Tuesday, June 26, 2012

He Smells Like Cotton Candy, Fresh Baked Bread and Sex!

True Blood Party Food@Northman Party Vamps
Ode To Claude

Cotton Candy
 
Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
--
Cook Time:
10 min
Level:
Intermediate
Serves:
10 servings
Remember you are working with hot sugar so be sure to have a bowl of cold water ready in case you get any of it on your skin. It is best to make sugar on a dry day, as the humidity will melt the sugar.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • Scant 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup plus 2 T. water
  • Flavored oil
  • Food color paste
  • Vegetable baking spray

Directions

To make this recipe at home, you will need a pair of wire cutters and an old inexpensive whisk. Cut the round ends off an inexpensive whisk. Arrange the tines so they are evenly spaced. You will also need an open space to make the cotton candy. At home, slit open a garbage bag and cover the floor area. Wedge 2 long wooden spoons under something heavy so they extend off the edge of the counter.
Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Insert a candy thermometer and cook the sugar mixture until it reaches 320 degrees F, what is known as the hard crack stage (the sugar becomes brittle when it comes in contact with a cooler surface). Remove from the heat and carefully pour into a medium-size microwaveable glass bowl. If you leave the sugar in the pan, the sugar will continue to cook and turn dark brown. A glass bowl will hold the temperature of the sugar. I put a towel under the bowl to keep the bowl from tipping over and to protect my hands from the heat of the glass. (The sugar will stay liquid enough to work with easily for about 10 minutes; after that it will start to thicken. If this happens before you are finished, just pop the bowl in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar is liquid enough to work with once again.) If you are going to color and/or flavor the sugar, add those drops now.
Dip the tines into the hot sugar. Allow the sugar to drain off for 1 to 2 seconds until the draining sugar strands are relatively the same consistency. Then wave the whisk over the extended wooden spoons and allow the sugar strands to gently drift until they are resting on top of the spoons. Make sure you are about 12 to 18 inches above the spoons. Use broad long strokes and work quickly. Gather the cotton candy and roll onto paper that you've rolled into a long, thin cone, like cotton candy is served in at the carnival or serve as is. If you need to store the cotton candy for a few hours, place it in an airtight container. The delicate sugar will melt in a humid environment. Insert a activated glow stick for that "fairy" light glow!

 Fresh Baked Bread
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
  2. Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky - just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely.
Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 30 Min
Ready In: 3 Hrs
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Sex 
(Sex on the Beach)
  1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz peach schnapps
2 oz cranberry juice
2 oz orange juice


Monday, June 25, 2012

Season 5 Ep.4 Viewing Party Ideas

Since this season seems to be focusing a lot on the Authority we have been really excited about recreating an Authority room for our next party. Seems like old Roman is just itching to stake someone so we definitely must have Roman's stake on hand.
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We found a great tutorial on how to make your own vampire stake that will look like Roman's here at

Also, we have been eyeing that gorgeous white coral bowl on the Authority's meeting table. Yes, this would be the one!
True Blood Party Decor@Northmans Party Vamps
We knew we would have to have one and even though we found one online at http://www.littlepalmdesigngroup.com/eshop-details.php?pid=201&catid=5 for a cool $109 we knew we could make it a lot cheaper. 

Take Fimo clay and make multiple long snake like rolls. Like this :
True Blood Party Decor@Nortmans Party Vamps

First you will need to lay down a circle of clay to cover the bottom of your upside down metal bowl.Then you will need to lay your Fimo clay rolls in curvy coral pattern over the bowl, intersecting pieces to give that coral look to your clay. Make sure to smoothly connect where your clay rolls intersect.

True Blood Party Decor@Northmans Party Vamps


 Trim away any excess clay around the top of your bowl. Bake in the oven at the temperature and time given on the Fimo clay's directions. When done let clay cool and carefully separate your coral bowl from your metal bowl.



Also we need some of Lafayette's Famous Gumbo minus the demon's special ingredient ~ Clorox!
True Blood Food Recipes@Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Food Recipes@Northmans Party Vamps















Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Creole seasoning to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, boned and shredded

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, whisk in flour. Continue whisking until the roux has cooked to the color of chocolate milk, 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the roux. If you see black specks in the mixture, start over.
  2. Stir onion, bell pepper, celery, and sausage into the roux; cook 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook another 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and Creole seasoning; blend thoroughly. Pour in the chicken broth and add the bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in the chicken, and simmer 1 hour more. Skim off any foam that floats to the top during the last hour.




“Before God created Adam and Eve, he created Lilith. Who, like God, was a vampire." 

We are also working on an altered book tutorial to make the Vampyre Bible which we will share when we have it ready.
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Take Action Now

Northman's Party Vamps have joined with AlexSkarsgard.net in a charity fundraiser for Action Against Hunger.  Fangs for a Future is a charity drive that will last until the Season 5 finale.  We have created our own team and would be extremely grateful for any donations our fans can make.  


Action Against Hunger provides help to malnourished children in 40 countries. Go to our fundraiser page now to make your donation today, no amount is too small!  


Alex Skarsgard Charity

Northman's Party Vamps thank you!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Season 5 Ep. 3 Viewing Party Ideas

Pay your respects to the Packmaster

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This is an awesome way to display your food at the next True Blood party.  We found this creative idea on a Halloween forum a few weeks ago.  Since we got to see a pack of wolves munch away on Marcus' corpse in the last 2 episodes, this seemed appropriate for a True Blood party.  Haunt Space has all the information that you need to put this impressive buffet together.

True Blood Party Food @ Northmans Party Vamps

One of the best scenes of the night was definitely our first glimpse at Russell Edgington.  We have waited for his return for so long and he's finally back!  Although he's not looking too great right now, this prosciutto covered cheese ball looks mighty tasty.  

Use a Halloween mask or face mold.  Cover the inside of the mold with plastic wrap, then cover with prosciutto cut into small pieces.  Mix up your favorite cheese ball recipe, you will probably need to do a double batch to fill the mold.  Press the cheese ball mixture into the mold and then place it in the refrigerator to chill.  When you are ready to serve, just place the cheese ball on a plate and remove the mold.  Add olives for the eyes and maybe some garlic cloves for fangs.  






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Season 5 Ep. 2 Viewing Party Ideas

If you have weekly viewing parties with your Trubie friends, we've got a few ideas from last weeks premiere episode that you can include in your party plans for episode 2.  This week's premiere was FABULOUS and gave us a lot to look forward to this season.    

One of the best lines of the night came from the stylish Pam who apparently isn't a big fan of Walmart.  

True Blood Viewing Parties @ Northmans Party Vamps

Have your guests wear their favorite Walmart sweatsuit or other cheesy outfit in honor of the new Vampire Mom.

Jessica sang her undead heart out while partying it up with a bunch of college kids.  Cherry Bomb was a pretty appropriate song for her considering her self-healing issues in the bedroom.  How about serving your guests some Cherry Bomb desserts?

True Blood Viewing Parties Recipes @ Northmans Party Vamps

Ingredients

1/3 cup boiling water
1 (3 ounce) package JELL-O Cherry Flavor Gelatin
1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
2 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped
14 maraschino cherries with stems, drained
Directions

Add boiling water to gelatin mix in medium bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved.
Microwave evaporated milk and chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until chocolate is melted and mixture is blended, stirring each minute. Add to gelatin; whisk until blended.
Pour into 14 (3 oz.) paper cups sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 15 min.
Top with cherries, pressing in slightly to stick. Refrigerate 20 min. or until firm. Unmold to serve.

Each week we'll pick a few party ideas inspired by the new episodes and post them here.  Remember the AlexSkarsgard.net Fangs for a Future charity fundraiser contest going on all season long!  Click here to donate through our Northman's Party Vamps team!



Our Premiere Party - Fangtasia Room

Fangtasia is the room where most of our guests gathered.  We had season 4 playing continuously on the TV, plus our cardboard cutout of Eric was there!  Who wouldn't want to sit next to the Viking?!


This is our entrance to Fangtasia. Sorry the pic is a little blurry, we will have some better ones to put up soon.

True Blood Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

Pam was standing just inside the entrance.

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps
Before the we turned the lights off.

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps
When the lights were off.

The Sheriff was overseeing all activities.

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

Plenty of red candles and lights gave the room a bloody glow

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Banner hanging over the TV

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

Our Talbot Memorial

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

We also placed our donation coffin inside Fangtasia.  This is part of our Action Against Hunger team charity drive.

True Blood Premiere Party Fangtasia Decorations @ Northmans Party Vamps

We will have more photos to post and don't forget about K*Chele Magazine's coverage of our party.  It will be featured in the July/August issue!  There are a few sneak peek photos on their facebook page now!













Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our Premiere Party - Merlotte's

No True Blood party would be complete without Merlotte's since so much of the show revolves around Bon Temp's favorite watering hole.
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Pary Vamps
Sam was there to welcome our guests and made sure everyone behaved....to a point!
True Blood party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
Our guests even enjoyed a drink with our favorite werewolf, Alcide Herveaux!
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
 Poor Arlene was too busy warding off vampires to wait tables.
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
Lafayette served up a huge party spread to make sure all our guests did not go away hungry.
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's@ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
True Blood Party - Merlotte's @ Northman's Party Vamps
Next stop....Fangtasia!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Our Premiere Party - Moon Goddess Room

We have finally had some time to go through all of our pictures.  We will post by rooms since we have so much to show all of you Trubies.  

The Moon Goddess was a new addition this year and we are thrilled with the way it turned out.  Let us know what you think!

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

Our gift baskets were placed on a table in the Moon Goddess.

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

True Blood Party Moon Goddess @ Northmans Party Vamps

Off the Moon Goddess was the Hall of Memories with a season board to look back and remember our favorite moments in the show.

Creating the Moon Goddess was a lot fun.  Seeing it come together was an amazing process.  See our post Creating Your Own Moon Goddess Emporium for ideas to create the Moon Goddess for your next True Blood Party.