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1  California / California: North / East Bay Homemade Food Swap April 2011 on: February 20, 2011 08:43:54 AM


East Bay CA FOOD SWAPS
http://www.facebook.com/ebcafoodswap
http://ebcaswaps.blogspot.com/

Food Swap is a place for you to trade your homemade/grown/prepared food items with others in a silent auction style community marketplace. Your homemade creations (breads, jams, pickles, sweets, canned goods, back yard eggs and produce, etc.) become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants.

Our first event will be on April 9th 2-5pm

The location will only have enough space for up to 30 swappers. You must pre-register to participate. Sign up's for spots will begin on March 19th, 3 weeks before the event.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Total Bathroom Remodel and design. So much fun! on: September 09, 2010 07:44:01 PM



A few months back my boyfriend Dan and I bought a house and one of the very first things we decided to tackle in our new home was this bathroom:


We gutted it completly, even rebuilt the subfloor and drywall. The houses original bathtub had been sunken in to the floor at one point so getting that thing out was quite a task.


After Dan was done with the structural stuff I was allowed to design as I wish. Here is what I came up with. Dan and I are very happy with the results. We painted the original tub and a new sink. Dan built the sink vanity from scratch.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gilded Wings - Recycled Bike Tube earrings on: February 19, 2010 12:27:37 PM



I make these out of recycled bike inner tubes that have been thrown out due to holes



4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Girls Croceted Ruffle Skirt on: February 03, 2010 09:31:15 PM
I crocheted this skirt for my nieces 7th birthday. She loves pink (like most little girls), and wears this skirt with pink and purple leggings underneath. It's perfect for cooler weather.

To make I crocheted the front and the back separately then crocheted the sides together afterward from the inside. I took strands of all the yarn I used then braided to make the drawstring. The ruffle on the bottom is just a simple ruffle made by adding 3 times the amount of stitches per single stitch.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Crochet Skirt on: February 03, 2010 09:26:28 PM
I crocheted this skirt for my nieces 7th birthday. She loves pink (like most little girls), and wears this skirt with pink and purple leggings underneath. It's perfect for cooler weather.

To make I crocheted the front and the back separately then crocheted the sides together afterward. I took strands of all the yarn I used then braided to make the drawstring.

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Homemade Deodorant on: January 24, 2010 11:48:57 AM
on my blog: http://girlonbikewrites.blogspot.com/2010/01/homemade-deodorant.html

I recently stumbled across a recipe online for homemade deodorant and decided to give it a try. After some tweaking of the recipe, I am pleased with the results and don't plan on buying the store brand stuff ever again.



Here's what I did:
Girl on bikes homemade deodorant.
*1/4 cup baking soda
*1/3 cup cornstarch
*10 drops or 1/4 tsp tea tree, lavender, &/or your favorite scented oil
(tea tree works best because of it's antibacterial properties)
*1 tbsp+ coconut oil

Mix baking soda & cornstarch in a bowl with the oil or oil blend of your choice. Stir in coconut oil in until its the consistency you like. (mix it quite a bit before adding more)
Shape into disk or smash in to empty deodorant container. The cornstarch needs some heat in order to begin thickening so I put mine in the dehydrator at 145 degrees for about 15 minuets. The bar will be gooey until it cools so try to resist touching it. Once cool it will be firm and easy to handle.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Flax & Oat bread on: January 19, 2010 04:41:16 PM
Apparently because I'm new I can't yet post pictures. There are some here on my blog though: http://girlonbikewrites.blogspot.com/2010/01/flour-flax-oats.html

Flax Oat Bread:
2 1/2 tsp active yeast
1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 cup rolled oats
3 cups white &/or wheat flour
1/2 cup flax seeds
1 tsp salt

Dissolve the honey and yeast in the warm water. Wait a couple of minuets for the yeast to start bubbling or looking a bit "fuzzy". Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Oil your work surface and hands then kneed the dough 6-8 min. Transfer dough back into mixing bowl, cover, and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour.

Back on your oiled work surface, shape the dough into a log about the length of your baking pan then place it on in the pan. Cover lightly and let the dough rise for another hour or until it rises about one inch above the edge of the pan.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 40 minuets. If the bread is looking browned at this point, tent it with some alum foil and bake for another 20 min.
http://girlonbikewrites.blogspot.com/2010/01/flour-flax-oats.html
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Nutty Oat Bread on: January 17, 2010 03:02:40 PM
Came up with this really good bread recipe recently:

Nutty Oat Bread
2 1/2 tsp active yeast
1 1/3 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/2 cup white flour (this is all I had but feel free to use whole wheat)
3/4 cup mixed nuts & seeds
1 tsp salt

Dissolve the honey and yeast in the warm water. Wait a couple of minuets for the yeast to start bubbling or looking a bit "fuzzy". Add the rest of the ingredients and mix till the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl. Oil your work surface and hands then kneed the dough 6-8 min. Transfer dough back into mixing bowl, cover, and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour.

Back on your oiled work surface, shape the dough into a log about the length of your baking pan then place it on in the pan. Cover lightly and let the dough rise for another hour or until it rises about one inch above the edge of the pan.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 40 minuets. If the bread is looking browned at this point, tent it with some alum foil and bake for another 20 min.


Apparently since I'm so new I can't yet post pictures but you can find pictures here:
http://girlonbikewrites.blogspot.com/2010/01/something-out-of-nothing.html
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Homemade Vegitarian Pizza on: January 17, 2010 02:51:37 PM
Last night my guy and I made some delish homemade vegetarian pizza.

We made the dough from scratch, topped it with tomato sauce, onions, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, olives, and of course CHEESE (we used a mixture of Mozzarella & Provolone)

Apparently since I'm so new I can't yet post pictures but you can find pictures and the dough recipe here:
http://girlonbikewrites.blogspot.com/2010/01/handlebars-homemade-pizza.html
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