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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/13/13

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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!

THANKSGIVING TURKEY TRIVIA!!










  • The red or pink fleshy growth on the head and upper neck of the turkey is called 'caruncle'.


    • The bright red appendage on the neck of the turkey is called 'wattle'.

    • The black lock of hair found on the chest of the male turkey is called 'beard'.









    • Frozen, fully stuffed turkeys, ready to cook, were introduced in 1955.

    • Long before the Europeans came to America it were the Aztecs who used to domesticate turkeys to use them as food. They also used turkeys for religious sacrifices and their feathers for decoration.









    • The turkey was considered a sacrificial bird in Mexico.

    • Turkey is the state game bird of Alabama.










    • The Wild Turkey is the official state bird of Oklahoma.




    • The Wild Turkey was designated the state game bird of Massachusetts on December 23, 1991.

    • Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks.









    • Domesticated turkey hens that are artificially inseminated, lay around 80 to 100 eggs during a 25 week laying cycle and each egg takes 28 days to hatch.

    • The typical 15-pound turkey is seventy percent white meat and thirty percent dark meat. White meat contains less calories and less fat as compared to dark meat.









    • When Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin went on the moon, they took 'roasted turkey' and all the trimmings with them.

    • In 2000 the total turkey production in the United States was 269,969,000 turkeys.










    • In 2002 the total turkey production in the United States was 270 million turkeys.

    • In 2004 the total turkey production in the United States was 263 million turkeys.










    • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.









    • Benjamin Franklin called the turkey 'a true original native of America'.

    • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the official bird of the United States but eventually lost out to the bald eagle.

    STARBUCKS CARAMEL APPLE SPICE, A COPY CAT RECIPE!

       This recipe comes from www.budgetsavvydiva.com .   Give it a try and see how it tastes.  Good luck.






    This is my favorite drink from Starbucks – but I am not a fan of the price tag. Below is a recipe that I developed that is spot- on. My husband whom works for Starbucks says it taste just like Starbucks.


    What You Need
    Drink:
    Bottle of Treetop Apple Juice
    Topping:
    Whipped Cream
    Caramel Topping
    Cinnamon Dolce flavor – you can either buy it for $7 at Starbucks or make your own for pennies
    1/2 Cup of Water
    1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
    About 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
    What To Do
    Make the Cinnamon Syrup. In a pot add all the ingredients ( sugar, water; cinnamon).
    Stir
    Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes – it should reduce in half.
    While that is cooking in a large stockpot add apple juice – Each serving is 12 oz so heat up as much as you need.
    Once the apple juice is heated and the syrup is done – add 3 Tablespoons of Syrup to 12 oz of Juice.
    Stir – should look like
    Add whipped cream and caramel drizzle
    Enjoy :)
    Recipe type: Drink
    Author: Sara @ Budget Savvy Diva.com
    Cook time: 5 mins
    Total time: 5 mins
    Serves: Varies
    Taste Just Like The Drink From Starbucks but WITHOUT The Price Tag
    Ingredients
    • Drink:
    • Bottle of Treetop Apple Juice
    • Topping:
    • Whipped Cream
    • Caramel Topping
    • Cinnamon Dolce flavor – you can either buy it for $7 at Starbucks or make your own for pennies
    • 1/2 Cup of Water
    • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
    • About 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
    Instructions
    1. Make the Cinnamon Syrup. In a pot add all the ingredients ( sugar, water; cinnamon).
    2. Stir
    3. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes – it should reduce in half.
    4. While that is cooking in a large stockpot add apple juice – Each serving is 12 oz so heat up as much as you need.
    5. Once the apple juice is heated and the syrup is done – add 3 Tablespoons of Syrup to 12 oz of Juice.
    6. Stir – should look like
    7. Add whipped cream and caramel drizzle
    8. Enjoy :)