In the summer of 2000, Elizabeth’s quest to find a natural lip balm for her son eventually led to the formation of her business, Handmade at Homestead. Her hobby soon turned into a flourishing handmade, woman-owned personal care products business. She is located just outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Homestead Plantation. She strives to use locally produced ingredients whenever possible, most notably raw cane sugar grown on Homestead Plantation, as well as other nearby plantations.
Her products include fine handmade bath products, including salt scrubs, glycerin soaps, bath salts, lotions and more.
Artisan Emily Grace Bowers will once again be at The Stockade Bed and Breakfast to exhibit and sell her original and unique jewelry at Highland Nights, Friday, November 14, 2014. Emily handcrafts her jewelry and has created two separate collections. The first consists of copper and/or brass, and the second is made of sterling silver and/or gold-filled wire which she wraps into earrings, pendants and bracelets.
Emily Grace Bowers is a graduate of Louisiana State University, having earned a degree in Business Administration. She has studied jewelry design under Tom Lorio at LSU, silversmithing under Don Norris, and wire-wrapping under Diane Mason, Sue Rowand and Gene Sheridan at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.
For more information, visit her website: Grace Designs Jewelry.
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Hoping to see alligators on your trip to Louisiana? You’re in luck! There are several swamp tours located around South Louisiana which will give you the opportunity to see alligators, birds and unusual plants in their natural environment. Swamp tours are fun, educational and memorable. They provide many photo opportunities – you will return home with close-up pictures of wildlife and plants from places you could never have reached on your own.
Swamp tours are offered in various watercraft, from airboats to flat bottom boats. They are conducted by knowledgeable guides who not only know where to find the wildlife and plants, but give guests information about what they are seeing. Many of the guides hold degrees in Zoology and Botany and love to share their wealth of knowledge.
Here are some of the swamp tours offered around our area:
- Cajun Country Swamp Tours is held in the Lake Martin Swamp near Breaux Bridge, La. and endeavors “to provide our guest with an unforgettable, educational and entertaining swamp tour into a Louisiana swamp with a generous serving of Cajun Country hospitality while promoting a greater respect for wildlife and the environment.” http://www.cajuncountryswamptours.com/html/st__martin_parish_native_tour_.html
- Cajun Encounters Tour Co. – Experience the Honey Island Swamp, near Slidell, La., like no other. Owned and operated by New Orleans natives, Cajun Encounters scouts out the best experts in the field to give you an authentic, safe, personal, hands-on tour of the swamp. http://www.cajunencounters.com/swamp_tour.html
- Pearl River Eco-Tours – Experience a journey like no other…into the Honey Island Swamp, one of the least altered river swamps in the country, with a professional native ecological tour guide. http://www.pearlriverecotours.com/
Not a tourist? Do you live in Louisiana? See what’s available in your own back yard.
Take a swamp tour for a stay-cation you won’t soon forget.
I started making this recipe when the Ice Cream Banana plant which one of my guests from Florida brought me produced a bumper crop. Everybody loves it!
1 loaf of French Bread sliced
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups half and half
1 oz. Praline Liquor
Powdered sugar (optional)
Whipped cream (optional)
Mix together the beaten eggs, half and half, and Praline liquor.
Soak bread in mixture and sauté in butter on both sides until brown.
In separate sauce pan, sauté in butter, pecans, Praline liquor, and brown sugar until it makes a syrup. Add banana slices and cook till soft.
Pour syrup over French toast and garnish with blueberries, powdered sugar and whipped cream.
Artwork of Don Wright, a native of Shreveport, La., may be found in some of the bedrooms at the Stockade. Although he remained a resident of Louisiana, he was quite well traveled. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until 1961. Following his military days, Wright joined an exploratory seismographic company that allowed him to experience the glaciers of Alaska and Canada, the beaches of the Bahamas, and most of the terrain between them.
While with the seismographic company, his interest in art began to grow. At the age of 24, Don Wright began attending classes at Southeastern Louisiana University. After completing his BA, he was accepted to an MFA program at the Pratt Institute of New York. He finished the Pratt Institute in 1970 with an emphasis in painting, drawing, and, what he would later call his favorite medium, sculpture.
Like most established Louisiana artists, he became known for his paintings of rural landscapes and of the old Vieux Carre, His style of painting is always unmistakable, but it can be found in subjects ranging from swamps to nudes and courtyards to cabins. In his own words, Wright said of his art: “My intent is to infuse internal reality within the artist with outside stimuli, the product being the finished art object. I deliberately subordinate all questions of style, technique, subject, and medium to this simple credo.”
Prior to purchasing the Stockade, Janice was an art dealer. She and Don were good friends as well as artist and art dealer. They spent time together and often went to charity events where Don’s work was being auctioned. Janice spent time at his studio in Hammond and they visited local restaurants, art venues and theatres. Don often called Janice when he was working on a painting and wanted to get feedback. It is fitting, therefore, that much of his artwork adorns the walls of the Stockade.
(Courtesy of http://www.jeanbragg.com/don-wright)
Hospice Foundation of Baton Rouge held its annual Volunteer Luncheon on April 9, 2014 on the side patio of the Stockade. The Stockade was the first Hospice showcase home in Baton Rouge. In the Spring of 1990, the house was decorated by Baton Rouge interior designers and the public was invited to view it for admission, with the proceeds going to Hospice, a non-profit agency. Janice DeLerno toured the home and purchased it in December of the same year. Though the Stockade Bed and Breakfast was opened several years after that, it was the beginning of something good! For that reason, we were pleased to offer the Stockade for their venue as a donation to this wonderful organization.
1 tablespoon grated cheese 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Dash of Cajun Seasoning Paprika Parsley flakes ½ slice of cooked crumbled bacon per egg
Spray small muffin tin with non-stick spray. Scramble eggs slightly and put in muffin tin. Sprinkle cooked crumbled bacon over egg. Add Worcestershire sauce and Cajun seasoning. Top with grated cheese, and then sprinkle lightly with paprika and parsley flakes.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until center is not runny.
Serve hot with Hollandaise sauce on top, sprinkled with paprika or parsley for garnishing.
William “Bill” U. Stracener has been creating award-winning artwork for over 50 years. His impressionist realism brings the Louisiana terrain to life in his watercolor paintings. He is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of LSU. Many of his paintings adorn the walls at The Stockade. Bill is very involved with Senior Olympics and has won many medals over the years playing basketball with his team.
“Full Moon” hangs in the Rex Room. Bill has always been intrigued with the different phases of the moon in his paintings. This is one of two paintings in the house with the moon used as the focal point.
“Majestic Oak” hangs in the Red Room. Louisiana’s prize oaks have been another of Bill’s favorite subject matters over the years. The majestic oak in the painting is similar to the one behind the house on the bluff of the old Mississippi River bed.
“Marshland” hangs in the Foyer. In a grouping in the main entrance to The Stockade, this painting is indicative of Louisiana’s prevalent wetlands.
“Rural Life” hangs in the Garden Room. The subject matter of this painting is one of the buildings at The Rural Life Museum right down Essen Lane from The Stockade. It is well worth a visit when you stay at The Stockade.
South Louisiana, like much of the United States, experienced more than its share of unusually cold weather this winter. Phrases like “polar vortex” were being used by weather forecasters – a term people in the south are definitely not familiar with. All we know is that it was COLD – really COLD. Snow, sleet and frozen fountains were a little too common in the South this past winter.
South Louisiana is not exactly a tropical area, but we do have somewhat fragile plants that grow here which don’t tolerate very cold or frozen temperatures. Try as we might, it was difficult for us to cover and protect many of our plants, and now that Spring is officially here, we are all taking stock of what’s left and replacing plants that didn’t make it.
At The Stockade, we are happy to say that our plants are finally coming to life, albeit a little late. And we couldn’t be happier! Take a walk with us around The Stockade gardens and see what plants and flowers are springing to life!
Louisiana has so many awesome festivals, it’s hard to pick which ones to go to! Here are our top picks for the best upcoming LA festivals. Whether you’re looking for good food, good music, or just a good time, we’ve got you covered!
Held in the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is an annual festival held to promote the crawfish industry in Louisiana and the culture of Cajun Country.
The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has also been featured in documentaries by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Food Channel, and PBS. It has been featured in Maxim Magazine, Southern Living, National Geographic, The New York Times, Country Cooking, Motorhome Living, and Better Homes and Garden publications. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival was named a top 10 Food Festival by USA Today. [http://www.bbcrawfest.com/about_us.html]
Cochon de Lait – Mansura, May 8 – 11, 2014
The Cochon de Lait Festival is held annually on the second weekend in May in Mansura, Louisiana. Mansura is the Cochon de Lait capital of the world. The festival mixes great Cajun food, good times and Louisiana music with the famous cochon de lait (French for roast suckling pig). There is plenty to see and do for an entire family to “pass a good time.” [http://www.cochondelaitfestival.com/index.html]
Greek Festival – Baton Rouge, May 10, 2014
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Baton Rouge wants you to join them in a celebration of Greek culture, entertainment and cuisine at the 2nd Annual Baton Rouge Greek Festival in Downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Town Square festival venue. Festival goers will dine on Greek food cooked by members of the Church, using authentic Greek recipes. A Greek band, “Alpha Omega Sound,” from Atlanta, GA will provide live entertainment and visitors will learn traditional Greek dances. The Holy Trinity Greek Dancers from New Orleans will also perform throughout the day. An assortment of beverages, Greek pastries, Mediterranean arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, religious icons, festival T-shirts and a festival poster will be available for purchase. [http://brgreekfest.com]
Bayou Boogaloo – New Orleans, May 16 – 18, 2014
The 9th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival that will be held Friday May 16 – Sunday May 18, 2014 along the banks of historic and beautiful Bayou St. John. As always the Festival is a family-friendly event with a kid’s stage, along with games and activities for children. Attendees can partake in delicious food, spirits and libations, listen to great local music, and enjoy the very best art that New Orleans has to offer. [http://www.thebayouboogaloo.com]
Jambalaya Festival – Gonzales, May 22 – 25, 2014
The Jambalaya Festival Association, chartered in 1967, invites you to mark your calendar for the 47th annual Jambalaya festival to be held in Gonzales, Louisiana on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 – 25, 2014. Your whole family will enjoy the vast variety of food, fun, music and activities that have made the Jambalaya Festival the can’t miss highlight of the year.
The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food and so much fun it takes four days to get it all in. [http://www.jambalayafestival.org]
NOLA Food and Wine Experience – New Orleans, May 21 – 24, 2014
Over the past 20 years the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience has raised more than $1 million for non-profit organizations right here in our community, while showcasing local food and chefs, and national and international wines. We invite you to raise a glass and be a part of the festivities as we make New Orleans a better place to live, work and play. [http://www.nowfe.com]
Cajun Heartland State Fair – Lafayette, May 22 – June 1, 2014
The 26th Annual Cajun Heartland State Fair scheduled May 22 – June 1, 2014 will provide the best in family entertainment for children of all ages. North American Midway Entertainment will have numerous super rides such as the giant Ferris wheel, Crazy Mouse and the Mega Drop! Games, free concerts and free attractions will entertain everyone. Prizes and surprises await everyone at the Cajun Heartland State Fair. [http://www.cajundome.com/chsf.aspx]