This weekends Festival time-

Hi Friends- another Friday is here in Louisiana. October in Louisiana  is just a little cooler than normal (60-79- verses (80-90) 0f the summer. Hurricane’s are still forming out in the oceans but we are all quite here. at home.  Looks like another great weekend -to go out and explore- Any Plans for the weekend? Here’s some suggestion from Home – Louisiana Cotton Festival – Ville Platte, LA – Oct 10 to Oct 15, 2017 Cotton Queen and King, parade, carnival and live music. Tamale Fiesta – Zwolle, LA – Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2017 Annual event for 40+ years to celebrate the Spanish and Indian heritage of the town with hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children’s activities. Andouille Festival – LaPlace, LA – Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017 Dedicated to the sausage it is named after, event includes Andouille eating contest, gumbo cook-off and jazz brunch, among other activities. Bridge City Gumbo Festival – Bridge City, LA – Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017 2000 pounds of gumbo is served to visitors annually. Gumbo cooking contest, beautiful child contest, crafts, midway and delicious cajun cuisine. Held at Angel Square. Admission is $3. All day rides for $25. Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – New Orleans, LA – Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017 Live music, Southern barbecue and fun in Lafayette Square.  Admission is free at Lafayette Square Park. Louisiana Gumbo Festival […]

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Today’s Lesson * Columbus Day

Happy Monday – Today’s  Bell Ringer is History Fact or Fiction ?   The story is taught all across America. Christopher Columbus, spanish explorer, sets sail in 1492 with three ships and discovered the New World. It’s a story told so frequently, its become more fable than fact. In school we are all taught the poem – The Poem: In […]

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Celebrating World Card Making Day

Looks like a rainy Saturday – perfect time to make some cards.    Happy World Card Making Day !   Are  you making Cards today ? Doing any shopping for cardmaking supplies? Today is the Day- Here a post with a great list  from some of my favorite Companies-  Sales    Scrapbook.com   Deals-coupon StampingUp    Sale event Today I having fun […]

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Louisiana Tailgating- Y’all Come

Welcome to Thursday ‘s  Food  Find *   LEL- Today we are talking about  – Tailgating – Louisiana style.   A tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating, which originated in the United States, often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. Tailgate parties occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts. You Want to know the Best Colleges to tailgate at – Our own LSU Tigers is  #1 Here the article -is you school included –10 best tailgates in College So What makes it Special – The Food  ! On Today ‘s Menu  – Gumbo * I will be the first to tell you everyone has there own recipe. Goggle it -tons of recipes & video- But it various from house to house and areas  of Louisiana you live in. It can be made with about anything – meat,seafood ,wild game and poultry. It can be made quick or cooked low and Slow. Made for a few or a crowd -served with Rice.  Eat and Enjoy    Lisa    Need help  Gumbo 101   Here’s the Basics of Gumbo- Chicken -Clean and cut up. Place in bot with water and let boil. Cook about an hour. Strain. Liquid is your base. De bone and save chicken You need to make a dark roux in an iron skillet. This takes a while -don’t burn it.  ( […]

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Monday – Season of Football

No this is not a political message – this is a post about the South’s love of Football and they way Louisiana celebrates it- with food,fun and family.   Even though the Heat is still here – the fans are packing the stadiums around here.Louisiana loves its football so Turn the Lights on -its time for Football ! Friday night […]

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Sept 15 * National Online Learning Day

let’s  Celebrate – National Online Learning Day       What Is National Online Learning Day?   National Online Learning Day, September 15, recognizes the advantages and potential of blended and online learning programs and the accomplishments of districts, schools, administrators, teachers, staff, and students who use them. The day seeks to cultivate awareness of, and support for, an ever-growing […]

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A is for Apple

This Monday I sit here and remember everything that is going on – past and present. It’s 9/11 and It’s time to remember – those that gave all and share those memories with others. Today we think of all our family and friends  battling the hurricane Irma in Florida. Stay safe  all . Also as Fall slowly moves into Louisiana – I start thing about Harvest time. We lived in Michigan for many years and a great family time was found picking Apples at neighboring orchards. Picking Apples and enjoying the fall festival at the orchard always signaled the beginning of Fall. And the cold weather was coming around the corner. Then a trip  home and to make Apple sauce and Apple butter in the kitchen to enjoy. Lisa   Apple Sauce I made for my son as a baby. Peeled and sliced apples. Add a small amount of water and cook down Run through food mill or blender. You can  add brown sugar ,cinnamon  and more water and cook to a chunky style also.   Slow Cooker Apple Butter Apples- peeled,cored and sliced. Add – sugar,cinnamon,touch of salt and vanilla. Cook on Low for 10 hours.

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Sunday : National Grandparents Day

Sunday  –     Happy Grandparents Day !  Here’s the story. Back in 1970, Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife, came up with the idea of a day set aside to encourage families to visit their elderly relatives. With a firm resolve to make it happen, she began lobbying policymakers. McQuade got through to her Senators, Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd, who […]

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Sunny Saturday * Louisiana

  Saturday is a Beautiful  day -so go out and enjoy it. This picture is from the Opelousas , La. Visitor Center. A great place to visit and see the vast history of the town. Don’t Miss the St. Landry Catholic Church – Cemetery Tours starting in October.  Lisa Opelousas takes its name from the Native American tribe Appalousa who had occupied the area before European contact. The first recorded European arrived in the Appalousa Territory in 1690. He was a French coureur de bois (trapper and hunter). French traders arrived later to trade with the Appalousa Indians. In 1719, the French sent the first military to the Territory, when Ensign Nicolas Chauvin de la Frénière and two others were sent to patrol the area and in 1720, the French established Opelousas Post as a major trading organization for the developing area. The French encouraged immigration to Opelousas Post before they ceded Louisiana to Spain in 1762 Opelousas is Louisiana’s third oldest city. The city served as a major trading post between New Orleans and Natchitoches in the 18th and 19th centuries. Traditionally an area of settlement by French Creoles and Acadians, Opelousas is the center of zydeco music. It celebrates its heritage at the Creole Heritage Folklife Center, one of the destinations on the new Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. 

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