“There is hardship in everything except eating pancakes.” Charles Spurgeon
Shrove Tuesday is here, and that means?
Lent starts tomorrow. Ashes, fasting, 40 days ‘til Easter…
But today, also called “Fat Tuesday,” it is okay to whoop it up with yummy eats whether we are doing Mardi Gras in New Orleans, finishing Fasching in Germany, celebrating the last day of Carnival in Rio, or slushing our way through yet another dreary winter day.
For some reason lots of folks eat pancakes today. Years ago my church in D.C. always had pancake suppers on Shrove Tuesday, a tradition begun in medieval times to empty out rich ingredients before the onset of Lenten fasting. My church in Williamsburg is having a big pancake supper tonight, but I am serving up blueberry pancakes here at home.
Virginia knows she is supposed to give up sugar for various health reasons. But today it’s one last pancake hurrah (along with finishing off her Valentines chocolate stash) before giving up sugar for Lent (and hopefully a long time thereafter.)
Speaking of pancakes…
“What’s the best pancake topping? More pancakes.” 🙂
“How do you make a pancake smile? Butter her up.” 🙂
grace, peace & pancakes!
Virginia : )
p.s. Once again Virginia will attempt her post-a-day Lent gig with something inspirational, a photo, quote, song, book suggestion, or who knows what (she doesn’t know yet as these posts have yet to be written.) Many readers and friends come from myriad faith traditions, but I hope these Lenten posts will be conduits of understanding and hope. Welcome to all!