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2.14.2015

:: Happy Valentines Day ::






How to make "Stained Glass" Jello. These quantities make a 9x13 pan of 
Stained Glass Jello which can be cut into whatever shapes you please. 


Ingredients:
3 packets of fruit jelly {color combo of your choice}
397g tin of Carnation sweetened condensed milk
2 sachets of Dr Oetker gelatin
Water

Directions:
1. For each flavor of jelly, dissolve one packet in 8oz of just boiled water from the kettle.
2. Pour into a smallish square container so the jelly is thick enough to cut into cubes once chilled. 
3. Chill at least 3 hours, or overnight if possible, then cut each of the jelly flavors into small cubes.  Spread the cubes out in a 9×13 pan in the pattern of your choice.
4. Mix two sachets of gelatin powder with 4oz of cold water in a medium sized bowl.
5. Once the gelatin is mixed into the cold water, add 12oz boiling water and stir well. Stir in the full tin of condensed milk and let cool.
6. Pour the cooled milk mixture over the jelly cubes in the 9×13 pan. At this point you can choose to skim off any small bubbles that are created from pouring the condensed milk onto the jelly, or not, it’s up to you. I found it difficult to catch all the bubbles so I left a few here and there which didn’t seem to have a huge effect on the finished product.
7. Chill overnight or at least 3 hours until firm and then cut into desired shapes. Now share them with your friends, don’t eat them all yourself like I was tempted to do!





Here's a little tidbit of information about St. Valentines Day, it's actually a holiday that is 
celebrated all around the world and in many different ways. Read on folks, you'll be surprised!

Traditions Around the World on Valentine Day!
Valentine's Day has regional traditions in the UK.
In Norfolk, a character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children.
In Wales, many people celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen's Day) on January 25 instead of or as well as St Valentine's Day. The day commemorates St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers.
In France, a traditionally Catholic country, Valentine's Day is known simply as "Saint Valentine", and is celebrated in much the same way as other western countries.
In Spain Valentine's Day is known as "San Valentín" and is celebrated the same way as in the U.K, although in Catalonia it is largely superseded by similar festivities of rose and/or book giving on La Diada de Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day).
In Portugal it's more commom refered to it as "Dia dos Namorados" (Boy/Girlfriend's Day).
In Denmark and Norway, Valentine's Day (14 Feb) is known as Valentinsdag. It is not celebrated to a large extent, but a lot people take time to eat a romantic dinner with their partner, to send a card to a secret love or give a red rose to their loved one.
In Sweden it is called Alla hjärtans dag ("All Hearts' Day")
In Finland Valentine's Day is called Ystävänpäivä which translates into "Friend's day". As the name indicates, this day is more about remembering all your friends, not only your loved ones.
In Estonia Valentine's Day is called Sõbrapäev, which has a similar meaning.
In Slovenia, a proverb says that "St Valentine brings the keys of roots," so on February 14, plants and flowers start to grow. Valentine's Day has been celebrated as the day when the first works in the vineyards and on the fields commence. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day. Nevertheless, it has only recently been celebrated as the day of love. The day of love is traditionally March 12, the Saint Gregory's day. Another proverb says "Valentin - prvi spomladin" ("Valentine — first saint of spring"), as in some places (especially White Carniola) Saint Valentine marks the beginning of spring.
In Romania, the traditional holiday for lovers is Dragobete, which is celebrated on February 24.
Valentine's Day is called Sevgililer Günü in Turkey, which translates into "Sweethearts' Day".
According to Jewish tradition the 15th day of the month of Av - Tu B'Av (usually late August) is the festival of love. In ancient times girls would wear white dresses and dance in the vineyards, where the boys would be waiting for them (Mishna Taanith end of Chapter 4). In modern Israeli culture this is a popular day to pronounce love, propose marriage and give gifts like cards or flowers.

Central and South America

In Guatemala, Valentine's Day is known as "Día del Amor y la Amistad" (Day of Love and Friendship). Although it is similar to the United States' version in many ways, it is also common to see people do "acts of appreciation" for their friends
In Brazil, the Dia dos Namorados (lit. "Day of the Enamored", or "Boyfriends'/Girlfriends' Day") is celebrated on June 12, when couples exchange gifts, chocolates, cards and flower bouquets.

Asia

Thanks to a concentrated marketing effort, Valentine's Day is celebrated in some Asian countries with Pakistan, Singaporeans, Chinese and South Koreans spending the most money on Valentine's gifts.
In Japan, in 1960, Morinaga, one of the biggest Japanese confectionery companies, originated the present custom that only women may give chocolates to men. In particular,office ladies will give chocolate to their co-workers. Unlike western countries, gifts such as candies, flowers, or dinner dates are uncommon. It has become an obligation for many women to give chocolates to all male co-workers. This is known as giri-choko (義理チョコ), from the words giri ("obligation") and choko, ("chocolate"), with unpopular co-workers receiving only "ultra-obligatory" chō-giri choko cheap chocolate. This contrasts withhonmei-choko (本命チョコ); chocolate given to a loved one. Friends, especially girls, may exchange chocolate referred to as tomo-choko (友チョコ); from tomo meaning "friend".
In South Korea, women give chocolate to men on February 14, and men give non-chocolate candy to women on March 14. On April 14 (Black Day), those who did not receive anything on the 14th of Feb or March go to a Chinese restaurant to eat black noodles and "mourn" their single life. Koreans also celebrate Pepero Day on November 11, when young couples give each other Pepero cookies. The date '11/11' is intended to resemble the long shape of the cookie. The 14th of every month marks a love-related day in Korea, although most of them are obscure. From January to December: Candle Day, Valentine's Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day.
In China, the common situation is the man gives chocolate, flowers or both to the woman that he loves. In Chinese, Valentine's Day is called (simplified Chinese: 情人节; traditional Chinese: 情人節; pinyin: qīng rén jié).
In the Philippines, Valentine's Day is called "Araw ng mga Puso" or "Hearts Day". It is usually marked by a steep increase in the prices of flowers.

The Middle East

In Iranian culture, Sepandarmazgan is a day for love, which is on 29 Bahman in the Jalali solar calendar of Iran. The corresponding date in the Gregorian calendar is February 17. Valentine's day is currently celebrated in Iran despite some restrictions made by government; young Iranian boys and girls are seen on this day going out and buying gifts and celebrating.
In Saudi Arabia in 2008, religious police banned the sale of all Valentine's Day items, telling shop workers to remove any red items, as the day is considered an un-Islamicholiday. This ban created a black market of roses and wrapping paper.
Now, Tell me, what are you plans to celebrate this very lovely Day?





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