Saturday, November 01, 2008

Dia de Bloglandia



Welcome to my little contribution to Dia de Bloglandia in honor of Dia de los Muertos. I started this post at my daughter's last night so I didn't have a picture of my ofrenda, in fact I had to wait until I got home today to finish it so I could update my pictures.

I wanted to celebrate the Day of the Dead in memory of my grandmother and my parents. Near the picture of my Grandma Lucy I put her well worn rosary, her bottle of holy water, and a stone my brother brought to her from Jerusalem. A Christmas tree represents my mother's love of Christ and Christmas. Along with the deer and donkey it also reminds me of their love for their home in the country. The tractor is for the many hours my dad spent working on their property and giving rides to the grandkids. I think he loved that almost as much as they did! My mom was very creative but I think she enjoyed sewing the most, so I added a needle and spool of thread with a mini basket of sewing supplies on top. I look forward to adding more symbols each year.


Before I went to Rachel's for the weekend she covered some styrofoam skulls in glitter so we could decorate them with puffy paint to create faux sugar skulls. Isn't she clever? She also decorated the doll for her ofrenda. It represents her grandmother, my mother.


This is me rolling out flour tortillas. The rolling pin was made from an old pipe by my grandfather for my grandmother. Even though I have fond memories of my grandma making tortillas for me when I would go to her house for a visit, this is the first time I have ever made them myself!


Not a one turned out round, but boy were they yummy!

This whole experience has been so wonderful. Thanks to Stephanie and Susan I will definitely be celebrating Dia de los Muertos from now on!


This is just a little bonus pic of me and my grandsons :D

27 comments:

julietk said...

:D I have just left your daughters blog. Nice to see mother and daughter working together,hugs Juliet

Fireblossom said...

Like you, I will be making this a yearly celebration!

The idea to make the faux skulls that way was neat!

rachel whetzel said...

I loved spending time remembering with you... I think next year, we may have to plan to spend the day with you, and go visit gramma's grave.

Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

I truly think this whole celebration has been a wonderful experience for all of us who had not done this before. It's been very meaningful and each persons way of honoring loved ones very touching.
I think those tortillas look delish, some day I would like to try making my own.

susanna said...

Hey, I just came from your daughter's blog! As I commented on her post, I think it's wonderful that you all got together and made tortillas from your mother's recipe. What a great way to celebrate her life. :)

3rdEyeMuse said...

it really has been a most wonderful experience ... I love the sugar skulls you and your daughter made & the doll she did of your mom is awesome!

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

ps - great pic of you and your grandsons.

latte_grande said...

Love seeing your pictures! And the faux skulls turned out GREAT!

glorv1 said...

I loved seeing your great pictures and your grandsons are so cute. Thx for sharing. I loved the skulls.The tortillas looked great.

PLO said...

The photo of you and your grandson's is PRICELESS! How tall is that one? WOW! I loved your mishapen (and better that way) tortillas! Where in the world do you find styrofoam skulls? I loved the thought of the needle and thread...next year I will add not just ancestors items but things that remind me of them. Thanks for sharing!

Leau said...

Really great post and congrats on those tortillas! I know how hard they can be. Looks like you had a great Halloween as well.

LostLuggage said...

Those tortillas look DELICIOUS! Very clever use of styrofoam too!

M.Kate said...

Debbie :D interesting post...the chinese celebrate the 'day of the dead' here with lots of paper burning..haha..not very eco friendly I guess. You look fab in the last pic, big hugs :D

Marilyn said...

How wonderful to be with family as you prepared for a tribute to honor your parents and grandmother. Your ofrenda is lovely. And, oh my, the tortillas look delicious!
I enjoyed my visit...thank you.
Marilyn:)

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Your sugar skulls are wonderful--so creative!

I used to live in Texas but have been living in England for almost two years. Out of desperation, I learned how to make my own tortillas. What wonderful thoughts of home they bring. I can only imagine how you felt making them with your grandmother's very ingenious rolling pin. You must have felt very close to her. :-)

tami said...

Your altar was beautiful! I too make tortillas in various shapes (usually shaped like Italy) but they are so yummy! Your family is lovely!

Karen Cole said...

Round, shmound....as long as those tortillas taste great....they look pretty good to me.

Nice post, with lovely memories.

rochambeau said...

Dear Queen Debbee,
Thank you for sharing the memory of your Grandma Lucy and your mom and day.Your ofrenda touches my heart.
xox
Constance

jennlui said...

beautiful post! what a beautiful ofrenda and yummy looking tortillas, i think i might try my hand with making those next year. thank you for sharing!!!

Traceytreasure said...

Your daughter stopped by my blog and she said that you sent her the link. Thank you! I love my welcome mat (I stole it from Zenmomma). I have 4 kids and the house hasn't been really clean in 16 years!! :)

Your remebrances are beautiful. I still have too much pain and sorrow to celebrate our family friend's funeral which was 4 years ago last Saturday. I hope it gets easier as the years go on.

Thanks and hugs!

mermaid musings said...

how funny but i saw the same picture just a few minutes and then i thought i made a mistake and then i went back but i guess you two are family, yay for family who blog together!!!
I make my own tortillas too ;-)
and i am hoping your migraines are not very frequent and not too bad, sending you good thoughts in your way.
hugs!!!

Chris said...

pretty skulls!
I have always wanted to make homemade tortillas, and these look SO YUMMY. I love them when I get them! I'm from white-bread country, though, so I'm challenged...

Love your label 'sappy thoughts', too! HA

Laume said...

It's so fun to see the same celebration from both you and your daughter's perspective. I spent the celebration with my DIL and that was also sweet. I'm just a white girl from the Midwest, but I was fortunate to have my high school boyfriend's mom, a lovely Hispanic woman, take me under her wing and teach me how to make tortillas and all manner of other wonderful Mexican recipes. Years later, I had my Italian mother-in-law do the same thing, showing me all her family recipes. I really should make my own tortillas more often as we eat them in this house at a voracious speed!

'A Tuscan view.....from Umbria' said...

Your offering is a lovely tribute to your family, the skulls are beautiful and those tortillas love delicious. best wishes amanda

shicat said...

thanks for the comment. I was going to post a an all souls day thingy but got caught up in other things. My mom made homemade tortillas and they were wonderful.

Erin said...

what a wonderful tribute! I love that you made tortillas (yum), and your ofreda is lovely. The skulls add just the right touch.

Mary said...

I guess I'm slow on the uptake. As I looked at the photos, I was thinking that you had selected such personal mementos to signify your loved ones' lives. And then when I got to the photo of the painted doll and skulls, I thought, you must be a friend of Rachel's. I had been so impressed and moved by her ofrenda. Finally, duh, I realized that you are her mother. What a lovely day you two spent together!

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