Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shrove Tuesday in our Home

♥ I had planned on having all my Lenten plans organised by today, but I have had a very unhappy, baby with a temperature for the last few days and so am only just starting to share some of our family traditions.

I have so many plans in draft but unfinished so hopefully I will have them spread our over the next few days instead of the large post I was planning.
Hopefully they will be of interest still to people..and if not they will be in place for me for next year.

♥ Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Pancake Day. It is also the last day of Ordinary time, with Lent beginning tomorrow on Ash Wednesday.

♥ This is a lovely Shrove Tuesday Reflection for a family to do together. It is too much for me to organise today but will certainly add it to next years plans.
♥ Pancakes are of course a family tradition ~
Our recipe is for Pikelets.
We prefer these to pancakes but make them the same way.

Ingredients:
1 egg
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of milk
1/4 teaspoon of Bi carb soda
1 tablespoon of melted butter

Method:
1. Beat egg and sugar
2. Add flour alternatively with milk in which the bi carb soda has been dissolved
3. Add melted butter
4. Have hot grease pan ready
5. Put dessertspoon fulls into pan
6. brown both sides, lift out and drain on paper (no need)
7. Serve warm or cold with butter or jam and cream.
From the Commonsense Cookery Book♥ These are our French Toast stacks ~
make some french toast and then sprinkle icing sugar and sultanas on top along with a drizzle of Maple syrup...very yummy.

♥ We usually make masks as well for the carnival aspect as well.. This year we will use these ones from DLTK.
In the past we have made them from paper plates and prepared carnival masks.
The mask collection.
Saxon and Vellvin
Rogan, Moran, Myffwyn and Corbyn all excitedly awaiting the celebration.

♥ A Beautiful Prayer in Preparation of Lent ~

Lord, give us grace to inaugurate with holy fasting the defenses of Christian warfare, so that we who are to fight against spiritual wickedness, may be helped and strengthened by self-denial.

Prayer Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994

I would love to try a pancake race one year, even if it is only with the family.

♥ This is an except from A Book of Feasts and Seasons: Joanna Boyle.
"Every woman taking part must wear a headscarf and an apron. She must bring along a frying pan with a half cooked pancake in it. Better still, you could provide the batter mixture and dish it out into the heated pans just before the ladies line up for the race.
They line up along the starting line, and set off when a whistle or bell is sounded. Before reaching their destination, each must toss the pancake three times (in honour of the Trinity). failure to do so means disqualification. The winner is the first home with the pancake tossed three times and still in the pan."

Praying for a spiritual and purposeful Lent to you all. ♥

Blessings,

1 comment:

Footprints Diary said...

Hi Gae,
Your pikelets look absolutely delicious, so I am going to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing. :D

Have a great week,
Blessings,
Jillian

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