New Orleans

This is a shorty blog as I’m writing fast and furious today and I’ve three boys sick with the flu.  🙁

But before we were hit with the flu last week, and before Surfer Ty returned to Hawaii, we had our own little Mardi Gras party on Wednesday night. We wore green, gold and purple beads and I decorated with feathered masks and even made  a decadent red velvet cake for dessert (two cubes of butter and 8 oz cream cheese for the frosting! Not lowfat but incredibly delicious). And then yesterday morning I made beignets for son Ty, who is taking French in school and loved the beignets we had at Cafe Du Monde and has been asking me to make them for him.

Breakfast at Cafe do Monde on son Ty's 12th birthday
Breakfast of beignets at Cafe do Monde on son Ty's 12th birthday
As many of you know, New Orleans is one of my favorite places in the world, and probably my favorite city in the U.S.  I love going to New York, love Texas, love small towns and antique hunting and California’s coastline, but New Orleans is different from every other place. It feels foreign and fascinating and there’s magic in the old French Quarter. My parents took me there when I was in elementary school and I loved taking my kids there this past December. We did have our share of adventures in New Orleans, including the night we spent in ER getting Mac’s chin stitched closed (you can see his sore face in the pic below), but it just added color to our memories. My sister and her daughter Krysia met up with us for part of our trip which just made it more special.

virgin_na_276To celebrate Mardi Gras and New Orleans, I’ve got a very special prize for one lucky reader:  Beignet mix from Cafe du Monde, French Roast coffee from the same famous cafe at the French Market, a signed copy of The Italian’s Virgin Princess which is set in New Orleans, and more fun goodies. Contest is super short!  It starts now and ends Tuesday night at midnight. I’ll draw the winner’s name Wednesday morning. To enter tell me if you’ve ever been to New Orleans or if you’ve read  books that have been set there.  (Two of my favorite authors have used New Orleans for a setting–Christine Feehan and Kresley Cole.) So chat with me and I’ll be back Wednesday morning to draw the winner!

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