This past year has been an effort to up our Catholic liturgical living, which means more solemn events AND more feasts. Win/win! This year I am making a King Cake from a mix I bought at Feastday.co (check ’em out, they have lots of great subscription boxes & food products). Last year I just went to Publix & bought one…baby steps.
Read more: Feast Day’s blog post: “King Cake & Mardi Gras in New Orleans”
I am also doing a slowcooker New Orleans gumbo and making deliciously alcoholic sazeracs. I freaking loved sazeracs after I tried them in New York this past summer with my uncles. I’m excited to bust out my bartending skills tomorrow night.
Read more: Catholic Culture: Pre-Lenten Celebrations
And if that’s not enough, I’m going out for drinks with a friend and I promised someone in my run club (which meets on Tuesdays) that I would make bacon brownies so add that to the decadent Fat Tuesday list! Honestly, the Ash Wednesday fast might be a welcome respite from all this Mardi Gras activity.
Ash Wednesday & Lent
If you’re doing liturgical living, then you know every feast is balanced by restraint. Ash Wednesday consist of a light mushroom soup from my Hobbit cookbook (yup, I’m that kind of Tolkien fan) & a our 6-year traditional sushi date after getting ashes at the 4:45 pm liturgy of the word service. Kicking us off into a hopefully fruitful lent. Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving!
I am traveling again during spring break and this time I am making sure to set an alarm to remind me of when it is Friday (I totally lose track of the days of the week while on vacation) so I can make sure to properly abstain from meat. I’ve already mapped out a Catholic Church in Athens (the cathedral no less!) for mass on Sunday morning.
Read more: Catholic Culture: Traveling during Lent
I’ve got a couple of things I am giving up and taking up this year; one of those things is something I totally failed at last year so I am hoping I have some renewed strength this year. Keep me in your prayers & keep those fingers crossed!