7 Quick Takes about my surprise 2015 patron saint, mourning a great loss, and your new favorite drink recipe

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to check in here on the blog, which means it’s past time for a 7 Quick Takes post!

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As you may already know if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, my wonderful grandfather passed away earlier this month. He was 100 years old.

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As blessed as we were to have him for as many years as we did, his passing was still hard to process. I was his only grandchild, so we were certainly very close.

I frequently posted here on the blog about the amazing meals he’d make for our family and for our priests, even well into his 90s. Born in 1914, he was an engineer who lived most of his adult life in Mexico and South America, back in the 1950s and 60s. He was full of fascinating stories — though you had to ask him to hear them, since he always spent more time listening to other people than he did talking about himself.

His viewing was on my birthday, and the funeral the day after — which seemed oddly appropriate since he had such a big impact on my life. Please say a prayer for the repose of his soul.

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I finally drew my own patron saint for 2015, and I was floored by who the Saint’s Name Generator gave me. Of the hundreds of saints in the database, it pulled up:

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My cousin is a Benedictine monk at Mt. Angel Abbey, Joe and I have been discerning becoming Benedictine oblates, and his feast day is the day of the Edel Gathering! (And no, we did not intentionally choose to host Edel on that day because of the Benedictine connection — that just happened to be the only hotel date available).

I chose my saint live on my radio show, and I actually had trouble continuing to speak because I was so floored by who I got.

(Check out the comments here if you want to read other cool Saint’s Name Generator stories!)

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I have a special gift to start your weekend: a fabulous drink recipe!

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Last year one of Joe’s clients gave him one of these bottles of ginger syrup. We had no idea what to do with it but hated to throw it away, so I began Googling around for flavors that would go well with it. What resulted was one of our new favorite drinks. We call it the 2014 in honor of the year we invented it, which was so awesome compared to our snakes-on-a-plane year, 2013.

THE 2014

– 3 to 4 tbs ginger syrup
– 3 tbs lemon juice
– 3/4 cup club soda
– vodka (optional)

Mix all ingredients and serve over ice!

Also, this is a recipe that works well as a non-alcoholic drink. Especially with the ginger flavor, I could see it being a perfect pregnancy drink!

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I’ve been having so much fun with the radio show. In fact, on the week of February 2nd I’ll be doing a show every day, from 2 – 4 PM ET! If you have SiriusXM you’ll have to tune in to Channel 129 and tell me how it goes. Also, I’ll be posting on Facebook about ways you can get involved even if you’re not a SiriusXM subscriber!

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You know what Joe and the kids have been doing to pass the time this winter? SWIMMING.

Our neighborhood pool is now heated, and they think it’s fun to head over there on nights when the outside temperatures are in the 30s and 40s and go for a little swim.

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe I’m related to these people.

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I miss hosting the 7 Quick Takes blogger linkup every week, but Kelly Mantoan is showing herself to be a fabulous host. If you’d like to read more posts in this style, head over to Kelly’s place and check out the list at the bottom of her post! It’s a great way to discover new bloggers.

Have a great weekend!

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