Happy Mardi Gras!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's officially "Fat Tuesday," or as the French and N'Orleans..ians...would say, "Mardi Gras!" As Ash Wednesday descends upon Catholics tomorrow, today is the official last day of food and drink and total debauchery before the Lenten period sets in. I so wish us Orthodox would have such an affiar, but alas I embrace my Byzantine-Catholicsm (long story) now and relish in the feast that is Mardi Gras!

Food flying, drinks abounding, total insanity filled with colors and scents and even a little mischief, this is one hell of a party simply put. And we celebrate it every year now at our house but with a toned down, family-friendly version that will always include King Cake. A yeasty cake flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it's topped with a simple sugar glaze and the traditional Mardi Gras colors -- yellow, green, and purple -- in the form of delightfully sparkly sugar crystals.

We ordered our cake from KingCakes online

These cakes come plain (pictured above), with cream cheese filling, fruit flavors, nuts of very type, and any combination thereof. But my personal favorite is the plain or with pecans. And of course, the baby: 

Each cake comes with a plastic baby placed inside after baking and before frosting. Whoever selects the piece of cake with the baby must host next year's Mardi Gras party. Guess who got the baby this year? Little Boy!

Here are some more pics of our house and how we decorate with traditional beads, masks, and coins. We got most of our decorations from Mardi Gras Outlet online, and some of our beads are authentic from floats when The Hubsters went back in collage.  Happy Mardi Gras!

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