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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/26/13

Saturday, October 26, 2013

BLEEDING RED VELVET TRUFFLES!!




I need to know something…how come when our kids are little and they tell us “no” we find it unacceptable.  I shouldn’t presume to think that you are the same way, so please forgive…
But, when MY children don’t want something…say lasagna for dinner, they say, “no, I don’t want that”.  Or if I ask them if they want to wear the blue shirt for school and they say, “No”… I get agitated.  I want them to say yes..to be agreeable…but when kids don’t want something they don’t hesitate to let you know.
I am sure that I was the same way as a child.
But somewhere along the way I, as I am sure many of you, turned into a “Yes” person.

Would you please bake 3,000 cookies for a school function?  Umm, sure yes.
Can you coordinate this event that is going to take you weeks and weeks and hours and hours? Sure, why not!
I need someone to practice my knife throwing skills at, can you help? Ok, I’ll be right over.

Now I should say no, no and hell no.  But I say yes.  And complain about it.

I don’t know if I am afraid to hurt people’s feelings or if I still have that desperate junior high mentality of wanting to people to like me.

I am sure there is some sciencey reason why I have turned into a yes person.  Probably some reallysmart person spent lots of money at school figuring it out…but where is he now in my time of need?
But, I mean really…I eat cotton candy,  own sparkly sneakers, and still want a My Little Pony.  I am basically a kid…why can I not say no?

So I am making a deal with myself here and now.  I am going to be more like my 6 year old…
Yep, that’s right…just you wait…
Do I want to go to your “Jewelry Party”?  Nope, I sure don’t!
Do I want to come over and help you paint?  Yeah, that’s a no.
Do I want to bake  3,000 cookies for a school function?  Well, actually I do.  I love cookies…so that will stay a yes.
But anyway, you get my drift.

So, cheers to saying “No” :)

Now, I won’t let you throw knives at my head…but how about knives in truffles?  That I will say yes to!
These truffles are super easy.  I used Bakerella’s recipe, you should too.
Crumble the cake…



And add your frosting, mix it up and form them into balls.






After they have chilled dip them into white candy bark.  Before the candy sets stick in a cute little sugar knife.  Mine are Wilton brand that I found at my local craft store, but here’s a link if you can’t find them.






Just press it in gently before the candy sets.






When they have all set I used some canned decorating frosting…






and piped on some “blood”.






Don’t worry about being exact.






What’s so fun, is that the knife doubles as a “handle”, so they are easy to eat!!  Love that!




FIESTAS PATRIAS-INDEPENDENCE DAY IN MEXICO!






    Fiestas Patrias is much like the American 4th of July in that it celebrates the creation of an independent country free of their colonial masters. Mexico's celebration of independence doesn't celebrate the actual day of independence but the call to be an independent nation. On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo the parish priest of the small town of Dolores, issued his call for Mexicans to rise up and overthrow Spanish rule. This call for independence is known as "El Grito", the cry, and is widely celebrated all over Mexico today. Today it is simply rendered as "Mexicanos, Viva Mexico" and the crowds answer back with loud cries of "Viva Mexico" and much celebrating. In Mexico City the president gives the "El Grito" to thronged masses gathered in the Zocolo and the same act is repeated in small towns and big cities across Mexico. Today in Mexico the "El Grito" is delivered on Sept. 15 around 11 PM followed by a fireworks display and bands playing. The next day, Sept. 16, is given over to a grand fiesta.









    The town of San Miguel de Allende, then known as San Miguel el Grande, played an important role in the early days of the rebellion. The town's most famous resident, Don Ignacio de Allende, a Captain in the Spanish army, played an important role in the conspiracy and leading the rebellion in the early days. The first target of the newly born revolution was to march on the town of San Miguel el Grande where Allende hoped to secure the support of his troops. Other citizens of San Miguel el Grande were also to play important roles in the rebellion. Since the town of San Miguel el Grande played such an important role in the early days of the movement towards Mexican










independence the present day residents take great pride in putting on a really grand fiesta to remember the those early days. The fiesta takes the form of a pageant in the streets of San Miguel de Allende where the events are reenacted in approximately the proper time line.
    The early days of the Independence movement: In the early 1800's in the larger tows of Mexico there were literary clubs where intellectuals gathered to discuss the latest in books and culture. In many places they became centers for the discussion of breaking free from Spain. The Literary Club of Queretaro was particularly active in plotting the overthrow of Spain. Allende was the president of the club and Hidalgo was also member. They had been planning to start the rebellion in December but their plot was









discovered by the Spanish authorities. On Sept. 15 Allende hurried to Dolores to warn Hidalgo that their plot had been discovered. Hidalgo decided that the struggle must begin right away. In the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 1810 Hidalgo called together his parishioners and issued his now famous call for the people to rise up and overthrow Spain. This call to arms became the "El Grito" that is now celebrated all over Mexico. Hidalgo's "army" was composed of Indians, and lower class Mestizos mostly armed with clubs and machetes, none with any military training. That morning, some 600 strong, the marched to the Santuario de Atotonilco, a long time shrine and pilgrimage center, where they took a banner with the image of the Virgin De Guadalupe on it and this became the battle flag of the revolutionary movement. After Atotonilco the insurgents moved on to nearby San Miguel el Grande where Allende hoped to recruit his military unit in the insurrection. All these events of the first few days are acted out in the Fiestas Patrias.










    While September 16 is the day that is celebrated in Fiestas Patrias the actual Fiesta takes 3 days in San Miguel de Allende with lectures and presentations both preceding and following the Fiesta. On Sept. 14 the Conspirators cavalcade from Queretaro come riding into town and putting on a pretty good horse show in the streets. Sept. 15 there are various events including an athletic completion, in the evening there is a dance performance of traditional Mexican dances. The big event happens around 11 PM when the Mayor delivers the "El Grito" address to the gathered crowds in the Jardín followed by a grand pyrotechnic display with both aerial rockets and the burning of the traditional Mexican Castillos and much celebrating by the crowds. Sept. 16 the Fiesta continues with a military parade and the re-enactment of Hidalgo's insurgents entering the city. In the evening there are more dance performances and another fireworks display.

DIY HOMEMADE APOTHECARY JARS!

   This is another diy from lifeartcollide.blogspot.com .  What an ingenious person this is.  Just wanted to share another great thing to make.






Homemade Apothecary Jars









How much fun was it to make my own set of creepy apothecary jars! They are going to look amazing on my Halloween treat table this year. I've put together a little bit of a How-To for anybody who wants the basics on how to make their own apothecary jars. Get your family involved in this fun Halloween project, you'll have a great time filling jars...just keep your eye on Grampa's teeth or they may end up in one!


GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES
Keep your eyes open for all types of jars! Start by looking at home you’d be surprised what you’ll find hiding in your kitchen cupboards and medicine cabinet. Other great sources: Dollar stores, garage sales, home décor centers, kitchen supply outlets, recycling centers and second hand stores.
Try using candy jars, home canning jars, perfume bottles, wine bottles, liqueur bottles, food coloring bottles, jam jars, and olive oil bottles.
Now gather up some creepy crawly nasty bits of fun to put inside your jars. This time of year is great for finding discounts in the fishing sections of sporting good stores or local department stores. Look for grubs, minnows, leeches and frogs. BEWARE don’t buy the scented varieties...they smell like rancid fish oil!
















Spirit Halloween stores also carry bags of mice, cockroaches, worms, bats...etc.
Take a trip through your variety stores for things that might look fun inside a jar like rubber frogs, lizards and snakes. Black flies, spiders  cockroaches and mice all work great. Skulls, small skeletons, fangs, false teeth and eyeballs look very freaky squeezed into jars. Peek around outside for leaves, twigs, seed pods, butterfly wings and dandelion fluff ...let your imagination go wild!




 




 Other supplies to gather would include: twine, corks, beeswax, tea bags, alchohol inks, labels, non-bleachedcoffee filters and brown florist tape (shown here, available at Michaels):









THE HOW-TO
Squeeze your ghoulish goodies inside the jars. Fill your jars with tap water. The water can be tinted with food coloring, tea or alcohol based inks or use olive oil by itself. Slide a wooden skewer or knife around the objects in the jar to release trapped air bubbles. Secure the lid or push in the cork depending on the container being used. If the bottle does not have the original cork, new corks can be purchased at some craft stores or wine bottlers. Carve down the new cork with a knife to make a tight fit in the bottle.




   




 Wrap a portion of the cork and bottle neck with brown florist’s tape to mimic a wax seal.  








Wrap with jute secured with white glue. Brush the cork, florist tape and twine with melted beeswax. I melt my beeswax by placing it in an old glass bowl then I place that dish into my slow-cooker (used just for this purpose) set on high. This is my method, I'm sure there are other ways out there on the net.








 For large jars wrap a brown (non-bleached) coffee filter over the top and secure with jute.  Brush the entire coffee filter with melted beeswax. The wax will whiten with age as the years pass thus adding to the aged effect.








Apply a label to each of your jars, using white glue, for the final touch.





CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF THE LABELS TO BE TAKEN TO GOOGLE DOCS DOWNLOAD





FINISHED JARS