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91  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / First Quarter 2013 Featured Cooking Projects on: March 15, 2013 06:06:02 PM
1Q2013 Featured Cooking Projects

Thank you for being a friend.... by hippiejo74    




Lemon: the shy snake cake by BoomerBile    




Guinea Pig birthday cake by mrsflibble    




Farmtastic Second Birthday Cake by kjlutz      




English Muffin Stackers by sweets4ever    




Vegan Roasted Mushroom Soup & Sweet Potato Biscuits by jennieingram    




Holy Pozole! by batgirl    




Naan by MissingWillow    






92  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Caravan Craft Storage on: March 14, 2013 12:34:43 PM
I made this dainty little thing for LimeRiot in the Invite Your Partner swap.  I saw one in her pinterest so was pretty sure she'd like it.   Smiley  It's modeled after a food trailer caravan and is intended to be a sewing box, but can be used to hold all kinds of things.  The wheels are spools of thread.



The license plate on the back is a girl scout patch. 


Like it?  You can make your own!  The pattern is from Moda and it's free.  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/03/sliced-audition-tutorial-lonely.html
It's listed as 'ambitious'.  Can I get an amen?!
93  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Quigley's Kitchen Towel on: March 11, 2013 11:22:55 AM
LimeRiot and her hubby have five adorable dogs, three of which are dachshunds who pretty much steal the show in photos!  My favorite, though, is their great dane Quigley.  For the most recent Invite Your Partner swap, I decided to include a kitchen towel with his likeness.  This photo shows the in-process embroidery, with my original sketch on the pad. 



The finished project.  This is only my third project with the machine.  I'm learning and loving the process!




Here's a photo of Quigley next to his likeness.  Isn't he a massive handsome boy?!
94  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Yarn Bowl on: March 11, 2013 05:10:22 AM
I just completed the most recent round of Invite Your Partner with LimeRiot.  I worked from her pinterest board, which featured some 'please make this for me' items.   I found a few yarn bowls there, and was inspired to make one for her.  It's the largest piece I've ever thrown (I'm a newbie), I love the color. 


 
Here's an action shot of the bowl at Lime's house.  Thanks so much for letting me use your photo!

95  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / A Winter Garden on: March 06, 2013 04:54:40 PM
I thought I'd share our winter gardening efforts.  Here's one of two garlic beds we planted in October. We have peas, lettuce, carrots and spinach planted in other exterior raised beds, those aren't up yet.


Inside the greenhouse is another story!  Here is the spinach we've been enjoying for the past few months.  Isn't it gorgeous?


This bed has spinach, lettuce and rutabaga greens.  Yum.


Our carrots are almost ready to harvest.  Baby ones, at least. 


Pea flowers.  We have both shelling and snow peas. 


A broccoli bouquet.  I've been putting this in stir fry and quiche.


Kohlrabi.  Amazing!  It's good raw, baked, fried and mashed. 


We grow our own citrus, even though we're in Virginia (zone 7).


Baby beets.


And inside the house, we've got peppers and cucumbers and tomatoes ready for transplanting into peat pots.  Those will be in the ground before we know it!


96  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fairy House Tin on: March 04, 2013 10:00:52 AM
Here's a tiny fairy house tin I made for Zephyr in a swap.



It has a cardboard roof and a poly clay door.  There's a mushroom image under glass on the roof and a mushroom patch on the back of the tin.



Inside lives a fairy resting in front of some shelves of things she's collected, including a bottle of fairy dust.  The lady image is from Alpha Stamps.


97  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Palmistry Pillow on: February 10, 2013 07:57:05 AM
I've been experimenting with the On Screen designer that came with my new sewing/embroidery machine.  It's like magic!  It's a sketch pad tablet that digitizes hand drawn designs.  Here's my first project, a palmistry illustration that I made into a pillow (my first ever pillow).   Grin



I'm going to have so much fun with this thing!

98  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Naan on: January 13, 2013 08:16:36 AM
I love Indian food so much!  Even though naan is getting more and more easy to find at the grocery store, I always make my own.  It's so fragrant and soft and yummy.  This recipe is adapted from one by Madhur Jaffrey. 



Here are the ingredients:
2/3 cup warm milk (110 degrees)
2 tsp. sugar
1 package dry yeast
3 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1 beaten egg



Start by combining the warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp. of the sugar.  Set aside for a few minutes until it becomes frothy then add to the remaining ingredients and mix together.  Knead it for 10 minutes and put in a lightly oiled bowl.  Cover and let sit to rise for an hour.


Here's what it looks like after rising.  At this point, you should preheat your oven to 500 degrees F.


Turn it out onto a floured surface and cut it into as many naans as you like.  This recipe makes 6 large or 12 small breads.


Roll them to about 1/4 inch thick.


Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.  They go into your 500 degree oven for just 3 minutes. 



Look closely, you'll see they have puffed up a bit.  Switch your oven from bake to broil.  Once your broiler is hot, put your cookie sheet back in the oven on the highest rack for just 30 seconds to brown.  Watch them carefully!


Perfect!
99  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cinnamon Rolls on: December 30, 2012 08:51:32 AM

This recipe came from a Family Circle magazine probably 15 or 20 years ago.  It was billed as the T.J. Cinnamon's recipe.  It is so very good, I hope you'll try it!

Start by dissolving two packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm to the touch water (110 degrees F.) and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.  Let it stand for at least 5 minutes to get foamy.  In a mixing bowl, combine 3 cups all purpose flour, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.   At low speed, gradually add in 1 cup warm milk, 1/3 cup salad oil, 2 eggs and the yeast mixture until well blended.  Slowly add in another 1.5 cups flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes.  I knead mine with a dough hook in my stand mixture but you could knead it by hand on a floured surface.



The dough is smooth and elastic after kneading.  At this point, put it in a bowl with about a tbsp. of oil in it, cover with a clean towel and let it rise for an hour.



While the dough is rising, make the filling.  You'll need 1/2 stick of butter at room temperature, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.



Just mix all ingredients until they come together.



Here's the dough after rising for an hour.  Turn it onto a floured surface.



Roll the dough into a rectangle approx. 18 by 10 inches.



Spread the cinnamon filling on top then roll it up on the long side.  You'll end up with an 18 inch long log of cinnamon filled dough.  Cut the dough log into 14 equal slices.



Place the slices into greased 9 inch round cake pans.  This recipe makes two pans.



Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.  Here's what they look like after rising.



Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (until golden brown).



I remove them from the cake pan after about 10 minutes and glaze with a mixture of 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 1 Tbsp. milk and 1 tsp. vanilla.   I hope you'll give them at try!




100  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cornbread Sausage Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing on: November 26, 2012 09:21:07 AM
Here is my holiday stuffing recipe.  My family loves it!


I start with cornbread stuffing mix.  I read the back of the package for the recipe (amounts of butter and chicken broth to add) then start gathering other goodies...


I dump the stuffing mix in a huge bowl then crumble up and fry a package of sausage.  Once I drain off the fat, the sausage is added to the stuffing mix. 


An entire bag of cranberries are rinsed, picked over, and added raw to the stuffing mix.


I mince and saute shallots, 3 stalks of celery and a few sliced mushrooms in the amount of butter the stuffing bag calls for.  Add to the mix.


Peel and slice an apple, add it to the mix.  Once I have all of the add-ins, I stir in the amount of chicken broth called for on the stuffing package. 


In my house, half of the stuffing gets walnuts.  Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350.
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