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151  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Red lentil bread on: December 29, 2010 12:35:07 PM



RED LENTIL BREAD
1/2 cup red lentils
1 cup water
~In a large pot, cook the red lentils for about 30 minutes.

4cups of lukewarm water
4 tblsp sugar
1/4 cup oil
2 tblsp active dry yeast
approximately 12 cups flour (this can be a mixture of whole wheat and unbleached all purpose if you so wish)

Combine water oil sugar and yeast and allow to proof for 10 minutes. Cup by cup, add the flour. Start off with a whisk, Before it becomes to thick to whisk, add the cooked lentils. Once it becomes to thick to whisk dive in with both hands until well combined. Don't use all the flour at once. Once you get a semi wet dough turn it out on to the counter (lightly dusted with flour) and begin to knead. Knead like you've never kned before. for at least 10 minutes, but I recommend longer. Once yo've done this, put the dough back in your bowl and allow to rise for 2 hours. Don't rush the rise!!! this will give you nice fluffy bread!
Now it's time to punch it down and shape into loaves. Preheat your oven to 400`F. What I find works best is to cut the dough into approximately even pieces and flatten into rectangles. Then I roll the rectangles into loaves. Place into your bread pans and let rise again for at least 30 minutes. I generally forget about it and end up letting it rise for 45 minutes to an hour.  So long as the bread is at least doubled in size you are safe to put it into your oven. Bake it for 25 minutes.
Pull it out of the oven, enjoy the smell of fresh bread but wait at least 20 minutes before you cut into it. Slather it with butter and enjoy!

For more pics check out the blog, but all the info on how to make the bread is here in words. Smiley
152  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Canadian Envelope Swap Winter Edition! Gallery! on: December 13, 2010 06:48:24 AM
Post pics of the wonderful stuff you received that was crammed into that tiny envelope in this thread!


Original thread
153  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Canadian Envelope Swap Winter Edition! (Signup-Nov20/10-Nov25/10|SO Dec13/10) on: November 20, 2010 02:47:54 PM


Swap name:  Canadian small envelope swap –Winter Edition!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Belladune
Sign-up date range:November 20, 2010-November 25, 2010
Date to send item by: December 13, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? CANADA

Additional Age requirement? none

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This swap is for us Canadians!  The idea sprouted from the American 44cent swap (thanks lovesclutter for that bit of brilliance!).  This is our take on it!  Send 1 envelope, within country, Filled with crafted items, supplies, bits bobs, and any other crafty goodies you can possibly think of!  The only parameters I am setting are this:
[/b] at least one item must be crafted and Your envelope must be NO BIGGER THEN  245mmx156mm (standard letter) OR 235mmx120mm (card)
This Round is the Winter edition!  So, Whether you just dig snow men, or snow or skating or things like that, or Love Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or other winter holidays I’m missing here, This swap is for you!

I am allowing stuffing of that envelope until it could possibly burst (though I wouldn’t recommend that. Could you imagine the havoc craft supplies could reek on the machines at the post office?!  And how tragic would that be for your partner, never mind the post office!)  I also don’t recommend overstuffing if you wish your package to not go as a parcel, which would cause a longer shipping time and cost you upwards of 13$+. 


I reserve the right as organizer to refuse anyone that has a long history of late sending, or poor communication. This is an easy swap, and you have 2.5 weeks to stuff a little envelope!.
I also ask that you post in the thread at least once after partners are assigned. 
I am accepting first time swappers!
Please PM me and your partner when you have shipped, and when you have received!  This will eliminate confusion and frustration!  Communication is key to a great swap!!
Please Label your PMs with:
CSES Winter edition- Sign up
CSESWinter edition- sent
CSES Winter Edition- recieved
CSES Winter edition- question
This will help me with organization. 

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: (belladune)

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Allergies/aversions?
Allergens in your home:

Please list your favorite
Colors:
Animals:
Styles:
Holidays:
Characters:
Fruit:
Games:
Other:

What crafts do you do? What supplies do you have?
What type of supplies/crafts would you like to recieve?

Do you celebrate a holiday in December, if so, which one?
  If you answered no, would you rather swap with a winter theme instead?

Do you have a wists or other place you could be crafty-stalked?

Is there anything else you’d like to tell your partner?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


 PARTICIPANTS:

1. belladune
2.Cealy
3.Onyxnox
4.mxer145
5.Zoby
6.Skrabadoo
7.Psyche
8.Arachnea
9.aethlberga
10.Mermaidcafe
11.Flygirl88
12.EvilRachel
13. Vallyncia
14.J_Kieviet
15.dontmindtherain
16.sum1smuma

PARTNERS!

ArachneaAethelberga
BelladuneSkrabadoo
J_kieviet-Evilrachel
Onyxnox- flygirl88
Zoby- dontmindtherain
Mermadi café- Vallyncia
Cealy-Mxer145
Psyche- sum1smuma


Sent
Received
Sent and received
Feedback given.


   Gallery! 
154  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Future swapping affects my shopping on: November 10, 2010 05:51:52 PM
So, am I  the only one who does this?
Walking down the the aisles at the grocery store and I spot some awesome teas that have the Mad Hatter, the red queen and Alice on them.  and i buy them with the the thought. "Hey, I bet some day there will be another Alice in wonderland swap"  So in the cart they go.
Walking through the dollar store and I find some gemstones in a small bottle and think " Hey if there's ever another Outlander swap, I could put these in the package"  So in the cart they go
In the fabric store. "Oooh look at that Hello kitty fabric. I know of no one in my personal life who might like that, but I'm getting a meter anyway, because it may be useful in a swap"

Please tell me I'm not insane Wink
155  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Theodore, of Alvin and the chipmunks on: November 03, 2010 05:10:14 PM
My 2 year old LOVES Theodore.  So for Halloween I made him a Theodore outfit! It included a crochet toque with ears and an over sized green fleece turtleneck sweater.  The under suit for the fur was an old dance costume.
Close up of the toque. 

The whole thing:


he was sooo cute Cheesy
Oh and there were mitts to, but he didn't need to wear those.
156  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Canadian small envelope swap Winter Holiday's edition on: November 02, 2010 05:42:45 PM
Who's interested in a Winter Holiday's version of the Canadian small envelope swap?
Yes, we are *just* finishing the first, but this is an easy one!

Details of swap:
This swap is for us Canadians!  The idea sprouted from the American 44cent swap (thanks lovesclutter for that bit of brilliance!).  This is our take on it!  Send 1 envelope, within country, Filled with crafted items, supplies, bits bobs, and any other crafty goodies you can possibly think of!  The only parameters I am setting are this: at least one item must be crafted and Your envelope must be NO BIGGER THEN  245mmx156mm (standard letter) OR 235mmx120mm (card)
I am allowing stuffing of that envelope until it could possibly burst (though I wouldn’t recommend that. Could you imagine the havoc craft supplies could reek on the machines at the post office?!  And how tragic would that be for your partner, never mind the post office!) Also note that you may have to end up paying parcel (so, like 10$+ vs. 1-2$) if you way over stuff it and it wont get there very quickly either.
The contents must be Winter/Winter holiday related!  Kwanzaa, Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, and any others I'm unaware of. 

I'm thinking Sign ups will be around Nov 24- Dec 1, give or take a few days, with send outs being around the 10th or 15th?
Punctuality when sending would be important to this one, as this swap will be during the holiday backlog at the Post Office.  And what fun would it be to get your holiday envelope after the holiday's are over?  Not very Smiley   And yes. Hanukkah is the 1-9th and that is cutting it very close, but it's still very do-able to have an envelope this size out in a few days!

Any interest?
 Previous gallery :

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361635.0
157  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Sandworm!!!!!!!!!!!! *insert Beetle juice scream here* on: October 30, 2010 09:14:11 PM
 Cheesy
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
you've just been sent to Sandworm land! 

for what ever reason I felt the need to carve a beetlejuice Sandworm from the Cartoon version of the show this year.  Armed with meager tools (citrus zester and a few dollar store pumpkin knives) I set at 3 pumpkins and made them one big Sandworm!   (well, not all that big, these were small pumpkins)

Here are the results!
Whole things lit up

Whole thing with flash on

Close up of the face

Close up of the face flash on

And I free handed the design with pen straight onto the pumpkin.



Enjoy! and Happy Halloween!!!!
158  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / The best Trick or treat bags in town! on: October 27, 2010 08:55:06 PM
My kids are spoiled.

I saw the embroidery pattern for the ghosties over at Urban Threads and I knew I had to get it and put it on something.  So they became trick or treat bag appliques!  I found the cool ghosts and witch hat fabric at my local quilting shop. It was all she had for Halloween fabric! Shocked
 I also put one on a shirt for my husband, but I didn't get a pic of that yet.  Maybe on Halloween when everyone's all dressed up.

I like this guy's eyes.  I used the spider web stitch with a variegated floss.

Buttons for eyes for the boy who kinda likes Coraline

And pink for my only girl!


All three bags all ready to be over filled with candy!
159  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Why? why is it doing this? [Thread looping on underside] on: October 26, 2010 09:08:20 PM
Why is my machine doing this?  It's making loops on the under side of the fabric I'm sewing together.  It doesn't matter what the tension is, what bobbin I use, how much pressure my presser foot is putting down.  I've got the the right needle for weight of my fabric, it's a new needle.


just to show how often.  Those are happy little arrows I put on there.  They point to all the loops...


This isn't a problem for inner seams, but I can't do any top stitching where you will see the other side of the item (Like on a blanket)  I also think it sucks even if you can't see the other side.  I know it's there and it makes me crazy!

Help!  Please!
160  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Canadian small envelope swap Gallery! on: October 09, 2010 03:11:16 PM
holy cows!  we have a sender already!! Lets see what's in that envelop!

Original thread

Sent
Recieved
Sent and Recieved
Feedback given
contact organizer please!


Krandui- BananaBomb
Jaeda Cealy
J_kievet- Spicy Taco
Ekkagrrl- oyhana
His_girl-  Tlh878
AlteredMommy Wulf
Zoma-Slingmomma
Mermaidcafe-Psyche
Suereal- Kris creates
Belladune- Mamatomany
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