Friday, May 2, 2014

Papal Pastry in Celebration of Pope Saint John Paul II ( & Confirmation Day!)

Welcome, friends!
and come next week, we will have our very own Karol!!
Yup, I've talked about it enough:
 my son is taking the name of our newest saint 
and he could not be happier or more excited about officially
being confirmed Karol!
In fact, here are the details on the Karol cake,
as well as all the festive Holy Spirit-inspired dinner and goodies
from my son's confirmation day!

Here's a little background on Divine Mercy Sunday,
 if you'd like to know more about this amazing day! 

 Sunday, which was a day of Divine Mercy indeed, we whipped up this 
tasty ( and pretty easy ) recipe that Jessica featured at Catholic Cuisine.
Please visit her detailed post for the interesting story behind our JPII's 
favorite dessert as well as the how-to on this polish pastry, 
Here's what you need for the custard filling:
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
A pinch of salt
6 egg yolks

And, as you can see, I did not make my own pastry dough,
but chose instead to but filo dough shells, which were delicious!

A few shots of the process:
Bring to a boil:
Submerge in ice water:
And, the finished product...
dessert on Divine Mercy/Canonization Sunday,
served on dishes given to me many many years ago by 
a dear family friend who also had a love affair with our Karol!
Imagine the party in heaven!
Thank you, Jessica, for sharing the tutorial on Kremowska pastry!
Next week, I'll be blogging our big day:
my son's confirmation...
as well as some fitting dinner and dessert treats for the occasion.
Kremowska will be among the goodies served.

For perfectly  clever ideas on celebrating Catholicism AND the influence of
Pope Saint John Paul II,
 please click to my friend, Tracy,
at A Slice of Smith Life.
Her family basked in Divine Mercy Sunday and the canonization of 
two popes by two popes on this historic day with many
activities, treats and with much prayer!

If you are looking for just the perfect craft to do
after reading and learning about our St John Paul II, 
please click to Jennifer at Catholic Inspired...
she and her daughter created an adorable 
( and easy according to her step by step!)
liturgical ornament for our newest saint which you don't want to miss!
We were graced to be in our pontiff's presence a number of times.
Here, in America, twice.....once, in Rome.
Previously, I've written about our  JPII here:
My Pope, My Shepherd: Mercy IS Divine

Also, friends, if you are not Catholic and you'd like to learn more about
this beautiful Faith,
if you are Catholic and have not been involved in the 
practice of the Faith but would like to come home,
there is nothing that would make your Church happier!
Please contact me and I'll put you in touch with 
a priest who can assist you!

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thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
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  1. The dessert looks delicious! Unfortunately, half my family can't do wheat or dairy, and it hurts my brain to come up with a GFCF version. ;) When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter (I wasn't Catholic yet), my husband and I went to St. Louis to see Pope John Paul II drive by in his pope mobile! Pretty cool!

    1. Darn ! Desserts ( and cooking in general!) have to be difficult!
      Must have been amazing to see the Pope drive by! We were blessed to see him a few times as well and they were life changing experiences! So happy you got to see him, if only briefly while he drove past! That's wonderful!
      Thanks for stopping by, Jamie!

  2. Chris,

    Those pastries look delicious! I love how you celebrate all the special Catholic occasions with cooking or craft. I never seem to get around to doing anything with my girls. But I have enjoyed looking at your photos instead. My mouth is watering!

    Oh there is one feast day we always observe... St Joseph's. The girls make St Joseph Day pastries... choux pastries filled with custard and topped with a chocolate sauce. I bet we could use the same custard recipe as the one for your pastries.

    I love your son's beautiful smiles!

    1. Well, we each celebrate differently, Sue! I look at the activities you and your kids enjoy and think...Wow, I really should do something like t-h-a-t! Funny!
      The St J. recipe sounds wonderful!!

      Thanks for stopping by, Sue! Always lovely your visits!

  3. Hi Chris! I'll try posting a comment again and see if this works this time :) Love the pastry idea and it looks oh so yummy! Your boys look so grown and look like they are enjoying the baking process! Seems like I have seen your boys grow as your blog has grown :) Thanks so much for the blog mention! You are always so supportive and a great encourager in the blog world and in real life too! :) Have a blessed day!

    1. Aw, you made my night, Tra!! You're so sweet...I feel the same of you and so many blogging friends.....the best part of blogging is the community that develops, isn't it? ! :)

      Yes, I feel I've seen your kids grow up too! I've been reading your blog for years and throughout the bdays, liturg year events and every day life, they are growing up right before my eyes!

      Thanks Tra!! Love your visits!!

  4. Hi Chris, whoo these sound yummy, are your boys are a great help :) my 2nd to oldest loves making us treats too.

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays..

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Claire!! It's fun to work with them in the kitchen, isn't it? !

      Be well :)

  5. Like Sue said, I just love how you all celebrate our faith in such a hands-on way. How do you come up with all of the ideas? :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week.

    1. Thanks, friend~~
      I really appreciate your visit and kind words!


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