Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Mardi Gras 2016

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans? I have visit New Orleans but not during that time. It certainly is a city that knows how to have a good time. As they say in French, “Laissez les bons roulez” which translated means, “Let the good times roll.”

 And why should the good times roll? Because today is also known as Fat Tuesday, the last hurrah where revelers feast on rich foods before the fasting of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is also called Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday and of course, Mardi Gras. Parades takes place all week long in the French Quarter and are walking parades, not the traditional large float parades. Strings of gold, red and purple beads are thrown into the crowds.
My family enjoys this festive holiday with creole or Cajun cuisine. Beans and rice with sausage is a very tasty meal. Dessert can be a King Cake, a sweet ring-shaped confection meant to honor the three kings who visited the Christ child on Epiphany. It has a cream cheese filling and a simple glaze and topped off with bright colored strings of beads. A tiny plastic baby is placed into the bread and whoever finds the baby in their piece of cake must buy the next King Cake.
Or deep-fried sweet Beignets, a traditional French treat, great with strong coffee.

One year we purchased a King Cake. It was superbly wrapped and the cake came with a miniature face mask made of porcelain, three strings of beads and the plastic baby. I carefully made a mini-museum for these things, placing them in a white shadow box. It hangs next to the pantry door and is always so festive looking. When you have many small items that are precious, you need to give them their fair due and showcase them the best way you can. That is why I like shadow boxes. I call them mini-museums and they can be placed throughout your home when space is limited. So enjoy this Mardi Gras holiday and don’t forget to
“Let the good times roll.”
As I was searching for Mardi Gras images
I came across this ingenious way of
displaying strings of beads.  

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