Saturday, November 30, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-30 National Mousse Day

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Mark Twain, whose birthday is today, had little respect for European food frippery. He once said, “A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.”  Twain was likely talking about such insubstantial dishes such as the French mousse which was a French restaurant specialty during the 1800s.

Just three years after Twain's birth the conflict over French cuisine spread to Mexico in 1838's Great Pastry War. The war was a brief conflict began between Mexico and France that broke out after a French pastry cook claimed some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government, having no respect for any type of cooking which did not utilize jalapenos refused to pay for the damage and the French, who have no sense of humor about pastry declared war. It lasted till dinner, then everyone went home - the French to enjoy a nice chocolate mousse and the Mexicans to wrap something up in a tortilla.

So enjoy National Mousse Day if you are fond of desserts made from egg whites and cream. The very word “mousse” is French for “foam”? It’s a good name for something that's the consistency of soap bubbles. There are many different flavors of mousse, including chocolate, nut, and various fruit flavors.

Tell your own fluffy delight how much you enjoy her company with this downloadable, printable free National Mousse Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the moose above. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

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