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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Tied a feather in his hat and called it cauliflower. on: September 06, 2014 08:01:31 PM


Who needs macaroni when ya got cauliflower?
I had a perfect head of cauli and could not find a recipe with ingredients i had. So I winged it and came up with this little gem that turned out great.


had to put that  pic in there cuz it was so purty.

Fresh out of the oven, I guess I will call it On-a-Whim Cauliflower bake.


Ingredients:
One head cauliflower
Two fresh tomatos
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
5 T butter
2 C whole milk
2 t Old Bay
dash salt and pepper
3 T flour
1 C grated cheese (only thing in my fridge was meunster and a smidgen of Asagio)


cut veggie into small pieces to your liking and steam for 8 minutes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Slice tomatos, about half inch thick.
Heat milk (I used microwave) for 2 minutes. sprinkle Old Bay on top of it.
Melt 2 T butter in saucepan over slo heat and when frothy, sprinkle in flour and use fork to mix.
Cook on lo-ish for 5 minutes.
Add 1/4 of your milk and whisk well til mixture is smooth. In a continuous stream,
add the rest of the milk while constantly whisking.
Add cheese and stir for another minute.
Using the original pot after water and steamer have made an exit, put in veggie,
and pour cheesy mixture over it. Stir a bit.
Pour all into square glass baking dish that has used a bit of butter for greasing it up.
 
 Melt remaining butter and mix well with bread crumbs.
 sprinkle 4 T over cheesy cauliflower then
 Place tomatos all over top.
 Using fingers, distribute remaining greasy crumbs over top.
 Bake 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and lock back door so you do not have to share it with neighbor who smells it. Or, if you are not such a Scrooge, go ahead and share. Next time you wanna borrow her lawn mower, betcha she says yes.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / question about planning for a very large embroidery project on: September 04, 2014 06:07:18 PM


I found a piece of stunning fabric and want to embroider the entire thing. Will end up being the size of a single bed spread.
I want to start in one corner, go across, and continue in a general paragraph type pattern if that makes any sense to ya'll. I will be doing all round pieces all over, with obvious round borders.
My question is... as i go along over the years working on this, and showing how (hopefully) my skills have grown as each circle is created, I will be having this material smashed in the hoop. I expect that in the end, I will have a seriously wrinkled finished piece, complete with hoop marks that I might iron out if anyone can teach me how to do such a thing without wrecking years of work.
thanks!!
Also, if I ever have to launder this piece, is it likely that the colors will run and ruin it? Do folks wash their floss before using it to remedy this?
thanks.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Every pirate wants a balloon on his birthday... on: September 04, 2014 04:26:14 PM

I recently made this cut paper birthday card for a friend.
Front...

Back...

which is from the book Mutiny on the Bounty.

Inside...

It took me awhile to create (as you can imagine) and the embroidery floss rigging was the most challenging. but it was sooo much fun to make!
LadybugsandBumlebees gifted me most of the paper. thank you!!!
Also, a big thank you to my daughter, Acadian Driftwood for her awesome skills at photo taking.
it is my first attempt at pop-up.
thanks for looking.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / My utter failure in peeling hardboiled eggs on: September 03, 2014 04:25:03 PM


It seems like I have tried everything! I am boiling water (eggs have been sitting in it). At the boil I turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes. makes the perfect egg but I'll be durned if I can peel the bugger! I  plunge it into cold water and begin peeling. Egg is still warm as I work. One out of 6 eggs will peel perfectly and easily, the others will  be as stubborn as they come and tiny shell bits come off at a time and I lose a lot of good egg.
Sure would like some pointers.
thanks!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hungry? on: August 14, 2014 07:26:06 PM

Hunger Games shrine. Knew nothing at all about the book or movie, did some research, then had to turn this dark subject into a Whimsical Shrine.

had a blast!

wood base shaped like book and  opened like book.








i would join a shrine swap again.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The stippled pirate on: August 03, 2014 07:01:57 AM
Here is my second attempt at stippling. I made this for a friend of mine who is crazy about pirates.

I made a lot more dark areas than my other piece. It was fun.  I think my fave part of this is the round border. I want to do more round borders.


I wanted this scene to be happening at night. I knew I could not just create an entirely black background.... not only would it look overwhelming, but it would butt right up against the captain's dark coat. so I started at the moon's edges with darker, then gradually eased out into the night sky. Would love input as to whether this 'worked' or not.
thanks for looking!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Bucky Bauer....um, who's he? on: August 01, 2014 08:06:02 PM

This is what happens when ya do an ATC for a swap and then never get the chance to even claim that person for their awesome theme. Oh, well, I like little Bucky.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Forest enchantment within an Altoid tin on: August 01, 2014 05:19:34 AM
Made this for a swap. for a small piece, it sure took me awhile! I ordered a horse from the internet and painted her over. The unicorn horn is a toothpick. the wings are from a moth I found dried up on the attic windowsill. I looked for several hours for such a moth and thought I might find dozens. so when I got just one, I was sooo nervous that I would ruin the wings while glueing them on.

I melded together numerous blue, grey, and white embroidery flosses and created the waterfall at the left... did not get such a good pic of that, tho...

The above pic shows the simple lid of the tin. I covered it with fabric, then let one bit show thru by covering that with a piece of sycamore bark with its  typical hole in the middle. I am obsessed with creating things with sycamore bark!

I had such fun choosing mini branches as I wandered my property. I had one that would have been the most stunning tree evar but its branches were so numerous that I could not put enuf others in to create a real forest feel.
thanks for looking!!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Morning music from a "dear" lady... on: August 01, 2014 05:08:16 AM
Created this piece for a recent swap. It was my first attempt at using dots only... no lines anywhere. It was mesmerizing to do and I loved working on it. I am pleased with the results. I feel I can create a whole new feel with dots, after using just lines all my life!





10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I wanna live in the past... on: July 11, 2014 07:55:07 AM


I have lost track of how many people I have heard say "I don't belong in this century!"  I have always felt the same way, since early childhood.
Some want to go back to the 1800s, some to the 1960s, others to Edwardian England.
Where do you feel you 'fit in?'
I think the crafts potential here is wide open. food created from heirloom plants, old fashioned beauty remedies, sew me a sun bonnet I can wear as I walk on the Oregon Trail, make me wall art in the style of good ol' Charles Rennie Mackintosh, knit me old fashioned socks, vintage greeting cards, the list goes on and on and on. Can even go back to the cave days and make me a rock tool for my garden!!
Thoughts?
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