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1  Making Mayonnaise in Recipes and Cooking Tips by HSG on: May 15, 2015 08:09:31 AM
Got this great and easy recipe for making mayonnaise from a friend. It takes about 2 - 4 minutes from start to finish.
Ingredients:
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
1 T. vinegar
2 cups of oil

Take your first 3 ingredients, and put them into a food processor with the large steel 'S' blade. Process for 30 seconds. With processor going, slowly poor oil into feed tube in a steady stream. When oil is all gone process for about another 5 seconds, and you're done!


You will have 2 1/2 cups rich creamy mayonnaise with no sugar, preservatives, or anything you cannot pronounce. It will last 2 weeks in your fridge in a closed container.


The cost of a jar of mayonnaise in my area is about $4.00 - 6.00 dollars. This costs about .45 cents to make.  Smiley
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2  Spinach, Ricotta and Grilled Eggplant over Pasta in Vegetarian / Vegan by HSG on: May 04, 2015 06:22:10 PM
This recipe is so yummy, it got me to eat eggplant! Takes all of about 20 minutes from start to eating. Smiley

Ingredients:
1 medium eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick pieces
2 T. olive oil
pasta of your choice
salt & pepper
2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
6 cups of fresh, washed spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ricotta, low fat is fine
onion, sliced thin
sliced bella mushrooms, about 6
can diced tomatoes, or you can use fresh
crushed red pepper, to taste
IMG_6902 by HRSG, on Flickr

Directions:
Heat oil in skillet. Add eggplant, salt, pepper. Cook till tender.  Put on cutting board and cut into bite size pieces. Cook pasta, and drain. Add eggplant spinach, vinegar, tomatoes, salt, pepper and red pepper to hot pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately topped with ricotta.
IMG_6904 by HRSG, on Flickr

Deliciouso! Grin
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3  Library Card Catalog Restoration in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HSG on: May 04, 2015 06:05:52 PM
Friend asked me if I could restore an old card catalog. He wanted to surprise his wife, and dear friend, for her birthday. Although I've never done a restoration on this scale, I was excited to give it a go.

It is a Remington Rand card catalog that he found on Craigslist. The person who had it, had painted it this  red, white and blue.
cab1 by HRSG, on Flickr

Once stripped, the wood must have been very dry when they painted. You can see the white paint had soaked into the wood. You can also see there was a change in the hardware from the drawer fronts, where they used wood putty.
cab2 by HRSG, on Flickr

All stripped and sanded, then did some conditioning to the wood before staining.
cab3 by HRSG, on Flickr

Because there was hardware missing I found some similar brass pieces to use on Etsy. Then I started putting it all back together.
cab4 by HRSG, on Flickr

Though the cabinet has flaws in the wood from neglect, paint and whatever, it is still a beautiful piece of history. I really enjoyed doing this project for my friend.
Finished!
cab5 by HRSG, on Flickr

Even found some old library cards to use in one of the drawers.
cab6 by HRSG, on Flickr

This took me a total of about 15 hours to complete. I would like to tackle something similar again sometime. Thanks for checking it out Smiley
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4  Re: OTBT - One Tiny Bird Thing - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: April 28, 2015 05:17:51 AM
So may beautiful little birds everyone!

I received from Onyxnox, and I am in love with this chunky block with Puffins Smiley It is painted and has drawings with paper and canvas. Such a work of art.
Side 1:


Side 2:


Side 3:


Side 4:



I adore this Puffin block, and have it next to my desk. She truly captured the expression the Puffin has and its walk/waddle.  Cheesy

Thank you Onyxnox! Hope you post this project in the regular forums so everyone can see it. Smiley
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5  Best of Glass Wrap-Up for 2014 in GLASS CRAFTS by HSG on: January 05, 2015 05:20:27 AM
These are just some of the amazing projects posted to the glass section in 2014. These were selected by the Craftster members who clicked "This Rocks".

In no particular order, please enjoy these incredible glass projects.

Glass Poppies by bendog


First Fused Coasters by maxxev


First Mosaic Trivet by LimeRiot


Tree Frog by bendog


Bee Happy Mosaic by HSG


Octopus Mosaic by ToRachel

Thank you to all who participate and share here in our little corner of Craftster. Looking forward to seeing new projects, ideas and techniques in 2015 on the glass boards of Craftster!  Smiley
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6  Re: Wrap and rust dyeing - my first time ever... in Dyeing: Completed Projects by HSG on: November 14, 2014 11:19:11 AM
There's this artist I follow on Flickr, and she does rust, concrete and other types of unique art. Here is one of my favorites by her:
light bulb - wire and rust on canvas by Sharon Pazner, on Flickr

I've often wondered how it was done, and the fabric type, etc.
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7  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: September 22, 2014 05:51:00 PM
Here is the other side of the apron. My husband laughed when he came home and I was wearing it.

Picture courtesy of Onyxnox's blog
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8  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by HSG on: September 21, 2014 04:11:09 PM
Received from my incredible partner, Onyxnox. Smiley She really out did herself.

Here is the whole package:


The magnet says: "Think I am cute when I'm mad? Well, I'm about to become really adorable."  Cheesy

There are two hand towels with cocktail fabric with snaps to hang them from the towel bar.


And here is my apron! Complete with white ric rak!  Grin


Everything is impeccably stitched. The apron fits and I love it has pockets. I am forever looking for somewhere to put my phone when I cook.

Thank you so much Onyxnox. You made this swap so fun Smiley
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9  Snarky Honeymooners in Completed Projects by HSG on: September 20, 2014 06:51:04 PM
Was in the Snarky Housewives swap, and made this for Onyxnox.

She and her husband like the Honeymooners, as well as gin and tonic. from there it was just a mtter of coming up with the perfect way to display my idea. Then I found these two tiny canvases (3x3), with easels. The tiny Barbie phones were from Etsy.
IMG_6829 by HRSG, on Flickr

Side views
IMG_6834 by HRSG, on Flickr

IMG_6833 by HRSG, on Flickr

This was a lot of fun, and I was pleased it came out as I had pictured it.  Thank you for checking it out. Smiley
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10  Harry Potter Silhouettes in Needlework: Completed Projects by HSG on: September 12, 2014 08:48:43 AM
In the IYP pottermouth asked me to swap, exciting! As soon as I agreed I decided not to do anything Potter. I've never read the books or seen the movies, and would not know what was appropriate. Well, that flew out the window. Cheesy

Saw this technique on Pinterest and decided to try it with silhouettes of a picture I found on the interwebzzz.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/112308584428942920/

Here is the resulting hoop:
IMG_6817 by HRSG, on Flickr

And a close-up of the stitching:
IMG_6818 by HRSG, on Flickr

For the back I tried a new technique from the tutorial here. It did not come out as well as I had hoped. Next time think I will try a different kind of stitch.
IMG_6821 by HRSG, on Flickr

There was a learning curve with the technique, but it was fun. Will definitely be using it again.
Thank you all for checking it out. Smiley
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