Mardi Gras Festivities!

Busy weekend!  I spent most of Saturday ice fishing with my sister.  Or rather, she fished while I tried to keep my feet warm in gale force winds by a fire…  and we shall never speak of that again.

Today, however, was a different story!

John and I planned out our annual Mardi Gras dinner party.  I tried my hand at making a king cake for the first time.  It is a yeast dough bread with filling inside.  The recipe I made gave us 2 cakes, so I did them differently.  Here is the dough all rolled out and spread with filling.

One cake I did with a cream cheese and strawberry jam filling (which I made today) and the other was a pecan praline filling.  This was then rolled up jelly roll style and made into a ring:

Then baked up!

Then the best part is the colored glaze to make it festive!

I couldn’t wait to try it!

We got out the beads for the party:

My mother provided the masks:

Rare sighting of my dad being silly:

On the menu for tonight- shrimp and crab etouffe!  John made this.  He rocks!

We also had some cajun chicken strips.  Just breaded seasoned chicken cutlets, really.  Plus green beans with a bit of bacon! (Everything is better with bacon, right?)

And some cornbread muffins, courtesy of my sister. Normally I don’t have a giant plate like this, but it was the one I ended up with, so the food is all spread out LOL!

After dinner it was game time!

Just a tiny bit of alcohol in some coffee :mrgreen:

Then it was time for the awesome King Cake!

Very good!  It is a yeast dough, so this was very much like a danish.   I think it was pretty successful, although we have a lot of cake left over LOL!  Definitely need to put a lot of this in the freezer.

Now, we are hunkered down for *another* winter storm.  Heavy snow and blowing winds right now and up to a foot is expected by tomorrow morning.  Eeek!  Maybe I’ll have another piece of king cake!

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25 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Festivities!

  1. Kimberley

    Now that’s a party! The king cake looks so fabulous! Love the colours.

    It looks like a wonderful time was had by one and all…nice to get together with family. I did the same today.

    Have a great week!
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..Family Time

  2. Lori's Mom

    Lori & John, Thanks so much for hosting the Mardi Gras party. It was so much fun! The food and the company were great! It was so nice to get together. Too bad we got snowed on!!

  3. Fran

    What a great party that has been! The cake looks delicious. Pack up a piece for me, hop on the next flight over here and we can share it while sitting in the sun that we have today.

  4. Jody - Fit at 53

    Ice fishing – not so much; Mardi Gras party – OH YES! Loved the pics & you all are so cute! Did Pixie join in on the fun or run & hide?

    Our Costco had a ton of those King Cakes as we walked in the door. I guess they were partying here too!

    I eyed that corn muffin until I saw the Godiva! 😉

  5. deb

    Did you bake a surprise in the cake? don’t they do that? Like a ring or some little something for someone to find?? Or am i thinking of another tradition for something else???

  6. debby

    I forgot to comment!! I comment in my mind, and then am surprised it doesn’t show up on the blog.

    Yes, I laughed (in horror) at the ice fishing and your comment on it. And if you can believe it, I’ve never heard of king cake. But I don’t like danish that much, so it doesn’t tempt me.
    debby´s last blog post ..Weekend of Foodie Experiments

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