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Wedding Post # 14



When a person (traditionally the wife in many cultures) assumes the family name of his or her spouse, that name replaces the person’s birth surname, which in the case of the wife is called the maiden name. “Birth name” is also used as a gender-neutral or masculine substitute for “maiden name.”  (Wikipedia)

A married name is a family name or surname adopted by a person upon marriage.

Did  You Take your husbands last name ? Kept your for professional reasons? Hyphened your name ? There;s lots of options out there  here a few options and One you might not even know about.  Lisa 


History of taking your husband last name – 

Custom of taking husband last name- The Feminist Bride



Lisa Tip – Yes in the South we have our own tradition- – Read the article for a great look at this  tradition- but I must confess  until I married my Midwestern husband I didn’t realize  it was primary a Southern tradition.

Southern Tradition on name changes Southern Weddings


June 14th Flag Day


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HISTORY On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day.  President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”

Are You displaying your Flag Correctly ? 


i) When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.American Legion Flag Code


We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home… But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.” — Calvin Coolidge

Crawfish Season in Louisiana

Crawfish time in Louisiana !  It’s  all  about food and Fun -Lisa

Crawfish time – is Spring to the rest of the world.


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Crawfish season is not as easily defined as other seasons, such as crab or shrimp, because it is not legally regulated. However, that is not to say that there is not the “ideal time” to purchase and eat live crawfish. There are actually three factors that play heavily into when crawfish season happens:

  1. The Crawfish are readily available.
  2. They are cheap enough to afford.
  3. They are big enough to enjoy and be worth the effort.

In a normal year, these three planets align around the beginning of March and the season ends sometime in June. (cajun crawfish blog   for more info )


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According to Cajun Legend:

Crawfish are descendants of the Maine lobster.

After the Acadians (now called Cajuns) were exiled in the 1700s from Nova Scotia, the lobsters yearned for the Cajuns so much that they set off cross the country to find them.

This journey, over land and sea, was so long and treacherous that the lobsters began to shrink in size. By the time they found the Cajuns in Louisiana, they had shrunk so much that they hardly looked like lobsters anymore.

A great festival was held up their arrival, and this smaller lobster was renamed crawfish.

Season of Football

One of the four Seasons of Louisiana is Football. The rest of you guys that’s  Winter.

High school means Friday nights under the lights and Saturday means early to the stadium for tailgating until time for the Game -to here the crowd roar – Geaux Tigers.

Known around Town as – Death Valley it can get very loud. At LSU Tigers Games.  Lisa

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There’s a myth that it never rains in Tiger Stadium – I can say that’s totally wrong(LOL)

Tiger Stadium opened with a capacity of 12,000 in 1924. Renovations and expansions have brought the stadium’s current capacity to 102,321, making it the third largest stadium in the SEC, sixth largest stadium in the NCAA and the seventh largest stadium in the world. When filled to capacity, Tiger Stadium ranks as the fifth largest “city” by population in the state of Louisiana. (Wikipedia page)


As in many places in the South – Football is King. They Practice all year round here and play through the Winter months.

Football is the Religion of the South -its deep in our culture and tradition.

An articles to explain it   –From ESPN sports

Whats funny is I like football grew up going to the games – I moved to the MidWest for work  and they had great football. Got married to someone from Ohio who went to Purdue and lived next to the stadium and Never attended a game. We moved to Michigan ( GO Blue) but I never felt the buzz I fell at games in the South.

My hubby and son are not football fans. Since moving back we rarely go or watch a game Unless its a special one.

Football – Yes or No ?   Favorite Time ?  Do you attend?

Check out – the football book series featured in The Book Club post @ Lisa’s Book Blog. Lisa Book Blog @ LEL


Four Seasons of Louisiana

Happy Monday !  I’am from Louisiana so it’s home for me but what makes it special to others – over the years I have seen an increase in books, movie and TV shows in an around Louisiana. But What makes Louisiana Special ?

Well when most people say the four season are – people say  Winter, Summer, Spring & Autumn.


Some fun Louisiana facts-only in your state Louisiana


In Louisiana its –


Winter – Is all about Mardi Gras

Spring -is Crawfish season

Summer- is Snowball / Daiquiri

Fall – is  Football time.

This week we explore the 4 seasons of Louisiana –   Tuesday post Football time.  Lisa 

Is it Creole or Cajun ?

Okay – some one just asked about Creole vrses Cajun Food ? 


Simple explanation Creole is City Food ( think Classic French food from New Orleans) restaurants like Emeril’s, Antoine’s – family owned since 1840 , Galatoire’s which opened in 1905

Take a look at Galatoire’s  menu here galatoires website

Cajun Food is from the country – slow cooked and made with what they had . Originated from the Acadiana who came fro Nova Scotia   to Louisiana with a mix of other cultures of the area . Thinks swamps , farmlands – people making due with what they had.

Red Beans and Rice on Monday – because this was typical wash day -and took all day to cook.  But now its a New Orleans specialty. As people moved the too styles has lots of crossover – like my New Orleans grandmother moved to the Country and the two emerged.  Lisa

A great explanation is the below link at Louisiana travel – also great information if you are coming this way for a visit.

Louisiana Travel

I posted yesterday My Moms Etoufee recipe today it’s Shrimp Creole ?

The Difference the amount of tomatoes .

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So first  Make a Roux ( 1/4 oil & 1/4 flour) Cook until light brown -add Trinity chopped ( celery ,onions & Bell peppers)  -cook until tender. Add 1 -8oz can tomato sauce -cook 10 minutes. Add Shrimp  (1 1/2 lbs) and chopped green onion tops (handful) -cook 10 minutes. Add 1/2 c of sherry wine ( you can substitute stock) and sprinkle of chopped parsley and cook 10 minutes. Check if sauce is to thick you can thin down with water- Serve with cooked Rice.

Let’s Celebrate ! Cinco De Mayo


Let’s Get this Party Started!

For one drink
1 1/2 oz. tequila (100% agave a must, preferably a “reposado”)
1 1/2 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
1 to 1 1/4 oz. of lime juice
Salt for the rim of the glass

Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into a glass over rocks, or “up” into a cocktail glass. A slice of lime as a garnish, while not strictly necessary, is a civilized touch.

*Since the principal flavor of the margarita is the tequila, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the best stuff you can get your hands on, so look for the “100% de agave” legend on the label of your bottle.


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Great Avocado Salsa and Chips Recipe- 


3 avocado chopped


2 med tomatoes chopped

1 med orange chopped

2 cup diced jicamma

½ cup onion chopped

¼ c chili peppers chopped

2 tablespoon cilantro chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix together in a large bowl and enjoy with chips !



Happy Cinco De Mayo !

Happy Cinco De Mayo !

History Channel

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations.

Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans (such as Juárez) over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla.

Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano.


   Kid Friendly Links for learning & Fun! 

How to Celebrate with the Kids –Fun Kid Friendly Projects

Great resource for teacher and parents –  Cinco De Mayo Lessons


Pocking Easter Eggs

Louisiana Tradition

from  –  http://1079ishot.com/the-art-of-pocking-easter-eggs-in-south-louisiana-video/?trackback=fbshare_top

Its a Cajun Tradition many of us take for granted, the art or science of “pocking” Easter eggs with friends and family on Easter Sunday. Pocking eggs is a little secret for most living in South Louisiana, yet there are still so many within Louisiana that have never heard of this friendly Easter exhibition.

Sure, most families that observe Easter will boil and color Easter eggs in preparation of the holy day, but some families put their eggs to different use. A majority of people will use their decorated eggs for Easter egg hunts, yet others use the eggs for a nice family tradition.

Pocking Easter eggs requires two people with each an egg, a boiled egg of course, and one of the participants taps on the other’s egg. Which ever egg breaks first in the tapping process, looses the friendly egg battle. Some claim that there is a science to this madness, but what it really comes down to is who has the stronger egg. Often the person who wins the pocking competition will go on his of her way with their winning egg and continue to use that egg in other pocking competitions, that is until it breaks.

Like most forms of competition, pocking Easter eggs sometimes brings out the cheaters in family and friends. While the eggs used for pocking are boiled, it is understood that you should only use chicken eggs. However, through the years I have seen family and friends use duck eggs, guinea eggs, and even FAKE eggs just to win the pocking competition.

After all of the pocking is complete, the broken eggs are often used for a better known tradition on Easter Sunday—The Easter Egg Hunt!! But that isn’t all. Most of these broken eggs, if not damaged too severely, are often later used in various food recipes. So as you can tell, the eggs used for pocking are put to good use after the competition.

Growing up in south Louisiana, I was under the impression that everyone pocks eggs on Easter Sunday. It has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, but in recent years I have learned that the art of pocking eggs is strictly a regional tradition. I should note here that the roots of pocking do belong to those in parts of the Europe and the Middle East. However, I was utterly surprised to learn that our friends and neighbors to the north of us, in our home state for that matter, have never heard of pocking eggs. I highly encourage you to start this family tradition this Easter and your family will quickly adopt the fun of pocking eggs. Good Luck!!!

Enjoy this article and video – the individuals in the video is family member . Published a few years ago. Thanks Lisa

Read More: The Art Of ‘Pocking’ Easter Eggs In South Louisiana [VIDEO] | http://1079ishot.com/the-art-of-pocking-easter-eggs-in-south-louisiana-video/?trackback=fbshare_top&trackback=tsmclip

St. Patrick’s Day


Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services[5][7]and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption

New Orleans Celebrations-

St. Patrick’s Day (on March 17th, each year) is celebrated in New Orleans and its suburb in the form of….another parade! It’s the perfect season for another celebration … after all, it’s New Orleans, and we love to parade!

Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades are considered another opportunity for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day outdoors. It seems as if the entire city is on the street with picnic baskets, umbrellas, and their recreational vehicles…enjoying one of the biggest street parties of the year! Men and women in walking groups from various clubs in the city dress in costumes of green and give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.

New Orleans Parades


Sat, March 11 & Fri, March 17, 2017Parasol’s Block Party 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sat, March 11 & Fri, March 17, 2017Tracy’s Block Party 11 a.m. – ’til

Sat, March 11Irish Channel Parade – 1:30 p.m.

Sun, March 12St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Rd. – 12 Noon

Fri, March 17Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Fri, March 17Downtown Irish Club Parade – 6:00 p.m.

Sat, March 18Italian-American St.Joseph’s Parade – 6 p.m.

Sun, March 19Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade (Metairie) – 12 Noon

Sat, April 1Irish-Italian Islenos Parade at St.Bernard – 12 Noon



St. Patrick’s Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand