Monthly Archives: December 2009

Make Some Noise!

Make Some Noise!

New Year’s Eve—December 31
Among the various superstitions surrounding the advent of the New Year is the nearly mandatory practice of noisemaking at midnight.

Now looked upon as mere revelry, it was once meant to drive out the old year and banish evil spirits, who would be scared off by the noise.

Many end-of-year practices actually date from ancient times. As early as 2600 B.C., Babylonians celebrated the new year with 11-day-long feasts and originated the noisemaking habit.

• In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons.
• In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.
• In the early American colonies, the sounds of pistol shots rang through the air.

Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums and pots and pans, and North Americans sound sirens, car horns, boat whistles, and party horns—as well as set off fireworks—to bid the old year farewell.

This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a traditional custom or two!

Info taken from Old Farmers Almanac.

I plan to ring it in watching the Ball drop, drinking some Blue Moon Beer or perhaps one of these…

Cointreau Tease Recipe

4 cl (1 1/2oz) Cointreau
2 cl (3/4oz) Apple juice
1,5 cl (1/2oz) Monin violet syrup
1,5 cl (1/2oz) Fresh lemon juice
Frost ginger around the rim of the glass

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What exactly IS a Blue Moon?

Once in a blue moon.”

You have probably heard this expression before. It usually means not very often. But, is there really such a thing?

Well, yes, but it’s probably not what you may think, and it’s definitely not what it used to be.

The phrase, “until a blue moon” developed in the 19th century, meaning never, or at least extremely unlikely. After all, they do occur.

In 1883, an Indonesian volcano named Krakatoa exploded. Scientists liken the blast to a 100-megaton nuclear bomb. Fully 600 km away, people heard the noise as loud as a cannon shot. Plumes of ash rose to the very top of Earth’s atmosphere. And the moon turned blue.

Krakatoa’s ash was the reason. Some of the ash-clouds were filled with particles about 1 micron (one millionth of a meter) wide–the right size to strongly scatter red light, while allowing other colors to pass. White moonbeams shining through the clouds emerged blue, and sometimes green.

The key to a blue moon is having in the air lots of particles slightly wider than the wavelength of red light (0.7 micron)–and no other sizes present. This is rare, but volcanoes sometimes spit out such clouds, as do forest fires.

The use of the phrase blue moon to indicate an actual astronomical phenomenon first started in 1932 with the Maine Farmer’s Almanac. It’s definition was a season with four full moons rather than the usual three, where the third of four full moons would be called a “blue moon.” Since seasons are established by the equinoxes and solstices and not calendar months, it is possible for a year to have twelve full moons, one each month, yet have one season with four.

That definition mutated into the one most quoted today when in 1946, an article in an astronomy magazine by amateur astronomer James Hugh Pruett misinterpreted the Maine rule to mean two full moons in one month.

Whether you use the newer definition or the one from the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, a blue moon, while not common, happens on a regular basis. Either way, they occur approximately 7 times in a 19 year period.

Much less common is a double blue moon (2 in one year). That only happens once in the same 19 year period. They occur in January and March, thanks to the short month, February. The last double we saw was in 1999. The next will happen in 2018.

So, will you ever see a blue moon? In astronomical terms, it is very likely. If you hope to see a full moon which is the actual color blue, that is less likely, but possible, especially during forest fire season.

(Info from Nick Greene at about.com)

The next Blue Moon will be on December 31st 2009~this New Years Eve!

I am going to celebrate by soaking up some Candlelight (courtesy Blue Moon Candles), drinking a Blue Moon Beer, watching the ball drop in Times Square ❤

What are you going to do???  Fill me in!


Easy Peasy Holiday dip-Texas Caviar…

Funny…I got this from my girlfriend Tisha *who hates to cook*~but everything she makes is yummy! ❥ Thanks for sharing Tish!☺

Texas Caviar:

2 cans Pinto Beans

2 cans Black Beans

2 cans White Corn

Drain and rinse and put in a large bowl.

Add 1 green, 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper diced.

1 red onion diced

1 bunch of cilantro diced

1 jalapeno or serrano chili diced (more if you like it)

1 bottle of zesty Italian dressing (or whatever brand you like).

Mix well and serve with chips.  Yummy & healthy!

Great to take to holiday parties…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ❆


Why not use lead candle wicks?

What is the big deal with lead candle wicks?

My husband Scott recently asked me “why do some candle makers use Lead Wicks?”  this got me thinking that perhaps others wonder the same thing, so here is my answer.☺

The metal lead core provides rigidity for the candle wick to keep it upright while burning.  Most American companies voluntarily no longer use lead wicks.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to ban Lead wicks, most metal wicks used in the USA today are either Zinc or Tin.

How can you tell if your candles have a metal cored wick?

As you trim the unlit wick, look for a metal wire inside.  If your candles have a metal core, how can you tell if it is lead?  The best way is to check with the company you bought your candles from.  They should be able to tell you.  If they cannot, you can always ask to trade for a candle with no metal in the wick.

Blue Moon Candles has always been lead and metal free in all our wicks with health & safety in mind.

You can enjoy your sweetly scented candle light guilt free!

Blue Moon Candles is proud to be listed at Candle Safety.Org

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!