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311  Garden in a Jar in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 29, 2012 12:55:31 PM
Are you itching for something fresh while waiting for your frozen garden soil to thaw?  Consider trying sprouts.  While I was cleaning my kitchen cabinets last week I came across some long forgotten sprout seeds and decided to see if they were still viable and they sure were!  I'm certain I picked them up at a garden supply place.  I also picked up the green mason jar mesh lid which is useful however you can use a piece of panty hose and a rubber band instead.  I grabbed an empty pint jar and put in a tablespoon of mung bean seeds.  Put the lid on it and rinsed the seeds then drained them.  I kept this jar by my kitchen sink and a few times a day I rinsed and drained the seeds.

After just a little over a week, I had this.  Great on salads and sandwiches!
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312  Re: 100 Facts About Me Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: February 27, 2012 05:11:19 PM
My package arrived from Miss Barbara today.  Here are the lovelies she sent me:
First up were some farm/garden themed buttons and whimsies to help me decorate the wee house I've got under construction.

A farmer's market journal (I'm a vendor).  I'm certain I'll make good use of this!  A paper mache covered pumpkin bank.  A pumpkin is the one thing I have a hard time growing.  A heart shaped tin with cookies inside (yum) and beavers on the outside.  We collect beaver related things here, they're responsible for our farm name (Missing Willow Farm).  A round globe box filled with painted peg people and some cute tiny animals. 

More whimsies and a slate weeping willow wall hanging she made herself using a rubber stamp, she included the stamp for me to use, too.  I already have a project in mind for that stamp.

It's hard to see but the sheep in this hoop are outlined in shiny beads.  The back of the hoop is covered in the strawberry fabric so it's reversible.  She also sent me extras of both fabrics.

Thank you, Miss Barbara.  It was nice getting to know you.   Smiley 
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313  Re: Winter Hippy Swap Gallery in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: February 27, 2012 04:51:27 PM
I received from our wonderful organizer Samsara today.  This is the second time we've partnered.  I invited her in my very first swap, an Invite Your Partner.   Grin  Here's my fantastic package she sent across the pond.  She made me wrapped bangle bracelets and an altered tin in a bee theme (we're beekeepers). 

Here's what's inside the tin.  So cute!

A beaded copper heart with dangling amber beads.  Love it!

A shirt with a hand drawn mehendi design.  I'm an occasional mehendi artist, I so appreciate this!

Here's a close up of her design.  Samsara, you should be a mehendi artist if you aren't already.  So beautiful!

Mehendi cards!  I had such a hard time using the handmade cards you sent me in our last swap.  I think these may need to be framed!

An embroidered appliqued beekeeper themed bag!

Here's the back!

A pixie hat and matching snood!  I never thought I'd say this but I think I needed a snood!   Smiley  My husband was thrilled to see it, he always fusses at me for not dressing warm enough.

Thank you so much, Samsara!  I loved partnering with you for a second time and love everything you made me.  Kiss
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314  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 25, 2012 07:41:11 AM
Kookaloo_Starr, love the socks!  Very impressive.  I finished #31. Perfect my hot sauce recipe then bottle it for gifts.  Here's the prototype:
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315  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 24, 2012 04:45:10 AM
Great bag as always SheepBlue!  Ffrogg, I think I'd try a new doctor for sure.  Since my partner in the Hippy Swap has received, I posted the tassel belt I made for her.

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316  Tribal Belly Dance Tassel Belt in Costumes: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 24, 2012 04:39:56 AM
My partner in the Winter Hippy swap, Samsara, is a tribal style dancer.  I myself am a former tribal style dancer who still enjoys costuming.  I've still got a few of the mirrored belt bases in my stash.  I attached one to a black cotton base, whipped up some wool tassels, embellished with a few beads, cowrie shells bits and bobs and here ya go:

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317  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 03:23:03 PM
Here's something I made for a swap that also meets my #17. Hand build a piece

It's a trinket box for Samsara

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318  Trinket Box in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 03:16:57 PM
I made a trinket box for Samsara in the most recent Winter Hippy swap.  One of the themes she mentioned she likes are lotus blossoms, so I went with that.  The reddish brown is done with iron oxide with no overglaze.  The blue glaze is called Floating Blue.  I like the contrast.

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319  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 10:15:51 AM
Mio that's really awesome!  I love how that came out. 

I just posted a cooking tutorial for paella - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404332.0

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320  A Versatile Paella in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: February 21, 2012 10:09:26 AM
Paella is one dish my entire family loves and it's awesome enough to serve on a special occasion.  Unlike traditional paella, this version is assembled at the end rather than cooked all together.  That means you can, for instance, set aside a portion without shrimp if someone is allergic, or without sausage if someone doesn't eat pork.  I also love it because I can cook the ingredients ahead then just make the rice and assemble it right before dinner.  I love an impressive, low stress meal!

The first thing I make is lemon garlic mixture that will flavor the rice when it's done.  In my mini chopper, I whirl together:
The zest of a lemon
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
12 garlic cloves
salt & pepper
This goes into tupperware and waits in the fridge for assembly.

This is a fresh chorizo and a fresh andouille sausage removed from their casings, crumbled and browned.  

Smoked andouille sausage links sliced and browned.

Red and yellow peppers sliced, seeded, splashed with red wine vinegar and olive oil then roasted for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once they're cool enough to handle, I peel the skin off.

Sea scallops patted dry and sauteed in a little olive oil just 2 minutes per side.  They were really expensive this week so I cut them in half.

Shrimp peeled, deveined and sauteed in a little olive oil.  I'm always careful not to overcook shrimp.  They just take a minute or two per side.

So... everything above this point can be done ahead of time.  I just gently reheat each component in the microwave right before I stir everything into the rice and lay the chicken thighs on top for serving.  To do the chicken thighs, brown both sides in a little olive oil and butter.  Put them skin side up on a baking pan, season with salt and pepper then put them in the oven at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes depending on how big they are.  They come out crispy and delicious.  

Here's what goes into the rice:
3 cups of long grain rice sauteed in a little butter
6 cups of chicken stock
A pinch of saffron
salt and pepper to taste
Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes, toss 1 cup of frozen peas in during the last 3 minutes of cooking

You can also add steamed clams, mussels, lobster, whatever your heart desires and your pocketbook can handle.  Wink  Enjoy!

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