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31  Summer, it's surfing tidal waves, creating nanobots and dying a pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: July 30, 2015 08:59:27 AM

To commemorate Phineas and Ferb, summer and my mom's birthday I made her this pillow.

Except for a few end repeats and where it got cut off at the left and right edges (on purpose) it features all the lyrics of "It's Summer".

Of course the back closes with shoelaces, complete with aglets!

I used Elmer's school glue gel poured into a little squeeze bottle attached with a small tip to write the lyrics onto an 18" square of white muslin, leaving some room at the top and bottom. Not easy. It took 3+ hours to write out the song.

It sat around drying for a day or two while outside a bucket of water heated up in the sun.

On dying day I mixed 1 packet of Dylon bahama blue in hot water then dumped it in the bucket and stirred it around. Without wetting the fabric first in it went. I didn't care about streaks (I actually wanted some and got faint ones) and I did not want to risk messing up the glue.

Yes, my hand is a little blue. It and its twin got much bluer later. Wear gloves.

Oh my gosh! Where did the lyrics go? All my precious writing! Oh, there, I can see some glue at the bottom. Phew. Please work, please work, please work...

It worked!

Mom loved her gift, so it was all worth it Smiley

Enjoy your summer!
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32  Enchilada Slop and Taquitos in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: July 30, 2015 08:27:47 AM
"Enchilada slop" may not be the most appetizing name, but it's tasty and easy and versatile!

You'll need:
refried beans
enchilada sauce

You add these things too:
black olives
cooked chicken (cut small)
whatever you think will taste good

It's better not to mix cheese into the slop. Save it for a topping later so it doesn't get blegh.

For this batch I used 2 cans of beans, half of that big can of sauce, olives and a whole chicken breast.

Mix it all up, pop it in the fridge and let the flavors meld. Whenever you want some, grab a tortilla or chips, dish it out and heat it up (or not) for tacos, burritos or chip dip. You can also use it for filling in...

taquitos. Yeah, I was less than impressed too. Why? Why would those four remain perfect and those three crack? Seriously, what the heck?

I used corn tortillas, heated up to a very flexible state, and rolled them around a couple of tablespoons of slop. Then they were spritzed with pam and backed in a 425F oven for 15 minutes, as I had seen done on numerous blogs. Next time I'll try it with flour tortillas. They look worse than enchilada slop sounds, but they taste good!
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33  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: July 21, 2015 10:12:13 AM
Love the ATCs!

Prompt: zaps
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Orange Ice Cream Syrup
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440064
Brief Description: I tried making orange soda syrup using half the amounts of water, sugar and juice I've used in the past. I don't know if it was the orange or halving, but I did not like it as a soda. As an ice cream syrup, though, it's delish! It makes vanilla taste just like a creamsicle.
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Prompt: July battle - aliens
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: lazy lasagna
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440065
Brief Description: Alien can be used to refer to extraterrestrials or something foreign or unfamiliar.
Project Picture:
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34  Lazy Lasagna in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: July 21, 2015 10:05:02 AM
All right, I cannot seem to take pictures of food. I'm working on it (okay, sort of) but let me assure you this is pretty and tastes good in real life!

You'll need:
lasagna noodles
2 jars of spaghetti sauce
ricotta cheese
mozzarella cheese

Boil the noodles.

Get out your sauce. I use meat sauce made by cooking hamburger and mixing it with spaghetti sauce. I keep some in mason jars in the freezer and pull it out as needed. For this lasagna I used these two plus some sauce straight from a jar. In all, it was about 2 jars of straight-from-the-store sauce.

Mix half of the sauce with half a container of ricotta.

Layer plain sauce, noodles, sauce-cheese and repeat, topping it all with mozzarella.

Pop it in a 375F oven and cook for 40mins-1hour.

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35  Orange Ice Cream Syrup in Dessert by Calabaza on: July 21, 2015 09:49:56 AM
Drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream, this syrup makes it taste just like a creamsicle!

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh orange juice

Dissolve the sugar in the water in a mason jar then pour in the juice and shake to mix. I didn't do this, but I'm sure you could add some food dye if you wanted more color.

A little goes a long way (Seriously. Just drizzle it, otherwise it is cloyingly sweet.) but it sure goes fast!
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36  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 29, 2015 06:01:19 PM
Go team!

Excellent tiny books, greybird.

Love the glowing patch, Ludi. Does it glow that well in real life? What kind of floss did you use?

Prompt: zaps
Team: randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Raspberry Syrup Soda
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439809
Brief Description: I measured how much syrup I put in a glass this time (okay, so, I was forced to figure it out because I filled the jar I keep the syrup in way too full to just pour it without spilling all over.) 1-2 spoonfuls of syrup made from raspberries, sugar, water and a blender.
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37  Fruit Syrup Soda in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: June 29, 2015 05:51:56 PM

1 1/2 cups raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Dissolve the sugar in the water. Puree the raspberries in a blender, mixing them with the sugar water.

Take a spoonful or 2 or more or less to taste...

And add it to sparkling water or another beverage.

That's it! Garnish it if you want. Add in something else if you want (A dash of orange juice?)
I store my syrup in a mason jar in the fridge and it's lasted about a couple of weeks. It gets used up in that time, so I'm not sure how long it'll keep barring that. It's great on pancakes and ice cream too.
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38  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 23, 2015 09:18:21 PM
I love the way that owl peeks up on the back of the coin purse!

Prompt: team spirit textbook
Team: randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: raspberry/coconut "ice cream"
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439719.0
Brief Description: I have a particular fondness for home ec. science. Thanks to fiddling, this recipe can be eaten by the majority of my family! It's dairy-free, egg-free and, of course, gluten-free.
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39  dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free raspberry coconut "ice cream" in Dessert by Calabaza on: June 23, 2015 08:49:44 PM
There are tons of allergies at my house, but the majority of people here can eat this raspberry-swirl coconut ice cream.

It's definitely not ice cream, but it's definitely a yummy treat!

I found the recipe here.

Right out of the food processor.

I used olive oil instead of coconut oil without any issues that I know of. I also used half normal, white sugar and half maple syrup to sweeten the coconut/cashew mixture and normal, white sugar for the raspberries.

I chilled the coconut/cashew in the fridge overnight. It firmed up a lot! It took about 10 minutes to become firm soft serve in my automatic maker!

I had to do most of the mixing in of the raspberries myself.

It gets very solid in the freezer. I've taken to removing it 15 minutes before scooping so I can actually, you know, scoop it.

Not ice cream, but so good!

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40  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: June 19, 2015 11:27:09 AM
What a cool thistle!

Prompt: June battle - cute
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: Pizza Pockets/Mini Calzones
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439689
Brief Description: Mini = cute!
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Prompt: zaps
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering, Community
Project Name: simplest simple syrup
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439688
Brief Description: No stove required! That means no heating up the house for a nice, cold, refreshing glass of flavored sparkling water, an Italian soda or other cool, flavored beverage.
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Prompt: team spirit wordy
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points:
Project Name: bag strap
Project Link:
Brief Description: A coworker was going on a trip and asked me if I could add a strap to her bag so she could put it over her head. She chose the webbing and I did the sewing. It should have taken a lot less time, but my sewing machine decided to throw a tantrum. Words were said, plus the bag has blue in it so it fits the prompt Smiley
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