… or Shrove Tuesday (or pancake day, according to my grade school friends) … or the last day of Carnival. I made cookies, and used up the last of the confectioners sugar. The cookie cutter is from Germany — brought back by the Gardener. It’s meant to look a bit like the hat worn at the festivals (but when baked, the dough really changes shape, so i think the jester’s hats/lord of misrule bonnets look more like sharks, if you squint).
Recipes for fastnachts, beignets, etc. can be found on this NPR article: http://www.npr.org/2014/02/26/282908382/fat-tuesday-the-many-different-doughnuts-of-mardi-gras
Whether you enjoyed Mardi Gras with beignets and coffee, Shrove Tuesday with pancakes, or Fastnacht day with fastnachts (most likely in southern Pennsylvania), I hope you had a bit of sweetness to perk up the last dark days of winter. Its been incredibly cold on the east coast during the past few nights, and I’m hoping we’ve seen the last of the snow… but we are springing forward to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday. Even if we don’t observe Lent, we could all use a little pick-me-up. [I once had a pastor make everyone in the catechism class "give up" chocolate for all of Lent. Sigh. No, it didn't work at all. Especially since the class was filled with teenaged girls. You can probably imagine the rest, right?]