Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Apostle's Fast Menu

In about a week and a half, we will be entering the Apostle's Fast.  As per the last post, I have created a set weekly menu for our meals during this time.  I'd like to share our menu and possibly some recipes as I am able.  Mary is my inspiration in this.

I don't know how far I'll get with this project during the Apostle's Fast, or even if I'll do much cooking from this menu--I'm about two weeks away from delivering a baby and my mother will be in town to take care of household tasks for a while.  :)  But I'll be recycling this menu for the Dormition Fast in August and can pick it up again then.

My menu may look much different from another family's fasting menu.  I won't go into all the details--many will be obvious from looking at our menu.  What one actually eats during a fast should be decided in consultation with one's spiritual father.  I'm happy to answer any questions, though.

 With that said, here is our proposed (and un-tested!) Apostle's Fast Menu:

One of the recipes on our menu is Moroccan Couscous Salad.  I developed it from a favorite crock pot recipe from a Saving Dinner Menu Mailer.

A huge thank you to Mary for the inspiration to work on this; for layout, font, and illustration ideas (being an incredibly generous person, I know she won't mind how similar my pages look to hers); for tips on getting my Mac to create these images; and for all the amazing resources she provides.  It has been a pleasure getting to know her a little through her blog.


  1. Your layout looks great! Can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Way to work that Mac! Looks just beautiful!

    I didn't realize that you're only 2 weeks away from baby. You're in my prayers. Please let us know when you go into labor if you can. We would be blessed to be able to pray you through that time.

  3. Oh, and believe me, the pleasure is all mine. :)

  4. Thank you, Mary! I really never realized how motivating a beautiful page would be until seeing yours. :)

    Oh, and I was getting frustrated that I couldn't figure out a way to offer files here, but the "Save PDF to iPhoto" works just as well! Thanks again.

    What a lovely thought, to pray me through my labor. We will need all the prayers anyone can offer--God knows, anything can happen. I'm due June 3, and I will be sure to update when labor begins!

  5. Thank you, Leah. If you try the recipe, please let me know what you think or if I've left anything out!

  6. How exciting! I had no idea you were about to have another baby!

    Your pages look great. I had been poring over Mary's too and this past week came up with my own. I haven't had the courage to do a fasting one yet. That's next (and I'd better get a move on).

  7. Ditto that about a beautiful page being inspiring! I've done menu planning like this for years, but it's always been scribbled on a plain rectangular grid. Now I'm putting a summer notebook together here, and suddenly it is fun! Thanks so much for sharing, and keep us posted about baby, too. We have you on our morning prayer list, but we like to move mommies to the new baby list as soon as we can!

  8. I know, Noelle. Who knew a little picture of flowers in the corner would make a difference?

    Thank you for the prayers--I'll be sure to update any change in that department as soon as I know about it. ;)

  9. We tried the recipe a couple of days ago, and it was a hit. I'll be adding it to one of our lenten menus. After food poisoning three years ago, my daughter has refused to eat couscous. But she requested seconds on your dish, and now claims she likes couscous. What a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Wow, Leah, that's great! I'm glad you all liked the recipe and that your daughter has come back to couscous. It's always nice for Mom to have a variety of options to fix for a fast. Thanks for reporting back! :)


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