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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spicy Garlic 'n Chive Mashed Cauliflower on: February 10, 2012 03:58:08 PM
I'd take mashed cauliflower over mashed potatoes any day! This sounds really good Smiley
22  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery on: February 08, 2012 08:16:16 PM
I'm glad you like them! I didn't know you taught yoga... groovy indeed Cheesy
After all that stitching, I grew very attached to the flower one, I may have to recreate a similar one for myself.
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery on: February 08, 2012 03:19:02 PM
Ooooh la la! J'taime le Tour de Eifel!

Haha, I love it when people try to speak French Cheesy

desole -  Undecided (I don't know how to add accent marks)

It wasn't a critique, quite the contrary!
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Amazing Bubble Tea recipes? on: February 08, 2012 01:54:02 PM
I agree with the not keeping in the fridge... they loose their chewiness and become kind of gritty.
I actually prefer warm (not hot or you can't suck the bubbles through the straw, it's not as much fun) bubble teas, which is weird because I'm not a fan of hot beverages.

I like to make flavoured simple syrups - my favourite is ginger - to add to the teas. I keep them in the fridge and just add some milk and some syrup, depending on how I'm feeling. The more concentrated the syrup, the less 'sugar' you'll be adding to your beverage because you won't need to add as much syrup to get the flavour.

Smoothies are great too.
Lattes, hot or cold. Coffee is good, chai is incredible.
Hot or frozen hot chocolate.
You can also puree some fruit and mix it in.
Spiced apple cider is divine.
Plain black tea with honey and lemon.
Play around with different kinds of tea, herbal ones too.
Matcha powder is a lot of fun to experiment with.
You can add the boba to cocktails too.

You can try subbing the milk for coconut, evaporated, condensed, almond, soy, or rice milks. Try dairy or non-dairy flavoured coffee creamers.
Strawberry soymilk with pureed fresh or frozen strawberries and some green tea is delish.

For the avocado, what I would do is throw some matcha with milk, the avocado, some honey and lime juice and whir it in the blender. It probably wouldn't taste anything like the one you're used to, but it would be incredibly yummy.

You can add the bubbles to pretty much anything. It doesn't have to be a milk tea or even tea at all.
I personally don't like the powders because they are overly sweet and taste like chemicals.

The best recipe I've tried is undeniably this Thai Mango-Coconut Bubble Tea.

Another fun idea is to mix in some blueberries with the bubbles! Check out this Holiday Red White Blueberry Bubble Tea.

I never make the bubbles ahead of time (an hour or two is okay though, just set aside, in the water in which they boiled).
A small handful is a decent portion for 1 - they are incredibly filling.

Here are a whole bunch recipes in my queue that I haven't tried yet but sound promising:

Here's a good article to get you started.
25  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery on: February 08, 2012 01:30:49 PM
Ooooh la la! J'taime le Tour de Eifel!

Haha, I love it when people try to speak French Cheesy
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Low-Fat Gourmet Mac 'n Cheese for 2 (stovetop) on: February 08, 2012 12:00:55 PM
This stuff is sooo yummy, good for you, easy, only dirties one pot, and is ready in 15 minutes!


You'll need:
  • 1 cup of elbow pasta (preferably whole-wheat)
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheese (preferably something strong like sharp cheddar or Gouda)
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 10 black olives (good quality, ex: Kalamata), pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon or old-fashioned mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh cracked black pepper (optional)
  • green onions, chopped (optional)

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
2. In the meantime, whisk together all the remaining ingredients (except the pepper and green onions).
3. Pour into the pot in which you cooked the pasta and cook on med-low heat, stirring frequently, until and the cheese is melted and it starts to bubble.
4. While the sauce is cooking, heat some boiling water. Pour onto the pasta to reheat.
5. Combine sauce and pasta and voil! Top with fresh-cracked black pepper and green onions if desired.


27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery on: February 08, 2012 08:45:15 AM
They sure got there quick! I'm glad you like them Cheesy The beaded one took forever to make... but I think it was worth it!!!
28  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap (SIGNUP 1/3/12-1/11/12 ; MAIL BY 2/7/12). on: February 03, 2012 02:54:43 PM
Finished and sent off my last patches, woohoo!!! Now it's swap anxiety time...
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Kitty Binder on: February 01, 2012 02:38:18 PM
Thanks! It's a pretty easy stitch to do Wink

A cat sweater with Kitty Stitch?

Hehe, that made me laugh! Would make for a good picture!!!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Teesha Moore Patch Swap Gallery on: February 01, 2012 01:30:39 PM
I just received from craftylittlemonkey!

First off, one of a bird that looks a whole lot like a Blue Jay, but it's not blue:


Then, my favourite... one with rainbow fabric on the front and little ladybugs on the back:


Finally, a fruity one with pretty little leaf beads and French knots:


She also included many beautiful fabric pieces to make tons more patches:


Thanks craftylittlemonkey!!!

Yours are almost done... I've discovered I'm quite slow at making these! One patch takes me, on average, 2-3 evenings to embellish but I think/hope it's worth it!
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