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401  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 11, 2014 08:12:42 AM
Challenge: Join the DA - Stunning Spell
House: Gryffindor!
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.
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Challenge: Join the DA - Impediment Jinx
House: Gryffindor!
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.

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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.  Cheesy


Challenge: Join the DA - Help the Room of Requirement
House: Gryffindor!
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!  Kiss
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
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!
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Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
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!
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(Sorry, only got a before shot....)
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402  Doctor Who Charm Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: January 11, 2014 07:36:12 AM
I've been toying with the idea for this project for a while, and finally put one together.  It's a necklace version of one of my charm bracelets.  I was worried about the chain turning around while wearing it, and the charms therefore getting turned around and tangled.  Using the heavier and wider curb chain seems to have helped a lot, as did keeping the charms centered on the front, and not too far up the sides of the necklace.



It contains 39 charms and 12 bead pins.  The charms include: Hope disk, Dinosaur, Stetson, Caduceus for Martha Jones, Gas Mask, Fob Watch, Paint Palette for Vincent van Gogh, The Impossible Astronaut, Handy Spare Hand, Sword for Rory the Roman, Teabag, Leaf for Clara, the Bad Wolf, Rose for Rose Tyler, Big Ben, Union Jack, River Song's Diary, Banana, Weeping Angel, Police Box, Dalek, Key to the TARDIS, Two Hearts, Red Converse Sneaker, Stethoscope, Planet for Raxacoricofallapatorius, Clockwork Lady, an odd Ood, Bow Tie, Fish for Fish Fingers and Custard, Coat: for Captain Jack Harkness, Wedding Dress for Donna Noble, Giant Wasp, the Earth, Television for Mr. Magpie, the Sun, Amy's engagement ring, Egg for Margret the Slitheen, and of course a Sonic Screwdriver.





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403  Opa House Slippers for DH in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: January 11, 2014 07:26:21 AM
The weather has been extremely cold here in Kentucky, as it has in much of the nation.  For the past few years we've had very mild winters, but it looks like this one is going to be worse than usual.  Add to that a very poorly insulated house, and you end up with freezing cold floors.  My poor husband has taken to putting his feet directly in front of the space heater to keep his toes warm.  So I finally got around to making him a nice warm pair of slippers to hopefully help keep him warm.  

The pattern is the Opa House Slipper Pattern from Mamachee on Etsy.  They yarn is Vanna's Choice in Black and Brick.



Also, I have to give a big huge shout out and THANK YOU to pinkleo, who helped me with these from afar.  I was having a great deal of trouble getting the soles to work out, based on reading the pattern, so she hooked up a pair too, and created a photo tutorial for me over on ravelry.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me dear!!!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
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404  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 07, 2014 01:01:23 PM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  Neither the Headmistress or I will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
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405  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 06, 2014 10:47:07 AM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Gravy
Quidditch: Score for Gryffindor!
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Antique Bronze & Plum Pendant & Earrings

Brief Description: Whipped up this little project as a gift for a friend.  As it doesn't fit into a regular class or challenge readily, it's Gravy! 
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Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Of Rainbows & Unicorns Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: Everyone who has studied unicorns in any depth knows that they are nearly always found frolicking around rainbows.  This charm bracelet is a representation of the wearer's very favorite things, including rainbows.  Cheesy
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Challenge: Join the DA - Disarming
Quidditch: Score for Gryffindor!
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wild Heart Earrings

Brief Description: These earrings were a gift to my crafty BFF, Headmistress Pinkleo!!!  They are vintaj brass, which I stamped, painted, and then *REMOVED* their original brass patina with a vintaj sanding block to let the bright brass color shine through.  They were then sealed, so the color wouldn't fade.
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Class: Transfiguration
Quidditch: Score for Gryffindor!
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Paper Castle Postcards

Brief Description: What could be a better magical transformation, than to turn plain old paper into enchanted castles?  For the HPC holiday card exchange, I created these postcards as a way to send the gift of love to my friends in the HPC, and keep costs down on postage.  The castle map is one of Marie Grandpre's paintings, printed onto glossy cardstock.  I then used rubber stamps to add the vintage postcard label on the back, and the Ministry of Magic logo. 
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406  Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Mistress Jennie on: January 04, 2014 10:03:29 AM

Partners
(Sender to Receiver)

Mistress Jennie ---> onecrazymom
Mistress Jennie ---> Artmomto5


sheepBlue ---> Abbeeroad
sheepBlue ---> hgddm


Artmomto5 ---> Ratfinkz
Artmomto5 ---> Abbeeroad


Ratfinkz (Sent 1/10) ---> anna.wahnsinn
Ratfinkz (Sent 1/10) ---> Mistress Jennie


hgddm ---> Artmomto5

Abbeeroad (RESENT 2/5) ---> anna.wahnsinn
Abbeeroad ---> sheepBlue


onecrazymom ---> sheepBlue

anna.wahnsinn ---> Mistress Jennie
anna.wahnsinn ---> Ratfinkz



Status Colors
SENDING:

Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED yet)
Purple = Received & Posted

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK  (I don't really think this group will need this category!    Kiss)
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407  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: January 04, 2014 08:07:46 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

The new Detention Challenges for January has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....




Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the December or January challenges in February.  Smiley
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408  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 29, 2013 01:51:37 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

Our newest Witch of the Week for the semester has been posted!  Be sure to check the Witch of the Week Board to find out who it is!!!

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409  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 23, 2013 07:20:03 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress...

Just wanted to let you all know that I will be in and out of communication over the next few days, as I'm sure many others will be.  DH and I are driving up to Illinois today to spend a few days with his parents.  If you have questions, please feel free to PM both pinkleo & I.  One of us is bound to see it before the other.  But if we don't answer right away, just dive into the craft project the Muses have inspired.  Trust me, it's always worth it.  Kiss Kiss Kiss


And as an early holiday present, here's a Chocolate Frog Card for all of you!
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410  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: December 22, 2013 07:37:50 AM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  Neither the Headmistress or I will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
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