Fiesta de los Muertos y Buenos Nachos.

Fiesta de los Muertos y Buenos Nachos.

div style="text-align: center;"img height="84" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/house.png" width="226" /br /div style="text-align: center;"div style="text-align: center;"/divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img height="623" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/dotdecor.jpg" style="border: 5px dashed rgb(153, 153, 0); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 20px 20px 70px;" width="623" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"We had a few craft nights with friends and cranked out a million tissue paper flowers./td/tr/tbody/tablediv style="text-align: left;"I still have a couple of Dia de los Muertos posts left in me!  Here's a recap of the celebration Kim and I threw last night, I woke up with a bit of a sugar hangover today (OK, sugar y tequila), but it was well worth it./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img height="467" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/kitchenresized.jpg" style="border: 5px dashed rgb(153, 153, 0); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 20px 20px 70px;" width="623" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Kitchen!  I cut out papel picado banners and Kim found the most amazing tissue paper skeleton krewe.  /td/tr/tbody/table/divdiv style="text-align: left;" We had so much fun decorating for this shindig./divbr /div style="text-align: center;"/divdiv style="text-align: center;"table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img height="414" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/jelloshots.jpg" style="border: 5px dashed rgb(153, 153, 0); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 20px 20px 70px;" width="623" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Margarita shots on the left (lime syrup and tequila) and Horchata bone 'n' skull shots on the right (rice milk horchata, cinnamon and rum).  /td/tr/tbody/tablediv style="text-align: left;"Kim is a thorough little researcher, so she threw herself into getting the agar shots just right.  They were tasty, and also really cute--her presentation made them pretty irresistible.  My favorites were the Cuba Libre (Coke and rum), which you can see in the second picture below, but they were all great and surprisingly varied in taste and texture. Bless you Dollar Store for $1 silicon skull ice cube trays!/divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img height="422" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/table.JPG" style="border: 5px dashed rgb(153, 153, 0); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 20px 20px 70px;" width="623" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"So many snacks!  Chick-o-sticks, popcorn balls, Pan de Muertos, citrus cookies, skull cookies and caramel tarts.  Plus peanuts and roasted chix./td/tr/tbody/tablediv style="text-align: left;"We had a three crock pot nacho and tamale bar going on in the kitchen and a snack table with drinks in the dining room.  The nacho line consisted of tortilla chips, chipotle Soy Curls, pintos, nacho sauce, olives, green onions and salsa. and we also had some bean and cheese tamales hanging out steaming, too. /divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divtable align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img height="623" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/foursquare.jpg" style="border: 5px dashed rgb(153, 153, 0); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 20px 20px 70px;" width="623" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"Clockwise from top left:  we pose with agar, Kim tidies our ofrenda, finished sugar skull pillows and me either gulping for air or caught in deep expression./td/tr/tbody/table/divdiv style="text-align: left;"Not the best pictures of me, but I want to show off the dress I made for the party.  a href="http://www.colettepatterns.com/shop/rooibos" target="blank"Colette Patterns' Rooibos/a (I think this is probably the 12th one I've made since last year). It's a fun pattern to sew with a vintage inspired collar and super comfy and convenient pockets.  One can never have too many dresses with pockets, or at least I can't./divdiv style="text-align: left;"br //divdiv style="text-align: center;"table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"tbodytrtd style="text-align: center;"img height="467" src="http://pakupaku.info/blogger/ofrendaresized.jpg" style="border: 5px dashed rgb(153, 153, 0); margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 20px 20px 70px;" width="623" //td/trtrtd class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"We asked our friends to bring photos of lost loved ones to pin onto our shrine.  It was amazing to see the whole thing covered with photos and mementos and covered in flowers, candles, sugar skulls and other offerings. You can read about the skeleton bride princess cakea href="http://kitteekake.blogspot.com/2012/11/calavera-bride-princess-cake.html" target="blank" I made here/a (she's over on the ride side of the photo). /td/tr/tbody/table/divdiv style="text-align: left;"Here's a closeup of the shrine (ofrenda) we made for our Los Muertos.  It was a really powerful experience to build this solemn spot with Kim and our friends who celebrated with us.  It was a bit sad too, but mostly it was just awesome to share stories and the experience of loving folks who've past on with people I care about.  We even made a spot for our loved and lost pets.  /divdiv style="text-align: left;"br /xobr /kittee/div/divdiv style="text-align: center;"/divdiv style="text-align: center;"/div

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