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21  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 26, 2013 01:23:09 PM
The blueberry crisp and tomato soup look delicious! I know exactly how you feel about the cinnamon rolls, Smeddley! I had the same experience a few days later with a recipe I tried. It was a very simple one with puff pastry, strawberry jam, and mascarpone cheese (making little tarts). I couldn't find the recipe on my Pinterest board, and accidentally defrosted the puff pastry when it should have stayed frozen  Roll Eyes I ended up making a HUGE mess. The tarts were tasty, but not worth the mess and the mental anguish Tongue The cookie trays are still soaking in the sink from all the burnt jam!

I have a couple more recipes to share that did work out, though! The first is for Sliced Baked Potatoes and it's a definite winner. I was in a potato mood that night so this was my dinner, but it would work just as well as a side dish.



Yum! I added some paprika to the recipe. I think when I make it again, I'll used minced garlic from a jar or garlic salt instead of fresh sliced garlic. It was too strong.

The next is what I just made for my lunch, Blueberry Pancakes in a Jar and it was DELICIOUS!!!! I love pancakes but never make them because I'm lazy. This was the easiest thing and I had all the ingredients. I could even lick the batter bowl because there were no eggs in the recipe!



SO good. I will definitely make this again. I halved the recipe and it was still more than enough. I could have used a smaller jar too. I also used frozen blueberries and they worked great. The only problem was that the batter on the bottom didn't get cooked as thoroughly as the batter on the top, but I just put the jar back in the microwave for another 90 seconds and it was fine. I also had to add more milk to the batter to make it a bit more liquidy. Yum! Yum!
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22  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 20, 2013 01:59:47 PM
This is officially the BEST recipe I've tried yet!!

I just finished making this Cheddar Cauliflower Soup and it was FANTASTIC!!



I pretty much halved the recipe since I only had about half a cauliflower's worth of florets left over from another recipe (except for the cheese--I doubled the cheese!!). I left out the bay leaves, used light sour cream, sharp cheddar, and a big packet of French's Dijon mustard with Chardonnay that I got for free. It made the perfect amount for lunch--filled up a big bowl and I ate every bit. It was so cheesy and tangy from the mustard that I didn't even need Cheezits on the side! So so so good and definitely a keeper. Easy as pie, too--nothing goes to waste because you use the water that you boil the florets in as part of the soup.

Yum!! Cheesy
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23  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 19, 2013 08:44:26 PM
Those look delicious and fit for human consumption!! What a lucky birthday boy Smiley

I just made this Sour and Spicy Salad with Glass Noodles from a recipe here on Craftster. It was great!



Of course I changed it up a bit because I don't like to buy a billion new ingredients. I didn't use any meat or seafood, and added some celery and clover sprouts. I used rice noodles instead of glass noodles because that's all I could find, but they look like the same thing (?). For the dressing, I omitted the fish sauce and chilies and used vegetable broth instead of pork broth. The dressing was good but I didn't make enough so I ended up pouring on some sweet chili dressing I bought for another recipe. It was tasty but HOT! My lips were burning.

I'll definitely make this again--I like the addition of the noodles to a salad. Lots of variations possible with this recipe!
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24  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 17, 2013 09:40:27 PM
Mmmm the crepes with whipped cream look fantastic!

Tonight I made this Cucumber Salad in a Tomato Cup and it was delish!



It was especially delish with Cheezits on the side. I followed the recipe except for the chicken (decided just to use veggies) and switched the dill with cilantro, because the dill was crazy expensive!! The recipe is good as written because you can tailor it to your tastes...although if you're a strictly-by-the-measurements person, it might be a bit frustrating Smiley

I took my second grocery shopping trip today with my new weekly meal plan and grocery list and it's going great so far! I have 6 new recipes lined up for this week and based on what I spent, each meal adds up to about $2.50. Making a grocery list and sticking to it has been really great for my budget, and I am pushing myself to cook more.
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25  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 15, 2013 08:37:22 PM
Yum green chili is right!!

I made Bang Bang Cauliflower for dinner tonight. I followed the recipe as is, but the only difference was that I couldn't find the Frank's Red Hot Sweet Chili sauce! I think that might have made a difference in the spiciness of the sauce...it tasted good, but wasn't as spicy as I was expecting.



Trader Joe's has this delicious Firecracker Shrimp that I was hoping this would taste like, but it didn't quite do it for me. Overall this was good, but I don't think I'd make it again. It just didn't have that wow factor for me. I'm also realizing how much fried food I eat......
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26  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 14, 2013 08:38:44 PM
Wow! Those cupcakes look amazing, and the porkchop breading sounds delicious. I pinned the garbanzo bean salad recipe too...

I've made a couple of things over the past few days. The first is this great Irish recipe called "Butterbeans, chorizo, and cider."



It turned out a lot like chili and was fantastic!! I went by the recipe but made a few adjustments. I left out the sage and used regular paprika, 'cause that's all I had Cheesy. I also used Soyrizo instead of chorizo, since I'm doing my best to go vegetarian (this was my first time using Soyrizo and it was GREAT--couldn't tell a difference!). I also left out the black pudding, used only 1/2 a bottle of cider, used some liquid vegetable broth instead of a bouillon cube, and used canned white beans (drained and rinsed) instead of butterbeans.

Overall this was a great meal and I'll totally make it again. It would go great with some crusty bread (I made more of the fried goat cheese because I'm addicted to it now). I made about four meals out of this and it tasted great every time and it was QUICK to make. I kept the leftover cider and added a bit each time I re-heated it and it was great. I hope to cook with cider more often--it's my favorite drink and I think it added a great taste to this dish.

Tonight I made these cheese crackers  to go with the last bit of chili.



These were good, but I think I still prefer Cheezits! The dough was easy and quick to make, but rolling out the dough was terrible. I can't believe the muscles that our foremothers must have had to do all that rolling. It would probably help if I had a real rolling pin instead of using a wine bottle, too Cheesy

These puffed up and got nice and crispy in the oven and smelled great, but being used to the cheesy, cheesy taste of Cheezits, I found myself wanting more cheese! I added more than the recipe said, but I still think it could use more. The picture here shows the crackers I made from half of the dough--I have the rest for another day. Overall these were good but I don't think I'll make them again...the taste didn't outweigh the convenience of just buying delicious Cheezits at the store Smiley. Also the whole wheat flour was expensive...
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27  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 10, 2013 08:22:59 PM
I have a delicious recipe to share! I found this recipe for Fried Goat Cheese and Salad on Pinterest.



Sorry for the crappy photo...I was in a hurry to eat it! The cheese was gooey and crunchy and perfect. I didn't actually make the salad listed in the recipe, but I think the pomegranate seeds would be a fantastic complement to the cheese. Instead, I sauteed some sliced brussels sprouts in balsamic vinegar and then added some marcona almonds on the side. Tasty!!
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28  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by hgddm on: January 03, 2013 05:26:41 PM
This is an AWESOME idea! I never have anything but pictures of my stuff to show...Smiley I think this will also be less intimidating than the list of 50 (which I failed miserably last year). Here's my list!

1. Lettered sign for entryway
2. HP screen print shirt "I got 99 problems but a snitch ain't one"
3. Fabric hair rollers
4. Giant rag rug
5. Giant coiled fabric basket for holding yarn
6. Blue scarfy necklace
7.Fabric-covered lampshades for craft room
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29  Re: Fall Dia De Los Muertos Swap Gallery: S/O EXTENDED!! Send out by 11/26 in The Swap Gallery by hgddm on: December 15, 2012 11:49:48 AM
Here is my fantabulous package from Bunnie Boo:

This beautiful and stunning hoopla piece! I adore the colors and the look and the stitching is impeccable. Hanging this with pride in my craft room!!


This awesome gingerbread skully man! How awesome is this guy? There were also 5 pieces of this wonderful chocolate candy with pop rocks in it, but only one is left for some reason. I don't know what British genius decided to put pop rocks in chocolate, but I'm pretty sure such ideas are why England ruled the world for such a long time.


Check out the wonderful handmade buttons, the adorable little heart behind the ribcage, and the perfect rainbow blanket stitching. Debbie--I have to know your secrets!!

Thank you for a wonderful swap, Debbie, and everybody! I'll be sending PMs shortly to check in on picture posting and then updating feedback!
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30  Re: Harry Potter Holiday ~ Beware Nargles in Your Mistletoe! in The Swap Gallery by hgddm on: December 15, 2012 11:42:13 AM
I too was spoiled by Solitary Cricket! Behold:

An adorable amigurumi Hedwig ornament! LOVE!


A Howler ornament! The howler is one of my favorite magical items...it's even addressed to Ron!


An awesome snitch card and painted light switch plate!! This is going in my craft room!! She even painted the screws to match Smiley


The most awesome painted candleholders--Wingardium Leviosa and Expecto Patronum scenes! These are wonderful.

Thank you so much, SC! Great swap!
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