Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Kansas Mardi Gras

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

Muffaletta sliders!

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!)


Francie Newcomb said...

Really how do you do it? You do have incredible energy!

Francie Newcomb said...

And your table is just beautiful. I love to look at it.

Cindy Lou said...

Looks great !

Barbara said...

What fun! I need to move to Kansas and hang out with you. :-)