My King Cake is Here

Happy Friday People!!!

I received my King Cake in the mail.  I can’t go through a Mardi Gras season without having a King Cake.  Since I’m not going home for Mardi Gras, I decided to have it shipped to me.  King Cake is a traditional cake served during this season.  It’s traditionally a twisted cinnamon roll type dough topped with icing and Mardi Gras colored sugar (green, yellow & purple).  Usually a small plastic baby is inserted in the cake and the person who gets the baby have good luck and have to purchase the next cake for the party.

This cake is a favorite in our home.

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I purchased this Queen of Carnival King Cake from Haydels Bakery in Jefferson, Louisiana. Doesn’t it look good.

When you order online, it comes with Mardi Gras beads, doubloons, a trinket, a booklet, and New Orleans coffee with Chicory.

It’s delicious!!!! Have you had one?

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Mardi Gras Jambalaya

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Fat Tuesday is next week and to celebrate Mardi Gras, I want to share with you guys one of my favorite dishes.  When we have a party in New Orleans, Jambalaya is always on the menu.  It’s just a go to dish and it’s easy to make.  You can actually make it in a slow cooker and some people even make in their rice cooker.  I cook it in a regular pot. Nothing but a party in the pot.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup sliced smoked sausage or Andouille

1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 medium onion chopped

1/2 cup red & yellow bell peppers, chopped

1/2 cup green bell peppers, chopped

1 rib celery chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh Thyme

1 tablespoon dried Oregano

3 bay leaves

8 oz can of tomato sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 cups of rice

2 cups chicken stock

salt, pepper and Tony Chachere for taste

green onion and parsley for garnish

In a large pot sauté seasoning with oil (onion, peppers, celery, garlic, Thyme, oregano and bay leaves) until translucent.  Add stock and rice and boil for about 5 minutes, then add sausage.  Let cook on medium/low heat for about 15 minutes covered.  Add shrimp and cook for five more minutes.  You do not want to over cook the shrimp.  Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes.  Garnish with chopped green onions and parsley.

Enjoy the party!!!

Finally Found Bamboo Blinds

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I finally found my Bamboo window covering.  My goodness, that was harder than I thought.  I alway knew I wanted bamboo on the window and I thought I found the right one at one of the big box stores, but it had a green hue to it and i didn’t like it.  Also, they didn’t have the correct size I needed and any of the stores. 

I decided to take my chances online and shop, but I was scared not getting the correct product.  You know sometimes you see one color online and when you get it, the color is off.  I didn’t want that to happened, but I really had no other choice with these blinds.  Afternoon many hours and weekends searching, I ordered one as a test from Top Blinds.   They had the correct size and color (Tropical Rust) I was looking for, so I went for it. I just measured the inside of the window and deducted a 1/2 inch.  The website actually give you instructions on how to measure your windows.  I received the free shipping and my package was received a few days after placing the order.  I’m very pleased with them. 

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Now, these blinds are not fully private, and this was fine with me because the windows face our yard. I love the natural light it allows in the room during the day.

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The curtains were found at TJMaxx for $19.99 (two panels).

Treasure Tuesday

Hi All!

I hope you had a great weekend!  I’m sharing one of my finds from Goodwill.  I’m still in the organization mode and I love little storage boxes. I found these for only $.99

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They are nice wooden boxes and the green insert feels like Plexiglass.  They could be used to hold jewelry, office supplies, my sewing tool, or anything.  That’s why I like them.  I was thinking about painting the wood and adding a stencil design to the plexiglass.

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What do you think about this idea?

Indian Cuisine

HAPPY FRIDAY PEOPLE!

I’m sharing my last anniversary restaurant post….I promise…..this is it for the week LOL!  The last restaurant we visited this past weekend was The Indian House in Chicago on Grand Ave.  My husband and I haven’t been here in a while and I was looking forward to it.  I enjoy Indian food…..I think it’s because of the spice, but it is so good.  They offer buffet or you can order from the menu. We always get the buffet, so why change right!  I’m just sharing a few of my phone pictures, since I could not bring my Canon.

 

Indian House Veggies

Indian House Buffet

Indian House Plate

Indian House Chicken

This is it!  Next week is back to craft projects and recipes…..promise.  Oh, and Mardi Gras is coming up, so I will be posting a few themed projects!

Have a great weekend!

Love Lunch

As you know this past weekend was our anniversary, and I want to share one of the Cajun restaurants we visited for lunch.  Chicago doesn’t have many places where I can get a po’boy, gumbo, or good crab cakes but Heaven on Seven is inspired by New Orleans food and I go there when I want to eat out.  Now, it’s not totally authentic, but it’s close.

We took a late lunch after a movie, so we decided to have appetizers since we had dinner reservations for 7:30.  We ordered the gumbo, Louisiana Crab Cakes, and Shrimp and Andouille Eggrolls and they were delicious!  Check out the photos:

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GUMBO

 

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SHRIMP AND ANDOUILLE EGGROLLS

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LOUISIANA CRAB CAKES

It makes my mouth water all over again. Please excuse the pictures, my husband asked that I leave my Canon camera home.  He wanted a weekend without taking pictures all the time, but I just had to take these.

Some of My Favorite Hotels

Anniversary celebration is over.  It was nice being a tourist in our city.  This weekend had me thinking about some of my favorite hotel stays for our anniversary and surprisingly they were usually hotels in our home city or just a short drive away from home.  This year we stayed at the Sax Chicago Hotel. It was a nice hotel, but we had a few issues that was not resolved.

I’m taking a walk down memory lane now.  These places are actually some of the most memorable hotel stays over the years.

1. I will never forget my very first wedding anniversary.  He surprised me with a road trip to Dolphin Island, Alabama.  I know, Alabama!  I actually said the same thing, when he finally told me, but this places was quite and relaxing and it’s a water front property. We stayed in the spa section of the hotel and it was heaven.  The restaurant was romantic on Valentine’s day and the food was delicious.  I remember the town was one of those small towns lined with antiques shops and unique clothing stores. We even went horseback riding near the property.  If you’re ever near Mobile, Alabama, you should check it out.

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Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa

2. Another one of my favorite hotels was in San Antonio, Texas.  Hotel Valencia Riverwalk was another romantic place that sits at the end of the famous Riverwalk.

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Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

3.One year we decided to fly back to New Orleans and spend our anniversary during the Mardi Gras season.  If you ever heard of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you know it was not a relaxing anniversary…..we partied the entire weekend.  We stayed at the Sheraton New Orleans right on Canal street alone the parade route (in the heart of the party).  When we wanted to relax, we stayed on the top floor, so we didn’t have to hear the noise.  We had a ball that year.

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Sheraton New Orleans

4.Another New Orleans Hotel I can not forget was the Loews New Orleans Hotel.  Totally opposite from our Sheraton visit.  This place is gorgeous…..absolutely gorgeous.  It’s a boutique 4 star hotel which sits on Poydras street….a few blocks from Canal Street.  It has a very nice spa and the restaurant food was delicious.  Great place to relax and they cater to your every need.

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Loews New Orleans Hotel

I don’t know about you but I love getting away and staying in a different environment for a weekend.  I always feel recharged.  Have you visited any of these places?