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Friday, January 31, 2020

Art Nouveau Stained Glass Patterns

Enlarge,print, make, enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Super Bowl Party - Tasty and Easy Stuffed Rolls

It's HERE!


Let's start out with a little trivia.

The First Super Bowl was played in which year?

A. 1957
B. 1967
C. 1977

If you said B you are CORRECT!  It was on Jan. 15, 1967,
and played in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA.
The two teams vying for the win were the Green Bay Packers (NFL) and the (AFL's) Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers smashed the Chiefs, 35-10.
Back then is was called AFL-NFL World Championship Game the name evolved to the Super Bowl in 1970.

Here's a few tips I've used in the past to make our get 
together's a memorable championship fun time 
whichever team you're rooting for.

Set the mood.
Create a great game day atmosphere with football themed party supplies such as football field table covers, banners, streamers, paper plates and cups. If you’ve got the opposing team’s jerseys, t-shirts or hats, hang them on the walls. Keep a soft football or two around the house to toss around between plays. If you really want to go over the top, you can offer to paint your guests’ faces in their team’s colors. Too fun!

Be sure you have plenty of refreshments.
All that hooting and hollering makes a mouth dry :)
A variety to please everyone is nice and
they look so festive in these football mason jars.

Stuffed Rolls
My Mom used to make these every Christmas Eve.
They were inexpensive, easy and you could make them ahead of time.
When I was younger my Aunts, Uncles and cousins would all come over to celebrate Christmas Eve. We would make tons of these for that night.
Sitting around eating them waiting for Santa to ring the back door bell....
ok  ok enough of that, that's for another post! 

(recipe circa '70's,
 typewritten recipe card)

Gather all your ingredients.
I substituted ground turkey for the hamburger
because that's what I had on hand.

Follow directions and mix well.

Add to bun

Place onto wax paper

Roll up and twist ends

Just warm in the microwave.
They fit right back into the bun bag.
You can freeze if necessary.

Anytime you want one, pop it into the microwave 
and heat a couple minutes.
Handy snack for the older kids to grab.
When my oldest Son owned his Computer Shop,
he would take these for lunch in the winter,
fast and easy to heat and eat.
Warm and hearty.

Finger Foods are a must. 
The norm like chips, pretzels, nuts and the like -
but how about adding some new quick and easy
crowd pleasers?
Even something a little sweet to go along with the salty snacks?

Don’t forget the bathroom.
It’s a long day and the bathroom will be busy, so make sure it’s clean and well stocked with plenty of hand soap, clean towels, room deodorizer and toilet paper. After all, you don’t want your loo to look like a locker room.



Sunday, January 26, 2020

Renaissance Faire Lore and Love

When visiting a renaissance faire, you usually see quite a number of folk wander into the herb shop. 

It's always a wonder to look around and see the assortment of items they carry.  Some such as amulets, talismans, potions, charms, and spells could be used as components, more often than not, used to draw love to the one purchasing the herbs. Drawing of money or success I'm sure is quite popular too.

As a little girl I learned to pull the petals from daisies ~ “he loves me, he loves me not.” Twisting an apple stem while reciting the alphabet tells the first letter of the future spouse’s name. On and on ~ so many ways to learn of that one true love. And let’s not forget leap years. According to tradition, women proposing to their chosen mates are not considered to be forward during this time.

Many wish to learn of their lover, draw someone back to them, or feel more secure in the relationship they already have. In a sense, all potions, charms, and spells are a means of visualization ~ helping a person to focus on that which they truly desire. Some people will do anything to find out their future love. Then there are those who feel you should give up completely, decide it would be a pain in the patootie and avoid it at all costs. It will then, undoubtedly, sneak up and take you by surprise.

Talismans are often made to bring love. An easy way to remember the talisman/amulet quandary is that talisman starts with a “t” as does “toward.” Amulet starts with an “a”, as does “away” ~ thus amulets keep things away. A very simple love talisman is made by stringing rose hips into a necklace and wearing it about the neck. A more precise talisman might go something like this: start with a square of cloth ~ red for love. 

After considering what characteristics would be desired, find herbs (and other objects) that will represent and correspond to those traits.  Someone down to earth? Add a pinch of patchouli. Spicy lover? Cayenne pepper. You get the idea. Traditionally, it would seem that rose petals are an absolute must have.

Now make a romantic beverage to add to the mood once you’ve found that special someone. This can also be made ahead in anticipation.

Nectar of Venus Cordial

The flowers give it a beautiful deep pink color 
and can be served with ginger ale and lime slices.

The following ingredients should be placed in a ½ gallon jar with a tight fitting lid that allows for shaking. Be sure to label and date the jar. Put out of sunlight while it sits for 1-6 weeks. Shake occasionally. All herbs and flowers are dry.
For alcohol:
1 fifth of good quality vodka
½ cup red rose petals
½ cup hibiscus flowers 
½ cup rose hips
½ cup spearmint 
¼ cup granulated orange peel
¼ cup cinnamon bark chips
For syrup:
1 cup Grand Marnier
4 cups simple syrup made from 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon either rose water or orange blossom water
  • After sitting for 1-6 weeks, this mixture is ready to decant. Strain through fine cheesecloth or muslin into a pitcher large enough to also hold the additional 5 cups of Grand Marnier and simple syrup.
  • Add syrup ingredients to the vodka mixture and blend well. Allow this to rest for a couple of weeks so that the flavors can become well acquainted.  
  • Pour into beautiful bottles, cork, label, and enjoy.


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