“What’s for dinner?” is the crowned champion of questions in many households, but “What do you eat for lunch?” is coming in a close second amongst moms. I was on a “Moms and Kids” forum last week and a new mom was asking this very question. The answers were interesting and varied. I prefer to eat my lunch in kidless silence while watching something juicy on TV. The honest truth, for me anyway, is that I typically eat leftovers. But when there aren’t any left, or if it’s something too heavy for the middle of the day, or I just don’t feel like that right now I like to make a salad. I fancy myself a bit of a salad connoisseur. I really love any and all salads from fancy shmancy down to a pizza parlor salad bar. There’s just something about the way sunflower seeds mingle with beets, croutons, and ranch. Anyway, today I’m offering up three really delicious salad options anyone can make at home for just one person. Each salad has it’s own unique home-made salad dressing. It’s really not as difficult as it sounds! When you taste your own fresh-made dressing, you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff!
Happy Fat Tuesday!
What is Fat Tuesday you ask? Well it is the kick off to Mardi Gras season. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
“Mardi Gras” Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lentenseason, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
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In another life I was able to actually spend some time in the French Quarter for Mardi Gras. I had to so much fun! But I was so young, 22 I think. Anyway, it was really neat to see all the pageantry and pomp and circumstance that goes into something like this. The parades are amazing! At times I was scared, it was pre-Katrina. There were so many people and I heard all the statistics about crime before I went so I was trying to stay completely aware of my surroundings when the sun went down.
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I remember drinking some hurricanes at Patty O’s. You could totally make these tonight if you are feeling festive. And have no where to be or no one to take care of until about 2pm tomorrow.
And I saw these everywhere – King Cakes. I probably ate like 25 pieces….not at one siting though. I have to tell you, I think King Cakes are kinda weird. First of all, you should know that there is a trinket baked into the cake – a statue of the baby Jesus. If you’re lucky enough to be the one to
chokes on finds the trinket in your slice of cake, you have to buy the next one. See, it’s a little weird. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
A king cake of the Louisiana tradition comes in a number of styles. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style dough topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green, and gold with food coloring. In 1972, a small bakery in Picayune, Mississippi, Paul’s Pastry, started adding fillings to king cakes – the most common fillings are cream cheese, praline, cinnamon, or strawberry. It has become customary in the Southern culture that whoever finds the trinket must provide the next king cake or host the next Mardi Gras party.
I wish I had an adorable wreath like this. Maybe I’ll make one for next year. Or you can buy one through the link above The Etsy site has adorable wreaths!
You could make these for your family. Or you can just take them to IHOP because today is free pancake day. All they ask is a donation to their charity.
If you were a super mom you could make this for your kiddo to bring to school today…maybe next year for me….
Some slow cooker Jambalya will definitely have you feeling festive.
These the-dyed cupcakes are adorable, festive, and delicious.
I always love a good Chex Mix. And this salty-sweet combo looks spot on!
A look at the doughnuts of Mardi Gras. Beignets and Paczki’s anyone??? Yum!
If you’re doing the un-Fat Tuesday, like me, this colorful healthy drink may be your better option.
This quinoa salad would definitely hit the spot without making you repent throughout the entire Lenten season.
OK mamas, try to get festive today. See, it’s not all about boobs and beads. (Although if that’s what you want to do tonight after the kids go to bed, there’s no judgement at all. You keep doin’ you! Get it girl!) It’s really about a little excess and fun before we go into lent and all have to give up saying awesome words like “alleluia” and meat on Fridays and choose something personal to us to give up until Easter. I’ve got to come up with what I’m going to give up. Last year it was cussing, which really was a hardship for me…for the two hours until I dropped my favorite cuss word phrase…. F_ _ K _ _G B_L_S_ _K. Yeah, I’m not sure why that one’s always on the tip of my tongue…Anyway, I’m thinking I’ll give up carbs this year. Now that’s a hardship…did I mention I’m Catholic?
Have a great day!