And We Have A Winner

Alright y’all,we have a winner in the Mardi Gras giveaway.

I wrote all the names down on a piece of paper and had Navy Seal pull the lucky winner. After today, the winner has one week to email me their address so I can mail the gift card to them. If the first name pulled doesn’t contact me, the 2nd name pulled will receive it.

Here’s Navy Seal pulling the names,

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The winner of the Mardi Gras giveaway is…

LISA BINAR!!

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Lisa, you have one week to contact me or the prize will go to…

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Yep! Tazzee!

Y’all this has to have been one of the easiest giveaways on the internet. I mean, it’s practically a ghost town over here these days…lol

Lisa, you can reach me at bayoucreole63@yahoo.com. Let me know where to send your Visa gift card.You have until February 25th to give me the info before I contact the runner-up.

Y’all have a great one!

 

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s cold as heck out there! I’m home where it’s warm and toasty. This is the 2nd year that I opted not to get grandstand seats and it’s been cold as the dickens out there both years.

I’m just beginning to feel like my ole’ self since my ride….which was totally amazing!!

The Krewe of Nyx took over the city on Wednesday, February 11th with over 1,500 women riding!

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It was an absolutely gorgeous night. No rain and it wasn’t cold at all. I only needed 2 shirts under my costume and I was quite comfortable.

And we weren’t cramped on the floats.

I love that we aren’t  forced to be packed like sardines.  I looked at a few other krewes and they were packed kinda tight. I don’t see how they had room to move on some of the floats I’ve seen.

My float mate and I were in this little section by ourselves and it was heavenly!

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I wanted to get a video of my ride but, they has so many people out there. I was a throwing fool!I didn’t even have time to get a bite of a sandwich.

My kids (well, they’re young adults now)Yellow Jacket and Purple Knight always come out on the route to support me and the krewe. Seeing them and Navy Seal out there is the highlight of my ride.

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And they always managed to get a shot of me in action on the float,

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I want to say thank you to all the readers who came out and supported the krewe. It really means a lot to me.

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Krewe of Nyx throws 2015

 

But as much as I loved my ride, I really want to give some attention to a new krewe that hit the streets of New Orleans this year. The first predominantly African-American all-female krewe,

the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale (MKFF).

Actually, two predominately African-American all-female krewes hit the streets this year.

The other krewe is the Krewe of Athena,Inc. but they ride in Metairie. I’m really happy to finally see black women riding in such heavy numbers. It’s been long overdue.

Congratulations to MKFF and the Krewe of Athena!

You are now a part of Mardi Gras history.

Here are a few pictures of MKFF.

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They’re gonna have to have a meeting with their members about keeping those masks on their faces though. It’s a violation to ride unmasked and I saw a few women riding without their masks on.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’m gonna watch all the parades on the internet so, I have to go!

This is the last day of the giveaway! I’m gonna have Navy Seal pull the winner this evening and I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

Y’all be safe out there!

Have a great Mardi Gras!

 

All Because It’s Carnival Time!

Well, I’ve made it back! I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve hardly have time to sleep.

I wasn’t going to leave my readers hanging around carnival time though.

No way would I do that!

Because y’all know good and well, I’m going to those parades. Yep, I’ll be out there in full force…weather permitting of course.

I’m not hanging out in the cold and rain.

But so far, the weather has been BEAUTIFUL! Lets just hope it stays that way.

So much as been going on.  The first predominately African-American female krewe hit the streets last Sunday.

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale.

I’m gonna put that on the back burner for a minute because I have folks looking for the 2015  Mardi Gras Parade Schedule so here it is,

February 6 2015
French Quarter
Cork 3:00 p.m.
Uptown
Oshun 6:00 p.m.
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m.
February 7 2015
Uptown
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m.
Choctaw 2:00 p.m.
Freret 2:30 p.m.
Sparta 6:00 p.m.
Pygmalion 6:15 p.m.
Bywater/Marigny
‘tit Rǝx 5:00 p.m.
Marigny
Chewbacchus 6:00 p.m.
February 8 2015
Uptown
Carrollton Noon
King Arthur 1:00 p.m.
Alla 2:00 p.m.
Femme Fatale 3:00 p.m.
French Quarter
Barkus 2:00 p.m.
February 11 2015
Uptown
Druids 6:30 p.m.
Nyx 7:00 p.m.
February 12 2015
Uptown
Babylon 5:30 p.m.
Chaos 6:15 p.m.
Muses 6:30 p.m.
February 13 2015
Uptown
Hermes 6:00 p.m.
D’Etat 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus 7:00 p.m.
February 14 2015
Uptown
Iris 11:00 a.m.
Tucks Noon
Endymion 4:30 p.m.
French Quarter
Lafcadio 2:00 p.m.
February 15 2015
Uptown
Okeanos 11:00 a.m.
Mid-City 11:45 a.m.
Thoth Noon
Bacchus 5:15 p.m.
February 16 2015
Uptown
Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.
February 17 2015
Uptown
Zulu 8:00 a.m.
Rex 10:00 a.m.
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Crescent City Follows Elks Orleans

And it you can’t make it to the parades, the parade cams will be broadcasting live so, you can still see me when I roll with the fantastic Mystic Krewe of Nyx! The link to NOLA.COM parade cam is here.

The audio and video is really great this year on the NOLA.com parade cam(when it isn’t going out on them) so I’m gonna give them shout out and if you can’t make it to the parades, tune in to those guys.

Also, for my Purple Knight family and followers, the St. Augustine Marching 100 will be in the following parades,

Cleopatra,Alla,Nyx,Muses,Hermes,Endymion,Mid-City,Bacchus,Orpheus and Rex.

Today is a very busy day for me because,

THE MYSTIC KREWE OF NYX ROLLS TONIGHT!!

I’m rushing and getting all of my last-minute stuff together. It’s pretty hectic.  My purses are ready to go though so that’s a good thing.

If you’re going to the parades tonight, I’ll be on Float 20, sidewalk side, bottom. Just yell Bayoucreole and I’ll hand you a purse! They are my babies…it’s gonna be hard to part with them, but I’ll have more babies next year. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Nyx is all about sisterhood.

 

 

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A Tardis (front)

 

A Tardis for my friend who is a Dr.Who fan (back)

A Tardis for my friend who is a Dr.Who fan (back)

 

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Zeta Phi Beta purse (front)

Zeta Phi Beta purse (back)

Zeta Phi Beta purse (back)

The very last purse I created this season.

The very last purse I created this season.

I posted a pic of these on another post but, just in case folks didn't see them. Here ya go!

I posted a pic of these on another post but, just in case folks didn’t see them. Here ya go!

I am really excited about my second ride with the krewe. We’re supposed to have a wonderful night. I’m expecting a ton of people out there…I hope I have enough throws.

The Krewe of Muses rides tomorrow. I’ll be out there cheering my friends on and taking pictures for you all to see. If I can get a few videos to put up, I will.

In fact, I’ll take a lil 30 second video of me on the float riding down St. Charles Ave. so you can see what it’s like up there.

It’s gonna be a long day so, I better get moving.

BUT!!

If you made it this far, leave a comment or two because,

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

See how I threw that in there?

I wanted to do a king cake giveaway but, I decided against that one because they use UPS and the person has to be home when they deliver it or UPS will probably leave it at the door. I don’t want them leaving folks king cake at the door all willy-nilly.

So, I’m going to do a $50 gift card one. It’s just my way of saying thank you for sticking with me…even when I take a break for a few months.

I really appreciate it.

All you have to do is check for my blog posts,leave a comment and I’ll put your name in the hat!On Feb.17th (mardi gras day), I will have Navy Seal pull the winner.

I’ll announce the winner on Ash Wednesday.

Tomorrow, I’ll  talk about my ride and I’ll post a few videos of St. Aug and Landry-Walker for my out- of state- folks who are feeling homesick right about now.

Then we can catch up on what’s been going on with the Bayoucreole Chick!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS Y’ALL!!

 

 

The Dead Has Arisen.

Lawd, hammercy…I’m back. It’s been 6 months since I’ve blogged about anything. I was contemplating putting ole’ girl to rest but, I’m glad I was able to fight through the fog and return. I’ve decided to take the “Seinfeld Approach” to this thing and let it be a “blog about nothing.” So I’ll be posting about any and every little thing my heart desires…NOLA,family,birds…whatever.

I’ve missed being in my own little corner of the world. I’d been spending a lot of time on Facebook. Facebook is cool but, I get tired of seeing so much drama fly through my timeline. Sadly, so many bloggers that I follow have given up the ghost. I totally understand why. It can become taxing trying to figure out what to blog. That’s why I’m taking a page from Seinfeld’s playbook. I think it’s going to free my mind to just come over here and write whatever hits me at the moment.

I’ve missed you guys! Lawd…is anyone here?lol. I might have to shake this thing up a bit and get some readers over here.

Well, let’s start this thing and try to catch up.

What’s the goings on in my world?

It’s cold as heck here in New Orleans! Right now, it’s 36 degrees! Now, I know that’s not cold for northern parts of the USA but for us deep south folks…that’s cold! I’ll be fixing some homemade eggnog today and hunkering down most of the day.

The holiday season is in our back door. My family has requested their standard Creole Thanksgiving Dinner so we’ll be having,

Turkey,Ham, Baked Mac and Cheese, Stuffed Bell Peppers, Stuffed Crabs,Potato Salad,Cornbread Dressing, Candied Yams,Veggies,Dessert ( don’t know what yet),Dinner Rolls and…GUMBO!

I feel like I’m forgetting something on that list. It may come to me later.

This time of year without fail, I get a lot of hits from people trying to fix a ruined roux. You cannot fix a ruined roux. Just throw it out and start over. It’s only oil and flour so, throw it out and start again.

Here is the problem with your roux…you probably aren’t stirring constantly for 20-30 minutes or until your roux become a nice dark color so before you start again,

go use the bathroom, put on whatever want to watch on the telly, have your cell phone right by you for when it rings because, once you start your roux…

you are stuck there for 20-30 minutes…constantly stirring until it’s done. Here’s the color you’re aiming for,

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Happy Rouxing!! :)

We are 3 months away from Mardi Gras!

Yay! That means 2 months to King Cake! I really could use some king cake in my life right now. I’ll be in that line on Jan 6th in front of Randazzo’s with the rest of the addicts folks.

Even though I love this time of the year, it’s crunch time for me. Being a member of the Krewe of Nyx, I usually create 30 purses to throw off of the float and then another 10 or so for family and friends. And while I love challenging my creative juices, trying to juggle it all (work, holidays,creating purses,etc) is the real challenge.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything though. Here are just a few that I’ve created this year.

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I can’t wait to ride again. It was such an amazing experience. We roll February 11th…I hope it isn’t too cold.

The Bald Eagles are still here. It seems that we have 3 active nests in the area. One at the 3-10 split near Kenner, one in Algiers and one here in New Orleans. I’ve watched the one in the city for almost a year now. I’ve learned so much just by watching them. They’ve got the nest all spruced up so hopefully, they will mate again. Since I follow them so closely, I’ve named them Falstaff and Dixie….yeah, I know…that’s beer. Well, this IS New Orleans. Here’s a pic of them taken this month.

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They actually let me get pretty close to the nest. I think it’s because they don’t have any babies in the nest yet. I’ll be posting about them frequently…since it seems that I’m a bird watcher now.

Speaking of babies and stuff, my kids are doing fine. Although they aren’t kids anymore. They’re in their 20’s …time is moving so fast. I can barely keep up anymore.

Navy Seal has decided to return to school and get his Ph.D in Public Policy. I’m so happy for him. That dude rocks. I guess I’ll have to call him Dr.Navy Seal when it’s all over. :)

My dad is doing fine now. I almost lost him a few months ago. He’ll be 85 in 3 months and though it hasn’t always been easy, I’m glad that I listened to you all and hung in there when the going got kinda rough.

Next year will be the 10 year anniversary of Katrina. Still feels like yesterday…still looks like yesterday in a lot of areas.  I love my city but, we have a lot of work to do.

I’ve needed new glasses for the longest. It’s time I made the dreaded appointment.

Yeah, I know that was random as heck…just getting it out of my head.

I have to get out and get my eggnog stuff so, I’m gonna wrap this post up.

 Hopefully, I still have a few readers around because I want to do a king cake give away and a Mardi Gras madness give away in a few months so stay tuned!

I’s back y’all!!!

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Le Diner en Blanc New Orleans

 

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The worldwide phenomenon that began 25 years ago in Paris has finally hit the Big Easy. It’s part flash mob, part picnic, part gourmet and full fun and festivity.

It’s Le Diner en Blanc!

The impromptu picnic where you bring your own food and wine, you meet a lot of new people, you dance the night away and you actually have to bring your own table and chairs.

Yeah, I know it sounds like a lot of work. It’s  totally worth the effort though.

New Orleans hosted its second Le Diner en Blanc last Saturday  at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom.

That wasn’t the intended location.

We were supposed to be along Bayou St.John but the weather didn’t allow for that to happen.
It rained cats and dogs the night before and if we would have been on the Bayou, it would have turned into

Le Diner en Mud.
Not too cool since we had to attend the gathering dressed in all white.

Now, I know that this is NEW ORLEANS and we’re supposed to be wayyyy too laid back to want to attend some “she-she-poo-poo” sort of thing.
Especially when we  have beaucoup festivals that we can go to for free…white linen night being one of them.
But really!
This IS New Orleans and if there’s another opportunity for us to kick back with friends  and eat a fantastic meal while listening to Big Sam’s Funky Nation bring the house down,

this born and bred New Orleanian will be all up in it!

And with over four thousand people on the waiting list hoping to get an invitation and 1600 able to get the coveted invite…

it seems to be the hottest ticket going around.

The event was lovely.

This was my first year attending. I was on the waiting list hoping to get an invite and it just so happened that a fellow Nyx Sister was already a member so, she sponsored me.

Once that happened, I received an invite immediately.
And because I attended the event, I am now a member and will receive an invite every year.

Getting the invite doesn’t mean you’ll get to go every year though. There’s a cap on how many people  attend the event so  if you receive an invite and really want to go, register early.

We had to meet at our  rendezvous spot for 6pm. That’s where the buses picked us up and brought us to the secret place of the picnic.

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We didn’t know where we were going until the last minute.

Let me rephrase that.

Uhhh, I didn’t know where we were going until the buses pulled up.

Once there, we had a bit of trekking to do. We had to get to the 2nd floor.

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Yeah, I know this looks very congested…but it beats being out there in the mud in white.

Once we were in the ballroom, everyone began setting up their tables.

Someone actually got a pic of me doing just that.

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Folks began decking out their tables. As you can see, mine is already decked. We had to move over a bit…not a problem.

My table turned out pretty nice.

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A lot of people were taking pictures of it. That’s always a good sign..lol

One of my dear friends gifted me with this beautiful cake she created. And talk about delicious!

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Once everyone had their tables set up,

it was on.

Big Sam’s  Funky Nation  had everyone jamming while we dined and danced the night away.

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The infamous napkin wave to begin the dinner.

The infamous napkin wave to begin the dinner.

 

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So many people had beautiful tables.

So many people had beautiful tables.

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A lot of folks were going all out with their attire!  I loved it!

A lot of folks were going all out with their attire!
I loved it!

 

Moi with my Nyx Sister

Moi with my Nyx Sister

 

Life is for the living!

Life is for the living!

Just another great event in the Crescent City!

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Is This Thing On?

Helllooooooooo!

I’m back!
Finally!
My computer bit the dust and it took me a minute to get around getting a new one.

Actually, the hubby got tired of me not blogging and gave me a new computer and camera for Mother’s Day.

How sweet is that?!

Annnnd… I can see the letters on this darned computer!!

This must be a computer for geriatric eyes…lol

I really considered putting this ole’ blog to rest. It was more than missing mojo, it just wasn’t fun anymore. It started to feel like work. At first I thought it was because I was running out of topics to blog about.
Then I realized, it was more than that.

I had begun to edit myself.

That’s something I did not do when I started blogging 6 years ago.
I just wrote whatever I wanted and it felt great.

Somewhere along the way, I began editing my material. And I know that as bloggers, we don’t put everything out into the universe but, I found myself not blogging about things I would have otherwise told you all about.
I think it’s because a few people who I used to work with found my blog.  I didn’t want to give up too much information about myself (which is weird because my brother reads my blog and knows more about me than anyone.)
However, I never wanted any information that I put on here about myself (or anything that wasn’t NOLA related) to suddenly end up being “water cooler gossip” and so I began the editing process.

Well…no more of that dumb shit.

Not only was it blocking my blogging flow, I wasn’t being true to who I really am.
I think a lot of people who read my blog, come around because the ole’ bayoucreole just lays it on the line…at least I try to.
Heck, you all know what happened when I lost my virginity so, it’s safe to say…you all know a lot about me…lol

And I love that.

Hopefully, this blog will still be in the universe long after I’m gone.

So…what’s the dillio?

Well, the city has been busy. We’re in the midst of festival season. I went to the French Quarter Fest but, I didn’t take any pics because I knew I wouldn’t be blogging it. The Jazz Fest ended last weekend. I didn’t go this year…and the weather was beautiful the entire fest.  Go figure. It usually rains, but because I didn’t go…clear skies.

Saturday, I attended a fairly new event in the city, Le Diner en Blanc.

It’s  like a flash mob picnic in white. This was its second year in NOLA, ya’ll know I’m going to tell you all about it!

This weekend is Bayou Boogaloo!

I love this event!

Sitting along the Bayou…eating,drinking and listening to great music…that’s me all day!

The following weekend is The Food and Wine Experience.

I didn’t go last year… I’m ready to go this year though!!

I’ll be blogging’em  so, stay tuned!

What else I got?

OH!

The beginning stage of Mardi Gras has begun. The part where members of carnival krewes renew their membership and/or invite new members into the krewe. I’ve renewed my membership with Nyx!

Yay!

I think the krewe will hit around 1500 members this year.

That’s a lot of women riding!

Mardi Gras is my favorite time of  year in the city…can’t wait for it to roll around.

Y’all know I love me some king cake…lol

And two new carnival krewes are trying to get permits to roll in 2015…both of them are all female krewes. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale and the Krewe of Athena. It’s going to be interesting to see if they get a permit to hit the streets. And, I’m really curious to see how these two krewes are going to be compared to the other all female krewes.

One of them is about to create history as the first all female, majority black krewe. Zulu is majority black, but it’s all men. There has never been one with all females.The more I think about it,The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale is actually the first since they were established last year and they’ve already held their inauguration gala. They just need to get a permit to roll.

I’m loving the empty nest syndrome….NOW.

Although, I can’t lie, it took me a hot minute to get used to it. I was so accustomed to ripping and running with my kids that when I didn’t have to do it anymore, I went through some emotional stuff. The house is quiet and that in itself took some adjusting to. Also, I had to adjust my mother role to becoming more of a mentor and advisor than the person calling all the shots cuz…

they grown now y’all! *sniff,sniff*

YellowJacket will be 20 in 2 months and PurpleKnight will be 22 this week.

Lawd, where did the time go?

I think we’ve all reached the point where we can co-exist without driving each other batty.

It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be though. I fully appreciate what my mom went through each time one of us left the nest.

Ok, what else?

Y’all know how I love my lil birdies right? I still have parrots and blue jays coming in the yard.

But, did I tell y’all that I have BALD EAGLES around the corner from me?!!

Yep! And they mated and so, I have babies…well, if you can call those huge big birds babies…lol

The nest has been around for while but, once I began researching  eagles and watching eagles nests throughout the nation via webcams, I noticed that, all the eagles were laying eggs and the eggs were hatching around the same time…March and April. So,I decided to check to see if I could spot a chick or two in the nest by me. At first I couldn’t but, when the hubby purchased a camera for me and I was able to get a fantastic view of the nest and I was able to spot the lil bugger!

baby eagle There are actually two chicks in the nest,

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Here’s a pic of mom and dad keeping watch and the babies are in the nest,

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She was looking dead at me...daring me to get closer...lol I didn't.

She was looking dead at me…daring me to get closer…lol I didn’t.

Having an eagle’s nest around the corner from the house is pretty darned amazing. Don’t cha think? Although, I can see why they picked the location. I’m one mile away from Lake Pontchartrain  and Industrial Canal is right here as well. And here’s the  where the nest is located,

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I don’t blame them for building a nest there…. I’d live there too! They have all the fish they can handle around here!

What else?

My health.

I’ve been a bad Bayoucreole. I’m really having a hard time turning my diet around. I’ve tried to eat better but…it’s harder than I thought.

It’s the sweets. I have to find a substitute. Something that will kill the cravings.

And I need to exercise more.

I’ve been lazy lately… I need to walk more.

Not too long ago I was walking 3 miles a day. Somewhere along the way, I fell off and I haven’t been able to get back on the horse.

I guess I need to get my walking mojo back as well.

I’m trying…I’m trying.

I need to pick a day and blog about it so I can keep track of my progress…

or lack thereof.

Well y’all, that’s all I got for right now.

Gotta get out in this city and give you good people something to read…lol

Love you guys…have a good one!