Three weeks ago began the season of Lent. But before we go there, let’s start here:
Last year, I was in New Orleans for Fat Tuesday (and Joy’s birthday).
It was all so delicious! Joy even made us an authentic Pimm’s Cup cocktail.
It was packed with all kinds of goodies. In addition to Joy (and Jonathan, as you can see in the photo above, dork), several other friends showed up to delight in the brightly colored festivities.
Afterward, we headed out to the J Clyde for some adult libations.
Get ya beads!
I think Jonathan looks like an old lady wearing her specs.
Dennis and Mallory joined us for some dranks.
Jonathan and Mandy still love each other…even though she (and Craig) are little photobombers.
I love this guy.
As we sipped on a few cold ones (and enjoyed 1/2 off pint night, holla), we all talked about Lent season and what we might consider giving up (or taking on, whatever the choice may be). Last year, I gave up cheese…talk. about. hard. (that’s what she said.) This year, I decided to try something that I’ve been thinking about for a while.
I gave up meat for Lent.
I’ve been trending towards a more meatless lifestyle over the past few months, and it’s something I’m really interested in. I also jumped on the Food Inc. train and really had my eyes opened to a lot of things I already knew and even more that I didn’t.
I’ve been meatless for about three weeks now, and it hasn’t been too difficult. I have to clarify that I’m still eating fish, and I’ve not been as strict as I might should be: ie, I went to a bbq place that had ham chunks in the green beans, and I just picked them out.
One great thing about going meatless is that it’s challenged me to become a little more creative and also it’s helped me to get more of my veggie and fruit servings in. I can’t wait to share some of the recipes I’ve been testing out these past few weeks with you!
Do you celebrate Lent season? Have you given things up in the past? Did you do it for this year?