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171  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / pin woven little clutchy-thingy on: May 11, 2010 08:04:06 AM
So, my sister is in the downy dumps. A lot of crazy things have happened in the past 4 months in her life, so I made her this clutchy-thingy.  I'm going to mail it out today and hope it gets there before I go visit.  It turned out way smaller then I thought it would... but eh, maybe she can put something in it?
front:

back:

A few artsy close  ups of the weave:




I was inspired by this post:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344872.0
and this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344664.0


Comments and critique welcome.. This is my first weaving project worth posting (there's another one but oooh... she's ugly...), and i know it's wonky in a few places, but eh... I'm learning!  Also, this has made my want for a real loom stronger...
172  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / birthday crown for my 5 yr old on: May 07, 2010 08:36:13 AM
I was inspired to make a crown for my sons 5th birthday by another poster on here,  but I can't find that post!
But here is mine!



He loved it!  The reason it says birthday man, instead of birthday boy, is because i didn't have the last 'y'  It is made of felt, craft foam, buttons and beads.  He love's my button collection and says "lululah!" (intead of ohlala!)  at all the fancy buttons when we look through it for the prefect button.  It was a great day full of surprises for him!
173  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 50 ENTRIES / scissor skully pillow on: May 07, 2010 08:07:49 AM
So this wan't my original plan,  my original plan was way more cool then this, but eh, this is pretty cool if you ask me.  I still have the original plan in the make, but it was well to complex for me to finish in time (considering my kids haven't been cooperating with bed time lately)





What I did was trace out the scissors skully logo onto my black fabric, and layer 2 pieces of cotton chiffon behind it.  then with pretty rainbowish sparkly thread (which my machine HATED  it kept snapping, and caused my brain to explode on more then one occasion) I  stiched around and around and around  (until my brain was at it's explosion limit)  After I was done stitching I took the scissors out and cut out the skull and scissors.  Then I turned it into a pillow.

Now I have have craftster love to hug when I'm to tired to craft anymore and to tired to cruise craftster.   Grin

Oh and I don't take any credit for the idea.  There's one dude on Project Runway who does something like this.  It creates really cool demension in his garments.   In my case it just made a cool sparkly pillow.
174  COOKING / Dessert / a couple a cakes! on: April 10, 2010 01:07:34 PM
Easter cake, made with help from my mom.  I was teaching her that fondant isn't actually all that hard!




and my simple birthday cake, made by me Smiley  it's a sponge cake with 2 cans of chocolate betty crocker lol  yes thats the top of the straw i used to hold the cake from sliding..... hey, it was just me the kids and the hubby seeing this one.  I was being lazy lol

 6 layers of yum!


enjoy!  I know my butt grew a few inches this week.....  Tongue
175  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Empanadas! with pic ffffffff-at tutorial! on: March 21, 2010 05:22:26 PM


When I was a child, we would go over to a friends house and would be served empanadas.  I have fond memories of running around on Saturdays playing with them while their father had friends over for "empanada parties" (my words, not thiers Smiley )   It was good times.  So to remember those good times, I often make his recipe.  And I figured I'd share the recipe and the how to with you all, so maybe you can make great memories surrounding delicious food, specifically these empanadas Cheesy

Recipe (slightly altered because before the onion was waaaaay overwhelming and  I like to cut out fat where I can):
Preheat your oven to 375`F

 1 large onion
 1lb of lean ground beef
 1Tbsp Paprika
 1 beef bulion cube
 1/2 cup water
 salt peper and oregano to taste

Fry onion and paprika in a large fry pan. When the onions are softened, add the ground beef.  Cook until well browned.   Add salt, pepper, and oregano.  Add 1/2 cup water and bullion cube and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Extra filling ingredients:
Olives
rasins
hard boiled egg, cut into smallish pieces (boil this egg while you are cooking the beef!)

While the mixture is cooling make the dough.
~5cups flour
 2tsp baking powder
 1tsp salt
 1cup milk
 1/4lb lard (or shortening, like crisco)

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Scald the milk in a sauce pan and add the lard.  Stir until the lard has melted.  Pour the lard and milk mixture into the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until you can't anymore. Continue kneading with your hands until you get a firm dough (much more firm then a bread. and more firm then a pie crust  Fool around with the measurements abit, to get what you feel is a workable texture)
 
Here you can see I have everything all lined up and ready to go.


Roll your dough out and cut it into large circles - aproximately 20cm across (or circles of your desired size, you could make these small as appetizers, but here I made them supper serving size)
Place the beef mixture, 2-3 rasins, 1 olive, and 1 piece of hard boiled egg.  Take a egg wash and wet one half of the circle around the edge.


Fold them over so you get a half circle, and pinch the dough together like this.  you get a good seal and no leaking if you do this.

 
Notice I punched holes with a fork along the top.  this is to let the steam out and so you can be sure they don't explode!  I also use the egg wash on top, for a nice golden brown top.


Lather rinse repeat until you run out of ingredients!

Now they are ready to hit the oven!   Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.


If you have left over dough (like I did)  squish it out into weird flower like shapes and dust with cinamon and sugar, bake for 15 mins, and there you go, desert!


and here's one that has a few bites out of it that was temporarily abandoned by my 2 yr old.... Apparently he had better things to do lol  he did come back to finish it though!


Anyway I really hope you try these out, they are quite delicious.  I promise!

To answer a question about the liquid situation:
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I did have one question:  when you cook the meat with the onions do you drain off the extra fat and water?  I did because it looked too runny--I used 85% lean meat so maybe it was too fat?
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I've always used lean ground beef.   If you have a bunch of liquid that doesn't look like it's all fat (or you just simply don't care if theres a bit of extra fat in there -which is generally where I'm at lol)  You can outright skip the water, and just add and bullion cube.  Then just let it simmer until you've only got a little liquid left.  Sometimes the onion has alot of liquid in it, and sometimes it seems like some ground beef is more liquidy, so you may or may not need the water.


176  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / St. Pattys day pancakes on: March 18, 2010 08:24:30 AM
Although my boys are quite young yet to understand why we celebrate St. Patricks day (we are a 1/4 irish, or well, I am, I guess that mekes them  like 1/8?  what evs we're irish enough :p)  Anyway, I like to have fun with my pancakes on holidays like this.
so here they are:


and my son noticed one attempt at a pot'o'gold looked kinda l ike a snail, so I made a real snail too Smiley



This is my own pancake recipe, that I alter every time I make it, but these ones turned out great, so I'll do it again this way

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract

mix the wet ingredients, and then add the flour, sugar, and baking powder, mix until it is all incorperated.  If there are a few little lumps thats okay.  In this batch I added some green food coloring. you know, cause shamrocks are green right?
To make designs , just think of a line drawing and wing it.  lol  just make sure your pan is quite hot, otherwise the lines will just blend.
177  CANADA / Saskatchewan / Any one in Meadow lake? on: March 13, 2010 08:45:19 AM
I'm technically not in meadow lake, but am close, I was just wondering if there is anyone else out there.  My town seems to lack in Craft minded people  Undecided   it'sd be fun to do Craftster meet up!
178  CANADA / Alberta / Any Cold Lake area craftsters out there? on: March 13, 2010 08:41:02 AM
Title sums it up Smiley  I'm actually in Saskatchewan, but close to Cold lake, and was wondering if there are any Cold lake craftsters, and if there are gatherings in Cold Lake?  Wouldn't it be fun to craft together?! Grin
179  COOKING / Dessert / The Devils Chocolate Cake on: February 14, 2010 05:09:16 PM
all I have to say is  Shocked
okay thats not all I have to say... lol
so of course Valentines day calls for chocolate and lots of it right? Well, this might have pushed the envelope just a bit.  To quote the husband: "it's like you took just enough chocolate, then added more." LOL
These are the recipes I used (so you can make your own chocolate overload cake)
http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Dessert/Eggs-Dairy/recipe.html?dishID=9498
http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Dessert/Chocolate/recipe.html?dishID=4585
the only thing I did differently was I used 70%cocoa chocolate in the ganache, and in place of buttercream milk I used whipping cream.
It looks delicious....

The cake fell... but thats cause it got thunked down first thing out of the oven....  but it made it possible to STUFF ganache into the cake.... zomg drool.


This is what the cake looked like when I thought I was finished it. It needed more so white chocolate hearts it was!


this is how I made the White chocolate hearts:  
Melt  some white chocolate chips. spread onto a piece of parchement. I just free handed the shpes with a knife. If you are lucky enough to have a cookie cutter, use it!  you may need to let it sit awhile this way though.  Stick in freezer for 5 minutes, then pop out the pieces! Voila, delicious decorations  Grin


so yeah.. yum right?  hope your valentines day was wonderful too!!
180  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / itty bitty sock monkey on: February 12, 2010 11:33:43 AM
This cutey was made with the socks for my new little baby girl.  It's the smallest socks you can find (or at least I can find)  Anyway she is about 2.75 inches tall and from her butt to her toes is 2.5 inches long.  I added the felt heart, because it's near valentines day and yeah I have hearts with love written on them on the mind.   Roll Eyes
Anyway here she is, to cute!  In my hand for a bit of a size reference:

side view:


enjoy her sweetness!
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