Posted by: Author | October 28, 2011

Friday Facts- October 28, 2011- Halloween Blog Hop Edition- Dia de los Muertos

Day of Dead Doll

Dia de los Muertos is also known as The Day of the Dead. It’s an old ritual from the Aztec culture. The Aztecs used skulls as part of the ritual and the skull is still an integral part of the celebrations. For the day is a celebration; a celebration of the lives of the ones who have passed on.  The Catholic church tried to get rid of this tradition but was unsuccessful and therfore,  merged it into the same time of year as All Saint’s Day. It therefore occurs on November 1st and 2nd. Skull masks are worn and the celebrants dance in memory of their dead. The Aztecs believed the dead visited them during this time and that death was not the end of life but the beginning of a new kind of life.

Day of the Dead matches

Today, Day of the Dead celebrations still take place and in Mexico, it’s a really big deal. The people make the favorite foods of their deceased relatives and have picnics at the grave sites. They also decorate the graves with marigolds  and candles. Toys for dead children and tequila for deceased adults are brought as well. The cemeteries are the place to be that day.

For the blog hop, I’m giving away a Halloween surprise package of goodies. Leave me a comment about a deceased family member you’d like to honor if you celebrated Dia de los Muertos and what his/her favorite food was that you’d have to cook for the cemetery visit. Click the icon below to continue the hop.

ALSO, you can find me here: today and comment for a chance to win one of my e-books.



  1. I would like to honor my beloved grandmother, whom I called Mita (which is short for Mamita) she was my second mom and she took care of me, took me everywhere the first 7 years of my life, while my parents lived here in the U.S., eventually we came to live with them, but we sill went to visit our family in Mexico. Anyway, she’s been gone a good 5 years now…she loved having a bolillo with hot chocolate in the morning, and made some awsome mole. So that’s what I’d offer for the cemetary visit.

    • That sounds great, Eva. I can tell you loved her a lot. Celebrate her life!

  2. My Aunt Edith who was always my MawMaw and she made the best chocolate cake. The name on the recipie for the cake was “Sheath Cake” but since my Aunt’s last name was Heath we called it “Heath Cake” for the longest time. She was an amazing woman with incredible faith. She is a big reason for my pink bracelets.

    • I love that you called it a Heath cake. So fun!

  3. As we get closer to November and Thanksgiving, it’s hard for me to not think of my paternal grandmother. Every Thanksgiving we went to her house in Palatka and I can still picture her at the sink, scraping the corn off the cob for the creamed corn. My mom now does it and for a few occasions I’ve even made it. I don’t know whether the creamed corn was her favorite food, but it was definitely something she was known for and did it very well. That’s what I’d bring to her.

    • Awesome, Micki- creamed corn is so good but I never make it because of the work involved. Enjoy the memory of your grandmother.

  4. I’d make my stepdad my lasagna. He liked it better than my mom’s, something that irritated her to no end since she swears up and down she makes it exactly the same way (she doesn’t). He’d lie in wait for that lasagna and I’d make a heaping dish for him.

    • I love that, Danica. You’re a great daughter and I’m sure he’d love another pan of your lasagna!

  5. My step-father, John, was an amazing man, He loved my Mom and she’s missed him so much since he passed. We all have. I remember one day, years ago, when I was a struggling single Mom. He asked to borrow my car one day, which was strange because he had his own. When I got it back, it had a whole new exhaust system. I guess he got tired of “hearing” me coming. 🙂 So I’ll bring his favorite dessert to the party–rice pudding.
    Great post, Jillian. Thanks for reminding us to take a moment and be happy we’ve had these folks in our lives.

    • That’s a wonderful story, Laurie. He was very special for sure. I’m not enamoured of rice pudding, but lots of people love it.

      Glad you liked the post. I do try to remember those who came before me and helped me be the person I am. Missing a particular friend today as I’m working on cases he was involved in.

  6. I would honor my maternal grandmother, whom I called Gagi. She was always there to help & always had a huge smile on her face. She has been gone 14 years & I still miss her. I don’t cook well, so I would bring her food from a New York Deli. We loved going to delis down here in FL, but she was born & raised in NYC, so I think she would really like something from there.

    • There’s nothing like a New York Deli, is there? I’m sure your grandmother would be thrilled with that. I still miss the heck out of my grandmother and she’s been gone 35 years.

  7. I would honor both of my grandmothers. My mom’s mom I never got to know, just small, quick visits, and what’s weird, even though I didn’t know her to well. I was the one who was with her when she died in the hospital of breast cancer. I was 20 and I got the job of calling all her children, 9 of them. Now my other grandmother I remember singing at the big organ and she would always have fudge waiting for me, being I was the first grandchild!
    So this day I honor both of them!

    Trinity Blaico

    • Nice story, Trinity. I love that you chose your grandmothers. AND how hard that must have been to be the one there at her bedside as she paseed away. I think you must be an amazing person to have handled that at age 20.

  8. I would make a feast for my mother who died when I was 17 years old and I was never able to cook much for her. She loved large dinners on Sundays and always had one done even if it was just for the two of us. Chicken was her favorite..mashed potates, gravey and fresh peas for me at that time they are the only veggies I ate. I changed since those days. Being almost 65 now I still think of mom alot and miss so much others take for granted. susan Leech

    • Wow. How hard it must have been to lose your mom at such a young age. I love the menu you chose and I agree that too many people take their mothers being here with them for granted. We should treasure them more.

  9. Mauma was my best friends mother who raised me more than my own. Her name was Shirley Anne and she always had room in her house to give love and support. She guided me through adolescence and I lived in her house when I was kicked out of my own. She showed me how to nurture and gave me discpline I needed to grow but mainly she was my friend and an adult that I could trust. I cried more over her death than my own mother who I never called mother but by her first name instead. Through Mauma Shirley I knew the meaning of unconditional love.

    • Mahalia- I’m glad you had such a wonderful person in your life. Sometimes we are given great gifts like that and it’s such a special blessing. I’m so happy she was there for you.

  10. My aunt. I so loved her, her wisdom and kindness, and her chocolate chip cookies! Those I’d serve her.

    • Can I come, too. I love chocolate chip cookies!

  11. My grandmother. When I was little we lived with her and I was very close to her. I miss her very much.

    • Amber, I’m sure she was wonderful. Grandmothers are so special, aren’t they?

  12. I would visit my great-grandfather’s grave. I’d try to dance. He was a ballroom dancer, boxer, and all time optimist. His view of the great depression is that people needed to suck it up. You lost your job, you just walked across the street and got another one. He was fearless. Only five foot six, he carried a gun, and could out box men half his age.

    • WOW, Ciara- he sounds like someone I’d like to share a meal (and a dance) with. How lucky you were to have him in your life.

  13. my granny and she would want fried chicken and biscuits but no one could make them as good as her so she would be dissappointed

    • I’m sure she wouldn’t be disappointed. I’m sure she’d love that you tried. Maybe sprinkle them with some of her magic!

  14. If I celebrated The Day Of The Dead, I’d visit the ocean, where my husband’s ashes were spread and I’d take him a Bud and a Pasty(a very dry meat pie that he loved). I’d bring a Hamburger and a Pepsi for me and I’d have lunch with him.

    • Nice plan, Patsy- sounds like it would be a wonderful meal to share.

  15. My grandfather died early this summer & if I was taking him his favorite food it would have to be his mothers beef with homemade noodles & apple pie. My great-grandmother was famous for her noodles & pies.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

    • Sorry your loss is so fresh.

      The mean sounds yummy Kathryn. I need to go eat now- you’ve made me hungry. LOL!

  16. I had a cousin who passed a few years ago who had a notorious sweet tooth so definitely some kind of baked good! (laughs)

    • FUN! I love the way you’d help celebrate that sweet tooth!

  17. I would honor my great grandmother, whom we all called Nanny. I absolutely ADORED her. I hate that my kids didn’t get the chance to meet her. I am not sure what her favorite food was but I do remember every Saturday we would go over to her house to eat dinner with her.. we always had her famous roast, I have never met anyone who could cook a roast, so tender it melted in your mouth, like hers did. She also knew how partial I am to all things chocolate so she would always have me a 7 layer yellow cake with her homemade chocolate icing. So to honor her I would take her a cake, it may not be as good as hers (or 7 layers) but I would try my hardest to do justice to her icing recipe.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win (at )

    • I love those 7 layer cakes, Jennifer and there’s nothing as good as a melt in the mouth roast. I know what you mean about kids not getting to know a loved one that has gone on before. It’s one of my regrets, too for my kids not to have met my grandmother. Nice memory,

  18. For Dia de los Muertos, I would celebrate my grandpa. He provided a male presence in my brother and my lives after our father left when I was 4. Gramps lived everyday like it was his last and had a full life with no regrets. I would celeberate who he was and how he lived.

    Besides my mom, he has had the most influence in my life.

    Happy Halloween!

    books4me67 at

    • Happy Halloween to you, too. I love that your grandfather lived his llife to the fullest. That’s the way to do it, isn’t it? It’s great that he was there for you and your brother when you needed him. He must have been wonderful.

  19. I’d have to make a pecan pie for my Uncle who passed two years in September. When I was younger and staying with them after school, he asked if I wanted to have some fun. Not knowing what he was up, I asked what kind of fun? He said messy fun. So we went to the basement and made a pecan pie.

    • Awesome. I think that’s so much fun. An cool uncle is always special. I had two that were always ready for mischief.

  20. I would honor my little brother who died of brain cancer when he was 25. He loved to hunt and fish, as these were also his favorite foods. I would prepare a feast of fried and smoked fish,venison and pheasant.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    • Missy- sorry you lost your brother at such a young age. Your feast sounds wonderful and a great tribute.

  21. My brother & his daughter I would honor. I think his favorite was pizza & I’m not sure about hers. They were at seperate times & he was 39 & she was 18. He was my only sibling & now my parents are in their 80’s. When they’re gone, my whole immediate family will be but me. Such is life, and death, I guess.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    geschumann at live dot com

    • Gloria,. Wow. You’ve had your share of early losses in your family. So sorry for those.

      Pizza would be a great offering. I’ve always says it’s the perfect food. It has all the food groups. Bread, fruit (tomatoes), dairy, veggies. PERFECT choice.

  22. My grandfather he died when I was only 12 I dont remember his favorite food but I would take some homemade chicken and pastry something everyone in my family loves .I remember all of the great times I had on his farm and how even doing chores seemed like an adventure I love and realy miss him.

    • Sounds like a yummy meal. I think it’s great that your grand dad made everything fun.

  23. My grandfather would definitely be who I would honor. I miss him so much (he has been gone for 5 years now). There were so many foods that he loved but I would have to go with seafood, it seemed to be his favorite. Every since I was a little girl, he would tell me that I couldn’t say I didn’t like something if I would not try it. I found out that I liked a lot of things because of this. But I used to make sausage balls for him and he loved those too (I have not made them since). Candy wise, his favorite was Reese’s Pieces, along with caffeine free Mt. Dew. I can’t see either without thinking of him.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. I would honor my great grandma. She passed when i was little and ive always heard what a wonderful lady she was. My dad was her step-grandchild but she loved him like one of her own. She never had a bad word for someone and she was as sweet as could be. Im not really sure what her favorite food was. My dad doesnt talk about her much because he misses her. Thanks for the wonderful post!

    • Thanks for saying the post was wonderful. I appreciate it. I think it’s great you want to honor your great-grandmother. That’s awesome. It’s also nice that she’s still much missed and loved.

  25. I can’t help but think about my father-in-law–he passed away just over a year ago, and he was a big fan of food 🙂 I’m not sure we could choose just one to bring–it might have to be a banquet’s worth!

    • A grand banquest it is, Fedora. What a great idea!

  26. My grandpa, my stepdad’s sister and my stepdad’s niece’s daughter. All 3 of them are missed dearly. I find myself thinking about them a lot over the years. Whenever I see flowers or hershey kisses I think of my grandpa, when I see anything Nancy Drew or Hardy boys I think of my stepdad’s sister and whenever I see a little girl or baby clothing I think of my stepdads niece’s daughter. But they are in a better place and one day I will see them again.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

    • I would have given foods but 2 of them I wasn’t real sure what to make as food but the other one I would have done a skuttlebutts pizza. He loved getting pizza at that place and it’s a 2 for one place so my grandma would get a pizza and my grandpa would get a pizza.
      -Jessica B

      • Cool – I love pizza and what could be better than 2 for 1. Scuttlebutts sounds like a fun place.

    • Lovely memories you have and wonderful reminders. How nice they are still so missed. We’ve truly lived if we leave holes in the hearts of those who loved us and we loved.

  27. well for me my dad would of been 82 on the 13 but he passed away 1 week before his bd what i am going to do later this year and go and buy 4 stone for the precious monets one for my dad and my x mother in law and one for the grandparent and one for my aunt who passed away at age of 24 of cancer

    • That’s a lot of losses you’ve had Desi. I love that you plan to honor all your loved ones.

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