Monday, February 15, 2010

It's Mardi Gras, y'all!

I live in Louisiana, where we have Mardi Gras. I think i was in my teens when i realized that they don't celebrate Mardi Gras everywhere! Who knew?! I love that we have Mardi Gras. Now, a lot of protestant Christians do not celebrate this holiday - they think it is immoral. But I do not believe that Mardi Gras in itself is immoral. It's just unfortunately the way some people act during Mardi Gras. If you're curious, you can read a ton about the history of Mardi Gras here. And this is a really good place to read about how all the foolishness is not actually a part of the Mardi Gras tradition. =)

I don't really celebrate Mardi Gras just because i don't like parades. Not my thing. They do have plenty of family friendly ones. But i just don't like going to parades! No matter what it's to celebrate!

Most people in LA do not understand this. But parades are no fun to me! (Lucky for me, Brad hates parades as well.) Standing around in the crowds & the heat (well, not heat this year!) trying to catch beads from people? i will pass, thank you! The only time i enjoyed a parade was a downtown Christmas parade & that is because i was in it. The cast of A Christmas Carol had a float. Let me tell you - it is MUCH more fun being ON the float, throwing things! (Although i think i knocked someone out with a bead! Oops!)

Why do i LIKE mardi gras? Two reasons. One, we get another day off work! YES! Actually, many get TWO days - Monday & Tuesday. I just get the Tuesday (tomorrow) & so does my hubby. But hey! I'll take it!

The other reason i love Mardi Gras?


Oh, my dear Lord, it is AMAZING. AMAZING. The best stuff EVER!!!!!
They sell it everywhere this time of year. Grocery stores & bakeries. The best is from Ambrosia Bakery. The king cake can be plain or with filling. There's about a zillion different fillings to choose from. My favorite is Prailine & Cream Cheese filling. I do not even LIKE prailines, but the way they do it is perfect: a very thin layer of prailine & a thicker layer of the cream cheese. It is AMAZING. Now, i'm trying to lose weight so i've only had one tiny sliver of king cake a few weeks ago & i may have one more piece (maybe - if someone buys a king cake)! But that's it. But still. It's phenominal. And i think you should all order one from Ambrosia. They ship!!!

Have you ever had one? They tell me this is only in Louisiana & that makes me sad. Everyone should have a chance to try King Cake. Hopefully they make them this good everywhere. Simply Divine! (Thankfully it's just one time a year!)

So, happy Mardi Gras everyone!


  1. I can definately tell that Mardi Gras is not a tradition anywhere but LA. I've never heard of King Cake (but it looks & sounds delish!). I need to move to LA, because I want 2 days off for Mardi Gras!!!

  2. I have had some kind of cake with a baby in it what is that??
    whoever got the baby in theri piece of cake had to buy the next one or something?? I thought it was a mardi gras thing?? is it??

    it was during Mardi Gras we had a Mardi Gras little celebration type thing at work one year when i worked at the bank and we all wore mask for a little meeting after work, it was also done during a promotion of a new type of service we were staring but it was around the time of Mardi Gras so the theme worked perfect!!

    That cake sure does look good!! I might just order one!! I know i am trying to lose weight to but my hubby would probably take that cake out in a day!!!

  3. What a cool cake. I agree I think most things in life are all in your perspective. I know some Christians who don't talk about Santa at Christmas and just talk about Jesus which is fine, but we do both. It doesn't have to be immoral it can just be a fun time of music, food, and friends. Hope you had a great time!

  4. i am sad you girls have never even HEARD of king cake!! They are amazing!

    Ashley, yep, that was a king cake! Generally a tiny plastic baby is put in it & whoever gets the piece w/ the baby is responsible for buying the next one (this isn't strictly abided by but that's what the tradition is!). Of course, now they have to put the plastic baby outside of the cake for you to hide in it yourself to avoid people suing when they choke on a baby! HA!

    Ginger - i totally agree. i don't do mardi gras & you do hear of horribly immoral things going on at certain parades - but other ones are family friendly. I'm just not into it but it's not BAD.


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