God's Eye and Grasshopper Pie!


The craft this week is God's Eye - there is a simpler method and a more advanced method to make this!


OJOS DE DIOS

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Ojo de Dios, or God’s Eyes, are commonly made by the Huichole Indians of Mexico, but are also found in Africa and in the East. Originally, they symbolized the loving eye of a god and they were often made for each year of a child’s life up to age five. Today, Ojo de Dios remind us of God’s watchful love, and are enjoyed for their use of color and texture. They are also easy and cheap to make. This is a great chance to use up scrap yarn.

You can choose from a wide range of materials for this project and make them as simple or as complex as you wish. Tiny versions, suitable to hang on a Christmas tree, are readily made with toothpicks and embroidery floss. Craft sticks, or popsicle sticks, and medium weight yarn make a good child’s project.

Sticks from a willow, birch or other shade tree will create a less geometric shape, and take more experience, as the knolls of the branches must be covered neatly, and require skill in applying the right tension to the yarn. The lack of uniformity is appealing, however, as every Ojo de Dios is slightly different from the rest.

When you have learned how to make Ojo de Dios, consider adding feathers, beads, buttons, acorns, seeds, bells, sequins, or other creative embellishments.


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Read here for more advanced instructions on making Ojos de Dios.



GRASSHOPPER PIE

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Level: Easy

Total: 2 hr 40 min (includes cooling, freezing and standing times)

Prep: 5 min

Inactive: 2 hr 25 min

Cook: 10 min

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients: 32 chocolate sandwich cookies, 2 tablespoons melted butter,  Two 7-ounce containers marshmallow creme,  2/3 cup half-and-half,  2 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur, or more to taste, 2 tablespoons creme de cacao liqueur,  1 to 2 drops green food coloring, optional,  1 cup heavy cream


Directions:

1. Throw the cookies and melted butter into a food processor and pulverize. (Or, if you have some aggression or energy to expend, you can crush them in a large resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin!) Set a small handful of crumbs aside to sprinkle over the finished pie. Pour t