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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video! on: April 09, 2010 10:03:01 PM
Thanks, tomico - that was really helpful!  We've done a lot of regular wines and a few fruit wines, but there we tend to rely on specific gravity for the end points.  The only person in my family who's ever even tried dandelion wine before is my late grandmother who apparently made it fantastically well, but unfortunately for us she never wrote down her recipes, so cautious people that we are, we worried that if we let it ferment too long it would end up undrinkably dry.  We ended up giving it about 9 or 10 days fermentation in the end; the yeast activity took a nosedive towards day nine so we figured it was probably done. Smiley  I love mead, by the way - is it particularly difficult to make, or just time consuming?
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Dandewine--dandelion wine! with an instructional video! on: March 30, 2010 08:06:24 PM
I just started a batch of this this past weekend!  Picking the flowers out of the dandelions took ages, and caused a brief panic when we discovered a few ticks had made it into the basket with them, but it's currently starting it's primary fermentation.  My family does a fair bit of home brew wine, including a particularly nice blackberry wine last summer, so we were wondering what specific gravity means it's done?  Or is it just a rough time estimate kind of thing?
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Short cardboard tubes and tiny flip-top canisters on: March 22, 2009 11:42:14 PM
Not sure how keen you'd be to do this one with second graders, but we always used to use old film canisters for making baking soda and vinegar rockets!  I bet you could use the little black things for those.  You get the kids to each decorate their own with nose cones and wings and things, then take them all outside.  Fill them up with vinegar, throw in a spoonful of baking soda and close the lid tight, put 'em on the ground and run away!  I remember taking mine home and playing with it for hours!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Flour substitutions? on: September 03, 2007 12:38:51 AM
Wheat-free cooking is hard, so first of all, kudos for trying to bake for your mom!  Like you said, binding is the probably the hardest part of cooking without gluten, but I find that using a  mix that isn't 100% rice flour helps a lot.  In my house, we use a mixture of equal parts rice flour, potato flour, and corn starch.  Mix it up in a big batch and you can use it just like regular flour.  The component parts don't cost too much, unlike most prepackaged gluten-free flours, so you won't be breaking the bank if you intend to do a lot more baking.  The only problem I've ever had with it is that it's a lot finer than normal flour, so it tends to fall flat, especially with cakes.  To compensate for that, I usually use a little more baking powder or soda, or an extra egg and a whole lot of whisk action.

Wheat-free baking always tastes a bit different from normal baking, so I like to up the chocolate or fruit in my recipes.  Wink  And if all else fails, this flour makes a mean wheat-free crepe!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice me, please on: March 15, 2007 08:48:34 PM
I'd say it counts.  The art department at my university offers a range of digital art courses, so they clearly accept it.  I suppose the stigma is that in this day and age, digital drawing and painting is associated more with comics and fanart and that kind of thing than with the kind of art that you can find in galleries and museums.  If you're trying to move into a more traditional style, you might find it easier to make the transition by focussing on more traditional mediums for a while, and then transitioning back into digital.  Or by trying more abstract things with whatever your favourite digital tool is, and finding a style of your own using more traditional techniques and theory.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Acrylic paint disaster! on: March 15, 2007 08:40:55 PM
I went to my painting class this afternoon, wearing a pair of pants that I had just (as in, five minutes before I left the house) finished altering to fit me properly, and when I got home I discovered that someone had spilled a lot of white paint on the stool that I sat on.  Needless to say, I am furious.  Unfortunately, since it was a three hour painting class, and I didn't discover it until I got home, it had already mostly dried.  My mom and I went into emergency scrubbing mode, and tried everything from dishsoap to paint thinner on them, but to no avail.  I know I shouldn't care so much, since until I reconned them they were junk pants anyway, but I'm more than a little disappointed that I put that much time into fixing them and now I'll never get to wear them again anyway.  So I charge you, the legion of crafsters:  Is there any way to get white paint (presumably acrylic, although it could also be gesso or latex) out of polyester?  Or should I just toss them out and try to get on with my life?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Calcifer on: January 11, 2007 09:51:10 PM
You know, I saw this on the Recent Posts page, and I didn't see the title of the thread, but the first thing that came to mind was, "Hey, it's Calcifer!"  He's absolutely adorable.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Holiday appetizers? on: December 15, 2006 08:48:59 PM
Help!  I'm going to a Christmas party this weekend.  The host is doing most of the cooking, but she has asked that we all bring some fingerfoods to share, to make her job easier.  Easy enough, right?  But I've never had to make appetizers before, so I don't know what to bring!  Factor in wheat, dairy, egg, and chocolate allergies in the invitees, and all of a sudden you've got trouble.  I know I'll probably not be able to make something that everyone can eat, but I'd like to accomodate at least most of us.  Can anyone suggest any tasty morsels I could try?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: "My name is SARAH" swap. on: November 22, 2006 11:07:23 PM
Ooh!  Ooh!  Ooh!  I want in!  You'd never believe the number of times I get people misspelling my name, maybe having it written down directly in front of them would help.  I was at a burger joint on a trip once, and the girl at the counter asks me for my name because it's busy, so I say "It's Sarah.  With an H".  And then twenty minutes later, when everyone I'm with has been served, I go up to ask where my food is and I'm told the only meal they have is for "Sahara".  D'oh!
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: rihanna's green dress EDIT: I MADE IT! on: October 14, 2006 07:42:24 PM
That dress is gorgeous.  Way better (and more wearable) than the original.  And it looks incredible on you!  Whenever I make dresses, I always end up botching the fit just a little bit and never wanting to finish it, so I know how you feel, vis-a-vis not being totally happy with it.  On the hem issue, I would just unpick the hem you've got and hand stitch it.  It'll be easier than fighting an unwilling sewing machine in the long run.  I'd hate to see a dress that pretty go unworn because of the hem!
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