I’ve got something a little different for you this morning. It’s a King Cake, made by my cyber friend Jennifer, of Pensacola, Florida’s favorite family blog, Pensacola for Kids. I’m part of a Facebook group with other local bloggers from around the country, and Jennifer asked what everyone was going to post for Mardi Gras. Naturally, I answered with, “Huh?”
Honestly, I just don’t think Mardi Gras is a West Coast thing. What do you say? I can’t remember ever doing anything to celebrate it. I do sort of know when it ends (that would be Tomorrow), but only because I go to church on Ash Wednesday. At any rate, I took one look at this cake and knew some of you would Love making it a new tradition at your house-or maybe just filling up some vacation time.
It’s supposed to resemble the glittery crown of a king. Wikipedia has an entry on king cake if you want to know more. Now, Family Fun Magazine came out with a version in their last issue, but I have to tell you, Jennifer’s is way easier because she used a clever shortcut. You can see her whole recipe and get directions at her site.
Many times a small trinket is hidden inside of the cake, and the finder gets special privileges for the day. Jennifer didn’t do this because she was concerned about chocking hazard potential. I’ll let you decide if you can think of a way around that. If you really want to get festive ’round the table, haul out your craft scraps and make some masks! Here are some easy Mardi Gras crafts for kids, including mask templates.
If this just all sounds like too much work, no worries! I have several fun posts on area happenings planned for later today. You might also want to scroll down to the weekly list to find some quick inspiration.