Saturday, June 30, 2012

World Championship Jambalaya Cook-off

I thought I should get this post up since it is from Memorial Day Weekend. 
On Saturday the 26th of May Darryl and I went to The Jambalaya Cook - off World Championships held right here in Gonzales.

 The Jambalaya from the competition is served up to the public.

 This year's competition featured Chicken Jambalaya.

Along with a lot of Beer....

 Live bands providing continuous music....

 Amusements, lots of food and rides......

 And the festival committee also cooks up Jambalaya to sell. Talk about delicious!

 They had an inside band and dancing. 

 It was 90+ degree outside and so inside with good music, air-conditioning and dancing was a pleasant place to be.

 Oh yeah.... I bet that was some good Jambalaya that came out of that pot.

That's a lot of rice and meat!

I imagine some of you might recognize these guys. They are the "Swamp Cuzzins"  from the History
Channel's Swamp People TV show. Click on the name to link to their website.

 We found an elephant. The Grand Old Party!
One of the Semi-final rounds is underway. All of the Competition Jambalaya is cooked over a wood fire. Even in the Children's division.

And we ran into some Jambalaya Royalty. Yes, that is the state of Louisiana on her Crown.

The signs around town leave no doubt as to where you are. 

We found the splash park but Darryl was a little sad when he read the sign.

Jambalaya city park also has a nice outdoor stage and pavilion. 

All in all it was a wonderful afternoon and I am glad we were able to be in Gonzales for it!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Memorial Day in Pictures

(With story & captions by Cali) "Seriously? We're going where?  And I have to come?"

 "I'd rather be home writing novel-length love letters to my girlfriend. Or you know, trimming my nose hairs."
 "Instead I'll smile and pretend I'm not bummed to be out with my mom."
 "Dad's checking out the view, I think I'll check out facebook."
 "Yeah, yeah, yeah, mom likes the view too, but just let me finish this status update!"
 "Okay, I'm looking.  What am I supposed to see?"

 "Staring into the abyss.....Still staring....And more staring.... Are we there yet?"
 "Woops that one was silent but deadly!  Hope no one smelled that!"
"Fantastic!  They drag me all the way out to this freakin' island and now I have to be the pack mule!"
" We should pass a law that shirtless dudes should be in better shape."
 "And girls headed to the beach shouldn't be so white! Wow she's so bright we need to wear shades!"
" Is that a turtle or did some one let their dog off it's leash to his business?"

 "Cool a fort!  They housed 20,000 P.OW.'s on this island during the civil war.  Okay that's sort of a cool fact based on the knowledge that this island is only like 3 miles wide & 3 miles long.  Where would they put that many bodies?  Living or dead?"
 "Oh right.  This swamp looks like a good spot to dispose of some bodies.."

" Hermit crabs are weird."

 "Sometimes I'm so overcome by my own awesomeness, I have to pause and stare off into the horizon and reflect on just how blessed I am."
 "Girl look at that body!  I work out!  Yeah that's right.  Welcome to the gun show ladies!"
 "I do have a bad farmer's tan though.  Maybe I should put the eye candy away & cover up so I don't get fried!"
 "I'm gonna make a mermaid who looks like my Eden.  If I can't have the real thing at least I can hold this sand at night and dream."
 "Okay so mermaid didn't really pan out I'll make a shark instead."
 "Sharks are cool."
 "I wish I were a shark."

 "Time for a history lesson kids."
 "This old fort is old...blah, blah, blah...."
 "Dude!  Dad's legs are whiter than mine!  And he's wearing flip flops!  That's just wrong!"
 "I wasn't really paying attention, so I don't know what this display is all about."


"All I hear is the teacher from Peanuts...Wah...wah...wah..."

 "That's a steep, winding staircase.  And dad still looks weird in flip flops."

"Blah...blah...blah...more old stuff...blah...blah...blah..."

"Cool view though...."

 "Cannons are awesome!"
 "Oh I'm bored, I'm so bored....Oh I'm bored, I'm so bored. I'm singing with a ukelele so those cute French girls on that towel over there will look my way..."
 "Very funny dad.  Ha ha ha.  We're all laughing."
 "What else can I make out of sand?"

"Oh look, out in the water, those French chics!"