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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: "scrubby" material to crochet, NOT that mesh stuff? on: September 29, 2010 02:49:20 PM
I have used the plastic canvas yarn to make bath scrubbies and it works really well. Both to crochet with and to exfoliate.
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Camping - hassle free recipes?? on: September 09, 2010 09:03:44 AM
If you know any Girl Scout leaders that do any camping, check with them to see if they have any fun recipes. One of the Troops in our Council sell a camp recipe book as a fund raiser.

The foil packets are something we used to do in GS. You can also make spaghetti without water, but you have to like a lot of sauce in your spaghetti. Heat the spaghetti sauce in a pot and then add the spaghetti. The hot sauce will cook it and it will absorb the sauce a bit instead of water. I would break it in half or thirds if you are using a smaller pot. Smaller pastas work well too and can be easier to stir into the sauce.

For a yummy and slightly healthy dessert, cut up whatever fruit you like. We usually use peaches, strawberries, bananas, and pears. Dump it all in a big ziploc bag, and then add in a packet of koolaid. Use the presweetened kind so you don't have to lug sugar as well. Mix it all up in the bag and you have a yummy fruit salad. The girls really like this since the koolaid adds a little extra sweetness and you can change the flavors up. We usually use strawberry or cherry koolaid.

Stews are a good way to use up leftovers. Dump whatever meat you have leftover and the veggies and add some water. Cook until heated through and bubbling.

We used to take a dowel rod and cover the end with foil. Then take fridge biscuit and wrap it around the foil end. Hold it over the fire until the biscuit is done. You can fill it with jelly for breakfast or with pudding for a camp eclair.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / size 12 and 13 steel crochet hooks on: September 01, 2010 06:28:53 PM
I was given some of my grandmother's crochet hooks and in the lot were size 12 and 13 crochet hooks. The hook end on these things are tiny.  Anyone have any idea what these would be used for?
The thread I use for doilies is too thick for these.  My mom thinks my grandmother used them for tatting, but I haven't looked into that yet to know if that is what they would be for. Anyone have any ideas?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Give me a go/no go for launch: Crochet Space Shuttle!! on: February 15, 2010 06:33:44 PM
OMG! That is just wonderful. my NASA geek friends will drool over this as soon as I show it to them.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: How Bazaar! Crochet creatures & jewelry (lots o' pics!) on: February 01, 2009 06:47:49 AM
i LOVE the gnomes and mushroom! very cute!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Does everyone who publishes recipes need remedial geometry?! on: January 19, 2009 03:25:50 PM
ok i'm the dork that pulls out the ruler. i don't hold it up to the dough to make sure it's exact. i just look at it to get a frame of reference for eye balling it. it's mostly just when making new recipes or if i'm having issues with a recipe.  Grin
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you store your yarn? on: January 17, 2009 05:30:48 PM
my yarn is in a set of stacking bins. the smaller balls and odds and ends are in ziploc bags to keep colors together. it sits in my closet,and i sort of have it organized but i need to go through it again. i'm trying to make a ton of scarves for next winter so i have a couple of canvas bags that have a ball of yarn with the scarf of the day in them. and then i have an orange canvas bag that i got at michaels a couple of years ago that has 6 pocket on the outside to hold 6 skeins of yarn and there are holes that go from the pockets to the inside of the bag so you can put you wip back in the bag and zip it up, and right now it has an afghan i'm working on for my dad. i try to keep it all contained to keep my 4 year old nephew out of it.
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Hateful uncooperative pupcakes on: November 18, 2008 04:02:00 PM
uncooked spaghetti works well as an anchor. it should hold the mini cup cake in place, but if you don't get it out of the cupcake before someone takes a bite, it should break when they bite it. this is what the instructor told us to do when we made the clowns in the wilton cake decorating class i took eons ago.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: WTF? Why does my icing keep melting? on: November 18, 2008 03:58:54 PM
try using butter flavored shortening instead of butter in the icing. i actually don't like the way it tastes with butter in it so i have always used shortening in the wilton icing recipe and then adding 1/2 tsp of butter flavor. even doing half butter and half shortening should help it hold up instead of melting.
if you are making something that will have flowers  or something fancy on them, make the flowers ahead of time and let them dry. it's always been less frustrating to have the flowers act up if i make them ahead of time than on a busy day when i'm icing and decorating the final product. not much help now, but something to keep in mind next time Smiley
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