Sunday, November 2, 2008

November 2: All Souls Day

I can't believe this day almost went by without my realizing it was All Souls Day, Dia de Los Muertos! I prefer the Mexican traditions for this day because they really celebrate the dead, decorating their graves with marigolds, salt, bread, and sugar skulls. How I love those sugar skulls.
I don't visit the graves of loved ones, really. I do light candles and have photos and special
belongings all around me to remind me of those that have passed .
To all those that I love and have crossed to the other side...especially my beautiful
Mommy, whom I miss every day and oh, so many of my family and friends-most recently
my special lady, Sara...
I remember all of you today and thank our creator for
the time we had together!
Not to end on a sad-happy note, I found this recipe and hope that someone out there
will be brave enough to try it. If I wasn't so exhausted tonight, I would.
Maybe next year...
Sugar Skulls
2 cups powdered sugar 1 egg white
1 TBSP. corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup cornstarch
colored icing
1 fine paintbrush
Sift powdered sugar. Mix the egg white, corn syrup, and vanilla in a very clean bowl, then add the powdered sugar with a wooden spoon. When almost incorporated, start kneading with the tip of your fingers until you can form a small ball. Dust with cornstarch on board. Keep on kneading until smooth, then form into skull shapes. Let dry completely, then paint with colored icing, including the names of the people you are giving them to.

1 comment:

MySweetThree said...

You have no idea how excited I am that you are posting every single day this month!! I hope you are able to! And I was so happy to get the convo with all of the juicy details..of which I can't mention in this comment, ha ha! Can you believe I am moving in 26 days? I am!! Also, I have seen some beautifully done sugar skulls before..I would not have any shred of ability to try them myself though! I hope you have a great week, look forward to your next post! btw...I still can't follow you! =(