Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! I love Mardi Gras, and I’m not really sure why. Well that’s not entirely true. As a kid my dad would always bring home tons of necklaces from his favorite bar Fats. It was always so fun when he brought home the sparkly necklaces, I still have a set in my apartment. But my interest in Mardi Gras is purely all about the flaky and sugary sweets you get to eat before Ash Wednesday. Not that I give anything up, but its just another great reason to get together with great friends to eat and drink.

I decided to make a mini king cake to celebrate the festivities! Now I don’t have time to make pastry dough when I get home so I used a simple short cut…I used a small can of Pillsbury crescent rolls. How sweet is that? And it is the perfect portion for two! I found a great simple filling recipe found on All Recipes.com. The mix took minutes to make, and since your using a pre-made dough, you can have king cake whenever you want! Yay!

I topped my king cake with a simple powdered sugar frosting and used a sprinkle kit to decorate. This was so simple to make and SO DELICIOUS!
And for those of you friends who enjoy a nice cocktail around Fat Tuesday here is a great Hurricane recipe. I love hurricanes. They are fruity and pack a nice punch, so be careful when you drink these! Its no wonder some people get so many beaded necklaces…

So if your interested in making your own mini king cake, just buy your self a mini can of crescent rolls and the other ingredients from the link above. Preheat the oven to 375. Roll out the dough and press the seams together. Fill the dough with the filling mix in the middle of the dough. Once filled, roll the dough like you would a jelly roll. Then form the dough into a circle and press the two ends together. Bake for 18 minutes. Once done take it out of the oven and let the cake completely cool before frosting…otherwise you will have a puddle of icing! Just like my picture… but can you blame me? I just couldn’t wait to bite into my king cake! So yummy!

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So there are many, many things that I love in the food world. Cupcakes, crabcakes, risotto, and burgers. That being said, few foods get to me the way sushi does. It is just so special. It’s pretty, healthy, and always has the umami effect on me. I can never seem to get enough sushi…until my bank account quietly reminds me to simmer down. I have found a solution to this oh so annoying problem…POKE! Half, no wait, a quarter of the labor, and you get more bang for your buck.

So, I am here to share with you the lovely, oh so delicious, poke recipe that will make both your wallet and tummy smile. For successful sushi rice, I highly suggest rinsing and washing it several times. This helps to get rid of the starchy liquid that makes rice mushy. Mushy rice = not a happy camper. The more you rinse, the cleaner the rice will be. Also, the longer you let the poke marinate, the yummier it will be. I like to add a little citric acid at the end like lime juice. Just be sure to toss that in just before serving. And last side note, I put my poke on top of smashed avocado, but it would also be super duper yummy with seaweed salad!! Enjoy! Here is the recipe I followed for the poke, just adding in half a limes worth of juice. In case you don’t have a trusty sushi rice recipe, here is the one I follow. The Pioneer Women knows all!

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