It's beginning to look a lot like Mardi Gras and Crawfish season and LSU Baseball. Yeah buddy, it's time to enjoy. Try this, look out on your drab landscape and imagine the bare branches draped with beads of Purple, Green, and Gold. In cities around Louisiana that's just what you see. Next think about how tasty big batches of piping hot, spicy Crawfish will be with some friends and a cold beer. And baseball, be still my heart, it's some kind of special to sit back from a good location at Alex Box and cheer on the Tigers. And all of this, courtesy of our beautiful Louisiana.
I'm getting in the spirit of the season with plans to soon attend a tournament at the fabulous Minute Maid Park in Houston with THP for some college baseball action. Geaux Tigers!
And to satisfy my cooking compulsion, I'm going to make another King Cake this season. A couple of years ago I located a good recipe which I'm thinking of revisiting. I have more time now at least...you know, to let the dough rise and rise and rise again. So delicious, but I think I enjoy the process most of all. It's a decadent and guilty pleasure for sure.
The crawdads, I'll leave that to my Matthew. He's the best at boiling up a big batch with lots of veggies and perfect spiciness. Add a few friends and it's a Louisiana style feast.
Yesterday, THP retrieved my Mardi Gras beads and bling down from the attic, so I created a few vignettes of my treasures around the kitchen, dining and living room. Here's a peek at Mardi Gras in our happy home.
|Beads a plenty|
|Purple, Green, and Gold ribbons on a very old compote that contains dried Roses from THP|
|Back door greeting|
|Pewter platter full of bead treasures on the kitchen sideboard|
|Welcome to our dining table|
|Fat Tuesday up close...with Black & Gold booty|
|Favorite party beads on the kitchen sideboard|
|We got lots o'beads|
|Dining room hutch|
|Purple, Green & Gold in one of Mama's vases|
|My favorite bead pendant|
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Oh, don't forget the King Cake.
Louisiana has so many choices; King Cake is one of the best tastes of the season.
Buy one or, like me, make your own.
Happy Mardi Gras, y'all!