Challenge: Join the DA - Stunning Spell
Project Name: Ultimate Doctor Who Necklace
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430739.0#axzz2q6VUOQ5Q
Brief Description: For this challenge, I decided to go with something that would stun the eyes. It's a Doctor Who charm necklace, the the 39 charms are quite shiny. Certain to dazzle any eye, Whovian or not.
Challenge: Join the DA - Impediment Jinx
Project Name: Frozen Burritos
Brief Description: For this challenge I decided to go with something that literally freezes. As I reported earlier, my DH just got a new job just outside Nashville, and we'll be moving there over the course of the next 2 months. He's currently commuting, but we take possession of our new apartment Monday. Soon he'll be sleeping there a few nights a week, and coming home on Friday for the weekend. Later I'll move down, then commute to my job in Kentucky for a few weeks. All this driving and being apart means there are sure to be nights when one or the other of us needs a quick, easy, and somewhat healthy dinner at the ready. So in order to stock up on easy dinner options, I made a freezer full of burritos! 10 for each of us, making a total of 20 meals tucked safely in the freezer.
One of the best parts of this is that I could make them customized for each of us. I'm trying to eat more vegetarian meals, and I'm highly lactose intolerant, so mine include vegetarian refried beans, black beans, Spanish rice, and lactose-free cheese. Jim's have chorizo refried beans, chicken, Spanish rice and real cheese.
Freezer Burritos - Makes 20
(Use the smaller amounts for meat for 10, the large amounts for meat for 20)
2 packages of burrito style tortillas
2 cans refried beans, your preference on flavor
1-2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 lbs ground chicken, beef or turkey
1-2 T olive oil
1 large diced onion
2 tsp - 2 T. chili powder
1-2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp Mexican oregano
1-2 tsp smoked paprika
1-2 8oz cans tomato sauce
Several dashes of hot sauce, if desired
salt & pepper to taste
1 batch Spanish Rice (I used this recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/rice/spanish-rice/)
Start by heating a large skillet with the olive oil. Add in the onion and cook until translucet. Add the ground meat, and break up into smaller pieces. Season with the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, Mexican oregano paprika, and cumin. Once the meat is cooked through, add the tomato sauce and hot sauce, reduce heat and simmer till the sauce is thicker and there is little liquid running around the pan.
Meanwhile, set up a little burrito-making station. Made a stack of 20 pieces of foil to wrap them in, and lay out all your toppings. Warm up some tortillas, abut 5 at a time, inside 2 sheets of damp paper towel, for 10 seconds per tortilla. Once your rice & meat are done, start making burritos!
Spread some of the refried beans on the tortilla, add on the other toppings, and fold up the burritos, wrapping them in the foil underneath. Carefully label them, if they are all different. Allow to cool for a few minutes, before putting them into the freezer. To reheat, remove from foil, wrap in moist paper towel, and microwave for 2 minutes. Flip and microwave another 1 minute. Allow to rest 2-3 minutes before eating.
Challenge: Join the DA - Help the Room of Requirement
Project Name: Slippers for Jim
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430738.msg5143652#msg5143652
Brief Description: While we will be moving soon, our current house is freezing. I mean really-freakin-cold. The basement is unheated and there's little to no insulation in the floors, making the whole house feel colder, even with the heater and two space heaters going. (It also doesn't help that the house has only one heat grate, which is in a hallway.) So, I decided a pair of slippers was vitally needed to help keep DH warm. They are the Opa House Slipper Pattern by Mamachee on Etsy. And while these were truly needed to keep DH warm, I also desperately required help on their construction. Fortunately the Room of Requirement lent me pinkleo, who helped me through the pattern by making me a tutorial!!! What a lucky girl I am to have such a good friend!
Challenge: House Pride
Project Name: Witchy Earrings Set
Brief Description: I try hard to show my Gryffindor Pride, even when out among the muggles. I frequently use subtly geeky jewelry to help me with that. This is 3 new pairs of earrings I made myself to keep the magic alive. Cauldrons, the Sorcerer's Stone(s), and Winged Keys!
Class: Muggle Studies
Project Name: Mooless Chocolate Pie
Project Page Link (if available): Alton Brown's Moo-less Chocolate Pie
Brief Description: As previously mentioned, I'm really lactose intolerant. If I accidentally ingest milk, I generally lay around wanting to die for several hours. This has cut into the amount of treats I'm able to enjoy out in the world as well. (Seriously, you have no idea how awful it is when your friends want to go out for ice cream or pizza, and you either tell them you can't go, or that you will all have to go to an expensive restaurant that offers a vegan alternative because you can't digest that spicy milk.) I don't miss ice cream, yogurt or milk, but I do miss desserts like tiramisu, Boston cream pie, and chocolate pie. And chocolate in general. Dark chocolate is okay on occasion, but sometimes you really just want creamy milk chocolate, and not some intensely dark bitter bar instead. And vegan candy which has faux milk chocolate is freakin expensive! This is one of my favorite ways to indulge, and share my desert with my friends, who can't even tell that it's not full of milk.
The recipe uses Ghiradelli chocolate chips, honey or agave, coffee liqueur and some silken tofu. I also usually add an extra tablespoon of dried coffee crystals to up the mocha flavor. Even if you think you don't like tofu, I really recommend you give the recipe a shot. It's light, flavorful and indulgent, and no one will know what's in it!
(Sorry, only got a before shot....)