Lenten Food- love it or leave it



Every year I buy a new cookbook for Lent,  to cheer me on the journey.  This year it’s 101 Things to do with Tofu. I fixed the sloppy joes today.  They were pretty good for Lenten food but nothing you would ever eat if it wasn’t Lent.  This is my husband’s first Lent as an Orthodox Christian and he’s being a very good sport about it all.  He had resisted converting to Orthodoxy because of the fasts- he had the mistaken idea that if he didn’t keep the fasts it would be sin.  When Fr. J. explained to him that Lent was for him and his growth,  all his objections fell away.  It’s a chance to practice denying ourselves in the little things so we will be able to deny ourselves if something big comes up.


Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life,
Take from me the spirit of sloth, despair,
lust of power and idle talk;
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience,
and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my
own transgressions and not to judge
my brother, for blessed art Thou unto ages of ages.


The Year’s First Seeds Planted

I’m probably going to spend a lot of time on this blog talking about my last quarter at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  I’ve waited my whole life to return to college and now it’s nearly over!  (College is nearly over, not my life.)

But now it’s spring break and the weather is lovely. Me and the pup have been gardening.  We pulled weeds and planted some chard.  The seeds came from Renee’s Garden in Felton.