Food


I couldn’t post these pictures last week because we were preparing for Gia’s surprise Retirement Party. I could explain away the furniture moves, the party supplies around the house (the kids’ party IS coming up), but I couldn’t explain why we were making candies so early. I’m happy to report, the party was a success and a SURPRISE!

Unwrapping candies for a surprise party.

Unwrapping candies for a surprise party.

The finished product!

The finished product!

Taking the labels off the bottles so we could put our own labels on.

Taking the labels off the bottles so we could put our own labels on.

I ran to the grocery store on the way home, craving that crazy “kale salad” everyone at work is eating. Unfortunately, Harris Teeter did not have the right kind…so I was left to wander the aisles looking for something that would satisfy me. As I went down the chip aisle (I’m a salty girl over sweet any day), I saw the microwavable popcorn. I realized my kids have never popped pop corn at home. Sure, we’ve had kettle corn out at the fair, but never at the house.

I excitedly bought a box and brought it home. They were so excited to try it, I didn’t even have to ask them twice to finish their dinner.

And this is what happens when Hayden is out of town đŸ™‚

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Jacob helping Mommy make Crock Pot Mac and Cheese. When I asked if he wants to be a chef when he grows up, he said, “Yes!” He has a step-stool at Gia and Papaw’s house and at our house to help us cook.

As I was chatting with the guys building our deck, I found out one of them is also from Louisiana. As we were comparing notes about where we grew up, he asked if I had been to the Cajun Experience in Leesburg. Absolutely confused, since nothing good about Louisiana could be found in little ol’ Leesburg, I asked if it was a store or a restaurant. He said it was a really good restaurant serving Po Boys, Crawfish Etouffee, and Beignets. I immediately Googled the restaurant for an address and called Kate to see what she was doing for lunch.

The Cajun Experience is a small restaurant in Old Town Leesburg. Old Town Leesburg has a lot of old houses that have been converted into businesses, and this was no different. As we entered the restaurant we were standing in the “foyer.” There looked to be about four tables in this room and about three or four tables in the “living room.” Our waitress took us upstairs (narrow and winding) to our table in one of the “bedrooms.” Our room had a very large booth and a two-top table. The other bedroom upstairs had about three or four tables. Overall, a very small restaurant.

There was only one waitress working today. When asked, she said they had been open since April and that there are usually two waitress, but the other one called out sick. The owners are from Lafayette, Louisiana and claim to have eight generations of Cajun cooking recipes to share with their customers. I’d be the judge of that.

Kate and I both had the Lunch Special, which is a choice of Po Boy, seafood or chicken/sausage gumbo, and beignets. The gumbo came first. It was delicious! Mine was not temperature hot and Kate’s was a little cold. But the flavor was real “New Orleans” good. After waiting a while for our Po Boys (we both got shrimp), they finally came. It was also very good. It wasn’t “falling off the plate, Check-in/Check-out” stuffed, but it was yummy. Finally, it was time for the beignets. YUMMY!

Overall, the taste of the food was very authentic. I would like to go back and try the jambalaya and see how that stacks up. The service today was slow, with our lunch taking two hours to eat. But I’ll attribute that to them being short-staffed. I give the food 4.5 stars.