Project Name: Mermaid's Dream Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427703.0#axzz2fuL0C5o3
Brief Description: I've been making so many new charm bracelets! Here's one of the new ones that I've been dreaming about for a while now. I wanted the colors to be reminiscent of the shimmering iridescent quality of scales. The beads are a mix of freshwater pearls, fire polished glass, Czech glass, and iridescent crystal beads in the four colors
of purple, blue green, yellow & rose. The charms include mermaids, seahorses, shells, fish, squid, octopus, and a tail fin. (*Please note that any bracelets posted as class projects are NOT being counted towards my NEWT goal.*)
Project Picture:Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Lobster
Project Name: Connecticut Style Lobster Roll
Brief Description: Since I've been dreaming about Lobster Rolls, which were the inspiration for this prompt, I finally got around to making some! Well.... Sorta.... You see, fresh lobster isn't really available much in Kentucky. And what is available is incredibly "overpriced" to a girl who grew up 40 minutes from the coast, with fresh seafood delivered to every grocery store each morning. Add to that the fact that the traditional split-top style hot dog rolls that New Englanders prefer don't seem to be sold in the rest of the country, and you have to start making some choices. And by choices I mean substitutions. So, I present to you a recipe for a traditional Connecticut style Lobster Roll, and a variation on said recipe. (Note: Connecticut style Lobster Rolls vary from what many outsiders consider a New England Lobster Roll, which is really a Maine style Lobster Roll. Maine style consists of a creamy dressing made of mayo. Some recipes call for the meat to be drowned in it to the point that you loose the lobster flavor. Connecticut style uses melted butter and lemon juice as the dressing. This has been your regional food lesson of the day. I feel Alton Brown would be proud of me.)
Project Picture:Connecticut Style Lobster Roll Recipe
Two 1 1/2-pound lobsters*
2 lemons, 1 juiced plus 1 wedged for garnish
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
4 New England split-top rolls, or potato hot dog buns
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/3 tsp. paprika
Salted butter, softened to toast buns
1 tablespoon chopped chivesDirections
Steam the lobster in 2 inches of boiling water until bright pink, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately shock in an ice bath, and then remove the tail and claw meat. Chop and reserve.
Melt 1 stick unsalted butter in a saucepan with the juice of 1 lemon and 1/3 teaspoon paprika. Remove from the heat; stir in the lobster meat and chives. Season with salt and fresh black pepper.
Brush the outside of each split-top roll with some butter and griddle or toast until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to allow the butter to drain as you fill each roll. Please note that you will have a large pool of butter left over. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side, as well as the traditional side of potato chips and a pickle. (Note, I forgot and ate my homemade pickled brussels sprouts before remembering to take the picture.
*Variation for those of you living without fresh lobster & split top buns: You can do what I did and use either frozen pre-cooked lobster meat, or a mix of half imitation lobster meat and half shrimp, roughly chopped. Cook the shrimp in a small skillet, chop, then add to the melted butter along with the lobster. Since the rolls are not split-topped, open up your regular rolls and lightly butter. Grill them split open for a few minutes to get them warm and crispy.Class: Care of Magical Creatures
Project Name: Guardian Angel Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427702.0#axzz2fuL0C5o3
Brief Description: Another new charm bracelet! This one was inspired by my aunt, who is a devout Catholic and firm believer in the help of guardian angels. The charms include hearts, wings, and the angels Samuel, Rafael, Gabriel, Jaliel, Michael, Uriel. The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal, moonstone, clear quartz crystal, rose quartz for love, and amethyst for protection.
Project Picture:Class: Frog Choir
Project Name: Celtic Knot Charm Bracelet
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427701.0#axzz2fuL0C5o3
Brief Description: I've been collecting the beads and charms for this last bracelet for a couple of years, and while it didn't come out how I envisioned it at all, I'm trilled with the different direction it took and the finished bracelet. The beads are a collection of green and tan Czech Druk glass, rivershell, moss agate, green aventurine, and bloodstone. I'm sure the Frog Choir would approve of my green/Earth toned color palette.