Sunday Night Check-In: Fun, Family and Food

I can’t believe this weekend is almost over. It was three days but felt much shorter. In fact, I even had a half day off on Thursday to comp my travel time last week. But, it’s irrevocably gone .. gone .. gone. And it’s raining cats and dogs down here while I write. I wish I had another day.

We had a live bunny at our Easter gathering.

We had a live bunny at our Easter gathering.

Thanks to all of the cooks who provided food for the Easter celebrations this weekend. My sister and her husband Gary made crawfish bisque, and my niece Hannah made the worlds best coconut cake. It was doused in condensed milk and coconut milk and a few other decadent things that made it so moist it melted in your mouth. She said it was so good, she was going to charge us $5 a slice, and I was ready to pay it. In fact, after I ate it, I probably would have paid her $10 a slice. It was delicious. The weather was unexpectedly cool, so I was a very happy camper.

My niece and nephew standing by one of the gates in the locks.

My niece and nephew standing by one of the gates in the locks.

On the way home, my brother pulled over on the side of the road and said he wanted to show us the most impressive feat of engineering in the world. “In the world?” I asked. “Right here?” “Yes,” he answered. So we stopped on the side of the road and walked down to look at the Morganza spillway locks. When the Mississippi river floods big-time, those locks are opened to relieve flooding on Baton Rouge and New Orleans. They have only been opened twice – once in the 70s and in 2011. My brother said each one of those gates weighs 26 tons. It was pretty impressive if I must say so myself.

Video of the opening of the Morganza Spillway Locks in 2011

Today, I went to my parents’ place to have Easter dinner, and she made some venison sauce picante and a strawberry cake that me want to slap my Momma, but I knew she had custody of the cake and slapping her might prohibit me from getting another slice. And, yes, I had two pieces before driving home in the pouring rain.

That sauce picante sure looks good!

That sauce picante sure looks good!

And can we have cake for dessert!

And can we have cake for dessert!

It was a fun weekend. I have to travel a lot next week, but the good news is that I get to see Jessica in Tulsa next weekend. I can’t wait! It’ll be a long drive, but it should prove to be a fun weekend in a city I’ve never visited. I can’t believe I’ll have been in Oklahoma twice in two weeks.

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