See how we celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Casa Rubbernecker!
Today is May 5th which translates to Cinco de Mayo in Spanish. This is, as many know, not just a date but a notable one in Mexican-American culture. It celebrates Mexico’s victory over victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day – that’s September 16th – and this date is celebrated more in the US than in Mexico itself!
Many Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo by enjoying classic Mexican dishes and sipping margaritas. And margaritas are so popular that we have two terrific items in our store to help you represent these treats on your projects.
While we don’t currently have any projects showing off this item, this Margarita Glass stamp is perfect for popping on a celebratory card. Try adding some chunky glitter as a stand in for the salt on the rim!
Then we have this terrific Margarita/Daiquiri Die set that will let you create spectacularly detailed designs on your cards to offer everyone their favorite flavor beverage.
Check out how fun this can turn out!
And here’s a post showing off a card using this die AND our equally as fun Mai Tai die set.
Gelli Plates And Stamping – Great Tips!
Who knew gelli plates and stamping would be such a good mix? If you haven’t used gelli plates and stamping together you are in for a fun treat today! Lisa is showing us some fun and easy ways to use acrylic paints, a gel plate and some of our stamps to create some magical looking projects. Let’s check it out! First Lisa shares some GREAT tips for making sure your foray into this fun application of a new technique is
Now, if you are planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we thought we would share two of our favorite tasty treats for this day.
First up are our virgin margaritas. Of course you can add tequila or your own favorite spirit but we figured a non-alcoholic recipe was a great starting point. We love to use fresh juices to add that bright pop of refreshing flavor but you for sure can experiment with your favorites.
We make a big batch and let everyone customize their own glasses with or without salt. We mix together:
- 5 cups of bottled limeade
- ½ cup of orange juice – using juice with some pulp makes it look fresh squeezed!
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 cups of club soda or seltzer water – you can experiment with flavors here, too!
- Coarse salt and Lime wedges for garnish
Mix all the juices together and chill. Just before serving, add the chilled club soda and put into a pitcher. Set out the salt, lime wedges and ice for people to add as they want.
And here are a few tips for the best nachos! Make a big batch of taco filling using your favorite method; for ground meat make sure you mash it up good to make the pieces small. For chicken, cut it smaller than you might for tacos so the pieces don’t fall off your chips!
Spread your tortilla chips in as much of a single layer as you can and COVER them with your meat. Then add your shredded cheese all over the top and when you think you’ve added enough, go back and add more! Remember, it melts down and in this case, less is NOT more!
Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted all over in a delicious gooey blanket and THEN top with your wet stuff like tomatoes, salsa, olives, scallions, guacamole, etc. We will often use a sheet of parchment paper so we can drag the whole delicious mess from a hot pan to a cool one and just serve ourselves from that.
However YOU celebrate Cinco de Mayo, have fun, eat and drink responsibly and make sure you send some fun cards to your Cinco de Mayo loving friends to share in the fun!