Gumbo, gumbo, in the Pot!

Anyone who knows me knows I love the movie The Princess and the Frog. Tiana is by far my favorite Disney Princess. Why? She is hard working and never ever loses site of her dream. Two jobs and never dreams of a prince saving her. Tiana works hard! But enough about why I love Tiana, I love the entire movie! It wasn’t until I watched the movie that I learned about the dish gumbo. I had to know more about gumbo after watching the movie. I learned that it was a dish that was from New Orleans and that there were multiple ways to make it. It only took me now four years to finally make it.

gumbo mama odie

Yes that is Mama Odie with Tiana and Naveen as frogs. Screen shot is taken from the movie itself as Mama Odie is stirring the gumbo in her bathtub. Yes bathtub. She is the best “fairy godmother” character ever! Like I said I love this movie!

I made gumbo with my SO (significant other guess that’s his identification from now on). DS didn’t like the gumbo so thank goodness for leftover mac and cheese courtesy of Annie’s. I like to research multiple recipes before I make a dish to get ideas of what others add to it. I use one as a guideline and then go crazy. For our gumbo recipe we used “Big Easy” Gumbo as a guideline.

  • 1/2 cup peanut oil canola oil because we have a peanut allergy
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  •  2 cups chopped green bell pepper (it called for 1 we increased it)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups of mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning totally don’t have anything like that so we just used salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic garlic salt because we forgot to buy actual garlic
  • 3 (14-oz.) cans low-sodium chicken broth an entire box of vegetable stock plus two cups of water
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken 2 pounds of chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, we used chicken sausage 
  • 1 can of okra
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen black-eyed peas, thawed 1 can of black beans
  • 1 pound peeled, large raw shrimp

I think you get the idea of what we added, nixed, and substituted to the original recipe. Other then ingredients, we followed it to a tee. I do wish we had Tabasco sauce to make it the bees knees (you get it if you have seen The Princess and the Frog) but we didn’t. Next time, next time. Both SO and I loved it! I was so proud of myself after I made it. Making gumbo was something off of my bucket list. Not only that but it was the first meal I made that wasn’t Italian or pasta. I’m serious!


Om nom nom! So making this again!

Question of the night: have you ever seen a movie that made you want to make a dish that was feature in it? If so what is it?


Can I Get a Boo Ya for the Cool Colors?

Do you remember back in art class all those years ago when you learned about the cool colors: blue, green, and purple? Well yesterday we had a lesson on the cool colors. I baked a cake for my children’s father’s birthday. Originally we were going to do a rainbow cake but I nixed that idea as I thought more about it. Their Dad’s favorite color is green. I thought an all green cake would be a little boring so I mixed it up a bit with adding blue. A Tye-dye cake. Since I have two under two I thought making a cake from scratch was out of the question. Between chasing after one and holding the other what feels like 24/7 there is no time to make a cake from scratch for me. In fact I don’t even remember the last time I made something from scratch. I used a box mix which is never the end of the world. Made according to the directions and added a half cup of applesauce to make it moist.


Believe it or not it is split up equally between the two bowls the batter. I used only two colors to teach my son that two colors can make another color when adding them together.


He thought stirring the batter to make it green was the bees knees. It was hard to pull him away from stirring. And the most awesome thing was he never licked the batter once. Raw egg and little boy, not mixing the two at all.

I was inspired by all the rainbow recipes going around the web. I added the batter the way those recipes suggest with about half a cup and pour it into the pan. I did that but only with blue and green to create that Tye-dye effect that I wanted.


It looks like an Earth Day cake! I liked the way it looked before I baked it, after well…….


Eh not so much.

Wait I thought this was about the cool colors? I bet that is running through your mind right now. Why yes it is. The cake is blue and green and the frosting was purple. Cool colors right there. All three of them. Who doesn’t want a purple frosted cake. I was a little lazy and just used purple frosting verse buying white frosting and making it purple. The purple frosting also came with cool color sprinkles so win win in the end for me.


I could eat that right out the tub. YUM! And sooo many calories. I’d need to eat the gym for at least seven hours to burn all that off. DS thought it was a ball to add those sprinkles to the cake. All those sprinkles, all that sugar, all that time at the gym….. Yeah I didn’t count calories last night. After everything I think it turned out very well.


Oh yeah. Yummy cake right there. DS had a slice since we can’t exclude him in the celebration. After all it is his Dad’s birthday. Sugar before bed not the best medicine. At least today I think we walked it off.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all those Dads out there. Enjoy it and hope your children don’t throw fits and scream all day. The reason we celebrate Father’s Day is because someone couldn’t keep their hands off (lame joke but I saw it on a card and almost bought it for the kiddos Dad). Happy Father’s Day and see y’all on Monday as diaper duty and laundry is all me tomorrow.