Monday, April 11, 2011

February C.C. Meeting = red letter fun

We finally were able to get the supplies for the heart
felt wreath we wanted to make last year, and this craft
was so fun to make.
We started out with a red and white buffet to snack on
while filling out a "Red Letter Love Lines" quiz.
Lobster ravioli, cherry tomato and mozzarella pearl salad,
strawberries and grapes, red velvet cupcakes, and black Forrest
Angie won the grand prize, red snacks, red necklaces, and an edited copy of Amelie
with a note detailing how the colors of RED and green are used symbolically in the movie. Libby won second place, red Justin Bieber nail polish and chocolate covered
cherries. OMB!
Then we set out crafting...
I also taught how to make ribbon roses, and frilly wired bows.
Thanks for coming everyone!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

December CC = Crafty Christmas Creations

(yum the baked brea was amazing)

We gathered for our second annual christmas craft make and take exchange. We started with a festive holiday meal, and then got busy crafting. The premise being: everyone brings enough materials to make 8-10 of your one craft, everone attending gets to make one (or more) of your craft so they get to walk away with 5+ different finished crafts to either use as easy christmas gifts or keepsakes for themselves.

I brought yarn and crochet hooks and taught how to crochet a scarf.
Libby brought materials to make paper medallion garlands, or flower earrings.
Angie brought her jewelry making materials and we went to town designing and making earrings.
Kelly Brought materials to make "pie-in-a-jar" gifts. line the jar with pie dough, fill with filling, cover with pie crust with a vent hole, wipe top with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and bam! you have a gift to give to someone, for them to cook and enjoy right away..... or freeze and save for a cold winters night.

Thanks for the fun night. Crafting and chatting is my favorite use of time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

November's CC Meeting= Magical and Mythical Exposure

Novembers meeting was delightful. We gathered at the Weights home and enjoyed some very yummy greek inspired treats.

Libby had put together a super fun and informative game of "who wants to be a drachma-niar?" where we had two teams (team Hestia, and the Athenians) and learned through answering questions. It was pretty close throughout but the Athenians won out in the end.

I put together handouts with Greek and Norse mythology trees, Roman names of Greek Gods, and comparisons of similar beliefs between the two and even with our own religion. I discussed these and displayed the very entertaining drawings from the mythology books I was raised on to illustrate my points.
In most sets of beliefs there is a creation story:
Greek- Prometheus was in charge the the creation of man, he was bound and punished for giving them fire
Norse- The first man and woman were made from an ash and alder tree.
There often is a flood story too.
Greek- the flood was released after pandora opened her box and let out the evils of the world, the human race had fallen to these evils and needed to be destroyed. Deucalion was the man warned to make an ark. The race of man that was generated by Deucalion was made of stone and was harder, was able to resist the evils a little better than the first race.
Norse-the world was destroyed in an epic battle of the gods and monsters, only two human survivors remained, Lif "Life" and Lifthrasir "Stubborn Will To Live", their descendants would people the new earth.
"Trees of Life"
Greek-Golden apples that were stolen by Hercules.
Norse- apples that gave eternal youth

It was interesting to discuss how our English word for Friday was dirrived from the name of the Norse God of beauty, Freya. (who drove a charriot pulled by grey cats ) The word friday in the romantic languages, ie french "Vendredi", was derived from the Roman name for the Greek God of Love, Venus. (Greek name: Aphrodite)
Similar Gods with similar strengths and purposes:
Greek- Zeus, ruler of Gods, fought with lightening bolts
Norse- Thor
Crafty Demi-God
Greek- Hermes
Three Fates that spin and cut the threads of life.

God of the Sun
Greek- Helios and his golden chariot the sun
Norse- Frey who rode a golden boar
And........ here is the picture that won the prize of most favorite image. Perseus saving Andromeda from the Kraken. (aka, drawing of the movie "Tremors")
Winners of the games won Ambrosia "yummy spreadable honey" and a pomegranate since that was Persephone's choice of food when she was being held hostage in the underworld.

Thanks everybody for the fun and informative night.
Learning and Love.

Cheese night = sophisticated tastes & Autumn Charm

Our cheese night was an amazing success. Special thanks to John
and friends. The event was held at Nick's family's cabin up in
Sundance. First there was an delectable dinner including,
Mac 'n cheese made with aged cheddar, french onion soup made
with gruyere, gorgonzola and pear tart, and berry & spinach salad
sprinkled with blue cheese.
Then came an amazing presentation and cheese tasting.
John had worked with a cheesemonger at Caputos deli and
had brought the most exotic and rare cheeses. We tasted
the cheeses in groups specified by the different countries
they were from. France, Israel, America, UK, were just some
of the countries that were represented. We learned about
how to detect different flavors and describe specific tastes.
Fruity, nutty, creamy, earthy, sharp, sour, bitter, etc.
Fruit, olives, and crackers served as pallet cleansers.
We ended the night with watching a movie clip about
nuns that make cheese. We learned the process of curding,
and aging. It was fascinating to learn how the different
bacterias found in different cheese caves could change
the flavor of the cheese
so much.
We voted for our favorite cheese, I voted for this cheese,
O Banyon. Not only did it look pretty but tasted
wonderful. It came in second overall.
Some of us slept over at the cabin. In the morning we ventured
on a hike up to stewart falls. The leaves had just started to
change, the air was crisp, and the sun was shining. It
was so beautiful.

thanks everyone, this event was spectacular.