Que disfruten el dia!! 🙂
The fifteenth of September is always a busy time around our house! Not only are we celebrating Guatemalan Independence Day, but also our youngest’s birthday. I’m usually busy doing a bunch of party related stuff. This year I only had time/energy for a few simple Independence Day crafts.
Last year we did fun paint chip wall art, and some printables, but this year I only did a super quick post-it note flag and a few desserts and just pulled out the banner from last year. You do what you can, I guess!! I found these really cute post-it sticky notes at the dollar store (or Walmart) and the package came with both blue and white….so….. That was easy!!! Stick the notes onto a blackboard, and there you go. I was going to somehow create the coat of arms for the middle of the flag….but minimalist modern is ok I suppose….
Another super easy but very cute idea was to make papel picado bunting for the cupcakes. I so love papel picado art!!! Here’s a little definition from wikipedia:
Papel picado (“perforated paper”) is a decorative craft made out of paper cut into elaborate designs. Although it is a Mexican folk art, papel picado is used as a holiday decoration in many countries. The designs are commonly cut from tissue paper using a guide and small chisels, creating as many as forty banners at a time. Papel picado can also be made by folding tissue paper and using small, sharp scissors. Common themes includes birds, floral designs, and skeletons. They are commonly displayed for both secular and religious occasions, such as Easter, Christmas, the Day of the Dead, as well as during weddings, quinceañeras, baptisms, and christenings.
I made myself a little banner for the 5 de Mayo and I confess that it’s still hanging in the kitchen because I like it so much! Very cheerful. Well, I’m also into stuff with paper doilies right now, too. So I figured I’d use one to make the other….as a cake/cupcake decoration! Grab a small paper doily and punch out some scalloped circles, or even plain circles will do. Easier yet, just cut out some circles or rectangles with scissors. I used the scalloped punch because that’s what was in easy reach. I punched out shapes from the edge of the doily, then folded over a little flap at the top. Punching out shapes in slightly different areas of the doily gives a different look to the little pennants. I trimmed some with the scissors so that I could fit more into the bunting. Using 2 long bamboo skewers, I wrapped some baker’s twine around one end, tied it and hot-glued a button on to hold it. Then I eye-balled how long the string needed to be and tied it to the other skewer. I stuck the skewers with twine on into the cake/cupcakes and then added the doily pennants, already folded; arranged them a bit and glued the flaps down. It took about 10 minutes from start to finish, and my daughter and I loved the look!!
Here’s another view, I love to see papel picado banners silhouetted against the light…
Here are some desserts we had to celebrate the 15 de Septiembre, Guatemalan Independence Day:
Mini cupcakes iced to look like ice cream cones, with a blue skittle on top for Guatemalan flag colors! They turned out cute, but what a pain in the neck to ice crumbly from-a-cake-mix mini cupcakes!! (only made 4). The sandwiches were a lot easier….
I saw the idea on this German blog and it looked so fun and easy, too. Cut out circles from 2 slices of white bread, spread one side with jam, add sprinkles if you want, then from the other side of the bread, cut out a little heart (with cookie cutter) and slap the two sides together! I used a few fondant buttons for decoration, and the cut-out hearts…. After dessert we went on a bike ride to a little lake…. I know, it’s a very Canadian scene to celebrate a Guatemalan holiday, but since I can’t be down there, I have to enjoy what we have here! Our weather has been unseasonably warm, so we have to make the most of it. It was a fun afternoon, and our little princess enjoyed it!!
Whew, the weekend is over. Our Independence Day celebration is over, my daughter’s birthday is over. The parties are over. For this week. 😉
Well, maybe not. We should probably watch a few videos from the parades in Guatemala, look at some photos and listen to the national anthem. It was such a crazy busy weekend that there were several things that never got done! 4 birthday parties this weekend that someone from this house was involved in! (plus Guatemala’s b-day).
Anyways, I just wanted to do one more little post about el 15 de septiembre because of this cute thing that I just couldn’t resist: (and there’s one other reason after the photos)I printed out a party cake favor box and colored it. And glitter-glued it.Specially for my dear Guatemala.
with all my heart….and all my glitter 🙂I have been going wild with these cute printable cake boxes…
Aren’t they cute?
Ahhh, the details!! You can find these adorable printable party favor cake boxes at Paperglitter’s Etsy shop here.
And I also wanted to mention a very cool blog that I found (or that found me) this morning….
Growing Up Bilingual at growingupbilingual.com. I’m excited to have found it! Please check out Paula’s home page and scroll down a bit to see some of the posts….I’ve already found a bunch that interest me about encouraging my kids in their bilingualism, stuff about Guate and some yummy recipes! (among other things!) There are some lists of books for kids in Spanish, too.
Happy to be together on this day, even though we’ve been stressed and tired! My blog photos make it look like I have a lot more patience than I do. Really.
To celebrate the 15 de septiembre, Guatemala’s Independence Day, we ate some “traditional Guatemalan” food. Well, about as close as I get nowadays. I do know a few recipes, but I’m afraid that I now take the shortcut version of all the recipes I know. The other day was so exciting because at our corner grocery store I found…..tomatillos! Finally! This is the first time I’ve seen a can of them for sale (once in awhile I see the fresh ones in some stores). So Henry obligingly picked up the ingredients.
The shortcut I take on this recipe is that we buy a rotisserie chicken…that’s pre-cooked. (I call them “rosti-pollos”) So I just make up the sauce…..oops, I forgot to mention the name of the dish I’m making…it’s called jocón. Pronounced “hoe– (as in ho-ho-ho) cone“. It is a chicken with green sauce dish. Super tasty and super good for you. I mean it.
It’s easy, too. Grab the bunch of cilantro and a bunch of green onions (wash first if you wish) then throw them in a food processor or blender (I don’t have a blender) and process! Then throw in the drained can of tomatillos, process! Pour this into a pot and add the secret spices. This is one of them:
Do you know what it is? Cloves. In North America a lot of people don’t “cook” with cloves, they just use them in desserts. But cloves (called “clavos de olor” or just “clavos“) are an important part in traditional Guatemalan dishes. The same goes for cinnamon (canela)….add a piece of cinnamon bark. Add some black pepper corns (pimienta) and some salt. Is that all…clavo, pimienta, canela….I think so. Heat it up for awhile and then toss the chicken in….in pieces, and cook for a bit. That’s all I did. I know that it’s a really quick version..I’m sure somebody somewhere is rolling in their grave. (eso solo es un viejo y conocido dicho…)
The kids were a bit suspicious, some of them couldn’t remember having eaten it before, but they loved it!!! Licked the platter clean! We added a spinach salad and avocado and lime. I had honestly wanted to food-color the jocón blue…but Henry didn’t like that idea at all. I thought it was a very green meal for a blue and white holiday…but hey…I guess quetzals are green……..And now for dessert, this I made sure was blue and white.
Cupcakes with a little surprise in the middle.
WE LOVE YOU GUATEMALA, VIVA!! VIVA!! HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!!
We made blue sugar the other day. For decorating purposes. But I decided I needed to use it up and cook with it. So I threw the sugar into some mini cupcakes that I was making for my girlie to take to school…to celebrate Guatemala’s birthday and her birthday. So blue sounded good to me. For some reason this all seemed like a good idea….the stuff to follow that is, the mini blue cupcakes topped with marshmellows (but it was after midnight so that might explain it). I saw on pinterest the idea for sticking marshmallows on top of cupcakes, bake them 5 min. more and then you don’t have to frost them. Ok, here goes:
For our celebration here at home we had these lovely huge cupcakes: vanilla with a bit of Tang cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and a cute surprise in the middle! I found out how to do this trick on this fun blog: bake it in a cake.com fun and so cute and doable!! And that’s what we ate for dessert. Have a sweet day.
I can’t seem to stop myself from making paper crafts. And so I made something for our Guatemalan Independence Day celebrations. Out of paper, of course. (As I’ve been working on this post I’ve been cutting out paper sea horses. Sounds weird, I know, but later I’ll post about those babies.) So without further blabbiness, I’ll show you the photos of some simple crafts to make from paper to decorate with. (Lo siento que no estoy escribiendo en español, pero es que estoy muy cansada, y todavia es más fácil el ingles, perdonenme!)
I’m all into banners. So I made one for this special day. Please feel free to download the printable pattern for this banner and use it to decorate at your house! The download is HERE. Included in the zipped file are 4 sheets of patterned paper that the pennants are made from. I had hoped to get some origami boxes and things made…anyways, you could cut out other things or do some Independence Day origami. And here are the photos. Easy to do: print out papers, cut on grey lines, punch holes in corners, string up, decorate! 😉And another paper craft:
A paper flower centerpiece! I used my assortment of paper punches, but you can really do anything, like just cut a few circles from paper and then glue them to skewers. The main thing is that they are blue and white for this holiday! (we made red and white for valentines and Canada Day!)Glue circles on the back and front of the bamboo skewer.The leaves are punched out with paper punches, too.
Guatemalans love their beautiful flag, and I just happened upon a cute idea for making some easy, economic wall art to decorate for Guatemalan Independence Day…..it’s called paint chip art! Last night we made a run to the hardware store to pick up some paint chips. I had printed out a swatch of blues that are the closest to the official Guatemalan flag that I could find, so I was trying to find paint chips that would be kind of close. I found the right color of blue in this article called The Guatemalan Flag Should Be This Blue! Also in this great blog AntiguaDailyPhoto is a free desktop wallpaper of the flag, just thought I’d mention it! I have just loved scrolling through Rudy Girón’s gorgeous blog! Incredible photos of my favorite place in the world.
But back to the craft at hand. Supplies:Those are the paint chips.Shade of white, too.A frame.Cutting tools.Cut various sizes and then lay them out.Starting in the middle, glue the chips down.It’s ok if they hang over the edge of the base paper.The edges can be trimmed after all the chips are glued on.The part I really had fun with was using the paint color names. Some of them were so perfect for this project!!Then pop the art into the frame! It was finished in no time at all….ok, maybe about an hour and a half?