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Honeymoon Time-

Today Friday and Our Wedding  special post is all about the Honeymoon – a trip that’s special no matter if you travel by Train, Plane or Automobile. So enjoy  Lisa 




The custom actually originated in 19th century Britain, but it wasn’t the blissful escape it is now. While it did consist of newlyweds traveling together, they basically went on a trip to visit family members and friends who couldn’t make it to the ceremony (so, forget about alone time). It wasn’t until the late 1800s that honeymoons started to look like they do today,


But where did the term “honeymoon” first come from?
The etymology of the word comes from the Old English “hony moone.” Hony, a reference to honey, refers to the “indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple,” and how sweet the new marriage is.


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Need HoneyMoon Idea’s

Top 100 ideas  Bride Magazine

We were on a budget so we had a great trip to New Orleans . But I have always wanted to go to Hawaii  –   Lisa



Road Trip – Automobiles

It’s Road Trip Time as We take a  Car Drive  down – Hwy 190 in Louisiana  from Krotz Springs – Lafayette.  These food spots are some of the best in the state- 

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We start  with Kracklin & Meat Pies in Krotz Springs

Mon’s Fried Chicken Port Barre

Savoie’s Sausage – Home of great sausage and meats

Billy’s Boudin and Cupids Daiquiris – Opelousas

Two Sister Taco – Lafayette

It’s a Plane-

It’s all about AirPlanes. In our week of Transpiration -So hop a plane with me and see whats out in the Wild Blue Yonder!   Lisa  

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An airplane or aeroplane (informally plane) is a powered, fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller. Airplanes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations. The broad spectrum of uses for airplanes includes recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Commercial aviation is a massive industry involving the flying of tens of thousands of passengers daily on airliners. Most airplanes are flown by a pilot on board the aircraft, but some are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled.

The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903, recognized as “the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight”


And my favorite Airplane Movie – 


Airplane Movie

If Your Summer Vacation Planes include an Airplane Ride- 


Children Book

A first airplane ride can be very exciting! Watching planes take off and land, going through security, walking the jet way, finding the right seat, watching out the window as the plane taxis down the runway, and flying up high in the sky and then, at the other end, Grandma waiting with a hug! Nancy Speir’s acrylic illustrations deftly interpret the wonder and joy of a child’s first plane-trip adventure.

Happy Mint Julep Day

Happy Mint Julep Day – May 30th ! 

Were you desperately hoping for a refreshing bourbon cocktail but frustrated that you didn’t have a good enough excuse? Thankfully for you, Mint Julep Day is here to pander to your wildest fantasies… just as long as those fantasies involved sipping this classic cocktail.

Mint julep originates in the southern USA and still counts this area as its heartland. This is especially true of Kentucky where the annual Kentucky Derby horse race sees around 120,000 juleps served each year. Premium versions of the drink are served in gold-plated cups with silver straws at a cost of $1000, but you don’t need to spend quite as much as that to enjoy the day. The ingredients are simple: bourbon, mint leaf, sugar and water. However, no two bartenders seem to make the drink in the same way, which is all the more reason to sample a few before this special day is over!

Classic Recipe Southern Living magazine recipes

Served Since 1938 at the famous Kentucky Derby –






But If you can make the Derby – you can catch Thoroughbred Racing in Louisiana -just down the road from me is the exciting Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La. 

Evangeline Downs – Louisiana travel

This Racino is the first new facility of its kind to be built from the ground up. More than 1,400 slot machines, live horse racing, music, nightlife and great food, makes Evangeline downs the perfect place play. Enjoy live thoroughbred horse racing April through September and live quarter horse racing October through December (Wednesday through Saturday).

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Louisiana’s racing and breeding industry plays an important role in the state’s economic well-being and contributes a significant source of state revenue. The combined impacts of both racing and breeding and their related industries generates over $1 billion annually and employs nearly 13,000 people.


Many of theses horses goes on to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Remembering Memorial Day !

Today in the USA  we celebrate Memorial Day !

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,[4] while Labor Day marks its end. ( wikipedia)

Today I celebrate all the veterans in my Family !   St. Landry Veterans Memorial

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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


Thursday Food Fine- Kartchner’s

Thursday Food Find – I take you along  Hwy 190 in South Louisiana. In the town of Krotz Springs, Louisiana . You find this great store. 


One great stop you can’t miss  is  Kartchner’s Grocery & Specialty Meats #2

Quality Cajun and Specialty meats. Hot boudin, fresh cracklins, smoked boudin, and much more. If you haven’t stopped by yet, please take the time to come on in and look around! Our friendly staff is always willing to help and aiming to please.

Check  them out here – Kartchners Facebook Page

Now You thinking – Lisa I don’t Live in the area ( I’am sorry to here that) – they do ship in the USA. Checkout there website @ Kartchners Specialty Meats

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Review- Picante Restaurant

Picante Restaurant and Cantina

3235 NW Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, Louisiana

Picante Restaurant facebook page

We visited this restaurant on Tuesday for lunch with my parents on the way to Lafayette. It’s on the side road – of I-49  so its a convenient location for a quick lunch.

We were greeted with salsa and chip and drinks order was  taken. – My husband and I decided to share  the Combo of the Chicken/ beef fajitas off the lunch menu.

They came out fairly fast – The chicken was salty and the meat was tough. And not seasoned well. The sides were served on a hot plate but the rice and beans were cold,

The best part of the meal was the salsa that was smokey and spicey.


Will I go back – No. Will I recommend it – No.

Rating 2 out of 5 –




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Book Club Reads

Book Club- Tuesday !  My I suggest for Mom two great mysteries  from author Laura Childes ! One  takes place in a scrapbook store the other a Tea shop in two great Southern cities – New Orleans and Charleston-   Thanks  Lisa     


New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with the sophisticated looks she achieves with their scrapbooks.  But among her client’s keepsakes she finds a tip of her own-about a murder…


When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.


Follow her Amazon page for these books & More Amazon page link for author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Friday post

Friday –

Thanks for coming along on my tour of – My Little Town  . Hopefully you enjoyed the tour . Today I leave you with the some pictures to enjoy  Lisa


There’s good reason that the town of Melville celebrates the catfish festival every October. Much of the town’s history and commerce are tied to the Atchafalaya River. Historically, the town made its fortune in river commerce and then as a crossing point for the railroad.

Documents also indicate that Melville had several fish docks and ice houses. By the turn of the century, 50 barrels of fish were being shipped from Melville each day.

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