Mardi Gras Bracelet and Necklace

Mardi Gras Bracelet and Necklace coming soon!

Our friends over at 925SilverJewelry.US are designing a Mardi Gras silver jewelry bracelet and necklace exclusively for us.  I am beyond excited to receive mine and can’t wait to post photos of it and I am equally excited to wear it during Mardi Gras and beyond!

 

148 Days until Fat Tuesday

148 days until Fat Tuesday but we all know that the parades begin long before Fat Tuesday.

This year the parades begin January 26th and run through Fat Tuesday (February 13th).  Check here for the latest parade updates.

We are starting to plan our trip down for the festivities.  Since we have moved to Pennsylvania, we will be flying into New Orleans and renting a car.  Last year, we drove and spent half of our time in Mobile then the other half across the bay at Daphne.  We have started our search early this year at AirBNB.com for accommodations since accommodations go quickly during the days around Fat Tuesday.

It is a celebration and people come from all over. Many come for a day trip while others like myself come for several days leading up to the big day.

 

 

 

Moon Pie Banana Pudding Shots

 

Just this week in Middle Tennessee, we were in the path for the Eclipse and my friend had an Eclipse party featuring amongst other edibles, Moon Pie Banana Pudding Shots which were delicious!  Here’s the recipe for these Moon Pie deliciousness.

Moon Pie Banana Pudding Shots:

1- (12 count) package Mini Moon Pies

1 Cup Sour Cream

3 Cups prepared Instant Vanilla Pudding

5 or 6 Bananas

Juice of 2 Lemons

1 Cup Heavy Cream, whipped (about 3 Cups) or your favorite equivalent

Chop the Moon Pies into bite-size pieces. In a medium bowl mix the sour cream and vanilla pudding and set aside.  Slice the bananas and toss with the lemon juice in another medium bowl.

In a trifle bowl or other serving bowl, layer Moon Pies, pudding, bananas the more pudding.  Repeat the layering, ending with pudding on top.  Serve immediately or refrigerate up to a day.  Top with the whipped cream just before serving.

To serve in mini parfait glasses, layer the ingredients directly into the glasses.

Makes about 24 (40-ounce) servings.

 

 

And if you decide you would like to have the creator’s recipe, you can order her book on Amazon.  She offers it in digital format or hardcover and this cookbook is full of some southern deliciousness!  Highly Recommend!

 

Banana Moon Pie Layer Cake

Another sweet idea for those moon pies…the banana ones!
Banana Moon Pie Layer Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: 15-20 servings

Ingredients

    • Cake:
    • 3 large bananas, mashed
    • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 cup (12 Tablespoons) salted butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    • Marshmallow Frosting:
    • 1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • Graham Cracker Frosting:
    • 9 graham crackers, crushed
    • 1/4 cup milk (or a bit more, if needed)
    • 1 stick salted butter
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Banana Glaze:
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-3 Tablespoons warm water
    • 1 teaspoon banana extract
    • Few drops yellow food coloring
    • Optional: Banana Moon Pies for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour three 8 inch cake pans and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine mashed bananas and lemon juice and set aside. In another bowl, mix the flour and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter with a mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add both sugars sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined, scraping the bowl after each. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, beat the flour mixture and buttermilk in alternately, starting and ending with flour and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in mashed bananas.
  4. Fill cake pans evenly and bake for about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Let cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Prepare marshmallow frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, vanilla and whipping cream on medium low speed. Add marshmallow cream and beat on medium until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until just barely mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute, until fluffy.
  6. Place one cake, top side down, on your cake plate and spread with half of the marshmallow frosting. Top with another layer, top side down, and spread with the rest of the frosting. Place the last cake on top, top side down, and place cake in the refrigerator.
  7. Make graham frosting: In a blender or food processor, combine graham cracker crumbs and milk until a peanut butter type mixture forms. If it is too thick, add more milk, one Tablespoon at a time, until it is the consistency of peanut butter.
  8. In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, graham cracker mixture, and vanilla until smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar until just barely mixed in. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute. Remove cake from refrigerator and frost. Place back in the refrigerator while you prepare glaze.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together all the glaze ingredients, including yellow food coloring, until smooth. Pour over the center of the cake, spreading to the edges so it will drip down. Top with cut up Banana Moon Pies if desired.

What to do with those Moon Pie Throws—Moon Pie Cake

Inevitability you will catch many moon pies (they are usually the little ones) and they come in so many different flavors.  What to do with these sweet delights…make a moon pie cake of course.  I made a few—sorry forgot to take photos but surely will next time.  The recipe I followed was from Jeff Foxworthy…yes Jeff Foxworthy.

Ingredients
  • 8 regular sized moon pies in flavor of your choice*
  • 16 ounce tub whipped topping
  • Large box cook and serve vanilla pudding* Prepared according to package directions
  • 4-5 bananas
  • 1 bottle caramel syrup
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2-1 Cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut 28-35 minis into 3 strips (you can mix the flavors up or use one flavor type and use half for one side and half for the other side. Place the strips, cut side up, in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish or cake pan.
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions (add 1 tsp of vanilla to pudding) and pour over moon pies while still warm. Cover dish with foil and refrigerate until cold.
  3. Top moon pies with a generous drizzling of caramel. Slice bananas on top of that. Spread whipped topping over all and top with another generous drizzling of caramel.
  4. Chop up remaining moon pie into bite sized pieces and scatter pieces on top. Cover again and refrigerate until ready to serve (can serve immediately but gets better after an hour in the fridge).  And you can sprinkle with some chopped walnuts or pecans.

Enjoy!

Mobile Mardi Gras Timeline

1703– Mardi Gras observed for the first time in the New World by French pioneers at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, the first settlement of Mobile.
1711– Carnival is born in present site as residents join in song, food and dance. Papiér-maché bull, in honor of Boeuf Gras (another name for Mardi Gras), is pulled down Dauphin Street in what is believed to have been the first carnival “parade” in North America .
1830– Michael Kraft wakes up the mayor on New Year’s Eve with rakes and hoes and cowbells, forming the Cowbellian de Rakin Society: the first masked parading society in America.
1840– Cowbellians introduce horse-drawn floats in a parade entitled, “Heathen Gods and Goddesses.”
1842– Striker’s Independent Society formed. Paraded for over fifty years. The oldest remaining mystic society in America.
1862/1865– Carnival is cancelled during the War of Northern Agression.
1866– Joe Cain revives Mardi Gras after the War by costuming as undefeated Chief of the Chickasaw Indians, “Old Slacabamorinico”, and leading the Lost Cause Minstrels in a procession through the City in defiance of occupying Union troops.
1867– Oldest continuous parading society founded: Order of Myths.
1868– First Order of Myths Parade on Mardi Gras night.
1868– Infant Mystics become second society to parade on Mardi Gras night and later moved to Lundi Gras (Fat Monday).
1872– First Royal Court is reigned over by Daniel E. Huger, first king of Carnival, styled as Emperor Felix I. The Mobile Carnival Association is organized.
1874– Knights of Revelry established, parading on Mardi Gras Day.
1875– Alabama legislature declares Shrove Tuesday a holiday in Mobile. The public is encouraged to close down business and to mask.
1884– Comic Cowboys of Wragg Swamp are established, along with their mission of satire and free expression.
1889– First Empress of Mardi Gras reigns as queen and is chosen as consort for Felix.
1890– First Jewish mystic society, The Continental Mystic Crew, is founded.
1893– Mobile Carnival Association reorganized.
1894– Order of Doves, believed to be the first Black mystic society in Mobile, is formed.
1898– Mobile Carnival Association is charged with entertaining the public and protecting the populace.
1902– Masks are prohibited from public use.
1917-1918 Carnival cancelled because of World War I.
1920– Juvenile court is formed for children approximately five years in age.
1924– Permits become required in order to parade on city streets.
1927– Mobile Carnival Association reorganized.
1928– Floral Parade debut.
1929– First electric floats roll into Mobile via the Infant Mystics’ Parade.
1935– 100th Anniversary of the arrival of Carnival parades.
1938– First Black Mardi Gras parade. The first king hailed “Mayor of Carnival.”
1939– First “Colored Carnival Association” formed. It later became Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA). Mr. Samuel Besteda was named “First Mayor of Colored Mobile.”
1940– Colored Carnival Association selected its first king and queen, Alex Herman and Aliene Jenkins.
1942-1945– World War II cancels celebration of Carnival.
1946– Carnival resumes full-scale in Mobile.
1952– Camellia Ball debuts and Zulu Club parades for last time.
1956– MAMGA names Hank Aaron as its mayor for the celebration.
1965– First doubloon thrown in Mobile by the IM’s, two years before their 100th anniversary.
1966– 100th anniversary of Joe Cain’s celebration.
1967– Joe Cain celebration revived at Church Street Cemetery, a location quickly outgrown.
1969– MAMGA dedicates its first float warehouse. Develops revolutionary system of pulling floats in and out of warehouse.
1974– Alexis Herman, Secretary of Labor under the last administration of Bill Clinton, named Queen of MAMGA.
1980– Order of Osiris, the first gay Society in Mobile, holds its first dance.
1990– MAMGA celebrates its 50th anniversary.
1995– First International Carnival Ball held in Mobile with every known mystic society represented.
2001– First ball of the Order of Out of Towners.
2002– Mobile Tri-centennial celebrated with huge parade representing every known mystic society.
2004– 100th coronation of a carnival queen in Mobile.
2005– New Carnival experience opens: the Mobile Carnival Museum opens with Gordon Tatum, Jr. named first curator.

2018 Mardi Gras Parade UPDATED

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:30 PM Conde Cavaliers Parade 
 
Saturday, January 27, 2018
2:30 PM Bayport Parading Society Parade
6:30 PM Pharaohs’ Mystic Society Parade
7:00 PM Conde Explorers Parade 
 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Polka Dots Parade 
 
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Inca Parade 
 
Saturday, February 3,
2:00 PM Mobile Mystics Parade
2:30 PM Mobile Mystical Revelers Parade
6:30 PM Maids of Mirth Parade
7:00 PM Order of Butterfly Maidens Parade
7:30 PM Krewe of Marry Mates Parade 
 
Sunday, February 4, 2018
6:30 PM Neptune’s Daughters Parade
7:00 PM OOI Parade 
 
Monday, February 5, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Venus Parade
7:00 PM Order of Many Faces
 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30 PM Order of LaShe’s Parade 
 
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30 PM Mystic Stripers Society Parade 
 
Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30 PM Crewe of Columbus Parade 
 
Saturday, February 10, 2018
12:00 PM Floral Parade
12:30 PM Knights of Mobile Parade
1:00 PM Mobile Mystical Ladies
1:30 PM Order of Angels Parade
6:00 PM Mystics of Time Parade
6:30 PM Coronation of Queen to King Felix III Mobile Convention Center 
 
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 PM Arrival of King Elexis I (rolls on Route E)
2:30 PM Joe Cain Parade
5:00 PM Le Krewe de Bienville Parade
7:00 PM Coronation of King Elexis Mobile Convention Center 
 
Monday, February 12, 2018
11:00 AM Arrival of King Felix III (Cooper Riverside Park)
12:00 PM King Felix III Parade
12:00 PM Floral Parade
3:00 PM MLK Business and Civic Organization Parade (rolls on Route D)
3:30 PM Monday Mystics Parade (rolls on Route D)
4:00 PM Northside Merchants (rolls on Route D)
7:00 PM Infant Mystics Parade (rolls on Route F)
7:30 PM Order of Doves (rolls on Route F)
 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Mardi Gras Day FAT TUESDAY!
10:30 AM Order of Athena Parade
12:30 PM Knights of Revelry Parade
1:00 PM King Felix Parade
1:30 PM Comic Cowboys Parade
2:00 PM Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (rolls on Route B)
6:00 PM Order of Myths Parade (rolls on Route C)

Mardi Gras in Mobile Alabama Colors

We took a tour at the Carnival’s Museum on Government Street in Mobile while we were visiting in February. We had the fortunate good luck to have Craig Roberts as our tour guide and learned much about Mardi Gras. We highly recommend the tour and Craig as the tour guide and his book is most insightful to Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama.

Among many facts and tidbits about Mardi Gras that stuck in our mind, the one fact that has stood out the most is the “colors of Mardi Gras”.

Mobile’s Mardi Gras colors are purple and gold unlike the other carnivals whose colors are purple, green and gold.