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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/01/12

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DIY TIN CAN LANTERNS!

   This was found at www.growcreative.blogspot.com .  I would even use them for the holidays.  Whether it be leaf patterns or even, since Halloween is right around the corner, turn them into Jack o' lanterns or even skulls.  Good luck and have fun!


Tin Can Lanterns Tutorial


I love summer and I love that I finally have a backyard to have parties in! I made these tin can lanterns for a 4th of July party (not at my house) and they looked so lovely that I thought I would write a tutorial to share with you all.

So follow the tutorial below to get started making your own lanterns for your own outdoor summer party!


Materials:
recycled tin cans
hammer
nail
bailing wire
pliers
spray paint
tea light candle



Step 1: Remove labels and glue from the cans. I've found WD-40 to be very helpful with removing the glue.

Step 2: Fill cans with water and stick them in the freezer. Leave them in until the ice is solid. This helps the can hold its shape for the next steps.


Step 3: Take your frozen can out of the freezer. Using a hammer and nail, pound a hole near the top of the can. Flip the can over and make another hole straight across from the first hole. These will be used for the handle later on.

Step 4: Make your design. Use the hammer and nail to start punching out a design in your can. You can draw it our before hand or wing it. Either way, they turn out nicely.


Step 5: Once your design is all finished, let the ice melt out of the can and dry it out.



Step 6: Upon turning the can over, you'll notice a big bulge in the bottom. This comes from freezing water in it. But, it can be fixed! Just pound it down with a hammer so that it sits flat.

Step 7: Time to make a handle. Cut a 12 inch strip of bailing wire and curve the end of it to form a hook. Stick the hook through one of the top side holes.

Step 8: Twist the hook around to secure it. Make a hook on the other end of the wire. Stick it in the side hole on the other side and twist it around. There's your handle!

Step 9: Time for some spray paint! Paint several coats on to cover the entire can and handle. I used Krylon Indoor/ Outdoor paint and it worked great.




Step 10: Once the paint is dry, insert tea light candles and light them up! You're all ready to go!

MAKING A GREAT BUTTERCREAM ICING!

   This recipe and diy comes from www.thekitchenmagpie.com .  Nothing will set most of your baked good off like a great frosting!   Without it cookies and cakes could be just mediocre.




How To: Make The Best Buttercream Icing


buttercream icing



I have found my buttercream icing recipe, it’s perfect and I won’t fiddle around with it any more. Promise. Ok, well maybe one day I will try adding a couple drops of lemon juice to it, to give it a little pizazz. You know me and lemon. It’s bound to happen one day that the two will meet. Lemon really gets around in my house.
This is amazing, melt in your mouth, whippy, ultimate swirly cupcake worthy. It was fantastic on the homemade chocolate cake I made to go with it. The cake was dense and moist, and paired with a light as air buttercream icing…heaven. Angels dancing on your taste buds.


Ingredients
1 cup of salted butter
3  teaspoons of vanilla
4 cups of icing sugar
4-5 tablespoons of  coffee cream (18% and up)


buttercream icing



Trust me on this one and use salted butter. I haven’t come across a single buttercream icing recipe that uses salted, and I think that is what made the difference. I don’t do unsalted butter. Ever. I don’t even know where it is in the store, to be honest. I suppose I could find it if I tried, but I always leave the salt out of my recipes if it’s a sweet one, or just go with the flow if it’s savory dish instead. Salt and sweet are a match made in heaven. You want salt in this icing.
Whip that butter, with a paddle beater if you have it, if not, don’t worry.



buttercream icing



Add in the icing sugar. **I came back to edit this to say that fresh icing sugar makes all the difference. Icing sugar goes stale, and you can sure taste it when it does! Crack open a fresh bag for icings, you won’t be sorry!**


buttercream icing



When you have a royal mess like I did by not using the cover I have, add in the cream. Not milk, cream. Perhaps this is another reason why it worked out so well, milk is also something else I rarely have in my house since none of us drink it or use it on cereal. So…to make my long story short…I used cream and it rocked. I used 4 tablespoons for my preference, you adjust to what you want. Stiffer icing = less cream. Whippier buttercream icing = more cream.


buttercream icing



Vanilla…. I used 3 teaspoons, again, you can try a little more if you like.


buttercream icing



Then whip it…whip it gooooood! Lordy, and try not to eat it all before it makes it to the cake. Good luck with that. I had to smack my own hands.

How To: Make The Best Buttercream Icing


prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 6

The Best Buttercream Icing ever, all because of rich cream and salted butter. You won’t find another to match the decadence of this icing.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 4 cups of icing sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons of coffee cream (18% and up)
Instructions
  1. Trust me on this one and use salted butter in this icing.
  2. Whip that butter, with a paddle beater if you have it, if not, don’t worry.
  3. Add in the icing sugar. **I came back to edit this to say that fresh icing sugar makes all the difference. Icing sugar goes stale, and you can sure taste it when it does! Crack open a fresh bag for icings, you won’t be sorry!**
  4. Add in the cream. Not milk, cream. I used 4 tablespoons for my preference, you adjust to what you want.
  5. Stiffer icing = less cream.
  6. Whippier icing = more cream. Vanilla…. I used 3 teaspoons, again, you can try a little more if you like.Then keep mixing it until fluffy and thoroughly combined


buttercream icing

NOVEMBER HOLIDAYS TO BOGGLE THE MIND!













   This is a listing of actual holidays, believe it or not. Several web sites even offer electronic cards for you to send to friends and relatives to help celebrate !












November 1 - Bra Day
Whatever you do, don't burn your bra today! This holiday commemorates the date that Mary Jacob invented the first modern brassiere circa 1913 in New York.

November 2 - Practice Being Psychic Day
Today is "Practice Being Psychic" Day, and I am reading your mind right now. You are thinking "Why would anyone think up such a silly celebration?" I'm pretty good, don't you think?

November 3 - Sandwich Day
Happy Sandwich Day! This holiday celebrates the emergence of the sandwich, popularized in 1762 by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, an 18th century English aristocrat.

November 4 - Bad Mood Day
On this day, I suppose it is permissible to be in a bad mood for a 24 hour period. Celebrate this holiday at your own risk!





November 5 - National Doughnut Day
Today's celebration calls for a trip to your local doughnut shop! Have doughnuts for breakfast, or take a few dozen to the office with you to share with your co-workers! Even the weight-conscious will want to participate in this holiday!

November 6th - Peanut Butter Lovers Day
I imagine this was one of Elvis Presley's favorite holidays! Bake some peanut butter cookies and share them with a neighbor today! Don't make the mistake of including your dog in this celebration, though. They get confused when the peanut butter sticks to the roof of their mouth. Try a peanut butter flavored dog biscuit, instead.

November 7th - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is a day you can indulge in a sweet treat without guilt. Dark chocolate is good for you, you know.

November 8th - X-Ray Discovery Day
Happy X-ray Day! (I see you... all of you! Nice undies!) On this day in 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the medical marvel of St. Aedh Mac Breic, the patron saint of headache sufferers.






November 11th - Ones Day
Ones Day is truly a special day that only comes once a year. Why? The secret is in the 4 ones that make up the date of November 11th (11/11). Have a Happy Ones Day... spend it with the Ones you love.

November 12th - Happy Hour Day
On this day in 1745, the very first happy hour was held at a pub in the country of Ireland. You can celebrate this holiday easily, as most good bars have their own happy hour. And, if you aren't a drinker, then just be happy for an hour! Happiness is the theme of this holiday, after all.

November 13th - World Kindness Day
November 13 has been designated as World Kindness Day. Today, do your part to help make this world we all share a kinder, more compassionate place to live.

November 14th - Monet Day
Today's celebration is in honor of the birthday of Impressionist artist Claude Monet, who was born in 1840. This would be a good day to visit your local art museum, and perhaps admire some of Monet's works.




November 15th - Great American Smokeout Day
November 15th is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, a holiday of sorts where smokers are challenged to smoke less, or quit smoking for at least this one day.

November 16th - Birth of the Blues Day
Today we celebrate the birthday of W.C. Handy. He was born in Memphis, TN in 1873, and is considered the "Father of the Blues" for making blues music popular among Americans. Listen to some blues today, and say a silent thank you to Mr. Handy.

November 17th - Coping with Uncertainty Day
I'm really a little uncertain as to how I should describe this holiday. Should I even call it a holiday? Maybe I should say it's a celebration of things unknown instead? Whatever you want to call it, have a great one!

November 18th - Teddy Bear Day
Today's holiday commemorates a day that should be dear to the hearts of all kids - and kids at heart. On this day in 1902, toy maker Morris Michton named a cute stuffed bear toy "Teddy Bear" after President Teddy Roosevelt. Celebrate today by hugging a teddy bear, or buying one for someone dear to you.

November 19th - Pencil Day
Come on now... what's the point of this holiday, anyway? Pencil point, that is! On this day in 1895, the pencil as we know it was invented.










November 20th - Traffic Light Day
Today we celebrate the day in 1923 when Garrett Morgan of Cleveland, Ohio, patented the traffic light in 1923. You can thank Garrett today as you are waiting at a red light on your way to work. Without his invention, you might not get there in time!

November 21st - Pumpkin Pie Day
November 21st is National Pumpkin Pie Day. I wonder why they made this holiday so close to Thanksgiving? Don't they think people get enough pumpkin pie on that holiday? Maybe there's a conspiracy going on here to get people to eat more pumpkin, or perhaps this day is meant to start a trend toward another traditional Turkey Day dessert? Who knows? Have some pumpkin pie today, anyway!

November 22nd - Hockey Day
Hockey fans, rejoice! On this day in 1917, the National Hockey League was established, bringing the sport more into the limelight than ever before. Today, celebrate by kicking back, relaxing, and watching some hockey on television. Oh, and be thankful you are in your nice warm house, and not out on that cold ice!

November 23rd - Paranoia Day
Today is the day when the paranoia that all of us have to a certain extent is allowed to come out in full force. It is perfectly acceptable for you to be suspicious of your coworkers, hear strange sounds, and be absolutely certain someone is following you. Aren't you glad this holiday only lasts for one day?

November 24th - National Espresso Day
Today is National Espresso Day! Grab a cup and help yourself to a hearty dose of caffeine! Starbucks should celebrate this day, too. If espresso isn't your thing, just drink a few extra cups of regular coffee today to get the same effect.









November 25th - Shopping Reminder Day
November 25th has been designated as Shopping Reminder Day! The sole purpose of this day is to remind you that there are only 30 more shopping days left until Christmas. Your task today is to tell as many people as possible about this holiday. Who knows... your diligence could pay off well come Christmas!

November 26th - Good Grief Day
On this aptly named holiday, we remember that legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schultz, who was born on this day in 1922. Celebrate the life of this comic genius by reading some of his works... or by wearing your favorite Snoopy t shirt.

November 27th - Electric Guitar Day
This holiday was created in honor of legendary guitarist and songwriter Jimi Hendrix. It's a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of Jimi's many fine compositions and honor his musical abilities.

November 28th - Auto Race Day
Today marks the occasion of the first automobile race in the United States. This momentous event was held in Illinois in 1895. Race fans, unite on this holiday, and share the fun and excitement of this popular spectator sport.

November 29th - Customer is Wrong Day
This could turn out to be a dangerous holiday, as the required antics may have you hunting for a new job tomorrow! If you work in retail, celebrate it at your own risk! You'll receive some long-overdue satisfaction, to be sure, but weigh the risks and the benefits before you began your mantra of "The Customer is Always Wrong."








November 30th - Computer Security DayAlso known as Monitor Your Monitor Day
 This holiday reminds us to make sure our computers are protected from spy ware, viruses, and ad ware. This will be a good day to run all your virus scans, disk defrags, etc, and make sure your computer is in tip-top shape!

NOVEMBER FOOD HOLIDAYS TO SINK YOUR TEETH IN!!






   Wouldn't it be nice to celebrate a different holiday everyday? Well, you can celebrate a national holiday everyday. There is a national food holiday for everyday of the year. That means that you can do something unique and serve a fun food that goes along with that day's holiday. November is one of the best times to celebrate national food holidays. Not only do we get to celebrate Thanksgiving, but there are 29 more days of great food holidays.








National Vinegar Day November 1:
 This can easily be one of the best food holidays, if you know some fabulous recipes. For example, make coleslaw or make pickled sausages. There are so many great ways to use this tangy ingredient.

National Deviled Egg Day November 2:
 Now this food holiday was definitely made for Southerners. To make delicious deviled eggs simply boil your eggs and then combine the yolks with some mayonnaise and crumbled bacon.

National Sandwich Day November 3: Skip the complicated dinner you had planned and serve everyone's favorite sandwich.

National Candy Day November 4:
Go all out on this food holiday and buy all your favorite candies. Even better, hit your local pharmacies and department stores and stock up on leftover Halloween candy that has been marked down.











National Doughnut Day November 5:
Instead of a breakfast of granola and fruit, stop by your favorite doughnut shop and indulge in your favorite flavor.

National Nachos Day November 6:
 November is filled with fatty food holidays, but on this day you can make things a little healthier by making nachos with 93% lean hamburger meat, fat-free refried beans, cheese sauce, tomatoes, green onions, and low-fat sour cream.

Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day November 7:
Almonds and bittersweet chocolate are both good for you. On this food holiday, visit your favorite candy shop and buy a small box of yummy treats.

National Cappuccino Day November 8:
This is the perfect food holiday to celebrate during November. If you're pressed for time, just grab a cappuccino from your local Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts.

Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day November 9:
 I have to admit, this is a weird food holiday. But, if you want something truly bold and pungent, make chicken with 40 cloves. After the dish is cooked, take the garlic and spread it on toasted French bread.









National Vanilla Cupcake Day November 10:
There is something wonderful about a plain vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting. Just stop by your local bakery and pick up a dozen (or two).

National Sundae Day November 11:
This is such a fun food holiday to celebrate. Just buy all your favorite sundae toppings, your favorite ice cream, and enjoy.

National Pizza With Everything Day (Except Anchovies) November 12:
 Don't stress too much on this food holiday, just call your local pizza restaurant and kick back with a good movie.

National Indian Pudding Day November 13:
 If you happen to be part Native, this is a time to get in touch with your roots. Even if you're not part Native, this is a delicious dish to make.

National Guacamole Day November 14:
 Guacamole, tortilla chips, a football game, and a comfy chair are all your need on this food holiday.










National Raisin Bran Cereal Day November 15:
Finally, something healthy. Have a nice big bowl and you won't feel so guilty about the first half of November.

National Fast Food Day November 16:
 Only in American would you find a food holiday like this. Just hit your favorite fast food place and don't forget to check the healthy side of the menu.

Homemade Bread Day November 17:
This is a food holiday that everyone should celebrate. Not only is homemade bread delicious, but it's fun to make as well.

National Vichyssoise Day November 18:
 Vichyssoise is basically a chilled potato and leek soup. There are several recipes available online.

Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day November 19:
Relax with a nice cold pop on this food holiday.









National Peanut Butter Fudge Day November 20:
 On this holiday, take some time and actually get in the kitchen to prepare a delicious pan of fudge.

Gingerbread Day November 21:
 Gingerbread Day is a wonderful food holiday to celebrate towards the end of November. The taste helps get your ready for the big holidays.

National Cashew Day November 22:
Snack on them plain or get chocolate covered cashews.

Eat a Cranberry Day November 23:
Serve cranberry sauce with roast chicken. It's the perfect meal to serve around Thanksgiving.

National Sardines Day November 24:
I'm sorry, but I really can't give any suggestions for this food holiday, but if you like this food, you'll think of something easily.











National Parfait Day November 25:
Here's another chance to eat something healthy in November. Make a parfait using yogurt, berries, and granola.

National Cake Day November 26:
 This food holiday doesn't have to be complicated. Just use your favorite cake mix and store bought frosting.

National Bavarian Cream Pie Day November 27:
This is another great time to visit your local bakery.

National French Toast Day November 28:
Do something decadent and try stuffed French toast.

National Lemon Creme Pie Day November 29:
Do something really easy and pick up a Mrs. Smith's Lemon Meringue Pie.






National Mousse Day November 30:
On the last day of November enjoy an easy chocolate mousse by combining chocolate pudding and whipped cream.