Monday, June 8, 2009

A Cajun Birthday Blast !

After a lovely morning brunch of seafood omlettes, beignets, and mimosas, my girl-friends and I headed over to visit friends, who own a houseboat on the Henderson Swamp. As we traveled along the levee road, I marveled at the sheer beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin. Nature at it's best!

When we arrived, we found our friends at their next door neighbor's houseboat. They were grilling up a batch of T-bones, pork fingers, and sausage on the Old Smokey and wanted to know if we were hungry. This method of grilling takes longer, but results in a very tender and juicy meat. We played a few games of boo-ray, a favorite Cajun card game, while we waited for lunch to be served. A big pot of camp beans was cooking on the side.

Then we went over to Turtle's Bar, at Basin Landing, where there was a Cajun birthday party already in progress. Birthdays are celebrated to the maximum degree in Cajun Country and sometimes go on for days. This one was on day two of the birthday bash! It turned out to be a friend of a friend's birthday, so we joined right in. The party barge was an absolute blast!

A little farther up on the levee, there was a band starting soon at Pat's Atchafalaya Club. The birthday guy wanted to hear some Swamp Pop, a 60's retro style of music that we all grew up with, here in South Louisiana. Memories of your first love, first kiss, or first dance come to mind when listening to Cookie and the Cupcakes. So, away we went to dance the night away. Let the good times roll, cher! Oh, the life of a Cajun is fun, fun, fun!!!


Sniffles and Smiles said...

Yes, indeedy, my truly know how to live!!!! 2-3 day Birthday!
And dancing the night away?!? Sounds like a holiday, everyday!!!! Love it! Oh, and I love the new header, too! Such summertime fun! ~JanineXO

Jo said...

Omigosh, can I come over to your house!? You sure know how to live life!

La vie !

Marguerite said...

Thanks,S&S! It was a great weekend, packed with fun. I took a couple of videos of the dance at Pat's and at Whiskey River, but blogger could not upload them. I'll try to get them on the next post.

Marguerite said...

Jo, If you ever come to Cajun Country, I will roll out the red carpet for you and rest assured, we would have a blast!! You know the Cajun motto, Lassiez les bon temps rouler!! (Let the good times roll!)

Angie Ledbetter said...

We know how to do it up right in every way here, huh? :) (My DH - Deer Hunter -- is from St. Martinville!

Marguerite said...

Yes, my fellow Cajun, we do!!
I know a lot of people from St. Martinville, maybe even DH ? lol
Thanks so much for visiting, Angie and adding me to your reading list!

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

You never have to ask a Cajun if they're hungry huh Cher?

Sounds like a lovely birthday bash Marguerite!

Marguerite said...

You got "dat" right, Katherine! It was a blast and there is another one, this coming weekend!!