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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester - March 1 - May 31, 2016 on: March 01, 2016 12:06:05 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
House:Ravenclaw
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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2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 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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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Fall Semester Sept 1-November 30, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! 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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4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! 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.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 19, 2015 06:48:12 PM
CAUTION:  project dump!

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Bertie Bott Bean - Mushroom[/b]
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: German Apple Strudel
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.beyondkimchee.com/apple-strudel/
Brief Description: This is a recipe for German Apple Strudel that I found on Pintrest.  I love apple strudel, but haven’t made it for a long time.  It smelled so good while baking.  About 5 minutes before it was done, I took it out, brushed an egg wash over it again and sprinkled sugar over the top.  I returned it to the oven so the sugar would crust up.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Arithmancy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  2 Pizzas
Project Page Link (if available): Found on themamasgirls.com
Brief Description: One night we all wanted pizza but we had none.  So I got out the ingredients and made a pizza dough.  I made one pizza pepperoni with LOTS of cheese and the other an “everything” pizza with swiss cheese, cooked ground beef, pepperoni, onions, olives, Colby Jack cheese, and mozzarella cheese, along with homemade pizza sauce.  Everyone enjoyed the pizzas.  The “everything” pizza was SO filling I could one eat one slice.  And the kids got to the Pepperoni pizza before I could get a picture.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  SoAR
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Cinnamon Bread
Project Page Link (if available): http://heritageschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2008/11/cinnamon-quick-bread-1-loaf-2-cups.html
Brief Description:  My mother used to make cinnamon bread when I was little. Sometimes she would put raisins in it.  Then one day she decided to put the cinnamon throughout the entire loaf rather than making it look like a jelly roll.  She never gave me the recipe, but I loved it.  Recently, while perusing Pintrest, I ran across a recipe for Cinnamon bread.  It came out tasting remarkably like Mom’s, so it reminded me of Mom (who died in 1993 and I miss her evey day). 
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6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: April 11, 2015 10:25:20 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Bean - Red Apple
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Three Little Pigs… in a blanket
Project Page Link (if available):  None
Brief Description: When reading about the requirements for this bean, I came to pigs in a blanker and boy, did that make me hungry!  So when I went shopping, I decided to get some Cheese filled Little Smokies and make them for breakfast the next day.  The next morning I gathered up the Smokies and made some biscuit dough (I was lazy and used Bisquick and milk using the recipe on the box).  I rolled out the dough and used a biscuit cutter to cut out small circles for the blankets for the Smokies.  My two granddaughters (AnnoyingLittleSister and AnnoyingBabySister) wanted to help so they got to do some too).  I put them together and put them in the oven.  They came out beautifully and did not last long once everyone caught a whiff of them baking.  The fairy tale which I used for my project was “Three Little Pigs”.  The nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy Went to Market…” also kept running through my head while I was cooking.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Care of Magical Creatures (CoMC)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: My Garden Bos Covers
Brief Description: I garden in square boxes in my front yard.  I also have free range chickens.  While I love the eggs I get from my chickens (so much better than store bought eggs), I do not love the fact that they scratch up my garden looking for bugs and eat the lettuce leaves and other plant leaves.  One of the free range pigs also got in the yard (someone left the bottom chain on the gate unlatched) and he ate all my broccoli and half my lettuce plants before we evicted him.  So I decided to make box covers for my boxes to keep the chickens out and also to help protect the veggies when the pig got in again.  AnnoyingLittleBrother made two boxes (which I hope he posts) with tops which can be opened to allow for tomato cages when the tomato plants get large and need support.  The cages I made do not open up at the top and so protect the peppers, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage plants, since they do not grow over two feet tall.  To make the cages I used ½’ pvc pipe and fittings.  I did not glue the parts together since I thought I would break the boxes down come winter.  I made the cages two feet tall and made them to fit snugly inside the boxes.  I covered the cages with chicken wire (I used 4’ width wire since that is the inside length and width of my boxes).  I used zip ties to attach the wire to the frame.  Things are growing beautifully now and the chickens cannot get to the leaves.  I may cover the frames with plastic in the fall to have a winter garden. Just a thought.
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P.S.  I rotated these pictures in my photo hosting so they would be right side up (several times) but it would not save the editing that I did.  Sorry foks.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 28, 2015 10:50:37 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Botts Bean  - Cherry
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Food for the party
Project Page Link (if available): www.Recipelink.com (Exeter Quick 6 donut baker)
Brief Description: Well, for the party I made homemade french fries, onion rings, and fried onion dumplings for seven people.  While they were cooling, I washed the dishes.  When I finished the dishes, I turned around to take a picture of my project and lo and behold... almost all of it was gone!   Shades of that pie cooling on the window sill... so it was back to the drawing board.  This time I made doughnuts. I hadn't used the doughnut maker in years, so I had to look up the recipe. I glazed some doughnuts with a plain glaze of confectioner's sugar/boiling water, some with a lemon glaze and some with an orange glaze. 

Doughnut recipe:
   ¼ c. oil
   1 c. sugar, divided
   2 eggs
   ½ tsp. Cinnamon
   ½ tsp. Salt
   2 ½ tsp. Baking powder
   1 c. milk


The glaze recipe I used (the site's recipe was too thin for me):
   2 c. confectioner's sugar
   1/3 c. boiling water

For the lemon glaze I added ¼ tsp lemon extract ( I would add some lemon zest if I had it)
For the orange glaze I added ¼ tsp orange extract and some orange food coloring (to identify it from the others)



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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: March 01, 2015 01:28:46 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: My artisan bread
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I had two recipes that I found on Pinterest that pertained to baking bread, neither of which satisfied my family.  I modified both recipes and made my own making a recipe that did not take long, but included a 10 minute resting period in the middle of th recipe.  I made it this morning and it turned out nicely.  It is as follows:
 
Ingredients:
4 c. all purpose flour
4 tsp. yeast
 4 tsp. sugar
1 1/3 tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. warm water
1 tbsp. cold butter

Directions:
1.  Put cast iron Dutch Oven in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
2.  Mix all DRY ingredients in large mixing bowl (I used the one on my mixer)
3.  Add water slowly while mixing on low speed (I use #2 on my KitchenAide).
4.  Cut butter into small bits and add after water has been mixed into the dry ingredients.
5.  Remove dough from  bowl and knead on floured board for about 2 minutes.
6.  LET REST 10 MINUTES, COVERED, ON THE BOARD!
7.  (Optional)… Slash top and brush with egg/water wash.
8.  Bake in preheated Dutch Oven, with lid on, for 30 minutes.
9.  Remove lid and bake for 15 minutes longer.
10.  Remove from Dutch Oven and cool on rack.

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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 31, 2015 10:06:10 PM
MidkiffsJOY:  Those look Soooo good and they taste fabulous!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Bean - Cheese
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Sweater for Suzie
Project Page Link (if available): saw a pin for a sweater for a 10" bear, but now I can't find it.  When I do, I will post it.
Brief Description: When I made a sweater for Charlie's doll, Little Bird, Annoying Baby Sister wanted a sweater for her matching doll, Suzie.  So I went through my stash of yarn and found this old hank of variegated purples and made one for her.  
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - January

SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: MY cable scarf
Project Page Link (if available): ravelry.com\patterns >Abby's knits > On the Side
Brief Description: I saw a pattern for a reversible off center cable scarf that I thought was really pretty (and I keep giving my scarves away) so I decided to make it for myself.  It has a pebble look to the majority of the scarf with a cable near one edge.  I knitted until I ran out of yarn (used an old hank of red).
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: January 17, 2015 05:31:11 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott Bean - satsuma
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Spiral Ski Cap for Charlie's new doll
Project Page Link (if available): craftyarncouncil.com (swirled ski cap)
Brief Description: This bean must use something traditional... be it item, method, materials, etc.  I chose to use traditional methods (
knitting) to  make this cap for Charlie's new baby doll (it is 12”).  I found a child's cap that I liked and modified the pattern to fit the doll.  Ilona (Annoying baby sister) has a matching doll, so I will probably need to make one for her too.
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BTW... AugustBell! Your needle minder is SOOOOOOOOOOOO cool that I think I need to make one!
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