As I've mentioned before, we're suckers for holidays around here. Seems we'll celebrate just about anything... Birthdays (obviously), major US observed holidays, National Margarita Day and of course, Pancake Tuesday!
There seems to be a little bit of a debate every year as to which Tuesday in February is, in fact, Pancake Tuesday. Most people think (and rightfully so!) that it falls on the day that IHOP celebrates it's National Pancake Day - which was last week... However, those people would be mistaken!
Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday as it's called amongst religious circles, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday (yep - today's that strange day where people willingly put dirt on their forehead and walk around in public). From wikipedia:
The expression "Shrove Tuesday" comes from the word shrive, meaning "confess." Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. The term Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
Being the non-religious family that we are, we have no intentions of giving up anything for Lent, however who are we to turn down a delicious night of gluttony? Plus, I'll take any excuse I can to have breakfast for dinner!
Last year on Pancake Tuesday, Grant was traveling and I didn't feel like eating dinner at 5:30p, so I whipped up a batch of flapjacks especially for Hayes, then had my own plate of them after he went to sleep.
This year, we thought it would be a fun opportunity to have a rare family dinner (our Sunday tradition seems to have gone by the wayside when the weather turned cold - it's on my list of things we need to be better about!) and so we flip flopped the bedtime routine and all sat down for a yummy meal after Hayes had his bath.
|Yep, still doing that strange pained smile...|
|A satisfied customer!|
As you can see, he thoroughly enjoyed the meal and I enjoyed continuing a tradition I'm fully on board with ;-)