Can I get a big TGIF. I’m ready for the weekend and it’s supposed to be a nice, sunny weekend in “sunny” San Diego.

Palm trees and blue skies

The last few weekends were rainy but this one is supposed to be clear as a bell with temps in the high 60s or low 70s. I’ll take that, yes please, don’t mind if I do.

There’s a pre-Mardi Gras street party and one-day festival in our neighborhood that may be fun to attend for the spectacular people-watching component alone. I’m sure the beads will be flying, the liquor will be flowing, and there will be lots of shirtless men.

 

If I were throwing a Mardi Gras party, I’d choose food with rich Cajun, Creole, Caribbean or bold seasonings, and I’d wash it down with fun drinks, and liquor-laden desserts, to boot. May as well live it up!

Recipes I’d consider including are:

Drinks

Buttery Nipple Shots

Sex on the Beach Shots

Appetizers

Spinach & Artichoke Dip (Fat Free, Vegan)

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper

Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper
Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

Bowl of Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

Sides & Mains

Caribbean Citrus Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Caribbean Citrus Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Baked Black Beans with Mixed Vegetables

Spicy Baked Black Beans with Mixed Vegetables

Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies

Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies
Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos & Veggies

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

Chipotle Salsa Lentils with Mixed Vegetables

Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables with fork

Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Grouper with Sweet Dipping Sauce

Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Grouper

Desserts

Dark Rum Caramel Sauce for dipping fruit, crackers, or over ice cream

Dark Rum Caramel Sauce with apples around

Vegan Bananas Foster

Banana Schnapps and Myer's rum bottles
Bananas simmering in pan
Penley matches with bananas simmering

Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Dark Rum Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Banana Crepes (Raw, Vegan, GF)

Banana Crepes with blueberries
Banana Crepes with blueberries

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow (GF)

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

The winners of the Peanut Butter Cheerios Giveaway are:

[email protected] and Angela / Canned Time

Are you celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) in any way?

I am not throwing any parties nor are we going out. Similar to the Superbowl, it’s a nice thought to throw a party; and like Valentine’s Day, it’s fun to think about going out for a half of a second until we remember we have a five year old and it’s a school night. We’ll be staying in, and not co-mingling with the party-goers, drinkers, and night-out-on-the-town folks (even though we’ll be able to hear the screaming and craziness from the street below).

Have you ever been to any Mardi Gras parties? Either in New Orleans or in another city?

I have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans although I’ve heard it’s chaos and drunken revelry at it’s finest. The closest thing I surmise that I’ve been to that’s similar to Mardi Gras was Halloween in the Castro about eight years ago. Nothing like 100,000 drunk people, in Halloween costumes, i.e. hardly any “costumes” or clothes at all, in San Francisco, in very close quarters. Pretty much widespread pandemonium. Fun memories but not something I have any interest in repeating in my current old lady stage stage of life.

Enjoy your weekend!

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