Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mardi Gras 101 ... 48 hrs later


Oh Hello!

Just to let you know...I survived our Cajun Mardi Gras!!!

It's 48 hours later, and I'm late. I know. But now I'm feeling a little human again, at least enough to sit here with my head up and type this post. I'm late for work...again. But what's new?

Here's the low down...

I describe our Fat Tuesday festivities in our little town of Eunice, Louisiana as the Cajun Mardi Gras. It's the "rural version" of the majestic Mardi Gras as what one would think of in New Orleans.

We lack the "Hollywood" aspect of it. However, we do not lack the tradition of Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras.

So I'm going to make this recipe quick and you can read in between the lines of this Mardi Gras Jambalaya in Cajun Country...

Combine the following Ingredients:


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{good ole chicken & sausage gumbo}



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Cajun Tradition

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{yes, that is a chicken on his head}



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Beads, Beads and More Beads

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And Fun Fun Fun

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Stir it up...

and you have Mardi Gras in Cajun Country!!!!

If you'd like to read more about Louisiana's History of the Cajun Mardi Gras in my small town of Eunice (& the surrounding rural areas), you can click on my link here. It's what I wrote about last year, which sums everything up...including the {chicken} details you are wondering about ;)


I'll be back tomorrow with a cool little storage tip for you. As I was "cleaning" out my studio last week, I thought I'd share a neat storage solution for those of you who are obsessed with clear stamps as much as I am.

Stay headache is getting much MUCH better, thank you ;)


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Looks like fun! I will definitely be clicking through to read about that chicken! said...

Oh Jodie,
Your makin' me homesick girl! What I would give for a bowl of that gumbo right now. I need a NOLA fix. I love the small town Mardi Gras, the city has just gotten too crazy. I tore it up in the 80's tho. Lisa
PS I knew you'd come thru for me on the prayer.

Karen Valentine said...

I've never been to Mardi Gras but I think I would enjoy the small town version much better!! I don't like big crowds let alone big wasted crowds!!!! I think yours was probably perfect! (aside from the headache which I'm glad is getting better!)

My Desert Cottage

Lori said...

that sounds like great fun Jodie...and i love me some gumbo...mmm mmm mmm!!! hope your headache is but a memory now:)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yeehaw! Sounds like you did Mardi Gras up right. I can deal with the small version. Did Mardi Gras downtown in 1982 and it was just more than I could handle. Gumbo! Yum. My kids keep asking me to make it. Thanks for your visit today -- and just so you know, we asked Lydia how long it took her to do everything in her house. She said she didn't count by days, but by the hours ... and it took her 7 years. Can you even imagine? You are very creative Ms Jodie. Reflection was the perfect wish for today. Getcha some BC powder for that headache. :) Cheers! Tammy

Signs and Salvage said...

GREAT pictures!! Looks like so much fun!!!! I hope your head feels better. I had the same kind of friend/food/fun hangover on was my 40 birthday:)

Take Care,


sissie said...

Thanks so much for sharing all the fun you had! I love the photos which shows that your town sure knows how to have a good time!

Great post.


Debby said...

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo!!! Yum!!! Bacardi...YUMMY!!! Are poor little Jodie girl has a heahache, bleck..Thanks for sharing looks like so much fun!!

Jane said...

Looks like so much fun!!! Glad you had a great time.

Pierelantijntjes said...

Hello Jodie
I didn't know what Mardi Gras was when you mentioned it in your mail, but now i know. It looks like a lot of fun.
Greetings, Ester

Theresa said...

OK, I will have to read where this all came from. I sure looks like loads of fun was had by all! I love a good party and that was one heck of a party! Have a happy day!

vintagesusie said...

Oh Jodie...
What fun you must have had, one day I will go to New Orleans & party during Mardi Gras, but for now I will just have to enjoy via you!!! Drink lots of water, go to bed early & take 4 advils...that is my cure all for EVERYTHING! Glad you survived & with the Saints winning Superbowl...I can't even imagine how crazy ya'all were.

Frippery said...

Looks like a blast. Hope you weren't wearing a chicken too! PS Got my fatbook on Tuesday, yippee, I thought maybe it was lost again I love love love it!!!! Although I already put away my Valentine dec. I will display it with my other one.

Stephanie O. said...

Glad you had a fabulous time...Oh, thought about you this morning when my youngest son headed off to school today in a Saints Superbowl Champion t-shirt! He wanted the Saints to win all along, but just acted like he was for the Colts he said...

The Lone Dollier said...

Nice to see someone else down here blogging. Seems like you had a wonderful Mardi Gras. I am stuck on the couch with a cervical collar on, but my son got to go with his girlfriend to some parades in New Orleans on Monday. Scared me to let my "baby" go to the Big Easy at night, but he was with a load of people.


Robin Sanchez said...

Jodie sounds like so much fun!! I read you post from last year.....I will be there in 2011!!

June said...

Jodie your life is seriously more exciting than mine ( I sounding a little jealous?) What a great time you have been having. I don't think I can muster up to much sympathy for your headache...I'm too busy feeling sorry for myself.LOL

Karen said...

I've been kind of wondering where you've been. The headache explains it!
Jodie - are those hard boiled eggs in that gumbo?
Did you eat crawfish?
Did Thad get a headache too?
DId he ever get mad over missing the entire SuperBowl game?
OH! Almost forgot, Harley and Jorja send kisses to Oreo. Not sure she wants them but here they are. (That reminded me of your sheet post - LOL)
MISS YOU! Can't wait to see what you did in your studio!
DId you visit Julia today? Isn't she just the sweetest thing? We gotta go to Germany Girl! How fun would that be. DO you like Beer? I hate it - maybe they serve wine too . . .

A Fanciful Life said...

Hey there Ms. Mardi Gras! Love this event, your explanation from last year and all the photos. But, I must have missed something. I read about the chickens but I didn't get why they wear them on their heads. Are the chickens drunk too and they are just giving them a ride?! I'm assuming it's a live chicken and not a chicken hat. And why does the chicken just sit there? Are they trained like dogs? Are they circus chickens that ran away? Its wings look like big ear muffs. That must be one happy chicken! Well, looks like a fabulous time - thanks for sharing more of your most adventurous life!
Sharon :-)

Sares said...

This looks like so much fun! I would love to see more photos!

The Victorian Parlor said...

That looks like so much fun!!! The food and the libations sound wonderful and I love how everybody celebrates together and has fun:).



Hello from Kramer aka Kajun Kitty for Mardi Gras!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

I enjoyed reading about the Mardi Gras ~ loved seeing all the colour and celebrations, looks like a lot of fun.


Anonymous said...

bboooooo I didnt get to go to Mardi Gras this year. :( but it looks like you had fun. Cant wait till next year! big hugs