Shrove, Fat, Mardi Gras, Ash and Valentine’s

Tuesday of this week is Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday for our friends across the Pond and Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday for some in the U.S.A. Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day lands on this day this year. That’s a cruel calendar joke if you are giving up sweets or sugar for Lent.

My Christmas poinsettia that I bought for ninety seven cents after Christmas is now a Valentine’s day poinsettia with the glittery hearts I added to it. It’s holding up with no help from me.

I brought out the red and pink for Valentine’s day and I am ignoring the purple/green/yellow of Mardi Gras. I’m considering making a good batch of pancakes for Shrove Tuesday joining our friends across the pond for Pancake Tuesday.

Pigs in a blanket for Shrove Tuesday?

Or Potato Pancakes? I’ll probably try some yogurt pancakes because I got a free tub of plain yogurt this week.

No heart shaped box of chocolates this year but I will buy a couple bags of chocolates for our small group who will be gathering here on Valentine’s day evening. We gave them the option to cancel but no one had plans so we are forging ahead with the group gathering.

The vintage Valentine’s are the best…do you agree?

I haven’t decided if I’ll set something aside for Lent this year. I will do some reading and listening to devotionals that prepare my heart and mind for this Lenten season culminating with Easter.

Head over to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog for my Ground Chicken Chili recipe.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

11 thoughts on “Shrove, Fat, Mardi Gras, Ash and Valentine’s

  1. I love all of your Valentine decorations…and those Valentine cards are adorable! Reminds me of the ones from when I was a kid…which was quite some time ago. 🙂

  2. Happy Shrove Tuesday to you Ellen. Your pancake ideas look so yummy especially the potato ones. I am trying so hard to avoid sugar and carbs and the special days this week are so hard to resist! I like your idea of reading devotionals for lent – your Bread for the Journey is on my coffee table!!

  3. Yes, I do like the old Valentine Day cards.
    Didn’t realize it was pancake Tuesday. I already ate breakfast. Maybe I’ll have some for supper.

  4. I think this is the first I’ve ever heard of Shrove Tuesday. Maybe that’s why IHOP has a special going on! We’re having shrimp and grits tonight for Fat Tuesday, followed by salmon and asparagus for the first day of Lent. Still thinking about my sacrifice for the Lent season. (Can’t give up drinking again this year since my meds already made that activity a distant memory!) I’m impressed by the continued life in the poinsettia plant! Maybe they’re like cats and just prefer to be ignored a little to grow! Happy Fat Tuesday!!!

  5. I agree, I love vintage. Your house looks so cute and the food looks delicious! Other than Valentine’s Day we do not celebrate any of the others.

  6. A Happy Shrove Tuesday to you! I’m leaning toward the potato pancakes – yum. I’m loving your Valentine’s Day pink and red decor, and yes, those vintage cards are the most charming. Have a love-filled Valentine’s Day…..

  7. I cooked a red-themed breakfast for my hubby on Monday morning – Nutella French toast with strawberries – since we had a full day today and we are fasting tomorrow for Ash Wednesday.

    Your menu (especially the pigs in the blankets) has my mouth watering.

    We are giving up all meat and fish for Lent (keeping dairy and eggs in the mix). We will certainly be expanding our recipes!

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