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1  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by netchez on: June 22, 2016 12:17:43 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy heat
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Country Peach Preserves
Project Page Link (if available): Country Peach Preserves Recipe (Natasha's Kitchen)
Brief Description: Walking into Kroger the other day,  I saw yellow peaches on sale for $0.40 per pound. I bought 12 pounds to make preserves. Next morning there was only 6 pounds left (Annoying kids struck again).  So I proceeded to make preserves with what I had. ` I found the recipe on Pinterest, but halved the recipe since I only had the 6 pounds of peaches.  It took three days to complete, since there were cooling times incorporated into the recipe.  I wound  up with three pint jelly jars. In the picture you will see two jars that look as though there is something wrong with the preserves.  Not to worry.  I had some green canning jars and didn't think about the fact that the color of the jar would make a difference in how it would be received.
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2  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by netchez on: June 22, 2016 09:25:19 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch Pitch - Owl
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: The Annoying kids
Project Page Link (if available): not available
Brief Description: Inspired by a post seen on Pinterest showing a snowy owl on Etsy.  Unfortunately, it is no longer listed, so I don't know the creator. I saw a necklace and thought that it would make a cute Christmas ornament.  While making it, the kids began asking if was them.  So I decided to make one for each of them.  Here they are in order:  AnnoyingBigSister, AnnoyingLittleBrother, AnnoyingLitteSister, and AnnoyingBabySister. The owls are made of polymer clay, and were painted with acrylic paints.  They each have eyes the color of the child they represent. Maddy ( AnnoyingLitteSister) wanted her feathers to be brown so that's what I did. I put the year on the bottom of the owls.
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3  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by netchez on: June 18, 2016 07:10:55 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Smothered burgers with mashed potatoes
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description:  When my husband was alive, he always wanted meat and potatoes, since he said that was what he was raised on.  He loved my smothered steak and mashed potatoes with gravy. Today, I was hungry for smothered steak but didn't have any round steak.  All I had was ground beef (80/20), So I decided to make some hamburger patties and cook them with the onions like smothered steak and serve them with mashed potatoes. My recipe for the smothered burgers is below:

Smothered Burgers
   1 lb(80/20) ground meat
   cup breadcrumbs
   2 tsp garlic & onion Grill Mates seasoning
   1 tsp smoked paprika
   tsp fresh ground pepper
   tsp salt
   4 quail eggs
   1 large onion
   cup button mushrooms, if desired
   2 tbs vegetable oil
   Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a bowl.  Fashion into patties.  Put in refrigerator for a while to chill the patties.  Slice the onions into thin slices. If adding mushrooms, clean and slice them.  Put a frying pan to heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent.  Remove onions from pan into bowl.  Add the patties to the  pan and sear one side.  Turn the patties over and sear the other side.  Return the onions to the pan and add the water (and mushrooms, if adding them).  Cover and simmer on low until the patties are done.
NOTE: you may remove the meat and onions and make gravy from the drippings if you wish (I would).

Mashed Potatoes
   3 lbs of potatoes
   6 Tbs butter
   1/3 cup milk
   1 clove garlic
   salt and pepper to taste
   Wash and peel the potatoes.  Dice and rinse them  Put the potatoes in a pot of cold water to cover with a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil and cook until done.  Drain.  Put potatoes back in pot to remove some of the excess moisture.  Cut the butter into patties and add to the potatoes while mashing them with a potato masher. Mince the garlic and add while mashing. Add the salt and pepper to taste.

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4  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by netchez on: June 16, 2016 08:44:03 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flue Powder
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: New and Improved Cake Glaze
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description:
   1 Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix
   3 eggs
   1/2 cup vegetable oil
   1 cup water
   1 cup confectioner's sugar
   1/2 tsp vanilla
   1 1/2 TBS milk
   Bake cake according to directions on box.  Let cool completely on wire rack.  Place cake on plate.  Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle on cake.
 After trying the Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, I decided to try and improve the glaze that I would put on a Bundt cake, since the glaze I used did not show up (other then a transparent shine).  So I baked another Bundt cake ( a yellow cake this time) and let it cool.  No matter how I mixed the confectioner's sugar and lemon juice, the glaze always was transparent, so that idea went in the trash.  Then I mixed the confectioner's sugar (without sifting), vanilla, and  milk together.  This glaze turned out to be a white opaque and looked much better on the cake.  We all tried the lemon cake and while it was really good, I believe that the glaze on it should be this new glaze (since the other was a lemon overload in addition to the sugar overload and transparency issue).  So I think this is an improvement and I will use this in the future..

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5  Re: ~*HP Craftalong - Midsummer Semester 2016*~ in Craftalongs by netchez on: June 15, 2016 04:14:55 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
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House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (sugar overload)
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description: It all started with a Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix I found in the pantry.
   1 Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
   3 large eggs
   1 cup water
   4 1/2 TBS oil
   4 TBS poppy seed filling
   (if you use plain poppy seeds, increase oil to 1/3 cup)
 lemon simple syrup:
   1/2 cup lemon juice
   1/2 cup sugar
 lemon glaze:
   2 TBS lemon juice
   1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
 sugary zest:
   zest of 6 lemons
   3 TBS sugar

 We all love lemon poppy seed cake so I thought I would add poppy seed to the mix.  However, we only had poppy seed filling. I decided to use 4 TBS of the filling in the cake.  I added it to the water and eggs and mixed it to separate the poppy seeds from the filling ingredients.  I also used a tad less oil since the filling had a little oil in it.  I baked the cake in a greased and floured bundt pan. While it was baking, I made the lemon simple syrup.  When the cake was done I let it cool for 15 minutes in the pan.  I then turned the cake out on a wire rack with a plate under it, I poked holes in the cake and drizzled the syrup over the top of the cake. I then zested the lemons and put the zest in the sugar.   After letting the cake cool the rest of the way, I strained the zest and retained it in one bowl while keeping the lemony sugar in another.  I made a glaze of the lemon juice and sifted confectioner's sugar. I drizzled the glaze over the cake, sprinkled the zesty sugar on top and sprinkled the zest over that.  Sadly the glaze also soaked into the cake rather then sitting on top so it is hard to see. Everyone loved it!  Win...Win!
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by netchez on: May 31, 2016 09:23:40 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: May Headmistress Challenge
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House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Food for Clara's picnic
Project Page Link (if available): SimplyStellaTV on youtube
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)  I decided to make some of the foods that Clara would take on a picnic.  So I made 2 loaves of French bread and a wheel of cheese (enclosed in wax), plus 2 apples.  I watched the video on youtube on how to make bread using polymer clay, baking soda and water. The breads are in bread bags that I made from patty papers. I just formed the apples from polymer clay and painted the outsides with red chalk pastel before baking them.  i baked them at 375 degrees for 10 minutes (same temperature for the cheese).     
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7  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 in Craftalongs by netchez on: March 01, 2016 12:06:05 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
Project Name: Easter Egg Math/Reading activity
Project Page Link (if available): CreeksideLearning.com/easter-egg-phonics-for-beginning-readers-with-free-printables/
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.)  While bookmarking educational resources in Pinterest, I ran across this Easter phonics activity.  I printed it out this morning and cut out the pictures and letters.  I found the plastic Easter eggs and grass to make a "basket" for the eggs.  I put the letters and corresponding picture in each of sixteen eggs.  I then changed this pattern by writing a number (1 - 16) on each of the eggs to correspond to a side of the die I was going to use.  Then I placed all the eggs in the wooden basket.  To play this game, Maddy must 1) roll the die; 2) find the corresponding egg; 3) open the egg to find the picture and letters; 4) arrange the letters to spell the word for the picture. 
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 in Craftalongs by netchez on: January 19, 2016 07:51:23 PM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Coconut
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Project Page Links: (all found on Pinterest)
   1) How to Make Coconut Flour by immaeatthat.com
   2) Perfect Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies by dontmesswithmama.com
Brief description:
   Everyone in the house was working on a project using part of the two coconuts we had bought...except me.  I couldn't think of anything to do so I took the coconut meat that no one was using and proceeded to make coconut flour.  It is not difficult to do following the instructions given in the pin.   But I was left with the flour (about 12 ounces) and I couldn't decide what to do with it.  Joy suggested I make cookies.  So I did.  The recipe was very straightforward, but for some reason I couldn't get the dough to be anything but soupy.  So I punted... I added the rest of the flour I had made to the batter and put the "dough" ( more like batter) in the bottom of cupcake cups (since i had no more flour).  I baked them and they turned out fine.  The kids thought they tasted fine.
  I will probably try this project again to see if I can get them to look more like cookies rather than mini muffins.
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by netchez on: October 18, 2015 06:35:01 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Bean - PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE!
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Canned Pumpkin
Project Page Link (if available): There are several pins on Pinterest pertaining canning pumpkins. I chose one that showed how to can pumpkin cubes, rather than puree. 
Brief Description: To do this project, I took a pumpkin, cut the top off, cut it in half and scooped out the seeds (which I saved) and pulp.  I then cut off the rind using a serrated knife (a saw was all that would work) and cut the meat into one inch cubes. I put the cubes into a large pot and covered them with water (just barely).  I boiled the pumpkin cubes for 2 minutes, while getting my pressure canner and pint jars ready.  I put the cubes in the hot jars with some of the boiled water, leaving one inch head space.  I pressure canned the pints for 55 minutes.
I am learning to make homemade dog food for our large guard dogs and I included pumpkin in their food to make the change-over easier on their digestions.  I mashed the pumpkin before putting it in their food.  They love it. 
The pins I looked at all said to can the pumpkin as cubes rather than puree because tht way you could be sure the center of the jars was at the required temperature.
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by netchez on: June 28, 2015 08:46:06 PM
Class/challenge: Bertie Bott bean -Curry
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: survival belt
Project Page Link: Pinterest: 36 paracord projects
Brief Description:  Annoying little brother lost his belt and his pants keep falling down. We were not going to town any time soon so I decided to make him a belt.  The only supplies that I had on hand was some paracord and clasp for a dog collar.  So I used those supplies and completed the belt for him.  I think it looks good on him.
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