Aug 17, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 146 {potluck}

Glad to have you back in the gumbo!
My great grandpa said See ya in the gumbo! 
instead of "good-bye."
It means see ya out there in the mix.

Gumbo is a mix of various ingredients.  
And no two people make it the same way.
To "make a gumbo" means much more than cooking.  When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.

I invite you to join this POTLUCK PARTY every Sunday night.
Bring whatever mix of ingredients you'd like.

Ms. enPlace

Top Five Features
(based on your clicks)

   Gateau Basque  
from Simple Living and Eating
Gateau Basque-
   Potato Pizzas  
from With a Blast
  Potato Pizzas ~ Perfect snack while watching the game! Or serve as an appetizer ~ bacon, gooey cheese and more #Snacks #Pizzas #PotatoSnacks #Appetizer

Beet, Apple & Goat Cheese Salad 
from Memories by the Mile
    Beet Apple Goat Cheese Salad

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatballs
from My Pinterventures 
Bacon Wrapped BBQ Meatballs from My Pinterventures

Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops
from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Don't worry about melting with these fun Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops! Fun for birthdays and Summer parties! #DoveTastemaker #cakepops

I liked...
Teriyaki Chicken (Crockpot) 
from Frugal in Florida
Teriyaki Chicken (Crockpot)  from Frugal in Florida

Shrimp Scampi and White Wine Sauce
from What's for Dinner, Joybee? 
Shrimp Scampi and White Wine Sauce from What's for Dinner, Joybee?

The Boy liked...
Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes 
from Sidewalk Shoes
Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes | Sidewalk Shoes

Simple BBQ Chicken Marinade & Rub
from Organically Mo 
Simple BBQ Chicken Marinade & Rub from Organically Mo

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Walnut Fudge Frosting
from Turnips 2 Tangerines 
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Walnut Fudge Frosting from Turnips 2 Tangerines

The Husband liked...
Welcome Fall Pumpkin Bread 
from Yesterfood 
Welcome Fall Pumpkin Bread  from Yesterfood

Roasted Tomato Omelet 
from Bizzy Bakes
Roasted Tomato Omelet  from Bizzy Bakes

* Please link your post, not your homepage*
* Link back or add my button if you'd like*
* Try to visit 2 or more participants*
* Food-related posts only, please*

If you are featured
1. Your post will be linked along with a picture on this site 
2. Your post and a picture will be pinned to the See Ya In the Gumbo Potluck--Featured Recipes board 
3.  Your post and a picture will be shared on Google+

Aug 6, 2014

What's the Haps Wednesday {Alligators, Pelicans, and Bears...oh my}


We recently went to Texas for summer vacation.  Our main stop was Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.  It was the second time we've been there.  There's already talk of going again.

When we go to Texas we like to stop at the welcome center in Orange and walk on the boardwalk through the Blue Elbow Swamp.

Yes...we go all the way to Texas to look for alligators (our state reptile)
The Boy spotted this alligator, barely noticeable.

and snakes

in a swamp.


John Snell, reporter for WVUE New Orleans, often focuses on stories involving wetlands and the Louisiana coast.  This report on the pelican population on Cat Island is depressing.  Comparing the island today and two years ago (roughly 1:17 in the video) is unbelievable.  But the biggest blow is that wildlife experts believe that the Brown Pelicans (our state bird) currently nesting there may be the last generation in the area.

Video: On a Louisiana island, the 2014 generation of pelicans may be the last


Things aren't so bad for the Louisiana Black Bear (our state mammal), though.  They were placed on the Endangered Species list in 1992.  Population studies show that their numbers are increasing.  It is estimated that there are now about 500 in the state.  Thanks to my dad for sending me the link to this article, Bears on the Bayou, about a small female black bear that was captured with Krispy Kreme donuts and fitted with a GPS.

Aug 4, 2014

Winding Down {Kentucky Iced Tea}

Even though we'll *enjoy* summer temps until October, summer is winding down.  School starts next week.

Back in June I declared this summer The Summer of Booze and Seafood.  I always commit fully to what I set out to do.

So this summer of booze and seafood...I've totally been enjoying it.

Kentucky Iced Tea | Ms. enPlace


Long Island Iced Tea. Of course I've heard of it.  Had it even.
Kentucky Iced Tea not so much.

At a pool party, my sister-in-law's brother talked it up.
I had to have it.  I mean, I love iced tea!

Only...ummm...just like Long Island Iced Tea...there's no tea.
I figured bourbon.  But I also thought maybe, just maybe.
Kentucky.  Southern.  Iced Tea.
For realz this time.

Kentucky Iced Tea | Ms. enPlace

This requires a lot of ingredients, but it's worth it.

Print It!

Kentucky Iced Tea
Makes 2 drinks

1 oz bourbon
1/2 oz gin
1 oz white rum
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
4 oz cola

Mix or shake all of the ingredients except the cola.  Add ice to two glasses and pour in the mixture.  Add cola to each glass.

More drinks...
Voodoo Bourbon Slush | Ms. enPlace
Spiced Tea | Ms. enPlace
Herby Milk Punch | Ms. enPlace

In the past...
Okra Fritters w/ Creamy Remoulade Sauce | Ms. enPlace
Roasted Cheese Filled Banana Peppers | Ms. enPlace
Smothered Okra

Linking with:

Inspiration Monday My Pinterventures The YUCK Stops Here
Feeding Big The 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Full Time Mama Lou Lou Girls Tasty Tuesdays
Wednesday Whatsits Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
My Turn for us
Say G'Day Saturday