... aka Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday or just plain old Mardi Gras!
(It's also Abraham Lincoln's birthday, but that's a whole other post ...)
So here's the "King Cake" that Earlybird and I made today ...
A very simple chocolate cake drizzled with a simple sweet glaze and sprinkled with "royal" Mardi Gras colors: purple, gold and green ...
(I love how the colors reflect - perhaps not intentionally - the shades of spring's earliest flower, the crocus!)
Our cake will be served after a pancake supper this evening ... there will be stacks of pancakes, served with maple syrup and fresh whipped cream as well as a platter of roasted kielbasa and potatoes. This is our traditional Shrove Tuesday supper, which is served on the last night before Lent. (More on this holiday can be found here.)
After supper we'll bury our "Alleluia" (a wooden sign we display on Easter Sunday), and hang the grapevine Lenten cross ... and then, in honor of Mr. Lincoln, we'll watch National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. A fantastic family movie with lots of adventure and great history trivia to boot. We plan to start it early so we can tune into the State of the Union Address at 9 p.m. :)
Have a grand evening, my friends ... see you here again very soon!