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41  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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42  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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43  Pizza Pockets/Mini Calzones in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: June 19, 2015 11:10:37 AM

Going on a picnic? To work/school? On a day trip?

Make some pizza dough (or buy some) and tear off a ball about twice the size of a doughnut hole.

(I was looking around for something to help show the size and, low and behold, doughnut holes!)
On a surface coated with cornmeal flatten it into a small pizza shape. Try and dent it a little in the middle to fold the filling just a bit better.

Or you can get all neat and roll it out and cut it with a large glass or cookie cutter.

Top it with sauce, cheese (or not if you're vegan or allergic), and whatever other pizza toppings you want. Then fold the round in half, pinching it closed, trapping the filling inside.

Place it on a cookie sheet sprinkled with more cornmeal and bake at the temperature your pizza dough calls for until done. Mine said to bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes for a normal pizza, so I cooked my pocket calzones at that temperature for 10-15 minutes.

Eat them hot, cold, as is, with dipping sauce, in your house, with a mouse, you get the picture  Wink
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44  Simplest Simple Syrup (for italian sodas and other flavored drinks) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Calabaza on: June 19, 2015 10:55:48 AM
It's a sultry summer day. You think, "Gosh, a nice, cold italian soda sure sounds good." But you're out of syrup and you are so not going to stand by a hot stove on a hot day cooking some more.

You can make syrup without heating up the house!

No stove in sight.

I've been making my own simple syrups for a while, but always cooked them until this batch. I stumbled on a recipe that claimed that the only reason to cook a simple syrup is to kill bacteria so it lasts longer. I don't know if that's true, but considering how fast it goes around here I figured I'd give it a shot.

I squeezed just a tad under 1/2 cup lime juice and added it to 1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of water. (That's 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1/2 part lime juice. Try 1 1/2 part juice if you're using another type of fruit, like raspberries.)

Pour yourself some sparkling water or whatever and flavor with the syrup to taste. It's good right away but it's even better after sitting a day in the fridge! And a little goes a long way!

Ah, refreshing!

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45  Re: DO NOT POST - Setting up the Summer Nerd Games 2013 in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 31, 2015 07:15:25 AM
Team Randomizer Headquarters

Roster/Points Earned:
Calabaza 780
moriarT 280
Mountains and Clouds 470
LovelyMiss 935

In addition to the fantastic games-wide raffle, for each 100 points earned for our team, you will be entered into a Team Randomizer raffle.
Winner: moriarT
The Randomizer who earns our team the most points will automatically get a prize!
Winner: LovelyMiss

Thank you, Tanath, for keeping track!
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46  Moulage to Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: May 26, 2015 06:23:48 PM

By-the-book pattern drafting as always fascinated me.

A moulage (left) is like a body-double, a sausage casing made for your body. It's made out of woven fabric. It has just enough ease so you can try it on and not bust it!

Years ago, I was in sewing school (which I had to drop out of due to health reasons. Great sadness. Recommence self-teaching.) and had the opportunity to take a moulage class. So. Much. Fun! And so easy! Getting a sloper to fit had taken days and tears. The class itself took days, but the process was like a breath of fresh air. Instead of multiple fittings I made 1 version, a couple of small adjustments, tried it on to make sure, no adjustments. Yes! I was sold.

Unfortunately, or, rather, mostly fortunately, that moulage no longer fits. It hasn't for a while. I'd been meaning to make another, but it just didn't happen until recent weeks:

Next came the sloper:

And then transferring the results so I can draft and sew!

Yes, there are mistakes. Don't craft tired, folks.

Next up was to try it all out on a real pattern! I picked a really simple design that would have been easier to make by winging it, but instead drafted it by-the-book(ish.)

Princess lined back bodice.

Bound sleeve hems and neck.

I drafted the sleeves too.

There are still a few kinks. 2 I'll work on in the next pattern and 1 I think I'll live with. But, all in all, I think I'm pretty happy!

Even more info here and here.
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47  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 26, 2015 05:08:50 PM
I really like that ATC, rockingbearranch.

Research Project Name: casual, knit dress
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: N/A
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439443.msg5314878#msg5314878
Brief Description: Having this as a research project gave me the needed nudge to keep working on this dress patterned from my moulage (because I wanted to do it by-the-book(ish) and test it, not because I needed too for this design.) As an added challenge I made my own sleeve pattern by-the-book(ish). Oh my gosh, I swear the most polarized topic in garment sewing is sleeve cap ease. One lady suggested that anyone who disagreed with her method should be hung!
There are still a few of kinks to work out, 2 I'll work on, 1 I'll live with. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the result!

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Princess seamed back bodice

Bound neck and sleeve hems.

Research Project Name: article of clothing
Team: randomizer
Brief Description: I want to make more! It'll take me 3 weeks or more to settle on whether I should try the next thing I have in mind as a dress or a top, draft the pattern by-the-book(ish) and actually make it.
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48  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 19, 2015 09:27:29 AM
Welcome back, artsycandice! Love the circus mouse and the monster!

Awww, cute cat, roler!

Thanks for the comments, guys! LM, how on earth did you descried aioli without mentioning mayo? Did you just list the ingredients in mayo?

Prompt: May flash mob
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: -
Project Name: Baseball Macaron Coin Purse/Key Fob
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439352.0
Brief Description: Totally useful on the go! At 1.5" it's definitely travel-sized too Smiley
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49  Take a Baseball Coin Purse out to the Ballgame in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Calabaza on: May 19, 2015 09:08:28 AM
I was pretty excited to see my first baseball macaron coin purse/key fob listed for inspiration. I love baseball!
Here's another one:

"Who couldn't love a game where the whole point is to go home?"

When I take a macaron to a ballgame (easy to carry at 1.5" wide) I keep mints safe and secure in it while keeping it clipped safe and secure on my bag.

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50  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2015 --March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by Calabaza on: May 13, 2015 07:44:36 AM
LM, cool coin/card purses! Where did you get those colorful snaps?

Prompt:  May Battle - trains!
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: chicken burgers with garlic aioli
Project Link: garlic aioli recipe
Brief Description: Trains are so cool. I would pack this for lunch on a train trip.
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Prompt: March - 40's
Team: randomizer
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: noodle thing
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: What's that on the side of the chicken burger with garlic aioli? Yep, the noodle thing. So good.
Project Picture:

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