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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/22/14

Saturday, November 22, 2014

DIY GRINCH PILL HOLDER!

   This is from www.scapcationgetaway.blogspot.com .  Children would get a real kick out of this one.

Grinch Pills --Free Scut File


Here is one of my favorite projects I've done so far! I just love these! I am dying to make more! I designed the little tic tac holder in my SCAL program and saved it as a scut file. You can download it below. I've made it very easy for you! I've even included the design that I put on the front!











Right click on the image below to save. Then all you have to do is print!



DIY STAR WARS SNOWFLAKES!! WITHOUT USING THE FORCE!


   With winter upon us, we thought it would be fun to share a fun project of ours with you: snowflake designs with a Star Wars twist.
   Last year’s wild success with our original designs prompted us to spend some time this year polishing those designs and coming up with some new ones. We had so much fun in fact that there are 19 new designs altogether.

Directions

  1. Click Diagram link to download the PDF
  2. Print the PDF
  3. Cut the circle out
  4. Fold the diagram. We found doing a accordion fold worked better for us.
  5. Cut the grey area out (you may need an Exacto knife for some of the designs)
  6. Unfold and hang!

Individual Diagrams

Stormtrooper - Star Wars Snowflake

Stormtrooper

Boba Fett - Star Wars Snowflake

Boba Fett

Darth Vader - Star Wars Snowflake

Darth Vader

Clone Trooper - Star Wars Snowflake

Clone Trooper

Han Solo - Star Wars Snowflake

Han Solo

T-47 airspeeder - Star Wars Snowflake

T-47 Airspeeder

Imperial logo - Star Wars Snowflake

Imperial Logo

Rebel logo - Star Wars Snowflake

Rebel Logo

Republic logo - Star Wars Snowflake

Republic Logo

Additional Diagrams from Full Collection

X-Wing starfighter - Star Wars Snowflake

X-Wing Starfighter

TIE Fighter - Star Wars Snowflake

TIE Fighter

Star Destroyer - Star Wars Snowflake

Star Destroyer

Millennium Falcon - Star Wars Snowflake

Millennium Falcon

Princess Leia - Star Wars Snowflake

Princess Leia

Eta-2 interceptor - Star Wars Snowflake

Eta-2 Interceptor

Death Star - Star Wars Snowflake

Death Star

Clone Trooper 2 - Star Wars Snowflake

Clone Trooper 2

VANILLA WHITE CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE!

   This recipe comes from www.this-is-irene.blogspot.com.au .   OOOOHHHH do these little cakes make my mouth water.  Go ahead and make it! I DARE you!






Vanilla, White Chocolate Layer Cake

It's been a while, but it feels so good to know exams are finally finished! All that's left is the actual HSC but come one now, it's 2 whole months away! And so alot of things have happened while I was gone- like how I finally turned 18! Exciting yet it doesn't feel that much different...

As I said, this is actually a recipe that I made quite some time ago but never got around to posting it. And another exciting thing was I finally bought some decent individual food rings!!! It's sooo exciting because I've always wanted them but was hesitating because the other day I got a set of 6 individual tart moulds... eh, well let's just say I only got to use it once. And that one time, after rolling out dough, cutting pieces to fit to the moulds and all that jazz, my shortcut pastry shrunk like crazy after baking and I almost cried thinking where are my pretty individual tartlets!? So after that, I got too paranoid in attempting to make individual tarts again. But food rings don't let people down- that's the thing! It's just about putting pre-mixed components in layers and voila, you'll get a pretty lookin stack of layers! It's a real genius invention- so are rubber spatulas if I may add!










So basically, I'm a sucker for anything white chocolate or vanilla. People say white choc is overly sweet, which yes, I won't deny that, especially for this dessert, but maaaaaan it's gooood! So anyway, recently, I had a taste of the famous V8 cake from Adriano Zumbo. If you're from Australia, you must have remembered that crazy 10+ layer vanilla cake the masterchef contestents 2 years ago had to replicate. Click here to see the mile long list of ingredients yourself. Haha well of course, I wasn't up for the whole challenge, I mean just seriously- LOOK AT ALL THOSE INGREDIENTS! 










So anyway, although not up to the big challenge, it really made me want to make something layery too! So that's when I thought, I CAN DO THIS- just with less layers for less fuss and make them simpler too! The crunch that came from the toasted brulee, I would just replicate with the usual cornflakes and some crushed digestives. I was so so wrong, sure I expected them to turn soggy, I like my cornflakes soggy anyway so it thought it'd be okay. But I never would've thought they'd turn out hard instead of soggy! Hard and chewy, but it was nice in a strange way. If you're trying this recipe out, you may like to substitute it with something- I don't know quite yet, maybe a crumble topping or something crunchy that you can think of, or stick to cornflakes if you want to experience the strange deliciousness of chewy cornflakes. Without further ado, let me introduce you to the humble 5 component vanilla, white chocolate layer cake:






Vanilla, White Chocolate Layer Cake
Makes 4 individual cakes


For the Vanilla Almond Sponge:



3 large egg whites (room temperature)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup icing sugar (sifted)
3 large eggs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
2 tsp. vanilla extract



1. Line 2 large baking trays with parchment and grease it with butter.
2. Beat the egg whites in a bowl until they form soft peaks.
3. Add the sugar and beat until the peaks are stiff and glossy.
4. Beat the almonds, icing sugar and eggs in another bowl until light and voluminous.
5. Add the flour and beat until the flour is just combined.
6. Fold the meringue into the almond mixture.
7. Fold in the butter and vanilla extract.
8. Pour batter to tray and use a spatula to spread it out thinly
9. Bake in a preheated210°C oven until lightly browned and just springy to the touch, about 5-9 minutes.
10. Run a knife along the edges to loosen the cake form the pan.
11. Peel of the parchments paper flip and cover the cake while it cools.
12. Cut 16 7cm diameter rounds of cake and set aside





For the Vanilla Buttercream:


1/2 cup sugar
2 large egg whites
3/4 cups unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 tsp. vanilla extract



1. Whisk the sugar and matcha into the egg whites in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until the mixture is hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. (The sugar should be dissolved and the mixture should look like shiny marshmallow cream.)
2. Remove the bowl from the heat and beat until the cream is cool, about 5 minutes.
3. Beat in the butter one stick at a time.
4. Beat the mixture until it thickens and becomes smooth, about 5-20 minutes.
5. Fold in vanilla extract and set aside.





For the White Chocolate Ganache:
150g white chocolate (finely chopped)
1/2 cup heavy cream



1. Heat cream until very hot
2. Pour onto chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth and set aside




For the Cornflake Layer:
a handful of cornflakes- coarsely crushed

For the Crumbed Biscuit Layer:
5 digestive biscuits, coarsely crushed



To assemble:
NOTE: I recommend placing a sheet of parchment around the sides of the rings beforehand to make it easier to unmould



1. Place rounds of sponge at the base of the food ring
2. Spoon in buttercream over the sponge
3. Sprinkle cornflakes
4. Place round of sponge
5. Pour in ganache
6. Sprinkle crushed digestives
7. Repeat steps, ending with buttercream or the ganache
8. Top with extra cornflakes and berries if desired











The verdict: The buttercream was exceptionally delicious and the whole cake turned out beautifully tastewise. But again, the cornflake was a disappointment- I really do need to find a simple way to add a crunch factor to the cake. Other than that, I thought it was a pretty good cake well worth the effort- it was so fun to make too!

THANKSGIVING FACTS AND TRIVIA!







   Thanksgiving Day is a very important day in the United States. There are many things that are especially related to the celebrations of the Thanksgiving Day. These include Thanksgiving turkey trivia, pilgrims, Thanksgiving proclamations, Thanksgiving as a national holiday and other things. Some of such facts are mentioned here which will not only help you enhance your knowledge about Thanksgiving Day but also make you enjoy this day with even more zeal.

1. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.

2. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

3. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.

4. The pilgrims arrived in North America in December 1620.

5. The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.









6. The pilgrims sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.

7. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621.

8. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

9. The drink that the Puritans brought with them in the Mayflower was the beer.











10. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

11. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.

12. The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag Indians and the Wampanoag chief, Massasoit, was also invited there.

13. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

14. President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.











15. The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.

16. Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.

17. Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Whereas earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.

18. President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in the year 1939. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer and thus stimulate the economy of the state.

19. Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that now onwards Thanksgiving will be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.











20. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. But it was Thomas Jefferson who opposed him. It is believed that Franklin then named the male turkey as 'tom' to spite Jefferson.

21. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

22. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

23. When the Pilgrims arrived in North America, the clothing of the Native Americans was made of animal skins (mainly deer skin).

24. On December 11th, 1620,  the first Pilgrims (or Puritans, as they were initially known) landed at Plymouth Rock.











25. By the fall of 1621, only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast.