Daytona Adventures Part 1

Hello from sunny 70 degree Daytona Beach!  Today is actually supposed to be the warmest day of our trip, so don’t get *too* jealous.  Mom and I made stops at some of our most favorite spots today, starting with the Daytona Flea Market.  There are some people down here already but it feels like not a lot of  race fans have gotten to town yet.  Even though the flea market is open the whole week leading up to the 500, there were a lot of vendors who didn’t open up shop today, even by the time we left around noon.  There weren’t many produce vendors so that was kind of a bummer.

Thank goodness the weird Asian dollar stores were open–they are my weakness.

ENTER OUR HAPPY WORLD!

HURRY TO COLLECT ME!

EVERY STYLES FULLY WONDERFUL!

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Knock off Monster High girls-I like the box on the right were it looks like Frankie is trying to hold Clawdine back, lol.

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(I did NOT buy any of these dolls, but I was temped by the girl on top! Too bad she’s $13.99)

A box of mechanical puppies–I am totally temped by the green striped one.  Mom and I momentarily thought the box was an embroidery kit instead of “embrocation”…whatever that means.  After reading the ingredients list and smelling the tiny bottle inside, I think it is some sort of pain relief liquid.  I just love weird stuff like this.

Pooh wants out of that van, I think… oh, flea markets.

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There have been several bars & restaurants we’ve gone to over the years, “down under” the Dunlawton bridge. I barely caught this pic of the sign as mom drove down.

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Under the bridge, DJ’s Deck has been a top favorite for the past 3 years.  We usually go at least two or three times while we are in Florida.  The place is right on the inter-coastal waterway and next to a seafood market so boats go in and out and you can watch seafood get unloaded by all manner of salty dogs.  Our top picks are the fish dip $6.99, hush puppies $1.99, and the ONE DOLLAR oyster shooters. Horseradish, hot sauce, jalapeno, oyster, and a splash of beer.  SMH.  See it pictures below next to the beer.

And now for a few more weird scenes from the day!

“SCRAPPLE INDIANA TENDERLOIN LASAGNA”

(what the actual heck?)

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“VOODO CHICKENS $75.00”

(Again, what the actual heck?!)

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Crab legs!!!!  Charlie Horse was recommended to me years ago by my college friend Dustin Spagnola (a really rad artist who grew up in  the area).  The Tuesday special is two pounds of crab legs for $20.  You pretty much can’t beat it and the legs have been fresh every time I’ve had them.  The Ceasar salad is also a favorite–the lettuce is so cold it’s just a notch above frozen.  Totally worth going 2 nights in a row.  And we usually do!

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Purchases of the day!  Vinyl apron (featuring strange Asian to English translations), 2 plastic deviled egg plates, beaded poinsettia appliques (10 cents!),6 feathered birds, plastic string, glittered fold-up fans, bright yellow im-PRESS nails (my favorite falsies), 3 picture easels, 2 jewel encrusted hair clips, and an outfit that you’ll prolly get to see tomorrow.

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Stay tuned for more fun tomorrow!  

 

 

 

 

Picayune Pictures #1

picayune: small and of little importance

pictures: any visible image, however produced

Doesn’t that sound prettier than a “photo dump”?

Y’all, this banana cream filled beignet was a little piece of deep fried holiday magic.  I’m not sure how something so naughty could be gluten-free, but it was.  It’s too bad deep fryers weren’t allowed at the AVL Mardi Gras Annual Cajun Cook-Off competition and this entry couldn’t compete.  It’s also too bad that the winning dish was made in an overlooked illegal deep fryer, but I digress. BEIGNETS.  The real deal.

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“Menu” printed from a picture of the wallpaper in Mr. Smith’s bathroom.  I’ve been wanting to put that crawfish to good use since the first time I sat on the throne in his bathroom.  (Other images on the old time-y looking wallpaper include old newspaper clippings and fly fishing advice).  The cakes on the left are Mini Fig Cakes with Vanilla Hard Sauce.  The pieces on the left are Banana Cream cake with Cajun Cream Evangeline.  My mom made them both and we served them up at the cookoff last weekend.  We didn’t win the competition but we did get quite a few votes.  Making taste buds dance is winning enough.

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Here is a real life legit King Cake made by The VooDoo Krewe.  Purple icing is my favorite flavor.

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This little girl was helping her dad serve up the dish that ended up winning the vegetarian category of the comp.  Check out her little pink chef’s coat!  I gave her the wisp of a pink hair clip in her hair–because OF COURSE I had multicolored hair clips in my purse.  Note the little toy cat to the left of the sauce bottle.  Because of course the little girl in the little pink chef’s coat had her Littlest Pet Shop cat with her.  Very rad kid, indeed.

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And for 2 other rando pics…

This stunning sky last Wednesday, right at quittin’ time.

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The beginnings of my first roux.  I got bogged down in the recipe and didn’t get any more pictures.  The dish turned out so well that I’m going to make it again soon and I’ll be sure to document better this time.  Teaser: homemade cheese sauce for a fake-out of Velveeta Shells and Cheese.  With a first roux like this, there ain’t no denying my Cajun blood. ❤

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Stay tuned and tell me about your Mardi Gras plans, if you’ve ever made a roux before, and if you’ve had any pink and purple skies lately!

Simple supper for a snow day

SnOMG we got some wintery weather here on the east coast.  The teevee weather folks told us the storm was heading our way and I heeded their word.  I always try to be prepared even if the precip turns out to be mostly a false alarm and just a little fart of snow.  I’m glad I did some prep work because I did end up being off work for two days. There is never a lack of crafting to be done, but you gotta have cocktails and good food to make staying in as fun as possible.

Requisite snow pictures:

The little storage shed is in my “backyard 40”.  The neighbor kid from way off in the distance was out having an absolute field day playing.  He must be about 8 or 9, and had a sled which he tried (rather unsuccessfully) to get his big ol sweet dog to pull.  It was a hoot to watch from the warmth of my bedroom window!

As you can see, we got just enough snow to cause us southerners to need to stay home. Good thing I went grocery shopping!  Last week I watched a new video on youtube from Boss of the Swamp and he made dang good looking quiche.  Check out the video–it’s a pretty good tutorial on how to make a pretty sweet egg pie.  I’m not a fan of bought crust and I wasn’t in the mood to make a big mess, so I decided to experiment making small quiches in my little non-stick pie pans…with biscuit crust.  Y’all.  They turned out really well.  Here is a picture of them.

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I was telling my friend Mona about how great the quiches were and she told me about making a similar thing that she makes.  She uses canned biscuits to make little pot pies with tuna salad.  This got my gears going for sure.  You can make little pot pies out of pretty much any kind of “salad”-chicken, tuna, vegetables-the main thing is that the ingredients are pretty much cooked before you put them in the “pie” shell.  I had some imitation crab meat and an impending snow storm so then this happened:

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Not pictured here is the big bottle of red wine, a bottle of Andre’s Extra Dry champagne, and of course, catfood.  Note the store brand canned biscuits.  There are 8 in a can for $1.50.  I’m usually a pretty food conscious/healthy eater so this is am item I wouldn’t normally have on the regular.  During second run of the recipe I realized I could split the biscuit dough in half which will make quiches a little healthier.  If a half biscuit mini quiche gets me to eat breakfast on the go then I think it’s a winner!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 can of biscuits
  • 1 c. shredded cheese of your choice
  • 3 c. “salad” of your choice*

*I made crab salad made up of chopped crab, onion, pickles, and a little Dukes mayo.

Pre-heat your oven to 350F.  You can use little pie pans like mine or you can also use a muffin tin.  As long as the pan you use is non-stick, you don’t have to worry about greasing it.  I didn’t grease mine the second time and the pies popped out just fine.

Bust open the can of biscuits and carefully peel one in half.  Pat it in your hand to stretch the dough a little bit, then pat the dough into the tin.  Sprinkle a little cheese in the bottom, put in a scoop of your salad, then sprinkle a little more cheese on top.  Pat out the other half of the biscuit and put it on top of the pie.  Crimp the edges closed.  Repeat for all the biscuits!

Here are some pictures of the steps:

Cook at 350F for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.  Now you’re ready to chow down!  These keep well in the fridge for several days…if you can keep from eating them all at once!

I like these so much that I’ll definitely make them as part of my supper repertoire. There are so many different ways to mix the recipe up, and it’s pretty affordable.  What are some of your favorite winter time comfort foods?