So tonight, Ken had a friend coming over to watch a movie (Super Troopers in case you were curious), and he thought it would be nice to have some dessert to offer him when he came over. Neither of us really felt like going out to get groceries, so we had to work with what we had. Luckily we had some apples, and we pretty much always have baking ingredients in our cabinet (flour, sugars, baking soda & powder, vanilla, etc.) so we searched online (really… what did people do before the internet?) and found an Apple Crisp recipe from Simply Recipes:
- 7 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to combine.
And now for something completely different… MARDI GRAS! Mardi Gras season is officially under way… the Krewe we are a part of (Krewe of Tucks) had its Coronation Ball a couple weeks ago, and I was one of the Maids for the Krewe. Ken dressed up as a character from “Manos the Hands of Fate.” The whole evening was a lot of fun.
Then just this past weekend was the first parade of Mardi Gras in New Orleans (there are other parades in other parts of Louisiana but this was the first one in the city limits). It’s called Krewe du Vieux (pronounced “Crew de Voo”) and it always has a totally inappropriate, raunchy, politically inappropriate theme. This year’s theme was “Crimes Against Nature” and the floats were as hilarious as the name would suggest.
This year we have people coming into town for both weekends of Mardi Gras, just like last year! This first weekend we’ve got a friend of Ken’s coming into town who he went to high school with. She is interviewing at Tulane Med School on Friday and she’ll be with us from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning so she’ll get to see some of the early parades. Then next weekend, the guy who is going to be Ken’s fellow-resident is coming with his girlfriend because they’ve never been to New Orleans and figured it would be fun to come for Mardi Gras.
So to all of you I say, HAPPY MARDI GRAS!