Sugar and spice and everything nice.
Ha! Who am I kidding?!
Take this world by storm granddaughter of mine!
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,
The winner of the Mardi Gras giveaway is…
Lisa, you have one week to contact me or the prize will go to…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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!
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!
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.
And they always managed to get a shot of me in action on the float,
I want to say thank you to all the readers who came out and supported the krewe. It really means a lot to me.
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.
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!
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
Cork 3:00 p.m.
Oshun 6:00 p.m.
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m.
February 7 2015
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.
‘tit Rǝx 5:00 p.m.
Chewbacchus 6:00 p.m.
February 8 2015
King Arthur 1:00 p.m.
Alla 2:00 p.m.
Femme Fatale 3:00 p.m.
Barkus 2:00 p.m.
February 11 2015
Druids 6:30 p.m.
Nyx 7:00 p.m.
February 12 2015
Babylon 5:30 p.m.
Chaos 6:15 p.m.
Muses 6:30 p.m.
February 13 2015
Hermes 6:00 p.m.
D’Etat 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus 7:00 p.m.
February 14 2015
Iris 11:00 a.m.
Endymion 4:30 p.m.
Lafcadio 2:00 p.m.
February 15 2015
Okeanos 11:00 a.m.
Mid-City 11:45 a.m.
Bacchus 5:15 p.m.
February 16 2015
Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.
February 17 2015
Zulu 8:00 a.m.
Rex 10:00 a.m.
Elks Orleans Follows Rex
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.
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.
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!!
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,
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
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Just another great event in the Crescent City!
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.