The weekend flew by so rapidly. We were very busy every minute.
Saturday night we went to a friend's home for a Mardi Gras party.
All the guests were in the spirit of the holiday. We all live just a
few hours drive from New Orleans and we have such a love for the
Big Easy and it's rich culture, beautiful architecture, and the most
delicious food so we Texans celebrate Mardi Gras in a big way too!
Our hosts Dolly and Jim spent several years living in New Orleans
before returning to Victoria, so they are the perfect couple to host this
party. Everyone wore lots of beads and most of us wore our masks
for at least part of the evening.
The dining room table was loaded with the most delicious variety of
Cajun favorites. Jumbo Gulf shrimp shooters, glorious shrimp etoufee,
red beans and rice, a variety of gumbos, crusty French bread and more. Of
course there was the King Cake. In case you don't know the story of the
King Cake, it's a pull apart kind of confection iced in the Mardi Gras
colors of purple, green and gold. Hidden somewhere inside the cake is
a tiny plastic baby. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby inside
must make the cake the following year and should host the party too.
Our friend and neighbor Jim (another Jim) who lives down the street
was the recipient of this year's baby. Jim is a chef so I trust that the party
next year will be complete with delicious cuisine too.
If you want to read more about the King Cake and Mardi Gras history,
read more here.
Yesterday morning David was in a golf tournament. His partner
was another neighbor and good friend. The weather yesterday
was absolutely picture perfect. I had a few hours alone to enjoy
the garden with Bentley. Then David came home, showered and
we took off for our friend's Myra and Clayton's home for a big
Super Bowl party. The evening was so lovely and we were all
cozy on their beautiful covered patio with a big fire in the outdoor
fireplace and watching the game on a big screen outdoor TV.
Myra's chili and her red beans and rice were so yummy.
Baby Tucker arrived with his proud parents. Tucker is the tiny
little one we all prayed for last weekend. He has completely
recovered from the flu and RSV he suffered. Myra, Clayton and
Tucker's parents are so appreciative for all your prayers. Thank
you so much once again! By the way, Tucker just turned one
week old this weekend.
I am sure many of you were disappointed when the Panthers
lost, but we are all Broncos fans so we were thrilled. I am a big
Bruno Mars fan, so I enjoyed half time. However, I did not
enjoy the commercials as must as in the past. I did remember to
TiVo Downton Abbey. I have watched it already today! Perhaps
I'll talk about that tomorrow.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my country cottage hearts in my
vintage wooden bowl. I will be sharing them at these
Thanks for stopping by! Bentley and I really
appreciate your visits!!
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley