Thursday, March 12, 2020

Lenten Theme of the Week: Perseverence, and alfredo sauce options for meatless Friday

Wow, it's been quite a week, yes? I think everyone is feeling a heightened sense of mortality right now with our current COVID-19 situation, and that this Lent is even Lentier than usual. The university for which I work is suspending all in-person classes, and the quiet campus in the middle of March is going to seem awfully sad and lonely. It's for the best, though.

In the meantime, I've been keeping up with my Lenten devotional reading, if not the Morning Prayer with the Magnificat Lenten Companion app. I persevere and do what I can each day! I also started the St. Joseph novena this week.

I'm really loving 33 Days to Greater Glory. I'm into the third week already, and we're examing the time Jesus spent with His disciples in the Upper Room before His passion and crucifixtion. The first two weeks addressed some important people in Jesus' ministry, and the seven signs of his otherworldly power. 😍 Fascinating stuff!

I've also been busily crafting to distract myself a bit from worries, both in my own job and family, and in our world. I love handknit socks in the winter, and so I have knitted what I'm calling the Frosty Socks:

Pattern is Sailor's Delight

That wintry blue color is a favorite of mine in the colder months. I am planning many spring socks this year, plus airy and beautiful shawls knit and crocheted in sock yarn! I'm very excited, and the thought of this is definitely perking me up during this tough week.

I have to say, I'm loving these menu planning photos 😂 and here we have Lent Week 2!

Our meatless Friday option this week is Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo:

I'm not a huge fan of traditional marinara sauce on pasta (odd, but true) and so I love alternative sauces for pasta. Alfredo sauce is a rich choice, but we don't make it very often, and it's nice to intersperse with olive oil based sauces. As a seafood fan, I adore shrimp, but you can simply omit the shrimp in this recipe for a vegetarian version! We often do not have fettuccine noodles in our pantry, so I'll use either regular spaghetti or angel hair, whatever we have on hand.

How is your second full week of Lent progressing? We're right in the thick of things now!


  1. The recipes looks delicious. We are doing the Saint Joseph Novena,too. Stay healthy and safe. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    1. Thank you, ladies! I'm loving the novena. It's nice to have something positive to focus on right now. :)

  2. I still have yet to read 33 days to Greater Glory. Maybe after Lent and Easter seasons I shall have the opportunity to read said book.

    When I read your part on St. Joseph you reminded me I need to borrow my husband’s missile. In the back of it is prayers for seven (or is it nine) Sundays of St. Joseph. I am hoping to write down the prayers and reflections so I can pray them.

    Lent overall is going good, second full week of Lent is always that difficult week to see if I keep up with prayers. I get overwhelmed by so much that it messes up everything and I cannot tell you what time or day it is.

    Your sister in Christ,

    1. Hi Nikita! Yes, plenty of reading time coming up for whenever the inspiration strikes you. :) It's a perfect St. Joseph season throughout March. *virtual hug* We're all in this together, we just have to hang in there!


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