20130212131051104Pancake Tuesday.  Shrove Tuesday.  Mardi Gras.  What ever you call it, it is an excuse to eat pancakes for supper!  That’s what it was for me growing up.  What kid doesn’t get excited about having breakfast for supper, especially when you only get it once a year.  This year I celebrated with fellow friends and classmates at ADC (the place where I’m doing my Masters… which sometimes I still wonder why).  The ADCSA (student government) provided us with a lovely pancake lunch including blueberries, raspberries, whip cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, and of course delicious pancakes!  Students and staff and faculty (although there were more students than faculty) enjoyed the deliciousness along with some good conversation.  The picture shows a few of the pancakes loaded with great toppings and some students enjoying the feast!  Dustin is one of 3 cooks.

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A note on Lent from the ADSCA:

Lent begins this coming Wednesday and is a time of reflection as we approach the Easter event. After Jesus was baptised he went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days; in the same way, many Christians fast during Lent, the 40 days leading to Easter (excluding Sundays).  People can fast from different things during this time – a certain food or drink, an activity, or something that (upon reflection of their lives) they see has been getting in the way of their relationship with God becoming deeper and stronger.  The day before Lent is known as Pancake Tuesday, traditionally a time that people used up ingredients that they would give up for Lent. So come out and enjoy some pancakes, share with others what you will be giving up for Lent and begin this season by celebrating Christ with friends and fellow believers!

Now that I am older Pancake Tuesday has a bit more meaning.  Tomorrow I will be starting Lent.  Not all Christians participate in Lent, but it is a time for those who choose to give up something that distracts them from God or add something (like a project or reading the Bible more) to bring them closer to God.  I usually gives something up.  Lately I’ve been spending a little too much time watching Netflix, so I’m giving it up.  I’m also giving up sugar – I still have a few hours to what degree I’m giving up sugar.  Definitely sweets and candy and perhaps if sugar is listed in the ingredients of an item (maybe within the first 5 items).  Over the next 46 days (including Sundays) I will be blogging about my lent experience.  Giving up Netflix won’t be a big deal, but sugar, that’s another story.  With God’s help hopefully I won’t be too cranky.

How do you like your pancakes?  What will you be giving up for lent?