King Cake Season!

Crocheted King Cake! by Clare Crespo

Crocheted King Cake! by Clare Crespo

Crocheted Piece of King Cake and Cafe au Lait by Clare Crespo

Crocheted Piece of King Cake and Cafe au Lait by Clare Crespo

It is King Cake season!!!!!!! Starting at Epiphany, running through Mardi Gras season, and ending at Lent, you can have a King Cake! Oh the joy this brings to me! New Orleans' King Cake is a cinnamon brioche type cake in a circular shape decorated with purple, green and gold sugar. A plastic baby or ceramic figure is baked inside the cake and whoever gets the piece of cake with this treasure has to get the next King Cake. Oh its festive! Oh its fun! This tradition marks your days in a sweet way and brightens up the dark chilly days of January and February. Even if you are not lucky enough to live in the celebratory state of Louisiana you can still enjoy this tradition. These fine bakeries will fedex a King Cake to your door wherever you live: Gambino's, Haydel's, Sucre, and Randazzo's. I have had them all. Yum. Yay.

Nibbling in the New Year!

Eeek! and yum!, a mouse!

Eeek! and yum!, a mouse!

Mouse Party!

Mouse Party!

This is a good and funny snack to make for a cheese plate at a wintery gathering! Bake or procure some good small round bread rolls. Cut some slices in the top with a knife and stick some melba rounds in for ears. Stick some cloves or pepper corns in the front for eyes and noses. Poke some holes in the front with a toothpick and add some rosemary leaves for whiskers. Poke another hole in the back and add a chive for a tail. Now place a few of these mice on your cheese plate!