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1  COOKING / Dessert / a not-really-pumpkin, not-really-pie dedicated to a cat on: November 17, 2015 03:10:08 PM

Sometimes when I am sad, I get busy. Today I wanted to bake.  A kitty named Zemon who has been a love in my life for over eighteen years died yesterday.  This yummy is made with love and with him in my heart.

I grew a large garden this summer. I planted only one type of squash on my own, all the rest came up as mystery squashes from last year's rotting fruits. They all looked like pumpkins and there were over twenty of them. yet, today when I baked one for homemade pumpkin pie, it turned out to be a spaghetti squash inside! I chose not to use that, but went with a butternut that Acadian Driftwood gave me from her farm (she was Zemon's Mommy for the past seven years.)

So, with that, I made the traditional goopy mix. But added a twist. I crumbled (not too severely) animal crackers on the bottom of a pan, then poured the mixture over it.

Of course, the kitty cracker had the place of honor, and spoke up about his place in the world....

During the last ten minutes of the 40-minute bake, I covered it with foil, as several crackers rose to the top where they coulda been burned.

The thing is delicious, hot from the oven!!  Have to be careful not to eat too much at once and make myself ill.

thanks for reading.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two on: November 12, 2015 03:16:14 PM

Seven months ago I joined an awesome swap. Above is a creation by LaChapa for that swap.
It was great fun and I am putting the idea out there of Round Two. So many folks seem to adore birds. And tiny is always good!!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / ?? P; ?? Would like to update my personal info (self-descriptive paragraph) on: November 04, 2015 04:51:14 PM
I have finally sat down and am determined to update my profile. I refer to my daughter Acadian Driftwood as a 26-year old, and some other outdated stuff. I have not been able to figure out how.
I have tried every link in my profile section. I see places that I can obviously change, as they are in white boxes and my cursor goes there. Other info is in blue boxes and I cannot go there.
I have checked back through similar threads for this problem so I would not duplicate the question, but I have not seen my answer. i often see newbies unable to do profile work simply because they are not yet in the system. But I ain't no newbie no more!  Roll Eyes
Would love some assistance please and thank you.
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Eleventh Hour Parsnips on: October 30, 2015 04:29:29 PM

Got called at the last minute to dogsit for a few hours. Grabbed the first thing I saw in my room to bring for supper, a bunch of parsnips. When I arrived at the place, I was starving and had to use what was in this dude's house.
so I angle-sliced them, heated some olive oil, and pan fried them for five minutes. Then I added celery salt and onion powder.

Next I poured a small measure of tamari over the whole thing, turned the heat off, covered them, and let them stew for another five.
Oy, were they good!!  I was no longer hungry but could not resist making a second batch. Now I am too full.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Zucchini Brick on: October 29, 2015 02:20:36 PM

So, I had one remaining giant zucchini in the garden. I chose to make zucchini bread. I preheated the oven, put together all ingredients, then reached for the baking soda (that was suddenly not there.) I researched how to create my own. No luck. I could have tried super-whipped eggwhites but my last three went into the batter. Oven chimed, "I'm ready" so I had no choice but to put 'er in.

I kinda knew I was creating a brick. My fears were realized.

My question now..... have any of you been able to actually USE this heavy object for something besides a doorstop?  I am wanting to rescue it as a food item. Should I fry up pieces? Should I soak it in milk and eat it for breakfast? I have eaten some as-is but it is not particularly pleasant.  I really need help!!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It fell off the roof...what was I SUPPOSED TA do with it? on: October 04, 2015 08:15:27 AM
I found a narrow slate, still with ye olde naile hole in it. The roof of the barn out back donated it.
I painted one of my daughter's favorite themes on it....birch trees... and fastened a rope lip along the outer edges and two handles for it to become a tea server. Decorated two mugs to go with it.

Every step of the way proved difficult (swear words abounded) so it was over 10 days late for her birthday. But she loved it!
Here is a straight-on pic of the art...

One side of the mugs

and the other

first cleaned thoroughly (slate) then did green background in acrylics. Trees were next layer and they were freehanded. Left bare edges all 'round because I was going to do one continuous black rope loop all around, with two areas of looping up/not glued, to be handles. The adhesive I so carefully researched (then went out and bought) boasted in teeeny tiiiny letters at the bottom "not to be used on polypropelene" which is what the rope was. Dang.

So I switch glues but it did not hold strongly enough to be used as a handle with hot cups of tea.
Looked all over creation for two antique handles that someone on my property had rescued for me months ago off an armoire. He knew I could use them in crafting. The last words I heard from him as I slinked away at the end of a three-hour search were "Now, where DID I put those things??!!"

So I went out and bought two handles (got the last white ones in the whole store) and glued them on. Adhesive said clearly it worked on stone and metal. Woo hoo, my problems were at an end!  Until I picked it all up and one handle came off. I was busy ranting to a neighbor about it when he pointed out that the glue held just fine and that I should reconsider suing the Bulldog Cement company.  He showed me that the slate, as old slates will do when they have fallen from a great height off the barn where they have been happily living for a century -or even at any point in their life whatsoever if they so choose-, had simply 'sloughed off' a layer of itself. Woooooooe is meeee!!

so, on to plan B or perhaps I should say plan Q at this time, drill tiny holes in the slate, dangerously near the edges I will point out (!!) and thread a sturdy stringythingy thru both slate and existing screw holes in the handles.
I drilled without breathing. Apparently that should be included on every set of drilling instructions on the internet, because it worked. I threaded the sturdy cord thru , tied it off, and glued the BaJingos out of it so it would not even consider coming undone.

If you have actually read all that info instead of just glancing at the enchanting photographs, you are entitled to a prize. simply enter your name on the back of a twenty dollar bill and mail it to me and you will receive your prize in ten to fourteen business years.
thanks for looking!!!
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Green Tomato Pie on: September 11, 2015 10:48:48 AM

Originally I wanted to find a recipe for Tomatillo Pie to use all the wee roundies in my garden. Then I decided to save them for grilling and use my abundance of green tomatoes.

I absolutely cannot do pie crust, so I purchase that and precooked them, pricking and baking for 12 minutes at 350.

Goop inside....
Peeled sliced green tomatoes, used about 10 medium ones and 15 small pear-shaped ones. Drained overnight because they were pretty darn juicy and I did not want mush at the bottom of the pie. I also mixed in a half cup of breadcrumbs to assist in keeping the juice thing tolerable. It worked.
Mix with a cup of grated swiss cheese, 20 fresh chopped basil leaves, a half cup of uncooked red onion, and a quarter cup of parm cheese. I used the last 2 or so tablespoons of the parm to sprinkle over the top.  All of the above ingredients made two pies.

baked at 475 for 30 minutes.

I am sooooo not a cook so as amazed and thrilled that this came out great, slices came out of the pie without falling apart, and it tastes wonderful!

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie House... looks like recess time!! on: August 11, 2015 01:35:35 PM

above is the link to the gallery where lindyv321 posted what I created for her. Theme was Winter inchie houses.

I created a li'l pink schoolhouse in the snow.

There is a very thin pink thread hanging down from the bellfry. One lad builds a snowperson while the rest of the gang does ring around the snowsy.

my favorite kid in the ring is completely off the ground due to his shortness. the pic does not show him and my own pics of this creation are on a camera card that died. Thank you, lindyv321 for the photos!

inner parts of house...

At this time, the ragamuff.... er, the students are learning languages and geography.

thanks for considering such a wee project for this challenge!

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Gallery for Around the World July Dotee swap on: July 22, 2015 05:47:27 AM

status of participants....

sending late with comm
see me after school
feedback given

- dulcet
whatthepuck- [color=green]Wile E [/color]Songdog[/s]
Ludi- LadybugsandBumblebees[/s]
Smmarrt- Sarasmile

spookygrrrly - cmarion3
The Raging Sloth- alwaysinmyroom[/s]
Acadian Driftwood - blupaisan

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Seriously 3D ATC gallery on: June 18, 2015 05:36:14 PM

sent to second partner
sent and received
sending late with communication (probably because she is sipping soup)
contact me immediately if you please...
feedback given

rockingbearanch (both mailed) creates for cmarion3
artsycandice (both mailed) creates for rockingbearranch
and bunny1kenobi
cmarion3 creates for rockingbearranch
bunny1kenobi (both mailed)creates for artsycandice and chrmisha
chrmisha makes for bunny1kenobi
milkeway creates for blupaisan
blupaisan creates for milkeway

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