It’s King Cake Time!

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It’s basically impossible to stay trim in Louisiana. We go straight from the holidays into King Cake Season. There’s no New Year’s resolutions on dieting for us! Twelfth Night comes around and out comes the delicious sugary sweet bread.

King Cake season runs from Epiphany through Mardi Gras until Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. The tradition is that whomever gets the “baby” trinket in the cake buys the next one. Most of the local bakeries will ship. You can also find box mixes and recipes to make at home. Some are plain cinnamon and sugar and some have intricate fruit and cream fillings.

Traditional New Orleans King Cake in Purple, Green & Gold

Traditional New Orleans King Cake in Purple, Green & Gold

Gambino’s (New Orleans & Baton Rouge) Traditional New Orleans Cake. They ship a party in a box!

Randazzo's King Cake

Randazzo’s King Cake

Randazzo’s  (New Orleans) sets up a special pickup location during the season.  The line goes around the block on the big days! It’s worth the wait!

Sucre's King Cake

Sucre’s King Cake

Sucre (New Orleans) makes a beautiful gilded King Cake. It tastes as good as it looks!

Coconut, Chocolate and Cream Cheese

Coconut, Chocolate and Cream Cheese

Ambrosia (Baton Rouge) creates a delicious coconut, chocolate and cream cheese cake. Reminiscent of the Zulu Krewe theme of throwing coconuts on Mardi Gras Day

Galette Des Roi

Galette Des Roi

The Galette Des Roi from La Boulangerie (New Orleans) makes the French pastry Galette De Roi filled with almond creme and a porcelain charm. We collect the charms every year. Be careful, don’t break a tooth on these charms!

Mardi Gras French Charms

Mardi Gras French Charms

What’s your favorite King Cake? 

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Blank Pages and A Clean Slate

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That’s what we love about January, the idea of starting fresh.

Did you buy a new planner?

I have new blank pages for 2013.

Blank Pages and Organization

Blank Pages and Organization

But I also always like the feel of starting anew in September when school begins.  I always want a new box of crayons when I see all of the school supplies out!

Now for the resolutions…I usually set a goal instead. The focus is a positive shift in my life.

My goals this year include understanding Quickbooks, streamlining my schedule, and finishing the organization process in my house. By the way, I found the organization book UNDER some other books. It resurfaced for the New year!

I will continue to read one new book a month. No reason to give up that goal, it’s been rolling over for the past few years. I gave up on losing 10 pounds and going to the gym years ago! I guess I’ll exercise my mind instead. Although, I really should go to the gym, we’ll see!

What’s your goal for 2013?
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