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11  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Buffalo Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Peppers on: April 21, 2015 12:50:02 PM
I've seen buffalo chicken stuffed peppers and buffalo chicken spaghetti squash, so why not buffalo spaghetti squash stuffed peppers?  Cheesy

I had made the chicken variety of this recipe not long ago, so I just substituted the squash and winged it from there. Here's what I did:

1. Roast one spaghetti squash, cut lengthwise and brushed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mine was pretty small, so I did 50 minutes at 400 degrees.

2. Chop and saute some onion and celery in a little bit of oil or butter (or you choice):

3. "Spaghetti-fy" your squash with a fork:

4. Add the squash to your saute pan:

5. Pour in some buffalo sauce. I think I over did it a bit with the buffalo. Depending on the size of your squash, I would recommend starting with a tablespoon or two and going up to 1/4 cup max.

6. Gut your peppers:

7. Fill the peppers with the buffalo squash mixture and top with shredded cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice):

8. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

They were good, but I will definitely go easier on the buffalo sauce next time. A coworker suggested adding some quinoa, which I think would be delicious. If you try this or any variations, please let me know!
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jewelry from Wood Scraps on: March 21, 2015 11:53:03 AM
I put these under reconstructed since they are made from scraps of wood scrounged from Mr. Road's scrap bucket. A few tweaks with a drill and my woodburner, add some wire, cord, and beads - and voila! - something new from scraps.

I was inspired by the Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap hosted by sheepBlue, so if you haven't checked out that gallery yet, I highly encourage a visit!

Here are my newest pieces inspired by the swap:

Some close ups:

And here are the pieces I made for the swap itself:

For LeapFeetFirst:

For P_E_S_T:

Thanks for looking!!
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dinosaur Capes! on: February 06, 2015 01:04:18 PM
I made these for my friend who as twins, one boy, one girl.

I was going to do wings on the girl cape, but then I thought, girls can be dinosaurs, too! It's so girly, I love it:

The boy version has camo dinos on the fabric - pretty perfect combo:

Here's my kiddo modeling the boy version (he refused to model the girly one):

Ugh - our door is so dusty! Construction dust is the worst - it gets everywhere!

Thanks for looking anyway! Smiley
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Metal Frame + Fabric Faux Deer Head on: February 06, 2015 12:56:27 PM
I actually made this a while ago with LOTS of help from Mr. Road. Remember the Faux Taxidermy Swap? Yeah, that's about when this craft was started.

I joined the 2014 Fake Swap Craftalong to give myself a deadline for this and it totally worked...kinda. Mr. Road and I got the piece done, but not mounted and on the wall, so I waited to post. Then I couldn't find my in-progress pics, so I waited to post. Eventually, I realized that if I kept waiting to post it was just never going to happen. So here it is!

Hanging out in our living room:

A head-on view:

Side view:

Here's the one in-progress pic I could find (Mr. Road's metal frame):

There's a layer of batting between the fabric and the frame, and I have pics of that, but who knows where. All seams are 100% hand-sewn.

We love the way he lords over our living space!  Cheesy

Thanks for looking!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Minecraft Skeleton! on: November 03, 2014 01:32:50 PM
Kiddo is obsessed with Minecraft so of course we had have a Minecraft Halloween.

After rotating ideas several times, we settled on this skeleton idea based on an image we found online. The skeleton body is duct tape and I painted the head with varying shades of gray.

The bow is painted foam core that I swiped from the trash pile at work.

Of course, the pumpkin matches.

And because school frowns upon the whole "not being able to see" thing, I made a smaller skeleton head that sits on top of kiddo's head. Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Happy Halloween. Smiley
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mrs. Weasley's Clock on: September 29, 2014 01:40:14 PM
Made for Mistress Jennie in the IYP swap, who "wants to live at The Burrow." Well, no Burrow would be complete without this Weasley icon!

I transferred the image available here onto a round wooden plaque and painted over the transfer with a combination of acrylic paint and paint pens, then added the hands/mechanism.

Photos courtesy of Mistress Jennie!

And here's an in-progress pic for fun:

Thanks for looking!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Art Nouveau Plaque Hooks on: September 28, 2014 06:05:34 AM
I made these for Mistress Jennie in the IYP swap. She had mentioned that she was looking to decorate her bathroom with a art nouveau theme and both of these images were pinned on her Pinterest. I decided I was going to try to make her some kind of wall art in the art nouveau style, then I realized I could make them more functional by turning them into towel hooks/holders.

I started by stitching the images on my machine. My technique for this is basically to stitch over a printed image of the design and then tear away the paper. I embellished the stitching with watercolor paint and some painted beads. The whole thing was stretched over a layer of polyfill and stitched over a wooden plaque. (a la Ludi's embroidery finishing tutorial). I enlisted my husband to forge the hooks for me and then he attached them to the back of the plaque. I love how they came out and I'm pretty sure Jennie loves them, too!


A couple pics from Mistress Jennie:

Thanks for looking!
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spaghetti Squash Alfredo on: August 18, 2014 08:54:11 AM
I've been wanting to try spaghetti squash for a long time now. I knew that the only way I could get anyone else in my family to eat it, however, was if I smothered it in cheese. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a shot.

1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
1 Tablespoon butter
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon cream cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 Tablespoons extra for topping
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes and fresh parsley, for optional garnish

I roasted the squash the night before I baked it at 350 degrees F for about an hour. Unfortunately, the next day I realized I did not save my squash skins for re-baking (and lovely presentation), so I used a 9x9 baking dish instead. Other than that I pretty much followed the instructions in the link above.

My squash was also a little over roasted I think and I lost some of the spaghetti-like definition of the squash when I scraped it out of the skin. That aside, it came out amazingly delicious. Even my husband ate it (but not the kiddo).

It looks a bit blob-y in this pic:

But here's the evidence of deliciousness:

The crushed red pepper was an excellent addition. I'm hoping we can make spaghetti squash part of our regular dinner rotation. Maybe I'll even try a recipe with less cheese next time!
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Scrappy nature spirit doll on: June 06, 2014 03:29:27 PM
I missed the recent Spirit/Intention Doll Swap, but artsycandice graciously invited me to personally swap dolls with her. I wasn't sure how I was going to start making the doll but I knew I wanted to dig into my scrap pile. I started with strips of fabric and sewed them together intending it to turn into the "body" of the doll, but when I was finished it just seemed to say "dress." The rest of the doll fell into place after that. I'm so happy with how she came out.

Thanks for looking!
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pocket Alter on: April 24, 2014 07:20:15 AM
This is my first altered Altoids Tin! It was trickier than I anticipated as I wasn't expecting the embossed lid. I guess I'm a little late to the party.  Wink

Anyway, I had a lot of fun putting this together for hawkeyes_girl in a recent personal swap.

Here it is all closed up:

And open, full of goodies:

All the contents:

There's a candle and candle holder, a wand, bowl and offering plate, extra candles, a gazing stone, wooden cauldron, infused oil, and an alter cloth.

I made the candles by melting down an old candle and dipping hemp into the melted wax:

Here's a close up of the wand, which I made with a toothpick, some black hemp, and beads:

It was super fun to put together. Thanks for looking!
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