Delicious Memories of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday. Not only are you allowed to eat all things fat today, but it is encouraged. You gotta love a day like that.

As you know, I am a big fan of bac_ _. But when this fine porcine fellow showed up on our blog, I thought maybe I should try to think of some alternate fats this year. This should not be a problem, because I am also an admirer of all things buttered. Bring on the dairy.


I recommend starting your day of debauchery with a nice big slice of your last King Cake of the season … buttered, of course. We lived in New Orleans when Ellen was a little girl, and we loved every delicious minute of it. Not only did we catch millions of Mardi Gras beads to stock our dress-up box for the next 20 years, but we ate plenty of fat on Fat Tuesday … and maybe on other days.

Below is a photo of Ellen post-parade. Her sisters had not arrived yet, so she had an overflowing box of beads. In fact, when the next two Hecklettes did arrive, we had a lifetime supply of beads for every occasion in need of adornment.


From all of us at Cathy Heck Studio, we hope your Fat Tuesday is filled with friends, family, shiny beads, and the fat of your choosing … even if it’s you-know-what.



  1. Ellen Heck March 4, 2014

    That box of beads of fabulous!

  2. Marianne Grosso March 26, 2014

    THis is just so beautiful site. Thank you for your talents…I have a smile on my face and it only 10am.
    I am hoping to make an elephant quilt for my granddaughters expected baby in October. I fell in love with ELephant pattern in 2008 by Deb Taylor for Henry GLass and never purchased the kit. My granddaughter , of course has picked an elephant theme for the new wee one. Any help or suggestions. Have you seen elephant fabric or even a picture of a happy baby elephant with parent elephants would be great. help!

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    Cathy Heck March 29, 2014

    Hi Marianne, We will send an email to you with some ideas! We love elephants, too!

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