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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: March 15, 2014 02:02:14 AM

A little late but here is my pi day pie

Crustless low sugar sweet potato pie (one with and one without brown sugar pecan topping)

And of course it is one of my usual "throw ingredients together and hope" recipes but it comes out to 2 pies and each only has half a cup of sugar but depending on how sweet you want it and if you want to use artificial sweeteners (I didn't want to)

3 sweet potatoes boiled and mashed with 3 tbs butter
1 cup of milk
5 eggs
Dash real vanilla
1 cup of white sugar (double if you want it really sweet)
Pie spice to taste

After boiling, peeling and mashing the sweet potatoes beat all the ingredients with beaters and pour into 2 oiled Pyrex pie pans (or uncooked crusts if you have them though it won't be gluten free) and bake at 350 for 35 mins then add topping (or not) and reduce heat to 325 for 15 mins

Brown sugar
Pie spice
Chopped pecans
(Melt butter and sugar together and stir in pecans and season then spoon on top)
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: March 07, 2014 01:18:23 PM
Thank you for letting me vent. Maybe because I put it out there but WOOT...HE IS MOVING!!!
So now it is time to completely redo my art room from scratch, it is daunting but I am determined to do it right.  When he told me I had to keep from dancing like a fool :-)
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: March 07, 2014 01:46:53 AM
I need to vent to people who actually will understand my frustration... In Oct we let this friend move into my art room because we wanted to help and could use the money...everything I have art wise had to be moved and I had only just gotten the room organized and was getting ready to start on the garage.
My lovely art supplies are stacked in the garage, in drawers, in bins in my closet.
I really can't craft at all, partly because I can't find stuff, partly because I have no space and partly from frustration.
I am desperate to tell him to leave, this stress isnt worth $250 a month. I want to cry when I think of the work I will be doing when I finally get to put that mess that used to be my wonderfully organized supplies back.
Thank you for letting me vent...when he moves I will be destashing a lot because that money would have bought a lot of supplies but it will be worth it.
Here is a few pics of a small portion of the art supplies now
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: March 07, 2014 12:57:00 AM
Just made chocolate banana protein mousse

16 oz of silken tofu
1 large package Sugar Free chocolate fudge pudding mix
1 1/3 cups milk (almond or coconut milk will work)
1 or 2 scoops of protein powder (I like vanilla nectar)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 or 2 very over ripe bananas

Mix the sugar and cocoa in 1/3 of a cup of whatever milk you are using
In the remaining cup mix the protein powder then the pudding mix and blend all the milk, beat until smooth
Blend in the silken tofu and mashed bananas until very smooth (be sure to scrape the bowl with a large spoon a few times as you mix)

Put the mousse into individual cups and if you want garnish with banana slices and/or chopped nuts.
You could make this banana pudding as well by using 2 small boxes of banana pudding and 4 over ripe bananas, the same amount of milk, no cocoa and you shouldn't need extra sugar...use vanilla protein powder if you want
It would be a great pie filling garnished with banana slices
Here is the no bake crust I want to try since I can't do wheat

1/2 cup almonds or pecans chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup quick oats (or sub shredded coconut)
1/2 cup raisins

Put those ingredients into a food processor and pulse until well blended....pat down into the pan and cool in the fridge for 20 mins before filling
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 07, 2014 12:52:00 AM
I have an event called Blood Bath the day after Valentines day I am going to dress super regal, I turned one of my old evening dresses into a cloak (pictures later) and made this wire tiara.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: February 04, 2014 12:32:01 AM
This is one of 4 crowns I am making, one for each season, this is for the Winter Court, Silver (Steel) wire and gun metal gray copper wire woven with red, clear and black beads including 3 white plastic skulls and 4 clear Lucite "crystals"
It is the grand prize for the Winter Courts Group Birthday Party I am throwing Feb 22nd (a birthday forCapricorns, Aquarius', and Pieces...those born between Dec 22 and March 20th)
I am making Poppers/crackers with little toys, candy and stuff in it and one will have a card that says "You are the ruler of the 2014 Winter Court" and they get to keep the crown
The spring court one will be silver, blue and green wire, clear and iridescent blue black beads, and hopefully some clear or silver moon beads and smaller clear crystals on top
The summer court crown will be silver, red and burgundy wire with red, black and clear beads and possibly star crystal beads and red acrylic crystals
The Autumn court crown will be silver, lots of pure black and red and copper with black stone skulls, glittering black/red acrylic crystals and iridescent black and clear beads
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: January 20, 2014 09:17:24 PM
Just made a crockpot of spicy "get better" soup.
Baked 6 chicken thighs(8-10 would have been better but I would have had to dig in the freezer so yeah, 6 it was), skinned then then allowed the meat to cool in the fridge
I added the juices and liquid fat from the chicken to 3 medium thinly sliced onions and garlic in a fry pan and 1 cup of water and reduced it on medium for 40 mins, adding water as needed.
I poured 2 cans of chicken broth, 1 can of diced tomatoes and a small can of tomato sauce into the crockpot with a cup of water and a cup of medium salsa and the shredded chicken in to the crockpot.
After the onions reduced I poured them into the crock and cut up 3 more onions and added a few cups of the liquid from the soup and reduced them again (hey they are yummy and I don't have a deep pan)
This thickened the broth and I sprinkled it with cajun seasonings and finally added 2 cups of thinly sliced frozen green peppers and 1 cup of celery and simmered it 20 more minutes(what can I say? I can't pass up great sales and I have a big freezer) I added a tiny dash of curry powder and stirred it up
Finally I poured it all in the crockpot and mixed it up then ate a bowl full.
It is very thick, sort of spicy and full of stuff that is good for you.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: January 19, 2014 02:51:14 AM
I haven't been able to do much because we finally had to knuckle down and get a roommate who is living in my now former art room. I am moving the last of my art stuff in the next few days, probably all on Sunday (today) though this cold is slowing me down.
The thing is I never even finished finding the rest of my art supplies that had gotten lost in the garage of doom.  Here are pictures from a year ago that show how long it has been messed up and these aren't as bad as it had gotten until just recently.

Before my grandma died she gave me all of the items in her sewing collection partly because I helped acquire most of it and we filled shelves with boxes of patterns (I was able to give a friend about 50 plus size, US26 and above, patterns) and tons of sewing stuff and nearly 170 pounds of material that I had no interest in as I had already the year before taken 70 pounds of my personal material from there to give her more space on top of the maybe 50 pounds I already had at my place.  So I gave another friend probably 155 pounds of material including $400 worth of Pendleton wool I am allergic too and kept a few large pieces of tricot for night clothes.
I have been sorting and sifting the garage to find my art supplies, store the stuff we had to take from the art room in a manner that makes it accessible and to provide the roommate with storage space that won't get mixed with the huge pile of yet to be sorted stuff.
Tonight I hauled in about 3/5 of the material i still have (what i could reach) and washed and dried 6 medium loads (on cold and on low, you can't over fill material loads as it will wrap around the agitator) of material, and sorted it as well as at least one large load's worth of individually bagged stuff that didn't need washing into 4 categories and boxed what I have done so far (yes I have a bunch more I will do tomorrow when I can get my husband to move stuff and reach the rest)....
#1. Craft material ... Random smaller pieces and a few large ones of very unique materials, bits and pieces and stuff for crafting things but not for fashion...some includes decor material like curtain panels.  This filled a huge cardboard box
#2. Fashion Material yardage: this is material that is more than a yard of unsewn material of all kinds that will be used for everything from skirts, to dress clothes to PJs. This mostly filled a 3 section mesh hamper.
#3.  Fashion Material to reclaim: dresses and skirts (mostly velvets) and a few other things I wore when I was much much bigger that I want to upcycle into clothing I can wear (these are from when I was twice as big as I am now so I need to take them apart and use the material because I won't be able to just take them in) many of them have been altered already or have special meanings to me and I want to use the material as opposed to donating them with the other 100+ pounds of clothing I gave away as I lost weight. This filled a large plastic bin
#4. Give away material ... Everything from small quilting pieces to large pieces in colors or textures I don't prefer, this includes a size 28 white silk and beading sleeveless dress that is extremely long and weighs nearly 10 pounds.  When I finish sorting I will be talking to a few of my friends that I haven't given stuff to yet. Again a full large bin.
I have done a few simple art journal/motivational quote pages and I am turning an old dress into a cloak but I have to hand sew it because it is a heavily glittered material that plays hell on my machine.
Pictures when I finish both the cloak and the garage.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: January 08, 2014 06:00:22 AM
yoopidou yeast, and every other time I've tried to make bread it was way to moist like a cake. this was way to dry like a brick

Best bread recipe ever:

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: January 01, 2014 10:52:33 PM
This is a huge part of my artistic and financial resolutions this year, I really need to use the ridiculously huge stash I have and save money, I was so much better money wise last year but also do to various issues I didn't create as much as I might like.
My goal this year is to spend less than $200 for the year on supplies including any sewing material or thrifted material.
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