The time is upon us again – Lent!
I am excited and really looking forward to Lent this year. Just to be still and ‘be’. I will write more about it soon.
Being Shrove Tuesday, tonight we had our pancake feast and it was delicious!
Note – over here, it is traditional to have bacon and maple syrup with pancakes. I know, I know – strange. But it really is delicious so don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I had mine with lemon and sugar tonight but maple and bacon really does work!
Here is our recipe for Blevins’ Pancakes.. it is from King Arthur Flour, who we use for all our baking goods.
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1. Beat the eggs and milk until light and foamy, about 3 minutes at high speed of a stand or hand mixer. Stir in the butter.
2. Whisk the dry ingredients together to evenly distribute the salt, baking powder and sweetener.
3. Gently and quickly mix into the egg and milk mixture. Let the batter rest for at least 15 minutes, while the griddle is heating; it’ll thicken slightly.
For our bacon, Bill went to Fleisher’s and we splurged on four slices of bacon. Yes, it is a splurge when it costs $14 for FOUR slices. Proof –
You can see how thick it was though – YUM! Baking bacon makes it so crisp and yum!
The end result –
After dinner, we went to Queen of All Saints for the first of our Lent with Thomas Merton Bridges to Contemplative Living sessions that will run weekly through Lent. We did it last year and it was fantastic.
So while we will be hungry tomorrow, I hope that the coming period of time will leave us spiritually full. I definitely feel a lot more open and receptive to changes compared to last year and hopefully this will lead to understanding and appreciating Lent even more deeply. One of my favorite Lenten quotes is – “Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another” – Jean Paul Richter. So, so true.