Two weeks ago, the family and I took a much needed trip/mini-vacation down south towards the Gulf of Mexico. My in-laws live near the area of Pascagoula, Mississippi so we headed down there for a few days of rest and relaxation. I am happy to report that we had so much fun down there! We have been down that way visiting before, however, for some reason, this particular trip has been the most fun we all have ever had. Husband-man and I were able to sneak in a "date night" during one of the evenings we were there. We left the kids with the grandparents and went off to explore Bilouxi, MS and Keesler Air Force Base....followed by dinner at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino.
But wait....that is not all we did! ;) During a conversation with my in-laws one afternoon, I had mentioned to them that I would really love to visit the city of New Orleans. Imagine my surprise when my mother-in-law suggested we all go and take an impromptu trip over there during our weekend stay. I found out that they only lived 2 hours away from New Orleans and was delighted that they offered to take us.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that husband-man and I took them up on their offer, extended our trip one extra day, and spent a whole day in New Orleans ;)
By the time we all arrived back here at home, we were all exhausted and tired....but happy none-the-less :)
One of the things y'all have to know about my mother-in-law, is that she can cook!! That woman can c-o-o-k :) I am growing to enjoy our visits together because I know that I will arrive back home with some tasty and wonderful recipes, given to me by her.
This Cooked Creamer Pea recipe is 100% all hers. She made this as a side dish the first night of our visit and the minute I tried them, I fell in love! I told her that I wasn't leaving her house until she gave me the recipe. And by golly, she did just that....AND...also drove me to the fresh farmer's market/store where she purchased the peas from, just so I can purchase a bag for myself and have a nice little stash of Creamer Peas to eat anytime I wanted to :) I <3 her ;)
MaMaw's Cooked Creamer Peas
2 cups fresh creamer peas
2 to 2 and 1/2 cups of water
One slice of uncooked bacon
Half an onion, chopped
1 tbsp. of olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 to 1 and 1/2 tsp. of Cavender's Greek Seasoning
1/2 to 1 tsp. of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
1 tsp. of onion powder
Mix all of the ingredients together in a pot. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the onions are tender and the peas are a little on the soft side. Stir occasionally while simmering.
To give you all an idea of how much fun we had, here are some pictures of our little mini-vacation :) Enjoy :)
Me, eating a beignet at the Cafe' Du Monde in New Orleans....
That was really good :)
My kids were really bored at the Cafe'.....
Until their beignet's came.......
....which they enjoyed...the proof is on my daughter's lips :)
The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans....
A steamboat crossing the Mississippi River...
A romantic carriage ride in the middle of the French Quarter in New Orleans....gotta love it!
My daughter and my father-in-law...on the way to the Aquarium in New Orleans....
Should we ever get orders out of this state (it's HIGHLY unlikely but still can happen), I can leave with a happy heart because I finally had a chance to visit New Orleans. Even if husband-man and I never go back there, I am content with the memories we have of that day :)