Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

Oh Happy Mardi Gras today dear friends. It is a day when I truly miss living in my hometown...my cajun roots are calling today! My daughter decided to travel to the 'City That Care Forgot' this past weekend so she could experience Mardi Gras as an adult. Her last memory of Mardi Gras was when she was twelve and there is a difference between 24 and 12 as to how you experience that holiday! She joined some of her cousins on her Dad's side of the family to celebrate with and even had the opportunity to get a parade visit in with her cousin on my side of the family!


Ummm, yes she was definitely celebrating differently from when she was tweleve! The 'crown' was a throw she caught at the Hermes parade and is representative of his winged feet. Mom's are good for something...on her return I gave her the rundown on the history of the parades she enjoyed. As a teenager I even marched in several as a flag twirler. Now there's a picture image!

She was a dear as always and returned with a large bag of 'throws' from my sister. This sister is a member of the Krewe of Muses, an all female Mardi Gras krewe. They are known and celebrated for the much sought after throw of their High Heels. I was gifted with a high heel along with tons of Muses beads and their newest prized throw...what every girl always needs in her purse...Muses bandaids! I love you Boo! Merci une soeur!

Over the weekend some friends and I gave a party to celebrate the upcoming wedding of the son of dear friends. As is it was Mardi Gras weekend, of course we went with that as the base for food and decorations! Purple, Green and Gold are the colors of Mardi Gras...enjoy!





In another post I'll show you what I made...stuffed muffalettas and bar nut palmiers. I also served the traditional Mardi Gras King Cake a sort of danish with a hidden plastic baby to represent the baby Jesus. Pralines were made by another hostess who also made shrimp remoulade. A dessert tier of miniature mousses, parfaits and ambrosias were another favorite. Pork loin with homemade cranberry compote and rolls for hearty appetites and trays of cheeses, caprese skewers, veggies and cheese straws for those wanting to just dine on the light side.

We had a lovely blend of age groups of guests and everyone was having fun celebrating the upcoming nuptials. Weddings and babies seem to be one of our very favorite occasions to celebrate! We have some babies to be celebrating in the very near future!

If you'll excuse me for now, I'm going out in my back courtyard patio and shout to the rooftops...
     "THROW ME SOMETHING MISTAH!" I'm thinking I'll only startle the pigeons...

Loves~Loves~Loves~

27 comments:

Shelly said...

Oh, Sush, I love the way you and your family celebrate! Such love and warmth truly make the world a richer place!

Laissez les bon temps roule indeed!

Shady Del Knight said...

We recently held our annual Gasparilla pirate invasion and parade down here, Sush. The ladies have a special way of getting "mistah" to throw them trinkets and beads but I'll leave that to your imagination.

Purple and green are my two favorite colors and your decorations were beautiful. I know your daughter well enough by now that I can pick her out in a group shot with little difficulty. I'm glad to know that you have lots to smile about, dear friend. Thanks for sharing!

Sush said...

Shelly...we definitely love to celebrate...and those are her 'Texas' cousins in the first picture, although from Louisiana descent!
Hugs!

Tom...ahhh, now surprisingly so I know all about how those ladies attract those beads. I have yet to imbibe enough of anything to participate in that particular tradition but I do love to watch those who dare to bare! I have a sister known for that particular talent!
Hugs~

Claudia Moser said...

It sounds like lots of fun, should add it to my travel destination!

Sush said...

Claudia..New Orleans is always having a party. Whether it be Mardi Gras the Jazz Fest, Spring Fiesta...you can always find a reason to celebrate in my hometown. I don't suggest the summer if you can help it as the heat has been known to' stagger a maggot' as we affectionately refer to N'Awlins summers!
Hugs~

jabblog said...

It all sounds such fun:-)

Sush said...

Janice...we had a very good time indeed! Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs~

Ellie said...

I always Mardi Gras as being bright, colourful and full of fun. It seems that I must be right.
It sounds as if you had a great party and you prepared some lovely food for it. Good luck to the happy couple.

Pat MacKenzie said...

I love hearing about your celebrations and traditions from your part of the world. It's truly a unique place. Thanks for sharing a little bit of it with us.

Barbara F. said...

Your table looks beautiful! Sounds like a great time. xo

kneesandpaws said...

Happy Fat Tuesday! The parties look like a blast. I've yet to visit New Orleans at anytime of the year, but someday I hope to go. When I was living in Michigan, the craziest thing we did on Mardi Gras was to eat Punchkis and think about what to give up for Lent. And also we wished we were in New Orleans;)

Odie Langley said...

Of course what comes to mind with me is first of all the food. I have always loved cajun foods and would love to sample the authentic foods of your home town. I sure miss seeing my favorite chef, Justin Wilson on TV.
You really had some beautiful photos on this post girl making my tuesday evening so much better. Have a great night.

karen said...

I've always wanted to go to Mardi Gras! I had my chance when my brother went to LSU med school, but I was in the midst of raising little ones. Your celebration looked beautiful AND delicious! Don't be shy about sharing some of those recipes! Stuffed muffalettas? Yes please...

Sush said...

Ellie...Oh you do have it right! Mardi Gras is definitely colorful and vibrant. The happy couple are very lovely...we're looking forward to the wedding celebrations! Hugs~

Pat...One of the wonderful and only one as there are so many of things to enjoy about blogging, is learning all about celebrations and customs all over this lovely planet! Hugs~

Barbara...It was a joint project of many putting the table together and we were quite pleased with the outcome. Thanks for noticing! Hugs~

Jenny...I did a little research I must admit on Punchkis but I'm surprised I hadn't heard of them before. One of my dearest friends is of Polish descent and my Mom is from the Detroit area. Anyway we can celebrate before Lent is always appreciated! Hugs~

Odie...I don't know if I've mentioned to you before but Justin Wilson's granddaughter grew up around the corner from my parents home in New Orleans. She loved her grandfather dearly but said he could be a curmudgeon at times. The original cajun chef!
Hugs~

Sush said...

Karen....oh grab ahold of that handsome fella of yours and head on down for the Jazz Fest this year! Recipes forthcoming...! Hugs~

Ina in Alaska said...

Fabulous post!!!! Loved it - & the food looks delicious!!!!!!!

Holly said...

Sush~
Your beautiful daughter looks like you! I loved reading about all of your goodies and how neat is that, that you still celebrate and fix all of those wonderful goodies. I think that our mouths are watering and we are wishing that we lived nearby to help share in the celebration!
hugs!
Holly

Sush said...

Ina...great to see you and thanks for the lovely comment. Would you believe we got an inch of snow here? Wow, huh! Hugs~

Holly...How kind of you, it is food I grew up with so cooking like that is all that I know! I may be partial but I do agree Elise is beautiful, thank you and Hugs~

Ann said...

Your lovely daughter is obviously having a great time there, and who wouldn't?

Oh your dishes looks real sumptuous.

Sush said...

Ann...Why hello there and thanks for coming by! Yes she reported she had a marvelous time and is ready to return! Hugs~

Pearl said...

Oh, the FOOD!

I've never been to New Orleans. As a matter of fact, I've only been to Louisiana once, and what I primarily remmeber is that I could not understand a WORD that a truck-stop waitress was saying to me!! Of course, I was about 13 at the time and so inexperienced with accents, but I think the best part of that was that she didn't appear to understand me, either...

Pearl

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

So very nice to meet you honey. I am looking forward to getting to know you and being your newest follower.
Your daughter is beautiful and how wonderful she got to spend time with her cousins and at the Mardi Gras makes it even more fun.
Your site is lovely and I know it is going to be fun to visit you
Love
Maggie

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh I forgot to answer your question on my site about what is the Blogazine thing. Good question. It is something I started a while back where bloggers can do a story about themselves or whatever they want and I post it to my site. This way others get to know them and they make new friends. A guest I guess is a better word than Blogazine but one of my followers came up with that name because I always wanted to have a magazine about real people and so she came up with Blogazine. Hope that makes sense to you. If you want to be a guest your welcome anytime
Love
Maggie

yaya said...

Looks like a great time was had by your daughter and by you with your lavish and beautiful dinner! The food and the settings look very elegant and delish! It's great to have fun family traditions. It's great that your daughter was able to go back and enjoy this crazy celebration!

Sweet Tea said...

This reminds me that it's time to take the Mardi Gras wreath off of the front door. It was very cold here both weekends of the parades in our town which made it bad for the vendors and such. We have some cold rain. Looks like it was nice in NO. The girls look so pretty wearing their Mardi Gras boas. Love it!. . .Girl, you can throw a party. What a feast for the eyes and the tummy. Beautifully done. I'll look forward to see those recipes!

Sush said...

Pearl...Why yes we do have some rather distinct dialects in Louisiana but honey they sure know their cookin'! Hugs~

Maggie..Welcome and thanks for coming by. I am looking forward to many lovely visits back and forth and making a new and dear friend! Hugs~

YaYa...I had so many mixed emotions about her going to Mardi Gras sans parents or older siblings. She did great and was happy she got to spread her wings. It's just a different world from when we were young. Thanks for your lovely comments...and hugs~

Deb...Oh I'm so behind on switching decorations around. I did get the Valentines Flag down but the Mardi Gras is still flying...not Lenten appropriate. We are getting our parties down pat me and my gal pals! Thanks!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that's a beautiful spread! i've never been to new orleans so i have no idea about the parades and stuff. looks like lots of fun.