The other day I walked into my girl's bedroom and my oldest said, 'Mommy, I am teaching Gia about Mari Gras (she said it with the 's').' She informed me that on Mardi Gras they wore awesome masks and beads. As she was educating me she was listening to a cable music channel that actually had Mardi Gras music and cool facts about the celebration. It was after this conversation that I decided to try and have a mini Fat Tuesday celebration, but Texas style.
I cooked up some Jambalaya, but instead of using sausage I used turkey. Unfortunately, I was out of sausage and was too cheap to go to the store. SN- I secretly took out the red pepper chunk that is included in the rice mix. My husband did not say anything but instead grabbed the tabasco sauce and my oldest daughter LOVED it!
I surprised my girls with a King Cake from HEB. I know to get the true experience of a King Cake I should have ordered one from a bakery, but this was last minute and like I said before, I can be cheap. Maybe next year I will have to try and make one from scratch.
The girls were not a fan of the cake; they did not hate it but they did not rave over it. They complained of a jelly like flavor, but they liked the sugar. It is possible they were not a fan because it was store bought and did not have that fresh to order taste.
My middle child was spirited and wore a purple, gold and green shirt along with the beads that came with the cake. I hot glued the 'baby' onto one of the bead strands to really add a Mardi Gras theme. I am sure she will have a lot of explaining to do at school with what that baby represents.
Now I need to find a good King Cake recipe for next year.. must be prepared!
Written by: Aimee Fauci