Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pantry Organization

I've been stressing about my kitchen ever since I started these organization projects. Every time I look in my craft closet, I smile! Every time I look in my pantry, I cringe. That's over now! But we won't discuss the rest of the cabinets, yet!

I didn't take a before picture. Typical.

My new baskets from The Container Store didn't work out like I had planned, but I was DETERMINED to use them anyway! I'm stubborn like that.

I put Em's snacks in these baskets, so it would be easy for her to get them herself. We'll see how well it works out.

Another little change we've made in the house...

New old Cuthand road sign! I LOOVVVEE it!

This post is linked to...

IHeart Organizing

Clean Mama blog

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Em: "I LOVE Dorothy!"

I'm a little behind posting this, but Em's friend Kenlie had her 4th birthday party last weekend!

It was Wizard of Oz themed! And Dorothy was there! Em LOVED it!

Birthday girl, Kenlie!

All the little girls listening to Dorothy tell HER story!

Em kept getting closer...

And closer!

Enjoying their pizza!

Dorothy sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"... Kenlie sang EVERY word with her! So incredibly cute!
Em talked about "Dorothy from Wizard of Boz" for the rest of the day! I finally just had to go get the movie for her! She loves it, though the Wicked Witch scares her a little!

Happy Birthday, Kenlie! We loved your party!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mommy, Daddy, & Emmy Time in BR

We had big plans for our Saturday in Baton Rouge, but it rained. And rained. And rained. So our plans to take Em to Baton Rouge's Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade fizzled. After lazing around Aunt Terri's all morning, we decided to take Em to the children's museum for the afternoon.

Em had a fantastic time!

When we were leaving, Em and I were waiting for Clinton to bring the truck around (it was still raining!), and some parade floats went by on their way to line up. We saw them throwing beads to people down the street.  So my little baby stood on the curb and waved and waved, and those people didn't throw her ANYTHING! She took it in stride, but kept saying "why they not throw me anything?". I was more upset than her, and when I told Clinton, he was upset for her, too. That was it, we were going to that dang parade, rain or shine!

So we parked downtown and walked all the way to the beginning of the parade, just as it was rolling out! I wish I had some pictures to show y'all, but it was still raining and I couldn't get my camera out! Emma was standing on the curb in an adult sized poncho (Clinton cut it off so she could stand!) saying "Throw me something, Mista!" And she racked up the parade swag! Everyone kept throwing things to me and Clinton saying "Here, give her this!" We were so loaded down (we forgot to take a bag!) and soaked, we left after about five minutes!! Since I don't have any pics from the parade, here are just some of the goodies she got!

She loved it! We can't wait to take her to another, hopefully when its sunny!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler- Parade Post

Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! Today is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras day! Even though we were in New Orleans last Thursday, we still got to see 3 parades (and one in Baton Rouge on Saturday!).

As many times as we've been to New Orleans, this was our first time seeing a Mardi Gras parade. We have seen a St. Patrick's Day parade!

Let me tell you, it was fun! The parades rolled one after another, but we left our spot after the second to have dinner at Emerils, then we still got to see the third parade in another spot! Here are some of my favorite pics of the night!

These Flambeaux led the way for the parades.

This was taken after the first parade! We were so loaded down with beads by time it was over!

Notice my bad is stuffed with cups!

We had a great time. Keep in mind that the krewes that roll on Thursday are a lot smaller than some of the ones that roll on the rest of the weekend (and today!). Clinton and I both agreed that we are definitely going back to do it again!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler- Food Post

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” ― Mark Twain

Clinton and I went to New Orleans last Thursday for Mardi Gras. Emma stayed in Baton Rouge with Clinton's mom, Sherri, at his Aunt Terri & Uncle Mike's house.

While we were planning to go to parades and party it up, what I was really excited about was eating! So this post is going to be completely devoted to the food we ate that day, and the next! I'm going all food critic on you! The food pics were taken with our cells, so I apologize the blurriness of some of them. AND I apologize for the length of this post!! Enjoy!

I was so excited! We had reservations for two of the best restaurants in New Orleans!

First up was lunch at Commander's Palace! This was the first New Orleans restaurant ever recommended to Clinton and me, but we haven't gotten to go there before now!

We started with a couple of their cocktail specials. I had a Cosmopolitan (for a QUARTER!) and Clinton had a Sidecar. Both were really good, and we ordered a second (and I had a third :/)

They brought some garlic bread to the table with our drinks. I didn't get a picture, but it was buttery and rich, and oh so good! Then it was time for appetizers.

I had the Shrimp and Tasso Henican app. The shrimp were cooked perfectly, but at first I thought it was a bit too spicy for my taste. Then I had a bite with everything together, and it was probably one of the best bites of my life. The pickled okra, onions, and ham offset the heat perfectly. It was fantastic!

Clinton had the turtle soup, a Commander's specialty. I had one bite and it was rich, meaty, and delicious! He all but licked the bowl. If we hadn't have been at a "white tablecloth" establishment, I think he would have. We went to another restaurant the next day, that had turtle soup on the menu, but he wouldn't order it. Said he couldn't see how it could live up to Commander's.

I can't remember the name of my entree, but it was Gulf white shrimp with red beans and corn. It was a really good dish, but I had serious plate envy for Clinton's entree and neighbor table's Cochon de Lait Turnover (which I ALMOST ordered!). Good, but not my favorite course of the meal.

Clinton had the Blackened Skillet Seared Gulf Fish entree. It was so good! The fish came with sweet potato orzo and couscous. Let me tell you, another perfect bite. If Clinton would have traded me, I would have in a minute. He cleaned his plate... again!

Then came dessert! Oh, dessert. If I could relive that dessert course, just once a year, I would live in bliss!

I had the Ponchatoula Strawberry Shortcake which was made to order. Perfect strawberries, perfect biscuit, perfect cream... that's all there is to say.

Clinton had the Creole Bread Pudding Souffle. THE dish to get at Commander's, and it's, also, made to order. When it came to the table, the server finished it with a whiskey cream sauce. It was warm, rich, creamy, and delicious. The perfect dessert.

To wrap up my Commander's review, it was definitely TOP 3 meals of my life. Service was fantastic. They have a 3 man system that is flawless. We left there full, a little tipsy, and SO happy!

After a walk around the French Quarter, a quick nap at the hotel, and two parades, we had dinner at Emeril's. I have wanted to eat here for SO long! It was on the top of my must-do list!

I ordered a sparkling Moscato (can't remember the brand, but I wish I could. It was delicious!) and Clinton had an Abita beer.

I ordered the Angel Hair Pasta with Smoked Mushroom and Housemade Tasso appetizer. It was delicious, but super rich. It was a pretty big portion, so I had to make sure not to finish it so I would have room for the rest of the meal!

Clinton had the Homemade Andouille and Boudin with Southern Cooked Greens. Neither Clinton or I like greens, but we ate those up. The andouille and boudin were delicious!

My entree was the Andouille Crusted Drum. It was delicious. The crust on the fish was so flavorful and the fish was flaky and fresh. I couldn't quit eating the shoestring potatoes. It was a massive plate, I could only get through half of it!

Clinton had the "Mac N' Cheese" Sauteed Gulf Shrimp with pasta and Vermouth cream. I did not taste it, but Clinton liked it! It looked super rich, though. Clinton didn't finish it, he finished mine instead! Ha!

We shared the chocolate souffle for dessert. I was a bit disappointed. I'm not a bitter chocolate fan, and it was a too bitter for me. The sauce it was served with was amazing, though.

To wrap it up, it was a good meal. Not as I had hoped, but still good. The service was spotty. Our waiter was very personable (which I love), but the runner took my wine glass away without asking if I wanted more (and I did), so I had to flag someone down to get another. Then we had to wait a while for our souffle, even though I ordered it at the beginning of the meal. I'm going to chalk it up to it being late in the evening, but still...

We left there and walked two blocks and watched another parade (New Orleans is fantastic!) We finally made it back to the hotel around 1 am. But that didn't keep us from getting up and heading to Cafe Du Monde the next morning. I dream of those beignets...

We spent the morning in the Quarter, then headed back to Baton Rouge by way of Akers, LA. We went on a hunt for Ponchatoula strawberries and found Middendorf's. (Really a friend recommended it) It was a great seafood joint. We split the crab and shrimp gumbo and the thin fish platter (their specialty).

The fish was thin and crispy, but still moist on the inside. Clinton and I talked the whole way back to Baton Rouge, trying to figure out how they got it so thin.

Ok, finally I'm at the end. We had a great time. Ate the most fantastic food. The end.