Friday, October 7, 2016

Au revior, N'awlins! ....This and That

I should have titled this blog post -- "Where Did September (and summer) Go". 

Last weekend, we let the good times roll and eleven family members celebrated my sisterinlaw's 60th birthday at Irene's Cuisine in New Orleans. We arrived Friday afternoon for a long weekend and tried to squeeze in as much as possible including going on a swamp and bayou tour (I was pretty brave to hold a baby alligator - not so cute when it gets bigger), shopped on Magazine Street and the French Market, toured Mardi Gras World, listened to musicians at Jackson Square and celebrated Cheryl's birthday in a surprise birthday parade that my brotherinlaw snuck in on Bourbon Street. You may be familiar with the wedding parades that are popular in New Orleans, and it requires a lot of planning to get the permit, hire the jazz band and hire police officers for a birthday parade. Fun was had by all, including the "strangers" that joined us for the parade. We stayed in a house on Burgundy Street in the French Quarter that our family found on Airbnb. It worked well for 11 people. 

The dahlias are still putting on quite a show, and I am very slowly getting into fall decor. I bought some Jack Be Little pumpkins and wrapped them in ribbon. They are on display and will be eventually used at place settings. We attended a brunch for Xavier's baptism, and Joe made 120 cannoli. He's the man! My son Bryon is tall, and Alissa is so petite so I love the picture of Bryon trying to be shorter in the Baptism photo. 

We finally got the photos from Nick and Meshal's wedding. They were married at the end of July, and the photographers were very busy with summer weddings. 

Tomorrow we are going on a winery tour for my niece's bachelorette weekend, and Joe is making muffuletta for our trip. The muffuletta is so good in New Orleans!  I'll share photos  and reviews of this Muffuletta sandwich recipe next week. Can't wait to sink my teeth into it. 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, how awesome your September was! You looked stunning in the wedding photo, naturally beautiful in all the others. If I ever go to NOLA, you da woman to tap into for goof info! Have a great weekend.

  2. I loved seeing all the pics of your busy summer, Debbie, and now into Fall. What fun to spend Cheryl's birthday in New Orleans with family surrounding her. Bryon, Alissa and Xavier are just a darling family, and you all look beautiful at Nick and Meshal's wedding. Have fun at the winery!

  3. What a life♥
    Beautiful Debbie.
    And I do love that dress you wore have great psoture..regal:)

  4. Debbie, your summer was filled with fabulous times for sure. I love seeing the family photos. You looking absolutely stunning in the wedding photos. You always look amazing! Love the gator photo too. ;-) Glad NOLA was a fun destination for the birthday. The NOLA parades are such a fun cultural tradition. Family, food, and flowers in this post ~ wonderful! Have a fun weekend with the girls!

  5. It must have been such a fun trip, Debbie! New Orleans is so vibrant and there's so much to see and do. Have fun this weekend!

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  7. What a great trip to NO and you've sure had a fun filled summer. Loved seeing your family photos......

  8. Looks like a fun filled summer and Sept! Too bad we missed each other at the wineries this past weekend - NO looks like a fun time, reptile and all!! X is the cutest lil guy! Enjoy him as they grow so quickly!!

  9. Feast for the eyes! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Hate to see the summer end, but I love some of the changes that come with fall.


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