Get in the spirit of carnival. Carnival begins on January 6th every year.  Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday,  is the first the day of Lent. This year Ash Wednesday is March 1st.  Lent is a religious observance wherein Christians fast, abstain and practice penitence in commemoration of Christ Jesus fasting in the wilderness for 40-days (Matthew 4:1).

This year Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 28th.  The start of Cardinval is also the start of King Cake.  At my house, King Cake is served on a decorative plate with some beads.  If you do not have access to a King Cake, make your own, when your bread comes out the oven poke in the baby. Remember whoever gets the baby should buy the next cake or in this case make the next bread ring.


1 (30 oz.) can fruit cocktail, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 (18.25 oz.)   package lemon cake mix, 1 cup water.

Drain fruit cocktail, reserve 1/3 cup of syrup.  Melt butter in an 8-inch cake pan; add sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves arrange fruit cocktail in sugar mixture.  Prepare cake mix with 1 cup of water and the reserved fruit cocktail syrup.  Spread cake mix over fruit cocktail.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.

If you are in New Orleans, make it a point to go see the Zulu Rex Float.

Mardi Gras Tuesday, February 28th Royalty will be featured on the Zulu Rex float Uptown 8:00 am to 10:00 am.  Please bring me a coconut. 

Give me an example of what you are going to do, what vice you are going to give up in your journey to focus and grow closer to God. I am giving up cursin, rice and procrastination

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