Mardi Gras has moved north from Louisiana to Kansas
We've always celebrated Shrove Tuesday
by eating pancakes
But now we have a whole day of celebration!
And we Kansans know how to party!
We start the day with pancakes
Usually at home
But this year, we supported our local Kiwanis Club with their annual pancake feed,
held this year on Shrove Tuesday
And came back home to prepare a Mardi Gras lunch for some friends
Decorations are simple --
purple and yellow flowers
And mardi gras beads
My grandmother's china
And, of course, an individual menu at each place setting
We were gone yesterday and so I selected an easy luncheon
But one filled with New Orleans flavor
A low country black bean soup with a dab of sour cream and a sweet potato muffin
Dessert has always been bread pudding
(It's almost as much of a must as chili is on Halloween)
But instead of my traditional one,
I fixed Ina Garten's croissant bread pudding
Croissants and custard and it got rave reviews.
No bourbon sauce is needed!
We visited the afternoon away
and I just had enough time to do dishes and tidy the dining room
For tonight is my third and last Mardi Gras party
It's a PEO fundraiser
And, of course, I'm bringing food
I'll be there with my beads on -- ready to celebrate the night away
(or at least until 10 o'clock when the party will probably break up!)