Wow! What an amazingly strong semester we have going here! I am so impressed by the variety of awesome projects I have seen. I don't have time to comment on everyone of them but they all deserve all the kudos that can be given! I am arriving at the castle late this semester because of the various medical issues Erin and I have had to stay at St. Mungos for. Even though I am arriving late I do have some homework to turn in so I am not totally behind.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DA: Drink at Hogshead and Quidditch (gift: Bludger to Gryffindor)
Project Name: gingerbreadmen
Brief Description: Erin and I made these together (I promise that both of us put in plenty of time and labor on these to be able to count them individually) She has the best gingerbread recipe. I did the decorating of the five in the picture. I brought them to our favorite coffee shop and gave them to the staff. They were quickly gobbled up.
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Here is the recipe:
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
if you are an experienced baker you will notice the liberal amount of spices, that is because when we make our gingerbread we double what the average recipe calls for because we like them extra rich and extra fragrant. Erin has been asked many many times what her secret is to making the best gingerbread cookies ever, and the answer to that is the double spices and the use of all molasses and brown sugar instead of regular white sugar.
Beat butter with sugar and molasses. Mix in egg. Sift dry ingredients into and mix into wet mixture. Chill in refrigerator 2 hours or until firm enough to roll. Heat oven to 350. Roll to 1/4 thick (sometimes we make ours a little thicker) on floured board. cut with cookie cutters and place on greased baking sheets. bake 8-10 minutes. cool on cooling rack before icing.
The icing is Erin's own thing I don't even know how to write it down she just does it without a recipe but it is basic butter cream icing made with powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla or almond flavoring.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: December Detention
Project Name: Monogram hoopla
Brief Description: I really enjoy making hooplas a few semesters ago I made my first one and I mentioned how I could get addicted to them. Well, this one was just as fun to make and circular too so it fits the detention assignment.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: BEAN: Gravy Quidditch (gift to my aunt: Bludger to Gryffindor)
Project Name: Lotus and Koi small watercolor painting
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against The Dark Arts Quidditch (gift to my cousin: Goal for Ravenclaw)
Project Name: Mixed Media Leopard Painting
Brief Description: This meets the requirements of this class because I made it for my cousin to hang on her boring wall and she hung it up in her room immediately after opening it
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology + SPEW Quidditch: (gift for person at cancer center: Goal for Ravenclaw)
Project Name: Hand Stitched Christmas Tree Ornament
Brief Description: This is a simple pattern that I made a while ago and laminated and I have made many of these just like this they are great to keep a few in my bag during the holidays to give to people. Erin and I have been hanging around a cancer center for her treatments, we are usually there for 12 or 16 hours, so I have made lots of these and just given them to people at the cancer center I wind up talking to. It fits the class because it is green and red (I'm counting the dk pink as red) and I guess since I used it as a gift of goodwill at the cancer center it counts as SPEW too.