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3351  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 12, 2011 05:34:14 AM
I will be shipping out Monday!  yay!

So excited!!!
3352  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-Shirt Undies on: June 12, 2011 05:32:40 AM
Adorable.
3353  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 11, 2011 10:11:49 AM
So what's the policy on early sending for this swap? My edible items are all store bought and not particularly perishable. I'll probably be finished by the end of this coming week. Can I send then?

You can always send early, provided that your edible will be fresh your partner.  Smiley
3354  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I really need a friggin' crown(or other lofty headwear)swap-SU to 05/10;SO 06/13 on: June 09, 2011 07:40:58 PM
Just checking in:  Made significant progress today, and I'm much happier with it than I was with version #1.  My hands however are sore and cramped, so I took the night off.  More to be done tomorrow.  Cheesy
3355  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Five-Dollar-Dinner Cookalong? on: June 09, 2011 09:07:08 AM
This one comes in at just barely over $5, but it was so good I have to share.  I found some awesome Chicken & Apple Sausages on sale at Aldi for $3.95.  The name brand at Kroger is usually $6, so I snatched up several packages and froze them.  This is what I did with them last night.

1 small onion, chopped  .25
1 granny smith apple, chopped  .50
2 stalks celery, chopped  .20
1-2 T. olive oil  .20
1 pkg. chicken apple sausage, cut into 1/4" or 1/3" slices  3.95
1/3 bag of frozen peas, thawed .33
3-5 T. brown sugar  .25
1/4 cup summery beer  .25
1 cup white rice  .25

Total: 6.18

Saute the onion in olive oil over medium-high heat.  Move the onions to the edge of the pan and add the sliced chicken apple sausages.  Let them brown, then flip and brown the other side.  Remove the sausages and onions from pan.  Add in the apples & celery, with a small dash more oil if necessary.  Saute the veggies until they soften a bit.  Add in 1/4 c beer, and sprinkle with a few tablespoons of brown sugar.  Let the liquid reduce and the veggies soften some more.  Add in the thawed green peas and toss.  Return the sausage to pan, add a splash more beer & a little more sugar (1-2T.).  Stir to coat everything in flavor.  Serve over rice or with homemade bread to soak up the liquid.

It made enough for the two of us to have big helpings last night, and smaller servings for lunch today, so I don't mind that it went over $5.  Cheesy
3356  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 09, 2011 06:33:52 AM
I think its just the titles that are different, and I think the first book is the only one that did that right? I don't know if this is actually ture or not but I was told that the reason they called it sorcerer's stone here and not philosophers stone is because all the bible thumper soccer mom's threw a fit that something magical couldn't be associated with something intellectual like a philosopher so they made them change it to sorcerer because sorcerers are seen as bad and evil anyway.

Actually that's not true.  While many Christian groups have been very critical of the books due to the subject of witchcraft, they had absolutely nothing to do with the title of the book.  That is the jurisdiction of the publishing house.  When Scholastic bought the rights to publish the book in the US they felt that American children would not want to read something with the word "philosopher" in the title, so they went with "Sorcerer's Stone", which had been suggested by Rowling. 

Later Rowling claimed that she regretted the change, and would have fought harder against it, but that she didn't have a very strong bargaining position at the time, as a new author.  Numerous other words were changed in the UK to US translation, things like 'crumpets' became 'muffins', and 'mum' became 'mom'.  But the trend was stopped after the first book, as American children became familiar with the terms. 

You can read more about it here on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher%27s_Stone

3357  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Elder Wand Pendants on: June 08, 2011 05:56:14 PM
Thanks ladies.  Smiley
3358  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gryffindor Jewelry Set - Bracelet, Winged Key Pendant, Star Earrings on: June 08, 2011 05:55:23 PM
I bought the key on Etsy, but yesterday I saw one for sale at Walmart.   Smiley
3359  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Elder Wand Pendants on: June 08, 2011 03:49:16 PM
I've got Harry Potter on the brain.  I can't help it.  It's a chronic condition.  Doctors are holding out very little hope for a recovery. 

In the mean time, I've been making pendants in preparation for the upcoming release of Deathly Hallows Part II.

Gryffindor


Ravenclaw


Hufflepuff


Slytherin


And a close up:


I hope some of you are as anxious as I am!
3360  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Part II (Signups CLOSED; Sendouts 7/1) on: June 07, 2011 07:13:50 PM
Ok, tried again.  140!
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