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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / old, torn socks? =/ on: April 19, 2009 12:09:14 AM
so, i'm a very active person, and i put my socks through hell

alot of my socks have a random hole in the sole or heel, and ive been meaning for awhile now to take them all out and buy a dozen more pairs or so of new ones =)

all white/white and grey socks, and i just want to have some use for them, other than sockpuppets or rags =)

any ideas?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Food and Photography project on: December 25, 2008 11:48:31 PM
so, i once saw a book chronicling everything this guy ate for a year, a picture of every piece of food that went into his mouth

this idea got me thinking recently about trying it out myself. so i've decided, as one of my new year's new things (not quite a resolution, per se) to grab my camera and take a picture of everything i eat this coming year. I feel it would be a fun experience for me, while at the same time giving me a great reason to hold onto my camera all the time and take plenty more photography at the same time

i'm thinking about using this project as a reason to start a blog too, using the blog to daily (if i dont get lazy) upload my meals and snacks. i'll also be trying to tap into food art by trying to take appealing pictures each time =)

i'm pretty pepped about this project of mine, and have been thinking about it for a few weeks now. only issue, i forgot to bring my camera transfer cord with me on winter break, hah. i'm currently living in a dorm, and i left my camera cord there, which i'm unable to go get until i move back in on the 5th. i do have my camera though, so atleast i can take the pictures for the first four days, hah.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Thanksgiving elsewhere in the world on: November 27, 2008 12:43:21 PM
so, how's all the americans abroad doing this thanksgiving?

and what do you international folks think of thanksgiving if you've experienced any of it? =)

kinda curious  Cheesy
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Traditional, international dessert cookbook project =D on: November 18, 2008 12:28:00 PM
so, for a college class of mine, we have this final "Encore Project", which basically was a very, very vague assignment saying "do something creative or artistic". I was trying to brainstorm with a friend of mine, and she told me just to bake crap, as a joke. This totally worked though, hah.

Now, i'm working on making a cookbook of dessert recipes from throughout the world, taking a traditional recipe from each of maybe 10-15 countries and writing it into the book, as well as a page summarizing the history of their cuisine and stuff. The artistic element will be actually making the book the the whole look of it (plus photography).

Now, I'm turning to you guys for some recipes for this book, I'm looking for fairly traditional or well known desserts/baked goods of the countries, and really obscure ones would be great instead of just like, well known sweets countries (ie, France).

Thanks for your help! =D
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / new male knitter =) on: November 17, 2008 12:18:02 AM
So, I'm known to take up tons of hobbies and crafts, and people in my dorm hall don't even consider it odd when i point out something else in my room was made by myself. For a while now, I've been considering taking up knitting, and I've finally gone out and done it. Yesterday I bought some yarn and made a pair of needles (.60 cent wooden dowel versus actually buying needles? No question there, and they came out pretty nice) and today I've been trying to get the hang of knitting, having a little trouble once I go for a second row though.

But, back to my thread title, I've joined the male knitting minority out there, hah, one more thing for people to question my sexuality for. I'm just curious what experience you other crafters have with male knitters, or if there are any on this board =)
6  COOKING / Dessert / Vote or Pie! on: September 07, 2008 02:43:41 PM
okay, so I got this idea from another page here on craftster talking about making vote or pie shirts
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=14810.0

been wanting pumpkin pie for like months now, hah, waiting for the pumpkin patches to start opening up, anytime now =D

okay, so cinderella pumpkins, one of the better pumpkins to bake with, make an excessive amount of pumpkin puree (one last year made 14 cups for me, with my pie recipe only needing one cup per pie, yikes)

since the election isnt until nov. 4th, I'm thinking about sometime later september/october when the patches come out, I'm going to go ahead and make a pumpkins worth of pies (over a dozen, surely) and then pipe on in whipcream "Vote Obama 2008!" on 'em and pass them out, hah =D

if i can find some tinfoil pie pans with lids, I might write the little "Vote or pie!" slogan on the plastic covers =D

maybe toothpick flags =)
7  COOKING / Dessert / lavender recipes on: September 02, 2008 02:31:11 PM
Anyone here used lavender in a recipe before?

Back in about July, I stopped on my way through the mountains at this little lavender farm a lady had, and cut myself a bunch of culinary and non-culinary lavender, and hung it up in my closet to dry for a week or so. Then I went through all the work of getting the lavender sachets OFF the stems and into my jars, hah

well, I still havent really used my lavender for anything yet, and I really want to!

I have about a half-cup of the culinary lavender (messload of non-culinary, since more sachets are on each of those stems), and would love to try something =)

(considering a lavender jelly recipe i found online, but it uses half a cup of lavender, which would be my whole supply!)
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cast iron pans! on: September 02, 2008 01:59:36 PM
So, out of necessity a couple years ago, I started using a cast iron pan to cook with (we had a couple non-sticks, but they eventually got really gross with the teflon peeling up, and I decided to try out one of the many cast irons we had in the back of our cupboards because people gave us them), and I've actually grown to like my pan quite a bit =)

It came as that brand new, gunmetal gray color of a cast iron pan, but after all the cooking done in it, its turned a nice healthy black and works pretty darn well. I've been trying to keep the seasoning well by not using soap and only using hot water on it to scrub out the grit then dry up the water off it before putting it away.

Well, its still not quite the non-stick seasoning that I've been reading alot of old pans can acquire, and I started recently changing how I wash it (normally, when the pans still hot, put the hot water and scrub), by instead letting it cool down all the way then just wiping out the oil and grit with a rag (works pretty well). I have to say, it is PRETTY non-stick by now, as most food comes out pretty easily, but I think it could go for some more...

Anyone else here use cast-iron? =) Wanna hear some of your guys' opinions

Oh, and I'm considering getting a cast-iron griddle/grill (reversible, awesome!) from the store soon, and definitely would love the nice dutch oven they got (cast iron, then ceramic coated)
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