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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 01/28/12

Saturday, January 28, 2012

DIY BOTTLE CAP CANDLES!







   This diy comes from www.craftaholicsanonaymous.net .  Really a neat idea and smart idea. Enjoy!



Bottle Cap Candles

how make tiny candles using old bottle caps! fun easy diy tutorial.


how to make candles with bottle caps


these tiny candles are a really fun to make and come together quickly. AND you can up-cycle several materials in the process, to make these colorful tiny candles, i used several materials that usually end up in a land fill: bottle caps, broken crayons, and empty soup cans. the only thing i bought to make them was the pre-waxed wicks which cost me $1.50 for a set of 12.
these make a great kid craft {with supervision, of course!} and would add a fun element to a wedding, romantic dinner, or even a fab conversation piece in your front room!






How to Make Bottle Cap Candles


supplies:

bottle caps, crayons {or wax}, pre-waxed wicks, soup cans, wax paper {optional}, small cooking pan, scissors, and water







remove paper from crayons. you can also use candle wax if you wanted.






put crayons in clean, empty soup cans.






take your pre-waxed wicks and…






bottle caps






put wicks inside the bottle caps. i placed my bottle caps on wax paper in case i spilled some wax.






then using a small cooking pan filled with a couple inches of boiling water, place the can in the pan and melt the crayons. {you could also use a candle warmer to do this}the crayons melt pretty quickly. *note: it only takes a few crayons to fill a bottle cap!






pour the melted crayons or wax into the bottle caps.






let cool for 1-2 hours. then trim the wicks and you have some fun tea light candles to enjoy!
**added later: crayon wax does not smell that great when burned. if you plan to burn these candles, you may consider adding a scent to them**
happy crafting!

COCOA CARDAMOM ESPRESSO ROASTED ALMONDS!







   This recipe comes from www.mykitchenaddiction.com .  Somehow she has some of the best ideas and recipes around.  I hope you enjoy this one.  Almonds and chocolate in moderate amounts are supposed to be good for you.  So why not bring them both together into one snack.


Cocoa Cardamom Espresso Roasted Almonds




Lately, one of my favorite snacks is roasted almonds. Almost everyone I know loves to munch on nuts (and they’re not so filling that they’ll spoil your dinner!), but I prefer to make my own than buy a can of pre-seasoned nuts. By roasting my own almonds, I have the opportunity to get a bit creative with fun flavors.
This time around, I decided to play around with cardamom (I still can’t get enough cardamom) and cocoa. Who doesn’t love chocolate? To bring out the chocolate flavor, I also added some espresso powder. These not-too-sweet cocoa roasted almonds are bound to be popular with all of your Thanksgiving guests.
Even if you’re not hosting this year, you won’t want to miss this recipe… They’d make a great hostess gift!



Cocoa Cardamom Espresso Roasted Almonds(Makes 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
    (for a more subtle cardamom flavor, use just 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 cups raw almonds
Preheat your oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon liner or parchment paper, and set aside.






In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, cardamom, and salt. Whisk to remove any lumps.






In a larger mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white and vanilla bean paste until frothy. Add the almonds and toss in the egg mixture. Pour the sugar and cocoa mixture into the almonds and stir until the almonds are evenly coated.







Transfer the almonds to the prepared baking sheet, and spread into an even layer. Roast for about 40 – 45 minutes, stirring every 10 - 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet, continuing to stir occasionally. Store in an airtight container.





BURN'S NIGHT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM!!!







Robert Burns



    Burns Night is annually, celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25th. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. Burns' best known work is "Auld Lang Syne".


reading some poetry for Burns' night



What People Do?

    Many people and organizations hold a Burns' supper on or around Burns' Night. These may be informal, only for men, only for women, or for both genders. Formal events include toasts and readings of pieces written by Robert Burns. Ceremonies during a Burns' Night supper vary according to the group organizing the event and the location.






    The evening centers on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage made from a sheep's stomach) on a large platter to the sound of a piper playing bagpipes. When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the "Address to Haggis". This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish dish. At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins.


Some whiskey and Haggis


Public Life

    Burns' Night is an observance but it is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

Background

    Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland , on January 25, 1759. He died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796. He was a poet and wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces that addressed political and civil issues. Perhaps his best known work is "Auld Lang Syne", which is sung at New year's Eve celebrations in Scotland, parts of the U.K., and other places around the world. Burns is one of Scotland's important cultural icons and is well known among Scottish expats or descendants around the world. he is also known as "Rabbie Burns", the fa"Bard of Ayrshire", "Scotland's favorite son"; and in Scotland as "The Bard".



Men in their kilts


    Robert Burns' acquaintances held the first Burns' supper on July 21st, the anniversary of his death, in Ayshire, Scotland, in the late 1700's. The date was later changed to January 25th, which marks his birthday. Burns' suppers are now held by people and organizations with Scottish origins worldwide, particularly in Australia, Canada, England, and the United States.

Symbols

    The Scottish flag is often displayed at Burns' Night celebrations. It is known as the Saltire and consists of a rectangular blue background with thick white bars on the diagonals. The diagonals form a cross that represents Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
    At Burns' Night events, many men wear kilts and women may wear shawls, skirts or dresses made from their family tartan. A tartan was originally a woolen cloth with a distinctive pattern made by using colors of weft and warp when weaving. Particular patterns and combinations of colors were associated with different areas, clans and families. Tartan patterns are now printed on various materials.


A plate of some Scottish delicacies

    Many types of food are associated with Burns' Night. These include: socock-a-leekie soup (chicken and leek soup); haggis; neeps (mashed turnips or swedes) and tatties (mashed potatoes); cranachan (whipped cream mixed with raspberries and served wit sweet oat wafers); bannocks (a kind of bread cooked on a griddle). Whiskey is the traditional drink.