Sep 1, 2014

I Get the Blues when Snakebit {Snakebite Beer Cocktail}

Labor Day is supposed to be an end to summer.

Dear thermometer on the porch,
Didn't you get that memo?
That's ok.  It gives me an excuse to squeeze in one last summer of booze drink.

Snakebite | Ms. enPlace

I discovered this equal mixture of hard cider and lager at the most perfect place to discover a new beer...a pizza joint.

I had many a Snakebite during Pint and a Half Night at Pizza by Stout--which no longer exists due to the 05/22/11 EF5 tornado that hit Joplin, MO.

Snakebite isn't as harsh as the name leads you to believe.  The sweetness of the cider (in this case I used Redd's Apple Ale because I wanted to try it) cuts the bitterness of the lager.

Maybe it's called Snakebite because you feel like you've been bitten by a snake the next day?
Snakebite | Ms. enPlace
A snakebite with a roast beef po'boy may be even better than one with pizza.

Know what else goes with a Snakebite?
The blues.
Tab Benoit at Dosey Doe's in The Woodlands, TX

I mean how else ya gonna feel when snakebit?
Tab Benoit at Dosey Doe's in The Woodlands, TX.  We caught the show while on vacation this summer.

Tab Benoit at Dosey Doe's in The Woodlands, TX

Snakebite (beer cocktail)
Pour equal parts hard cider and lager into a glass.
Drink.  Drink more.

All the booze I enjoyed this summer...
Kentucky Iced Tea | Ms. enPlace
Canialle Bleu Cocktail | Ms. enPlace
Lemon Drop Martinis | Ms. enPlace
Cuba Libre | Ms. enPlace
Cape Codder | Ms. enPlace

Some pizza...
Chicken, Bacon, & Green Chile Pizza | Ms. enPlace
Crab au Gratin Pizza | Ms. enPlace
Puff Pizzas w/ Collard Greens | Ms. enPlace

In the past...
Coush-Coush | Ms. enPlace
Eggplant w/ Creamy Corn Sauce | Ms. enPlace
Risotto Stuffed Tomatoes

Linking with:

Inspiration Monday My Pinterventures The YUCK Stops Here
Feeding Big The 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Lou Lou Girls I party and get pinned at Tasty Tuesdays on Anyonita Nibbles Full Time Mama
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage My Turn for us
Say G'Day Saturday

Aug 31, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 148 {potluck}

Welcome to See Ya in the Gumbo!
With the long weekend, I keep forgetting today is Sunday.
Off of work tomorrow for Labor Day!
My great grandpa said See ya in the gumbo! 
instead of "good-bye."
It means see ya out there in the mix.

Gumbo is a mix of various ingredients.  
And no two people make it the same way.
To "make a gumbo" means much more than cooking.  When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.

I invite you to join this POTLUCK PARTY every Sunday night.
Bring whatever mix of ingredients you'd like.

Ms. enPlace

Top Five Features
(based on your clicks)

   Baked Creamed Skillet Corn  
from Miz Helen's Country Cottage
 Baked Creamed Skillet Corn   from Miz Helen's Country Cottage  

Caprese Stuffed Zucchini Boats  
from Best of Long Island and Central Florida
  Caprese Stuffed Zucchini Boats   from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

Chicken Bacon Quesadilla with Peanut Sauce 
from Upstate Ramblings
Chicken Bacon Quesadilla #PackedwithSavings #shop    

Pappardelle with Corn, Lobster, Pancetta, and Creme Fraiche
from Sidewalk Shoes 
Pappardelle with Corn, Lobster, Pancetta and Creme Fraiche

Chorizo Burgers
from Carole's Chatter
Chorizo Burgers by Carole's Chatter

My picks...
Fish Paste Stuffed Bell Peppers 
from Little Joy Factory
Fish Paste Stuffed Bell Peppers  from Little Joy Factory

Portobello Roasted Vegetable Tower
from Gluten Free A-Z Blog 
portobello caps and roasted vegetabes

Chili Garlic Green Beans
from This West Coast Mommy
chili garlic green beans

The Boy's picks...
Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes 
from 2 Kids and Tired Cooks
Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes  from 2 Kids and Tired Cooks

Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts
from Bakewell Junction 
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Hearts | Bakewell Junction

Vintage Banana Nut Bread
from April J. Harris of the 21st Century Housewife 
Vintage Banana Nut Bread

The Husband's picks...
Warmed Honey Brie 
from Living the Gourmet
European Cheese Platter

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos
from Love Bakes Good Cakes 
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos make a perfect appetizer or meal idea! Easy to make! #chicken #jalapeno #taquitos

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* Food-related posts only, please*

If you are featured
1. Your post will be linked along with a picture on this site 
2. Your post and a picture will be pinned to the See Ya In the Gumbo Potluck--Featured Recipes board 
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Aug 27, 2014

What's the Haps Wednesday {Mardi Gras, being old, and an award}

What's the haps around here?

* It's about 6 months until Mardi Gras

and I'm thinking about a twist on my King Cake for Mardi Gras 2015.  I have an image of a purple, green, and gold jelly roll cake.

But I've never made a jelly roll cake and...honestly, am kinda scared to do it.  Pretty sure it'll end up being shoved in a bowl and called a trifle.

* School is back in.  This year it's Junior High.  I woke up one day old enough to have an almost-teenager.  Seriously.  How did this happen?  Not cool, Time.  Not cool at all.

* My dad asked why I call this weekly post "what's the haps."  It's a phrase from one of my favorite authors, James Lee Burke.  I've been a fan of his Dave Robicheaux detective series for a long time.  If you couldn't tell by the character's last name, it's set in Louisiana.

* Finally, Jillian at Creating Silver Linings nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Thank you, Jillian, for thinking of me!
Liebster award badge

The rules are:

+ Share eleven random facts about myself.
+ Answer Jillian's eleven questions.
+ Pass the award on to other bloggers.
+ Ask these bloggers eleven new questions.

Eleven Facts
1. I keep a secret stash of chocolate because secret chocolate tastes better than chocolate for everybody.

2. Know how the Dyson guy just thinks that things should work properly?  That's me.

3. I've never broken a bone.

4. I set three alarms in the morning.  First alarm at 4:15.  Second at 4:35 because the best sleep is between 1st and 2nd alarm.  Third alarm is at 4:47 because that is the absolute LAST possible minute I can stay in bed and still get to work on time.  No, none of this makes sense.  I don't care.

5. My favorite color is brown.  Not a pretty blue or vibrant red.  Brown.  Just brown.

6. I have two younger brothers and no sisters.

7.  I love when people misunderstand song lyrics.  It's usually better than the actual song.  Some of my favorites: Awesome shoes are on me (Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me"), I like fried chicken (Simple Minds' "Alive and Kicking"), Looks like tomatoes (Barry Manilow's "Looks Like We Made It).

8. I love puns.  The worse the better.  Or something like that.

9. If Coke is not available, don't ask, "is Pepsi ok?".  It is most certainly not.

10. My brothers and I once had an aquarium of crawfish as pets.

11. My zodiac sign is Virgo.  While I don't put much belief in this sort of thing, it is interesting that I do possess many of the typical virgo traits...analytical, exacting (to almost over-thinking), industrious, practical, methodical, cautious.  In other words, big fat snooze fest.

Eleven Questions from Jillian
1. Why do you write your blog?
I started writing as a way to chronicle moving back to Louisiana after being gone for 12 years.  While I still do that, sometimes I think I keep at it because it's an addiction.  Only half joking!

2. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I used to be a night owl (as is my son).  But I have to be to work for 6 AM with a half-hour drive thrown in.  This owl wised up and goes to bed early.

3. What would you pick for your last supper?
A roast beef po'boy, dressed and dripping with debris gravy.  Followed by my weight in chocolate and coffee.

4. What’s your hidden talent?
I think it's still hidden.

5. Where was your best vacation?
Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, TX.  I dreaded going to a water park.  Dreaded it.  Once I got there, I didn't want to leave.  Went back again this year and ditched the old man and son because they had had their fill of the rides and I hadn't.

6. What do you find to be the hardest thing about blogging?
Coming up with interesting content.  Can't force creativity.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Mind control.  Mwwwa haaa haa haa.

8. What is your favorite quote and by whom?
From my favorite poet, Walt Whitman: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."

9. Describe your perfect day.
Spend the day at a camp on Grand Isle.  Drink coffee on the porch while the sun comes up.  Fish.  Crab.  Gig flounder at night.

10. What’s your best recipe?
Hard question because my answer changes based on time of year and mood.  One of my favorites right now is Roasted Okra & Tomato Topped Blackened Catfish over Cheesy Garlic Grits

11. What do you want your readers to understand most about your blog?
I don't blog for fame or fortune (good thing).  I blog to share my passion for my culture and it's cuisine.

And the Liebster Award goes to...

Soup Spice Everything Nice

Best of Long Island and Central Florida

Our Sunday Cafe

2 Kids and Tired Cooks

Full Time Mama

This West Coast Mommy

Eleven Questions
1. What was the first meal you cooked?
2. What is your favorite movie?
3. What is your favorite post on your blog?  (Don't forget the link!)
4. Do you like your name/do you think it fits you?
5. Are you on time or do you tend to be late?
6. Are you a planner or are you spontaneous?
7. What is the best piece of advice that you've been given?
8. What was your favorite childhood toy?
9.  If you could be a villain for a day, who would it be?
10. What is the best thing that has happened to you as a blogger?
11. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?