Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Something Besides Crawfish

As much fun as eating crawfish can be - oh, and it is FUN - there are other elements of Louisiana which are equally fun. All the stuff people traditionally think of when they hear "Louisiana". The bovines had a taste of the fun this weekend, partying with the local wildlife.

The stein in the back is from the plantation on which my grandfather grew up, Greenwood. It burned down in the 60's and was sold then rebuilt. I hope you click the link - it's beautiful. And yes, I was named for the parish. My grandmother and her sister-in-laws, way back in the day when they were all single, would dress in hoop skirts and wander the grounds as Southern Belles, talking to the tourists. I never saw the plantation whole, but am hoping to get the kids down there this summer and take the pilgrimage to the land of my grandfather's birth.

And isn't that the cutest little bottle of hot sauce you've ever seen? My grandmother's sitter, Pam, keeps bottles of them in her car and gave me that one. I love it! Thank you Pam! Tabasco, another local favorite, is one of the BEST things to put on rice and beans. Mmmm.

My cousin, the original papa of the bovines, made the adorable alligator for my grandmother. He was just begging to be in a shot, but he looked so dangerous that I could only let him be in this picture, and then I had to grab him immediately after the photo was taken. You just never know with alligators. Doesn't he look like he could go for a little pot roast with Tabasco?

Yes, I'm still boring y'all with pictures from my trip, and probably will for days to come. I used several memory cards and burned through three batteries for the camera. So there are LOTS of photos! You're all invited to a slide show at my house.

Until I write again ...


P.S I've been updating Fred and Bessie's shop, if you'd like to peek! There on the left ...


Tanya Brown said...

Hon, that isn't just a bottle of hot sauce - it's a life saver! In my neck of the woods, if people wave a single atom of pepper over a dish, they think it's hot. A bottle like that is just right for those impromptu meals out where the food is too bland.

I'm so glad you had a nice trip. Looking at that plantation makes me think of dusting, though. Big place, lots of cleaning!

brneyedgal967 said...

OMG what a gorgeous plantation!! I've never visited one but have always, always wanted to take a leisurely trip to La. and just visit some of the historic plantations that are there. This is one to add to my list. My bucket list. Someday I'll do that.

Anonymous said...

I saw my first wild alligator in Louisiana. I even tried eating some in Mississippi. Tasted like chicken.

Overflowing Brain said...

I wasn't sure if you'd go back and read the comments after your comment, so I'm gonna paste what I wrote to you here, that way you'll be sure to see it.

Flea- I tried to reword that paragraph earlier and I hope you didn't misunderstand me when I said I had educated myself on the issues. It's not that I think that those who disagree with me have not educated themselves, it just that I disagree with their assessments.

No need for corners, though a dunce hat would be lovely.


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Anonymous said...

I agree with Tanya. I would need a team of cleaners to have a gorgeous place like that, but oh how WONDERFUL that it's part of your family history! Thanks for sharing!!

I have a feeling the cows can take care of themselves. I saw what they did to Han Solo.

~ Straight Shooter ~ said... sauce of ANY kind is my kind of hot sauce!

Flea said...

With a place that big, one has servants to clean. :)

As far as I'm concerned, if you've seen one plantation, you've seen them all. Mt. Vernon, Geo. Washington's home, was a huge disappointment. It's just a plantation!

CB - I LOVE alligator! But I think it tastes more like pork chop.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful, beautiful family should definitely take your kiddos.

Marguerite said...

Went out to Greenwood a few weeks ago. MIL wanted to visit them for some reason and when I mentioned how we are connected, she just HAD to go there, take pictures and mention it to everyone we saw. *sigh* Anyway, it's bigger than I remember, but I haven't been out there since I was 6 or 7 I think?

We didn't go inside for the tour, but walked around the gardens some. They built a B&B across the lake. Personally, I think it doesn't "fit", but I could be wrong.

All in all, the whole place is still really pretty. :)

Lori said...

WOW! That plantation is breathtaking. OK, now I get the Flea thing, with your name.
I LOVE Louisiana. Being from TX, I have always thought of LA as a lovely neighbor and we did a mission trip in high school there after hurricane Andrew. I learned to float and tape sheetrock! And for an outing we went to the McIlheny factory where they MAKE the Tabasco sauce. I love it on eggs!

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