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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 01/16/12

Monday, January 16, 2012

ICE CREAM CONE CAKES!







   This recipe comes from www.thepinkwisk.com.uk .  They look like the real thing.  Probably pretty tasty too and you wouldn't have to worry about them melting.  Enjoy!

Ice Cream Cone Cakes


Anyone for ice-cream? Prefer some cake? - Hooray it’s both!




Ice-cream Cone Cakes – perfect for a little one’s birthday party. Who am I kidding??- Perfect whoever you are and whenever you feel like it! No complicated trickery involved these really are super easy. What are you waiting for…get on with it!


Ingredients:

12 Ice-cream cones with flat bases
200g Butter
200g Caster Sugar
4 Eggs
200g Self Raising Flour
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
For the icing:
225g Butter
450g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
1 tbsp Milk
1 box of mini Chocolate Flakes
Plus a variety of cake sprinkles and ice-cream sauces – whatever takes your fancy!
Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4.


Prepare your baking pans, Use a muffin tin, one of the large type variety. Cut out 12 foil squares you will need them to be about 15cm square each. Press n one foil square into each hole. Next place your empty icecream cones onto each foil piece, shape the overhanging foil around the cone to create a support and keep them standing upright. You don’t need to be too neat with this just make sure they feel supported and aren’t going to topple over the minute you go to put them in the oven.





Make your cake mixture by creaming together the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy add the vanilla extract and then one egg at a time making sure it is well mixed after each addition. Any sign of the mixture curdling add a tablespoon of the flour.
Once all the eggs are incorporated mix in the flour.
Fill each cone approx 2/3rds full.





Bob them into the oven for 18-20 minutes until fully cooked and a skewer comes out clean.
Magic – the cones don’t burn or go soggy from the mixture and you have beautifully cooked cakes!




Allow them to cool and then on with the decorating. Make up the buttercream by beating the butter to ensure it is super soft, then beat in the sifted icing sugar along with a tablespoon of milk and the vanilla bean paste.
Add the butttercream to a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the Mr Whippy effect on top of the cakes. But we’re not done yet!
Take a mini flake and push it through the buttercream into the cake. I found they were just a smidgen to long so I cut a 2cm piece of each to make them the right size.
Unfortunately you will have to eat all these cut off pieces just like I did (there – my secrets out)!
Finally decorate them with sprinkles or ice-cream sauce – whatever you fancy.





Ice Cream Cone Cakes it’s as easy as that!

SURVA, THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MASQUERADE GAMES FROM PERNIK, BULGARIA!!








    The Festival of Masquerade Games is the most important cultural event in the region. More than 5000 performers from all over Bulgaria, as well as groups from many European countries take part in the festival. It the most vital and deep rooted tradition of masquerading rites dating back to 1965. The festival has been held in Pernik since 1966. It is held on the last weekend of January.
    In ancient times the old Thracians held the Kukeri Ritual Games in honor of the god Dionysus-the especially known as a god of wine and ecstasy. Even today the games are also known as the Dionysus' games. Among the Kukeri dancers' are many different character, including Dionysus and his satyrs as well as other from deep history such as the tsar, harachari, plyuvakachi, startzi, and pesyatzi.







    People from Europe, Asia and Africa as well as representatives from every folklore region in Bulgaria, all come to Pernik to celebrate. They come for the thrill of competitions and the pride of representing the traditions of their ancestors. They also come to have fun.







    The masked participants are call kukeri, kokove, surakari, startsi, babugeri, dzhamailan, kamilari, etc. They dress in fur hides or in traditional women's costumes. They will dance in many fancy dresses and costumes.


The performance of the masked men, commonly known as Survakari or Kukeri. Wearing unique costumes and magnificent masks, they move around in their characteristic stride filling the air with the sound of hundreds of bells, with songs, prayers and wishes.






    During the international festival, Bulgarian and foreign folk groups march in a procession through Pernik, displaying exuberant costumes and fantastic masks to constant ringing of bells and rattles. They are performing the ancient rite of chasing away evil and celebrating the triumph of life being reborn, with the beginning of spring and the hopes of man and for a better harvest and a better life.







    In Bulgarian folklore, the mask is believed to protect its wearer against powers of impure nature. This is the most probable explanation as to why the masks look like fearful creatures with huge jaws and very large teeth, with horns and tails, snapping beaks and grisly bodies. The sound of the bells hanging from the belts of the participants enhances their effect. Participants from some regions use charcoal to paint their faces black and sheep's wool to make moustaches and beards. The groups consists of various different characters. Traditionally all parts are played by men dressed in carnival costumes. They may carry symbolic objects with which they perform their rituals. Bulgarian ceremonial masks are a valuable source of information for the various regions in Bulgaria.





    All masks are made by the individual who will be wearing it, with the help of craftsmen known throughout the village for their skill. It is a long and complicated process. Even the making of the masks and costumes is shrouded in mystery, it's almost a ritual in its own right.
    Pernik is the only place where you can see masks from every region of Bulgaria. Visitors to the carnival say the feel invigorated after going and watching to this festival.

DIY JAPANESE PAPER FLOWER ORNAMENTS!







   This diy comes from www.findinspirations.com .  I cool afternoon project to do during those cool afternoons or evenings while listening to a favorite cd.  Enjoy!


Paper Flowers – Anyone Can Do That


Japanese Kusudama

Anyone can do that, I assure you. The proof: I can, just take a quick look at my result below. And, believe me, I am neither meticulous nor particularly patient. You could even say I’m the opposite.
Paper Flower Kusudama Ball by PinkOnHead

Below you can see my very first attempt to create paper flowers.
my first experiment with single elements of kusudama ball



What you will need to make your own Kusudama paper ball?
Paper Flower Kusudama Ball Kit


1. Paper – 60 square pieces of paper, all of the same size. I use advertising catalogues (for your convenience in the first part of this tutorial I use plain blue paper so that the folds are more visible). My squares are 3,5 cm x 3,5 cm but you can make them bigger, smaller squares would be rather hard to fold. For every flower you will need 5 pieces.
2. Ruler
3. Pencil
4. Glue – the glue I use have two nice properties: (1) it does not dry very quickly which allows small corrections when necessary (2) being initially white it turns translucent while drying
5* Scissors (optionally) I prefer torn paper instead of cut. I fold it several times before tearing slowly.
6* Beads (optionally) Use them to add some extra glamour.
7. Toothpick – to apply the glue.
Preparation to Kudusama Ball

You have to start with a single petal. Don’t give up, it may seem that it will take ages before you make all 60 petals but you will progress faster with every next piece :)


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Now you have to glue your 5 petals into a flower.
Paper Flower Ball step 16
Paper Flower Kusudama Ball step 17
Apply the glue to only one side of each petal, except for the last one, in this case cover both sides with glue.
Paper Flower Kusudama Ball step 20
Your first flower is done.

Don’t glue every petal right after you make it. Make the whole 60 and then glue them into 12 flowers, it’s really faster this way, believe me.
12 Paper Flowers Ready to Make Kusudama Ball


When all 12 flowers are finished you have to glue them together. You start with gluing the first half – six flowers together. With your first flower you have to apply the glue on two adjacent petals, with five next flowers you apply glue on three adjacent petals. Put the glue not exactly on the middle line of the petal but a little to the right.


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When two halves of Kusudama Flower Ball are ready you have to glue them together. You can put a cord between the halves so that your ball can hang down. I make my Kusudama Flower Balls for a table decorations so I don’t put a cord.


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Paper Flower kusudama Ball