Growing up in Michigan I related Fat Tuesday with the Paczki. What's a Paczki you ask?(Pronounced Puntchki )
It is a Polish doughnut that can be found in Hamtramck bakeries in Michigan. It is deep fried dough filled with anything you can think of. Apples, Lemon, Cream, Raspberry, Chocolate etc.
Since I am unable to enjoy my Paczki here in Charleston, I lean towards my Mississippi born husbands Fat Tuesday tradition. Enter the King Cake.
A New Orleans tradition which are easier to find here in Charleston. It is basically twisted bread which can be filled with fruit, cream cheese and pralines. Matt and I just like the cinnamon King Cake. The cake is covered with frosting and colorful Mardi Gras colored sugars. Oh and there is a tiny plastic baby hidden in the cake which signifies the Sweet little 8 pound, 6 oz Baby Jesus. :)
So yes, I will be eating something bad for me today. But Ash Wednesday kicks off tomorrow where I'll give up baked goods... Wait, maybe not baked goods. My birthday is during Lent.