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401  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 12, 2011 07:40:09 AM
Here is the ATC I received yesterday from Mooseyy for my mustache theme.

Hehehe, isn't it funny?  Thanks mooseyy!  I love it!

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402  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 06, 2011 06:09:50 PM
I got MORE!!!! 

I received from ENGRbyDAY for my tree theme:

So pretty! (and by the way, I loved the envelope it came it!  So cool!  It was a page from a dictionary.)

And from kwality570 for my vikings theme:

teehee!  I giggled for a while when I opened it.

And here is my entire kwality collection.  I freaking love 'em all!  ^_^
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403  Re: Work Your Theme ATC Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 06, 2011 09:27:34 AM
Here is what I have so far for my Harry Potter ABCs!  Thanks everyone!  (A few of 'em are from the ongoing swap and there is one missing that I haven't received from ragstostitches yet).

YAY YAY!  Look at all the HP goodness!
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404  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 06, 2011 09:21:45 AM
I received some ATCs yesterday from indigo_rose for my Harry Potter ABCs.  We also did a personal swap, since we both are working on the same theme.

She also sent me some alternatives, as well.  ^_^

P is for Pheonix and P is for lots of things!

Q is for Quiddich!

N is for Neville Longbottom and N is for Naked Harry.  The Naked Harry made me giggle!  Too funny!  My husband loooooves Neville, so he was very happy to get that one to our collection.  

I'm going to post pictures of my HP ABCs of what I have right now in the Work Your Theme Gallery.  My collection is really coming along!  I'll post a link when I get 'em up.

EDIT:  Here's the link    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388045.140
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405  Forfar Bridies with Whiskey Cream Sauce (Say what?!) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by jillybeans on: October 05, 2011 08:27:27 AM
Its strange that I've never posted in the cooking section when majority of my life falls into this category.  I'm always cooking and trying new things!  Time to post in a new section!

Last night I went on a journey of food exploration.  Last June, my husband's family all went on vacation at Ocean Shores, Washington.  There, we ate at an Irish pub called Gallaway Bay.  There my husband and I had forfar bridies (well, I had fish, but I liked my husband's so much that I ended up eating his instead ^_^) with whiskey cream sauce (which is to die for!).  Now you must be thinking, what is a forfar bridie?  Wikipedia's definition is a horse-shoe shaped meat product with a shortcrust cover, beef, onions and seasonings. 

Here is a brief story of its origin (from Wikipedia).  "The Famous Forfar Bridie originated in the early part of the 19th century [in Scotland]. One story of their origin is that they were made for wedding meals (the Brides' meal) hence the horseshoe shape (for luck). Another story is that they were made by Margaret Bridie from Glamis, who sold them at the Buttermarket in Forfar. James McLaren and Son have been making Forfar Bridies since 1893 and the present owner, Mrs Karen Murray, is the great, great granddaughter of the firm's founder James McLaren and the 5th generation of the family to run the business."

Well, I was sitting at work yesterday and was pondering what to make for dinner when all of a sudden I had a craving for that delicious meal I had at the Gallaway Bay and I was determined to try to replicate it from memory.  So I scoured the internet for recipes on Forfar Bridies and on Whiskey Cream Sauce.  I ultimately used a combination of recipes and my own additions for the bridie and one of the whiskey sauce recipes was right on.  Traditionally, the recipe doesn't have potatoes and carrots, but it is really good with them.  It gives it some more nutrition.

So here is my Forfar Bridie recipe:  (For all the cutting and cooking, this recipes took me a little under 2 hrs to make.  Some of the steps could be done ahead of time to save time, like all the cutting, and the filling could feasible be make ahead of time)

Forfar Birdie
-1lb lean round bottom steak
-1 onion, chopped (I used 1/2 of a sweet onion, since we are not huge onion fans, but we are starting to like it)
-2 carrots, chopped
-1 large potato (I used a russet), baked and cut into small cubes (I left the skin on)
-1 teaspoon ground mustard
-1/4 cup beef broth
-1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or more)
-1/2 teaspoon savory
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 1/2 lb of flaky pastry or, what I used to cut time, Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry Sheets (they are in the frozen food section with the pie crusts)
-egg or 2 tablespoons of butter for crust

Whiskey Cream Sauce:  (The one recipe doesn't make too much.  If you are planning to each both the Bridies, I would double this recipe so you have enough for both)
-3/4 cup beef broth
-cracked black pepper to taste
-1/2 ounce whiskey (I used Maker's Mark)
-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
-1/2 teaspoon stone ground mustard (I used dijion, because that's what I had)
-1 tablespoon butter

-preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
-pull the pastry sheets out of the package to let them thaw out
-cut the meat into 1/2" pieces, tossing out the fatty bits.  Brown the meat in a skillet.  Once browned, put the meat into a large bowl, leaving the juices in the pan.
-put onion and carrots into the skillet and cover and cook until tender.  Pour all into the bowl with the meat.  Add the mustard powder, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, savory, salt and pepper.
-lay out the pastry sheet and put half of the meat mixture onto it in a triangle shape and fold over the pastry.  Fold and pinch over the edges.  Cut two venting slits into the top.  Then brush the top of the pastry with either butter or egg.  (I did butter.)  Repeat with the second pastry.
-Place the two pastries onto a greased cookie sheet so that they aren't touching.  Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the pastry is golden.
-While the forfar bridies are baking, make the whiskey cream sauce.  combine the broth and pepper in a small sauce pan.  Reduce to half.
-Add whiskey, cream and mustard.  Reduce to the desired amount.  If needed, add a little flour to help thicken up.
-Remove from heat and swirl in butter.  Allow to cool slightly to thicken.

I would pour the sauce over each piece as apposed to the whole Bridie, so that your leftovers don't get mushy.

Here are the two bridies.  Normally they are made into smaller, serving portions, but it was easier for me to do it this way and just cut it into thirds.

A better view of the filling.  It was so flaky and delicious!  It was exactly what I was looking for.  My husband started eating and told me he didn't realize he was craving it until he had started eating it. 

More fun facts from Wikapedia:
"In some establishments the contents of the bridie can be indicated by the number of holes in the top, one hole signifying that no onions are in the ingredients, and two holes indicating onions have been used."  I guess I did my slits correctly, since I added an onion!

Thanks for looking!
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406  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap R10 FOCR R10 (Signups CLOSED Sendout 10/25) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: October 02, 2011 04:02:15 PM
my soap is curing right now so I have to wait till that process is done so I can wrap them and take pictures!  I milk the goats too!

You milk the goats, too!!  How cool!?!  I would be so lucky to get some soap!

Here is my offering:

I bought the tote, but I stenciled on the design with fabric paint using freezer paper.  The design is one I found online.  I glued on a bow to make it s little more cutesy. 

Here is a closer look at the design.  The green is a little shimmery. 

Hope you all like it!
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407  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: September 27, 2011 07:30:37 AM
I got two from mintdawn!  Both for my wings theme.

Such wonderful bright colors!  Thanks, Dawn!  I love 'em!
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408  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: September 24, 2011 07:27:51 AM
I received an ATC from robinpich for my wine theme.

I love the grapes on it!  The card is so lively and fun!  Thanks, robin!
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409  Re: SEPTEMBER 2011 ONGOING ATC SWAP GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: September 22, 2011 06:36:53 PM
That's awful about they envelope!  The post office really did a number on it!  Sad!!!

I received not one, but TWO ATC's from Mountains and Clouds.  They are my first for this swap for September, YAY YAY!

TADA!  Look at my beautiful trees!  They are entitled "Christmas in July" and "Tree on Pink" and they are done in acrylics.  Beautiful work!
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410  Re: Work Your Theme ATC Swap Round 1 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: September 18, 2011 06:09:40 PM
I'm glad you liked it!  

Here is a clearer picture of the ATC i sent ragstostitches so you all can see the details.  i really liked its simplicity.  <3

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