Cascarones- confetti-filled Easter eggs— are a popular tradition in El Salvador, Mexico, and other countries. They are real eggshells filled with confetti that people smash on each other’s heads on Easter for good luck. I used to make these every year with my family when I was a kid in El Salvador, and since last year, I have been trying to keep up the tradition for myself. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own!
Step 1: Crack an egg near the top of the shell. Empty out the yolk, rinse the shell, and set it aside to dry. (You can use the yolk for eggs now or save it for later!)
Step 2: Dye the eggshells like you would typical hard-boiled Easter eggs. You can also decorate them any other way: last year, I painted the eggs with watercolor paint and added stickers.
Step 3: Set the colored eggshells upside-down to dry.
Step 4: Fill the empty shells with confetti. If you don’t have any pre-made confetti, you can make some by hole-punching or cutting up colored paper.
Cup of hole-punched confetti
Eggshells filled with confetti. You don’t need to fill up the entire eggshell with confetti; make sure they have some room to shake around.
Close-up of one of the eggs
Step 5: Glue tissue paper around the opening in the eggshell. You can be as creative as you like with the color of tissue paper you choose!
Step 6: Trim the tissue paper as needed.
Finished cascarones :)
The Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who unleashed the worldwide boom in Spanish literature with his novel 100 Years of Solitude, has died at the age of 87, a person close to the family has said. García Márquez had been admitted to hospital in Mexico City on 3 April with pneumonia. Full story
Pictured: Gabriel García Márquez at his house in Mexico City, 2010. Photograph: Miguel Tovar/AP
I am so sad :( He’s one of my favorite authors. I always wanted to write him a letter, but I never knew where to send it.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
"But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane." (forty-nine days before)
This is John Green’s first novel, and I think that it’s my favorite. Looking for Alaska tells the story of Miles “Pudge” Halter as he starts his first year at Culver Creek Boarding School and befriends his roommate Chip “the Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito, and the mysterious Alaska Young. The novel is split into two sections: Before and After, although the event in question isn’t revealed until the later half of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Pudge was believable as a narrator, describing his everyday life as a new student figuring his way around Culver Creek. It reminded me of my own experiences as a new student throughout my life, and he felt like someone I could be friends with. In fact, I felt the same about the rest of his group of friends. Even after only knowing him for a few days, the Colonel, Alaska and Takumi showed their loyalty to him when they all vowed revenge on the students who nearly drowned Pudge in the lake. This truly felt like a coming of age story where young people have to learn some of life’s tough lessons without always being able to rely on adults. I appreciated how real that felt in the book. Each of the characters are all in different places in their lives as they both deal with being teenagers and deal with other issues going on in their lives. Although the book is called Looking for Alaska, Pudge and the Colonel’s experiences during the school year are just as important as Alaska’s.
If you’ve been thinking about reading one of John Green’s books, Looking for Alaska is a good place to start. It’s one of those books that is both beautiful and sad, intimate and universal.
Overall rating: A+
I’m signed up for with this website called Oh Life that sends you a daily email that you can respond to about how your day was. After you’ve done it for a while, it also includes your past messages from weeks, months, and even years past. I have now been doing it long enough that I’m getting messages from last year. I had a bit of a rough go last year in grad school while student teaching, and reading some of my posts from my rougher days is kind of nice now. When I was in the middle of things, I cried or felt like crying a lot, but I knew that someday it would all be in the past. Well, here I am, now, on the other side of that, and all of that pain and anguish is really in the past. I grin a little to know what I pushed myself through in order to be where I am now. Those overwhelming days and nights are now nothing more than words on a page, and I continue to push forward. It’s like the line from fun.’s song Carry On: “May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.” :)
Accio Books! Harry Potter Alliance book drive! Help if you can, nerdfighters! Information is below.
Spring is in the air (in some parts of the world…), and that can only mean one thing: It’s time for Accio Books!
Over the years, our annual book drive has built libraries in Rwanda, the Mississippi Delta, and New York City. Members like you have collectively donated over 100,000 books.
This year, we are thrilled to announce that our primary donation recipient will be the Brightmoor Community Center in Detroit, Michigan. All of the books collected during the drive will be catalogued by our University of Michigan chapter, The Whomping Wolverines, and in September they will be given away for free to members of the Brightmoor community during an appearance of our Apparating Library at Brightmoor’s annual Back To School Rally.
You also have the option to donate locally or join up with your local chapter to see where they’re donating this year.
No matter how or where you donate books, be sure to log them for points in our annual House Cup.Will Ravenclaw win again? Will we beat our record of 30,000 book donations from last year? Will Tom Hiddleston hear about our campaign and personally donate one thousand books?
THE GAME, DEAR WIZARDS, IS ON!
Hey nerds! Have some books lying around that could use a better home? Want to get together with other nerdfighters and make a positive impact on your community? Wanna be real cool?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, why not collect books to donate either locally or to the HPA’s Apparating Library in Detroit?
More info will be coming shortly on how nerdfighters can join magical forces with the HPA for good during this drive, but for now, get talking in your local nerdfighter groups and brainstorm up some ways that you can work together to collect books to donate, either as a collective, or as part of an HPA chapter, if there’s one near you.
"…it just cracked my soul so that I couldn’t make muscle do anything”
I wrote this in a journal-y email from a year ago when I was super-overwhelmed with grad school. This line is in reference to an email I got from my scary professor. Now that it’s been a year (!), re-reading about my scary times isn’t so scary, and I actually really like that sentence. “I couldn’t make muscle to do anything.” I actually think it’s supposed to say “I couldn’t make myself do anything,” but I was probably typing on my phone, mistyped, and it autocorrected to “muscled.” I like how it sounds, though. Like, I couldn’t put my nose to the grindstone or another similar expression.
The Nicest Neighborhoods in the Universe- SciShow!
I am truly obsessed with space. It is just about one of the coolest things I love to think about. Spaaaace <3
Within and across cultures people flirt in very similar ways and researchers have spotted patterns to these flirts. Reblog, please ;o)