Ahhhh Mardi Gras. A time we all wish we were partying it up in New Orleans with the beads, drinks, and beignets!!! Yep one or five of those beignets sound really good right about now. So what do you do when you can’t make it all the way to new Orleans? Here is how to bring Mardi Gras home so that you can enjoy at least the tastes of this fab celebration.
One of my other favorite desserts to come out of New Orleans and Mardi Gras time is the King Cake. Since I can’t have a normal one with my food intolorances/allergies then I decided to make a mock one for my family to enjoy. It is so easy to just take a box yellow cake mix, add about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the batter and bake as directed. Once the cake cools, top it with a cream cheese frosting. For mine I just took a block of cream cheese and melted it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I then stirred in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and then frosted the cake. Overnight the frosting will set back up which is nice versus a buttercream that can get mushy. Sprinkle the top of the cake with purple, yellow, and green sugar to give you the classic Mardi Gras King Cake feel.
To go along with this mock King Cake, it calls for a good cup of hot coffee. In fact I had some for breakfast this morning! Community Coffee from Louisiana brings the Mardi Gras flavors and tastes as well with their King Cake coffee. They have it in K-cups as well as bagged coffee. This was the perfect accompaniment and how to bring Mardi Gras home to Texas.
Mardi Gras Top 10 Countdown- How to Bring Mardi Gras Home
It’s time to put your revelry shoes on and celebrate. The origins of Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice to evolve into the ornately-costumed festivities we see today. There’s a lot of tradition and heritage that have helped to produce the Mardi Gras scene as it’s currently celebrated. So here are our top ten good things to know to enjoy Mardi Gras like a native.
- Number 10 How to spell “krewe” and “flambeaux” and “Mardi Gras” and, well, you get the point.
- Number 9 Technically, Carnivale is a season, and Mardi Gras is a day. But we tend to generalize and refer to the weeks of parades leading up to Fat Tuesday as Mardi Gras.
- Number 8 The Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Remember to coordinate your outfit appropriately.
- Number 7 The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King. But the King gets all the glory, while the Captain does all the work.
- Number 6 If you miss a doubloon thrown from a float, never reach down to pick it up. Always put your foot on it. If you go with your hand, you’re either too late or you’ll get your fingers stepped on.
- Number 5 If you bite into a plastic baby in a King Cake, that’s a good thing.
- Number 4 Any beads shorter than two feet long are unacceptable unless they are made of glass — the bigger and longer the beads, the better.
- Number 3 Once any beads have touched the ground, they are sullied and should not be picked up unless under the rarest of circumstances.
- Number 2 The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnivale are from out of town.
- Number 1 The Number 1 thing you must know about Mardi Gras season is that Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee hits the shelves. We suggest you celebrate with the “king” of all flavored coffees, our delicious Mardi Gras King Cake coffee with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring. For a limited time you can have your cake … and drink it, too.