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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 02/04/13

Monday, February 4, 2013

HOW TO TIE DYE FROSTING!!

 
This diy comes from  www.melskitchencafe.com .  These are perfect for a childs birthday cake or cupcakes.



Tie-Dye Frosting for Cupcakes {a How-To}

by MEL

*Ok, sad as it may be, I realized after posting this morning that I already messed up, showing the wrong pictures for the frosted cupcake on the tutorial. Anyway, long story short, I’ve added a few things to the how-to tutorial below as well as uploading a short video on how to frost the cupcakes (both designs). Love ya!*
Let it be known that in my house, these last couple months have been referred to as “The Summer of the Tie-Dye.” I’m not sure how it happened but we’ve decided to act like we live in the 80′s and it’s tie-dye crazy around here. Here’s official evidence…
A few notes about the picture below:
1) My boys coordinate to wear their beloved, homemade tie-dyed shirts the same day (we’re talking five days out of the week) and there are major tears when one of their shirts is in the dirty clothes and mom has to admit she hasn’t done laundry since yesterday because she isn’t a servant and she can’t help that boys love.to.get.dirty.
2) Please ignore the bedheads. It’s summer, people!
3) For the record, my boys tuck their shirts into their shorts on their own accord. They get their fashion sense from their dad, what can I say.
   Since tie-dying is so “in” at our house, it wasn’t a surprise that my third eldest requested tie-dyed cupcakes on his birthday in June. Hmmm, what’s a mom to do with that request? FIND A WAY TO TIE-DYE FROSTING that’s what! And this is the closest thing to it. Granted, it looks a bit more like striped frosting or rainbow frosting, but my boys fully believed I had tie-dyed frosting and nominated me for some kind of cupcake froster of the year award, so I’m calling this tie-dyed frosting. Call it what you want – it’s cute, it’s easy to do, and it will get rave reviews.

I used the chocolate cupcake from this recipe and stuck with my tried-and-true fantastic, simple buttercream. Other than that, it all boils down to the how-to, which I’ve documented below. And just a note, the way you see me filling the piping bag with frosting (using plastic wrap) is how I do it every time I frost anything (from cupcakes to cookies to cakes). It makes the cleanup so simple, you’ll be finding things to pipe frosting on just to fill a piping bag this way. Um, ok, so that’s probably just me…but trust me, it will revolutionize the way you frost.
Speaking of frosting the cupcakes, here’s a short video showing a quick how-to on getting those beautiful swirls of frosting on top of the cupcake. Check out the step-by-step tutorial at the end of the post for the actual tie-dyed frosting info.
You can tailor the colors in this tutorial to anything that will suit your theme – you could even do stripes of one single color to make, say, a pink and white tie-dyed frosted cupcake for a baby shower or something like that. The options are endless. What would be REALLY cool would be to make the cupcake itself tie-dyed with different colors of cake batter. But obviously I wasn’t on top of my game enough to plan for that. You should, though, and then you’ll be way cooler than me. Happy tie-dying!

EPIPHANY, THREE KINGS DAY, LITTLE CHRISTMAS, WHY CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE IT??







    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.

NATIONAL FOOD HOLIDAYS IN FEBRUARY!!!








   This may be a time for chocolates and romantic steak dinners, bu this month is also filled with several national food holidays. Check out all of the great food holidays to be enjoyed during the month of February, plus great suggestions on how to celebrate them.








  • National Baked Alaska Day, February 1st- Who doesn't love cake and ice cream? But, you can make it even better by adding a thick layer of meringue and popping the whole thing in the oven. Be creative and choose gourmet flavors of ice cream and cake.
  • Heavenly Hash Day, February 2nd-Heavenly hash is a wonderful combination of chocolate ice cream and almonds. Be creative and make some heavenly hash ice cream sandwiches using double chocolate cookies.
  • National Carrot Cake Day, February 3rd-Take a break from cooking and baking and just grab some carrot cake cupcakes made at a local bakery.
  • National Stuffed Mushroom Day, February 4th-A great way to celebrate this national food holiday is to make mushrooms stuffed with your favorite ingredients, such as cheese and bacon.







  • National Chocolate Fondue Day, February 5th-This great food holiday is to celebrate with your significant other. Just make a simple chocolate fondue and serve it with some fruits for dipping.
  • Food Checkout Day, February 6th-This food holiday is easy to celebrate, just go pick up something from the grocery store.
  • National Fettuccini Alfredo Day, February 7th-A delicious pasta dish is just perfect for a cold winter's evening. To celebrate this food holiday prepare a simple Alfredo sauce and combine it with chicken or shrimp and fettuccini noodles.
  • Molasses Bar Day, February 8th-Molasses is such a tasty ingredient to work with. You can either make these bars or you can make gingerbread or even serve it on fresh made biscuits.
  • National Bagels and Lox Day, February 9th-This is a great food holiday for a winter morning when you need a hearty breakfast.







  • Cream Cheese Brownie Day, February 10th-If you want to take this food holiday over the top, make a brownie cheesecake.
  • Peppermint Patty Day, February 11th-This is an easy food holiday to celebrate. Just grab some York Peppermint Patties and pass them around.
  • National Plum Pudding Day, February 12th-Plum pudding is actually a cake. But, it's the perfect carb filled delight to serve on a cold winter evening.
  • National Tortellini Day, February 13th-A good way to celebrate this holiday is to use Tortellini in creative ways. Add it to a soup, serve it with different sauces, or add different fillings.
  • National Creme Filled Chocolates Day, February 14th-This is a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day.







  • National Gumdrop Day, February 15th-Go to your local candy store and buy some handmade gumdrops.
  • National Almond Day, February 16th-There are so many great ways to celebrate this national food holiday. You can add almonds to brownies, make chocolate covered almonds, or chop them up and add them on top of some ice cream.
  • National Indian Pudding Day, February 17th-You can either enjoy this food holiday by making your own Indian pudding or look for a restaurant that serves authentic Native American food.
  • Crab Stuffed Flounder Day, February 18th-This food holiday is actually healthy. Just be careful of the ingredients you use in your crab stuffing.
  • National Chocolate Mint Day, February 19th-This is another easy holiday to celebrate. Just buy some Andes Mints.







  • National Margarita Day, February 20th-This another national food holiday that will warm your soul.
  • National Sticky Bun Day, February 21st- Can you think of a better way to start off a cold winter morning with?
  • National Cherry Pie Day, February 22nd-Celebrate this national food holiday by serving up some cherry pie topped with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • National Banana Bread Day, February 23rd-Celebrate this national food holiday by taking a homemade banana bread to work and sharing it with some co-workers.
  • National Tortilla Chip Day, February 24th-Spice things up on this food holiday by serving a large plate of nachos.







  • National Clam Chowder Day, February 25th- This is a great holiday to celebrate on a cold winter afternoon.
  • National Pistachio Day, February 28th-Eat them roasted or serve them in a pistachio pudding.
  • National Strawberry Day, February 27th-This is the month of romance. Celebrate this food holiday by dipping some in melted chocolate.
  • National Chocolate Souffle Day, February 28th-Chocolate souffle is unbelievably sinful. What better way to take your mind off those cold winter days with.

WEIRD FEBRUARY HOLIDAYS!!!








   February's not just about Super Bowl Sunday, Valentines Day and Mardi Gras. Nope, this month has some pretty interesting days to celebrate to say the least.








  • Serpent Day, February 1st-Go out and pet a snake or if you don't like them. Pet some snake skinned cowboy boots.
  • Purification Day, February 2nd-Go out and wash real well today!
  • Cordova Ice Worm Day, February 3rd-This day is for worms found in icebergs. Alaska actually has an annual Ice Worm Festival that takes place on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
  • Create a Vacuum Day, February 4th-Go out and clean all of that pet hair and dirt out of your carpets.





  • Disaster Day, February 5th-Might be a good day to stay inside and play scrabble.
  • Lame Duck Day, February 6th-
  • Charles Dickens Day Day, February 7th-One of the best early authors of his time, he wrote "A Christmas Carol", and has had many of his books turned into movies.
  • Man Day, February 7th-
  • Fly a Kite Day, February 8th-Hope the wind is in your favor on this day.
  • Read in the Bathtub Day, February 9th-Get a favorite book, a glass of your favorite drink, a nice warm bath with bubbles and some nice heavy metal music to relax to.



  • Umbrella Day, February 10th-Maybe some rain will come your way.
  • White T-Shirt Day, February 11th-Go to your dresser and pick out a fresh one to wear.
  • Don't Cry over spilled Milk Day, February 11th-Laugh at spilled milk in the face today!
  • Get a Different Name Day, February 13th-Change your name to Ochocinco...... like that's gonna happen.



  • National Condom Day, February 14th-Go out and have some safe sex with your wife or other partner.
  • Quirky Alone Day, February 14th-This is my kind of day. We need to at least spend one day a month by ourselves doing what we want. It helps with our sanity.
  • Ferris Wheel Day, February 14th-Go out for a spin or two or three or four or...
  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day, February 16th-Go to a retirement home and make someone happy.
  • Champion Crab Races Day, February 17th-Ready! Set! Run sideways!!!



  • National Battery Day, February 18th-Take your old batteries in and recycle them don't just throw them in the trash.
  • Hoodie Hoo Day, February 20th-At high noon climb up in a tree. Stand like an owl. And yell Hoooddie Hooo!!!
  • Lover Your Pet Day, February 20th-Who doesn't love their pets?? Maybe go to a shelter and give someone a new home.
  • Card Reading Day, February 21st-You're holding the Jack of Spades! Right?



  • Be Humble Day, February 22nd-Many a man is served this from his wife. What's that honey?... Yes Dear!
  • National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, February 23rd-Go out and buy a box and share them with the neighbor dogs. Maybe that'll keep them from barking every time you walk past their houses.
  • Pistol Patent Day, February 25th-We honor Samuel Colt on this day.
  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day, February 26th-Once upon a time.....Oh, I'll save this story for another day.
  • For Pete's Sake Day, February 26th-For Pete's Sake! Can you please get out of the bathroom! I've got to go bad!!!



  • Polar Bear Day, February 27th-If you have a zoo in your town, drive on over and throw them a couple fish.
  • Public Sleeping Day, February 28th-Take your sleeping bag with you to the park and find a comfortable bench on which to perch your body on.
  • Gone ta Pott Day, February 28th-Wait, I'll be right back. I've got to use the Pot.
  • National Tooth Fairy Day, February 28th-Oh boy! Oh boy! I could use a shiny quarter. But do I have any extra teeth to spare!!