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1  Creamy Pasta with Peas in Vegetarian / Vegan by MissingWillow on: June 26, 2015 01:40:08 PM
We picked the last of the peas from our garden last week and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, make a creamy parmesan pasta from a very versatile recipe.  You could use substitute almost any vegetable, or even use frozen peas.  I modified a recipe from the Silver Palate Cookbook about 20 years ago and find it's a great last minute what's for dinner dish!

Additional ingredients include a cup of heavy cream, a half stick of butter, any kind of pasta you have on hand and parmesan cheese.  From the spice cupboard grab salt, cayenne pepper, dill weed, garlic powder and nutmeg (I grate mine).

The cream and butter go into a skillet on medium low, along with the cayenne, nutmeg and salt.  Start with a pinch of each then taste for balance.

Stir frequently for 15 minutes, scraping the sides of the skillet as it thickens.  At this point, reduce heat to simmer and stir often as you change your focus to the pasta.

At this point I add pasta and the peas to boiling salted water.  These fettuccini nests only take 5 minutes and so do the peas.  If I was using frozen peas, I'd add them now, too.  If you use something like broccoli, I'd add it to the water 3 minutes before the pasta is done.  Want to use zucchini or red pepper instead?  I'd saute those in a little olive oil and add it at the end.  You get the idea!

While the pasta is cooking, stir in a half cup of grated parmesan, a good shake of garlic powder and a 1/2 teaspoon of dill weed.

See how the sauce thickens?

Once the pasta is done, drain it and dump it in the sauce.  Serve with extra parmesan to sprinkle on top.

If you're watching carbs, this sauce works very well over spiralized zucchini noodles instead of the pasta.  If you're a pescatarian, you can add some baked salmon at the end.  Enjoy!
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2  1H2015 Featured Projects for Miscellaneous in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by MissingWillow on: June 26, 2015 09:48:29 AM
Congratulations to the latest round of category featured projects from our Miscellaneous Board. Thanks for contributing such inspiring work!

The Geeks Bedroom by Arachnea

Kitty Mugs by teaandcraft

Miniature Witch House by steiconi

Cheap Metal Etching by Magpirate

Tentacle Critters Can Be Shy Too by sheepBlue

Dottie At The Circus Mini Tin by rackycoo

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3  Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: June 09, 2015 10:46:52 AM
My package from juliel85 arrived this morning and I am thrilled with my goodies!  My biggest wish for this swap was for a new outdoor tablecloth to go on our patio dining table on our back deck.  The colors I've been using out there are deep orange and navy blue and she selected a fabric I am certain I would have chosen for myself.  To anchor it down, she made me tablecloth magnets.  So clever!

Also included in this group shot are the adorable kite drink stirrers that she made.  I don't think they could be any cuter!  I am also thrilled to try out the heirloom seeds she sent.  Wahoo!  She also included a peasant stew with swiss rye croutons recipe for us to try in our dutch oven over the cauldron.  Sounds yummy!   Smiley

Here's an action shot of the tablecloth.  Thank you so much, Julie!  You're the best!
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4  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 31, 2015 08:56:42 AM
I requested a puzzle piece from our wonderful co-organizer alteredmommy and boy did she deliver a piece of art!  I asked her to do something, anything in her signature style.  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?!  I am thrilled to pieces with this and it will always remind me of you.  Thank you so much!   Kiss

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5  Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by MissingWillow on: May 24, 2015 09:26:45 AM
We've grown cucumbers, hot peppers, herbs and tomatoes in 8 inch and larger containers.

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6  Re: Garden/Outdoor Swap (SU closed; SO 6/9/15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by MissingWillow on: May 21, 2015 07:06:42 PM
Gorgeous kitchen garden, Ludi!  Here's ours, we just put a weed barrier around all the beds.  We also have too many rocks.

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7  Shrimp, Corn and Avocado Salad in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: May 16, 2015 10:59:07 AM
This is, without a doubt, my favorite summer salad recipe.  It's absolutely delicious.  I've improved on the recipe over the years, here's my current version.

Shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 ears of corn (boiled or grilled)
Orange sections (grapefruit is also delicious as an alternative)
You can also include other crunchy vegetables like red bell pepper and celery if you like.

The dressing consists of 1/3 cup of olive oil, juice and zest of a lemon, a tablespoon of dijon mustard, a splash of flavored vinegar, a dash of hot sauce, 4 minced cloves of garlic, chopped jalapenos, dill, salt & pepper all wisked together.

Peel and devein the shrimp.  Saute them for a few minutes on each side until opaque.

Slice the corn off the cob, mix with the sauteed shrimp, chopped tomatoes, diced avocado and the sections from 2 naval oranges.  Toss with the dressing and enjoy!  It's even better the second day.   Smiley

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8  Re: STS Spring Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 16, 2015 10:33:25 AM
Here's the absolutely gorgeous altered puzzle piece I received from our lovely organizer loves2experiment.  I requested that she just decorate it any what that makes her happy (artist's choice).  It makes me very very happy!  Thank you again SO MUCH!   Kiss

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9  Prince and Sheila E World Tour in CHALLENGE 108 ENTRIES by MissingWillow on: May 08, 2015 02:27:08 PM
March 24, 1985 was a huge day for me.  I saw Prince and the Revolution play Madison Square Garden during their Purple Rain tour with Sheila E as their opener!  Yep, feel free to be jealous.   Cheesy  I, of course, bought the program but couldn't bring myself to cut into it so decided to frame the awesome t-shirt I bought that day instead.  When I decided to do this project, it took me about 5 minutes to find the components across 3 different rooms of my house.  I feel quite the accomplishment for that considering it's 30 years and 8 houses later!

The tickets were just $17.50.  I think I paid over $100 to see him 20 years later in Las Vegas but it just wasn't the same without Wendy and Lisa backing him. 

Those flowers actually fell from the ceiling of the arena during his encore, which was of course Purple Rain.  This project brought back great memories for me, thanks so much Ticketmaster!

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10  Re: OWS Round 113 & 114 Gallery & Discussion (April 2015) in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: May 06, 2015 06:45:20 AM
Wow, anna.  Those will be epic embroideries!

Here is my fantastic Halloween supply package from Averia:
Scrapbook paper and stickers.  I love the batty one, it will make a great background for a chunky haunted house!

Ribbon, tape and skull beads (colored ones!)

An awesome array of charms, spooky eyes, buttons, tiny clothespins.  You seriously rock! 

Thanks again for such a generous package, Averia!   Kiss
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