I am addicted to Angry Birds - an app that I wish I had never found. I downloaded it to my iPod Touch and playing this game makes me almost as angry as the birds. Here's the deal....green pigs have stolen the eggs of the birds and now the birds are angry. You shoot birds out of a slingshot and try to destroy the pigs. Good luck!
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, and is observed from December 26th to January 1st each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966-1967 (Wikipedia). Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles:
Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
I just got off the plane and am finally home after a great Christmas! Here are more pictures detailing the making of the red velvet cupcakes on Christmas Eve. A fun time was had by all....especially eating them.
Sorry...but I have been overserved this Christmas weekend so I cannot post a recipe today. I will rest my gastrointestinal system and return tomorrow. Visions of New Year's cupcakes are dancing in my head!
My niece has been emailing me for weeks with her request to make red velvet cupcakes (we call them RVCs) with cream cheese icing. This afternoon we made them...and my brother captured the decorating process on video - see "Maidee's first cupcakes 1" on You Tube if you dare.
P.S. Hope Santa puts some RVCs in your stockings tonight!
Mississippi is the Magnolia State and as you read this today, I am on a plane headed there. When I arrive my mom will fry catfish with french fries & hushpuppies. Yum! After supper, I promised my niece we would make red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing. Yum squared! Oh yes...there will be photos.
The winter solstice occurs when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. This occurs on the shortest day and longest night, when the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.
I love chocolate cupcakes and Ghirardelli chocolate. I used to date someone who traveled frequently to San Francisco and would bring me Ghirardelli chocolate squares after every trip. I called it his "admission ticket" to my house. It has been a long time since then, but it is one of my favorite memories.
In the past 24 hours I have watched my FAVORITE Christmas cartoon & movie...How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I own it in the original cartoon form and the movie with Jim Carrey - who did the cartoon Grinch justice and then some. Did I mention that I can recite the entire cartoon version from start to finish - including all the songs?
Yesterday I put up a 14 ft. Christmas tree by myself. We live on 54 acres and I hiked out in the woods, cut the tree, managed to get it in the truck and inside the house, then put it in a stand. It took almost 3 hours to get to this point in the story. After several failed attempts (my arms were almost noodles), I was able to get the tree to stand up and I began to turn the screws of the tree stand into the trunk...only to discover the screw threads were stripped (now I understand the tree problems from last Christmas). I could not let go of the trunk and I could not secure the tree. I was stuck inside a monster tree with nobody to come to my rescue.
I decided to lean the tree against the window and get some rope. When I returned with the rope, I tied the tree to a flower-hanging bracket on the wall. What a beautiful Christmas image...a giant fir tree tied to the wall with bright yellow, red, and green rope. But all was well and I put on the lights and garland. I built a fire, ate supper by the lights of the tree and went to bed.
4 AM....a loud crash! The tree fell over. Note to self: don't tie a tree to only one side of the wall.
7 AM...I found the strength to lift the tree with my sore arms, untangle the lights and garland (which were in a knotted mess) and retie the tree (on both sides this time).
It's the holiday season and eggnog is being served all over the place! So why not make a batch of eggnog cupcakes....the recipe is from Bake & Destroy. I would suggest a vanilla or cinnamon (or even mixed spice) buttercream. Top them with a Teddy Graham or gingerbread man cookie!
P.S. This recipe is different from the one for 2009.
My favorite Christmas commercial is the one where the Hershey's Kisses are playing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as bells. Love it! That red kiss at the end is adorable...and haven't we all felt relief when a performance we were nervous about was over.
Here is the video and some cupcakes to celebrate the holidays (with kisses as decorations of course)!