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Wednesday, November 18, 2009



My birthday is coming up and I plan to repeat last years celebration since I have moved...

As a recovering alcoholic I have become aware the booze seems to be very important for celebrations. I don´t like it and some days ago there was an inspirtational article on Spark about how to create alternatives to stuffing your face and getting drunk on holidays.

So I thought I´d share my alternative birthday:

I put up a big table and filled it with empty toilet paper rolls, pieces of textil fabrics, thread, feathers, yarn, glittery stuff, bits and pieces of creative stuff and of course, glue, tape and staples. We gathered and created angels – some very ugly some very cute, all fun and it was really ”Ice-braking” even to grown-ups, we laughed and talked a lot.

I made an exhibition of the result, arranged it on golden fabric and kept in a window all christmas. In january I threw it all away – hooray for decluttering!

After ”work done” I served tea, lemonade and sandwiches/birthday cake.

This year I think I will serve a bowl of soup after work done with homemade bread… and probably a birthdaycake.

This alternative is not only healthy and fun – it is also very ”budget” if you use mostly recycled material. I am a single mom and poor…

Picture above is from last years celebration.
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  • KRZYKAT3
    sounds like a wonderful new way to celebrate!

    thanks for the ideas!
    3654 days ago
  • JMONTIE
    You're birthday celebration should bring YOU joy! Sounds like you give it much thought and preparation for a fun time! Best to you...you're worth it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3655 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    LOVE IT! I belong to a group that does that sort of thing once a month. It's SO much fun!

    Here's an easy bread recipe a SP ROYALPIGEON just shared with me:

    "The no-knead bread is very easy. I think it's way easier than making a cake. I usually end up throwing the dough together in five minutes before settling down for the night, covering it, letting it sit on the counter overnight, folding it down in the morning, letting it sit a couple more hours then bake in time for lunch.

    "I substitute whole wheat bread flour for the white flour and add 3 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten. I've had best success with Bob's Red Mill and less with King Arthur. If you make it let me know how it turns out" -- ROYALPIGEON

    NO-KNEAD BREAD

    Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery
    Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

    3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
    ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
    1¼ teaspoons salt
    Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

    1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

    2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

    3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

    4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

    Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.

    http://www.nytimes.com
    /2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html
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    Maha
    3655 days ago
  • SLENDERELLA61
    What a wonderful tradition!
    3655 days ago
  • TMHOPKINS
    I had two birthdays where my husband and kids had cake and I didn't and that was okay, but sheesh, it kind of sucked, too! Maybe next year I'll make them participate in something healthy and constructive and then while I go soak in the bathtub, they can go out for cake and icecream...solitude can be the greatest gift of all sometimes!
    3655 days ago
  • FOTOMAKR
    very creative and crafty! I love a person that can find a solution to any problem. You my dear have done that! Great job! Happy birthday and I would love to see the creations. emoticon
    3655 days ago
  • AZIMAT
    What a wonderful idea to set up a craft table. It sounds like such fun, I might just try it at our next party.

    And I'd like to offer that while it is true that you are a single mother.... you are in fact very wealthy in what is most important. You have a good heart, you are intelligent and articulate, you have a hilarious sense of humor, and you are willing to change and learn. And I hardly know you yet.
    3655 days ago
  • PINKJELLY24
    That's a great idea! I think all too often we just gather and drink, not only is this a set back from all the calories in alcohol, but it's different then gathering around the table and talking....sometimes it seems that people are so dependent on alcohol that they feel like they won't have fun if they're not drinking and socializing.
    3655 days ago
  • KKESS11
    Birthdays are all about making them what you want and this is a great idea! Have a great birthday!
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    3655 days ago
  • LINDA!
    What a great idea. emoticon

    Happy Birthday.
    3655 days ago
  • BIG_SCOTS_LASS
    What an unusual way to celebrate. Different, but very inventive and fun. I hope you have a great day when it comes.

    Happy Birthday!

    Charlie x
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    3656 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Sounds like a gathering my family would enjoy! Congrats on a fun alternative, and have a happy, Happy Birthday!

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    3656 days ago
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