Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cycles of Joy

Is it possible to have joy always, even amidst pain, suffering, darkness and downturns? Yes. But we must understand that there are two perspectives of joy.  One is the temporal view and experience of joy, and the other is the … Continue reading

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Lenten Lessons in Muffin Offering

Coffee-and-donuts is recent to the parish activities roster.  Joyful Hermit intermingles twice, and each time a widower mentions he’s not been able to eat donuts for 35 years.  Says if he did, he’d taste them for three days.  Joyful receives … Continue reading

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Joyfully Augmented Breakfast Cake

Read about a simple way to augment a muffin or other mix.  Joyful Hermit swooped up several half-priced blueberry and banana nut muffin mixes awhile back.  On their own merit, they offer minimal protein (2 g) per serving.  But augmented, … Continue reading

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Springtime Soup

Still a bit brisk outside but eager for spring?  Joyful Hermit shares this plight and decided to perk up the body and mind with some Springtime Soup. Select fresh vegetables that come on sale this time of year: Brussels sprouts, … Continue reading

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Funeral Dinner Fruit Salad

The Joyful Hermit is asked to contribute a food item for a funeral dinner.  Such a fruitful way to help the grieving, and Joyful ponders the full effect of the project.  Given several options, JH settles upon a fruit salad; … Continue reading

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Decorating Liturgically

Lent is here, and The Joyful Hermit is changing the decor: simply, slightly, inexpensively.  Although many do not sense it, we humans are innately tuned to the spiritual seasons of God:  Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time. Years … Continue reading

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Rice Pudding Joy

Ingredients and Process for Rice: 2 cups water, 1 cup brown (or white) rice, 1 Tbsp. butter.  Bring all to boil in saucepan; lower heat and simmer 40 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.  Or, use … Continue reading

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Shopping: Toilet Paper and Holy Stones

The last time purchasing toilet paper, Joyful Hermit went for a grocery store sale.  A major brand touted an alluring discount from its regular price.  Usually, JH gets bargain tp, single ply, but this time lovingly considered guests’ comfort.  Hermits … Continue reading

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Health Helps

The other day two friends, living a thousand miles apart, told The Joyful Hermit they are experiencing sore throats and sniffles.  Think healing: JH is sipping hot water in which steeps sliced, fresh ginger, three green cardamon seed pods, and … Continue reading

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Joyful Grandparenting

The Joyful Hermit exercised in Wal-Mart after Christmas.  Walking the crowded aisles, JH purchased a 75% off ($2.25) snowman cookie pan that included icing and gumdrops.  Even if used one time, the benefits  have paid for themselves.  [Note: If you … Continue reading

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