Raising the Betts

A family podcast by StarQuest’s CEO, Dom Bettinelli, and his wife, Melanie Bettinelli, who are raising five kids in the Boston area. They discuss marriage, homeschooling, Catholic faith, their adventures far and wide, cooking exotic dishes, exploring nature, engaging culture and more. Join them as they travel to zoos, museums, and historical sites; get their kids to try strange, new foods; read books and watch TV and movies together; and try to raise their kids into healthy, well-adjusted, and capable Catholic adults.

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Recent Episodes

Sr. Karla’s Final Vows - This week, the Betts (virtually) celebrate the final profession of vows of their friend, Sr. Karla; rejoice at a child's return to Mass after months; discuss rendering unto God what is God's; and discuss the two-liter bottle assumption.
What’s In Your Lasagna? - The Betts discuss their DNA and genealogy; golden spider silk and an arachnid visitor; what's in a proper lasagna; a sticky chicken recipe; why Melanie re-read Deadly Education (it's that good); and why some big authors need editors. Plus the Sunday readings about feasting.
An Important Update from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli - An important thank you message and update from StarQuest's Dom Bettinelli.
Homeschool is NOT the Ideal? - The Betts address a claim that Catholic school is the ideal form of education for all and that homeschool should only be for necessity. Plus, campfire apple cake, spiced shrimp in tomatoes and mint, the latest Dresden novels, and a new novel for grownup Potter fans.
In the Pumpkin Patch - This week, the Betts spend some time in a pumpkin patch, teach some scouts camp cooking techniques, make a broccoli, potato & cheese soup; watch the Social Dilemma, read Outcast & Vince Flynn's Total Power, and look forward to Naomi Novik's new book.