There is a lot going on in February.
College Basketball will be ending and College Baseball will begin.
It's the Chinese New Year.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
(Mandarin for Happy New Year)
It is the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival.
The date changes every year as determined by the Lunar Chinese calendar.
This year is the year of the Red Monkey.
|Found on Elephant Journal and Pinterest|
The monkey is intelligent, smart, wise, curious, energetic, impulsive, inventive, hyperactive, cheeky, strong minded and vigilant. Red monkeys are problem solvers and work well within group environments, while retaining their individuality.
I love this time of year.
Tulips are abundant at the grocery stores.
Daffodils appear at TJs.
It makes decision making hard.
Should I buy tulips or daffodils?
I decided to get both.
Mardi Gras is coming to an end.
Fat Tuesday is around the corner...
the last big party of the year before lent.
To celebrate I bought a small king cake and it is delicious.
Instead of the usual cinnamon interior, I got cream cheese.
A King Cake is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas Season.
Here on the Gulf Coast it is associated with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras/Carnival.
In the southern United States, the tradition was brought to the area by colonists from France and Spain.
The King Cake comes in a number of styles. The most simple, said to be the most traditional, is a ring of twisted cinnamon roll-style dough topped with icing or sugar, usually colored purple, green and gold (traditional Mardi Gras colors) with food coloring. King cakes may also be filled with additional foodstuffs - the most common being cream cheese, praline, cinnamon or strawberry.
Finding the baby in the cake is said to bring good luck and you must supply the King Cake for the next years party.
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