Coming Attractions

Okay. I’m setting a challenge for myself and I think I nearly have family approval for this. The challenge is this: for Lent 2012, our family would hold our Lenten diets to the same rules that the Catholic Church used before Vatican II. These rules provided for simplified fasting, defined as one medium-sized meal per day with two smaller meals permitted, no other snacks in between, for those 18 and older of course. Only one of those eating occasions could include meat during all days of the week except for Friday. Fridays would remain completely meatless, with Sundays being held as feast days and meat being permitted.

When I first suggested this, groans resounded from all those old enough to understand the implications. Once I read to them my pre-researched list of meatless meals (44 and counting), however, the kids got on board, if not enthusiastically. Mr Mackerelsnapper seems okay with it, too, provided I blog ALL of it, including our Sunday feasts. That sounds like fun to me!

Oldest child also gave me one caveat: bacon at EVERY meal on Sunday. Hmm. Every meal? Every meal. We’ll have to see about that.

Speaking of SEE, stay tuned for tomorrow’s Wednesday Dessert, and learn all about virtual pie. It’s vegan, hypoallergenic and slimming!

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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