40 Days

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and with that begins Lent. Being Catholic, Lent is something I always participate in. This year I've decided to give up something and do something, and I'm having Amelia observe Lent as well.

This year I will be giving up dessert-like sweets. Cookies, candy, cake, pie, ice cream etc. These are my weakness and therefore they must go! I always like to give something up that will take a lot of will power. What is the point of giving up something you could easily live without. Now I know I could live without sweets, but it is definitely my guilty pleasure. I'm already missing my Starbuck's frappuccino! I'm cracking myself up writing this because I am rush baking at this very moment. There is a new recipe I want to try out and take for our Easter celebration. After today I won't be able to taste test this recipe and would be horrified if I ended up feeding my family some disgusting mess of a cookie. I will probably have to force my sister Erica to come over and taste my creations for the next few weeks until it is just right. 

This year, along with giving something up, I will be doing random acts of kindness. I think this one will be especially important to share with Amelia. Mark and I are very proud of the kind, compassionate, incredibly well mannered and respectful young girl we are raising and including her in things like this only allows her to learn that kindness, even in the smallest gesture, can put a smile on someone's face and make their day. I am already compiling a list of things we will be doing and I can't wait to start. 

Also, if you are unfamiliar with this time of year we do not eat meat on Fridays. I'm excited for this because I am in desperate need of branching away from the usual chicken we eat and it will be fun trying new recipes. 

Do you observe Lent? If so, what are you doing during this time?

What are your favorite meatless dishes?
Ashley Elizabeth


  1. I like that you're adding random acts of kindness! Great idea! :)

    1. We try and do things around Christmas, but I really want to do things all year long. This is a good excuse to get out and spread some kindness.

  2. love this! random acts of kindness always amaze me. they can make such a difference in someone's life!