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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

~ Shrove Tuesday ~

Shrove Tuesday...or Shrovetide;  It's not a party but it can sure feel like one...a week or two earlier, we start going through our pantry, refrigerator & freezer to use up items that will help us to keep our Lenten Commitments or Promises - as it relates to fasting or abstinence.

Butterfly's Raisin Oatmeal Cookies - mmm-good!
 I found some cookie dough in the freezer that Butterfly had made a few months ago...goodbye temptation.

Home-made Chili - yum!

Found all the items to make some delicious Chili - I've only made chili a few times...my children don't usually eat it...However, this was a HUGE HIT - they loved it!  Even my picky one...I'll be making this again.

King's Cake stand in

Making Pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday is a tradition at our house.  This year I opted out from using the yellow, green and purple food coloring.  But we did use b.u.t.t.e.r. (oh yea!)  And we found a bag of chocolate chips, so we added some of those as well.

 We rarely, rarely use butter on our pancakes.  Yes, I realize they taste better with some butter, but I just got our kids used to the idea of no butter...so we were REALLY indulging here.

Little Lamb slathers on the b.u.t.t.e.r.

This is a Happy Shrove Tuesday!
Shrovetide is the English equivalent of what is known in the greater part of Southern Europe as the "Carnival", a word which, in spite of wild suggestions to the contrary, is undoubtedly to be derived from the "taking away of flesh" (carne levare) which marked the beginning of Lent. The English term "shrovetide" (from "to shrive", or hear confessions) is sufficiently explained by a sentence in the Anglo-Saxon "Ecclesiastical Institutes" translated from Theodulphus by Abbot Aelfric about A.D. 1000: "In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him as he then may hear by his deeds what he is to do [in the way of penance]". In this name shrovetide the religious idea is uppermost, and the same is true of the German Fastnacht (the eve of the fast). It is intelligible enough that before a long period of deprivations human nature should allow itself some exceptional licence in the way of frolic and good cheer. No appeal to vague and often inconsistent traces of earlier pagan customs seems needed to explain the general observance of a carnival celebration. The only clear fact which does not seem to be adequately accounted for is the widespread tendency to include the preceding Thursday (called in French Jeudi gras and in German fetter Donnerstag — just as Shrove Tuesday is respectively called Mardi gras and fetter Dienstag) with the Monday and Tuesday which follow Quinquagesima. The English custom of eating pancakes was undoubtedly suggested by the need of using up the eggs and fat which were, originally at least, prohibited articles of diet during the forty days of Lent.