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231  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matching Aprons & Chef Hats for Nana & Niece on: January 01, 2011 07:30:05 AM
My mom called me shortly before Christmas to ask me to make an apron for my beautiful niece Ari, who likes to help her Nana bake cookies in the kitchen.  (Evidently Ari doesn't like playing with toys as much as she likes doing things with grownups.)  After thinking on it for a few minutes, I realized that Ari totally needed a tiny chef's hat to go with her little apron.  Then I thought that perhaps what would really make my mom's day was if she and Ari had matching aprons and hats.

I spent part of a day of finals week whipping these up in the Costume Shop, while DH was taking his last two exams.

Both sets for size comparison:


Mom's hat and apron:


Ari's hat and apron:


And finally mom and Ari after opening them on Christmas Eve:


I wish I had more time to work on them, because I really would have loved to add "Ari" and "Nana" to them somewhere.  Perhaps embroidered on the pockets.  But I really wanted to make sure the package got there by Christmas, so I just went ahead and sent them out.  Though she looks a bit sad in this picture, I'm told she was quite excited by her hat.

Just for fun, I also included some felt play food for Ari, even though she's a bit young for it.  You can see it here:  First Shot at Felt Food for my Niece
232  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / First Shot at Felt Food for my Niece on: January 01, 2011 07:29:43 AM
My mom called me shortly before Christmas to ask me to make an apron for my beautiful niece Ari, who likes to help her Nana bake cookies in the kitchen.  I ended up making Ari and her Nana matching aprons and hats, which can be seen here:  

Just for fun, I also included some felt play food for Ari, even though she's a bit young for it.  You can see it here:  Matching Aprons & Chef Hats for Nana & Niece

At the last minute I decided that Ari clearly needed some felt play food to go with her new hat and apron, so I whipped up these all up in a single evening!

Breakfast goodies including pancakes with butter and syrup, sausages, bacon, and eggs over easy:


And since I had a bunch of purple and orange felt too, an eggplant and some carrots.  (Which Ari will probably help mom grow in the garden this year too!)


When I told my brother I knew that Ari might be too young for the felt food he said she actually seemed to understand immedietly that it was NOT supposed to go into her mouth.  Instead she holds it up and says "Nom, nom, nom", then holds it up for Nana, and is not satified until Nana "noms" on it too.  She evidently also likes to put it in her new toy grocery cart and push it around.  I'm clearly going to need to make more of these things...

Oh, and a big thanks goes out to Pinkleo for giving me all that felt last year in Craftster's 12 Days of Christmas Swap!  It was a life saver to have so much of it around when doing this at the last minute!
233  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Potholders for All! on: December 31, 2010 06:56:29 PM
This year I made tons of quilted potholders as Christmas presents.  I made them for just about everyone, but sadly I forgot to get pictures of some of them.  Here are the ones I did get shots of...

These were for friends who just got married.  I'm hoping to finish a small wall quilt for them too...




This set was for my sister in law, Emily:


For my co-worker, Shura:


For my mother in law, Kay:


Sadly I missed pictures on those for my other sisters in law, Heather & Jennifer.  I'll have to email to see if they can take some for me.  They were all made with scrap quilting fabrics, leftover batting, and some insul-brite.  Really economical presents considering the insul-brite is only $2.49 a yard, and I get about 8 out of each yard!

234  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Woodburned Piecepack Game Set on: November 27, 2010 07:50:11 AM
I just completed organizing the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap with Ex_Gratia & Pinkleo in preparation for the release of Part I.  The swap required 1 wearable item to don for the premier, 1 game, toy or accessory to play with while waiting in line, and 1 edible item to enjoy during the film. 

My wonderful partner Andromeda007 wanted a game she and her husband could play together or with friends.  My husband Jim loves playing games while I do not, and he pointed out that a kitschy HP themed game would just gather dust.   He also pointed out that to get a game that was fun to play, you would have to test it a lot to make sure it didn't go on for hours, or be over in 5 minutes.  That it should be easy to learn but still pleasurably challenging to play, etc.  In the end, he proposed the idea of a Piecepack.  A Piecepack is the board game equivalent of a deck of cards.  It is a set of pieces that can be arranged in nearly limitless configurations, and allows users to create their own games with it, just like you can play poker, eucher, hearts, bridge, etc with a single deck of cards.



I wanted my game to feel old, in that way that many things in the world of Harry Potter are timeless.  I settled on making all the pieces out of wood.  I was able to pick up most of them at the craft store, but the 3" wooden tiles needed to be ordered offline.  I got mine at Craftparts.com.  I created the images for the coins and tiles in Photoshop, then flipped them over digitally and printed them on a laser printer. 

I used the transfer tip on the wood burning tool to transfer them to the pieces.  Most of the pieces were then woodburned with a detail tip, though the tiny suits in the corners of the tiles were just too small to burn. I traced them with a black art pen that doesn't bleed when used on wood.  All the pieces were painted with a thick coat of watercolor, so the wood grain would show through.  Then the empty areas were stained with Chartpak wood stain markers which I freakin' love.  (They are available in tons of colors at Michael's).  I also gave them all a few coats of a clear acrylic to protect them.   

The really neat part about it is that it is in the public domain, so anyone can create games for it, and most get added to the games page at www.Piecepack.org, and sites like it.  The game set already had 4 suits, which I felt were *mostly* already HP themed, and just needed a tiny bit of tweaking. 


The firey red sun for Gryffindor. 
A majestic blue moon, for the Ravenclaws. 
The green crown for the ambitious Slytherins. 
And the suggested fleur-de-lis traded out for a yellow leaf for the earthy Hufflepuffs.

The suits each have 6 tiles, 6 coins, and a die, each numbered Ace, zero, 2, 3, 4 & 5.


Each piecepack is supposed to have 4 pawns, which I made out of the smaller wooden people I found at Hobby Lobby.  But when I ordered the wooden tiles online for the board pieces, I saw the "2.5" tall girls", which are the larger set of pawns.  I thought they were so cute, and looked like they could be figures in robes, so I made an extra set of pawns. 

Some of the piecepack games require a set of game pieces called an "Icehouse Set", which are 4 sided pyramids, made of plastic.  I didn't want to order the sometimes expensive pieces, plus I didn't think they being plastic would fit with the feel of the wooden game pieces I had already created.  So I used wooden flower pots, with a gouge mark burned into them.  When you stack them with the gouges all facing the same way, you get which way your player is facing in the game.  Purists might not like my plan (Jim didn't).  But I think it's a good compromise to the pretty wooden set. 

Here are some detail shots of the coins and dice:






Since the games are all in the public domain, it's also okay to tweak them as desired.  Jim found me a "Wizard's Dueling Game", which I felt was practically written with Harry Potter in mind.  I retyped the rules, changing a few names & terms to suit the theme, and ended up with a game I called "Dumbledore's Army", which allows you to practice Stunning, Disarming & Shield Spells in the Room of Requirement.   Wink

I knew I needed to make a container for all the parts and pieces to the game.  DH suggested a drawstring pouch, but since he had just bought me a new wood burning tool, I opted for a wooden box, that I burned then stained with Chartpak woodstain markers.



If you're interested in games, be sure to check out www.Piecepack.org for various games, printable pieces, and more.  (I'm in no way affiliated with them, I just found their site very helpful!)
235  COOKING / Dessert / Ice Mice Candy Making Tutorial (White Chocolate Peppermint HP themed Candies) on: November 27, 2010 06:46:27 AM
I just finished organizing the Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap (Round 1) with Ex_Gratia & Pinkleo.  The swap required 1 wearable item to don for the film, 1 game, toy or accessory to play with while waiting in line, and 1 edible item to enjoy during the film.  We had an awesome time, and can't wait to do Round 2 for Part 2.  Since Ex_Gratia and I live in the same town and work together, we made all our candies together.  We made mountains of treats, including: Raspberry Almond Marshmallows, Peanut Butter Gryffindors with Truffle Centers, Chocoballs (Bourbon Balls), Chocolate Frogs, Dark Chocolate Rasberry Truffles & Raspberry Creams, Dark Chocolate Wands, and Ice Mice. 

Today I'm going to post our tutorial for making Ice Mice.




Ingredients:

Almond Bark or White Chocolate Candy Melts, available at grocery or craft stores
Peppermint Candy Oil (I used Lorann Gourmet)
Blue Candy Coloring (note, you CANNOT use regular food coloring here)
Buttercream Candy Filling (I picked up the Make & Mold variety at Hobby Lobby)

Mouse Candy Mold (I got mine from Cake and Candy on Ebay)
microwave safe container for melting candy
cutting board & a sharp chef's knife
clean (brand new) nylon paintbrushes
various toothpicks, spoons & stirrers
a small bowl

Begin by clearing a clean work surface.  Open up your package of almond bark or candy melts.  If using almond bark, break off a few squares of the candy, and then chop them into small chunks.  (Somewhat smaller than Hershey's kisses, and larger than chocolate chips.)



Place the candy in a microwave safe dish, and begin microwaving for 30 seconds.  Stir.  It will still be rather solid.  Continue for another 30 seconds.  Stir.  You should see it begining to melt.  Continue microwaving and stirring for 20 second bursts of time.  As it is nearly all melted, reduce time to 10 seconds.  Stir until all the candy is smooth.  After the candy is all melted, add a few drops of Peppermint Candy Oil.  This stuff is 4 times more concentrated than flavoring extracts and you will not need a lot.  I went with about 4 drops.  Stir well and taste.   

Take a small amount of the white chocolate, maybe a tablespoon or two, and put it in a smaller bowl.  Dip a toothpick in your candy coloring, and stir into the white chocolate.  You are looking to make a nice light blue, and should only need a little coloring.  Too much and it will change the texture of the candy.  Continue coloring and stirring till you reach the desired color.

Now, take your clean new paintbrush, and dip it in the blue candy coating.  Paint the noses and the tails of the mice mold with the blue chocolate.  Be sure to paint it on thick, especially at the tails.  Allow to set in the fridge for a moment, while you check on your white chocolate, and reheat a few seconds if necessary.



Pour about 2 Tablespoons of the white chocolate into each mold.   



Use a new clean paintbrush to spread the coating around the rest of the mold, being sure to get plenty of candy into the tiny crevices, like the ears. 



 Once you think the mold is all set, hold it up to the light, and make sure you don't have any air bubbles or thin spots.  Don't worry about a few stray drips of chocolate on the mold.  We'll fix that later.  Place the mold in the fridge for a few minutes. 



Now that your molds are full of their first round of candy, it's time to prepare the buttercream filling.  Start with a small amount of the filling in a bowl.  A few Tablespoons at most.  (I used about 1/4 of the package at a time.)  Use a toothpick to add a small amount of the blue candy coloring.



Stir in the coloring thoroughly.  It may look like a different shade of blue than your chocolate did, because the buttercream has a naturally yellow tone to it.



Add more coloring if necessary to get your desired color.  We are going for a light blue again.  Anything too dark with show through the white chocolate, which would ruin the surprise to come when your friends bite into them.  Once you get a color you like, add a drop or two of the Peppermint Candy Oil.  Stir well and taste.  It should be pepperminty, but not overpowering.



Next, you will be making small logs out of the buttercream to fill your mice.  The buttercream is a little firm on it's own, and we will be using that to our advantage.  Take a small chunk out, about a Tablespoon.  Roll it gently and quickly into a small log.  You don't want to over-handle the buttercream, or it will become too soft and sticky due to your body temperature.

Now look back at your mold.  Will the log you made fit inside one of the mice, with room to cover in a second layer of white chocolate?  Adjust as necessary.



Place a log of buttercream into each mouse, and use your clean fingers to press the cream into the mold, making it nice and flat, and leaving about 1/4" of room at the top of the mold for more chocolate.

Check on your white chocolate, and re-heat if necessary, in 15 second bursts of time.  Stir till smooth.  Top each of the mice with enough white chocolate to fill the remaining space in the mold.  It should be about a Tablespoon or two.  Spread the chocolate evenly with a paintbrush or a stirrer, and make sure not to miss any spots.  Be especially careful to get some more of the white chocolate on top of the blue chocolate tails.  If the tails are too thin, or not properly attached to the bodies, they will break when you remove them from the mold.



Place your mold in the fridge for about 20 minutes, till the mice set up.  The chocolate should be completely firm to the touch.  If in doubt, hold the mold up to the light again.  If the chocolates have a slightly frosted appearance, and the candy seems to be separate from the mold, they are done.  If they appear to be slightly wet, they are not set up enough.  When they are done, turn the molds upside down over the table or a plate, and pop the mice right out.



Grace and I packaged ours in blue and white airtight containers from the dollar store.  I placed some blue tissue paper in each box, then a small square of wax paper to protect the candies, and to keep the tissue from getting oil spots.  Here's one broken open, to see the filling.



After mailing tons of treats to our swap partners, Grace and I made some more for the Deathly Hallows Premier party we hosted, and brought the extras to the theatre, where we handed them out to other excited fans.  One girl even made her friends take a picture of her with her Ice Mice and Chocolate Frogs.  It made me so happy to see how much enjoyment everyone got out of our candies.

Enjoy the candy making tutorial, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.  I can't wait to go see Part II! 
236  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap Gallery on: October 18, 2010 05:09:11 PM
~*Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Gallery*~



Grab this Portkey to head back to our Original Thread

JennieIngram's Transfiguration Class
jennieingram ---> Andromeda007
Andromeda007 ---> jennieingram

Alchamy513 ---> twistedbeader
twistedbeader ---> Alchamy513


MizzKodak * ---> Samantha_McKay
Samantha_McKay * ---> MizzKodak


kelesaii ---> never_more
never_more ---> kelesaii


SevsOnlyGirl * ---> PirateColey
PirateColey * ---> SevsOnlyGirl

ambermoony ---> RobbinZombie ~*Pics posted by ambermoony; Thanks!*~
RobbinZombie ---> ambermoony

craftypuppymom ---> starryeyeddiy
starryeyeddiy ---> craftypuppymom


dinkime * ---> technogoddess
technogoddess * ---> dinkime


whats_her_name ---> vanessa_nichole (out of town)
vanessa_nichole ---> whats_her_name



Status Color Codes
SENDING:
Green = Sent
* = Sent Early

Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication, Howlers will be sent!

RECEIVING:
Purple = Received & Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures NOT Posted

FEEDBACK:
Strikeout = Feedback Given
Red = Temporary Negative
GLOWING RED = NEGATIVE FEEDBACK
237  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Manly Quilted Netbook Case with Vintage Map Fabric on: September 19, 2010 06:59:30 AM
My DH headed back to school this semester to finish his degree.  He's been out of school for almost 6 years now, and it's been an adjustment for both of us with him going back.  The good part is he's attending classes at the university I work for, so I get to see him a few times a day and usually we have lunch together.   Cheesy

He had been carrying his netbook around in his backpack, or in an old over-sized laptop case that he had to strap it into.  That just wouldn't do!  So I let him pick out some fabric from my stash and set about making him a hopefully "manly" quilted netbook case. DH picked out some antique map fabric, which I had bought when making steampunk potholders for the awesome Wulf

The quilting, which is done in purposely wonky stripes, is actually on the inside, so that the outside is nice and sleek looking.  I had originally planned to do buttons and button holes on it, but when we were in the fabric store looking around, DH picked out these antiqued bronze clasps instead. 





238  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap (CLOSED! ~ Sendouts 11/5) on: August 31, 2010 11:28:50 AM
GALLERY!



Swap name: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Co-organizers: Ex_Gratia & pinkleo
Sign-up date range: August 31, 2010 - September 18, 2010
Date to send item by: November 5, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
It seems there are a great many of us who are eagerly awaiting the release of Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Sometimes it seems that November 19th will never get here.  Well never fear my crafty friends because this swap will help you get through the waiting period!  Unlike a normal Harry Potter swap, this swap is designed specifically to prepare your partner to go see the film (theoretically on opening night, if they so desire).  This does not mean that craft items have to be based on the movie.  The goal is to create items that your partner can enjoy AT the film, and while waiting for hours in line.


Each participant will be crafting 3 items:
1 wearable item (like a tee, House tie or scarf, Jewelry, etc.)
1 accessory, toy, or game (like a wand, a stuffie/doll, or game of Exploding Snap!)
1 snack or treat  


Your package must include 1 Large, 1 Medium, and 1 Small item.  (Or if you prefer the points counting system, one 3 point item, one 2 point item, and one 1 point item.  For more info on size guidelines, see HERE)   You may choose which category items to create for which size.  For example:

You could make a "Large" stenciled tee, a "Medium" wooden wand, and a "Small" batch of homemade cauldron cakes.  

Or you could make a "Large" Skiving Snackbox full of tons of different types of homemade candy treats, a "Medium" crocheted toy Pygmy Puff, and a "Small" house themed bracelet.

These choices are left up to you, but make sure you take into account your partners interests and information from their questionnaire when deciding what to craft.  If they are going to the movie alone, a giant box of candy might be too much, while if they were going with a large group, it might be more appropriate.  
Please be sure to check the original interest thread for a large list of links to HP themed craft projects:
Decked Out for Deathly Hallows Interest Thread, including inspirational crafts!



This swap has a long crafting period, approximately 6 1/2 weeks.
 Please make sure you keep in touch during that time, both with your partner and your organizer.  Please check in on the thread at least once a week, and if you plan to go out of town for a while, please let your partner and organizer know, so we dont worry about you!  Smiley

This swap is expected to be very large, and we have 3 organizers.  You will be assigned to a specific organizers House, and you should send all your communication to that person.  When you send, and when you receive you must PM your specific organizer and your partner to tell them so.  Please make the subject line of your PM; Decked Out for Deathly Hallows: Sent, or  Decked Out for Deathly Hallows: Received to help us stay organized.

Please note that all official Craftster Swap rules will be observed in this swap.  New swappers (and even old swappers) should be sure to review the Swap Info Guide as well as Swap FAQs, and the Information and Tips for Swappers pages.   If you do not see an answer to your question, you are also ALWAYS welcome to talk to any of your organizers via PM.  

One final note:  This swap is designed around an even with fixed time frame.  The film opens on November 19th (or the 18th at midnight), and many, if not most of the people in this swap plan to attend that day.  If you send your package late, you risk your partner not receiving it in time to enjoy at the film. Please weigh that, against the size requirements, and your own time commitments when deciding whether or not to join this swap.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Decked Out for Deathly Hallows
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Please confirm that you understand that DC#s are required on all packages sent within the US, and that a picture or scan of a mailing receipt are required for shipments outside the US. (YES/NO)

What is your favorite Harry Potter book?
What is your favorite movie so far?
Who is your favorite character?
Do you have a favorite quote?
What house do you belong to/support?
What class would you be most interested in taking at Hogwarts?

Do you have a favorite magical item or motif from the books? (The Marauder's Map, Monster Book of Monsters, Golden Snitch, etc?)
Do you have a favorite Weasley's Wizard Wheezes product?
Do you have a favorite spell/charm/curse?
Favorite magical creature?

Do you enjoy the Potter Puppet Pals?
Do you enjoy A Very Potter Musical?

Do you usually go to the movies dressed up?
Are you planning to go as a specific character this year?
What is your tee shirt size?

What (if any) wearable items do you already own? (Butterbeer necklaces, House Scarves, Radish Earrings?)
Is there something you'd really like to receive, such as a purse, scarf, hat, etc?
Do you wear jewelry?  
If so, what kinds? (earrings, bracelets?  silver, gold?)

What (if any) games, toys, or accessories do you already own?  (Wands, Pygmy Puffs, dolls?)
Is there a game, toy, or accessory that youd especially love to receive?

What are your favorite kinds of snack treats? (Chocolate, candy, salty, crunchy?)
Do you have a favorite or most intriguing type of candy from the books? (Chocolate Frogs, Blood Pops, Pepper Imps?)
What are your LEAST favorite kinds of snack treats? (Chocolate, candy, salty, crunchy?)
What are your favorite AND least favorite flavors? (Love pumpkin?  Hate peppermint?)

Are you planning on going to the film with a large group of people?
What are your BEST crafts, or what do you love to make the most?  (Are you an amazing knitter or a wand making master?)

What is your age (or age range)?  (This is not here as a judgment!  There are HP lovers of all ages and we embrace them all!  Sometimes people request to swap with people close to their age range.)
Do you have any allergies to fabrics, foods, or animals?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Do you or anyone else in your home smoke?

Is there anything else youd like your partner to know?

Finally...
Hallows or Horcruxes?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
239  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Trip Around the World Wedding Quilt on: August 28, 2010 02:55:40 PM
A few months ago I posted in the quilting discussion boards, asking for some options on a Trip around the World quilt, for my best friend's wedding.  (You can see the post here: Opinions Needed - Trip Around the World Quilt  Thank you to all the kind ladies who offered opinions and advice!)

In the end I decided to go with the 10 color option, and I am really pleased with how it came out.  Especially since I finished it a whole MONTH before the wedding!  The pattern is a classic, called the Trip Around the World, chosen because of my friend's love of travel, and partially inspired by a poem that was read at my wedding.  Each fabric is indicative of a place/environment on earth, many of which relate to the very different places that Alison, her fiance, and I all grew up.
 
Purple - Migrating Cranes for Alison's graduate thesis in costume design, Madame Butterfly, which took place in Japan.
Arctic Blue - Abstracted Mountains for the icy cold poles that only the bravest travelers visit.
Mallard - Quiet Waters for the tropical islands we imagined running away to during grad school.
Hunter Green - Forrest Dreams for the forests in the Pacific Northwest where they now live.
Leaf Green - Meadow Grass for the Midwestern prairie where her fiance, Dan, grew up.
Saddle Tan - Jazzy Zebra Stripes for Africa, where Dan served in the Peace Corps.
Squash Gold - Forest Ferns for the fall foliage where I grew up in New England.
Cinnamon - Tonal Crackle for the south western desert where Alison grew up.
Wine - Sunset Ginkgo Leaves to represent Asia.
Deep Garnet - Lavish Woodgrain as a solid frame to build their life together.



This is the poem that helped inspire the quilt, by Wendy Paris:

I want to go everywhere with you.
I want to go to Italy and Israel and down the street.
I want to lie on a raft under the sun in the South Pacific with you and float and float and float.
I want to go to the tallest building on the highest mountain, in the biggest city.
And I want to go up on the roof with you and look around.
I want us to pool our talents and pool our resources and create together, that which we have not been able to create independently, alone.
And I want you in smaller ways, too, right here, holding my hand and kissing me.



The center is quilted with 4 hearts.  The rest is just crazy free-motion quilting.  The backing is a warm chocolate brown, with the same brown thread used for quilting it.  I really like how the brown blended right into all those jewel tones.





I'm thinking of framing a copy of the poem and sending it along with the quilt.  As always, comments and criticisms are welcome.   Cheesy
240  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Turkey Ham & Corn Chowder on: August 27, 2010 06:30:29 PM
DH and I made this for dinner tonight, and it was so tasty I had to share with you all.  Usually I do the majority of the cooking in our house as Jim isn't much interested.  But when he does cook, he usually goes all out and makes something very large and time consuming, and it usually involves cast iron, and a roux.  Tonight was one of those nights when I just didn't know what to make for dinner, and didn't really want to cook.  I had some turkey ham to use up, and found a version of this recipe online, hoping I could get DH to help me.  Jim did most of the cooking tonight, while I got to enjoy playing sous chef by chopping things.   Smiley




Turkey Ham & Corn Chowder


2 shallots, diced (or onions if thats what you have)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of paprika
1 quart skim milk
2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
1 cups frozen corn
- pound Turkey Ham cut into 1/2 inch cubes
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, snipped
1 tablespoon sherry

Start by heating a 3-quart saucepan (or a cast iron dutch oven in my case) over medium-high heat. Saut shallots in oil for 3 minutes or until translucent.

Blend in flour, pepper & paprika. Remove pan from heat; slowly add milk, stirring constantly.

Return pan to heat. Add potatoes; bring mixture to boil, stirring constantly. Add corn and turkey ham; return mixture to boil.

Reduce heat to low and simmer soup for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture has thickened.  Add the snipped fresh parsley and the sherry just before its finished cooking.
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