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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Help with dress idea on: October 23, 2008 03:54:42 AM
So, I'm getting married. Yay! It's going to be very DIY, but I can't decide about my dress.  I know I'm not going to be able to sew it, but I'm going to try to find more talented friends.  Anyways, I'm a big fan of the red dresses I'm seeing.  However, my fiance is a bit more traditional than I am.  I've been thinking of a good compromise and think I have an idea: a red, floor-length, gathered dress with a removable, cream-colored, train.  The train would actually meet in front and go from right under my bust to my waist, and the lacing would be in the back. That would leave me with a very lovely princess-like dress with a red bust and red part down the fri\ont of my skirt.  Does that sound like a feasible idea? 
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Better Than Normal Cornbread on: January 04, 2007 05:57:13 PM
This goes great with chili!

1 box cheap corn bread mix
milk
egg(s)
1/2 can corn
oregano
salt
pepper
cayenne pepper
chili powder
garlic powder
parsley

Follow the directions on the back of the box, add 1/2 can of corn, 2 shakes salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, about 1 tsp chili powder, oregano, parsley, and garlic each. Add cayenne to taste. Bake normally. It does make about 2 more cupcakes than normal.

My boyfriend hates cornbread, but likes my version.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Easy Vegetarian Chili on: January 04, 2007 05:51:13 PM
I made really yummy chili the other night.

1 onion, chopped
olive oil
chopped garlic- to taste
2 cans black beans
1 can chick peas
1 can tomato paste
1 can chopped tomato
palm full of chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
good Hungarian Paprika
cayenne to taste
2-3c water, or 1 bottle beer


saute the onion in the olive oil about 5-8 minutes on medium heat
add garlic, cook 1 minute
add tomato paste and seasonings
add juice from canned tomatos, stir until even mixture
add tomatos and stir
add chick peas and black beans
add about 2-3 cups of water depending in the consistency you like your chili to be
taste and adjust the seasonings
cook at least 20 minutes with the lid on, stirring occaisionally

serve with toppings like chopped onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped jalepenos, etc

Also, its goes fabulously with my very non-dry corn bread.http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=143501.0
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / junior maternity sewing patterns? on: December 31, 2006 11:40:55 PM
Does anyone know of a companythat sells junior maternity clothing patterns? Thanks.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What do you call this type of coat? on: December 04, 2006 11:33:36 PM
I saw one of the Olsen sisters wearing a coat like this (sorry, couldn't find the pic) but I have no idea what it is called, making it difficult to find a pattern.  Anyone have any ideas?  Thanks in advance!




Oh, it says "bell sleeves" on the left and "gathered material" and "about 6" from crotch" on the right
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Looking for a website.... on: September 05, 2006 10:36:26 PM
A while back, I came across a website where a guy made cakes and they were all assembled into a torso.  There was a spleen, a liver, a heart, etc.  He had injected them with jelly(?) so they oozed when cut.

But, my computer went whacko and I lost the link.  I can't seem to find it.  Can you help me?
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Missing: One small Swede.... on: May 04, 2006 03:44:59 AM
So, I'm reading an Irish sew recipe on VegWeb, when I see "1 small swede, chopped".

What exactly is a swede?  Because the only ones I know about are people from Sweden.


.... I had an image of The Swedish Chef (from The Muppets) being chopped up and added to stew....
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Help needed on Valentine's Day CD (for someone going through a break-up) on: February 01, 2006 04:06:28 PM
I wanted to make a CD for my boss, as thanks for switching me shifts on V-day so I could have the evening off.  He's going through a separation with his wife, which he has mixed feelings over.  I was going to put on some good break-up songs.  He's into The Postal Service (but nothing too emo) and The Wu-Tang Clan some bands like that.  He HATES country and isn't too found of Classical or Jazz.  HELP!
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Help for a picky vegetarian on: January 27, 2005 09:22:03 AM
I decided I am in dire need of new vegetarian (I'm not vegan) recipes.  I have just a few I keep recycling.  Thing is, I'm kinda picky, so it's not too easy to find recipes. Would y'all be willing to help me out here? I'm good at just throwing stuff together for everyday-type meals, its the somewhat more complex recipes I lack.

Things I do not eat: mushrooms (not at ALL), bananas, meat, fish, tomatos-whole or in pieces (sauce-type things are okay), Tofu (have not yet found a recipe I like it in, so far the texture is always not cool), asparagus, brussel sprouts, and I think I am missing a few things. I will say I have tried all these things multiple times, and just cannot reconcile with the taste or texture.

I will also add that I live in Topeka, Kansas, and a lot of the special health food/vegetarian substitution stuff is VERY expensive here.

All your help is very much appreciated, thanks.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Recreation Ever After Ballgown on: January 09, 2005 04:57:55 AM
I'm (eventually) going to make myself a copy of the ballgown from the movie Ever After.  I found a somewhat similar Simplicity pattern to start with.  I think with the right materials and tweaking the pattern a bit, I'll have nice results.

<a href="http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Lab/1770/page-ea1.html">Here's the dress from the movie.</a> Just click on "10. Ball Gown" on the left side.

<a href="http://www.simplicity.com/designFrame.cfm?designId=10642&design=8735">Here's the Simplicity pattern.</a>

I knpw I have to tweak the bit at the shoulders and the lower sleeve.  What else?  Any material suggestions?
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