|from my friend Mary at Deep South Dish....if you are looking for some fandamtastic recipes for Mardi Gras or everyday, go see Mary's site|
It was about that time that I became involved in working with teenagers and their families in the church setting. I know some of you are saying to yourselves...what the????? I know, as I look back sometimes I say the same thing but it's true. I was a Christian educator in the United Methodist Church. I went to seminary and everything. I love the expression on faces when I say that now. You see the individual try to grasp how it is that I am a "heathen" now if I was an "indoctrinator" before. There eyeballs darting around trying to say something that would seem appropriate. I kinda like the shock value of that statement sometimes. Shame on my name.
I suppose it was the influence of being the rush chairperson in a sorority in college that led me to celebrate everything in a Martha Stewart sort of way, even in the church setting. Always had the right tablescape for the party, favors, decorations, and for goodness sake, the correct invitation. I actually look back at where I came from in my human development sometimes and ponder, "and how is it that I am where I am now?" You see I ran a program for children, teens and their parents during the week where a couple of hundred participants came together for dinner, lessons and fun. So I was the perfect "rush chair" for the job. I also had a Sunday program for teens and we celebrated everything. I infected them all with a sense of Laissez les bon temps rouler......... let the good times roll.
One year with the inspiration and help of a lovely couple, she from Australia, he from 'Nawlins we put on the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration that the church had ever had. We fixed more gumbo than probably had ever been in the city up to that point. And I baked enough King's Cake with tiny baby's hidden in them and mouth watering pecan pralines to fill a shrimp boat. And the youth group made a ton of money for a trip to help a community in Colorado and work with Habitat for Humanity. See that was the fun part......the getting kids community minded...not ego centered. I loved that part of my job.
So throw me some beads mister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!