Cinco De Mayo Fun, Food and Activities for Everyone

Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is a commemorative celebration of the  Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during Franco vs Mexico War  from 1861-1867. It is celebrated (most commonly) in the United States and Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is often misidentified as Mexico’s Independence Day which is September 16th.

History of Cinco de Mayo – A fantastic history and clarification about Cinco de Mayo and Mexico’s Independence Day  (September 16th).

Fried Taco Shells if you have a large family, this is definitely the most economical way to do taco shells. Many Corn Tortillas are Gluten Free (Gluten is an issue at my house and I prefer a fried corn tortilla over a gluten free ‘flour-like’ tortilla-ANYDAY!)
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Plastic Maracas from Easter Eggs and Spoons -Oriential Trading Company
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Cinco de Mayo Coloring Sheets Other activities and ideas as well.
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Fantastic Cinco de Mayo Food I really love the idea of individial Dip Cups!
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Mini Pinatas from empty toilet paper rolls
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Festive Lime with Candles Centerpiece
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Cinco de Mayo Jello
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Lavender Margarita
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2.5 oz of Jose Cuervo Traditional
1 oz of Parfait Amour Orange Liqueur (where the purple color comes from)
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
Garnish with a Lime

Cinco De Mayo Nail Art
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Ormonde Ray Dingman

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Ormonde Ray Dingman of Gaines,  Pennsylvania was one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. He spent 83 remarkable years touching the lives of everyone who knew him.

On Monday, January 19, 2015 Ormonde was peacefully summoned home by the Lord. 

Ormonde was born June 17, 1931, in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania, son of  Benjamin Edward Dingman and Pearl Dingman (Pearl Knickerbocker). 

Ormonde was a brother to Bruce Dingman, Edward Dingman, Coolidge Dingman, Rella Nease (Rella Dingman), Clarissa Wentling (Clarissa Dingman) and Nina Taylor (Nina Dingman). Ormonde was also an Uncle to many Nieces and Nephews.

Ormonde married Jo Anne Marilyn  Dingman (Jo Anne Marilyn Grass) on February 23, 1953 in Houlton, Maine. Ormonde and Jo Anne had three children together. John Dingman, Rae-Ann Dingman and Karen Dingman. Ormonde and Jo Anne have
11 grandchildren and 21 great- grandchildren.

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Ormonde was a Korean War veteran, having served with the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Masonic Oriental Lodge #20 in Mesa, Arizona.

Ormonde was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish and was revered as the “original” Mountain Man in the area.

He is loved and missed by family and friends as the Lord takes him by the hand to lead him to his next life. 

Memorial service were held on Saturday, January 24th at 10:00 AM at Carleton Funeral Home in  Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Interment immediately followed at Knowlton Cemetery in Marshlands, Pennsylvania.

Brotherly Love,  Relief and Truth.

Make Good Men Better

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New Retail Location :|: Casa Grande Jewelry and Pawn

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The Gypsy Bayou is pleased to announce that their Soap Products can now be purchased locally at:

Casa Grande Jewelry and Pawn
1326 North Pinal Avenue 
Casa Grande, Arizona 85122.

As of current, they are stocked with a random assortment of Soap Products that include Clay Soaps, Organic and Vegan Soap as well. All products are located in a behind the counter display.

Gets ring 2015 together!

Pineapple Ginger Chicken Rub Recipe

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After using a pound of Ginger Root for Homemade Ginger Elixir, I had a pound of cooked Ginger Leftover. It seemed so wasteful to dispose of the Ginger so I wanted to find a way to keep it from going to waste when I concocted this recipe.

What you need:

• One Pound of Peeled, Chopped Raw Ginger Root

• 4 Cups of Water

• Lidded Sauce Pan

• Pineapple (Either Canned or Whole)

• Cooking oil

Bring water to a boil with your Ginger Root pieces in it. Let boil covered for 3-5 minutes then reduce heat to about medium and simmer until strained off liquids equal about two cups. Let cool. Strain 2 cups of liquid off and set aside. Take remaining cooked Ginger pieces and place them in the blender and add Puree the Ginger pieces until it is about an applesauce texture. If you need to add liquid to the blender, you can add Pineapple Juice. I add liquid very slowly because I like my mixture to be smooth.

I chose you separate my Pineapple Ginger Marinade in Breastmilk Freezer bags in approximately 5 to 6 oz quantities and store extras in the freezer.

To use it, I thaw a pouch of marinade in a small glass bowl and add my chicken pieces to the bowl and give it a good mix around.

Each method of cooking gives different results. Ive cooked this every way imaginable. When I bake Pineapple Ginger Chicken, I add a small amount of oil to the bottom of my baking dish and a small amount of pineapple juice with chunks of cored, cut pineapples.

When grilling, I lightly spray olive oil on the chicken breast BEFORE its taken to the grill (never spray oil on a lit grill). I also cut pineapple slices and and grill them and serve over rice with vegetables.

When Ive cooked it in a skillet on the stove top, I first separate a ounce or two of marinade to be used later then I marinade the chicken in the remaining portion of Ginger/Pineapple Marinade and then cook the chicken in hot oil until its almost finished cooking. I add the unused, portion of marinade that was seperated before the chicken went into the marinade directly into the pan and then I brown the chicken into a nice color using the added marinade. Serve with sides or serve over rice and veggies (steamed Broccoli and carrots are nice)

The two cups of Ginger Root Broth that was poured off at the beginning was used to make Homemade Ginger Elixir which also works wonderfully as a sweet and tangy glaze over chicken.

Canned Pineapple Chunks were used for the photo. Caramelized onions taste amazing. In my experience, red carmelized onions seemed to compliment the flavor nicely. I think I prefer chopped/diced caramelized onions to sliced caramelized onions. The kids dont seem to want to pick them out of their meal this way. So score!

Do you have a Ginger recipe that you just love? Something that you’ve concocted? If so, Id love to try your recipe! Share below…

Homemade Ginger Elixir

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Let’s talk about barf. Vomit really isnt something that anyone really *WANTS* to think about until you are dealing with a “situation”.

The culprit of the vomiting isnt always known. In some instances, if nausea is a factor and if it can be calmed, vomiting may be able to be reduced or in some cases avoided.

Ginger has some amazing properties that aid in easing a nauseated stomach caused by anything from motion sickness to morning sickness.

Since I was a child, Ive suffered from an GI problem that was allowed to go untreated for way too long. In recent past the condition has become something that has got to be addressed before it is allowed to go any further.

One of the things that has worked the best for me in soothing upset stomach is  Ginger Root. I carry purse fulls of Ginger Chew Candies that I pick up at the health food store but sometimes I need something a bit more immediate. Thats where my Homemade Ginger Elixir comes in. And its easy to make.

What you need:

•1 Pound of Raw Ginger Root (peeled and sliced into small, thin pieces)

•Sauce Pan with lid

•4 Cups of Water

•4 Cups of Sugar

• Strainer (Mesh)

After peeling and cutting your raw Ginger Root into pieces, add your Ginger pieces to your sauce pan and add water. Bring the water and Ginger to a boil and then reduce the heat to a medium and cook until your liquid reduces by half (you want to be able to pour off about two cups of Ginger Infused broth/water).

Once your Ginger Broth/Water has cooled, strain your water to remove any large ginger particles or pieces. Return liquid to sauce pan (discard the strained particles) and bring to a boil and slowly begin to add your sugar while stirring. Reduce your heat to low and continue to stir until all of the sugar has completely disolved and it begins thicken into a syrup like thickness.

To use, you can take it by the spoon or you can add it to a small glass of warm water (this is how I consume it when I know vomiting is coming  because warm water “comes up” much easier than cold water). Stores it in the fridge for about 7-10 days. I usually keep a 4 oz jar in the fridge and freeze the remaining in 3.5oz portions in Breastmilk Freezer Bags and thaw in the fridge as needed.

In addition to being great for helping an upset tummy, it is also great in coffee, used as a chicken glaze or added to tea.

If you are not familiar with Ginger, particularly fresh ginger, it does have a kick to it. It is warming to the senses, but not in the same way Chili Peppers are. Its hard to explain. Most children say its ‘hot’ but its only ‘hot’ breifly.

You can save the cooked Ginger for a Pineapple Ginger Chicken Rub/Marinade Recipe.

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Detangling Dolls Hair is Easy

Do your kids have Barbie or My Little Ponies that need some serious detangling? If so, here is a great way to easily detangle and revitalize synthetic doll hair (or synthetic wigs)

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Make your own detangling spray for dolls, cheap and easily. Maybe even with things you already have around your house. 

What you need:

•Spray Bottle
•Liquid Fabric Softener
•Assorted Combs and Brushes

Mix 50% Water to 50% Fabric Softener (1 cup to 1 cup) and mix around in the spray bottle. Undress doll and hold over sink and mist the dolls hair with the solution and begin working knots out from the ends, gradually working your way towards the head with a wider toothed comb while brushing until knots have brushed out. After all dolls, ponies, doll heads, etc had their hair detangled, I quickly rinsed each dolls hair (and I rinse the body as well because it gets a bit sticky from the fabric softener being all over your hands). Once all of the dolls hair have dried, they are good as new.

I did observe that not all doll hair could be corrected/detangled. I have included a photo (bottom of page) of a pony who has a tail that is unhelpable.

Take caution in where the mist of your detangling spray lands. If it lands on flooring, it may become very slippery and its pretty difficult to mop off tile so that the tile doesnt become slippery when it gets wet in the future.

Pinkie Pie Equestrian Girl : Before

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Pinkie Pie Equestrian Girl : After

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After hair has completely dried
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My Little Ponies : Before
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My Little Ponies : After

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Barbie Head : Before

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Barbie Head : After

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This is the hair of the pony who couldnt be fixed. Before and after photos dont bear much of a difference. I ended up forcefully separating this ponies hair into 3 sections and gave her a tight braid and banded her hair.

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And since fabric softener is a chemical compound, its probably a good idea to only use this on dolls and synthetic that have been checked for compatibility in an inconspicuous place. And dont drink it or leave it where your kid could drink it or wash the dog with it, despite it might make the dog smell mountainy fresh…still not a good idea.

Flu Shot: Safe Alternative

It seems like everyone is looking for a safe and more natural alternative to the flu shot.


3 drops doTERRA Oregano

5 drops doTERRA On Guard

5 drops doTERRA Melaleuca

5 drops doTERRA Lemon

At the first sign of illness, put these oils in an empty capsule and take internally,  conntinue to take until you feel like yourself again. Its a safer, and more effective way to stay healthy.

For children, put the oils in a roller bottle with Fractionated Coconut oil, apply on their feet (I like to cover with socks). Do this couple to a few times during the day continuing using until s/he is bouncing again.

A couple of variations are:

• Add a couple of drops of Frankincense


•5 drops Melissa
•5 drops Black Pepper

Can be ingested via capsule or water and taken 4-6 times a day until simptoms subside.

Stock up on your oils here:

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.”