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

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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

 

Sunday Morning Thoughts

In South Louisiana its doesn’t  feel like Spring today -48 degrees here -winter weather (LOL). – Yeah I spent many years in the MidWest and this is not considered cold there but in South Louisiana its freezing. It won’t  stay that way the day before it was in the 70 ‘s . The Joy of Spring in Louisiana -that’s why I am waiting to put my garden in. This year I am trying a small one in the from yard -so that it taken care off regularly and I can share the bounty.

Hope You had a great week – I had fun sharing my four legged family members with you. I am sure you will see them pop up more -there a big part of my life. But it was also a crazy week as a family my son (11th grader) had ACT prep in the city to go too. He took it last year and hoping to score better. He goes to a virtual on line school  (LAVCA/K12) our 5th year and he loves it. Hes a good student and needs little help from the parents other than keeping him on track. Education is very important to us and this was the correct choice for us.

Next -week will be busy. Lots of family obligations, but I want forget you guys. This week I am celebrating  St. Patrick Day-

We’re Going Green on the blog for St. Patrick Day ! Not only St.Patrick Day items but some great recyclable items and ideas! Thanks for coming by and visiting – Lisa 

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St Patrick Day event

 

Local Children Books

Pelican Publishing Co. 

You can find more info here

 

Pelican’s History

Pelican Publishing Company enjoys national recognition as a medium-sized company with a backlist of over 2,500 titles and fifty to sixty new titles produced yearly. As a general trade publisher, Pelican is presently the largest independent trade book publisher in the South.

Pelican Publishing Company was established in 1926. Its history is tied to such names as William Faulkner, whose first trade publication was published by Pelican, and Stuart O. Landry, whose vision kept the company alive from 1926 to 1966.

Today –

With the translation and international distribution of many of its titles, Pelican has enlarged its growing market of foreign rights sales and purchases. Pelican’s motivational titles by Zig Ziglar (See You at the Top) and Dr. Walter Doyle Staples (Think Like a Winner!) led its entry into markets in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. Additionally, Pelican continues its acquisition of foreign titles for U.S. publication. See You at the Top is a special title among Pelican’s list and enjoys the highest sales of any Pelican title. To celebrate the book’s 25th anniversary, a revised edition was published in 2000. Many of Pelican’s titles are available as CDs, MP3 downloads, or e-books, in addition to traditional paperback and hardcover editions.

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Chicory and Roux – The Creole Mouse and the Cajun Mouse   by Todd-Micheal St. Pierre 

illustrated by Lee Brandt Randell 

 

A southern retelling of Aesop’s fable – as we explore the differences flavor of their culture – and that sometimes where you are is where you belong.

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Petite Rouge  by Sheila Hebert-Collins

A cajun twist to an old tale.Red Robbin Hood told with a south Louisiana twist. Our wolf is an alligator ! Enjoy this old tale with a new spin.

 

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The Littlest Streetcar

 by Vernon Smith 

The illustrated tale of an iconic New Orleans streetcar- named Charlie.

 

Beads Galore

My throws from Saturday’s children parade in Lafayette.  Lisa

After the Parade – What do you do with the Beads?

Make something? 

Pinterest has tons of idea’s

https://www.pinterest.com   – Mardi Gras Beads crafts

Have a friend in a Krewe – give them the beads. (less to buy next year) 

Some people sell them on Ebay (if yo have a large quantity)

Donate locally your beads- The Goodwill industry collect ,re package and Sells them

LARC – Mardi Gras Beads

Monday

Happy Monday – the day before the Big celebration of Mardi Gras.

The weekend was fun and busy – I will post more pictures and you tube link of Parade.

We all ate too much ,caught lots of throws and had a fun time.

Today – How about a New Orleans classics

93991

beignets

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

 

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

 

Directions

 

 

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, evaporated milk, and blend well. Mix in 4 cups of the flour and beat until smooth. Add the shortening, and then the remaining 3 cups of flour. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  2. Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 inch squares. Fry in 360 degree F (180 degrees C) hot oil. If beignets do not pop up, oil is not hot enough. Drain onto paper towels.
  3. Shake confectioners’ sugar on hot beignets. Serve warm.

With a good Cup of Louisiana coffee you can’t go wrong – Lisa 

Tales of Two Rivers

Happy Sunday Morning! Sun is shining and the weather is great perfect weather for Parade watching-

Yesterday – I answered a comment  with – Across the River. And here in Louisiana that’s a common statement. But maybe not where you live. Louisiana is a state filled with many Rivers,lakes and bayous. The main River is  the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya River comes off of that River and Leads into Cajun Country ( The home of the Acadians that settled  Louisiana.) My little town sets on the banks of the Atchafalaya surrounded by a ring levee   for protection.  One of many towns that grew up around the Rivers. Making it rich in farming,lumber,oil and great hunting. Lisa

So when I say – Across the River I refer to both Rivers. 

 

 

A Little History Lesson. 

 

 

 

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The Atchafalaya River /əæfəˈl.ə/[1] is a 137-mile-long (220 km)[2] distributary of the Mississippi River and Red River in south central Louisiana in the United States. It flows south, just west of the Mississippi River,[3] and is the fifth largest river in North America, by discharge.[4] The name “Atchafalaya” comes from Choctaw for “long river”, from hachcha, “river”, and falaya, “long”.[5]

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My Home Town – Lisa 

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