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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Black Lace Wedding Cake on: September 01, 2009 08:17:38 AM
This is really beautiful! I love it, definitely something I would like for my wedding cake.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: elvis, 3 stooges, music notes, skull and crossbone! on: June 18, 2009 11:28:08 AM
These look great!! The fabric choice is adorable!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Green Chile, Spanish Rice, slow cooked pinto beans! on: June 18, 2009 09:54:53 AM
My boyfriend and I found a crock pot at Target for $18.99 and we've been using it like crazy these last couple of weeks. I made pinto beans a couple of nights ago, so I decided to make burritos, green chile and Spanish rice.



Burritos:

Fixings:
Lettuce, chopped
Tomato, chopped
Onion, chopped
Follow Your Heart cheddar, grated (optional, you can't really taste it anyway.)
Tortillas (make sure to read the ingredients, some places use lardddd!!)

Beans:
1-2 cups of dried pinto beans
2-4 cups of water
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tsp salt or more to taste
crock pot

Sort beans, take out the bad ones (black, misshapen, ugly, etc.) and put the rest into a large bowl or container. Fill container with water and stir with a long spoon. Poor water out of container and repeat 3-4 times until water is no longer dirty. Some people soak the beans over night, but I never plan that far ahead.

Next, combine all ingredients in your crock pot. Just make sure the water is a couple inches above the beans. (You can always drain it out later.) Turn the crock pot on high, and let cook for 5-6 hours.

You will have tons of beans, but who doesn't love beans. I usually just mash a little at time and keep the rest in the refrigerator with some of the broth still in the container. I like the beans whole with chile over them sometimes.

Green Chile:
1/2 onion, chopped into large pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups vegetable broth (I used chicken flavored vegan bouillon and water, you can also just used water)
4 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
4 tbsp (or more if you like spicy) chopped green chile (I used Bueno, I think they are from New Mexico, very delicious!) make sure it is thawed!
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Saute garlic and onions in olive oil on medium high heat until onions are translucent. Lower heat and and add flour to make a paste. Let the flour brown a bit before adding the liquid. Add 1 cup of the vegetable broth and Bragg's, bring the gravy to a boil on medium to medium-high heat, stirring constantly. It will thicken up quite a bit, so I use the second cup to thin it out. Once the gravy is at the consistency that you like, add the chile and tomatoes. Turn down the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cumin.

Spanish Rice:
1 cup white long grain rice
olive oil
2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 small can tomato sauce (or a heaping spoonful of tomato paste, but what do you do with the rest of the can? I don't like wasting it so I use sauce.)
about 1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas (sometimes I use peas and carrots)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown rice in olive oil(make sure all rice is coated) over medium high heat in a deep pot for about 20 minutes, until rice is lightly toasted. Add water, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper to pot and bring to a boil. Lower temperature, and add peas. Let cook for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you don't lift the lid because this will let the steam escape! You can also add the peas in after the rice is done if they are fresh. Just let them warm up a little bit in the rice.

I like to think that these recipes are somewhat authentic. Very easy and very cheap to make. Enjoy.

I pretty much put the exact same thing in my blog, knitthatshit.blogspot.com.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Granny Square Tetris Blanket on: May 26, 2009 08:13:39 AM
First of all this is amazing! Your squares are so straight, you stitched them together so well! (Which I think is the most boring part.. ugh it just gives me the creeps thinking about it!) Do you have a technique that you do to keep them so straight? Also, how did you choose which color to sew two different colored squares together? They look so good, I must know your secrets!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Octopus Earrings on: May 23, 2009 03:03:18 PM
I love these!! They are totally cool, you did an awesome job. I don't wear earrings, but I really want to make a knit octopus!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cotton Half Double Crochet Clutch! on: May 23, 2009 02:41:46 PM
I finally made this clutch after putting it off for months. I really wish I wouldn't have waited, it's so darling! I can't wait to make more.





I used this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=169414.0.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: someone else's UFO = my new cutting table (pic heavy) on: May 22, 2009 12:01:46 PM
Maybe you could try another thrift shop and buy more patterns. I think if you extended them all the way to the edge of the table it would give it a more finished look. I also liked what Snootzie said about the actual pattern pieces.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Dr Robotnik on: May 19, 2009 08:30:16 AM
This rules!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: a sweater for my bike! on: May 14, 2009 11:34:56 AM
That is sweet!!! So awesome to inspire someone to make something. It looks great.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: bike rain jacket on: May 13, 2009 03:56:52 PM
very cute! and great idea with the clear vinyl and cotton print!
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