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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 04, 2014 04:17:23 PM
Absolutely love the patches, artsycandice! And the catch-all is an excellent idea!
Just for my tracking purposes, LM, does that count for engineering?

The duck/rabbit is a hilarious mystery, storerboughtcreations!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 02, 2014 03:52:14 PM
Great costumes, crazyda! And what a beautiful keepsake.
23   / PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Re: Featured Projects July-September 2014 on: November 01, 2014 11:22:23 AM
Thank you!
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: November 01, 2014 08:33:58 AM
Ditto what artsycandice said (and congratulations to her and gozer as well!)
The enchiladas look relish!
Thanks for the new prompts based on roler's great theme!
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: October 31, 2014 05:52:34 AM
Happy Halloween!

BTW, a belated congratulations to the nerds of the week!
26  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Popcorn Balls (or Ice Planets!) on: October 29, 2014 08:01:00 AM
They were!
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: October 28, 2014 08:37:07 PM
Another busy day! Love the monster, Smeddley!
Gozer, thanks so much for the info!

Prompt:  October Mob
Team: Randomizer
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Ice Planet Popcorn Balls
Project Link: (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436435.0
Brief Description: These tasty and problematic treats were made for a Halloween girls' night. The idea came from a blog and the popcorn ball recipe came from one I tweaked from my grandmother's cookbook. (recipe and a link to the blog are in the link!)
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Prompt:  October Battle: Halloween!
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: caramelized onions and pasta
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Also for the get-together the other night. The secondary theme was make-your-own-theme-party, so this easy-peasy dish (cook the onions, boil the pasta and toss them together with olive oil, salt and pepper) were marketed as gala-inspired: bow ties and cummerbunds.
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Prompt:  Graveyard Shift
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Lemon Chicken
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: Dinner is useful for nighttime! This recipe is adapted from this one. I didn't do the veggies (I didn't like the veggie part of this recipe when I did them before) so I halved the olive oil, ditched the salt and pepper and just used one lemon (the juice only.)
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28  COOKING / Dessert / Popcorn Balls (or Ice Planets!) on: October 28, 2014 08:18:42 PM

I saw the idea for popcorn ice planets on this blog, and knew I had to make some for a girls Halloween night where the secondary theme was choose-your-own-theme. I used my old (very old! Mostly from my grandma’s cookbook with a little tweaking) recipe for popcorn balls.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
32 cups of popped popcorn (takes a bit over 2 batches for me to get enough from my air popper. I get it popping while the syrup is cooking.)

Cook the first 3 ingredients in a small pot over medium to medium-high heat. I stir occasionally most of the time, but, really, I’m a ditz and I haven’t figured out a way to screw this recipe up yet.

Put the popped popcorn into lightly greased, shallow containers (don’t include unpopped kernels if you can. They’re no fun.) I use 2 disposable aluminum roasting pans from the grocery store (but I wash ‘em and keep ‘em instead of disposing of ‘em Smiley)

When the syrup reaches softball stage- use a candy thermometer or the ice water trick to tell -quickly stir in the vanilla and salt then pour over the kernels. Stir to coat.

When it’s cool enough for you, grease your hands (butter is tasty!) and get to forming the sweet, corny goodness into balls. If you want to make them into ice planets, form each around a strand of baker’s twine long enough to tie to a bbq skewer or whatever later.

Let cool all the way. If they haven’t been devoured after that, wrap in plastic to keep fresh and/or hold together better (soft ball stage is soft!)

Don’t fear candy making! Popcorn balls are delicious and easy! Ice planets are too, if problematic to eat Wink

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ on: October 27, 2014 07:04:28 AM
Great mug rug, artsycandice! Mmm, squash bread! I may have to give that a go. Your scarf really turned out, gozer! How flexible is it? I've always been worried that that style would be kinda stiff.

Man, you guys were busy yesterday! I was too, but with Halloween get-together stuff. It was nice and fun! I'll post projects from it later.
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Trillium bag on: October 26, 2014 10:52:33 AM
How neat is this!
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