Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Belated Fat Tuesday!

I love celebrating carnival (the period of time between Epiphany and Lent). The tradition really started last year. We put on Pandora's Mardi Gras station and made our first ever king cake. It wasn't New Orleans, but it would have to do since I was almost 40 weeks pregnant.  Will was the finder of the bean and therefore took his reign as king for the next 24 hours. This year it was Lindsay who found the baby and was awarded the title of king. Not to put too much pressure on her, but I knew she would use her creative juices and make it amazing. She did not disappoint.

Here is the story of our Fat Tuesday day at the Monocle Monastic House:

We woke to handmade presents on the kitchen table.
Our King was in action. She let us pick our present which held our title for the day.

Will was in charge of all the meals. Given that the king approved.
Mikey had the job of keeping the king laughing and planning fun activities.
I was in charge of interviews, pictures, and recording her decrees.
Vivi was the cup bearer. She had to hold the cup and make it jingle.
We enjoyed late start breakfast which included: Frittata, pancakes, and real maple syrup.
When the king got home we were making a homemade king cake.
While the dough was rising Mikey picked bowling as our first activity to which the king didn't deny.

The king had a royal escort to the games.
Decreeing the order in which we would bowl.
Vivi bearing her cup.
 Royal snacks were attained.
Vivi's encouragement after a bowl.
The jester gave us his royal expertise.
The king showed us her fantastic form.
Vivi gave us her good mojo.
People were made about losing. Our cup bearer turned out to also be a peacekeeper. 
The Royal Chef's pick of The Red Pearl a local Chinese Restaurant. The king was impressed.
The dough had done its job.
The Royal Chef worked his baking magic.
Not baking one but...
Two King Cakes
The last order of business was to play the king's favorite game.
Settlers of Catan
Mikey found the baby and will reign as king for next year's celebration.

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