Friday, February 24, 2012

Fishy Friday #1

Hello sweethearts,
It is a wonderfully nice day today.  80 degrees in February is unheard of here! It's day 3 of not being a hoarder and I'm already failing! While I have not recently bought anything, I have not managed to give away my things well.  The winner of day 1 Rachel L.  Winner of day 2/day 3 part 1 was Bryanne R.  I'm spreading them out so the official Day 3 giveaway will be tweeted at 3pm.

Since I am posting every Friday for recipes, please comment and let me know what you want me to talk about on here! Otherwise, pretty drab and I'm running out of gold material. 

As promised, here is a fish recipe for this first Friday of Lent:
spiced salmon
2 salmon fillets
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp fresh thyme
¼ teaspoon ginger
2 pinches cayenne pepper
2 pinches of cumin
2-3 garlic cloves
Olive oil—enough to make paste

Heat grill to medium.  In a small bowl crush garlic cloves.  Add remaining spices, and add enough olive oil t make a paste—a couple tbsp typically.  Place the salmon fillets skin down on a large sheet of foil.  Fold the sides up on the foil to make a foil tray.  Rub the spice mixture on top of the salmon fillets and place the foil tray on the bottom rack of the grill.  Cover the salmon loosely with more foil and close the grill.  Cook about ten minutes or until the salmon can be flaked with a fork.  Be careful because all girls cook differently, and all salmon fillets are different

Sure beats this for lunch and dinner every week:

Thursday, February 23, 2012

AwSHome Wednesday Recap

Hope you all went to mass yesterday! I went to a noon mass at my normal parish, which is in a downtown business area and normally has about 20 people on Sundays.  Since yesterday was a weekday and people went during their lunch hour, there were about 200 people there and it was a mess! I liked it though, because the priest there is awesome.  AND he made my cross look like a heart.  My friend, however, did get a look from the cafeteria lady with a "girl do you know you got something on yo' face?"

I call Ash Wednesday Awesome Wednesday because it is the one day a year where I can easily spot all the practicing Catholic boys.  My church, being in a business district, was filled with young men in suits with proper jobs. It was amazing.  The pickings at mass were very varied.  I was a huge fan. 

Gathering from what I have been tweeted the past two weeks, Here are the top 5 things given up for Lent:
1) Twitter or Facebook (somehow this doesn't make sense as we had over 500 new followers in the past day!)
2) Alcohol
3) Sweets
4) Junk food
5) Shopping
For those of you who don't think that you can make it, there is always the favorite Catholic loophole, where these promises can be put aside on feast days and Sundays--This means St. Patrick's Day, for you alcohol-giver-uppers!

I myself am giving up updating my facebook status (had a few close moments yesterday!) and being a hoarder, which is why I am having 40 days of giveaways. 

Speaking of giveaways, the winner of our Ash Wednesday Contest is....

Alison G! Please email to claim your prize!

So yesterday was a pretty busy day and I wasn't able to blog much in class, but I will be posting some fish recipes on Thursday nights or Friday mornings so yall can just mix it up beyond the cheese pizza or McDonalds/Wendys fish sandwiches (yuck!).  I know a lot of you will be giving up carbs, so these are actually fish recipes I use from the paleo diet (carb/gluten/dairy free)  

That's it for the time being--Please come back on Fridays for fish recipes and Catholic Girl musings.  And don't forget to follow our 40 days of giveaways! (delayed today, I apologize!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Growing Up Catholic CONTEST

Happy Ash Wednesday, kiddies!

Now, I will have a more lengthy post on Ash Wednesday later today, but I just wanted to give a full 24 hours for the big Ash Wednesday giveaway!

The big prize is....

The book, entitled Growing Up Catholic.  I'm gonna be honest with you guys...I have not read this yet, but definitely intend to! It just looks so freakin cute, it has to be hilarious! I had ordered two copies from Amazon.  One for me, and one for our lucky winner!

The winner will be randomly drawn among entries.  You can enter three ways: following us on twitter, joining our google friends (middle right side of this page), and commenting your own catholic girl problem.  I WILL be checking these for authenticity. Winner will be announced Thursday afternoon. The entries should look as follows:

1) I follow you on twitter (@twitternamehere)
2) I have joined CGP google friends (username)
3) Jesus loves me #catholicgirlproblems

Entries not in this format will not be counted.  You may do all three, you may do just one--each number is one entry.  You do all three, you get three entries and so forth.  I will collect entries and randomize at 12:05 AM and winner will be announced and notified via tweet on Thursday afternoon.

The contest starts....NOW!

40 Days of Giveaways

So, for my previous post about Lent, I had failed to remember that I am a hoarder.  It's pretty bad.  When you are a grad student, retail therapy is a daily occurrence, leading to the accumulation of a LOT of things.  Eventually I found myself buying things just to have it.  I am moving out of my apartment in August, and would really like to reduce the amount of junk I have to move. 

That is where you, my lovely followers, come into play.  I will be tidying up my apartment for lent, and for 40 days, I will be giving away some of my crap! Now, very very very few of these will be Catholic-related, but who doesn't like free stuff?? And it will be a collection of the most random stuff ON EARTH (bracelets, headbands, candles, whatever I have managed to accumulate over the past 2 years). 

Here is how it is going to work: Every day at 11:30 AM EST, I will post a picture of that day's prize and a scavenger hunt goal.  The first person to tweet me a picture of that item, will win that prize, I will DM you, and get your address and such. It's SUPER easy! The tweet will look like this:

"#40DOG (link to picture) first person to tweet me a picture of (item=goal) wins this prize!"
The item can be ANYTHING! I will try not to be too specific, and nothing that will make you a creeper, but it is supposed to be fun for EVERYONE!

PLEASE MAKE NOTE: if you twitter is set to PRIVATE, and I am not following you, I CANNOT see if you retweet me and you will be excluded from the contest.  PLEASE either set your twitter to public, or Email us at to request us to follow you (apparently you can't DM a person that doesn't follow you? if you can, give that a try too!)

And if you don't like this, Quit your bitching and get over it.  No one is asking you to participate and no one is asking you to be here. 

DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE ASH WEDNESDAY CONTEST TOMORROW! Come back for details tomorrow and to enter the contest--that one must be entered on the blog, not through twitter.

Love yall, and if you don't know what you are giving up for Lent, I suggest your dignity!

Love, CGP xoxo

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I think of Lent as the Catholic New Year's resolution do-over.  You know, you try to do something good for yourself every new year--weight loss, drinking water, working out, and the like.  For myself, my new year's resolution was to read one book every week, 52 books a year.  As a grad student, that did not last long.  I got to about week 2 and gave up.  I read "The Help" and a book on how to do CV's and resumes.  It just didn't go as planned because it was not reasonable.  That was lesson numero uno.

Now Ash Wednesday is around the corner, and it is sort of like a new year's resolution, but somehow in a way to punish yourself.  Taking my lesson from the good ole new years resolution is to be reasonable.  My rule is not to cut out a major food group like carbs--you will DIE.  Candy is ok, you don't need candy anyways.  I myself am on a Gluten-free diet to begin with anyways, so why would I cut out something else that I can't eat?  One time in undergrad, I gave up potatoes--everything potatoes like chips, hash browns, mashed potatoes were off limits.  It was the worst 6 weeks of my life.  If you know me at all, I LOVE POTATOES.  I'm pretty sure if I did not watch what I eat, I would have at least 2 potato products for each meal. 

So for Lent this year, I am giving up updating my facebook status.  If you were my friend on facebook, you would have probably de-friended me already.  I realized I had a problem when the majority of any superlative in which I was involved had to do with my constant updating of facebook status.  Furthermore, I looked on my profile page one day, and it really was just a history of my status updates--no one posted on my wall and if they did, it was just pushed down because I update my status about 10 times a day.  So for Lent, I'm not going to do it.  I am, however, going to New Orleans in March, so I will be updating facebook with pictures and the like, with or without witty captions. 

Also, I have an irrational fear of ending up on  If you've never seen it, go there NOW and add it to your bookmark of websites you browse instead of paying attention in class. You are welcome. 

Look for a contest and give away coming up on Ash Wednesday :)