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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/12/13

Saturday, October 12, 2013

RASPBERRY JAM WITH VANILLA!



Raspberry jam with vanilla


















Finally, in my garden full of raspberry season :-). This year, a little later than usual, but it is as anticipated! In one set I decided to make homemade jam. On Facebook I advised to you, which add to the raspberries to get the divine taste. As a result, I chose vanilla again .. :-) I love her so. Your other suggestions: mint, red pepper and balsamic vinegar, rose syrup, hard candy (!), Rum and almonds, lavender, cranberry, chilli, blackberries, cinnamon, ginger, i .. ;-) worms. What are your favorite accessories?


Ingredients for 3 small jars:
  • 1 kg raspberries
  • 2 cups sugar (or less, according to taste)
  • squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste or seeds of 1 vanilla pod


Place all ingredients in a flat pan. Mix and boil. Reduce the burner and cook for about 2 - 3 hours, on the smallest burner, without a lid until the water evaporates so that the jam will have the appropriate 'kisielowatą' consistency. Be sure to stir from time to time. Most preferably, the cooking jam spread over 2 - 3 days, for example, after half an hour a day.
At the very end of cooking, half jam rub through a sieve to get rid of excess pesteczek.
How to tell if jam is ready? Put the plate in the freezer. The frozen hot pour a spoonful of jam. If you freeze, and on the surface of the skin may form, which when touched to wrinkle - just longer cooking.
Jars hot bath (boiling water or in an oven preheated to 100 ° C). Pour the boiling jam, good spin. Set aside.




Raspberry jam with vanilla


Raspberry jam with vanilla


TOP HALLOWEEN PARADES IN THE UNITED STATES!!








  The Autumn season brings with it the cool air, pumpkins, the color changing in the leaves and most of all the fun! Who can resist a fun fall festival or parade. Below are some fall parades that will be going on in the U.S. Have fun.











The Village Halloween Parade In Manhattan, New York

    With 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, The Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan is said to be the most outrageous and most colorful Halloween parties in the United States. This parade has everything you would think a Halloween parade would have. Everything from huge paper-mâché puppets, jugglers, stilt walkers and break dancers and one of the hugest crowd of onlookers possible leading up in the millions. The parade takes place on October 31st at 7pm in Greenwich Village, along 6th Ave from Spring Street to 22nd Street.











New Orleans Halloween Parade ~ Krewe of Boo


    The Krewe of Boo in New Orleans is a Voodoo themed Halloween Parade that happens in the French Quarter. Come see a cast of scary creatures along with the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau that will highlight the New Orleans' Krewe of Boo. The parade pays homage to the history and culture of New Orleans Unlike carnival parades, this one is a fund raiser for the city's first emergency responders, especially those who served in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The parade is on October 30th, at 6pm, starting at Elysian Fields and Decatur and down to Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard.












Toms River Halloween Parade

    Toms River New Jersey is having their 73rd Toms River Halloween Parade. Sponsored by the Toms River Fire Dept. Toms River claims this to be the 2nd largest Halloween parade in the US with everything from simple masks to full blown fire-breathing floats.
   With some 6,000 participants and 100,000 spectators, it is sure to be a wild evening. The parade takes place on October 30th at 7pm.










The Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade

    The Anaheim Ca. Halloween parade takes place in Downtown Anaheim on October 30th. They are in their 74th year and they don't plan to slow down. This festival will have everything from a pancake breakfast, games, to costume contests and of course the Halloween parade. The fun starts at 11am and goes until 5pm. The parade will be at noon and will start at Harbor Blvd.












Salem Mass. Haunted Happenings


    How complete would Halloween be to visit Salem Massachusetts. Salem is full of haunting history, and every year starting in October through to Halloween night there are several events, festivals and parades that go on in this city. Some of the haunting events that are fun for kids and adults are:
    Fright Nights at the Witches Cottage, Tricks, Treats and Treasures, Spirit ways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village, Spirits of the Gables, Legacy of the Hanging Judge, Halloween Extravaganza at Vic's Boathouse, Ghost & Legends Trolley Tour and so much more.

DIY FAUX BARBED WIRE!

 This diy was found at www.stolloween.com  I thought this was a pretty cool diy  and also pretty easy to make.  No haunt is complete without some barbed wire.




This is a very easy way to make some convincing rusted looking barbed wire to enhance your props or costume and the best part is that it’s safe and inexpensive.

This prop does not involve the use of a papier mache (gasp!) but it does make a nice enhancement to your papier mache props.

The Faux Barbed Wire is made from twine, craft foam and black latex paint.





When starting this project I referenced a piece of real barbed wire and found that the barbs were approximately five inches apart.











The first step is to grab a piece of twine that is twice as long as you would like final piece of wire.

If you want 10 feet of barbed wire then start with 20 feet of twine.

Any type of thick twine will work but I prefer to use polypropylene because it holds together and doesn’t shed fibers.








Take your piece of twine and tie the two loose ends together then start tying loose knots at five inch intervals until you have placed knots along the entire length.










Next the barbs are created using a sheet of craft foam.

Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut thin strips of foam, the thickness of the strips will be the thickness of the faux metal barbs.

Cut the strips into two inch sections, these sections are longer than what is needed but extra length makes them easier to handle.











Take two of the foam strips and place them through the center of the loose knot, make sure they are centered within the knot then tighten.








When the twine is tightened the foam strips will be bend creating a convincing looking barb.

Trim the barbs to the desired length, remember to cut each end on a 45 degree angle to create a sharp looking point.









Once all the barbs are in place and trimmed the entire length of wire is dipped in flat black exterior latex paint.









Using a pair of rubber or plastic gloves remove the wire from the paint, use one hand to “squeeze” the excess paint from the twine.

The length of wire will need to be stretched taunt for drying, I attached one end to a hook in a tree and placed the other end over a stake placed in the ground.

Twist the twine several times before pulling it tight to give a convincing barbed wire illusion.

After the black latex paint has dried, the entire length of wire was dry brushed with a mixture of brown and red acrylic paint to give a rusted appearance.








Now you have a section of faux barbed wire that is easy to make and best of all safe and convincing.