So what will you be doing today? Your last day of indulgence before the Lenten season begins? My celebration will likely be low-key, but here are some Mardi Gras related projects or events I might include in my day to keep in the festive spirit.
Ever since we visited Cafe du Monde last summer, my daughter has been BEGGING me to make beignets. I might wake up at the crack of dawn to make them – according to Paula Deen, they take about 2 1/2 hours. You can find her recipe at foodnetwork.com. Or maybe I’ll pick some up at Hebert’s or the Wild Fork here in Tulsa- I’ve heard they’re wonderful!
After school, I think it might be fun for the kids to make their own Mardi Gras masks. There’s a pattern for the above mask at Twig and Toadstool. It’s so fun and colorful- my daughter would love this one and have so much fun wearing it to celebrate. Another great mask idea below is from Handprint and Footprint Art.
If decorating edible masks sounds more like it, the cookies above are beautiful! Follow the how-to at Sweetopia.
For kicks, it may be fun to have just one New Orleans inspired cocktail sometime after the crafts and baking are done. The following recipe for this yummy Hurricane is a from My Life as a Mrs.
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
2 oz grenadine
1 ½ oz light (silver) rum
1 ½ oz dark (gold) rum
1 ½ oz orange juice
1 ½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker or glass with ice and shake or stir well. In a tall glass, fill with crushed ice and pour drink over ice. Garnish with an orange and a maraschino cherry.
Photo from KTUL
And…if you make it past the Hurricanes and are ready to get out and join the party, Tulsa’s Blue Dome District’s Merchant Association is hosting its very own 3rd Annual Mardi Gras parade downtown. It starts right by McNellie’s at 7 p.m. Don’t miss it! And Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!