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THANKSGIVING – #3

Posted on November 15, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Bananas, Crafts, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, General Crafts, Jello, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Nuts, Oranges, Paerve, Party Ideas, Parve, Pineapple, Recipes, Salads, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Lift Every Voice and Sing          

by James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev’ry voice and sing,

Till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the list’ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,

Bitter the chast’ning rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past,

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,

God of our silent tears,

Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who hast by Thy might,

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand,

May we forever stand,

True to our God,

True to our native land.

I thought that today I would try to blog about salad recipes and Thanksgiving craft ideas.  Hope you enjoyed the above prayer.  I really think it is perfect for Thanksgiving.

For our first Thanksgiving craft, I have chosen place card napkins.  This idea, the photo  and the directions were found at http://www.countryliving.com .  This is a wonderful site that has many entertaining ideas and hints.

A gorgeous way to set your holiday table!

Thanksgiving Table Napkin Placecard And Table Cloth

 

Practice your script first, then write each guest’s name invisibly: try the Prym Dritz disappearing-ink pen. Immediately trace over the name in bronze, copper, or gold with a medium round-tipped ink marker, such as Uchida’s DecoFabric Marker; available at http://www.michaels.com.

No-Sew Cloth: Cut to size linen or medium-weave burlap, leaving an eight-inch drop. For fringe, pull away threads, one row at a time. Write words, as for the napkins, and then press, wrong side up.
Ok, now let’s tackle my weak point…salads.  I do not like salads.  I am not a big vegetable eater.  So, I went to the internet in hopes of finding salads that even kids will like.  Who says you have to make a traditional tossed salad?

Looks good to me!

24 Hour Salad

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By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

“24 Hour Salad is a creamy fruit salad made with a cooked custard and canned fruit, then chilled overnight. The recipe came from my mother-in- law Loraine.

This delicious salad can be made with many other kinds of fruit. I like to add some cubed cantaloupe or sliced strawberries too, if they’re available.”

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chilling time: 23 hours

Total Time: 23 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

20 oz. can pineapple tidbits

2 (15 oz.) cans mandarin oranges

3 eggs

3 Tbsp. flour

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Preparation:

Drain juices from canned fruits and set fruit aside. Add water to juices, if necessary, to measure 1-1/2 cups. Combine eggs, flour, sugar, and 1-1/2 cups juice in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk, until thick and boiling. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, cover, and chill in refrigerator until cold .

When custard is cold, fold in drained fruits, marshmallows, and sliced bananas. Then fold in whipped cream. Pour into serving bowl and cover.

Chill 24 hours before serving.

A festive salad for Thanksgiving.

Creamy Molded Cranberry Salad

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By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

“Creamy Molded Cranberry Salad is one of my favorite salads for Christmas. The tart cranberries are combined with marshmallows, celery, and nuts and suspended In a creamy gelatin mixture. You’ll love it!”

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1-1/2 envelopes)

1/2 cup cold water

3/4 cup boiling water

1 (16-ounce) package fresh cranberries, ground

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup diced celery

1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preparation:

In small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; let stand 5 minutes. Add the boiling water and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Place in freezer 15 minutes to cool. In large bowl, combine cranberries, granulated sugar, marshmallows, celery, and walnuts; let stand 20 minutes to let sugar dissolve. Add gelatin mixture.

In medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into cranberry mixture. Rinse a 2-1/2 quart ring mold with cold water; do not wipe dry. Add salad mixture, cover, and chill until firm, about 4-6 hours.

To unmold, place salad in ring mold upside down on serving plate. Rinse a clean kitchen towel in hot water and wring out. Place hot towel on mold for a few seconds. Then hold the mold and plate together and shake gently. The salad should drop right out of the mold.  But if you fear trying to unmold a gelatin salad, just put the mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Then you can cut the salad into squares and serve it that way. It’s just as pretty, and much easier!

Cover and chill again, or serve immediately. Serves 8-10

Spinach Salad

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By Diana Rattray, About.com Guide

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon

4 cups torn spinach leaves

1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained, chilled

1/2 cup sliced purple onion

Lemon Dressing (below)

Preparation:

Cook bacon; drain and crumble. Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Top with pineapple tidbits and sliced purple onion. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over spinach. Just before serving, pour lemon dressing over salad and toss lightly.

Spinach salad serves 4.

Lemon Dressing

1 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in blender container; cover and blend thoroughly. Chill. Stir before serving.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

GOLDEN GELATIN SALAD

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1 pkg. Lemon Gelatin

2 cups HOT Water

1-1/2 tsps. Lemon Juice

1/8 tsp. Salt

1 cup DRAINED CRUSHED Pineapple

3/4 cup RAW GRATED Carrots

Dissolve gelatin in HOT water.  Add lemon juice and salt.  Chill until partially set.  Add pineapple and carrots.  Pour into individual molds.

Chill until set.

SOURCE:  Rochester, NY’s Hadassah Cookbook

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I will leave out the salt.  It will be good without the extra sodium in our diets.

Servings: 6

This salad is a work of art!

Yellow Trio

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Cut the kernels off an ear of corn; sauté in olive oil with yellow squash slices. Toss with yellow grape tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and pepper.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #7

Posted on October 22, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Crafts, Halloween, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Painting | Tags: , , , , |


More Halloween fun for me and you!

We can’t forget to carve and/or paint our pumpkins!  Here are some great ideas from around the net. On TLC How Things Work, you will find a great tutorial on the basics of pumpkin carving along with some carving ideas.  The definitive site for pumpkin carving is Pumpkin Masters.  They offer some of their incredible patterns for free downloading and also give carving tips.

Now, for the finished product!

The Pumpkin Lady boasts 500 carving patterns, some are free, some are not.  More patterns and how-to’s can be found at Stoneykins.  At Stoneykins  you will find many celebrity faces to carve!

Martha Stewart is my favorite go-to for everything Halloween.  She even has carve-by-number patterns.  Who knew?  LOL!  Of course carve-by numbers is based upon paint-by-numbers, what a great segue to painting patterns!

Capture The Beauty Of Simplicity

e-How says that for painting a pumpkin, you should look for a pumpkin that is uniform in size without any major imperfections. This makes painting easier. Wash and dry the pumpkin completely before painting. Download free pumpkin stencil designs from the Internet to use as a pattern. Consider sealing the painted pumpkin to prevent scratches and chips in the paint.  To create a Ghostly Faces:

  •  Paint the entire pumpkin white. Once the paint has dried, use black paint to create ghost faces over the white paint. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can create friendly or spooky ghost faces.

I'm Dressed to the 9s and Ready to Haunt!

There are two really cool blogs that I just came across, Think Crafts where I copied the directions for a Henna Pumpkin that is beautiful, abstract and unusual, and for crafters Think Crafts is just a wonderful site to run to!  The other site is Tip Junkie which had a link to Think CraftsTip Junkie is a great site for all kinds of tips.  Check these sites out!  Here is the download link for the directions for the Henna Pumpkinhttp://www.4shared.com/file/G8fULKK8/Henna_Pumpkins.html

I think these sites will keep you busy!  If you are running out of time, you can always go to craft stores and find the ready-mades.  I found a beautiful silver carved-out fake pumpkin last year that I will be putting out again this year.

Patterns for you to download:

Treats 4 Me? By Pumpkin Masters can be downloaded from  here: http://www.4shared.com/document/e5_wXGV_/treats-4-me_pumpkin_pattern.html

Oh My Ghost by Pumpkin Lady can be downloaded from here:  http://www.4shared.com/document/F3toGyD7/OhMyGhost.html

Download Haunt Con here:  http://www.4shared.com/document/vP3lyZCP/HauntCon_CO.html

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HALLOWEEN FUN – ARTICLE 1

Posted on October 14, 2011. Filed under: Balloon Crafts, Balloons, Crafts, Freebie, Giveaways, Halloween, My Ramblings, Party Ideas | Tags: , , , , , , |


Me as a Demon Butterfly

So much to do, so little time to do it.  I’m going to sneak Halloween in here because it is my favorite holiday.  I love getting dressed up in costume and handing out treats to the little ghosts and goblins and witches and fairies.  I love to see their reaction when I come to the door.  In the past I’ve been a witch many times, I’ve been a mummy, and I’ve been Cleopatra too.  My favorite though was when I dressed as a bag of balloons!  For that I put on a huge see-through plastic bag and tied it on the bottom (with our neighbor Dale’s help when he still lived here).  That was quite a trick!  Then I filled it with colorful balloons and tied it at the top.  I wish I had a picture of me that way!  I don’t.  I also tried my hand at inviting all my neighbors in for an after Trick or Treat Party a few times, but finally gave up because no one came.  I’d prepared great snack foods and desserts of all kinds.  Had punch ready and decorated the inside as well as the outside of my home.  Oh well…guess everyone w as too tired to come.  I can understand that now as we have so many steps to go up and down every time the door bell rang.  If it was nice out we would sit on our outdoor chairs and enjoy the weather, but in Rochester, that does not happen often around this time of the year.

Anyhow, I decided that I would do some Halloween articles and perhaps a give-away or two.  I’m going to begin today by giving away an invitation I designed for you to fill in the blanks and mail to your friends while I’ll plan a party for you.  Look for the link at the bottom of this article.  I think that will be fun!  If I can’t have a real one, I’ll just have a virtual one…so hang out here for the next week or two for Halloween at A Tzimmes.

The White Lady is a must on anyone's Halloween guest list!

After the invitations go out, I think it is time to start thinking about decorations.  We’ll start with the inside of the house and then the outside.  I like to get a few store-bought blinking types of Halloween decorations to put around the living room.  I like to put my big witch out too.  But not everyone can afford these things, so I searched the internet and came up with some inexpensive decorations for you to make.

Since our invitation features a ghostly theme, we’ll carry the theme out in our decorations and refreshments.  So here is how to make Bobbing Ghosts:

Bobbing Ghosts[1]
Start with a piece of cheesecloth 2 yards long and 1 yard wide. Place a helium filled balloon (white is best) in the middle of the fabric and gather loosely around balloon. Draw a horrid mask on the cloth with a felt pen. You can put some ghosts in a box and when people open the box the ghosts will float up and scare everyone! Or, you can place them on string in front of an open window or a fan and watch them gently move in the breeze.

Glowing Ghosts[2]

glowing ghost is the perfect example of how simple and fun making Halloween decorations can be. Activate a mini glow stick, slip it inside a balloon, and blow up the balloon. Position the knot of the balloon at the top center and use a black marker to make a face. Use a thin or transparent white cloth to cover the balloon, cut a small hole in the cloth and push the knot through so you can tie a string to it and hang it from a tree, your door, or a lamppost in your front yard. Your glowing ghost will blow in the wind.

Spooky little guys aren't they!

Living Room Decoration[3]

Furniture covered in a messy fashion with white sheets makes any house look as if it was abandoned years ago. Add in some ghostly window treatments by hanging shredded gauze in the windows for curtains. Place a hidden fan near the gauze to create movement. You can also cut out ghost silhouettes to hang in the windows out of the gauze.

I would love to decorate my home like this!

Papier-Mache Decorations: Glowing Skull[4]

Bottom of Form

SOURCE:  Martha Stewart Living, October 2001

Make sure you have many of sculls lying around the house! Don't forget to have one in the powder-room!

Glowing Skull How-To
1. To create a scary skull, inflate a large balloon a day ahead of time or inflate and deflate it several times to make it malleable. Wrap masking tape around the balloon one-third of the way from the bottom to form the jaw line. Using wheat paste, attach two layers of white tissue paper roughly torn into 1- to 2-inch squares.

The Before Shot!

2. Pop and remove balloon when dry. Cut a hole from the base toward the rear of the form so that the skull tilts back slightly when displayed. Cut out the features, and use wheat paste to affix a sheet of tissue paper inside.

3. To light the skull, secure a battery-powered light to the display surface with a walnut-size piece of modeling clay, and lower the skull over the light.

Now just add some black bulbs and some black, orange or white candles around the rooms and if you can afford it, buy a couple of foam tombstones and a fog machine.  I’ve always wanted one of those!!!  I would love to see your pictures after you decorate your house.

Here is the link for the invitation!

http://www.4shared.com/document/Jl2AURdV/mss-Halloween_Invite.html


[3] Ibid

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