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1  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 havent 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 Moms, so it reminded me of Mom (who died in 1993 and I miss her evey day). 
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2  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 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.
3  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:
    c. oil
   1 c. sugar, divided
   2 eggs
    tsp. Cinnamon
    tsp. Salt
   2 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 tsp lemon extract ( I would add some lemon zest if I had it)
For the orange glaze I added tsp orange extract and some orange food coloring (to identify it from the others)

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4  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:
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

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.
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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5  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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6  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!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 29, 2014 07:22:03 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge #2
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.) n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Scarf for Fred
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description: Chain 26.   Row 1: Dc in 2nd chain from hook and continue to end of row (25 stitches).  Chain 1 and turn
Row 2 and beyond:  repeat row 1 until scarf is the length you want it to be.  Last row: Sc across.
Work in ends with yarn needle.  Add fringe if you wish.

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8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 28, 2014 02:47:48 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Headmistress Challenge #1
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Small Cakes
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description:  The recipe for these small cakes was given to me by my mother.  It is an old family recipe handed down for many generations.
    lb Crisco (16 tbs)
    1 lb flour (6 cups)
    lb butter
    1 tsp salt
    1 pt sour cream
    1 heaping tsp baking powder
1. Put flour in bowl.
2. Mix in Crisco, butter, salt, and baking powder until Crisco and butter look like peas.
3.  Add sour cream; mix lightly but not too smooth.
4.  Put in refrigerator over night.
5.  Roll out thick.
6.  Smear with butter and Crisco; fold over.
7.  Repeat step 5 until you can't fold over any more.
8.  Refrigerate again overnight.
9.  When ready to make cookies, cut off small portion and roll out thin.
10.  Cut dough into squares and fill. 
11.  Add topping.
12.  Bake at 400 degrees until done (golden ).

Filling (pecan or walnut): Chop nuts; mix in sugar to taste, grate a Granny Smith apple over all to make it moist.
Topping: Dip in beaten egg white and then finely chopped nuts mixed with sugar.
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9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! on: December 13, 2014 09:57:43 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Bertie Bott Bean - Mint
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.)
House:  Ravenclaw
Project Name:  Peppermint Scarf
Project Page Link (if available):  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394494.0
Brief Description: When I saw the peppermint scarf (candy cane scarf on Lion Brand Yarn website), I thought how cute it would look on the Annoying Baby Sister (who is now 2 1/2).  When I started knitting the scarf however, I made some changes.  Instead of knitting 2 rows of red color and then switching to white for two rows before repeating the pattern, I chose to knit 4 rows of each color.  Ily decided to guard the freezer while I was taking her picture (there is ice cream in there).
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: November 29, 2014 05:08:30 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Botts Bean - Peach
SPEW: n/a
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name: Bread Rounds
Project Page Link (if available): none
Brief Description: I made two round loaves of bread (same) but different sizes (different). This then fulfills the requirements of the peach bean.  The recipe is as follows:
  1 cup + 2 tbs. warm water     1 tbs.  butter, softened
  1 tbs. powdered milk             2 tbs. sugar
  1 tsp. salt                           3 cups bread flour
  2 tsp. bread machine (or active dry) yeast
(this recipe was taken from the Oster bread machine book)
I combined the first five ingredients.  I then added the yeast and stirred until the yeast was well mixed.  Then I waited until the mixture began to bubble.  I then added the flour a cup at a time, mixing well, until it was stiff enough to begin kneading.  I kneaded it until it was elastic. I then put the dough in a greased bowl and covered it with a cloth to let it rise.  When doubled in size, I punched the dough down, turned it out on a floured board and  kneaded it again.  I formed loaves and put the dough in the bread pans, covered them and let them rise again.  When the dough reached the top of the pans, I put them in a 400 degree oven and baked them for 32 minutes.  These are not the best looking loaves I have made but they taste good so good that Annoying Baby Sister took a big bite out of the small loaf before it was cool!

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