Mardi Gras in Galveston, TX. And King Cake. And Jambalaya and Crawfish Pie on the Bayou.

A baby/ 3 year old  is crying incessantly. She is sitting perched upon her fathers shoulders.
Phoebe: Momma! Momma!
Me: What’s wrong Phoebe?
Phoebe: Daddy isn’t doing a good job!
ME: Huh?
Phoebe: The Jewelery Momma!  Daddy isn’t stopping the jewelry from hitting my face.
Me: Oh honey. It’s okay. I’ll tell Daddy to do a better job.
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Around these parts its Mardi Gras time.
Time for babies to get whiplash from swaying their heads side to side as they try to dodge flying beads because their loving fathers put them atop their shoulders to acquire the most loot.
These are the things you must learn as a child of the Mardi Gras belt.
No time for crying.
No time for dieting.
It’s FAT TUESDAY!
It’s time to eat! 
Fat Tuesday has a particular useful meaning to me this year because I’m on a diet.
No carbs.
No starchy veggies.
Not even a piece of fruit.
But not today!
Today I will eat.   

Some yogurt for breakfast. Sorry not very interesting. But tasty.
Cafe con leche for snack. 
Chicken Breast and pickled beets for lunch (strange as it sounds, its good). And maybe a few chocolate flavored Quaker rice cakes. I’m totes addicted.
Second snack, probably some roasted tomato hummus and something very crunchy. I have my eye on pita chips, but I’m hoping come time, I’ll opt for better bell pepper.
And then for dinner I’ll have Jambalaya. Sweet Baby. Goodness. 
A lovely mixed herb salad. .and. . . .
FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, KING CAKE.
WITH CREAM CHEESE ADDED.
Lord help me.
I’m not kidding.
Pray for me.

Easy King Cake made with 

Refrigerated Biscuits

Previously posted on NickiWoo.com 


Ingredients:

1 can reduced fat biscuits (16 oz.)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 can fruit pie filling, optional
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese mixed with 1 cup powdered sugar, optional
Cream Cheese Prepared Icing
3/4 cup coarse sugar, divided into 3 parts and colored yellow, green and purple with liquid food coloring 
King Cake Baby or a bean

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment, aluminum foil or silicone baking sheet. Set aside.
2. Open biscuit can, and gently knead all the biscuits together to form one uniform piece of dough. About 12 inches in length.
3. In a small bowl, mix together butter and cinnamon. Spread evenly over dough.
4. Drop spoonfuls of pie filling and cream cheese mixture all over the dough, if using.
5. Starting on the long side of the dough, roll into a cylindrical shape. Form into a circle and pinch tightly to seal. Place on baking sheet. 
6. Bake at 325 for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Let cool slightly, and then spoon prepared icing over the cake so that it melts and becomes a thick glaze. Sprinkle with colored sugar.
8. When the cake has cooled, insert the baby or bean on the underside of the cake discreetly. Whomever gets the baby Jesus has good luck for the rest of the year, and has to bring the King Cake next year!

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