Pentecost Sunday Roasted Marshmallows

I am always looking for fun activities or recipes that bring Church teaching to life for my kids.  Anything goes, but the projects must be easy (I’m no Martha Stewart!) and gluten-free dairy-free substitutions must be possible.

For example, this Easter dessert celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection (found at Campfires and Cleats) can be easily baked using gluten and dairy-free ingredients.   The perfect combo of easy, yummy, and GFCF!

After Pinteresting like crazy, all I found for Pentecost were recipes that were too complicated—I’m not good at making iced sugar cookies or intricate icing decorations.  As we were grilling hamburgers one evening, a light bulb went off.  Why not use the fire to roast Pentecost Marshmallows?  It would be easy, yummy, and GFCF!

Yes, you read that right.  We shoved marshmallows on a stick and called it a day.

 

First, my husband lit the grill.

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While we waited for the charcoal to get white hot, we watched the flames shoot high in the air.  We read scripture from the Acts of the Apostles:

 

Right on cue, a gust of wind flipped my Bible page as I was reading about the “strong driving wind” that brought the fire of the Holy Spirit.  We got a good giggle out of that!

The kids and I talked about how the Holy Spirit burns inside all of us.  We may be afraid to speak up about our faith to the world, but the Holy Spirit gives us courage.  Others can tell we are Christians by our actions because we have the Holy Spirit burning inside of us.

Next, we put marshmallows on our skewers….

And carefully roasted them over the grill.

We poured “Holy Spirit” sprinkles on our marshmallows!

 

I would love to show you the picture of a beautiful finished product, but that’s not what happened.  We were a gooey, sticky, yummy mess!  Full of marshmallows AND the Holy Spirit!

 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.

Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.

Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.

Protect me, Holy Spirit that I may always be holy.

—St. Augustine

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Have YOU Ever Felt STUCK During Lent?

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I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2014,hosted by the Catholic Bloggers Network.We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE.

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Linking up with Equipping Catholic Families, Campfires and Cleats, Truly Rich Mom, A Slice of Smith Life, and Home to 4 Kiddos!

As I prepare for Ash Wednesday quickly approaching, my mind is turning to Lent.  What am I going to give up?  What am I going to add extra?  How am I going to turn back to God, letting Him into my life more?

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My sweet baby Brooks, who is 5 months old, rolled over and got himself stuck between a laundry basket—hey, at least it was clean laundry—and the diaper box.  He was literally stuck up against a wall.

It made me realize I am feeling kinda stuck, too.  My days are so busy!  I need about ten more hours in each day!  How on earth am I going to add in something more for Lent?  I don’t even have time to shower.

I prayed for the Holy Spirit to let me know how God wants me to approach Lent this year.  My answer was clear.

Yes, I will focus on prayer, especially with my family and husband.  However, I have a personal vice that has to go.  It’s between God and me alone, and this Lent I am giving Him my past failed attempts to change.  This Lent, God will change me because He is merciful and loves me more than I can imagine.

Instead of giving up chocolate, sugar, or sweets—which really isn’t about getting closer to God but is really more about shorts and swimsuits looming ahead— I’m going to let God change me.

Do you have something that God is nagging you about?  Something personal and maybe even embarrassing?  Has it been far too long since you have felt God’s healing grace from the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Repent, therefore,  and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment….  Acts 3:19

Lent isn’t about deserving God because we are good—this is an impossible task!  Lent is about receiving God’s merciful, healing love in our hearts!  God wants us to change our hearts just a little bit more, letting His love and peace into our lives.  He is waiting for you.  Don’t get stuck!

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Oops, We Broke Jesus!

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I have a window above my kitchen sink, and this window sill is the only safe place in my entire house to put breakable things.  A few Willow Tree angels the kids have given me, a small statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a tiny clay sculpture of the Blessed Mother (made by Erica in 2nd grade) sit safely on this little shelf.

The other day I was washing dishes, and I realized poor Jesus’ hand was broken off.  Oops.  Wonder which kid did that?

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The Holy Spirit used my little Jesus-with-a-chopped-off-hand to remind me that we are Jesus’ hands on earth now.  I have been a stay-at-home mom for so long that it’s easy to forget that what I do is important.

Every time I do my millionth load of laundry, I am using Jesus’ hands.  I use Jesus’ arms to rock a sick child to sleep, not caring if I get puked, coughed, or snotted on.  Responding nicely to a sassy teenager instead of arguing back is having Jesus’ heart and lips.   Bedtime can be all about being Jesus:  Do I throw the kids in bed, mutter a quick “Thank you God for this day, amen,” and turn out the light?  Or do I, no matter how tired I am, give each child individual attention, a little snuggle, and a chance to talk about the good and bad stuff that happened that day before praying with them?

My vocation may not involve curing cancer or opening an orphanage, but it’s still choosing to let Jesus work through me.  I’m going to keep my little broken Jesus statue to remind me of that.

How on earth will the Holy Spirit explain the beheaded St. Joseph from our Nativity scene?