Read With Us: “The Runaway Beignet”

Title: The Runaway Beignet

Author: Connie Collins Morgan

Illustrator: Herb Leonhard

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (Gretna, Louisiana), 2014

All rights reserved.

It’s Mardi Gras and although parades and parties have been cancelled due to the pandemic, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” (Let the good times roll!)

Today, I’d like to share a delightful book that you and your family can enjoy from the comfort (and safety) of your home!

“The Runaway Beignet” is a retelling of “The Gingerbread Man” and it takes place in New Orleans during Mardi Gras!

In the book, a mysterious stranger gives a baker named Marcel a magic bag of sugar and grants him a wish!

Read along with us

My daughters and I filmed a video of us reading the book aloud. Read along with us:

Along with my purchase of their delicious pralines, I bought “The Runaway Beignet” book through the Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines website. (This post is not sponsored and these are not affiliate links.)

Bonjour Praline!

While New Orleans may be known for their delicious fried doughnuts called beignets, they are also home to the famous praline (pronounced two ways: “prah-leen” or “pray-leen”), a type of candy made with pecans and caramelized sugar.

Praline is believed to have come from the French term, praliné, which is the process of cooking nuts with a cream, sugar, and butter mixture.

The original French version uses almonds, while the Belgian praline is a chocolate candy with a hazelnut filling. The American version was developed by French Creole chefs who replaced almonds with pecans, which were abundant in Louisiana.

The first time I tried a New Orleans praline was when my boss brought back boxes of Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines from her trip to “The Big Easy.” I was hooked after the first bite! Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines has been making pralines since 1935. They’re gluten-free and they’re made without preservatives.

When the craving strikes, you can order them online (they ship worldwide). I purchased a box of 12 original pralines recently:

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of the Christian tradition of Lent. During the Lenten season, many people fast or abstain from indulgent behavior during the 40+ days before Easter. Basically, Mardi Gras (February 16 this year) is the last day to have fun!

Instead of fasting, many people choose to give up something they enjoy, like smoking, drinking alcohol, gambling, social media, using profane language, or eating sweets!

praline crumbled over chocolate chip ice cream

These pralines are so decadent, I just might give them up for Lent! 😉

Wednesday Postcard: New Orleans, Louisiana

[Updated February 2021]

LaBranche House in the French Quarter

Bonjour! This week’s postcard features the LaBranche House in the French Quarter in New Orleans! I bought the postcard from a shop at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) during a brief layover.

The house was built by Jean Baptiste LaBranche in 1832. It has one of the largest and most photographed balconies in the French Quarter. It’s 6,700 sq feet and has 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

Next Tuesday, February 16, 2021 is Mardi Gras! Unfortunately, Mardi Gras 2021 parades in New Orleans have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Over the years, I have accumulated about two hundred postcards from around the world, which I’ve either purchased from my local antique shops or received from thoughtful jet-setting family and friends who know I collect them. When I travel, I also like to send myself a carte postale just for fun!

I hope these postcards will make you want to revisit a favorite vacation spot or to embark on a journey to the destination of your dreams (when it’s safe to do so, of course!)

And if you’ve been to the destination featured, tell me about your experience there – I’d love to hear from you.

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, stay well!

If you enjoyed this postcard, you may be interested in reading my post about beignets.