Fat Tuesday…well, only in name…at least

Today is Shrove Tuesday, also called Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Carnivale. In the Lutheran church, and many other denominations, it marks the beginning of the Lenten season. As I reflected on exactly how to explain the act of “giving something up” for forty days possibly to someone who does not practice this or who simply asks “why,” I found the most wonderful explanation, http://www.elca.org/Living-Lutheran/Blogs/2011/03/110312.

This is a wonderful precise explanation of what would have been a lot of rambling for me. Giving something up for Lent has always been a big thing in our household. The children would think long and hard. Some years were more intense than others. This is how my daughter, who has been vegetarian for ten years, became a vegetarian. She decided to give up meat for Lent when she was in college one year and decided she loved how she felt. Of course, not all of the practices have been that life changing. Instead of giving something up this year, I have decided to focus on adding something and/or sticking with something, my blog. Whether you are a Christian or not, is your business, I am, so this year for Lent I will pray that I have the strength and devotion to keep my blog written every five days, Monday through Saturday, exercise, and eat healthy. No, Lent is not a new diet regime for forty days, just another way to make sure I am on the right path.

2 slices whole wheat toast with 4 Tab peanut butter

Coffee with creamer

Bowl of cucumbers, grape tomatoes, onions, and chick peas with Mediterranean dressing

1 cup shredded wheat with skim milk (and this time I do mean with the sweet topping)

Naval orange

Pancakes – of course – with light syrup (no butter)

My family can spot a “box” pancake a mile away. Nothing you can do to it will make it homemade or special. My pancakes have always been a favorite. I have tried several times to add whole wheat flour into them, and the rebellions began. Some things are not meant to be changed, so everything in moderation.


This recipe comes from the “Green” Family Fare Food Management and Recipes book my Mama had. We say green because there is also a pink one. I have Mama’s original ones which are held together with a clip and rubber band.


2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 Tab. sugar

1 egg

1 ¾ cup skim milk (See this is where I do make it a bit healthier)

1/3 cup oil

  • Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Batter may still be a bit lumpy but do not over mix it.
  • On a large non-stick griddle add batter as small or large as you like
  • Turn when bubbles form on top and brown on other side.

3 large tervis of water and Metamucil

Walked 3 miles and it was very cold (34o)

257 Days to Disney Wine and Food Festival


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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