Let the Good Times Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, it’s Carnival time!!!
I enjoyed spending time with my dad’s side of the family on Mardi Gras because they knew how to party. New Orleans is such a unique place. Following the Mardi Gras Indians, second line at Orleans & Claiborne, food on the grill, and dancing in the streets.
On Mardi Gras day my family would pack up the grill and the food they prepared the night before and head out to the parade route 7:00am….yes, am. We couldn’t miss the Zulu parade which starts around 8:30am. Different parades run all day long, so we had to bring food and make it a picnic. We had sandwiches, red beans & rice, hot dogs, hamburgers, bbq ribs, chicken, jambalaya and sometimes crawfish (depends on what day the season falls on). This reminds me of Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras Indians
Entryway to Zydeco
Since I can’t make it home for Mardi Gras, I was bring Mardi Gras to our home. I’m putting some touches of carnival around the house and pretending…..LOL!! On tomorrow, I’m going to cook my Cajun dishes, turn up the Second Line music and pot open a bottle….It’s Mardi Gras.
I wanted to share one of the mask I made to place on my bar for the festivities. This is my attempt to turn the house into a party….LOL
I made the little one. This is easy to make and can be given to guest at your Mardi Gras party.
I purchased the large mask in New Orleans one year for our anniversary. The colors are just gorgeous and it adds a little spice to the bar.
Can you tell I’m missing home? I’m so jealous of all the Facebook and Instagram picture of my family at the parades.
Happy Friday People!!!
I received my King Cake in the mail. I can’t go through a Mardi Gras season without having a King Cake. Since I’m not going home for Mardi Gras, I decided to have it shipped to me. King Cake is a traditional cake served during this season. It’s traditionally a twisted cinnamon roll type dough topped with icing and Mardi Gras colored sugar (green, yellow & purple). Usually a small plastic baby is inserted in the cake and the person who gets the baby have good luck and have to purchase the next cake for the party.
This cake is a favorite in our home.
I purchased this Queen of Carnival King Cake from Haydels Bakery in Jefferson, Louisiana. Doesn’t it look good.
When you order online, it comes with Mardi Gras beads, doubloons, a trinket, a booklet, and New Orleans coffee with Chicory.
It’s delicious!!!! Have you had one?
Fat Tuesday is next week and to celebrate Mardi Gras, I want to share with you guys one of my favorite dishes. When we have a party in New Orleans, Jambalaya is always on the menu. It’s just a go to dish and it’s easy to make. You can actually make it in a slow cooker and some people even make in their rice cooker. I cook it in a regular pot. Nothing but a party in the pot.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup sliced smoked sausage or Andouille
1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup red & yellow bell peppers, chopped
1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped
1 rib celery chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh Thyme
1 tablespoon dried Oregano
3 bay leaves
8 oz can of tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups of rice
2 cups chicken stock
salt, pepper and Tony Chachere for taste
green onion and parsley for garnish
In a large pot sauté seasoning with oil (onion, peppers, celery, garlic, Thyme, oregano and bay leaves) until translucent. Add stock and rice and boil for about 5 minutes, then add sausage. Let cook on medium/low heat for about 15 minutes covered. Add shrimp and cook for five more minutes. You do not want to over cook the shrimp. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions and parsley.
Enjoy the party!!!
I finally found my Bamboo window covering. My goodness, that was harder than I thought. I alway knew I wanted bamboo on the window and I thought I found the right one at one of the big box stores, but it had a green hue to it and i didn’t like it. Also, they didn’t have the correct size I needed and any of the stores.
I decided to take my chances online and shop, but I was scared not getting the correct product. You know sometimes you see one color online and when you get it, the color is off. I didn’t want that to happened, but I really had no other choice with these blinds. Afternoon many hours and weekends searching, I ordered one as a test from Top Blinds. They had the correct size and color (Tropical Rust) I was looking for, so I went for it. I just measured the inside of the window and deducted a 1/2 inch. The website actually give you instructions on how to measure your windows. I received the free shipping and my package was received a few days after placing the order. I’m very pleased with them.
Now, these blinds are not fully private, and this was fine with me because the windows face our yard. I love the natural light it allows in the room during the day.
The curtains were found at TJMaxx for $19.99 (two panels).
I hope you had a great weekend! I’m sharing one of my finds from Goodwill. I’m still in the organization mode and I love little storage boxes. I found these for only $.99
They are nice wooden boxes and the green insert feels like Plexiglass. They could be used to hold jewelry, office supplies, my sewing tool, or anything. That’s why I like them. I was thinking about painting the wood and adding a stencil design to the plexiglass.
What do you think about this idea?
HAPPY FRIDAY PEOPLE!
I’m sharing my last anniversary restaurant post….I promise…..this is it for the week LOL! The last restaurant we visited this past weekend was The Indian House in Chicago on Grand Ave. My husband and I haven’t been here in a while and I was looking forward to it. I enjoy Indian food…..I think it’s because of the spice, but it is so good. They offer buffet or you can order from the menu. We always get the buffet, so why change right! I’m just sharing a few of my phone pictures, since I could not bring my Canon.
This is it! Next week is back to craft projects and recipes…..promise. Oh, and Mardi Gras is coming up, so I will be posting a few themed projects!
Have a great weekend!