Monday, October 31, 2016

Dia de Muertos ~ Day of the Dead

~ Dia de los Muertos ~

Gatos ~ Day of the Dead, Claudia True
used with permission
A day Of Loving Remembrance 
Of Those Close In Our Hearts

Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday celebrated
in Mexico and by many who live here in Texas,
In honor of this day, I created a treat table in remembrance.

Home to a large hispanic population,
Day of the Dead altars and celebrations are popular here in Austin.

It is a celebration filled with happiness, the sharing of memories,
laughter, and honoring loved ones who are no longer with us.

Dia de Muertos Altar, Fonda San Miguel
This is the Day of the Dead altar at Fonda San Miguel  in Austin.
Known for its authentic and delicious cuisine of interior Mexico,
Fonda San Miguel also offers diners a unique ambiance.

Celebrated on November 1st and 2nd,
Dia de los Muertos is a time to honor
family and friends, our loved ones who are now deceased.

Families in Mexico go to the cemeteries to tend 
to the graves of loved ones and decorate 
them with Mexican marigolds and altars,
often continuing with joyful celebrations 
in memory of the deceased.

These special altars are also seen in individual homes,
as well as public spaces, schools, and government offices.
It is an important Mexican holiday.

Traditionally, special foods and small gifts are left at
these altars to welcome the spirits of the deceased.

Pan de Muerto, sugar skulls, and fresh fruit
 are traditional items that are left out at the altars.

Photos of the deceased are lovingly placed
among colorful decorations, marigolds,
the special foods, and candles.

Even deceased pets are
often honored at these special altars.

A meal at Fonda San Miguel is akin to dining 
in a fine home or stellar art museum.
The interior walls are hand painted and stenciled,
meals are served on hand crafted Mexican pottery,
and incredible original Mexican art hangs on the walls
throughout the rooms of the restaurant.
If you are ever in Austin, I would recommend you 
experience this fine restaurant.
You can explore more about Fonda San Miguel here.

Taking these sweet treats to my friends at Mah Jongg today.
If you are in the Austin area, I highly recommend Smouse Sweets.
You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.
More of Claudia True's Delightful Paintings

Gatos ~
Dia de Muertos

9" X 11"

Claudia True

Available here

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

All Hallow's Eve and a Look at November 2016

November 1st and 2nd  

~ All Saints Day ~ Day of the Dead ~ 

This holiday follows on the first two days immediately 

after Halloween or All Hallows' Eve.

All Saints Day is a Christian holiday to honor all saints, and

Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead

is a Mexican holiday celebrated

by many Hispanics who live in the US, 

especially here in the southwest.

It is a day of prayer and remembrance 

of family and friends who are deceased.

Come back to visit on Tuesday  

to read more about this cultural holiday.

Tray of Pocket Watches Marburger Farm Antique Show

November 6th  ~  Daylight Saving Time

Time to Fall Back!

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour.

November 8th ~ Election Day

Election Day in the United States is set to be 

on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday 

of the month of November in even numbered years.

US Presidential elections are held every four years, 

and elections for the US House of Representatives 

and the US Senate are held every two years.

November 11 ~  Veterans Day

November 11 is a day to honor all who have 

served in the United Armed Forces.

Team Red, White, and Blue

is an organization founded in recent years to 

help enrich the lives of veterans.

The mission of the organization is to connect veterans with citizens 

of their communities through physical and social activities.

November 24th  ~  Thanksgiving Day

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day  

is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

A national holiday, it is a day when family and friends 

typically come together in thanksgiving to celebrate

the blessings of the previous year.

How will you spend Thanksgiving Day this year?

Are you ready for Halloween?

Mom says Miss Merri Mac will hold lots of treats,

so if you see me at your door Monday evening, 

I especially like peanut butter balls.

Just saying!

Happy Halloween Everyone!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's Fall in Texas, Y'all!

Welcome, Friends,
It's Fall in Texas, Y'all!

Welcome to day four of the 
Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour.
I hope you've been visiting my Texas
girlfriends this week as they have each shared their special
take on celebrating the fall season here in Texas.

Autumn is my favorite season in Texas ~
the gentle change in the landscape,
the nip in the air, and the abundance of russet colors ~
each fills my senses and my heart.

Here in Texas we don't see the dramatic 
change of autumn leaf color,
but we do have plenty of burnt orange in our autumn days.
We live in Longhorn Country!

Austin is home to the University of Texas @ Austin,
where UT football is a favored sport, and fans
are not shy about celebrating burnt orange.

Both the chef and I are UT graduates,
but neither are avid sports fans.
We do however like to celebrate the burt orange 
of autumn here at Hyacinths for the Soul.

Redware Pottery

Velvet Pumpkins

Needlepoint Pumpkins

Real Pumpkins in
All Shapes and Colors

Outside Pumpkins on  
the Front Porch

Faux Pumpkins 
in the Garden

Bittersweet, Acorns, 
and Horn Votives

Cozy Sweaters

Woolen Throws

The Warm Glow of 
Copper and Brass

Harvest Plates

Fall Luncheons

Cozy Dinners for Two 
by Candlelight

Bouquets of 
Favorite Roses

of Hot Tea

A Slice of Pie

What about you, dear reader?  
How do you celebrate the season of autumn?
I would love to hear, so please scroll down and leave 
a comment to let me know.  Then I can stop to visit you.  

A big Texas Thank You to 
Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles
for organizing this wonderful week of our

Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour.

Hop on over to these Texas gals for more Texas love.

Eilis @ My Heart Lives Here

Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen

Kathryn @ The Dedicated House

Leslie @ Brookhollow Lane

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