Saturday, February 18, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras!

We had a little Mardi Gras celebration tonight.  Before I met Tim I was unfamiliar with many of the more common Mardi Gras traditions, especially those from New Orleans.  I was really missing out!  Tonight I made some jambalaya and macaroni and cheese from a Princess and the Frog cookbook and we had king cake, which was my favorite part.  Thank you Tim for introducing me to king cake!  Sweet bread, covered with sweet icing, and finished off by sugar sprinkles. We have gotten delicious king cake from the Woodmoor Pastry shop in the past, but this time we tried one from Great Harvest Bread and it was great.
The girls made some masks using green and purple construction paper and their hand prints.  We traced their hand prints onto the paper, cut them out, let them add feathers and decorate them with markers, and added a popsicle stick to the back so they could use it at as a mask.  They are cute!

Finally I wanted to mention a nice book on Mardi Gras we checked out from the library.  Called "Mardi Gras and Carnival," it features details about celebrations of Mardi Gras from all over the world.  Happy Mardi Gras!  Go find yourself some king cake!  Soundtrack by Coolbone Brass Band, Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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