Fall Field Trip Layouts

Hello Wednesday ! Last Wednesday of November it’s been a busy month. Hope you enjoyed all the Fall project – and Next week we will be Christmas /Winter. Iam not for rushing the Seasons so here’s some last minute looks as we finish up the month -It’s Field Trip Time.. Lisa


It’s  local History time & we discover Native Americans : where they lived,eat,played games and the history of the trees & forest. Nothing like a fun group of kids learning about culture & nature. Thanks to the Park Service.

Can You Eat Acorns?

Many insects, birds, and mammals metabolize tannins with fewer ill effects than do humans. Species of acorn that contain large amounts of tannins are very bitter, astringent, and potentially irritating if eaten raw. This is particularly true of the acorns of American red oaks and English oaks.

This is a great post  about Eating Acorns / Collecting Them  – Eating Acorns Facts





A  Project Life page -about the local tree & food sources found in nature . Lead by park employees. Thanks Jane.




Halloween Celebration : China,Ireland & Mexico

Halloween Day is Here ! In the USA we celebrate with treats,costume & fun. But in other parts of the world they celebrate the holiday too –   How do you celebrate the Day?  Lisa

In China:

Halloween is essentially a Western holiday and has a long history, Halloween has and will likely always remain a holiday primarily celebrated in the United States and Canada. Other countries might take part in some way or fashion. Chinese celebrate Halloween in a different way and celebrated in several ways. There are several festivals, and also a feast for the souls of those who have passed away.
In China Halloween is really a non-event for the Chinese, but there are however a couple special events that do kind of concur with Halloween. The festival of Teng Chieh, the The Feast of the Hungry Ghosts, and the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. They’re all geared toward celebrating the spirits of family members who’ve passed on to the ‘next world.’ You might see people dress up as ghosts for these celebrations, but again… they’re not on the day we consider to be Halloween. The festival of Teng Chieh, Families celebrate the lives of their relatives who have passed away before them. Food and water are placed in front of photographs, They also light the way for these spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night. through the lighting of bonfires and lanterns.



In Ireland ( the origin of Halloween)

They celebrate as we do -While the origin of Halloween doesn’t lie specifically in Derry, the world’s biggest Halloween party is held in that city every year. More than 30,000 people take to the streets, most of them dressed as witches, ghouls, vampires and monsters from the Otherworld.


In Mexico ( The day of the Dead)

They do celebrate Halloween but it is over shadowed by the More traditional Celebration of : The Day of the Dead ( like American Memorial day) it honors those deported- with visit to graves,food, flowers and an alter of remembrance.


The “calavera” (skull) is a humorously morbid poem which is addressed to a friend or public figure. This genre of poetry has its origin in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, in early 17th century Spain.

Experience Louisiana Festival



Festival info

Oct 28/29 th 2017

Mission statement-

To promote the MUSIC, FOOD, ART, CULTURE, and PEOPLE of the great State of Louisiana, showcasing them through a dynamic and interactive festival experience.
The festival mission is to celebrate, share and document the rich variety of cultures within the State of Louisiana, providing guests with an immersive experience of music, food, folklife, folk crafts, art, film and narrative stages on a variety of topics (e.g. Mardi Gras traditions, prayer flag traditions, cultural history and more) — a gathering of like-minded/hearted individuals and organizations (music, folklife, arts, and food).
As Eunice is within approximately three hours of all corners of the state, it is a convenient gathering place for this statewide event.g place for this statewide event.

If you checked out my Instagram post this weekend this is what we were doing. A yearly event – great for family & tourist.  Lisa

Early Review- Someone Mad at the Hatter

Perfect for this rainy Sunday – Curl up with a good cozy mystery after a big  Sunday lunch- This one is available Oct 24th.  Lisa 




Book Link – Oct 24th Release

Missy DuBois’s Louisiana hat studio is the destination for Southern brides who want to make a fashion statement. But designing headpieces isn’t her only talent, she’s also got a head for solving murders . . .

It’s not uncommon for folks to live it up a little too much on New Year’s Eve. But when Missy walks into her parking lot at Crowning Glory on New Year’s Day and discovers professional wedding planner Charlotte Deveraux inside a whiskey barrel, the poor woman isn’t just hung over . . . she’s dead. Since the murder weapon was an old hat stand that belonged to Missy, her customers are cancelling appointments and everyone in town seems to be turning up their noses at her. Despite plenty of intrigue to motivate a hatful of suspects, suspicion keeps falling squarely on Missy. All the more reason to clear her name—or the next veil she designs will come in a shade of black . .

Sunday’s Cozy Mystery –  A totally Southern  charm this third book in this series is a winner. Missy is in the middle of another murder and all fingers are pointing at her but she must carry on in a true Southern fashion and save her business ( Scarlett O Hera here) the Crowning Glory (love the name). A book full of great characters and being from Louisiana -I can say a great slice of Southern charm -we do love our hats.   A perfect afternoon read -you will enjoy this book.  Lisa

Hunting Wabbits Season

So If you are not a festival fan – It’s Hunting Time !Oct 7th starts small game season and then on to deer season. Louisiana is the Sportsman Paradise- and we have lots of places to hunt and learn about the great outdoors. I come from a family of hunters and my Dad has hunted his whole life. It was a way to put meat on the table. We all believe that what you shoot you eat. It’s a way of life out her in the country – so enjoy this recipe and post.  Lisa



Venison Roast

4/6 lb roast

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 c chopped onion

red & black pepper

4 strip bacon


Make slits in roast -stuff garlic,onion,salt,pepper blend into holes. Top with pieces of bacon. Marinate Roast overnight in a bottle of Italian dressing.

In a heavy pot place meat and brown on all sides. Add 1 cup water bring to boil – place lid -turn down low and cook 4-6 hours until done. You can thicken gravy with cornstarch.  Lisa


Stuffed Baked Rabbit

3 rabbits

1 onion chopped

2 bunches -green onions

Creole seasoning,black pepper & salt

Slit holes  in rabbits and stuff mixture in. Save the rest to be used later. Place in a baking dish /cover and Bake @ 350 for 2 hours. When done add 2 cups of water and rest of stuffing mixture. Bake 30 more minutes. Serve over Rice.  Lisa








Giving of Red Envelopes

Red Envelopes @ Mid Autumn Moon Festival –



#1  Envelope is a tri -fold card with a place inside to hold money.

#2 is made using Directions below.


Red envelopes always contain money in China, and are given, most commonly, to kids from their parents, grandparents, and others as Chinese New Year gifts.

They are called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese. The term “red packets” has also come into common use, though hongbao look and function more like envelopes than packets.

Why Chinese Give Red Envelopes

Chinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red envelopes is a way to send good wishes and luck.

Actually, the significance of red envelopes is the red paper, not the money inside. Wrapping money in red envelopes is expected to bestow more happiness and blessings on the receivers. Hence, it is impolite to open a red envelope in front of the person who gives it to you.

In China, the red envelope is called yasui qian (压岁钱 /yaa-sway chyen/), which means ‘suppressing ghosts money’. Those who receive a red envelope are wished another safe and peaceful year.

Of course you can buy them from most Asian market or on line sources.


But if you are crafty – and have supplies ( you know you do)

Here’s a site to make your own envelopes –

red envelopes

Moon Cakes * Mid Autumn Festival



Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with many traditional and meaningful activities, such as eating dinner with family, hanging lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, and worshiping the moon.

Since 2008, Mid-Autumn Festival has been a 3-day public holiday in mainland China. In 2017, the holiday will be October 1–8, combining the National Day holiday and a three weekend days.


A moon cake is a traditional Chinese pastry. It is made from wheat flour and sweet stuffing, such as sugar and lotus seed powder.

It’s a symbol of family reunion, and the cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal the number of people in the family..

Eating moon cakes is the most common and representative tradition of the day. In ordinary times, people won’t buy or eat moon cakes but during the Mid-Autumn Festival everyone will have a moon cake to celebrate.

Mooncakes typically measure around 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) across and up to 5 cm (2 inches) deep. Most mooncakes have a pastry skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling.

Easy Recipe to make (non traditional )

1/4 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup salted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup strawberry jam ( bean curried is a common filing)

Make the Dough -Refrigerate and chill -Roll in to small balls and make whole with thumb-fill with choice of filling. Brush with egg white. Bake at 375 for29 minutes.

This is a fun way to introduce kids to the history and culture of China.

Most Asian Markets Sell traditional Moon cakes  to enjoy & Share.


Moon cakes Symbolize Family Reunion

In Chinese culture, roundness symbolizes completeness and togetherness. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family. Round moon cakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival.


book link

In these charming volumes, Little Mei asks her grandfather about each of the four different Chinese celebrations represented.

He tells her the stories of Nian and the monster Xi (Chinese New Year); Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet who loved his kingdom (Dragon Boat Festival); the Jade Emperor of Heaven who ordered the earth to be destroyed by fire (Lantern Festival); and Hou Yi who shot down the suns (Mid-Autumn Festival).

In Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival Little Mei wants to know why her family members have all come together this evening. Grandpa tells her the story of Hou Yi who shot down the suns and his wife, Chang’e, who floats to the moon. Includes a quick recipe for moon cakes.


Thursday Food Find will have more great Customs and Food-  Lisa

Monday – Trash & Bash

Hello  Monday!

We had a fun weekend Here we went out and did some Volunteering ! As a parent that schools  at home I look for local opportunities to get my son  &  family out and helping the community we live in.  The number One questions I get from friends and family is about – Social skills since he is schooled at home . I tell people they are opportunities out there – to be social  – Clubs, Church , and Community Events. You just need to look and find them and join  the fun.  Lisa










Saturday – We Trashed & Bashed in Port Barre. A small town about 30 minutes away. It’s the starting point of – The Bayou Teche – this is a semi annul event to clean the water ways of trash.  Sponsored by TECHE Projects

Bayou Teche Paddle Trail is a 135 long paddle trail through 4 parishes and 13 towns along the most historically and culturally significant bayou in Louisiana. Named by the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

Coming to visit – info below

Water Trail info

Trail Mission Statement

The purpose of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail is to provide education about the ecology, culture and history of Bayou Teche through low impact recreation opportunities.  The BTPT provides access for paddlers of all abilities and has several options for long and short trips to explore the unique cultural heritage that makes up the communities along Bayou Teche.  Native American, Creole, African and Acadian Communities are defined by this bayou and that legacy is celebrated today.


Happy Friday

We made  it to Friday ! Lots going on this weekend and enjoy!    Lisa




What Going on this Weekend?


Sugar Cane Festival    Event oage

Sept. 20 – 24, 2017. Celebrate the Louisiana sugar cane industry with parades, carnival, live Cajun and Zydeco music, car show, sugar cookery, photography, and artistry competitions, horticulture show, pageantry and more. View our blog for more information.

Sep 22, 2017
8:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Various venues in New Iberia

The 2017 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Gonzales, right in the heart of Ascension Parish.

The two day festival consists of hot air balloon glows, live entertainment, a classic car show, barbecue competition, great food, nightly fireworks shows, carnival rides and plenty of fun activities for children of all ages.




Sept 23rd

The Heritage and Harvest Tour will be held along LA Highway 3049 and U.S. Highway 71 North in Gilliam, Louisiana. Experience a day in the country on a self-guided tour of local homes, churches, cotton gins, country stores, a museum, and cotton fields during Heritage and Harvest Tour.





September 23rd, 2017 – September 24th, 2017
Woldenberg Park
1 Canal St.,
New Orleans, LA70130

Labor Day * Daiquiri

Today is going to be in the 80’s with humidity at 70% to cool off this Labor Day-

My Local Daiquiri Shop- You don’t have one?  Yes -You can Drive up and order your choice of beverage. But If driving -Keep the lid on till you reach home. Lisa



a cocktail of rum, lemon or lime juice, and sugar, often with the addition of fruit and ice and mixed in an electric blender: a frozen banana daiquiri. Origin of daiquiri. 1915-1920. First recorded in 1915-20; named after Daiquirí, town on the east coast of Cuba.

For those that still want to Celebrate –

2 cups of water

2 cups sugar

2 6oz. frozen lemonade

2- 6 oz. frozen limeade

1 -6 oz. can frozen lemon juice

1 fifth Rum

6 cups of water

  • Take water/sugar -heat and make a simple syrup. Then you need a container that can go into the freezer. Place all ingredients inside the container -Stir. Let freeze overnight. Then Drink up. Because of the alcohol this will not freeze solid.