A King (Cake) of a Hodgepodge


Wednesday again? So soon? Joyce does such an awesome job of coming up with questions. Here's how it works: answer the questions, link up at Joyce's, and visit some of the other bloggers who have linked up. 

1. When were you last a guest at an event or in someone's home? Tell us about it. Do you enjoy having guests in your own home? 
I really had to think about this one. The last time I was a guest in someone's home was June 2020. I flew down to Louisiana to see MS for a few days. It was great to see him, meet some of his new friends and see some of his law school buddies, and to see more of the town where he lives. Not to mention having some one-on-one time with him! Flying during COVID was no big deal...in fact, I rather enjoyed being able to spread out some since the airline left a space between people.
I'm not a huge fan of having guests in my home. The stressing about cleaning and the break in my normal routine...not really a fan.

2. What have you 'tied up in knots' currently or recently? Are you any good at tying actual knots? 
I've been racking my brain on this one & keep coming up with a big zilch. I am horrible at tying actual knots.

3. What's something you've been wanting to do and have decided 2021 will be the year you 'take the plunge'? 
I really need to start working on getting my professional license so I can do some "outside" work when I retire. Nothing crazy, just maybe something part-time. I'm thinking of either travel therapy or teletherapy. I have my teaching license but can't work in another setting without my professional one. 
Wow...I'm really exciting, aren't I? 😁

4. Something in your home that's old? Something new? Something borrowed? Something blue? 
Old: My mama's baby grand piano...and the family crèche
Baby grand piano in a corner with a crèche on it
This is the latest thing in my house that I purchased. Well, besides the mattress cover but I figured no one would want to see that!
This is the Bible that the new podcast Bible in a Year is using. This podcast is the #1 podcast in the USA. You don't have to be Catholic to listen! Subscribe to your favorite podcast app.
(More "zilch". I just don't borrow things!)
Blue: MS gave us this throw of the Acadian Flag when we visited him last year over Christmas Break.
Acadian Flag Throw over a rocking chair

5. Share a favorite quote, a verse of scripture, and/or a bit of wisdom for couples getting married in this challenging and seemingly unpredictable season we're currently/still experiencing. 
Keep God in your marriage. Pray together and keep the communication open.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
Once New Year's is here, I look forward to King Cakes. In the past, I've ordered them from Randazzo's in Metairie, LA. We have a new bakery in town and the owner just happens to be from the same town where MS lives. I couldn't wait to get one of her King Cakes...I just knew it was going to be amazing. We ended up being so disappointed. The owner's daughter baked the cake and it wasn't baked all the way through. Plus, the amount of icing on top was just over the top. Since I was expecting great things, I foolishly ordered another one for the next week. I spoke to the girl a few days ago and told her it was doughy and requested about 1/3 of the icing on the next one. I went by yesterday & picked it up. The same girl baked this one, and she over-did it. She didn't burn it, but it was dry. She gave me a bit of a discount on this one. I didn't open it up until I got home. Doesn't exactly look like bakery quality, does it? 
Small overdone King Cake
And look how small it is next to a loaf of freshly baked bread, and this wasn't their "small" one:
Loaf of freshly baked bread next to small King Cake
Their cookies are absolutely to die for. Even though I really shouldn't be eating it, I figured 1 cookie isn't going to kill me, right? 😉
As for the King Cake, I think I'm just going to have to try to learn how to bake them on my own...or spend money to have one delivered from Randazzo's!


  1. That would have been so disappointing to get something at a bakery that you could have done a better job at, at home.

  2. Wail...I miss King Cakes. Oh sure, you can get them up here, but they are not the same. You also know what I also miss? Beignets and southern cooking.

    Have a great day friend. smiles

  3. Hmmm...that cake? I haven't had a king cake in a long time, but you could try baking one yourself. It would be at least as good as the bakery : )

  4. I totally forgot that we drove to Montana and stayed with Amber and Dylan. Glad you got to visit with MS. Best of luck with your professional license. Very exciting. Sorry about your King Cake.

  5. We saw our younger son in August, just overnight. I really miss him (2000 miles away).
    The good that came out of the bakery issues? You can learn to bake your own.

  6. You deserve that cookie after all that disappointment!!!Cookies always make me feel better. BTW...I see on your sidebar that you enjoyed Beach Music. That is in my top 5 of the best books I read of all time. Have a great week, Mary.

  7. Yes communication is definitely key in a good marriage. What a shame about the cake. Thanks for your visit.

  8. Yes, a rather small King Cake and doesn't sound like it was very good either. We have a lady here that bakes them in her home and they are as good as they get. I'll get one from her soon. I'm a big time cookie baker but have never tried a King Cake and likely won't. Have yourself a good weekend.


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