Snow and Mardi Gras Feast!

We were luckier with Nemo not to be measuring our snow in multiple feet!  We did have to dig out on Saturday, though.  I know our driveway is somewhere under here.


We got mostly the lighter weight snow up here, so at least shoveling wasn’t the ‘heart attack’ snow.  Now we have a nice clear driveway and John is now pulling snow off the shop roof here.


Kudos to the county for getting the roads cleared fast. They really do a good job and worked all night. The sun came out and it was clean and beautiful.


Cold, though. I spent Saturday working on the bathroom.  I’ll update that progress tomorrow because there were more important things happening on Sunday, like our Mardi Gras Party!  John and I don’t celebrate Lent, but we love celebrating Mardis Gras.  A lot of you know how we love New Orleans. Our secret (or not so) dream is to rent a place there for part of the winter.


We love our family get togethers.  Got out the bead stash.


I put some beads on Pixie and she was less than thrilled (but it serves her right for getting on the table where the beads were – I couldn’t resist!)


John was the pensive reveler today.


On today’s menu?  Meat pies.  These are really supposed to be filled into pastry and deep fried, but I did want to lighten them up a little bit. These are little phyllo cups.


Jambalaya with chicken and andouille, (of course):


We have *so* much of this leftover.  Some was sent home with everyone, but we still have a ton left.  John made a lot :D  I wonder how it freezes?

My sister and family brought red beans and rice.


Delicious!  We did have steamed vegetables, as well as some cheddar biscuits, also made by my sister.

Can’t forget the pralines!


After dinner, it was game time!  We tried Tribond.


That wasn’t  as fun. You are given 3 things and have to figure out the common thread between them.  Really hard!  So – it was time to get out Telestrations.  I gave myself a New Orleans name.


And yes, it must be said with the exclamation point!

I am quite the artiste – my word was “Can of Worms”


This game makes us laugh so much that our faces hurt!

After games – dessert time!  John made up some bananas foster – complete with flambe:


And yes, we do have a fire extinguisher for the kitchen!  This went up really high, too. It was only 1/4 cup of bourbon, which is less than called for. Good thing we didn’t use more.  It was fun to do.

Served over ice cream


It was –10 when we woke up this morning (-23 Celsius). Makes it more appealing to winter down south.


I can’t believe the weekend is over already!

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17 thoughts on “Snow and Mardi Gras Feast!

  1. debby

    I am stuck on the praline picture!

    I have frozen rice dishes before and they came out pretty good. Not quite as good as fresh, but okay.

    The snow doesn’t look as bad as its been some years up there. And Pixie looks hilarious.
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  2. Fran

    Holy crap: -23? I can’t even imagine how cold that is, never experienced it, -10 to -12 Celcius is the coldest it can get here and that’s not happening often.

    I love your Mardi Grass party as always, love it how you and John keep this tradition. It’s “Carnaval” (Carnival) in the south of our country but if you are not born there you couldn’t care less about it. For most people it’s an excuse to get drunk and party for 4 days.

    I’m glad you didn’t get as much snow as expected.
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  3. Helen

    How fun! And a nice way to cap off snow shoveling. Your roads look great. My own street is good but the roads in general are still so bad around here that the governor is asking people to stay home again today if at all possible. Oh, and we’re getting freezing rain until noon. 😛

  4. Shelley B

    You party animals – looks like another fun celebration! Mmmmmmmeat pies. Sounds yummy!

    Glad the snow wasn’t too bad for y’all…have to say, it looks like a lot from my vantage point!
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  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    It’s RAINING here now. I honestly can’t figure this winter out. Too much ice!!

    Where have I been – living under a rock? It was Mardi Gras time already?! (Checks calendar) Whoo after this week we’ll be halfway through Feb!

    I need to find some recipes for good, Southern food. I don’t like super spicy food but I think trying jambalya and red beans and rice would be wonderful. Plus, those banana fosters? Omg they look absolutely scrumptious!
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  6. Sharon

    Rain here today. Had to cancel hiking plans. Bummer! But at least it isn’t cold. And I’m not shoveling snow!! I think it’s cool that Pixie’s beads match her fur. She should be appreciative of your good taste.
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  7. Biz

    I always love your mardi gras parties! When I worked at a supper club, bananas foster done tableside was our signature dessert, served over house made bourbon vanilla ice cream – so fricken good! But it scared me the first time I made it, I thought I was going to burn my eyebrows!
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  8. Roz@weightingfor50

    What a GREAT Mardi Gras celebration. LOVE that you got Pixie to wear the beads. Maybe you can sprinkle some bourbon on the snow, light it and it’ll melt. OK…that was silly! And why waste good bourbon on a sidewalk, pull out a glass! BTW, I think John looks very handsome with the beard. Not all men can carry it off, but he wears it VERY well. Have a great week Lori!!
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