Oooh thanks! I love Grimm's. I'll have to go dig my copy up (or down if it's in the attic )I also have a fairy tale book with tons of different retellings of various fairy tales. I'll have to go through that again too.
I like Cinderella's step sister idea. Very interesting idea....
Every year my college theatre group has a big end of the year party, with themes. This is my first year going!!! Last year's theme was Historical figures. They had people go as Sweeney Todd, Pebbles and Bam Bam, Artemis, Pluto (yes, that poor planet)...so you see the wide range we let the theme cover. This year is "Fairy Tales [and other Literary Characters]" and I'm at a loss. It's easy enough to just go as a popular tale character, but that's boring. My first thought was a magic wand. I could find some sort of bright silvery, glittery leggings and/or shirt and wear a star headpiece (made of what, I don't know) with ribbons hanging down. lol
I also read somewhere being the beanstalk, dressing in all bright green, with some vines and a little toy "Jack" clipped on a body part. If actually really like that one! But I also kind of wanted to do a Twisted fairy tale, but can't really come up with any really creative ones.
I want to do something that'll let me still have crazy and even glittery make up (I love doing makeup, I hope to do makeup for theatre one day) and nothing that's too "Well, anyone could have done that."
I haven't made these yet [http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cooking-live/cranberry-cupcakes-with-maple-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/index.html] but the complaints on the reviews say that they're dry. How can I make them more moist? More butter? Oil instead of milk? I have no idea. I'm a novice from scratch maker, but I'm pretty beast at sprucing up box mixes. so this is not my area of expertise. Help?
The other day my roommate and I made a "shepherd's pie". I was the easiest meal I've ever made We got canned white potatoes and cut them into small chunks. Put it in a deep round tin. Added peas and gravy. You could also add carrots but we chose not to. Then brown some beef in a pan (you can add onions to this too and let them cook with the beef). Then put that in the round tin. Mix it up! For the crust we just used store bought biscuit dough and spread them out on top for the crust. Bake until the crust is fully cooked.
Eggs are always really easy, of course. Fritatas (sp?) are super easy. Just a lot of eggs, veggies, even meat and cheese into a big pan (I think it has to be a cast iron pan so it can go into the oven) and bake until done.
Cooking chicken on a stove is always quick and easy. We made chicken with potatoes one night, and then used the leftovers in the morning for eggs with shredded chicken, cheese, and home fries!
She can get store bought pizza crust (already baked and everything) and then just add toppings and heat in the oven until gooey and delicious.
We also make a lot of baked ziti. It's another one or two pot deal. Make macaroni, drain and add jar sauce. In another pan, brown either beef (or turkey) and/or sausage. Combine them all in a deep tin and mix with mozzarella and ricotta. Super easy! To make it even easier, just leave the meat out.
If she wants to try it, baked tofu is always really easy. Just drain some firm tofu (wrap in a few towels and weigh it down while preparing the marinade) and then cut it into decent chunks. Make a marinade. My favorites are olive oil and pesto (after you marinade this one you can coat it in bread crumbs and either pan fry or bake), as well as soy sauce + a little maple syrup + ketchup + a little garlic powder. Marinade the tofu for however long, bu the longer the better! Bake in a pan for 15-20 minutes, turning the tofu cubes halfway through cooking.
Phew! That was a lot, but this is the sort of stuff I do at school. These are all pretty easy, even though some of the ideas involve cooking meat, but that's the only "hard part", the rest is just mixing and waiting.
Hehehe I'm probably going to get close to you this week as I'm going to (read: sneaking into) school a week early and I don't have classes until September 2nd. There will be a LOT of stitch and bitch time especially since my roomie is an avid crocheter.
I actually like the two colors. If I were to do this again (if I did it would probably be a mini version by reducing the stitch counts and only doing the squares i really like ) I would be the reverse of you and only do two colors, probably in purples, so that I have one for home too.
It's going slowly as I've spent a lot of my time recently getting ready for my second year of college. I'm on square 13 ( I think?! haha). But even with as little squares as I have I can already foresee the nightmare of putting the squares together. Surprisingly, only one of my squares curled badly and that was a mosaic one. The other's are okay so far, yay!
I was thinking of lining mine to hide the wrong sides and adding batting inside, almost quilt like. However I don't own a sewing machine (maybe my gran does but I doubt it) so I'm a little bummed I can't do that. The crochet one seems the easiest, yea. I think when I get there I'll do a practice of both knitting and crocheting and see which works better. I'm also tempted to hand sew with yarn if I can find a method that I really like. My hand sewing on knitted garments always looks a little messy though. I'm sewing it together with a dark chocolate brown. My light colors (I never shared this, silly me) are cream and the other is CALLED seafoam, but it's a little more aqua. My dark is a brown and heather blue. It matches my dorm very well which is all brown and teal/aqua
Mmmm. Okay so this week I did a fudgey cake mix mixed with regular Coke and iced with dark chocolate frosting. For half of the cupcakes, I took them out of the oven midway through baking and put a (homemade!) cherry chocolate truffle in the center and then put them back in the oven. On the other cupcakes, after they finished baking, I cut out the centers and put cherry pie filling in the center, put the top back on and ta-da! The truffle ones turned out gooey and sooo good. The cherry one was also amazing. Soda cupcakes are so moist and perfect! And you couldn't even taste the coke, which for this cake was good. I wanted to take pictures but they didn't last long enough