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Sharing despite Google Reader!

There have been a lot of changes to Google Reader, and not all of them are for the better. One change that I really felt was the removal of the “share” button. I pointed the RSS feed of my shared items to this blog’s sidebar. It was a great way to share blog posts from all over the web. With the discontinuation of “share” and addition of +1, this was no longer possible.

My solution:

  • open a tumblr account
  • set up a very basic blog
  • add tumblr and your new tumblr blog to the “send to” option in Reader
  • grab your tumblr rss and point it to your blog – I used a tumblr widget for wordpress

Now my “shared” items are back!


An online curriculum sale blog hop

If you are still in need of some curriculum for the coming homeschool year, check out Shower of Roses’ Online Curriculum Blog Hop, now through August 7. Gently used curriculum at great prices!

Poor ignored blog

For about two months now I have totally ignored my blog! I didn’t mean to, and every day goes by and I try to get something posted, but with no luck. I’ve got lots of excuses: a tornado, wedding planning, working part-time, kid’s growing up and moving out, getting ready for a trip to New York . . . you get the idea. I’ve got oodles of excuses! So here I am just touching base and saying hello.

I’m heading to New York in two days for Isabel’s 2nd Rockette Intensive. This time she is one of 10 full merit scholarship winners.  It’ll be a fun week. Isabel’s boyfriend and my mom are also going. You guessed it, I will be ignoring this blog a bit more!

But, when I get home, I promise to be a better blogger. After all, there’s a new homeschool year to plan.

The newest Catholic app: CNL

The newest Catholic App on the App Store, Catholic News Live (or CNL for short) is now available for purchase.

Catholic News Live is a news and blog feed aggregater built in 2009 by Jeff Geerling of Life is a Prayer.com. CNL is sponsored by Open Source Catholic, and generously hosted by Midwestern Mac, LLC.

Here’s the latest from Jeff:

cnlI’ve spent many nights and weekends on this app, trying to make it the best and simplest Catholic news app on the App Store, and it aggregates data from all over the Catholic web—hand-picked sources (Homeschool Goodies included!) that are checked hourly for the latest information.

Please take a moment to read through the app’s description.

You can download the app directly on your iPhone or iPod touch.

And if you find any time/space on your blog or website, please let your readers know about the app—I’m hoping it will help you get more of a readership for your own sites, and I hope it will help more Catholics know what’s going on in the (Catholic) world around them!

Jeff Geerling

I downloaded my CNL app earlier this month and I love it. Get yours today!

Promoting Catholicism

The 2011 Catholic Media Promotion Day Suggestions have been posted. The list consists of 289 blogs, 89 podcasts, 197 websites, 77 facebook pages, 42 print and/or online magazines and news sources, 42 phone apps, 171 books, 26 companies, 30 music sites and/or musicians, 57 channels/stations/shows, and 75 miscellaneous items that include people to follow on Twitter, Catholic things on Youtube and more.

Check it out, and do what you can to promote Catholicism!

It’s Catholic Media Promotion Day!

I’m taking part in Catholic Media Promotion Day. If you’ve got a blog, podcast, or Facebook page, you can participate too.

Start out by “liking” Catholic Media Promotion Day on Facebook. That’s where you’ll find all the details for participating.

And now, sharing my favorites with the world!



other media (some of my favorite apps):

random Catholic things online:

my own projects:

Catholic News Live on Facebook, mobile app on the way!

Catholic News Live, aggregates Catholic news and blog feeds from around the world:

Catholic News Live is a crowd-sourced news gathering website for Catholics. Every bit of organization is done by the users, and feeds are added frequently. The front page updates with the latest Catholic stories from around the web every five minutes.

For some time now readers have been able to get the latest news updates automatically from Catholic News Live on Twitter @cathnewslive. Now you can follow Catholic News Live on Facebook! And, the Catholic News Live mobile app for your iPhone or iPod Touch is coming soon.

Blog readers are great, but . . .

I must admit that a blog reader certainly is a time saver. All your fave blogs’ updates in a nice neat package. But every once in a while you really should get out there and pay real visits to those blogs you fancy so much. Lots of time, thought, and creativity go into the way bloggers present their thoughts and expertise. Don’t miss out on the visual presentation of those blog personalities that you enjoy following.

Listen to this — Food Blogging 101

If you haven’t visited The Catholic Foodie, now is the time. It’s where food meets faith! You’ll find blog posts, podcasts, recipes, cookbooks, coffee, and more. While you are there, be sure to subscribe to The Catholic Foodie newsletter and email updates.

This week, in podcast CF105, Jeff addresses food blogging and various food blogs. He even mentions me and thankevann.com. Thanks, Jeff! Also, as webmaster of the Virtual St. Joseph Altar, I’m very excited to have been asked to be on the show for Jeff’s St. Joseph episode this year. Stay tuned for the exact date and time!

Jeff loves his faith and he loves his food and it’s reflected in everything The Catholic Foodie has to offer.

Lovely Blogs

I just discovered this morning that I’ve been listed by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints as a Lovely Blog! The blog has several contributors, so thank you to Erika, Christina, and Kristy.

Check out their lovely blog which focuses on homeschooling and the liturgical year, and don’t miss their Lovely Blogs list. I am in very good company!

Coconut Macaroons for the Christmas cookie exchange

This recipe is from The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Took us a long time to find this macaroon recipe and it has become our family favorite. Ida made these today (thanks Id!) and added some Christmas flair.


Coconut Macaroons

  • 1/3 c unbleached flour
  • 2 1/2 c shredded coconut
  • 1/8 ts salt
  • 2/3 c sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ts vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, coconut and salt. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Stir well to make a thick batter.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto well-greased cookie sheets, allowing an inch between cookies. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan at once; and cool on racks. Makes about 2 dozen depending on the size of your cookie.

Have a Merry Christmas!

And, be sure to visit Catholic Cuisine for more great recipes in the Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange!

New weekly link up: Helpful Homeschool Hints

Angie, at Many Little Blessings, is starting a weekly link up for homeschoolers. Helpful Homeschooling Hints is where we can share ideas and give and get encouragement. Homeschooling isn’t easy and it is very helpful to know that others are experiencing the same ups and downs as you. Angie will post Helpful Homeschooling Hints each Thursday, with linking starting late Wednesday night.

helpful homeschool hints

Link new posts or old posts, as long as they are related to homeschooling. The first Helpful Homeschooling Hints will go up Thursday, November 18, so stop by Many Little Blessings tonight to get all the details and join in the fun.

Thanks, Angie! I’ll be there!

Join the fiesta for Bl. Miguel Pro

bl miguel pro link-upMy good friend, Vee, of Paper Dali fame, is hosting a Bl. Miguel feast day link-up. The party, or shall we say fiesta, begins on November 23. Linking will actually begin on November 19, so we can plan our feast day celebrations. I don’t know much at all about Blessed Miguel Pro, so I am going to use this as an opportunity to get to know him.

Get all the details at Paper Dali!

Catholic Gadget Toolbar

I just discovered today that I am a featured site on Catholic Gadget’s Catholic Family Toolbar. Thanks very much, Catholic Gadget, for including me!

It’s a nifty toolbar that you can add to the top of your browser, and it’s free. Originally designed with homeschoolers in mind, the toolbar was expanded to include a variety of Catholic links, including: blogs (with new blogs added often), catholic homeschool curriculum sites, craft and celebration ideas for a holidays and feast days, information on the Seven Sacraments, homeschool email lists, RSS feeds, homeschool communities and forums, weather, email notifier, radio player, Google search, and lots more!

Head over to Catholic Gadget and download your toolbar today!

A JOYFilled surprise in my mailbox

What a surprise to come home, after a long day at our homeschool co-op, to find this beautifully decorated and customized envelope in the mail. I had no idea what Lena at JOYFilled Family could be sending me. I opened the bright envelope to find a sweet card from Lena, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Mary booklet, and a small sewn mystery bundle.

I opened the adorable little sewn bundle, which, by the way, is such a cool idea, and found an Our Lady of Guadalupe tile necklace. I remember now! A few months ago, I won JOYFilled Family’s Marian giveaway: a beautiful custom tile necklace featuring the Lady of our choice. I told Lena to surprise me, and she sure did!

Thanks, Lena for this lovely gift, your sweet note, and your wonderful blog.