Thursday, January 22, 2015


 On Thanksgiving, more than any other day of the year, Americans sit down and eat the same meal as their neighbors and countrymen. It’s tradition, after all! But we know our history: most of the Thanksgiving dishes we enjoy today weren’t at the original Pilgrims’ feast in 1621, or at least not in the way we enjoy them. How did we come up with the modern menu on so many tables?

1. Candied Sweet Potatoes

   Sweet potatoes are native to the Americas and their consumption goes back about 5,000 years, so it is no wonder they are associated with the American holiday, even though the Pilgrims didn’t have them in Massachusetts. But when did we start adding sugar to make them even sweeter than they are? The earliest recipe found is from 1889, in which sweet potatoes are made into candy.
The candied sweet potato is a Philadelphia confectionery. It is nothing but sweet potatoes carefully boiled and quartered, then candied in boiling syrup, but it is said to be dainty and tender and of a delicious flavor”.
   By 1895, recipes for sweetened sweet potatoes as a dinner side dish were showing up. Some call these recipes candied yams, although actual yams are a different plant altogether. “Yams” is an American nickname for the softer varieties of sweet potato.

2. Cranberry Sauce

   Cranberries were probably a part of the original Thanksgiving feast. The Native Americans used them for food, medicine, and even dye. Most importantly, cranberries were used as a preservative because they contain benzoic acid, so they added the fruit to meats and grains to extend their shelf life. General Ulysses S. Grant ordered cranberry sauce to be served to his troops in 1864, probably to prevent scurvy during the winter. It was first put into cans in 1912 by a company that eventually came to be known as Ocean Spray, a term that originally was used only for their canned cranberry sauce. .

3. Brown and Serve Rolls

   Although not confined to Thanksgiving, “brown and serve rolls” are sold by the ton by various manufacturers for the holiday. They originated in 1949 when baker Joe Gregor of Avon Park, Florida tried to please his customers who wanted their rolls warm for dinner. He worked on the problem for months until he accidentally produced a batch of half-baked rolls. He left the “ruined” rolls in the oven while he responded to a fire alarm (Gregor was a volunteer fireman) and when he returned, he reheated the rolls and realized what he had produced. Gregor sold half-baked rolls to his customers to take home and finish baking  before dinner. General Mills bought the process for $25,000, allowing Gregor to retire from baking. Recipes are available so that you can make your own rolls ahead of time and brown them just before dinner.

4. Apple Cider

   It is not known when the first actual apple cider was produced, but the invading Romans discovered it in use in the village of Kent when they invaded England in 55BCE. Cider spread through Europe during the Middle Ages. English settlers brought apple seeds to America, where the trees thrived. Other drinks, especially beer, became more popular, but cider is traditionally consumed in the fall to celebrate the apple harvest. That is how cider, especially spiced cider, came to be associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

5. Deviled Eggs

   The concept of deviled eggs goes back to at least Ancient Rome, when boiled eggs were topped with spicy sauces. Removing the yolks from boiled eggs, adding spices, and then returning them was common in medieval times. The word “deviled” was first used in print to describe a highly spiced recipe in 1786, and came to be used for any food that was “hot” like the devil’s domain.


6. Roast Turkey

   There are only a couple of accounts of the Pilgrim’s feast written by participants, and at least one never even mentioned turkeys. The most famous remembrance was written twenty years after the fact by governor William Bradford and was confiscated by the British during the Revolutionary War. It was not recovered until 1854. Meanwhile, turkeys were roasted during the winter months by any Americans who had access to the birds. When the Bradford document became available, roast turkey became associated with the Thanksgiving meal. After all, the birds are much easier to raise on farms than the deer, swans, partridges, and  seal meat that were also on the Pilgrims’ menu.

7. Stuffing or Dressing

   Stuffing animals for roasting goes back to ancient times, with old recipes surviving from the Roman Empire. After removing the organs, the big hole left behind is an opportunity to add seasoning from the inside, and filling the cavity helps to even the cooking over a fire. In modern times, the Thanksgiving turkey is the only large animal that most people ever roast whole in their homes, so the custom of stuffing is linked to Thanksgiving turkey. However, it is often served without ever actually being inside the turkey. Modern instant stuffing is even served with no turkey at all! Stovetop Stuffing was invented in 1971 by Ruth Siems for General Foods (now Kraft Foods). The convenience of instant stuffing was an immediate hit when it was launched in 1972. The company sells around 60 million boxes every Thanksgiving.

8. Green Bean Casserole

   The green bean casserole that many people serve for Thanksgiving originated in 1955 with a recipe by Dorcas Reilly of the Campbell’s Soup Company, in collaboration with Olney and Carpenter, who were trying to promote their french fried onion business. The recipe caught on, and ensured the future of canned fried onions and the trend of using cream soup instead of homemade white sauce. Of course, you can make it from scratch without the processed name-brand ingredients.

9. Mincemeat Pie

   Mincemeat, a combination of meat, fruit, and spices not only tasted good to those who developed it, but preserved the meat for later consumption. Believe it or not, early mincemeat pies were baked in a coffin shape! One account has mincemeat brought back from the Crusades in the 11th century. Spiced meat was made into a pie for Christmas. The meat was combined with three spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves) to represent the three gifts of the wise men. The oblong coffin shape was meant to represent the cradle of the Christ child, and a representative doll was placed on top when the small pies were presented. Another account has the original pies shaped like coffins to represent Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead who was celebrated on the winter solstice. Christians co-opted this tradition along with the other solstice celebrations for Christmas. Over the years, the amount of meat was diminished as we developed other methods of preservation, and now most mincemeat recipes contain only a bit of suet along with apples, raisins, and spices. However, you can still make it the traditional way with this 1796 recipe.

10. Pumpkin Pie

   The Pilgrims may have eaten cooked pumpkin, but they didn’t have it in a pie. The first recorded pumpkin pie recipe was published in France in 1653, where the fruit was called pompion. It spread to England and then to the New World, where the first American pie recipe (now called pumpkin) was published in 1796.


   This diy come from www.paperplateandplane.wordpress.com .  Enjoy!

I’ve been on a roll with rolling paper since I made the paper chess set for O.T. last month. As meticulous an undertaking that was, I really enjoyed myself and couldn’t wait to apply the technique to Christmas ornaments. These bright rolled paper ornaments are substantially simpler and make for a whimsical handmade addition to your tree.

You will need construction paper in various colors, matching ribbons, foam adhesive tape (mounting tape), double sided tape, and a bit of white glue. Check your local dollar store instead of a hardware store for the mounting tape. I got 2 in a pack, each roll being 16 feet long. I thought that was a steal!

1. Cut construction paper lengthwise (9″ long) in the following widths, in alternating colors: 3″, 2-3/4″, 2-1/2″, 2-1/4″, 2″, 1-3/4″, 1-1/2″, 1-1/4″, and 1″.
2. Take the widest piece and adhere mounting tape across the center. Take 8″ of ribbon, fold, and place on the mounting tape.
3. Roll.
4. Take the second widest piece and adhere mounting tape across the center.
5. Roll. Repeat for all pieces, going from widest, until you’ve rolled the second last piece.
6. When you get to the narrowest piece, place the mounting tape directly on the center of the ornament, and cut it about 3/4″ from where you began. Place double sided tape where the seams will meet. This will ensure the final seam is flat, and not raised.
7. Roll the final piece only once around and cut at the seam.
8. Take a long strip of construction paper at 1/8″ wide and quill (roll) until you get curls and cut at random lengths. Dip the quilled strips in glue and apply across the ornament


   Epiphany (from the Greek word meaning "appearance" or "to appear") is a Christian festival celebrated January 6th, 12 days after Christmas.  Epiphany, often called Little Christmas, commemorates the appearance of Jesus to the Wisemen of the East.
   We often use the word "epiphany" to refer to a revelation or recognition of importance in our lives.  Epiphany, in the liturgical sense, is a feast day celebrated mostly in the Catholic and Orthodox faiths.  Epiphany is the day Christians remember the visit of the Magi to the stable in Bethlehem.  In the eastern or Orthodox rites of the Church, Epiphany is also he day which we remember the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan river.  When John baptized Jesus, he also proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.  He said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world"

   There are some who suggest Epiphany was originally established in order to commemorate the appearance of the celestial phenomenon heralding the birth of the Messiah.  Still others maintain Epiphany is best remembered as the celebration of the manifestation of God's Son to the Gentile world.  Yet, this would hold with the typical understanding of Epiphany as the day to celebrate the adoration of the Magi-Gentiles all, or so it seems.
   As the Magi presented gifts to the Holy Child, many countries in southern and eastern Europe and also in areas of Latin America celebrate Epiphany, as the gift-giving holiday.  Although Epiphany is a major feast day in the Christmas season, it receives almost no recognition in many western countries.  The average American has never even heard of the feast of Epiphany.

Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist

    Early church fathers, Jerome and Chysostom recommended Epiphany as the day on which Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and when Yahweh's (God's) voice was heard from heaven declaring, "this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased"(Mathew 3:17).  The Greek Fathers (church leaders following the Apostles in the first and second century) understood the Epiphany as the appearance of Christ to the world in the sense that Paul intends when he says "God's purpose and grace were made manifest now through the manifestation of our Savior Jesus Christ, who indeed did abolish death, and did enlighten life and immortality through the good news" (2nd Timothy 1:10).

Peruvian Three Kings Day

   Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem for the census where of course, Jesus was born.  But according to Jewish law, they needed to wait until the eighth day after the birth of Emmanuel or Jesus.  On the eighth day, a Hebrew male child is taken to the temple and presented for circumcision and the mother has her ritual purification.  We refer to this eight day period as the Octave of Christmas and the whole of the Christmas season as Christmastide.

   During this time, the first Slaughter of the Holy Innocents (Liturgical year: December 28th) by King Herod, occurred.  Herod had heard rumors of a "new king" that was born.  He ordered all male children under two killed in an effort to rid the area of the rumored king and potential threat to his throne.  Mary and Joseph were preparing to leave, having been warned in dreams of the immanent danger.  It was then that the Wisemen arrived and located the place where Jesus was.  They encouraged Mary and Joseph to flee to Egypt for safety from Herod's soldiers.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


This diy comes form www.misscutiepiegoes80s.blogspot.com. Very cute and unique.

Printable vintage style christmas tickets

Hi all!
I'm slowly recovering from my flue.
Been sick for almost 3 weeks and I can't wait to get back
to my normal life again.

Meanwhile I want to share something a bit different with
you all. These tickets were inspired by old vintage photos,
Christmas cards and all around Christmas spirit.

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They are ready to be printed (in a high photo quality for the
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Christmas cards, gifts and altered projects.

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if you post your finished projects online.
This way more people can find their way here and
download the tickets :)

♥ Download Vintage Style Christmas Tickets ♥
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To make your tickets more personal use the edge of your
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   The U.S. National Tobaggan Championships is the only organized wooden toboggan race in the country and possibly the world.  The toboggan chute is located in Camden, Main at the Camden Snow Bowl, a community owned year round recreation area which has developed thousand of deicated skiers since 1936.  All race revenue goes to off setting the Snow Bowl budget.


   The original chute was first built in 1936 by a dedicated group of volunteers who also built a ski lodge and ski hill, one of the earliest in America.  The chute was again rebuilt in 1954 by local Coast Guardsmen and lasted until 1964 when it was brought to an end because of rot and neglect.
   In 1990 it was resurrected once again out of pressure treated wood by another enthusiastic group of volunteers and material donors and was to become known as the Jack Williams Toboggan Chute.  The week before the race, many hours are spent during the dark of night, when it is the coldest, to coat the wooden chute with layer upon  layer of ice.  This is accomplished by a "Rube Goldberg" invention of David Dickeys, which pulleys a tub up the chute slowly dispensing water from holes in its back.

   The chute is 400 feet long, and with the 70 foot high hill,  toboggans can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.  The run out is on to frozen Hosmers' pond.  If there is clear ice on the  pond, some sleds will go the entire way across the pond ( over 1/4 of a mile).
      The Nationals are usually held the first weekend of February, but to avoid conflict with the Super Bowl, the event has been changed to the 2nd weekend in February starting in 2008.


   The race toboggan must be of traditional shape, material and design to qualify for the Nationals.  The race is like any race, in that the few rules are constantly pushed to the limits by tweaking the toboggan to make it go a tenth of a second faster.  Even the "Inspector of Toboggans", from the 2007  race,  was found to have violated the slat rule to make his go a little faster.
   The most wonderful aspect of the U.S. National Toboggan Race, is that anybody can participate in a national race and anybody can be the National Champion, no matter their age or ability.  In 2007 two gentlemen from Tennessee, who had never seen snow before, went on to become the 2nd place champions in the two man division.


   New Year's is a time to celebrate the end of the past year and welcome a new year.  It is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future.  The parties and traditions surrounding this time are many and varied.  But where do they com from?  Who started them and why?  New Year's Eve has specific traditions and celebrations as does New Year's Day.  Here are some specific traditions from America and where they come from.

Auld Lang Syne- A traditional Scottish song that was first published in 1796, Auld Lang Syne is the most popular song that no one knows the word to!  Guy Lombardo played the song on New Year's Eve in 1929 and it has become a tradition ever since.The song celebrate the remembrance of old friends.

   Kissing At Midnight- On New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight, everyone kisses.  Even if you don't have someone to kiss, you wish you were kissing.  This is more than just a celebration.  It is a tradition with a base.  It is generally believed that whatever you are doing when New Year's Day arrives is what you will be doing for the rest of the year.  So, kissing your loved ones is just assuring yourself that you will be doing more of that over the coming year.

Noisemakers- Trumpet like noisemakers, loud yells of "hooray!" and blaring music are traditional at midnight.  All of that noise is not just joy at the change in seasons.  It has a basis in ancient beliefs as well.  When gas and electric lights first became used, it became a tradition to turn on all of your lights and go to the church at midnight on New Year's Eve to hear the bells ringing.  People began taking more noisemakers and hollering to make noise as well.  This tradition originated from a belief that evil spirits would be scared away by the noise.  Over the years, this morphed into the loud noisemaking that is so popular at midnight on New Year's Eve.

Fireworks- A close partner to the noisemaking at midnight, is the numerous fireworks displays and the blowing up of firecrackers on New year's.  This goes hand in hand with the belief that loud noises frighten away evil spirits.  The Chinese, of course, are credited with inventing fireworks.  Fireworks are also believed to draw good luck.

Making Toasts- In ancient England, the Saxon's used a Wassail bowl filled with alcoholic beverages.  A large cup might be passed around with a piece of hard bread in the bottom.  Everyone drank from the cup and yelled out good wishes.  Then, the host would eat the bread from the bottom of the cup.  This is where the traditional "toasting" came from.  Now, we make toasts honoring people and wishing good luck and a prosperous New Year.

The Ball Dropping- The best known tradition and largest celebration in America is the New Year's celebration in Times Square in New York City where "the ball drops".  This tradition started in 1907 and is the most widely viewed, and attended celebration on New Year's Eve.  The ball dropping signifies the end of the old and the beginning of the new.  The countdown and drop derive from a time signal used in naval harbors at noontime.


Father Time and the New Years Baby-Many New Year's decorations feature Father Time and the New Year's Baby.  The old year is represented by Father Time, a bearded old man with a walking stick, who caries an hour glass to symbolize the movement of time.  Father Time has roots in the Greek go Chronos, as well as the Grim Reaper.  The new year's baby traces its ancestry to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who regarded the baby as a symbol of rebirth.  The image of a baby with a New Year banner was brought to America by German immigrants.  So, the old year hands over its responsibility to the new year, a time of rebirth and new chances.

New Year's Resolutions- It is generally believed that the ancient Babylonians were the first people to make resolutions on New Years.  Early Christians believed that the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on your past actions and resolving to improve oneself in the coming year.  From this has grown the tradition of making New Year's resolutions.  The tradition of breaking them is probably just as old.

Tournament of Roses Parade- One of the favorite tradition's for New Year's day is to watch the Pasadena, California Tournament of Roses Parade on television.  The parade first started in 1886, when members of the Valley Hunt Club decorated their carriages with flowers for a parade celebrating the ripening of the orange crop.  Now we watch the parade and marvel at the beautiful floats covered in thousands and thousands of flowers.  The Rose Bowl football game that follows the parade is another tradition.

Eating Black Eyed Peas- In the southern part of the U.S., a major tradition is eating Black Eyed peas on New Year's day.  Supposedly, during the Civil War, black eyed peas were "cow peas", used for feeding cattle.  But, during the Battle of Vicksburg, the town was cut off from all food supplies for 40 days.  The people survived by eating the "cow peas" that the enemy troops had left behind.  Since that time, they have been regarded as bringing good luck to those who eat them.  They are usually paired with greens which are a symbol for wealth.

   These are some of the most famous traditions of the New Year in America.  Hopefully, you have some idea as to why we do the things we do on New Year's Eve and Day.  So go out and grab yourself a bowl of Black Eyed peas to ring in the new year and hopfully they'll bring you good luck for the coming new year!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


   When January comes along, you may think that the food holidays have come to an end, but you'd be wrong.  January is filled with many food holidays.  Here is a list of the food holidays you can look forward to in January.
  • January 1st-Apple Gifting Day- This is such a fun day to celebrate.  A fun way to enjoy this national food holiday is to bake an apple pie or some other favorite apple dessert that you may like.  Christmas may be over, but it's never a bad time to bake a gift for someone.

  • January 2nd-National Cream Puff Day- If you're tired of baking, never fret.  You can always head to your local bakery and pick up some delicious cream puffs.

  • January 3rd-Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day- Go out and enjoy a handful of some chocolate covered cherries.  I can't seem to find any that are filled with chocolate.

  • January 4th-National Spaghetti Day- Who doesn't love spaghetti (besides me)?  On this food holiday, shake things up by making something different.  Or at least make a homemade sauce or pasta!

  • January 5th-National Whipped Cream Day- Whipped cream can be enjoyed in all kinds of ways.  On this food holiday, why not have some strawberry short cake with lots and lots of whipped cream.

  • January 6th-National Shortbread Day-On this food holiday, do something fun.  Make a batch of shortbread cookies and take them to some of your co-workers.

  • January 7th-National Tempura Day- Tempura is a batter that is usually found on Asian foods, such as sweet and sour pork.  To enjoy this day, head out and pick up some Chinese food for dinner.

  • January 8th-English Toffee Day-  You can always make your own English toffee.  But, if you want to celebrate this day, there is an easier way, just buy a Heath candy bar.

  • January 9th-National Apricot Day- Apricots are tasty and healthy.  On this food holiday, grab some dried apricots and mix them with some nuts and other dried fruit to create a trail mix.

  • January 10th-Bittersweet Chocolate Day- Bittersweet chocolate makes some very good brownies.  Do I need to say anything else?

  • January 11th-Milk Day- I love milk,  especially over ice!  Have a glass with the leftover brownies you made a couple days ago.

  • January 12th-Curried Chicken Day- Are you tired of the same old dinners every night?  Then why not celebrate this food holiday and make something different!

  • January 13th-National Peach Melba Day- Peaches, raspberries, and ice cream, does it get any better than that!!

  • January 14th-National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day- On a cold day with a bowl of soup, nothing is better than soup and a hot pastrami sandwich,  this is a food holiday that'll warm your insides.

  • January 15th-Strawberry Ice Cream Day- January is the perfect time to enjoy a food holiday that brings out the summer when it's cold outside.  How about a creamy, thick strawberry shake!

  • January 16th-International Hot and Spicy Food Day- If you love spicy  food, you'll love this food day.  Prepare all your favorite appetizers, buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers and some spicy dipping sauce.

  • January 17th-Hot-Buttered Rum Day- If you drink alcohol, this is a great way to warm up on a cold January evening.  If you don't, just buy some buttered Rum Lifesavers.

  • January 18th-Peking Duck Day- If you love Asian dishes, this is the food holiday for you.  Take your sweetheart out for a nice Chinese dinner for two.

  • January 19th-National Popcorn Day- Do you really need a reason to have some popcorn! 

  • January 20th-National Cheese Lover's Day- There are so many different ways to enjoy this holiday.  You could serve nachos, cheeseburgers, or just go out an get a cheese pizza.

    • January 21st-New England Clam Chowder Day- This is another great food holiday to celebrate on a cold January evening.

    • January 22nd-National Blonde Brownie Day- Sure chocolate brownies are delicious, but blondies are also quite tasty as well.

    • January 23rd- National Rhubarb Pie Day- I just want to know one thing...who's the one who ever thought of this kind of pie,  especially one with strawberries in it....what a waste of some perfectly edible strawberries.

    • January 24th-National Peanut Butter Day- This has to be one of the best food holidays.  Enjoy some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Maybe take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.

    • January 25th-National Irish Coffee Day- If you don't drink alcohol, you can find Irish cream coffee creamer to enjoy instead.

    • January 26th-National Pistachio Day- What better way to enjoy this food holiday than to sit back with a bowl of pistachios while watching some T.V.!

    • January 27th-Chocolate Cake Day- Obviously, no one will have to be forced to partake in this food holiday!

    • January 28th-National Blueberry Pancake Day- If you're looking for a healthy food holiday, make some whole wheat pancakes and sprinkle on your blueberries right before flipping it.

    • January29th-National Corn Chip Day- Buy a bag of Frito's, some chili, add a little cheddar cheese and enjoy.

    • January 30th-National Croissant Day- Enjoy this food holiday with some scrambled eggs and bacon.

    • January 31st-Brandy Alexander Day- If you like to drink, you'll love this food holiday! Cheers!