Fat Tuesday

Today is the day before the official kick off of Lent tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. I have many memories of our church youth group hosting the annual pancake suppers on this night each year. It’s also known as Mardi Gras which is French for “Fat Tuesday.”

A little history lesson is in order to understand how pancakes became a thing on the day before Lent.  People would clean out their cupboards of butter, eggs, milk and sugar which were restricted foods during the Lenten fast.  Putting these all together in pancakes was a great way to eat up these pantry items that would not keep until Easter when the fast was over. It was also the last chance to feast before Lent began. Check out a broader history here and here.

We sure enjoyed our pancake/waffle feast this evening and a last hit of chocolate for me before the season begins. :) 

my going away card to Chocolate for Lent picturing my last hurrah at Chocolati with Anna for a mother/daugther date after school today 


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