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3341  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Help! My Spouse is a Carnivore! on: December 31, 2012 01:02:22 PM
Oohhh... good suggestion Ghilie.  I've never seen DH eat Sloppy Joes, but maybe I can entice him anyways.  Smiley
3342  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 30, 2012 03:57:40 PM
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!!!

3343  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Help! My Spouse is a Carnivore! on: December 29, 2012 05:30:04 PM
Disclaimer:  Neither my husband or I are actually vegetarians.  DH is a Midwestern boy from a household that has meat in every meal.  However, he is very open to trying new things, though he does still love meat.  I went vegetarian as a teenager, but didn't do very well with it.  Mostly because it was hard to be the *only* person in the house like that, with a mom who believed dinner wasn't complete without meat.  Plus, I was bordering on an eating disorder, and ate very little anyways.  I went back to eating meat in college due to limited selection in the dining hall.

That being said, I've been following this thread for a while and was so happy to find it.  I've struggled with my weight since college, and I've never been a very physically active person.  Always preferred reading and crafting to playing sports.  Grad school was really rough, since I had classes, work, homework, and had to feed DH & I.  That led to poor eating habits.  Now that I'm in my 30's, and contemplating kids in the next few years, I'd like to be healthier not only for myself, but for them too.  Finally, I've become lactose-intolerant, which breaks my heart, as I love cheese.  This has led to me working on cutting out all dairy from my diet too, and replacing it with almond milk, vegan cheese, etc.

I started with trying to make myself healthy lunches for work, that I actually wanted to eat when lunch time rolled around.  In the last few months that has evolved into healthier vegan or vegetarian breakfasts & lunches.  Making large batches of smoothies and freezing them in individual portions has helped.  I also started buying tons more veggies that are easy to pop into lunch boxes when I'm rushing to make lunch in the morning.  (I'm now addicted to Sugar Snap Peas.)

Meanwhile, I decided to try working in a few vegetarian dinners a week that DH will actually enjoy.  This is harder on me in some ways, since we always had meat as kids, and I don't really have any vegetarian recipes in my repertoire.  It's like learning how to cook from scratch again.  Also, DH LOVES Mexican food, which is frequently covered/filled with cheese & meat.  I learned to cook it for him when we were dating, but despite the fact that he likes Mexican, he's not excited about the idea of Sweet Potato Enchiladas or Vegan Chili.  And some nights he just looks sad when he sees dinner, and realizes there's no meat in it.  He never complains, and never says a bad word about what I cook.  But I can tell when he's disappointed.  (Also, why does it seem like every freakin' vegetarian cookbook out there has nothing but cheese laden recipes?!?!)

Some nights I make us similar, but slightly different things.  Like a veggie burger for me, and a real burger for him, and vegan mashed potatoes for both of us.  Some nights, I don't have the energy, and I make us both the same thing.  I am hoping to find some good vegetarian crockpot recipes (besides vegetarian chili) that I can set to cook in the morning before work.  And I'm sick of when I say "looking for vegetarian crockpot recipes", and people *only* answer with "Ooh! Chili!"  Sad  I don't actually like chili, and it's worse now that I can't have sour cream & cheese to cool it down spice-wise.

I know that's a lot of text, with no actual recipes or suggestions.  Sad  However, I did start Vegetarian, Vegan and Dairy Free boards on my Pinterest for things that look tasty.  Feel free to follow me.  I'd love to know if anyone else has similar boards.  I've been unfollowing all "regular" (aka dairy/meat filled) cooking boards, and trying to follow more and more healthy ones.
3344  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 29, 2012 05:03:35 PM
Welcome to the Craftalong MommaAquaheart!
3345  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 29, 2012 12:47:15 PM
Um, Professor?  I don't have my Defense Against the Dark Arts homework.  My husband ate it....  I'll have to hand it in late.  Sad
3346  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 29, 2012 12:45:58 PM
Question: Aren't Ravenclaw's colors blue and bronze? I want to know because I've been asked to crochet a scarf in Ravenclaw's colors and I don't want to get it wrong.

In the books Ravenclaw's colors are blue and bronze, but in the films they are blue and grey.  You should check with the person who asked you to crochet the scarf to see what they would like.  Smiley
3347  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 21, 2012 02:53:22 PM
Jennie, does it have to be your own recipe, or is one from a magazine from before you were born acceptable? We have a great recipe for a Swiss honey-nut pie that is definitely a family favorite for the holidays, but it does come from some torn out magazine pages from '82.

Good question Naantje!  The recipe can be *from* anywhere, provided you have made it before, and you & your family enjoy it.  Just provide the recipe in the thread for us all to try out, and note anything you can about it's source.  In your case, you might not have any info, but you might find something like the title or date of the magazine at the bottom of the page.  Cheesy

For everyone else, if your recipe comes from an online source, please note that in your post to give credit to it's creator.  Cheers!
3348  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 21, 2012 01:21:45 PM
Notes from the Deputy Headmistress...

~*Holiday Recipe Challenge*~
Runs Until January 15th!

It's time for a new Challenge!  This one is very simple, and allows you to give a gift to each and every member of the HPC.  The gift of sharing a tried-and-true holiday recipe from your repertoire.  To complete the challenge you must post a recipe here in the thread that you have made for any winter holiday, including Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Solstice, New Year's, etc., and include a picture.  Since we are hoping for everyone's favorite holiday fare, please do not post recipes you haven't already tried for yourself.  You may submit a recipe that you have made in the past, but have not made yet this year, such as a family favorite that gets made annually. 

As an added incentive, whatever you create for this challenge CAN be submitted to ONE class as well, provided it fits the parameters of that class prompt.  Once you complete the challenge, you may snag your Holiday Recipe Challenge Badge AND a Heathcote Barnaby Chocolate Frog Card.  This challenge will run until January 15th, so that even if you are too busy to post during the holidays themselves, you still have plenty of time to submit a recipe.

~*Holiday Recipe Challenge Badge*~ & Heathcote Barnaby CFC

3349  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2012~ *Join At Any Time* on: December 20, 2012 06:33:15 PM
Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Golden Onion Soup Mix
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: Two of the most important steps in the Alchemical process are albedo and citrinitas, also known as 'the whitening' and 'the yellowing' respectively.  Both of these steps are present in my Golden Onion Soup Mix.  First, the addition of the dried onions causes albedo.  But once the tumeric is added to your cauldron, citrinitas immediately begins.  The resulting mix is a magical blend which can be used to make Onion Soup, or when mixed with sour cream, a wonderful dip for chips & veggies.  I've included the recipe in case anyone wants to try making it for last minute gifts. The original recipe is for a single jar of seasoning.  I multiplied it to make 4 cute little onion shaped jars.  The measurements for the larger batch are in parentheses.

Golden Onion Soup Mix Recipe
2/3 cup dried, minced onion (x 4 = 2 2/3 cups)
3 teaspoons parsley flakes (x 4 = 4 T)
2 teaspoons onion powder (x 4 = 8 tsp)
2 teaspoons turmeric (x 4 = 8 tsp)
1 teaspoon celery salt (x 4 = 4 tsp)
1 teaspoon sea salt (x 4 = 4 tsp)
1 teaspoon sugar (x 4 = 4 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (x 4 = 2 tsp)
Mix all ingredients in bowl, then pour into a jar or tin.  Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix.  

Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Melt & Pour Soaps for Him & Her
Brief Description: One of my many homemade Christmas gifts this year is homemade soap.  I created a Bay Rum Exfoliating Soap for the gentlemen in the family, which can be used to clean the most stubborn magical messes from dirty hands.  The recipe includes the use of corn meal which helps naturally scrub away messes and dry skin cells.  The other variety I made this year is Rosewood Oatmeal Moisturizing Soap for the ladies.  The oatmeal also acts as a more gentle exfoliant, and the added glycerin helps skin retain moisture.

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Castle Inspired Bookmark
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: This piece was a special request from a good friend.  He wanted it as a Christmas present for his wife who adores the tv show Castle.  It contains 3 charms, handcuffs for Detective Beckett, a book for Richard Castle, and a pen nib from the show's logo.  There are also 5 Czech glass teardrop beads to represent blood in the police/crime drama.
Project Picture:

Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chance the Dog Bracelet
Brief Description: This was another special request from the same friend.  He wanted a custom charm bracelet for his sister-in-law for Christmas that represented her most loyal friend, her dog Chance.  Chance is a Boston Terrier. The bracelet features his name, dog bowls, hearts, bones and two pewter Boston Terrier charms.  The beads are a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal and rhinestone.

Class: History of Magic
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Spicy Cajun Seasoning & Cool Ranch Dressing Mix
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: To represent fire and ice, I've created two complimentary projects to add to my cache of handmade Christmas gifts.  For fire, I made up a batch of Spicy Cajun Seasoning.  For ice, I went with a cool Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix.  I've included the recipes for both in case anyone wants to try making them as last minute gifts. The original recipe is for a single jar of seasoning.  I multiplied it to make 6 jars.  The measurements for the larger batch are in parentheses.

Spicy Cajun Seasoning Recipe
3 T Salt (x 6 = 1 cup)
1 T Paprika (x 6 = 6 T)
1 T Garlic Powder (x 6 = 6 T)
1 T Onion Powder (x 6 = 6 T)
1 T Cayenne (x 6 = 2 T)
1/2 tsp White Pepper (x 6 = 3 tsp)
1 1/2 tsp Thyme (x 6 = 1 T)
3/4 tsp Black Pepper (x 6 = 4.5 tsp)
1/2 tsp Oregano (x 6 = 3 tsp)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then pour into an air tight container.

Cool Ranch Dressing Recipe
5 T dried minced onions (x 6 = 2 cups)
7 tsp parsley flakes (x 6 = 7/8 cup)
4 tsp salt (x 6 = 1/2 cup)
1 tsp garlic powder (x 6 = 2 T)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then divide into small air-tight jars.
For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
For dip:  Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.

Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mare Bear Bookmark
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: For my Potions project, I decided to go with a Shrinking Solution.  This tiny project is another special request from a friend.  She wanted a bookmark for her roommate for Christmas.  Her roommate's nickname is Mare Bear, so it features a teddy bear charm, an M charm, and some blueberry quartz and Swarovski crystal beads.  I forgot to get a picture with a coin for size, but it measures just 3.5" long.  Perfect size for a paperback novel.    

Challenge: Detention in the Dungeons ~ December
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Holiday Gift Baskets & Labels
Brief Description: I've been working on these projects for a while now.  The components for most of my Christmas gifts were made throughout the summer and fall, and I had intended to make up the baskets to hold everything before the Fall semester started.  If only I met all my own deadlines!  With Christmas nearly here, and the fact that DH & I are leaving first thing Saturday morning to head up to Illinois to see his family, I knew I had to get these baskets together today, so I'd have tomorrow for last minute errands and packing.  The part that I was dreading about these most was actually putting labels on all of the jars.  I hadn't made them up when I made the jars themselves, which I really should have done.  Once I sat down to do it today, it only took me about an hour to write them all up, print them onto nice paper, chop them up with my paper cutter, and tie them on with pretty sparkly yarn.  Then I filled each basket (acquired from a thrift store across the street) with a coordinating fabric, and some of my homemade jar gifts, including Beer Bread Mix, Golden Onion Soup Mix, Lazy Winter Night Soup Mix, Cajun Seasoning, Ranch Dressing & Dip Mix, and handmade soap.

Challenge: Geminio Challenge Part II
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: 60 Stamped Note Cards
Brief Description: For my second Geminio Challenge entry, I decided to make a ton of note cards to include with my outgoing Etsy orders.  The lovely patty_o_furniture sent me a beautiful hand carved stamp with my Etsy's logo on it, so while I had the paper cutter out today, I chopped up 15 sheets of card stock, and turned it into 60 hand stamped note cards.  I'm definitely not great at achieving a dark and even stamping, but I am getting better at it.  I did 60, hoping it would keep me stocked up for a while, now that the holidays are nearly over.  (The last 60 I made ran out last week!)  Here's a small portion of the 60.
Project Picture:
3350  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! on: December 16, 2012 08:19:26 PM
Just a note...  I will be doing a big huge batch of feedback in the morning!  If you've been waiting to post pictures, try to get them in this evening so that we can have as many people given feedback as possible!

Life has made a liar out of me today.  We were out and about all day, so I didn't get to Feedback.  I do promise to do it in the morning though!
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