The morning started with some very strong coffee. During Lent it is just coffee for breakfast most mornings.   This week I am using a blend I make from French Roast and Sumata Mandheling.

For lunch, its a Tomato Basil soup I scratched up and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich (cheddar on rye).   Classic.

The birds are at it also!  The finch type birds, here Pine Siskins and Redpolls, with scatterings of the American Goldfinch Eating Team, can drain these thistle-seed socks in a couple days.

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  1. LCB says:

    I find tomato soup and grilled cheese on a chilly day to be one of life’s greatest pleasures.

  2. RBrown says:

    Breakfast: Oatmeal and half an English Muffin
    Lunch: A mini bag of Microwave Popcorn
    Dinner: Quiche! With onion, cheese, spinach, chopped ham (frozen, left over from Christmas), and some bacon.

  3. I have that same sock feeder. I filled it in the rain this morning and now that the rain has turned to snow it’s all ready one third empty.

  4. Antiquarian says:

    I am a fairly ascetic person and years ago was having trouble deciding what to give up for Lent, feeling that it needed to be something I’d truly miss. With horror it dawned on me that the most penitential thing I could do is give up coffee– and so that’s what I’ve done for over twenty years. I drink a single cup on Sunday after Mass, sometimes two on Laetare Sunday. And there is not a moment of the other days that I don’t want it!

    I also have the same sock feeder, but with warmer weather here in DC for the past few days I don’t have the throngs I had earlier in the winter.

  5. Steve K. says:

    This morning: weak government coffee and Fage yogurt with honey. Fage is absolutely great yogurt.

    Lunch: black forest ham and cheddar cheese sandwich, and a banana.

    Dinner: who knows – eating out tonight because I am going to my wife’s science club meeting.

    I meant to cook up some ratatouille with pasta last night for the week but was too tired and lacked the energy. I’ll do it tonight after the meeting, Lord willing.

  6. LA says:

    If you don’t feed them, will they migrate South for the winter?

  7. laurazim says:

    My boy (just 3) says of your lunch: “Mm. That looks tasty.” Good little fellow.

  8. Chris says:

    Coffee for breakfast and one cup of my wife’s non-meat Lenten soup for lunch with an apple and crackers.

    Doing the traditional two small meals that shouldn’t equal one whole meal during the day then a small dinner.

  9. Irish says:

    Antiquarian–I gave up coffee for Lent too! I find it very difficult. I also gave up sweets–which is easy compared to coffee. Tea is okay, but I am really missing a good cuppa joe. Offering it up for the Pope.

  10. Jenny says:

    You should try the Mystic Monk coffee. It really is fantastic.

  11. Michael Ross says:


    I made melanzane alla parmigiana for dinner last Friday following your recipe. All agreed that it was delicious. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take a picture of the dish to share with you until after I had enjoyed the last of it. Thank you for sharing your kitchen experiences. God bless.

  12. Dell says:

    Father for you a nice cup of English tea each morning for the remainder of Lent may be salutary for body and soul. I get the feeling you love coffee very much.

  13. Dan W says:

    I second Jenny’s endorsement of Mystic Monk coffee. The coffee is the best I’ve ever had, and the the community is young and growing and looking to build a new monastery.

  14. W. Schrift says:

    Can’t go wrong with soup and a hot sandwich for lunch in the wintertime, even spring is a mere eleven days away.

    I had pirogies and a bit of salad.

  15. pearl says:

    I could use a couple of those mugs . . .

  16. MargaretC says:

    Father, if I tried to limit my breakfast to coffee, however delicious, I’d do or say something wildly uncharitable before lunch.

    I told my RCIA class when Lent began that the point of the fast was not to make yourself sick, nor to make other people sick of you.

    The soup and sandwich look delicious, by the way.

  17. Merriweather says:

    Re: giving up coffee

    As Mother Angelica would say, your penance shouldn’t be penance for everyone else too.

    I don’t drink it myself…but I couldn’t give up my tea.

  18. A Random Friar says:

    LA: the birding sites generally say that feeding by humans has minimal, if any, effect on migration patterns. We’d be competing against instinct. Weather is a bigger motivator for birds. However, feeding can increase survivability rates.

    And yes, my nyjer (thistle) feeders are also getting sucked dry in a day!

  19. John Enright says:

    It doesn’t get any better that grilled cheese and tomato soup (with or without the basil!)

  20. irishgirl says:

    Oooo, that tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich looks yummy!

    When I’ve made grilled cheese, I always burn it-oh, well, I’m not much of a cook. [grin and shrug]

    Those feeder socks look pretty cool….

    I was trying to give up eating lunch for Lent-but yesterday I left the library and had a ‘mash bowl’ at KFC instead….naughty, naughty!

    Well, it was either that, or salivating over the chocolates and other ‘sinful goodies’ at the library bake sale….yahhhh!

  21. Bernie says:

    Breakfast this morning included a slice of whole grain bread spread with a tablespoon of Extra Virgin (Goya) olive oil, a small apple, a small handful of walnuts and 2 cups of coffee. It’s not a good idea to go too light with breakfast. (I’m addicted to coffee so two cups is required.)Your soup and sandwich looks absolutely delicious –I’d give up the soup for some real lenten penance!

  22. Coffee, I find, helps curb the hunger pangs of the fast.

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