Monday, March 9, 2015


   Get in on the fun of the King Cake. Hide a little toy baby in the cake and whoever finds it has one year of good luck!

Traditional New Orleans King Cake Recipe

  • Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling

  • Yield: 12 Servings

    Ingredients402565             Ingredients
    • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
    • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • GLAZE:
    • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
    • Green, purple and yellow sugars


    • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1/2 cup sugar, butter, milk, egg yolks, salt, lemon peel, nutmeg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
    • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
    • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Brush with egg.
    • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice and enough water to achieve desired consistency. Spread over cake. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Yield: 1 cake


        Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundations Day and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on January 26th, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. The hoisting of the British flag there, and the proclamations of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.

        Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, and is marked by the Order of Australia and Australian of the Year awards, along with an address from the Prim Minister.
        Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on January 26th date back to 1808, with Governor Lachland Macquarie having held the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales in 1818. In 2004, an estimated 7.5 million people attended Australia Day celebrations and functions across the country.

        The date is seen as controversial for many Australians, particularly Indigenous Australians, who see commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet as celebrating the destruction of the native Aboriginal culture by British colonists. Dating back to the 1938 Day of Mourning, there have been significant protests from and on behalf of the Aboriginal community, and the birth of the alternative nae Invasion Day. Others have begun to use the name Survival Day to highlight that a people and culture that was expected to die out has survived. In light of these concerns, proposals to change the date of Australia Day have been made, but have failed to gain widespread public support.

        Some of things that happen on Australia Day include family meetings, picnics and barbecuses, parades, citizenship ceremonies, Order of Australia honours, and the Australian of the Year presentation.


       This diy comes from www.alderberryhill.blogspot.com .  I like this one alot.  I like to make things scary and creepy without all of the bloog and gore.  This is right down my street.  Perfect for Halloween or a Day of The Dead Party. I give this 2 thumbs up!

    Ghoulish Centerpiece.

    And now I'll tell you all about it!

    I had all of this already in the house, some of it I bought about a month ago, some of it is more than a year old.

    The glass bowl & vase was thrifted, the skull and pumpkins are from the dollar store and the decorative balls were in my bathroom on the window sill looking fit for the garbage.

    Putting this whole thing together was pretty simple.

    Rip the scrapbook paper into strips and start adhering them to the skull with mod podge. Keep going until you've covered the entire skull leaving the eyes, nose & mouth uncovered.

    Spray paint your bowl fillers & accessories with your desired spray paint - I chose silver.

    Spray paint your bowl & vase as well - I chose black.

    I also spray painted a wooden charger that I found in the kitchen cabinet above the fridge (the one that compiles things that I never use!) and I used the charger as the base.

    I glued the vase to the bowl and the skull to the vase and the crow to the skull!(Oh, I put some black glitter on the skulls eyes & nose for a little bling! Just use a liquid glue)

    Then I went outside to collect some branches to go with the moss and leaves I had left over from last year.

    I poked leaves and sticks here and there and draped some moss around.

    I played around with it a little bit until I thought it looked right.