Lent 2013 Challenge Day 2: Italian food–it’s what the Romans made Jesus eat.

After discussing with my family what we wanted as our meal for the feast of St. Valentine’s Day…

Thank you, Catholic Memes!

Thank you, Catholic Memes!

…kids and spouse alike unanimously overruled Heart-y Pizzas and opted instead for Pasta Aglio y Olio with Sage.


We made this fit in well within the 20 minute rule by using a TupperWare Pasta Cooker. We also splurged for a $1.91 loaf of heat-n-eat garlic bread from the day-old rack (it was a special day, after all). For dessert we made two “mug cakes” to share between five people; another splurge was $2 on a can of ReddiWhip. This went even father because we included the sweet treats from the kids’ Valentine party from earlier in the day. So when all was said and done, our meatless St. Valentine’s feast for five cost us about $6.

Was using the microwave pasta cooker cheating? Perhaps. How many families on government assistance can afford to dump big bucks at a Tupperware party, really? However, I have a decent amount of Tupperware, most of which I have purchased at thrift stores for no more than $2/piece. Anyway, we’re doing what we can to keep on track! What’s the plural of “mea culpa” ?


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. In December 2020, look for her next book: All Things New: Breaking the Cycle & Raising a Joyful Family (Our Sunday Visitor), a book about parenting spirituality for survivors of family abuse and dysfunction. Find out more at erinmccolecupp.com .

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