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3291  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 15, 2013 09:15:41 AM
PenguinSoup - Those look delicious!   Cheesy

And on that note.... 
Reminder that today is the last day of the Holiday Recipe Challenge!
3292  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 15, 2013 07:59:06 AM
Challenge: UPDATE TO PREVIOUSLY POSTED GEMINIO PROJECT!
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Mrs. Weasely's Magical Soup Mix
I actually posted this project last semester, as part of the Geminio Challenge, but I neglected to post the recipe.  Since that is one of my biggest pet peeves on Craftster, and since the lovely AugustBell requested the recipe after making a batch that I sent her, here it is!

I have to preface this with a bit of extra information.  My recipe is a variation on a few other soup in a jar mixes (Friendship Soup Mix and Love Soup Mix).  Since I really just read a bunch of different recipes and then made up my own, I renamed it "Lazy Winter Night Soup Mix".  Originally it was twice as big (fit a 1 qt. jar), which was just too much.  My MIL made it while we were visiting, and even with 4 adults, it just made way too much food, and we ate it for 3 nights in a row! 

So this year, I made half size batches to fit pint jars.  It originally called for wacky mac pasta, but because the barley, split peas, lentils, and rice cook up so much bigger, the pasta became like a proverbial needle in a haystack.  It ended up looking like you tossed in a bit of leftovers instead of like it was an intentional ingredient.  The other nice thing about it is that you can make it pretty far in advance.  I made my jars in early August, and gave them out in December.   

Finally, it calls for a few items you might not find at your grocery store.  I ordered them from a website called MySpiceSage.com.  I can't say enough good things about them.  Everything I've ordered has been of excellent quality, shipping was fast & always free, communication was great.  Prices are totally reasonable, and they nearly always send a free gift.  (Last time we got a free 12oz bottle of Siracha which DH loves.)  Also, if you are unsatisfied with something, they will take it back, no questions asked, for a full refund or replacement, and they'll pay for the return shipping.  And no, I don't work for them.  I'm just an extremely satisfied customer.



Mrs. Weasley's Magical Soup Mix...   or Lazy Winter Night Soup Mix
(This list is in order of how you pour them in the jar.  First item on list ends up on bottom of jar.  If you have one, a canning funnel can be helpful when doing this.  If not, just use a paper cone.)

1/4 cup long grain white rice
1/4 cup dried onion (available at grocery store, but I bought a lot to make other jar/mix recipes)
1/4 cup split green peas
1/4 cup pearl barley (Bob's Red Mill is the best & prettiest)
3 T. parsley
1 tsp. kosher or sea salt
10 grinds of black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup red lentils (I got these at the health food store in town. Green work too, but I like red better.)
1/4 cup dried celery
1/4 cup of your choice (I used rice or barley again, but you can use carrot, veggie mix, bell pepper or yellow split peas too.)
1 bullion cube of your choice (beef is traditional, but veggie/vegan is great too!)


Attach a label to the jar with the following instructions:

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
1 pound ground beef, turkey, or vegetarian substitute
1 14oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 diced carrots 
6 cups water

TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove bullion cube from jar.  In a large pot over medium heat, brown meat; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, carrots, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover, and simmer for 45-60 minutes, until barley and lentils are tender, adding additional water if necessary.   

***Note, if you are making this with a vegetarian meat substitute, you may have to adjust how & when to add the "meat".  Some kinds can break down if cooked too long.
3293  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who, Alice In Wonderland & Sherlock Mashup Bracelets on: January 14, 2013 07:23:25 PM
Thanks ladies!  I found the Doctor & Alice together a bit odd too, but as Antidigger points out, there actually were several charms that worked for both.  I always like seeing/hearing what people wish for with custom orders.  Cheesy
3294  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 14, 2013 07:21:57 PM
Good for you noodle-bug!  I can't seem to master the purl stitch.  I've given up trying.  Sad
3295  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 14, 2013 02:49:35 PM
Challenge: The Horcrux Hunt - Salazar Slytherin's Locket
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Slytherin House Pride Charm Bracelet
Brief Description: In order to hunt down and destroy Salazar Slytherin's Locket I created a new charm bracelet, honoring Slytherin himself.  Ironic, don't you think?  The charms include Cauldron for Potions Class, Hogwarts Express steam engine, spell book, Slytherin's snake, lighting bolt for Harry Potter, Hogwarts castle, Sorting Hat, wand from Ollivander's, house scarf, Dark Mark, quill for doing homework, Hogwarts letter, Slytherin's locket, owl, & potion bottle.

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Challenge: The Horcrux Hunt - Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Ravenclaw House Pride Charm Bracelet
Brief Description: Since I've been crafting new charm bracelets like mad, I'm continuing the theme by destroying Ravenclaw's diadem.  The charms include a cauldron for Potions Class, Hogwarts Express steam engine, spell book, Ravenclaw's eagle, lighting bolt for Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle, Sorting Hat, wand from Ollivander's, house scarf, star for the ceiling & carpets in Ravenclaw Tower, quill for doing homework, Hogwarts letter, Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, owl, & potion bottle.

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Challenge: January Detention
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Hufflepuff House Pride Charm Bracelet
Brief Description: Final project for the day has been sitting on my desk, in-process for 5 weeks now.  I started them during Finals Week of last semester, but with Christmas barreling towards me, I gave up after laying out the charms on my table.  Last week I managed to get the charms on the bracelets, and then finally this weekend I sat down and forced myself to create and attach the bead pins.  Huzzah for cleaning off a section of my work desk!  The charms include a cauldron for Potions Class, Hogwarts Express steam engine, spell book, Ravenclaw's eagle, lighting bolt for Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle, Sorting Hat, wand from Ollivander's, house scarf, star for the ceiling & carpets in Ravenclaw Tower, quill for doing homework, Hogwarts letter, Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, owl, & potion bottle.

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3296  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 14, 2013 02:26:56 PM
Thanks August!
3297  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 14, 2013 12:41:49 PM
NEWT Subject: History of Magic - Students must produce evidence that they did not sleep through all of Prof. Binns lectures.
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Potterwatch Afghan
Brief Description: During the Second Wizarding War, a great many brave witches and wizards worked and fought against Lord Voldemorte and the Death Eaters.  While Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger & Ronald Weasley are three of the most famous, other less well-known people fought just as valiantly.  My NEWT project will be focused on three brave wizards, who worked to not only undermine Voldemorte's reign of terror, but also to bring hope into the hearts and homes of witches and wizards everywhere; Remus Lupin, Lee Jordan & Kingsley Shaklebolt, otherwise known as Romulus, River, & Royal, regular contributors to the underground radio program, Potterwatch.    

In this project I will be crocheting an afghan out of Lion Brand Homespun in three colors, one to represent each character.  Earth for werewolf Romulus/Remus Lupin, Lagoon for radio host River/Lee Jordan, and Grape for the future Minster of Magic, Royal/Kingsley Shaklebolt.  The pattern is called Kew Gardens Afghan and is available for free on Lion Brand's Website.  The completed afghan will be a gift for my parents.



***It should be noted that Headmistress Pinkleo has been invaluable as my adviser on this project, and I hope very much to do her proud on this one.  
3298  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 14, 2013 08:13:35 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

The new Witch of the Week has been posted!  Be sure to check the Witch of the Week Board to find out who it is!!!

3299  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: January 14, 2013 07:11:11 AM
Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Steven Moffat Mashup Bracelet
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419036.0

Brief Description: For my Study of Ancient Runes homework, I've decided to commemorate the work of writer & producer Steven Moffat, who created the BBC shows Coupling and Sherlock, and is the current lead writer for Doctor Who.  My commemoration took the form of a charm bracelet.  Smiley


The charms include: smiley face, teacup, scarf, key, fob watch, violin, laptop, gas mask, umbrella, Police Box, Big Ben, entwined hearts, sweater, pistol, Union Jack, mobile phone, bad wolf, suitcase, and bananas.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, and stone in shades of cobalt, black, smokey grey & clear.
3300  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who, Alice In Wonderland & Sherlock Mashup Bracelets on: January 14, 2013 07:07:48 AM
I've been using the post-Christmas quiet to craft up some new charm bracelets.  Some just for fun, and some as custom orders for folks.  Recently I had two separate requests for odd Doctor Who Mashups.  The first is a Doctor Who Meets Sherlock bracelet.  The second is a Doctor Who Meets Alice in Wonderland bracelet.

Doctor Who & Sherlock

The charms include: smiley face, teacup, scarf, key, fob watch, violin, laptop, gas mask, umbrella, Police Box, Big Ben, entwined hearts, sweater, pistol, Union Jack, mobile phone, bad wolf, suitcase, and bananas.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, and stone in shades of cobalt, black, smokey grey & clear.








Doctor Who & Alice in Wonderland

The charms include the White Rabbit, rose, Bad Wolf, cake, red converse sneaker, teacup, angel wing, top hat, Alice, Police Box, key, Drink Me bottle, entwined hearts, pistol, clockwork lady, book, fob watch, hope disk, & the Cheshire Cat.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, semi-precious stone and crystal in shades of black, purple, smokey grey and clear.

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