Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic tradition. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 16th. Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Pancake Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter. The word shrove derives from the word shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance and absolution.
Why do people eat Pancakes on this day?
In times gone by, people used to prepare for the fast by using up all of the ingredients they had in their kitchen (eggs, milk, flour,butter..!)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
The oldest record of a Valentine was written by Charles Duke of Orleans, to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415
Richard Cadbury introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868. Richard Cadbury was the son of John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury’s cocoa and chocolate company.
Cupid, the son of Venus, is the goddess of love and beauty. Before he was named Cupid, he was known to the ancient Greeks as Eros, the god of love. Eros, the son of Greek goddess Aphrodite, used two sets of arrows—one for love and another for hate—to play with the emotions of his targets.
Every year approximately 144 million greeting cards are exchanged for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. alone, according to Hallmark.
In the 14th century, French and Italian artists were the first to start using the heart symbol in their work
It was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s card in Victorian times. Many people do not sign a card with their name to this day. The X symbol became synonymous with a kiss in medieval times because most people couldn’t write their names. Instead, they signed with an X and kissed it.
This simple Paper Heart Garland is a fun addition to your Valentine’s Day Decor. This decoration would look lovely in a bedroom or even at a bridal party or baby shower. It doesn’t take long to make this garland depending on how many hearts you add. You can use different size strips if you want hearts of different sizes on your Valentine’s Day Garland.
You will need:
12 x 12 Scrapbook Paper
Cut two strips of scrapbook paper for each heart. My paper strips measured 30cm x 2.5cm each.
Fold the strip of paper in half. Measure from the top of the folded strip down 9cm and punch a hold through both sides. Curve in the tops so that it forms a heart shape and staple the two ends together to form a heart.
String one heart with twine and leave enough room on the end heart so you can hang your garland. Then tie a knot on one side of the heart. Tie another knot on the other side of the heart. String another heart onto the twine and then secure it in place with a knot on each side of the second heart. Continue along with each heart until you have all of the hearts on the garland.
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With over two weeks to go until Pancake Tuesday (February 16th), I have decided to practice my pancake-making skills. I enjoyed these American Style pancakes for breakfast served with yoghurt and strawberries, however they can be served with whatever toppings you like. This is an easy recipe and it didn’t take long to make these yummy thick and fluffy pancakes.
You will need:
125g/4oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
1 tablespoon Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar (optional)
Pinch of Salt
150ml/¼ pint Milk
Oil for frying
Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, stir in the sugar (if using)
Add the egg and beat while adding the milk. Mix until mixture becomes smooth.
Heat a little oil on a pan and drop spoonfuls of batter onto pan. When mixture is puffed and bubbling on top, turn and cook on other side.