Spring is finally here!
Also known as Italian wedding cake or hummingbird cake, I make this cake every year at Easter.
Saint Patrick‘s day is synonymous with Irish anything, the humble shamrock, and the color green. No idea what the official story on that last one (unless it’s a reference to the Great Potato Famine and mold, which would admittedly be more than a bit mean). I’m going to go with Ireland’s renowned natural beauty and abundance of plant life myself. I like plants^^
This tutorial on how to make a four leafed clover kanzashi will help you cover two of the three. You can whip one up in less than an hour, so get those soon to be crafty fingers going! These guys are also pre-made in my shop^^
Today was hina matsuri/girl’s day; a special Japanese festival just for girls (and women too^^). It is also known as momo-no-sekku, which means peach festival, because this is when Japanese peaches begin to bloom. Girls all over Japan set out their hina ningyo (festival dolls) several days or weeks before the actual day. When the festival day arrives many snacks are served, and prayers are said for the girl’s growth and happiness.
Mardi gras, fat tuesday, pancake day. Call it what you will, but the day before lent begins is one last farewell to the winter holidays. Originally the day to eat up the last of the dairy and eggs from the year before, now it just means I ate to much breakfast food for dinner. And it’s the last time King’s cake (served between King’s day and today) is traditionally baked. The last cake often holds a small token; whoever gets the slice with it gets to hold the party next year!