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October 31, 2008



For a slightly lighter and less rich Christmas pudding, here is the family recipe I use:

It is alcohol free, and grated carrot and apple help to keep it moist.

Jennifer G. Miller

I faintly recall a discussion where Kathryn explained the origin of Plum Pudding. The old Collect Prayers had "Stir Up" for the first Sunday of Advent, so we always did this for that Sunday, calling it "Stir-Up Sunday". I was always inspired by Florence Berger's "Cooking for Christ" section on Stir Up Sunday http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/recipes/view.cfm?id=175

This looks delicious...I agree about the store-bought candied peel. Yuck!


You should give credit to Ann Hodgman here as the Mozart Rum Sauce recipe is word for word fom her Beat This! cookbook.


Jennifer Gregory Miller

There is credit for the book at the beginning of the post, but thanks for the link.

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Christmas Novena

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  • December 25 - January 1st - Octave of Christmas
  • December 26th - St. Stephen
  • December 27th - St. John
  • December 28th - The Holy Innocents
  • December 29th - St. Thomas Becket
  • Decmber 31st - The Holy Family
  • January 1st - Mary, Mother of God
  • January 2nd - St. Gregory Nazianzen
  • January 2nd - St. Basil the Great
  • January 3rd - Most Holy Name of Jesus
  • January 4th - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • January 5th - St. John Neumann
  • January 6th - Bl. Andre Bessette (Traditional Epiphany)
  • January 7th - Epiphany
  • January 8th - Baptism of Our Lord