Thursday, February 26, 2009
NEW ORLEANS IS BACK!
For the first time, since the levees broke, I can honestly say, it's back to the same ole', same ole' in the Big Easy. The crowds were back in full force this year.
The Bumpkin extended Mardi Gras for a day, sorry if I kept you waiting. Just between us peeps, we will call it the day of the hair of the dog that bit me.
I promised to share these pics with all of you, so without furter adieu, let's get on with it.
Everybody has a ladder. Some tall and some short, but bottom line a little closer to the floats equals more beads. This is how the entire parade looks before a parade. Nobody does it better than New Orleans, these people have Mardi Gras down pat.
This was my favorite float. They threw beads with dolphins and starfish on them.
Lady Amy and Queen Jo of the Back Porch Royalty! We had so much fun!
This was directly behind the Bumpkin during all the parades. Perfect spot to catch the parades. Alcohol, food, and the bathroom was only $1 each visit. However, they would not make change for the potty $1's. My John got into a tight spot, and still has 4 pee credits left, so if you are in the area, tell em the Bumpkin sent ya!
The ladies in the buildings above us had a good idea to get the good beads shot through their windows.
Shout out to all you Bears fans, this is the only bead John will wear. We took a jab or two from the many Saints fans around us. But, the Cubs hat got us a bead or two. Something to the effect of, "Go Cubs" and then a bombardment of beads from above hit directly afterward.
They say animals can sense people who are animal lovers. This guy came right up to the Bumpkin for a nuzzle.
Bumper to Bumper peeps as far as the eye can see!
These guys are one of my favorite things to see. It must be the mask, my heart races Antonio Banderas Zorro style, when these guys trot by.
Decorations on the balconies are plentiful, but I just had to show you all this one. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The best I have ever seen!
Several times during the revelry we talked about you blog friends we have made. We love sharing the best times of our lives with you!
The Bumpkin and John
P.S. I can never get a serious picture out of My John, look at that face, at least he didn't do this as he usually does!
I have albums of this pose!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Bumpkin may be missing for a day or two, I will be here if you need me! Although, no promises on being in the best condition for any emergencies:)
Mardi Gras is here, and Fais Do Do (translation is Cajun Throw Down, pronounced as faye-dough-dough) is in full swing. Last night was our hometown nighttime Mardi Gras parade, and tomorrow it's off to the Big Easy. The night parades are always the best, because of all the lights of course. It was my small town's first night parade, and they were some things that will have to be worked out, including the route. The floats couldn't make the narrow turns, the police were over-zealous, but a good time was had by The Back Porch Royalty. Tomorrow I'll get to see Val Kilmer(Oh Ice Man!) as The King of Bacchus, and today Kid Rock is the King of Endymion. The celebrities are always around during Mardi Gras, may even catch a glimpse of Bradgelina, they have a house on the parade route. If you have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you must put it on your bucket list! Just two things to tell you if you do. Leave all valuables at home, and Hurricanes make you puke, other than that just wing it, and have a blast. I'll have My Marine to protect me, and we know the safest places to go, no tourist stops for us, we hang with the locals at the corner of Royal and Frenchman Streets.
The costumes of Mardi Gras are outrageous, and The Bumpkin and My John will be clicking away to share with all of you.
Are any of you old enough to remember a band called Larue that sang the song "New Orleans Ladies?" This is one of The Bumpkin's favorite songs, and when us Cajun Belles here it, we all pause, and shine! I've been singing it all day. What a wonderful life we live here in the deep south, maybe next year some of you can join us. The Bumpkin has 2 extra beds! Must love dogs though!
Have a great weekend everybody!
Friday, February 20, 2009
There have been a lot of things said about Michelle. I can say this.
I appreciate these things about her, so far.
She wouldn't take no for answer concerning her mother living with her in the White House.
She wore virtual unknown designers to all inauguration activities, and they became well known.
She wears little or no makeup on national television.
She stood up for her daughter when she wanted to ride the school bus to school. (Do you think the Secret Service rides the bus too?)
This is my favorite picture of our new President. What do you think she was saying here.
Well, I'll tell you what I think she said.
"Didn't I tell you, I told you, you would win, I told you so, I told you so!"
And this look on the Pres' face.
Definitely, "She will never let me live this one down. I can't believe she was right again!"
Truthfully, I see alot of....."Together we can do anything Baby," and a "Yep woman we did it, and I couldn't have done without you."
I want to hear from all of you, what do you think the conversation was?
Can't wait to see what this couple leaves for the history books!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This recipe courtesy of Ms. Jo, The Queen of the Back Porch, and a lady I really needed in my life. We nailed this down over our daily afternoon cup of coffee. Glad I can share some of this lady's cooking with you all. Looks tough, but no just like everything with Jo, stress free!
Prepare 1 Box of Betty Crocker Pineapple Cake mix according to directions, EXCEPT substitute the water with Pineapple juice. Bake in two round pans, and then cool completely.
For the icing:
2 8oz tubs of Cool Whip thawed(maybe I should have said container here, but hell it as a tub, you know, a tub of cool whip.)
2 8oz bars of cream cheese softened.
2 cups of granulated sugar
1 Large instant Vanilla Pudding, prepared according to directions(It took us a while to come up with the exact words for make the damn puddin')
Using hand mixer, mix until smooth, and peaks begin to form.
Using a large serrated knife, place one hand on top of each cake layer, and slice in half. They must be completely cool for this to work well.
You will need two large cans of either Cherry or Blueberry pie filling.
Start with a cake layer, and then add the icing mixture in center only do not cover sides with icing. Then pour a layer of cherry pie filling, then repeat until you get to the top layer of cake. Generously cover the top layer with icing, so that it overflows on to the sides of the cake, a little not a lot. Then generously pour remaining pie filling over top layer of icing, letting ooze all the way to your cake plate. Ms Jo says, "You can never have to many cherries!" Chill until serving.
4th of July spin: Use both cherry and blueberry filling for a great Red, White, and Blue.
Ms. Jo is perfecting a tropical version of this cake over the next few weeks. We will share before summer!
Congratulations to USC Emily & Abe over at From The Land Of Cotton winner of the Kingcake. Please email The Bumpkin at email@example.com with your name and address as soon as possible, so I can get it to you in time to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Thanks to everyone who entered! I've made some great friends and reads from this little giveaway.
Lady Luck this month uh?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I've read your post, and I see where a lot of you list your'e favorite beach/vacation. Perdido Key, FL and Gulf Shores, AL(same beach minutes apart). For us locals, who yes, still vacation there, even though it just miles due east by water, we call this the Redneck Riveria. Because we live on the beach, it kinda loses some of the luster if you ask me, to vacation at the beach, but we've had some really good times there when The Back Porch becomes The Balcony. My preference, the mountains, if you didn't catch that in my first post. Tennessee in the fall. So even though I didn't get tagged in that go-around to answer my favorite vacation spot, there's the answer anyway. My favorite place is the Smokey Mountains, but hey look at this sunset, it'll do in a pinch!
Photo by Mr. Billy
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Well, not exactly, but he did say I could grow my own roses. While the rest of you got a dozen red roses, this is the Bumpkin's Valentine Day present. One custom built greenhouse, complete with custom slated workbench (slated so you can just push the dirt through to ground, and then wash away when potting). Being how it's gonna be a while on the bailout of our economy, and we are now counting the change that Obama promised us (maybe that isn't exactly what he meant), we decided to start growing our own produce, and flowers. The Bumpkin usually spends more than your Macy's/Gap/J Crew budgets each year on flowers for the yard. My John, a master carpenter, just whipped out his magic wand, and Voila! The Bumpkin has a Valentine's Greenhouse. I should give him a little more credit, he actually built this in three days of rain, what a sweetie.
Over the coming spring months I will be sharing the fruits of our labor with you, in pictures. Nothing makes the Bumpkin smile more than a new bloom.
I was a little jealous, when I heard of your fancy dinners, and new pearls. But bottom line, I've gotten all of those things from My John, and it's the little things that really matter. This year was very low key for us. He didn't even get a Hallmark. I know I should have, but it's just not a great year for us. But don't worry, he got his sweet on, my favorite neighbor Jo, baked a sinful sweet cream cheese cake, and we had a lovely dinner on The Back Porch. Truth be told he would rather have Jo cake than a Hallmark any day. Hope the rest of you had a great Valentine's Day. Speaking of great Jo cakes, watch for the upcoming recipe from her for her Damn That's a Great Cherry Cake. This woman can bake, and I am forcing her to measure, and write down the recipes!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Contest ends on Wednesday, right about The Bumpkin's bedtime.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
While the rest of you are waiting on the new line from BCBG( I think that's right), or the latest from Lilly (I'm surprised that almost no one does Vera), The Bumpkin and friends are waiting on the spring line up from the The Southern Belle Store. I think is safe to say, that even you South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia,Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama Belles, have seen these a time or two. Recently, they have came out with a line of State Pride shirts, so I think they are stretching out a little more now. Used to be, this was simply Mississippi Girl Fashion, Southern Belle T-shirts is a another great product of our beautiful state. If not get on over there using the link above, and tell em' the Bumpkin sent ya. The monthly special coupon code is LOVEYA for $2 off anything in your cart. Also, The Thongs, which in this case is Southern Belle logo Yellow Box flip flops, are also on sale, and always Southern Belle does FREE SHIPPING!
Modeling "Some girls do" in long sleeve here in this post is one of the characters of my life. This is Laci, also known as Triple L. She is the daughter, granddaughter, sister, and most importantly the Mamma to some of my really special friends.
I've heard it said before, "That your friends write the story of your life." If that's the truth, she would be the funniest chapter of mine. This woman puts the country in bumpkin. She's the fashionista of the Back Porch where we hang. Our conversations usually begin with "That's so cute, Where did you get that?"
Well, The Bumpkin's had a long day, and I have to go and do the face routine, so The Mermaid, won't be disappointed in me, then I'm calling it a night. I just wanted to ask you all one thing before I go, "Have you seen the Harper pictures?" Can I get a Thank You Lord? Thank you Lord, that's she keeping Kelly up all night. Thank you Lord, Thank You!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Every once in a while something happens that puts southern Mississippi on the map.
For the last twenty years it has been Brett Favre.
Brett Favre's hometown is about 20 miles, from the swing in Kiln, Mississippi. We were there just this past Sunday for My John's birthday dinner. In this town, every business shows the Favre pride.
Although, you all know The Bumpkin is a Bears fan, this guy brings a special smile from any Mississippi Girl.
We have crossed paths twice.
1990- his last year at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Bumpkin was a cashier at a truck stop. His credit card was declined, he was none to happy with the Bumpkin, who had to either receive payment, call the authorities, or pay for this $76 from her paycheck that usually amounted to $200. Someone in his entourage finally covered the bill, and away he went tires squealing and all.
2007- Gulfport International Airport~ The Bumpkin had just dropped off her boss, and is exiting the drop off zone, when who appears to the side of the road, wearing a T-Shirt, shorts, and carrying a Walmart tote bag? The Bumpkin, sly as she is, slows down, rolls the window down, and says, "This is an awfully big opportunity for a Bears fan, Brett, go ahead and cross." He bursts out in laughter, and says, "No, No, you go ahead, I know about you Bears fans." Life had sure improved his attitude in those 17 years.
A few years back, Brett lost his father in a car accident here. I literally heard this in the post office, twenty minutes after it happened. Hometown Gossip is still the best way to communicate important news. His father was a well respected man here, and many a hearts broke with Brett's that day.
The locals aren't lying when they say, you can ride by his place, and see him on his tractor. He will even wave his baseball hat at you, if you slow down. After Katrina, he used that tractor to clear away the debris personally in a two mile radius around his family home. He did his share, to help us move on.
I have read that he says he would like to coach Pee Wee football. Can't you just see the look on these little boys faces, or even better, the Daddy's faces when they have Meet the Coach night. Priceless!
Regardless of what his last year statistics were, regardless of what the logo on his jersey said.
He was our hometown hero! Thanks Brett for the memories! Oh yeah, and Welcome Home! See you at the Steamer!
Now excuse The Bumpkin to run to the gas station to wait for our local newspaper to hit the stands. Do you know what I will get for those newspapers tomorrow on Ebay? I also still have several copies of last year's retirement paper. The package will sell for an astronomical amount!
Thanks Brett for retiring two years in a row! \
****UPDATE**** My John wanted to make sure that no one mistakes my love for Brett Favre, as a love for The Green Bay Packers, as it is a requirement for all Bears fans that we hate The Packers.
P.S. Watch out for nephew Dylan Favre, now the quarterback at St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Rumor has it, that at some hometown games there is a blacked out Escalade that sits in the end zone for the entire game. Sounds like he has a guardian angel! He has a commitment from Alabama (Roll Tide Roll!) for 2010. He's even broke Unc's records here locally.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Over at Mable Cakes they are cooking up Jalapeno' Cornbread, so I sort of got cornbread on the brain, and wanted to share a good ole fashion Cajun recipe with ya'll from the original cooking Cajun Justin Wilson. For those of you who doesn't know Justin get over to his website, and check out some ummmmm ummmmm good recipes. You won't find this one there, but if any of you Mavens, Brides or Mommies, need to cook up some Turtle Soup real quick, Justin is your man. Don't miss the Pecan Praline recipe!
Justin was the Paula Deen of late 1980's. Life does come full circle, in that my Daddy taped every episode on his trusty VCR. Now, The Bumpkin falls back on those same recipes, time after time, for some authentic Cajun cooking. All these slang phrases I have hammered you with, were his tag lines, and are now his legacy, as Justin passed away in 2001. If there were a Food Network Hall of Fame, I bet this guy would definitely be an Honoree.
Cook you up some veggies, a big pot of butter beans, greens, or maybe some cabbage, and make this cornbread for your honey ladies, and "Why you'll have him eaten from the palm of your hand."
Hot Water Cornbread
• 2 cups cornmeal
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups boiling water
• Vegetable oil
Stir together the cornmeal and salt while heating about a half-inch of oil in a skillet, (the black, cast-iron, been-around-for-ages- kind works best). Heat the water to boiling and pour over the salted meal, stirring well. Drop spoonfuls of meal into hot oil and fry to a golden brown. Drain and blot with paper towels before sprinkling with salt. Perfect!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thank you dear sweet Simply!
Now that I have been chosen, I must choose 5 bloggers that I feel should receive the Blog award.
I must list 10 things about myself that you probably do not know
I must post a quote
Post award using a direct link to the person who chose me.
Here are my five picks!
The Housewife Savant~ She's keeping it real stop over and meet Kelly! I'm her peep!
Savannah Redtop~ Great style, and recipes from the "smack your mamma" good cook capital of the world.
EJ & Roo Said I do~I love it when EJ slips a blog in on Roo! See the inauguration post! Plus these guys are Bears fans, that's worth an award by itself.
Sweet Tea In A Pink Glass~ Another Mississippi Girl, (confidential to Pink Glass...Are you ready? Hell yes! Damn Right! Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty Who in the hell are we - Hey Flim Flam, Bim Bam Ole Miss By Damn!) To the rest of you that ignored the Confidential: OLE MISS FANS ARE VERY DEDICATED TO PUT IT MILDLY!
Preppy Bumpkin~It's a bumpkin thing!
So here are my ten things:
1. My John and I, led the first team of animal rescuers (us & 20 vet techs from the Animal Welfare League of Chicago that John solicited for help) into New Orleans after Katrina. The animals had been without food and water for almost 9 days. You probably saw them stuck on the rooftops and balconies on the news. Don't worry we got em' (a wink at you and wonderful feeling in my chest)! About 160 scared, scared, scared dogs and cats.
2. I absolutely DETEST whistling, yet John does this regularly and he knows.
3. The walls of our Master Bedroom and the tractor in the back yard are the exact same color. You got it! John Deere Green. This happened while I was at work one day, I hated it, but it is growing on me.
4. I am horrified of lizards and frogs, but not snakes.
5. Big Love is my favorite TV show.
6. My secret boyfriend is Toby Keith.
7. I am addicted to Dunkin Donuts coffee, but have never been to or even seen a Dunkin Donuts.
8. My John, and I are wholeheartedly committed to the rehabilitation of injured, and the conservation of all Sea Turtles.
9. The Bumpkin has been laid off since September due to the economy, but have made great money parting off My John's 1959 DeSoto Fireflite on Ebay, plus that hunk of junk (that was actually worth far more than I ever dreamed of) is almost gone from my back yard.
10. On my first trip to Chicago (2005 age 36), I stood at an intersection for 15 minutes, wondering how I was ever going to be able to cross the street, before someone said, "Did you push the button?"
Button? What Button? Can you say B-U-M-P-K-I-N? (We don't have buttons in Mississippi, you risk it when you think it's safe.)
And here's my quote, I'm so glad that you stayed to the end of these Bumpkin ramblings, because this is a really good quote.
Charm is a glow, within a woman, that casts a most becoming light on others.~John Mason Brown.
Friday, February 6, 2009
My friends are headed down this way for the big Mardi Gras party tomorrow, and the Bumpkin is cleaning and cooking, but I didn't want to forget my new blog friends in all the hoopla!
Here is a quick party recipe that you can throw together in a flash, and please a crowd.
2/3 jar of Tabasco Hot Pepper Jelly (which you can buy on any jelly aisle south of the Mason Dixon, for the rest of you, you can order it here)
1 8oz bar of Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Ritz or any butter crackers
Spread the hot pepper jelly over the bar of cream cheese, serve with crackers.
It turns out really pretty, and tastes great! Trust the Bumpkin on this one!
It's sweet, spicy (but not really hot), and creamy.
I usually buy the red one, but the green is great for St. Patrick's Day.
To make it a little tangy, put a layer of champagne jelly first then the Tabasco jelly!
I'm spending the evening with the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF WILLOW GROVE.
Wait to you meet these ladies, you are gonna love em'
Now did I tell you this one was easy or what? I love recipes with layers of taste.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Let the good times roll!
While the rest of you are oh so excited about Valentines Day, (and you should be it's a great holiday for us ladies) the Bumpkin is celebrating Mardi Gras! The official kick off is in my hometown this weekend. Of course the Bumpkin will have lots of pics, recipes, and little something extra to share.
It's the Bumpkin's 1st Giveaway. Since Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration on the Coast, and most of you live to far away to celebrate with the Bumpkin, I thought it would be great to share one of my favorite Mardi Gras treats with one of you. The Bumpkin is giving away a Paul's Pastry Pecan Praline King Cake. A King Cake is a traditional Mardi Gras party staple. The tradition is during the season you visit many parties all serving King Cakes. They come in all sizes, and flavors. In each King Cake is a tiny plastic baby. If you get the piece with the baby in it, (read bite into something a little hard and break a tooth), you are obligated to buy the next King Cake.
Serious disclaimer here: The Bumpkin is warning you that the baby can be a potential choking hazard, so if kids are going to be around the king cake, you must check each piece carefully for the baby until it's found.
Now this is not just any King Cake, this is the best King Cake. Paul's Pastry Shoppe is in Picayune, MS (Bumpkin pronunciation is Pick-key-yoon). It's between here and New Orleans, and they have King Cakes down to a science. Most of their cakes have purple, green, and gold sugar on top, and The Bumpkin hates this part of the King Cake. The Pecan Praline has a special topping, and sprinkles in the traditional Mardi Gras colors. It is absolutely divine. Paul's King Cakes are delivered to BP stations here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we fight to get the Pecan Praline King Cakes. Literally, they are delivered on Wednesdays and Saturdays and if you aren't there early, you get stuck with Blueberry Cream Cheese or the ever dreaded Plain. If you want to order your own King Cake I have provided the link above, and Tell 'em the Bumpkin sent y'all.
I will close entries on Wednesday February 18th, 2009. Winner will be announced on the 19th.
I will have the King Cake delivered to you Fed Ex on Fat Tuesday (February 24th), while The Bumpkin is in New Orleans you and at least 10 others can celebrate Mardi Gras too!
Here are the rules, I'm keeping it simple.
Leave a comment=one entry
Become a follower (Come and ride the swing) =3 entries
Tell about The Bumpkin's giveaway on your blog=5 entries
All my current followers automatically get 4 entries, because I'm loyal to followers!
In other Valentine's Day giveaway news be sure to get entered in these two ladies giveaways!
The Mojito Maven is giving away Fat Witch brownies, and if you have never had
Fat Witch brownies, you better get on over there and get entered. Both the Maven, Oprah, and I agree this is a must for all chocolate lovers. I suggest the blonde babies be in your mix!
Also, The Blue Eyed Bride is giving away Hanky Panky gift package for Valentines Day!
Get on over there and register for this sexy sassy giveaway!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
And to answer your question, I have prayed for Harper every day since she has been born.
My new friend Bella at Southern Somedays, took the words right from my mouth.
Bless Your Heart!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is how you tell someone off!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
She has designed several really neat blog pages I visit, and also designed G.R.I.T.S.' header for her too.
She did this button pro bono for us, and has super friendly prices on her header designs. Thank you A Southern Accent! You are awesome!
To add to your page:
Copy the picture here, and save in your files.
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