Marital Expectations

Guest host Brooke Taylor is joined by her guest Melody Lyons on Trending with Timmerie. They discuss the challenges facing young married couples when it comes to differences in expectations of intimacy. Maria Gari joins Trending to share her story of overcoming trauma, anxiety and depression.


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Starlight Cookies

To be made on or for Christmas Eve

in Honor of our Blessed Mother’s and St. Joseph’s

Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem

Contained in this jar:

Chopped Nuts to represent the rocky road the little family traveled on

White chocolate chips for the stars in the sky

Dried cranberries whose tartness symbolize the doors shut to Mary and Joseph

Brown sugar for the brown hills of Bethlehem

Sugar to represent the snow

Rolled oats to symbolize the animals in the stable where they found shelter

Flour for the simple goodness of the shepherds in the fields they passed

To make the cookies:

Think of the preparation St. Joseph and Our Blessed Mother must have made for this journey to Bethlehem: Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

For the light of Heaven: In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg, and 1 tsp of vanilla until fluffy. 

Add the hardships of the journey to the light of Heaven: Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets

Remember the hardships of Jesus’ life on earth and His passion: Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until edges brown. 

Anticipate His coming: Cool on baking sheets or remove to cool on wire racks. 

Appreciate the joy and promise of His birth: Enjoy eating them!

That’s it! So you attach a little paper with these instructions enclosed, and it’s that simple!  There you go! 


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Timmerie works as a radio host and Catholic speaker educating in areas of theology and is an expert at responding to current trends of sexuality, feminism, and gender ideology. She hosts Trending with Timmerie on Relevant Radio. She holds a Masters Degree in Biblical Theology and Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Media with an emphasis in the New Evangelization from John Paul the Great Catholic University.