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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 03/10/15

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY MOUSSE CAKE!!

  This recipe was found at www.passionateaboutbaking.com .  I dessert that could be the centerpiece for your next party or gathering.



Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake



Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake


The base was intended to be a sponge until I added melted chocolate to it. I panicked since it wasn’t light as air and soft … so it got a good sugar syrup soaking. Was the right medicine for the cake. It giddily drank up the juices on offer and was just right a base for the balsamic cherries and mousse filling!





Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake



The mousse filling was adapted from a simple chocolate mousse recipe in my Thermomix cookbook. By the time I had the machine on, I was in panic mode again. Something told me that it was too hot for it to set as a cake topping. Goblets are different; chocolate mousse will always be delicious in any form, barely set in goblets





Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake



too.I had to do better and couldn’t take a cake chance and eventually added a spoon of gelatin. It worked a charm and I was thrilled to see it had set beautifully when I demolded it the next morning. The birthday boy was packed off with Mr PAB for a film and lunch, so I got adventurous and decided to pretty up the cake a bit!




Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake






Noel Cowards began playing in head “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun“. Boy was it HOT at 43C! A lace collar in the heat might well have been the silliest of ideas but there you are. That’s what I decided to do … and that worked too. Some more balsamic and fresh cherries on top, a sprinkling of pistachios, chocolate flakes and we were set for the lads 13th!!



Dark Chocolate Mousse.


Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake
Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake
Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake




We had a sinfully delicious cake by the evening, one that looked as good as it tasted. 5 star quality declared the hub! The kids absolutely LOVED it down to the last chocolaty crumb, the birthday boy quite happy. I was glad I set 2 goblets of mousse too to make sure that the mousse would hold; a runny mousse cake would have been a mid summer disaster! So glad I got it right!

COLOGNE CARNIVAL FROM GERMANY!!!!







   Carnival in Cologne is almost as old as the history of the city itself. But the organized carnival celebrated today only dates back 178 years.
    The Greeks and Romans celebrated cheerful spring festivals in honor of Dionysos and Saturn with wine, women and song. The ancient Germans celebrated the winter solstice as a homage to the Gods and expulsion of the evil winter demons. Later the Christians adopted the heathen customs. The period of fasting (Lent) prior to Easter was heralded in by "Fastnacht" or "Karnival"...carne vale = Farewell to meat!












    In the Middle Ages, the celebration of Carnival, the masquerade, often took on drastic forms, very much to the displeasure of the city council and the church. Bans and ordinances did little to help, the celebration was wild and spirited.
    The boisterous street carnival was extended in the 18th century to include the so called "Redouten", elegant masked and fancy dress balls in Venetian style, which were initially the preserve of the aristocracy and the wealthy patricians. In 1736, the first Redoute was held in Cologne in a noble house on the Neumarkt.











    Almost 50 years later, Cologne was captured by the French revolutionary troops. But the new rulers allowed the locals "de fair son tour", to hold their carnival parades. The Prussians, who took control a short time later, were stricter, which, however, did not prevent the natives of Cologne from cultivating their Carnival tradition. Carnival was romanticized and became bourgeois. It became organized! With the "Carnival Hero", with today's Prince Carnival, a new idea was also introduced.
    In 1823 the "Festordnende Komitee" was founded. On February 10th of that year, Cologne celebrated the first Rose Monday Parade with the moto "Inthronization of the Carnival Hero". Also involved were the "Rote Funken" the former city militia, who had just established themselves as a carnival society, the carnival fool of the "Hillige Knaachte un Magde", Jan von Werth and Cologne's "Peasant" and "Virgin" as a reminder of the former free imperial city of Cologne. At that time, like today, a man wore the costume of the Virgin. In 1860, the first "Ghost Parade" was held on the evening of Carnival Saturday. Even after the turn of the century, the "founding period" of the Carnival fans continued. In 1902, the "Ehrengarde" was formed as the accompanying group of the Peasant and Virgin. In 1906, Prince Carnival was given his "Prinzengarde". Other societies established themselves. Willi Ostermann, with his songs and musings, Grete Fluss extended the fame of Cologne's Carnival beyond the city's boundaries.








    The "Sitzungen" (shows) with their humorous orators and singers bridged the gap between the opening of the "Carnival Session" On "11.11" to its climax on Rose Monday. That is still the same today. Now it is bands like the "Black Fooss", "Hohner" and "Paveir" and humorists like "Rumpelstizchen" or "Webfachmann" who are the trade marks of Cologne's "Fifth Season". The world famous "Strippefottchen-Tant" of the Rote Funken, a parody on the soldiers' strict life.
    There are approximately 160 carnival societies, local history societies and district groups in Cologne which celebrate their home town festival in about 5oo parties, balls and parades. The highlight is always the Rose Monday Parade.

DIY KEY HOOK HANGER AND SHELF!

  This diy comes from www.shanty-2-chic.com .  How many times do we  forget where our keys are?  What better way than to have that special key hanger.  I know you can do it!



This is one of my FAVORITE projects! It’s quick, easy and cheap! Lots of bang for your buck;)



 


I say cheap because I started with pieces from our scrap wood pile:)





I used an old sheet of bead board, a 1×6 and 1×3′s.





I trimmed out the bead board with the 1×3′s





using Gorilla Glue wood glue and a staple gun to secure them.





Next, I hammered a saw tooth hanger through the back.





I attached the 1×6 with wood glue and drilled 2″ screws through the back (pre drill so the wood doesn’t split)




I spray painted it with 1 coat of Rust-Oleum black gloss.





I found these super cute glass knobs at Hobby Lobby (50% off of course;)





and paired them with these pretty hooks from Home Depot.




I pre drilled holes for the hooks




and put the knobs through the top holes on the hooks then secured them on the back.




I attached it to the wall, added the metal buckets (purchased at Ikea for $1 each) and filled them with dried hydrangea.





That was it! Time invested was about 1 hour and money invested was about $15!