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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Scoodie Pattern? on: December 20, 2008 06:37:58 PM
Hey, everybody, I dunno if I'm just retarded, or not searching for the right thing, but I'd really like to find a pattern for a scoodie, you know scarf+hood. But I have searched and searched and searched and can't find anything. If anybody can help me out I'd appreciate it so much!
12  COOKING / Dessert / Banana Fluff Layer Cake on: April 17, 2008 10:44:29 PM
So this recipe has recently become a new tradition for my family to make for thanksgiving and christmas, and I finally got around to making it with my mom. This is actually our version of the recipe, since we strayed a bit from the original, and me and my mom both have been thinking of other ways to play around with it. So if you decide to try it out, especially if you put your own spin on it, I'd love to see!


Banana Fluff Layer Cake

1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (about 1 package/6 crackers)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, melted
2 pkgs. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can 20 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
3-4 bananas
2 cups cold milk
2 pkgs. 4 oz. Banana Creme instant pudding
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix crumbs, 1/4 cup of sugar, and margarine together in a medium bowl and press into the bottom of a 13"x9" pan. Set the pan in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Beat the cream cheese and remaining 1 cup of sugar on high for a few minutes or until well blended. Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Spread the pineapples on top of the cream cheese and then slice 3-4 bananas over that, spreading the slices evenly over the pineapple.

Pour the milk into a large bowl and add the pudding mixes. Beat with wire wisk for 2 minutes or until well blended.
Stir the cool whip into the pudding mix and spread over the banana layer, and then top with pecans.

Refrigerate for atleast 5 hours or over night.



13  COOKING / Dessert / Sunflower Cupcakes on: April 14, 2008 09:13:13 PM
So in the back of this month's Redbook were the most adorable cupcakes, and since I had everything I needed to make them already, of course I had to try and make them.







Redbook listed a vanilla cake mix recipe for the cupcakes, but I just used a white boxed cake mix, then it calls for two cans of vanilla icing, red m&m's (I used the new wild cherry m&m's since the whole bag is red ones), chocolate icing (just enough to do the details on the ladybugs) and of course oreos.

You'll need to bake up your cupcakes (redbook suggested using green cupcake liners), then just use a spoon to carve out an oreo-sized chunk from the top of each cupcake, so that the oreo will sit nice and snug inside.
Take one can of icing and color it green and spread it inside the hole and along the top edge of each cupcake.
Take a ziplock back and cut one corner to be a downward V (see diagram below)(or use a leaf tip) and put in some more of your green icing and make the leaves around the top edge of each cupcake.
Take your second can of icing and make it all yellow, then take about a cup of that, and make it orange. Now you'll put both yellow and orange in a new ziplock bag so that when you make your petals, you get some of both colors. I used more orange when I did the bottom petals, and then more yellow when I did the top ones.
Make your first row of petals on top of the leaves and then place your oreos in the holes you made earlier. Your petals may get a little messed up, but don't worry, cause you'll hide that when you put on the top row of petals.
For the ladybugs, fill another bag with the chocolate icing (you can leave it brown or color it black) and cut a liiittle hole in the corner of the bag. Squeeze a good sized dot of icing onto the oreo where you want the ladybug to be, and then place the m&m on the oreo. Then just pipe on the little details and TA-DA!

Oh, and if you let them sit overnight, the oreos get nice and soft.

Incase anyone was confused, here's how you'll need to cut the tip of the ziplock bag. You use this cut for the leaves and the petals.
14  COOKING / Dessert / Pecan-Laced German Chocolate Cake on: April 04, 2008 07:26:34 PM
So this recipe was in Better Homes and Gardens a couple of months ago and I haaaad to try it out, it looked so yummy in the magazine.
I just settled for using a german chocolate box cake mix, cause I was more in it for the icing anyways, but I'll spell out the whole recipe for those of you who are much more patient and adventurous than I.

But first! The finished product!




Ingredients

    * 4  eggs
    * 3/4  cup butter
    * 1-3/4  cups all-purpose flour
    * 3/4  cup pecans, toasted and ground
    * 1  tsp. baking soda
    * 1/4  tsp. baking powder
    * 2  cups sugar
    * 1  4-oz. pkg. sweet baking chocolate, chopped, melted and cooled
    * 1  cup buttermilk
    * 1/2  cup strong coffee or water
    * 1  recipe Coconut-Pecan Frosting

Directions

1. Separate eggs. Let eggs and butter stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms of three 9-inch round cake pans. Line with waxed or parchment paper; grease and flour bottoms and sides. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; set aside. In medium bowl stir together flour, pecans, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt. In 4-quart bowl beat butter on medium-high 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each. Beat in chocolate on low.

3. In bowl combine buttermilk and coffee. Alternately add with flour mixture to butter mixture; beat well after each. With spatula fold in egg whites. Spread batter in pans.

4. Bake 25 minutes or until pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove; peel off paper. Cool on wire racks.

5. Prepare Coconut-Pecan Frosting. Spread 1 cup on rounded tops of two layers. Add third layer, flat side down; spread with remaining frosting. Makes 16 servings.

6. Coconut-Pecan Frosting: In saucepan slightly beat 2 eggs. Stir in 1-1/3 cups half-and-half, 1-1/3 cups sugar, and 1/2 cup butter. Cook and stir over medium heat 10 minutes, until slightly thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in 7-oz. pkg. (2-2/3 cups) coconut and 1 cup chopped toasted pecans. Cover and cool. Makes 3-1/2 cups.

And now sit back and have yourself a delicious slice...

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Deer on: March 09, 2008 12:59:44 PM
So I definitely had to try making a cute little deer from Netterz tut http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=222255.0
I tried my own thing with the ears and eyes and I really like how those turned out. I'd love to know what you guys think!





16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Purple Galaxy on: March 09, 2008 12:43:00 PM
I haven't posted any of my art here before, but I'm really proud of this piece. It's acrylics on canvas and took about 20-25 min to do. I'd love to know what you guys think!

17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Cat plush pattern needed! on: January 19, 2008 08:44:06 PM
i've been looking everywhere for a pattern for a cat plush with a very realistic, but a little more angular features (i really only need the head). even if i could find something close, i could probably modify it, but i don't think i could just make a pattern on my own. i'd be super grateful for any help you guys can offer!
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt PB&J! MMMM! (pic chubby) on: January 13, 2008 05:58:23 PM
omg so i couldn't help but make this great little sandwich too! and there's no better sandwich than PB&J!





19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Cake! YUM! (pic chubbs) on: January 13, 2008 05:53:53 PM
So it's very horribly hand sewn, but i can't help but love it! And it's my first little cake anyways, so I SHALL IMPROVE! yes.







I'd love to know what you guys think!
Oh, and I went off of this pattern: http://fc01.deviantart.com/fs11/f/2007/119/9/a/Strawberry_scroll_felt_cake_by_apple_pai.jpg

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Inspiration Line (PIC FAT) on: January 13, 2008 05:46:26 PM
I got the idea for this...somewhere...I can't remember, but I really like how it turned out. It's four thumbtacks, some jewelry wire, and some itty bitty wooden clothes pins, all decorated with some awesome buttons to give me a place to hang up things that inspire me, or are just plain cute. <3

Here it is in action:




Here's the button thumbtacks:






And the little clothes pins:


I used tacky glue to glue everything together, which presented some problems cause it didn't want to glue the buttons to the thumbtacks, so if you decide to try this out yourself, I'd recommend using a different glue.


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