Sep 28, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 152 {potluck}


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Welcome to See Ya in the Gumbo!
*~*~*
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)

**Top-viewed**
   Mothership Macaroni and Cheese  
from With a Blast
**Top-viewed**
Mothership Macaroni and Cheese ~ This dish has it all and is ideal to make when you need to feed a crowd {packed with hidden veggies as well ;-) } #MacAndCheese #PotluckRecipe #ComfortFood www.WithABlast.net   

Meringue Bones  
from Turnips 2 Tangerines
Meringue Bones   from Turnips 2 Tangerines  

Chicken with Caramelized Tomatoes 
from Bizzy Bakes
Chicken with Caramelized Tomatoes  from Bizzy Bakes    

Crunchy Asian Slaw
from Best of Long Island and Central Florida 
Crunchy Asian Slaw from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

Bee Bim Bop – Korean Stir Fry
from my sister's pantry
Bee Bim Bop – Korean Stir Fry from my sister's pantry

My picks...
Chocolate Buttermilk Cookies 
from Yesterfood
Chocolate Buttermilk Cookies  from Yesterfood

Muffin Tin Mashed Potatoes
from Simply Stacie 
Muffin Tin Mashed Potatoes

Frozen Mulled Wine
from Soup Spice Everything Nice 
Frozen Mulled Wine from Soup Spice Everything Nice

The Boy's picks...
Steak with Mushrooms and Green Beans 
from Hun...What's for Dinner?
Steak with Mushrooms and Green Beans  from Hun...What's for Dinner?

Banana Nut Bread 
from Nuestro Buen Provecho 
Banana Nut Bread  from Nuestro Buen Provecho

Homemade Potato Chips  
from Love Bakes Good Cakes
This Homemade Potato Chips recipe is so easy and delicious! A must make recipe! 

The Husband's picks...
Toffee Apple Cheesecake
from With a Blast
Toffee Apple Cheesecake ~ Old-fashioned Cheesecake topped with gooey, sticky Toffee Apple, S'Mores and drizzled with Brown Sugar/Cinnamon syrup ~ to die for delicious! #Cheesecake #AppleCheesecake #ToffeeApple #FallDessert

Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake 
from From Val's Kitchen
Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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Sep 24, 2014

What's the Haps Wednesday {Bootless}

When I was a little girl, I wanted to go to Pilottown, Louisiana.

from weatherunderground
The idea of this place fascinated me.  A place where riverboat pilots (who I pictured as scruffy, cussing, Mark Twain look-a-likes) lived, waiting to board ships coming in from the gulf so they could navigate the route upriver.  A place built on piers because there is little to no solid ground.

(In case you were wondering, pilots are no longer stationed there since Katrina.)

I always saw Pilottown as the end of the world.  Or, at least, the end of Louisiana.
I still kinda want to go there.

To the tip of the boot.

On paper my state is shaped like a boot.
But it turns out the tip of the boot is gone.  The bottom is worn away too.

This article, "Louisiana Loses its Boot" by Brett Anderson, while long, is an interesting read about the ever-changing shape of Louisiana and how my boot is no longer a boot.

In some ways, I like the ephemeral nature of South Louisiana.  Can't be pinned down or defined.  One day it's one way, the next another.  Subject to wind direction, seasons, rainfall, the pull of the moon.

"Louisiana has perhaps the most complex
coastline of any state in the union. 
It’s not just a coastline but a coastal zone
that has many inland lakes 
that are part of coastal change.
Any map you make of the Louisiana coast 
is obsolete the day you make it.
It’s an exercise in futility."
from "Louisiana Loses its Boot" by Brett Anderson


In some ways, I like this indefinable nature.  The ever-changing.  The elusiveness.

But the catch is that I want the ever-changing to change back from time to time.  I want the tide to come in and transform everything.  Wash over.  Cover up.  Then I want it to fall and expose what was there before.  Just the way it was.

Change that is fleeting.  Does such a thing exist?


When the tide falls and the boats pass and the storms quiet, things are not the way they were.  Shores are eaten away, replaced by water.

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In his article Anderson also points out that

"...smart phone screens are programmed to spit out the granular information we need to get from point A to B. We don’t look to them to give us the large-scale views of border, land, and water of accurate paper maps. And so it’s becoming harder and harder to communicate the most urgent crisis facing Louisiana."
from "Louisiana Loses its Boot" by Brett Anderson

Coastal erosion and wetland loss is something I pay attention to.  I know we lose a football field of coast every hour.   I can quote the numbers and research.  Yet I never stopped to consider--to picture--what this physically looks like.  I've been so focused on the dismaying numbers that I never considered what those numers look like in reality.  What the numbers translate to.  That my boot is not really a boot anymore.


More about coastal issues in Louisiana...
Disappearing | Ms. enPlace
Going | Ms. enPlace
Going | Ms. enPlace
Gone | Ms. enPlace

Sep 21, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 151 {potluck}


*~*~* 
Welcome to See Ya in the Gumbo!
*~*~*
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)

Chicken was very popular this week!

**Top-viewed**
   Mississippi Chicken Spaghetti  
from Soup Spice Everything Nice
**Top-viewed**
Mississippi Chicken Spaghetti   from Soup Spice Everything Nice   

Creamy Chicken Burritos  
from Pickle Bee
Creamy Chicken Burritos   from Pickle Bee  

Chicken and Dumplings in a Slow Cooker 
from My Turn for us
Chicken and Dumplings in a Slow Cooker  from My Turn for us    

Creamy Chicken & Rice Casserole
from Simply Stacie 
Creamy Chicken & Rice Casserole- a delicious way to get dinner on the table quickly! My family loves this recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
from Views from the Ville
Buffalo Chicken Dip from Views from the Ville

My picks...
Gluten Free Spinach and Cheese Pie 
from Gluten Free A-Z
Gluten Free Spinach and Cheese Pie  from Gluten Free A-Z

Roasted Rosemary Pork Chops with Honey Mustard Cream Sauce
from Blogghetti 
Roasted Rosemary Pork Chops with Honey Mustard Cream Sauce from Blogghetti

Pumpkin Hand Pies
from Jo and Sue 
Pumpkin Hand Pies from Jo and Sue

The Boy's picks...
Caramel Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins 
from With a Blast
Caramel Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins ~ Deliciously moist, packed with Pumpkin & Chocolate Chips with a Caramel drizzle ~ perfect for breakfast, tea time, a snack or for the lunchbox #Muffins #PumpkinMuffins #FallRecipe

Slow Cooker Chili Dogs 
from Miz Helen's Country Cottage 
Slow Cooker Chili Dogs  from Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Pumpkin Mousse Parfait  
from Sweep Tight
 pumpkin mousse parfait

The Husband's picks...
Fish Tacos 
from Nuestro Buen Provecho
Fish Tacos  from Nuestro Buen Provecho

Pumpkin Roll Cake With Cream Cheese Filling 
from My Turn for us
Pumpkin Roll Cake With Cream Cheese Filling  from My Turn for us

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