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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My "Soft Almond" top on: March 06, 2008 10:50:29 AM
How beautiful! It's so, so pretty!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Awesome French Braid Quilt!!! on: February 08, 2008 03:08:26 PM
WOW! WOW! WOW! That is so amazingly beautiful!
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Valentines for DD's Class on: February 08, 2008 03:06:35 PM
Those are so, so cute!!!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ice Queen on: January 08, 2008 10:25:19 AM
Very pretty! Thanks for posting, I want to make several of these and it's nice to see a finished one. You should make one for yourself, it looks wonderful on you!
15  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Christmas Baking; Ideas Needed! on: November 27, 2007 03:26:35 PM
I'm also planning my Christmas baking! My absolute favorite recipe is the Sugar Cookie recipe from Martha Stewart's site, iced with a recipe I found on allrecipes.com. This combination makes for the best sugar cookie you'll ever have. I make Peppermint Bark every year, also from Martha Stewart and so good!!!

I'd be interested to know if anyone can recommend a favorite gingerbread recipe? I'd like to make gingerbread men this year.

SUGAR COOKIES:
Makes about 16 large cookies or thirty 2 1/2-inch cookies
 
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice & zest of 2 lemons
1/4 cup fine sanding sugar, for decorating (optional)
 
DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
 
2. Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs.
 
3. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla or lemon juice and zest. Wrap dough in plastic; chill for about 30 minutes.
 
4. Preheat oven to 325. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, and decorate with sanding sugar, if desired. Bake until edges just start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks. May be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

SUGAR COOKIE ICING:

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

PEPPERMINT BARK:
Makes 2 1/4 pounds or one 11-by-17-inch sheet
 
 2 pounds white chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
 12 large candy canes
 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

DIRECTIONS:

1.   Line an 11-by-17-inch baking sheet with parchment, and set aside.
 
2.   In the top of a double boiler, melt white chocolate, stirring constantly.
 
3.   With a chefs knife or meat tenderizer, pound candy canes into 1/4-inch pieces.
 
4.   Stir pieces of candy canes and peppermint oil into the melted chocolate. Remove from heat, and pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; spread evenly. Chill until firm, 25 to 30 minutes. Break into pieces, and serve. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Classic Red Riding Hood (plus this year's pumpkins) on: October 31, 2007 04:12:07 PM
So pretty! What beautiful pictures!
17  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Ideas for an office Halloween party main dish??? on: October 30, 2007 03:22:41 PM
My husband suggested the theme of the "Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts" song (it's his party). So we're going to make a dish to represent each nasty thing in the song. Here's what we came up with:

Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts, - spaghetti with pesto sauce

Mutilated monkey meat - pork and beans with hot dogs sliced into long strands

Dirty little birdies' feet. - bread sticks with the ends split into 3 "toes" dusted with cinnamon (or any other dirty looking spice I can find in my cupboard)

French fried eyeballs... - jalapeno poppers

It's funny, I don't remember the song this way. But we grew up on opposite sides of the country, so I guess every region has it's own version!!!
18  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Ideas for an office Halloween party main dish??? on: October 30, 2007 09:35:25 AM
I have to bring a main dish to an office party tomorrow and have no idea what to make. They have a very limited kitchen with just a microwave for heating something up.

It seems like all the exciting spooky food is either an appetizer or dessert (which other people are assigned to bring). Anyone have any ideas?

I think I might have to resort to sandwiches cut into coffin shapes.
19  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: easy + DELICIOUS squash/onion galette on: October 24, 2007 04:55:52 PM
That looks amazing!
20  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Need Ideas for Halloween Yard Decorations!! PLEASE!! on: October 12, 2007 02:43:50 PM
You can make tombstones cheaply, like others have suggested. I made a bunch for my yard using sheets of styrofoam insulation from the home improvement store. It's cheap.

I cut the shapes out of the styrofoam using a serrated knife to saw through it (it's messy so be warned). Then I painted them using faux finishing techniques and staked them in the yard using wooden dowels. You need to sharpen the ends of the dowels with a knife first.

Then I put moss around the bases, and added some fake cobwebs.

Here are some pictures:



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