The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor at Evangeline Downs

Just last week I was chatting about travel bucket lists. Wouldn’t it be great to say you’ve been to every state in your lifetime? And I don’t just mean layovers at the airport or driving through without stopping. At least enjoying some of our countries’ sites?

Louisiana is definitely a state I’d like to see. New Orleans or Baton Rouge are the first big cities that come to mind, but how about Lafayette? Today I want to share with you a restaurant with a new debut – The Spotted Horse which you can find at the Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel.

Inspired by an urban legend of a “long-necked spotted horse” (i.e., a giraffe) winning the race by a neck, the restaurant’s flair for the fantastic is reflected throughout the new space. The multi-faceted experience features a tavern on one side, perfect for sipping a local brew and enjoying down-home cuisine; and a full-service restaurant on the other.

You’ll find dining selections range from Southern staples to innovative new dishes. The restaurant’s signature whimsy shines in the collection of hot sauces. A menu of nearly 20 hot sauces is available for customers to pair with their dishes, including ghost pepper and blueberry, habanero carrot curry, and serrano ginger lemongrass. oh my!

If you’re like my family, FOOD is always first on our list and we love visiting new places to see what they have to offer.

For more information on The Spotted Horse Tavern & Dining Parlor click here.

Have you ever been to Louisiana?

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10 Second Dinner Idea from Sam’s Club #FamilyPizzaCombo

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser #FamilyPizzaCombo  All opinions are mine alone. 

This fall is CRAZY for us! We seriously have a practice or game to go to everyday of the week! It doesn’t help that my Hubby doesn’t get home from work until after dinner hour each night so the CRAZY mostly falls on me.

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I can’t complain though right? Soccer mom won’t last forever and I’ll miss these days in the future. Plus they are so cute out there!

Dinner is the hard part. By this part of the night I just want to flop onto the couch and watch the newest shows. I’m all for easy solutions and I just found out about Sam’s Club Family Pizza Combo!


Yep that price is right. For $13.98 you can run into Sam’s Club and order a 16inch pizza, cheesy breadsticks, 6 cookies and Coke.

They made my pizza fresh so I had a few minutes to wait and I ran back to the produce section to buy a healthy side to go with it. I grabbed organic bananas, but they also had ready to cut pineapple, apple slices, fruit tray and even a family sized salad! Oh, and since my boys don’t really drink soda I put organic Honest Kids fruit juice boxes in my cart too.


After practice that night, I was so relieved to walk in the door knowing I didn’t have to cook up a meal. In 10 seconds (ok maybe a couple of minutes) I reheated the pizza and breadsticks, peeled their bananas, and set out the juice and cookies. Fastest meal ever!

Do you know what I was thinking as we were eating? That the time I saved that night cooking and cleaning really helped me enjoy the little things – like more time listening to my boy’s chatter about school. And reading one extra story before bed because we were ahead of schedule.


Like I said before, time flies and sometimes 10-second meals are needed to help us enjoy the little things that will be gone before we know it.

Next time you’re at Sam’s Club check out the Family Pizza Combo!

Family Pizza Combo

I’ve shared how we’re using the Family Pizza Combo to make the most of our busy week nights! What will you do with the extra time it gives your family?