and they absolutely love hearing the stories.  We also used the book to help learn about the Earth, maps, compasses and globes this week.  Speaking of maps, my girls received a generous gift of the  Animals of the World from my friend, Cindy.  The map is beautifully illustrated with comically animal characters. It measures 54″ X 38″, in fact it was so big we had to hang it in our hallway! Perfect timing on this map, because Ladybug is learning the seven continents, and the animals help her distinguish and identify them.  Very Cool! 

6. Great discussion in my Moms’ Prayer group about the Biblical basis of the Eucharist, the Living Bread of Christ.  The conversation morphed into a discussion of we as Catholic Christian mothers can teach our children more about the Bible.  Next week’s chapter is on Time Management. We are currently reading Graced and Gifted by Kimberely Hahn. Another book, I am interested in  reading the The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  Jennifer  described it in her blog as a field guide to spiritual warfare.

7. This has been a tough week for me, due to my hormones.   I have not slept, and I have not felt like myself all week. I hate to say this, however to leave it out would not be authentic. I am trying to focus on the joys of the week: my children enjoying stories, my prayer group, a good cause, even a perfectly baked cheesecake…I am glad to see Friday here, and knowing that Sunday I will be able to start fresh. 

Please join Jennifer at the Conversion Diary for more quick takes.


About Mary @ a simple twist of faith

I am: a rookie at blogging, just started my blog in May 2010 when I became a full-time Mom. a child of God, a follower of Jesus Christ, a listener of the Holy Spirit, and a Catholic. Pro-Life, , Pro-Woman and an adoption advocate wife to a wonderful husband for 12 years proud and grateful mother to two beautiful daughters ages 5 and 3. a coffee drinking fool, so I can keep up with my little girls a home schooling novice using my kindergartener as a guinea pig a runner, it keeps me sane and in my size 8 pants an avid reader , now of Beatrix Potter's books a former workaholic & fashion follower a lover of chocolate, and wine, and the finer things in life, although I cannot afford them anymore!
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5 Responses to 7 Quick Takes Friday Vol. 19

  1. Ahhh, yes. The Halloween thing. 🙂

    When we were younger parents, we opted out for a few years because of all the hubbub about it. We were lost and confused and figured that since there’s nothing particularly holy about running around the neighborhood for candy that we’d just not until we understood more about it. I wish we hadn’t been caught up in all the mess. Now, even though there is still nothing particularly holy about it (nor unholy for that matter!), we trick or treat and put up a few fun decorations and remember what the word means.

    If you ask a Jehovah’s Witness (I think it’s them) and a few others, Christmas is also just a pagan holiday that is “Christianized” and celebrating it is “evil.” Really?? And so what if it’s “true” that it was a pagan holiday once??? Why wouldn’t Christians reclaim these days and make them their own? All days belong to God.

    That cheesecake looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Marcia says:

    I have taken a stand on Halloween, but not for theological reasons. I told my kids I am tired of having to come up with costumes (6 of them), to drive them into town (we live in the country), so they can go to strangers doors and ask for candy, so they can come home and ask for, plead for, beg for, cry over, argue over, compare and constantly think about sugary treats. I would rather buy them each a bag of candy and be done with it. How’s that for good parenting? Prayers you get relief and begin to feel better as we head into the weekend. (I’m visiting from Conversion Diary).

  3. Kyooty says:

    Prayers for Hormone Peace this week. 🙂 Happy Halloween Weekend. I’ve never heard of Not celebrating Halloween until I moved off the island.

  4. Sharon O says:

    I personally do not observe Halloween for many reasons. I turn our front lights off and turn on praise music and keep the tv off because usually it is full of ‘horrible’ movies or whatever. I just don’t like what the ‘day’ represents.

  5. Wendy says:

    I like the comment about reclaiming it. It’s fun to dress up and trick or treat or go to a great party. It’s not evil if you have no evil intentions. Right? It means nothing more than what you make it out to mean, really. I don’t see it as a holiday or as religious. I see it as a tradition in our culture that has evolved and will continue to evolve. So take control and make it want you want it to be for your family. If that means ignoring it altogether, that’s okay too.

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