Farro with Cheese Stuffed Peppers This recipe is made with a boxed farro grain mix that I purchased at Aldi called Earthly Grains Flavored Grains Farro with Cheese and Spinach. Aldi had three different boxes for sale, at least that’s all I came across, and I …
Stuffed Dates, Dollar Store Style This post and following recipe, comes to you via my recent trip to the Dollar Tree in Antigo WI. If you have read my blog you’re well aware of my love for all things cheap or thrifty. I love a …
Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado
Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado is a light and tasty way to enjoy tuna salad. This simple dish is perfect for lunch or dinner on a warm summer evening. It’s also a great lunch option when your watching your diet. I have been on an avocado ‘kick’ as of late. Avocados were recently on sale at my local grocery store (4 for $1.00) and since I have absolutely no self-control, I bought 12. My hubby, who doesn’t even like avocados thought I was nuts.
Today is Ash Wednesday and I thought it was appropriate to talk about Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is mainly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting.
Ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Priests administer ashes during Mass and are a visible symbol of penance. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense.
It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving ashes. Catholics should receive ashes within the context of Mass but may be delivered by a priest to those who are sick or shut-in.
Beginning of Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It’s a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. You can’t eat meat on Ash Wednesday, which marks 40 days before Easter and the beginning of Lent. According to the Catholic law of abstinence, Catholics refrain from meat on Fridays altogether during this 40-day period, as well as on Ash Wednesday.