Saturday, March 1, 2008

Red Ribbon = Excellent!

Katie and I reached New Orleans in one piece. The only bridge drama I had to deal with was coming to a complete stop directly in the middle of the bridge over the Mississippi River due to traffic. I thought that was very ironic because of my post earlier that day. So, we checked into our hotel and headed to the Esplanade Mall to find something for Katie to wear to the speech meet. We have become such a casual family of jeans and t-shirts. My girls don't even wear dresses to church. Our church is a jean-wearing church. In other words, she had nothing appropriate to wear. We got to Gap Kids and bought what I thought was a dress, with a cute sweater and shoes to go with it.

Cute, huh? 

We then stopped at one of my favorite restaurants to eat - Zea's Rotisserie and Grill. If you are ever in Louisiana, you have to eat here. The restaurants are in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe the food here. 

The hummus is to die for. It's one of Katie's favorite things to eat.

I had the Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette. Yum! Katie even finished some of it off for me, and she doesn't eat salad.
Spinach Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
1/4 c. pepper jelly
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 c. olive oil
6 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves
2 T. sun-dried tomatoes
2 T. roasted pecans
2 T. golden raisins
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
1/4 c. blue cheese, crumbled
5 kalamata olives (for garnish)

For the vinaigrette, combine all the ingredients in a blender and mix well.  For the salad, combine the spinach, 1/3 c. only of vinaigrette, tomatoes, toasted pecans, and raisins in large mixing bowl. Toss until leaves are evenly coated with vinaigrette. Garnish with cheese and olives.  (Add to top, chicken that has been marinated in vinaigrette and then grilled.) 

(Actually my favorite thing to eat here is the corn grits and the thai ribs. They are to die for.)

Katie's debut as a photographer.
So, after we got back to the hotel. We decided to try on the outfit that we had quickly bought without trying on. Guess what? It was not a dress, but a tunic. It was late and Katie still had no dress. So we woke up extra early and headed to the nearest WalMart and bought this dress in brown for only $12.88, much better than the almost $75.00 I spent at the mall. I will be returning the cute little Gap half-outfit and we'll stick with the WalMart dress.
By the way, Katie did a great job on her poem. She got a red ribbon, which means excellent. Only two of the entire group of first-graders received superior. I wanted to say, "Come 'on judges, they're only 7-years-old." I know I would have never got up in front of a room of people to speak when I was 7. These kids were brave! I think Katie enjoyed the whole experience and we'll probably do it again next year. I think I'll work harder on coaching her next year. She did a wonderful job for her first time.


pianomomsicle said...

Aw, i loved the tunic! With pink or white leggings, it would be so cute. But saving money is good, too.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Thanks for your comment
"Embrace the poopy hand! One day it'll be gone. "

That totally made me laugh out loud!!

I am trying really hard to relish this time. It's hard. I just want them to be a little more independent! But thanks for the reminder.

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

Congrats to Katie!! And I love the brown polka dotted dress! cute!

Glad you guys made it over the bridge safe and sound, too!

Anonymous said...

Awww she's so cute.
Ps, I love reading your blogs.