Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Extra Day of Beauty (60/366)

Flowers always bring a smile to my face and the first one of the season is even more special.  Today started off rainy and gray but a brief "get out of the office" moment to grab lunch, offered me this beautiful sign that Spring is right around the corner!  We even got a few peeks from the sun.

Now, let's hope tonight offers me a good night of sleep and no thoughts of work.

It's a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Storm Front (59/366)

So Mother Nature has been kind to us since Sunday and the "Burgh" had been enjoying very mild weather and sunshine.  Tonight was a perfect night for a brisk walk in the park while the kids were at CCD.

As the sun was setting, you could not miss the front coming in.  While we will be at almost 60F tomorrow, wicked storms are coming.  March is coming in like a Lion, but as long as snow keeps its distance, I will be a happy woman.

Come Friday, sunny and 67F.......c'mon Spring!

We've got a low pressure system and a northeast breeze
We've got a falling barometer and rising seas
We've got  cumulonimbus and a possible gale
We've got a force nine blowing on the Beaufort scale

Monday, February 27, 2012

Blinded (58/366)

So I was sitting in one of the end offices with my co-worker Ed and as we were discussing the integration of our latest acquisition and I could not help but notice how beautiful the sun set was through the blinds of his office.

I was less than polite when I noticed the time and told him I had to run to capture the moment and get ready for my Zumba class.

As I was shutting down my laptop, I caught an email from a long time, online friend.  We had not connected in a few months and last we talked he was having issues with his sleep Apnea and back pain that he attributed to not sleeping well.

Well, my smile from finding the email quickly dissolved when I found out that his absence from the online world was due to the fact that he has cancer.  Started in his kidneys and moved to his spine.  He has been through two surgeries, rehab and is about to start chemo and a possible 3rd surgery.  I can't even begin to fathom what he and his family must be going through.

It was just back in Sept 2010 that we met in person after knowing each other for several years.  We both love baseball and we met in Baltimore to watch his Yankees play the Orioles.  It was all Orioles till the 9th inning.  He laughed and said that if the Yankees had lost, it would have been all my fault....what a guy!

So here's to my friend Greg.  May you see and share many, many beautiful sunsets like this.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Luv ya!

I wish Cancer would get Cancer and die!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

She's (loves) My Cherry Pie (57/366)

This is Lexi.
Lexi is turning 10 tomorrow.
Lexi loves cherry pie.
I love cherry pie.
Lexi got a Birthday pie that was homemade by me because I wanted cherry pie too.
No one else in my house likes cherry pie.
My body doesn't need an entire cherry pie in the house.
Lexi has no idea who Warrant is, but I do.
And it is my blog...LOL

Happy Birthday to a wonderful young woman who made our Sunday a fun day.  Here is to a great 10th Birthday and many, many, many more (with cherry pie).

They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy Birthday to you!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yes, you are Ugli! (56/366)

Yes folks, it's another Giant Eagle shot.  Stopped in the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to make a cherry pie for tomorrow and Shannon noticed these lovely little items.  Ugli Fruit and yeah, it lives up to it's name.

We are going to try one, because, with a name like that, I am sure it has to be good or why would anyone buy it. We did Google it to find out more about it.

It actually has it's own website, which tells us its exclusively from Jamaica and it's a cross between an orange, tangerine and grapefruit.  It was discovered growing wild over 80 years ago and has become commercialized and is now distributed under the Ugli brand name.  We will be sure to let you all know how it tastes....

"The affliction is only skin deep, so the beauty is in the eating"

Friday, February 24, 2012

Everybody was keyboard fighting! (55/366)

Ever wonder what happens when you leave computer and go to bed.  Gremlins that come and delete that oh so important email or send out spam when no one is looking....LOL

Tonight, we put the special lens on the camera and waited....and waited, until finally, the little blue men showed themselves....we managed to catch a quick shot of the lil devils before they danced across the keyboard and the scurried off into the dark.

Yeah, this is also what you get when the brain is baked, the weather sucked and you took a stab at being creative at almost 9PM at night.  It may not be great, but it's fun!  These little guys were actually a give away from Engineering Day at the Carnegie Science Center last weekend from the Eaton booth.

Everybody was keyboard fighting
Those kicks were fast as lighting
In fact, it was a little bit frightening
But they fought with expert timing

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mr. Blue Sky (54/366)

You know it's going to be a good day when it starts off with blue skies and you find out the Weatherman was totally wrong (again!).   Back on Monday, the forecast was rain all week but we have had sun for the past few days which is a rarity in Pittsburgh this time of year.

As I was checking out the photo (while at a stop light of course), ELO came to mind and I could not get this song out of my head.  I knew it was going to be a good day.

Mister Blue Sky please tell us why 
you had to hide away for so long?
Where did we go wrong?

Hey Mister Blue
We're so pleased to be with you
Look around, see what you do
Ev'rybody smiles at you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bursting through the clouds (53/366)

Mother Nature has been teasing us lately.  Temps in the 50's, flowers trying to burst forth, no snow, but I know sooner or later, she is gonna kick our ass!

I have been overworked lately, trying to do mass clean up which has meant extra hours in the office and at home so it was nice to see some beauty on the way to the office today.

Sometimes it's all you need to get you through.....

Sun came bursting through my cloud
breaking daylight through the misty shroud
You came walking out from in the crowd
to the sunlight from the shade
You were clearing in the winter pane
making shelter from the coming rain

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Good Morning, Deer (52/366)

One of the things that blew my mind when we first moved here was the wildlife right in our own backyard, literally.  We had a wooded area behind our house and there were always deer and wild turkey in our yard.  I had to keep a close eye on Daniel so he didn't torment the turkeys and get himself hurt.

That wooded area has since been cleared and McMansions built, so we don't see them as often.  However, there are still many wooded areas of our "closed" neighborhood and I still get my views of Bambi and Tom on a weekly basis.  Generally just strolling from one side of the street to the other as if they own the place.

This morning was one of those days.  Just one, waiting in the middle of the road till I approached and he(she?) scurried off into one of the driveways.  He did pause long enough to let me take his picture and I am sure my neighbor who was out walking his dog was wondering what I was doing as I pulled off to the side to catch my shot....LOL

Next time, the turkey's have their moment!

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  They always say it's because they are a beautiful animal.  There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.

Ellen DeGeneres

Monday, February 20, 2012

Leave a light on when I'm gone (51/366)

Monday.....ran by in a blur and before I knew it, it was 8pm and I was on my way to pick Daniel up from Cub Scouts.  Driving up the street I was listening to the radio and David Cook's "Light On" came on and I was checking out all the porch lights.  I think I had my shot for the day.  I don't like waiting till the last minute for some of these shots, but reality sometimes has it's way with you and you just have to deal!

Now my house might not be brand new, not a mansion by any stretch of the imagination.  It's in definite need of some home improvements, but it keeps us warm and safe and it's mine.  The kids have a yard to play in and a park right around the corner.  We have good neighbors and come Spring, I will have a green lawn and a butterfly garden.  I like seeing that light on, because I know I am home.

Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night, a naked light
A fire to keep me warm.....

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Our Future's So Bright (50/366)

So I have teased Shannon many times for her love, of what I call, Sophia Loren sunglasses.  At 11 she loves her movie star look and these darling shades cost her a whole $1.  Now, mine might have cost a lil bit more than  that but for bifocals, they don't look to shabby (and I got them on sale Mother, like Daughter).

However, when she saw my new glasses, she was teasing me about "my" Sophia Loren look and we decided we need to share our new look(s).

And the choice is yours, cause they come in two classes
Rhinestone shade and cheap sunglasses

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Look at me, I can be centerfield (49/366)

With pitchers and catchers about to report to Spring Training camps in Florida and Arizona, it was hard not to choose these two shots for the Picture(s) of the day!  Yes, I did two shot since one is just a close up shot of a portion of the other and it is my blog.....LOL

The Miniature Railroad and Village is current on display at the Carnegie Science Center and that's where the kids and I spent our day.  It was almost a celebration that we all felt human, all at the same time!  I have always loved Miniature Train displays and this one has so much intricate detail, I could spend days just trying to share it all with you.  For more information about this, here's a FAQ from the Science Center ( ).

This particular portion of the display is Forbes Field ( ) which was where the Pittsburgh Pirates played from 1909 to 1970.  Just so you could appreciate the attention to detail of this exhibit, the second photo is of the play happening at 2nd base.  As you can see, every aspect has been clearly thought out.  I think I could  have filled a whole camera card just shooting this section.

So here we are, two of my favorite things rolled into one.  April 5th cannot come soon enough!

Got a beat up glove, a homemade bat and a brand new pair of shoes
You know I think it's time to give this game a ride
Just hit the ball and touch 'em all, a moment in the sun
(pop) it's gone and you can tell that one goodbye!

Friday, February 17, 2012

I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink (48/366)

So Montezuma's revenge had it's way with Shannon last night.  Every 15 mins for the first 4 hours and then about every 35-40 mins till her body finally gave in to exhaustion about 4:45AM.  Yeah and that meant no sleep for me either.

Good news is, she is feeling much better, just very tired.  Better news was, it has not hit me (yet, again) and the sun was out and today was beautiful.  Work was insane but I did get another chance to play with sun rays on the way home, while stuck at a traffic light.

Sometimes it's the little things that can make the worst, sleep deprived day, just that much better.

I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink
I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink
I wonder should I call you or fix myself a drink?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Graph(ic) Details (47/366)

This is what your pic of the day is when you have two kids at home hurling their cookies.  Stomach bugs in the Winter are the worst.  Tomorrow I am just going to open every god damn window in the house and freeze it out but tonight, Dan had to finish his graph project on the rare chance he makes it back to school tomorrow.

And Shannon, well I give her credit, after her second round of worshiping the porcelain God, she was laughing and telling me she better feel better by tomorrow, because she doesn't want to ruin her Perfect Attendance at school....LOL  Gotta love a kid with priorities!

So for those of you on Facebook and G+ who helped Dan out with his Sports Graph, here is the final project.  Remember folks, this is 3rd Grade and he wouldn't let me just input the data into Excel and print our a Power Point file.  So we did it the old fashioned way.  Construction paper, magic markers, stickers and a glue stick.  God praise the glue stick, because it's so much cleaner than glue, though not near as much fun...LOL

Now, all that being said, I will say a silent prayer that the violent stomach and intestinal issues I experience on Valentine's Day were all I am going to get from this lovely say a prayer too, no one ever puked with too much prayer!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Guess what today was? (46/366)

Once again it was time to do the chore I detest the most, grocery shopping.  Now, after the technological "fail" of a day I had today and the "shitty" day I had yesterday, it was really the last thing I wanted to do, but hey, the kids have to eat.

So I grab my cart (they call them buggies here in Pittsburgh and that just makes me laugh) and once again, before I get to the fresh produce, Giant Eagle has offered me a variety beautiful flowers just dying to be photographed.  They really did bring a smile to my face after the day I had.  I had sorta pre-planned artichokes tonight (as a photo subject) but the flowers won out.

So I trudged up and down the isles and damn I did it again.  I shop twice a month, on paydays.  Normally (pre January 2012) my bill for 2 week time period was between $375-$425.  We don't eat out much so I don't think it's all that bad.  However, to my pleasant surprise, this is the 4th time in 2 months where I have been under the $350 mark and tonight....OMFG I got under the $300 mark. Simply amazing!

So now that I had a brief view of Spring and my checkbook was not totally depleted, I feel refreshed and I cannot wait for the warmer weather....

Daisies are like sunshine to the ground
~Drew Barrymore

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

More Than Words (45/366)

I could say so much about these three little words, but somehow, I am sure what I wanted to convey would not come through as eloquently as the lyrics to one of my favorite Extreme songs.

Saying "I love you"
Is not the words I want to hear from you
It's not that I want you 
Not to say, but if you only knew how easy
It would be to show me how you feel

More than words
Is all you have to do to make it real.
Then  you wouldn't have to sat that you love me
'Cause I'd already know.

More Than Words-Extreme

Show your Valentine how much you love them, today and every day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Crystal Butterflies (44/366)

It was 18F this morning and I knew what that would mean when I headed out for work...scraping windows.  I would rather brush snow than do this.

So after I loaded my goodies in the car and started it, I took a moment to check out the cool patterns that had formed on my windows.

Beauty can truly be found everywhere.

Someone painted pictures
on my windowpane last night.
Willow trees with trailing boughs
and flowers, frosty white.

And lovely crystal butterflies
But when the morning sun,
Touched them with it's golden beams
They vanished one by one

Helen  Bayley Davis

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why does it feel like? (43/366)

Well the day ended on a good note, but it started out with Dan not feeling so good and making a mess out of 10AM Mass.  Since we had to make a quick exit and the Donut social would have wait for another Sunday, it did give me some much needed time to at least try to put a dent in the chores list.  Then it was off to Marion Manor.

Our local Women's Club was sponsoring an Ice Cream Sundae Social along with an interesting dice game called Left, Center, Right.  Everyone enjoyed the game and prizes and especially having the kids around that came to help.

As we were helping wheel some of the residents down to the Activity Room we passed this very cool fish tank and I told Shannon not to let me leave without a few shots.  We both took a few pics and I think the nurses started to wonder about us...I would wonder anyway but that's a whole nother story....LOL

Then it was back home for laundry, dinner and some Excel Hell to end the day.  Daniel, who couldn't keep a thing down earlier, was eating like it was his last supper.  Pretty sure it was the dining choice of his father last night that set his stomach off and not a stomach bug.  Which is a damn good thing because those things are pure EVIL!

I always feel like, somebody's watching me
and I have no privacy
I always feel like, somebody's watching me
Tell me is it just a dream?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Snowblind (42/366)

Awoken to a Winter Wonderland today.  We actually have almost 3" outside and according to the Weather Channel, its going to snow all day.  Hopefully we won't see more than 5" since I have a fun night out tonight with the girls.  Which is the other reason I wanted to get the blog done now.  Too much going on today and not sure when I will be home tonight.

This is my rose bush on the back patio.  I am hoping to get it up to par this year so I can enjoy it but it does provide some interesting photos in the off season.  I even broke out the big camera for this shot.  I couldn't get close enough with the 4S and I wasn't much for standing in the snow in my bare feet and too lazy to get my boots.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Crystal world with winter flowers
Turns my day to frozen hours
Lying snowblind in the sun
Will my ice age every come......

Friday, February 10, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please (41/366)

You know, one of my favorite things with my blog is when I get the picture of the day before 8:30AM.

Today was another one of those days.  Because then, no matter how crazy the day gets, I know I have that task accomplished and believe you me, the last few weeks have been insanely busy at best.

So let me tell you about Jon.  Jon is the newest addition to our office and has given me faith that his generation has decent work ethics.  My boss shared that on his first day (or in his interview, I am a bit fuzzy on this) he said he was here to "kick ass and chew gum, and he was all out of gum".  I like this guy.  He also commented when he saw the sign on my office door that reads:  "Some people need a high five.  To the face.  With a chair.", that we were going to get along fine!

So this morning he shares with the group his first piece of "Office Art".  Well I would have bet money he dented the bottom of the can but no.  So I had to grab the camera and get a "monster" shot of this piece of "art".  And then I checked it all out.  No dent in the bottom and still contains some of the energy drink.  Apparently just enough to allow the can to balance on it's side at an angle and not spill over.

OK, so I am sure some of you have seen this or done it...but I thought it was damn cool!

Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening
You've seen that seeing is believing
Your ears and eyes will be bleeding
Please check to see if you're still breathing

Hold on tight because the show is not over
If you please move in closer
You're about to be bowled over
By the wonders you're about to behold here

Thursday, February 9, 2012

You are my sunshine! (40/366)

I think I need to start an album called Sunrise/Sunset on Green Tree Rd....LOL

After a very cold, gray snowy day yesterday, it was nice of Mother Nature to grace us with a beautiful day full of sunshine.  Still very cold but the warmth of the sun on a Winter's day does more for my soul than it could on any day in June, July or August.  As a Pittsburgher,I have learned to treasure our days with the bright orange orb because the Steel City is rated #2 on the list of cities with the least amount of sunshine.

So here I am on my way to work, traveling down Green Tree Rd and this time I caught the  traffic light near some trees which offered a nice addition to the sunrise.   I am sure I got some interesting looks from my fellow drivers with the window down and iPhone out, but I gotta do what I gotta do.

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy 
When skies are gray
You'll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away.....

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Of thee I sing (39/366)

Today was one of those days.  The snow was falling, it was colder than it has been in a more than a few weeks and all I really wanted to do was stay in bed and watch bad "B" movies.  But it was Wednesday, it was work and I was off.

For the last few months I had notice this little flag just outside the Parking Garage near my office.  It was one of those things that you see every day but never really pay attention to.   I kept meaning to snap a photo of it and today, with the snow I finally took the opportunity.

Now I don't want to get into a debate about the current state of our Nation, but I know I would never want to live anywhere else.  This little flag reminded me that no matter what, we stand strong, we weather the storms and come out with flying colors on the other side.

Be proud of our country, be proud for being American and don't be afraid to lend a hand.  If more of us took an interest in our country, we might just be able to change things that need it.

My country 'tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Can your hear me, Major Tom? (38/366)

As a parent, I think one of the rites of passage is kids toys that make it into the strangest places at the worst times.  Nothing can scare the hell out of you more than when you run over a Hot Wheels car with the lawn mover and shards of metal and plastic fly out in all directions like you hit a land mine.  My personal favorite is the Lego piece that you can't see because it blends with the floor....damn that can hurt like hell!

So as I went to work on Monday, I walked by the side of my driveway and saw this little Walkie-Talkie lying in the lawn.  Now, I would not think much of it normally, but I know it hasn't been there long and I don't think I ever bought my kids anything like this.  So it makes you wonder....where did it come from?

And before you go thinking I cheated and used a pic I took on Monday, for Tuesday, I didn't.  I had taken a similar photo on Monday but after we went to dinner, the shot of Point won out because I knew this would still by lying in the same spot the next day (minus a little bit of frost).

I think I might just leave it and see if my son happens to notice it.  I am sure it doesn't work but I know he loves  being creative with his toys.  Right now he is re-enacting a scene from one of the Star Wars movies with Millennium Falcon he got for his birthday and a few thousand other Lego's he has accumulated over the past few years.

Ground control to Major Tom, your circuits dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you.....

Monday, February 6, 2012

City of Bridges (37/366)

Tonight I had dinner at one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto up ( on Mt. Washington.  The view from the restaurant is as amazing as the menu and it always opens up delicious and interesting food options for me.

We started off the evening with Oyster's Rockefeller, raw oysters and Cajun Shrimp.  Tonight's special was a Walu-Escolar done in a Korean BBQ.  It was beyond amazing and definitely a fish I would love to have again. Delicate, light and flaky and it practically melted in your mouth.  We finished our meal with carrot cake that probably put 10lbs on me just looking at it.

A special thank you to my colleagues and co-workers for company and conversation as diverse and interesting as tonight's menu.  Rich, Scott, Steve and Chris....thank you for a lovely evening.  It's always a pleasure to have your company.

We've got a million bridges
To get from place to place
Try to name another city
That let's pierogies race
After riding the inclines
The only food I like
Are a Primanti's brother sandwich with fries and slaw
And a slice of old Vinnie's pie.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Empire State of Mind (36/366)

Yes folks, I have a Giants fan in my home.  It's not easy, but if she was a Cowboy's fan, it would have been worse.  You see, 5 years ago her grandmother was here for a visit.  During her stay, my Eagles were playing the Giants and Grandma knows how much of an Eagles fan I am.  So we are eating dinner and watching the game and it's close.  At this point, Dan is too young to care and Shannon is undecided.

So what does Grandma do?  She pays Shannon $5 to root for her Giants.  WTF???  Amazing what some cash can do to sway your grandchild...LOL

So we fast forward to the present and Shannon is still rooting on the Giants with her Grandma, I am still an Eagles fan and Daniel, well, he is still a fair-weather friend, owning Steelers, Cardinals and Eagles gear.  Just call him Team Switzerland!

Way to go NY....the only better than watching my Eagles win, is watching the Patriots lose!

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh
There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York,
New York, New York......

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Put Me In, Coach! (35/366)

So today was Daniel's 9th basketball game.  He plays 3rd Grade Metro Basketball and this is his first time every playing this sport.  He has height on his side but needs to work a bit more on his aggressiveness.

The Keystone Oaks Eagles are currently 1-8 but for a whole team of first-timers, it's been great to watch them progress through the season.  Next year should bring more fun and more wins!

Today not only brought us a very close game, but it also brought us Daniel's first baskets, 2 to be exact.  The first one was what I like to call a "toilet bowl" basket cause the damn ball swirled around the hoop at least 4 times before dropping in.  I think I was more excited than he was and I was definitely louder....LOL  The second shot, while not as dramatic, was just as exciting!  I was so proud of him!

So here's to my little man!  You go Daniel!!

Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you wanted, one  moment
Would you capture it?
Or let it slip, yo

Friday, February 3, 2012

Songbird (34/366)

I truly believe that beauty is everywhere, today proved that to be very true.  I was a brisk February morning filled with sun.  I dropped my car off for inspection and decided to be healthy and walk the half mile (all uphill) to the office.  Not normally a difficult task, unless you are lugging the laptop from hell that weighs 10lbs.

As I made my way up, I took the time to check out some of the interesting scenery and as I thought, choosing a photo for today's post was not easy.  I had four very good options but on the drive in, Fleetwood Mac was on the radio and the song stuck with me.

Now it did not happen with this shot, but as I passed a home with ivy on it's front wall, I stopped for a shot.  The frost on the leaves and the way it glistened in the sun made for a beautiful shot.  As I was turning from the drive, the homeowner came out and asked me if I saw a rat...really?  Ewwww.....I told her I was just enjoy a little bit of Mother Nature's artwork and continued on my way.

And the songbirds are singing
Like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Take Me Out To The Ball Game (33/366)

In less than 3 weeks, pitchers and catchers report for the beginning of Spring Training and I can't wait!

First and foremost I love baseball.  I was born and raised a Philadelphia Phillies fan and my heart will always be them.  Life and work moved me to Pittsburgh, which means the Pirates.  I have always been a fan of the underdog, and for the last 18 years, you can't find more of an underdog than the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Now most baseball fans would not think that was a good thing.

But you know what?  My kids are getting something you don't get in all the big market towns: intimacy with their hometown team.  They are learning to love baseball as Season Ticket holders, as members of the Bucaroos club, as Pittsburgh Pirates fans!  We will attend about 30 games this season and win or lose, it's what we love to do.

So as I was enjoying a brisk walk on a cold and gray February day around the baseball field of our local Aiken Park, my mind wandered ahead about two months, to when kids will be playing on these fields.  Parents will be watching and cheering, I will be getting my walk/jog on and it will be baseball season!

Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks
I don't care if I ever get back!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fit For a King (32/366)

I mean, it is called a King Cake!  A special "Thank You" to my co-workers Rhett Miranda and Darrel Saucier for sending us this cake today.  We called today Early Fat Wednesday...LOL

Now what is a King Cake you ask? A King Cake comes in a number of styles but the most simple and traditional, is a ring of twisted bread, similar to that used in a brioche.  It's topped with icing or sugar that is usually colored purple, green and gold (the traditional Mardi Gras colors).

There used to be a tiny trinket baked into the cake and the lucky person who found it in their piece had the privileged of hosting next year's Mardi Gras party.  However, due to the fact that we have become a "sue happy" nation, the trinket (usually a baby to represent Jesus) comes in a tiny ziploc baggie for you to "stuff" in the cake wherever you want.

Now this is not my first King Cake, but each time we receive one, my mind instantly runs to the scene in 007's Live and Let Die where the band is marching to "When The Saints Go Marching In" and they pick up whoever just died and put them in the coffin.

Oh when the saints, go marching in
When the saints go marching in
Oh Lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in.......