Monday Road Trip * Bayou Mardi Gras

Welcome to another Monday in Louisiana! Today’s Road Trip takes you to the Mardi Gras : It might only be early February but the parades are already on the streets both large and small towns. We hit New Iberia’s Parade this Saturday for some family fun:

New Iberia was founded on the banks of Bayou Teche in 1779 by a group of Spaniards from Malaga. It is the only extant town in Louisiana to be founded by Spaniards during the Colonial Era. The Spanish pioneers called their town “Nueva Iberia” in consideration of their homeland. Their French neighbors along the Teche referred to the town as “Nouvelle Ibérie”.

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Bayou Mardi Gras

Downtown -New Iberia with 18 floats and seven high school bands, A great small town parade to enjoy with your family. Held last Saturday is one you don’t want to miss. Its always fun on the Bayou.

Krewe of Chewbaccchus : Science fiction

The 900-member Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Sci-Fi themed Mardi Gras parade, as well as a self-described satirical space cult. Chewbacchus consists of over 150 distinct subkrewes, each of which pays loving (and sometimes satirical) homage to the full spectrum of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and everything in between. Chewbacchus is a model of creative collaboration and has grown into a self-sustaining tradition.

The parade consists of roughly 100 contraptions which are either pushed, pedaled, or pulled and are built onto bicycles, homemade trailers, and shopping carts. Chewbacchus believes that green parades are the “Future of Revelry” and does not use internal combustion engines to power floats. The mad scientists who engineer the krewe’s contraptions have found clever ways to build amazing floats that don’t require petroleum products.

The Krewe of Chewbacchus also makes all of its own throws and has created hundreds of elaborately decorated bandoliers, bean bags, Frisbees, stuffed animals, and even developed a method for casting their own custom bead medallions. Was held this Saturday in New Orleans.

Krewe of Poseidon : Slidell H

This Saturday it roll down the street at 6:00 pm
Along Hwy 11 to Hwy 190 to Kensington Blvd.

What better name than “Poseidon” for a krewe in Slidell, a community surrounded by water. The co-ed Krewe of Poseidon, named after the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes and horses, has grown to be one of the largest krewes on the Northshore. They typically roll with over 600 riders and and nearly 30 floats, including super floats, tandems and doubles. Poseidon prides itself on offering keepsake throws, including tridents, medallion beads, footballs, doubloons and cups. Expect to catch lots of “light-ups.” When you attend the Krewe of Poseidon parade, you can expect to catch something out of the ordinary.

Along with being committed to fun, the Krewe of Poseidon is dedicated to supporting the Slidell community. They do so through the promotion of social interaction and philanthropy.

Sunday’s * Words of Faith

With Valentine just around the corner I thought I would share this passage and page today

1 John 3 : 18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth ….

Meaning – Don’t make loving promises with your tongue that don’t come true in reality. If you say you are going to come to help, come. The promise is encouraging, and therefore loving. But all that encouragement dies when you don’t show up. Tell the truth. Love in truth . Love is powerful .

God is greater than our heart and knows the truth of our heart in any language…… Lisa

So my page is the language of Love :

In my household and in many love is spoken in many different languages. But the meaning and emotions are the same. So Today’s page is dedicated to love in many different ways – from English – to Greek to Hebrew to Chinese’s its the language of truth and heart. This page is done in a pastel wash with gold hearts and highlights with the word Love written in many languages . Enjoy and have a blessed day …….. Lisa

Valentine Felt Coffee Wraps

It’s Saturday morning and time for Coffee ! And this Saturday we are making something for the coffee lover in your life for Valentine:

Coffee wraps that hold gift cards :

  • Pattern (you can make yourself/pintrest ) for holder & hearts
  • Felt squares easy to work lots of colors with /no frayed edges
  • Sew on snaps (Velcro or other closure)
  • Basic sewing supplies

From felt:

  • a base wrap
  • card holder
  • Hearts or any decorations.

I just measured the cup and add 2 inches for overlap for the pattern. Cut out your base the size of pattern/ then cut a second one a little smaller to make a pocket for gift card. Cut out hearts in different colors to decorate.

Once all cut out layout your design. If you like you can pin in place or a drop of glue. Sew hearts on pocket and then Sew pocket on front of wrap-leaving room on top to place gift card. Then wrap and coffee cup and place sew in snap to hold wrap.

This is a quick and easy gift perfect for any occasion- with basic craft supplies. Using felt means no worry about the edges. Lisa

Valentine Kitchen Towel Apron

Need a quick and easy Valentine gift for the cook in the family! A Valentine Apron.

What you need :

  • Valentine Kitchen towel (mine came from Dollar store)
  • Ribbon ( will be the Ties for the apron) in matching color
  • Basic Sewing Supplies /Machine

Directions :

  1. Fold dish towel in half width-wise -with pattern showing
  2. Make three pleats by pinching fabric (1 in middle of towel and 1 on each side ) Pin in place.( Box pleats) . Then sew across the top of pleats to keep them in place.
  3. Then measure out enough ribbon to go around wait and add extra for ties (you make have to guess if you are giving as a gift/extra is always good)
  4. Then pin Ribbon on to dishtowels (fold ribbon in half this is the center and pin to center of towel. Pin across in place and sew -across . Both top and bottom. You can also use a decorative stitch if you have one on your machine.
  5. Done!

Pleats :

Ribbon ties :

You can make these for all occasions – they are inexpensive and cute.

Halloween apron:

Book Review : The Coffee Club Mysteries

6 Whodunits Are Brewing in Small town Kansas :

by Darlene Franklin; Cynthia Hickey; Elizabeth Ludwig; Dana Mentink; Candice Prentice; Janice Thompson

The coffee shop on the corner of First and Main in Oak Grove, Kansas, seems to attract a series of mysterious events. Or perhaps it is the six women who frequent the shop for book club who are magnets for trouble. . . .

Morgan Butler, owner of the Coffee Perk, finds a project worker hanged at her shop.

Penny Parson finds a gun in one of her beehives.

Evelyn Kliff discovers a dead church meal organizer.

Jo Anderson shares hazelnut coffee creamer, sending a woman into anaphylactic shock.

Harper Daggett is being stalked for an antique jade owl she bought.

Baker Jeanine Gransbury’s charity event money goes missing.

Join them as they unravel six unexplained events that have the potential to ruin business and spoil friendships if not handled with care.

Net Galley Book Review :

This book is a anthology of 6 authors short mystery books center around six women who attend a weekly coffee shop book club. At the Coffee perks a coffee shop in small town Oak Grove,Kansas which is the setting for the first mystery. As each authors weave amazing stories of friendship and mystery around the women . Each of these women have a story to tell and they do in this case in a mystery that involves them and there lives. A perfect set of cozy mystery A perfect afternoon read – all you need is a cup of Coffee – from Barbour Publishing, Inc.,  Lisa 

Holiday Cardmaking Challenge

Have you joined our Holiday cardmaking Challenge Yet? Its simple just make a card from any holiday and enter it @

Today’s cards are from Valentine’s Day :

But are done with digital stamps -and colored with pencils and markers . Lisa

My Valentine card is from

Card #2 is a Cup of Love from

Healthy Slow Cooker :

Ready for some healthy recipes made in your crock pot ! February is Heart healthy month and just in time is this cookbook – Read on and get your copy now :

A revised and updated second edition of American Heart Association’s beloved, bestselling Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, now with 30 new recipes, 30 to 40 new photographs, and full-color throughout.

Now fully illustrated throughout with 30 to 40 new photographs, revised to meet current AHA guidelines, and refreshed with recipes like Chicken Pho, Pad Thai, Sweet Potato Chili, and Beef Vindaloo to satisfy today’s palate, this comprehensive cookbook offers information on the health benefits of slow cooking and how a slow cooker can help you eat well. 
From appetizers to desserts and everything in between, the 230 recipes in American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook will surprise you with their variety and depth of flavor. The slow cooker, America’s favorite kitchen appliance, has become increasingly versatile and sophisticated, and here’s how it can support a heart-smart diet. Under the spell of its low heat, lean meats, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits transform into succulent meals. This cookbook takes advantage of the ease for which the slow cooker is beloved and optimizes the nutrient density and flavors in these delicious, nutritious meals.
The best way to ensure good food comes out of your cooker is to put only good-for-you ingredients into it, and with American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, you’ll learn how much your slow cooker can do for you while you’re enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Heart Healthy * Fettuccine Alfredo

Today I am celebrating February with a Heart Healthy version of Fettuccine Alfredo. Number #1 Valentine restaurant choice is Italian so in honor of National Fettuccine Alfredo Day here’s my recipe – No reservation needed :

  • 16 oz fettuccine (whole grain)
  • 2 T butter (grape seed oil)
  • 3 Clovers garlic/ minced
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 2 C almond milk
  • 2 C low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese

in a large pot cook pasta al dente by directions. Drain in colander after cooked. In the pot add oil and saute garlic-add in flour.Then add in milk and broth. Cook about 6-7 minutes until sauce thicken. Add salt,pepper and nutmeg . Turn off heat and Add Cheese . Stir to melt and then add Noodles.

February is heart healthy month  but you can make this healthy version or full flavor version by using whole milk,butter and noodles. 

Book Review * Make in a Day – Wedding Crafts

Are you a DIY person ? Look for a way to save money for your big day ? Read on as this author gives you tips to make your day special and takes only a Day to make :

It’s one of the most important days of your life. Or it’s the wedding of your dear friend or a beloved family member — what can you do to help make it as memorable and personal as possible? Add a graceful and unique touch to the celebration with handcrafted decorations and keepsakes! This practical guide will show you how to quickly and easily create a terrific variety of ornaments: a centerpiece, guest gift, tablescape, and more. You don’t need any crafting experience for these easy projects, and best of all, they can be completed in less than a single day.
Each book in Dover’s Make in a Day series presents 15 projects with illustrated step-by-step instructions. The beginner-friendly projects are ideal for anyone wishing to whip up something simple but special. Supplies are easy to find and are readily available at major craft stores. Other titles in the series include Make in a Day: Modern Wreaths, Make in a Day: Pompom Crafts,Make in a Day: Paper Flowers, Make in a Day: Garlands, and Make in a Day: Centerpieces.

Net Galley Book Review :

Released 16th Jan 2019 by Dover publications, it’s 66 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. This book is perfect for all of us DIY ers and crafters with great pictures and tutorials to inspire us to get started. This book highlights wedding but with a few changes can be used for any type of celebration you need help decorating on a budget. With all the materials easily sourced at local craft stores this book is a big winner to me. So if you are planning a party -read this book…. Lisa

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt !

Happy Frozen Yogurt Day !

And Yes ! the perfect recipe for a love one on Valentines Day ! No machine needed so read on >

  • 2 C Frozen strawberries
  • 2 T honey
  • 1/4 C Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 T lemon juice

Add frozen berries and honey to food processor and blend add yogurt and lemon juice and blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer to an air tight container and freeze at least 6 hours. Can keep for 1 month.

This can be made with any type of frozen fruit. So make this recipe with your favorite -fruit. Lisa