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1  COOKING / Dessert / World's Best S'Mores on: March 18, 2015 01:06:43 PM
After being inspired at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival last weekend, I decided to offer homemade s'mores for dessert at a get together at our house.  They were so good I'm still dreaming about them! 


I had never made marshmallows before and found them to be incredibly easy to do.  I got to use the candy thermometer I haven't used in years and years and years.  I found a recipe on epicurious for bourbon vanilla bean marshmallows (heck yeah!).  Here's the link - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/bourbon-vanilla-marshmallows-51151850

They sat overnight uncovered in a 9 by 9 inch pan.



The next day I turned it out onto a powedered sugar dusted surface and cut them into squares with an oiled and sugar-dusted sharp knife.



I offered milk and dark chocolate, traditional graham crackers and homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Nobody even tried the store bought marshmallows.  Everyone toasted their own over our fire pit in the back yard then assembled little stacks of deliciousness.  I will absolutely make these again!

2  COOKING / Dessert / Low Carb Peanut Butter Fluff on: February 14, 2015 07:25:35 AM
Here's a low carb treat that's sure to please.

I whipped a cup of heavy cream until it formed soft peaks.  In a separate bowl, I mixed together 8 ounces of cream cheese, 4 tsp. vanilla and 3/4 cup of peanut butter until smooth.  I then mixed the whipped cream a little at a time into the peanut butter mixture and set that aside.

I melted a Tbsp. of butter in the microwave then stirred in about a half cup of almond flour.  To that I added a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and just a pinch of stevia.  After that was stirred together, I sprinkled it onto a baking dish and put that in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes to dry it out a bit into a chocolate almond 'dust'.

A spoonful of that went into a parfait dish, then a big dollop of the peanut butter mixture.  I grated dark chocolate and sprinkled that on top. 

I think if you're not watching carbs, you could substitute sugar for the stevia and also add a bit of sugar or honey to the peanut butter mixture.  And stick a Hershey's Kiss right on top! 

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Down the Rabbit Hole Shrine on: February 12, 2015 11:02:33 AM
I made this Alice in Wonderland shrine for lindyv321.  She listed a few themes for me to work from and I was just completely enchanted with her 'down the rabbit hole' theme and the fact she said she'd love to receive a shrine.  Since I'm a complete sieve-brain, many thanks to her for the use of her photos as I totally forgot to take any!

Wall details include a mirror, birdcage, clock and paintings of all the creatures she'll eventually meet in Wonderland.  Bits and bobs include a tea cup and teapot, a pastry, chess pieces, a drink me potion and key.  There are red roses everywhere and Disney's Alice is falling.


I found an actual Alice in Wonderland font to use for the directional signs I placed down one side.  


To represent the area where the rabbit hole was found, I made the roof of the shrine into a garden of sorts, including a chipmunk.  
4   / MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / 2H2014 Featured Projects for Miscellaneous on: January 09, 2015 09:26:55 AM
Congratulations to the latest round of category featured projects from our Miscellaneous Board! Thanks for contributing such inspiring work!

Teensy-Weensy Greenhouse by pottermouth


Wizards Cupboard by phizzychick


Meet my Little Rejects! by petskin


Teeny Tiny Stone Cottage (Grandma's house) by rackycoo


Baby Birdy in a Tree by ludi


Bog Roll Ent Stump Pencil Holder by suereal
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Harry Potter Character Ornaments on: December 02, 2014 10:24:46 AM
For the Harry Potter Holidays swap, all of my partners had listed their favorite character in their sign-up sheet.  What I came up with was an altered tin ornament featuring a photo of everyone's fave.  My daughter helped me with the name banners, I am just terrible with that sort of thing.  I was enchanted and inspired by Knickertwist's Hogwarts House Cards - http://blog.pixiehill.com/2014/09/hogwarts-house-cards.html

These were super fun to make!  Close-ups below of each one.  









6   / SEWING IN GENERAL / 2H2014 Featured Machine Embroidery Projects on: November 22, 2014 01:36:41 PM
Featured Machine Embroidery Projects

Walking Dead Felt Coasters by Bobbysgirl   


Snarky free motion pillow by thisbirdsabsurd   


Cthulu Wall Hanging by suereal   






7  COOKING / Dessert / Super Easy Peppermint Bark on: November 18, 2014 08:41:50 AM
I make peppermint bark this time of year, it's great to have on hand when company comes to visit and my family always asks for it.  If you buy it already made, it's crazy expensive.  Why not make some yourself?  It only has four ingredients:

Bag of chocolate chips (milk, dark, whatever you like)
Bat of white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of peppermint flavoring
6 candy canes, crushed

I start by melting the chocolate in the microwave.  You can also do this over a double boiler but I find the microwave works just fine if you do it in 15 second intervals and keep it stirred.  This gets poured into an 8 by 8 inch pan that's lined with parchment paper.

I only let this set up for about 5 minutes before melting the white chocolate chips the same way.  Once the white chocolate is melted, I stir in the peppermint flavoring and then drop it by spoonfuls on top of the melted chocolate then swirl it all together.  The reason I do it this way is I've found in the past if I wait until the first layer has set up, the bark has a tendency to separate between the two chocolate layers.

The last step is to sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top and push them in gently with your fingers to make sure they set.  Here's a secret... I buy candy canes after Christmas at super sale prices and just keep them in a cabinet until the following year.  They keep really well.  *shhhhh*   Wink

Once the entire pan has solidified, lift the parchment paper out, cut the bark and package for gifts.  Or just eat it.   Cheesy

8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Halloween Kiitchen Towels on: October 27, 2014 01:07:41 PM
Two Halloween-themed kitchen towels using awesome Urban Threads designs.  Moonlit Manor and Ghostly Graveyard.  I added the sentiments.   Smiley



9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zombie Tote on: October 27, 2014 10:02:05 AM
I fell in love with this zombie fabric from Riley Blake and knew I had to make something for coocoosnest with it.  She told me she needed a bag of certain dimensions to carry sheet music to a festival she attends every year so I winged it.  The lining is black spiderweb fabric.

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Poisonous Napkins on: October 27, 2014 09:55:42 AM
I made these for Knickertwist in the most recent IYP swap.  The pretty poison embroidery files came from Urban Threads (love them!).  I couldn't resist putting poisonous plants on dinner napkins.  The designs include Bloodroot, Deadly Nightshade, Poison Ivy, Hemlock, Hellebore and Wolfsbane. 

Wiping your mouth with this one might cause itching.   Cheesy
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