Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras! (Now have a Good Lent)

We had time for an impromptu Mardi Gras celebration tonight after dinner. First, we printed out our Lenten Calendars from Catholic Icing just like last year. [See Sidebar for Link to Catholic Icing-Lacy, the creator of the Calendar, keeps it on the front page of her blog.]

We talked about what each of them would be giving up for Lent and what each of them would be in charge of reminding us all to do. Toto will be in charge of almsgiving. Gordo is in charge of collecting food for the poor. Sweetpea is in charge of reminding us of prayer and special devotions like Stations of the Cross and the Rosary.

Then I wrote Alleluia on some gold tissue paper and glued it onto purple cardstock. The boys went running through the house "getting all their Alleluias out" since I told them they couldn't say it again until Easter.

Sweetpea didn't want to participate in the yelling this year, and Bill was getting a headache, so we quieted them down pretty quickly.

Gordo got a little teary eyed and worried about what would happen if he said it accidentally. Nothing, I said, but I'm sure it won't pop out. We put it in a golden bag and put it aside in the living room to bring back out on Easter Sunday.

Then we made a King Cake out of cinnamon rolls that we pulled apart and shaped into an oval. While it baked, Bill read them one of our favorite picture books from our Five in a Row curriculum, "The Duchess Bakes a Cake."

Once it came out of the oven, I spread the icing that comes in the tube all over the top, while each of the 3 kids took a sprinkle color and decorated their King Cake. Super simple and easy to do, just like Catholic Cuisine blog said it would be. [Link to Catholic Cuisine blog is at right.] How lucky was it that I had a roll of cinnamon rolls in the fridge? I rarely buy those, but Bill went shopping last week and bought a couple of tubes to have just in case.
This is what it looked like after it was all decorated with green, purple, and gold sprinkles. (By the way, Vane, we are finally almost out of GREEN sprinkles!) Here are the two of the happy campers ready to celebrate Mardi Gras!

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