The Big Easy Mardi Gras King Cake

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Have you ever imagined yourself parading down Bourbon Street with a Hurricane in hand on Fat Tuesday with 800 bajillion of your closest and most drunk friends waiting for beads to magically fly your way?

Me either. I have no idea what that must be like. Or at least I don’t remember. And there is no photo evidence. I think.

This Fat Tuesday celebrate Mardi Gras at home this year by making and enjoying this Big Easy Mardi Gras King Cake.

Big Easy Mardi Gras King Cake

In the bread  machine on dough setting place:
1 cup warm milk
¼ cup butter
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
3 ½ cups flour
2 ¼ tsp yeast

 

Instructions

Once done, punch down and roll into large rectangle. Brush with ¼ cup melted butter and sprinkle on a mix of ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup flour and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon. Roll up from one side. On a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, twist dough around a large ramekin into a circle, cinching ends together. Let proof for 1 hour.

Remove ramekin and bake in 350˚ oven for 30-35 minutes (’til hollow sounding when tapped). Let cool.

Make frosting by mixing 1 cup powdered sugar with 1 Tablespoon water and ½ tsp vanilla. Separate into thirds and color each section: one purple, one green, one yellow. Drizzle over king cake in alternating colors. Tradition says to put a small plastic baby in the underside of the cake once its out of the oven and whoever finds it is king for the day. The babies are freaky looking and therefore I skip this part. Seriously. Who decides to stick a baby in a cake? Obviously someone who has had one too many hurricanes.

Do you have any favorite traditions to celebrate Fat Tuesday in your home? We’re nosy. Tell us.

International Museum Day – May 18

Museums are treasure chests filled with history, thoughts, culture and inspiration. Your Sassy Quest today is to go on a treasure hunt to celebrate International Museum Day – May 18.

Museum-Bingo

Let your treasure hunt begin! Print your free Sassy Quest Museum Bingo card and head out to a local museum. Check off the boxes as you find items within the museum that correspond to your bingo card.

Once you’ve filled your museum bingo card, treat yourself to a beautiful postcard from the gift shop of your favorite exhibit to remind you this marvelous adventure and all the treasures you found.

Sassy Quest has already found a treasure for those of you within driving distance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  LACMA is offering $5 off of admission today and kids under 18 are free in honor of International Museum Day.

Tell Us – What museum did you visit today or what is your most memorable museum visit ever?

Block-Party-InviteRemember – Sunday – May 19 is Neighbor Day. It’s not too late to invite your favorite neighbors to a driveway BBQ with this Block Party Invite.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – May 15

C is for Chocolate Chip Cookie. Your Sassy Quest today will help you to fill your soul (and your tummy) with the essence of the ultimate cookie lover – Cookie Monster.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Celebration Sundae

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Celebration Sundae

Head out to your favorite mix-in ice cream parlor like:

And order the following Sassy Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Celebration Sundae:

  • Blue Ice Cream (blue vanilla, bubble gum, or blue hawaii)
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Mix. Eat. Enjoy.

What is your favorite item to mix into ice cream?

Block-Party-InviteSunday – May 19 is Neighbor Day. Get started on your Sassy Quest for Sunday by inviting your favorite neighbors to a driveway BBQ with this Block Party Invite.

Frog Jumping Day – May 13

Leaping Lizards. Today is Frog Jumping Day – May 13. It’s time to choose a Sassy Quest to celebrate. You can whip yourself into a chocolate frog frenzy in the kitchen, or make a plan to leap over to Frogtown USA for the Jumping Frog Jubilee this coming weekend, or play Frogger ’til your amphibious heart is content.

We “hop” you have fun choosing one of these Sassy Quests to make today memorable, sweet and fun!

6979772459_2e1565c610_zJump Down My Throat: Harry Potter had the best idea for eating frogs – simply make them chocolate. Thanks to the genius of Bakingdom these yummilicious froggies can hop right into your mouth today. Your chocolate frog recipe awaits you.

 

 

Calaveras County Jumping FrogFestival of Frogs: The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee will be held from May 16 – 19, 2013 in Angels Camp, CA. If you’re near the area or up for a family road trip the fair has something to offer everyone.

Frogger: You can choose to download Frogger onto your mobile device or you can earn extra Sassy Points by finding an arcade that has the standard size version. Either way you play it you’re celebrating Frog Jumping Day. Ribbit.

Our favorite famous frog is Kermit of course. What’s your favorite Kermit moment?

COMING SOON: – Tomorrow – May 14 is Chicken Dance Day.

Twilight Zone Day – May 11

We’re celebrating Twilight Zone Day on May 11 by dressing in fashion from another dimension, or mincing a marathon into an awesome tribute video, or clearing space to enjoy nature’s own Twilight Zone.

You’re traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s a signpost up ahead: your next stop: the Sassy Quest Zone! Choose any of these Sassy Quests based on one of televisions most amazing series – The Twilight Zone!

xMiss Charlotte Scott: This Sassy Quest is based on the episode in which a fashion editor makes a police report about a giant alien invader. Be “out of this world” in your own version of Twilight Zone fashion. Pull out your favorite black and white pieces and pair them together to make a flirty twilight zone outfit like this one. You’ll be sure to make everyone’s head spin as you cross over from the fifth dimension…The Twilight Zone.

 

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Five Minutes (almost) Through The Fifth Dimension: If a complete Twilight Zone marathon is not in your future take a trip through many of the highlights from the series in this Twilight Zone series tribute. It may just make you curious enough to watch a whole episode.

2892086425_ac4d8caf59_zTwilight Time: The Twilight Zone also exists in a special place just between sunset and nightfall. For this Sassy Quest, plan on going to your special place, even if it’s just your backyard to enjoy this little sliver of nature’s heaven. It lasts just as long as an episode of Twilight Zone and it twists in different dimensions on a nightly basis.

How Are You Going To Celebrate Twilight Zone Day?

Coming Soon: Not Your Average Mother’s Day Celebration: How To Make Mother’s Day Sassy – May 12

Clean Your Room Day – May 10

Clean Your Room Day is May 10th or two days before Mother’s Day. Coincidence? I think not! We’ve got a Sassy Quest for you today whether cleaning is on your pay no mind list, or if you’d rather find something more Pinteresting to do, or even if you actually want to learn how to make cleaning fun.

When’s the last time you remember cleaning being fun? Really? Never. Good answer. We think alike. Based on our mutual adoration we’ve designed these Sassy Quests to make Clean Your Room Day both memorable AND fun!

stuff_folders__33446.1314914549.800.800Dirty Girl: Cleaning is a chore and therefore on my list of things to do in any given day it ranks a bit after skewering my eyes with bamboo shoots. Embrace your inner dirty girl and celebrate Clean Your Room Day by protesting the day entirely. That’s right. Do not lift a sponge, a trash bag, or a dust cloth the entire day. While basking in your rebellion try not to be distracted the dust bunnies hiding in the corner.

organized_pinterest_boards                                                     Virtually Clean: I am sure there are more productive ways to spend hours and oodles of time but for some odd reason, Pinterest just keeps sucking away my ability to think of any. To celebrate Clean Your Room Day stop by Pinterest when you have a spare hour (or ten) and organize your boards or create a whole new one with ideas on how to clean and organize your spaces. Happy Pinning.

flyladyGet “Buzzy”: For those of you that really want to live in the spirit of Clean Your Room Day, you need to check out the Fly Lady. She has amazing tips on everything from how to make cleaning enjoyable (seriously) and how to organize the chaos that exists in most households. Your Get “Buzzy” Sassy Quest is to get in the fly zone and choose one of her amazing tasks to complete today. Super easy. Super simple. Super clean.

 

We Wanna See!! – Comment below with a link to your favorite Pinterest board. We wanna see what you find Pinteresting.

COMING SOON: – Tomorrow – May 11 is Twilight Zone Day.

National Moscato Day – May 9

Moscato makes everything better. Pair it with a tasty dinner, sip it with a straw or drown your skin and sorrows in this delicious and light wine for National Moscato Day – May 9.

For those of you that love Jack Handey, you’ll adore this quote about wine.

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink, I feel shame! Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work, and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver!”

Release the shame and embrace National Moscato Day by choosing any of these sassy quests which will make any vineyard workers proud – very, very proud.

SUTT012R_Moscato_PairingPraise Pairings: If your house is anything like mine, the “what’s for dinner?” question and subsequent negotiations go something like the Middle East peace talks. I’m not sure anyone is happy with the result but at least dinner happened. Thanks to the lovely folks at Sutter Home you can click here now and have many wonderful dinner ideas for tonight that are sure to delight every member of the family. I think tonight calls for pepperoni & sausage pizza with vanilla cupcakes for dessert.

8c938e350ff6c526606ec065df1eb442Sip Yourself Silly: Wine glasses are meant to be big. They are big because problems can be big and there is a direct correlation between the size of your glass and the size of your problem. I know. I get it. I’ve done it. However, this Sassy Quest is about slowly sipping in the sweetness and enjoying all the fruity notes of your Moscato as they playfully trickle down your throat and gently wash away the cares of the day. If you’re not feeling playful, or if you need to power wash the day away or if it is taking too long to hear the melodic tunes from your Moscato, you have our permission to ditch the sipping and proceed directly to gulping.

SICIS-4Drown Your Sorrows: Slip into something more comfortable dahhhhling and bring your glass of Moscato with you. Take a dip into a hot bath tonight and celebrate Moscato Day in solitude. Dim the lights. Light some candles. Close your eyes and let the wine do the rest.

 

Tell Us – What Is Your Favorite Brand of Moscato??

National Chocolate Mint Day

Dare to munch, guzzle and maybe even wrap yourself in chocolate mint goodness for National Chocolate Mint Day – February 19

There are just some combinations that are natural and perennial. Peanut butter and jelly. Peanut butter and chocolate. Chocolate and mint. Choose any of these sassy quests to enjoy one of the best color and flavor combinations EVAH!!

ce01adbe27b41f2966ea23c243470b93These Were “Mint” To Be Eaten: It may be too chilly where you are to think about digging your fingers into the dirt and planting your favorite seeds however, you can do some planting in your kitchen by potting some mint in these cute little dirt cups courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Thanks to Handle The Heat for reviving this almost too cute to be eaten Potted Mint-Chocolate Pudding Cups. It will be an instant hit (pardon the pudding pun) classic.

 

2066b22fab5076a95b863dc8ce9d5c41Drape Yourself In Chocolate: This gorgeous ensemble is an amazing statement on how to wear chocolate mint without eating it. Who knew you could actually wear food without dropping it on your clothes? Use this photo as creative inspiration and dress the part of luxurious chocolate with hints of minty freshness. You can do something as little as making your nails minty or splurge and treat yourself to another amazing mint inspired accessory. Visit Polyvore for more inspiration.

Dirty-Girl-Scout-Chocolate-Mint-Beer-Float5-679x1024Be A Dirty Girl Scout: When I saw this recipe I instantly fell in love and knew it would be perfect to celebrate today. In the interest of full disclosure you should know I was kicked out of Girl Scouts at a very early age. Apparently I was a little too sassy for my own good. Or was I? Thanks to one of my favorite members of royalty, The Beeroness, she has provided you with the perfect recipe to earn a Sassy Patch in the category of Sassy Spirits (and Beers). Enjoy a Dirty Girl Scout tonight! Try not to giggle too loud. I see this winding up in my canteen on the next camping trip or bonfire night.

 

 

During my laborious research for this post (dabbing beads of sweat from my brow), I found out something earth shattering. Did you know that Amazon sells Girl Scout Cookies? No Way! Way! Get your Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies Online here.

For even MORE ideas on how to celebrate check out the National Chocolate Mint Day Board on Pinterest.

What’s Your Favorite Way To Consume Chocolate Mint??