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

First Step Into A Larger World - It's Spring and that means hiking! Plus, Dom and Melanie discuss a home run of a First COmmunion homily that referenced Star Wars; Jaws and Shetland, two very different island stories; and what makes a good German potato salad and an Asian slaw.
At Gnome in the Woods - After another trip to urgent care for stitches, Dom and Melanie end the week with an abbreviated camping trip, and in between they make a Brazilian stew and smoked ribs; watch a bunch of shows; start some new books; and then discuss the Good Shepherd and what He has to do with death.
Taco Beans - What would a taco stand menu taste like in jelly bean form? Dom and Melanie find out and then discuss why this is wrong. Plus they make some great Asian recipes; watch Slow Horses and some new MCU; and discuss how Jesus gave Peter an opportunity to repent and repair.
Confirmed! - Learn why Dom called last week the "Porktave" of Easter and then hear about the Confirmation of Dom and Melanie's oldest child; their reviews of the latest books, movies, and shows, including Avengers: Endgame; and then a dispute over St. Thomas: Did he or didn't he?
Happy Easter from the Betts - Christ is Risen! Dom and Melanie tell you how their Holy Week and Triduum went, including the dishes on their Easter dinner table, plus reviews of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Raising Dion and the novel Poor Banished Children; and an Easter message that while the devil had his hour, God will have His day and Easter is that day!