I can't believe it's already Mardi Gras! Where the heck has the time gone??
Are you celebrating? Do you even know anything about Mardi Gras? It actually starts on January 6th. Tomorrow is the last day (based on the Christian calendar ! I lived in Louisiana when I was a wee lass and remember attending two parades every year for the event. It was such a blast to see all the floats and catch all the beads (get your minds out of the gutter I was a kid!! I didn't get beads that way!). But I think one of my favorite things about Mardi Gras was getting to eat the yummy King Cake!!
I was half tempted to try out a recipe and make one this year but then I got to looking at them and being the
lazy and broke self that I am I decided not to :)
What I love most about the King Cake (besides the taste obviously) is the history behind it. See, what a lot people don't know is that Mardi Gras is actually a holiday celebrated on Christian beliefs (like a lot of other holidays we celebrate). The King Cake is to celebrate and symbolize The Three Kings. Of course the traditional King Cake has been modified in years passing but it still holds the traditional look of the Mardi Gras colors - purple, which stands for justice; green, which stands for faith; and gold, which stands for power and is in the shape of an oval which symbolizes the unity of faiths.
Wish I had one right now...
Mardi Gras has become a
reason to party, hearty holiday with multiple events, parades, and what have you. Downtown in Chinatown they are having a huge block party tonight. What are you doing?
More like partying with myself, some Shock Top and a movie or book. Wild and crazy, eh?
Starting tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the day when Lent begins which occurs 40 days before Easter (Sundays don't count). Originally, it was used for a time of religious discipline (only in certain religions), the purpose to set aside a time of reflection on Jesus. A lot of people take it seriously still to this day... I on the other hand, who was raised half Baptist and half Methodist (Methodist is a religion who participates in Lent, Baptist is not) do it for fun and to see how much discipline and will power I have :) I declare myself a believer, but not of a certain denomination.
This year I have decided on two things. Red meat and sweets. One day before Valentine's Day will surely be tough, but I can do it. I honestly can't give up my fish and chicken - which is why I could never be a true vegetarian or vegan, and sweets is going to be a struggle considering my entire mouth is one big sweet tooth.
- Breakfast sweets: donuts, pastries, cakes, french toast, & non-protein pancakes.
- Desserts: candies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cake pops, pies, ice cream, bars
- Drinks: shakes
Red meats include:
Let me know if I've forgotten something.. these are just off the top of my head :)
Are you participating and giving something up until Easter?