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1  Wreath to honor our troops using Dollar Tree stuff in Winter Holidays by egg_salady on: November 28, 2010 05:02:45 PM
Hi, all.  Yeah, my cell phone camera sucketh, hence the half blurry pic - wreath looks much better in person. 

Made this today in honor of my family in the military - my little cousin (well, he's not so little anymore) will be sent to Afghanistan soon as a medic, have other family members stationed overseas in various places.  I wanted a unique wreath to make this year - I get so tired of all the boring ones at the store.  A quick trip to Dollar Tree (don't you just love that place?) had everything I needed.  They had "evergreen" garland - about several feet of it in one package.  Just wrapped that around a wire coat hanger I bent into a circle and secured with hot glue.  They had a pair of little girls' footless camo tights that I cut into strips, wrapped around the evergreen.  I bought three packs of army guys that came with tanks, flags, etc. - they were nice and bright green and thankfully making a bit of contrast against the dark green.  Just went balls to the wall with my hot glue gun, gluing those little suckers on (burnt my finger, ow!).  Then I just wrapped a bit of red tinsel near the hanging hook for some more red.  It was a lot of fun and it worked up fast - instant gratification crafting is my M.O. And I paid $5 or less for the whole deal. Sweet...

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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2  Pie pie me oh my...I...love...pie! Guava pecan pie ai yi yi in Dessert by egg_salady on: July 04, 2010 06:12:12 PM
Hi fellow dessert lovers! I have an admitted church/civic association cookbook addiction/sickness - so chock full of good recipes (save the grody congealed ring salads, that is)! I must have at least 12 of those babies. I came across this recipe in one of them and have used it twice.  If you love guava and pecan pie, this is the ticket.  I am now swearing by this recipe!  Being from Tampa, guava paste and similar items are pretty easy to come by in my local supermarket....it could be difficult in other places but when in doubt, check your friendly local Hispanic grocer.  Good produce there, too.  Enjoy!

Guava Pecan Pie

1 Cup guava paste or guava jelly (I prefer the paste - cheaper and there's enough to make at least 2 pies from one tin of guava paste)
1 cup light brown sugar
4 eggs
4 tbsp. butter (I used Smart Balance 50/50 and it still turned out great; although, you can't beat the real stuff)
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 unbaked 9" pie crust (I like the Pillsbury Pet Ritz frozen pie crusts - nice and buttery)

Preheat oven to 450.  Nuke guava paste in microwave-safe bowl in microwave for about 1 minute with a little water sprinkled on top until jam-like - it will blend faster that way.  Blend guava paste with brown sugar, eggs and butter together with electric mixer.  Pour into pie crust.  Top with as many pecans as you wish.  Bake at 450 for 10 minutes.  Then lower heat to 325 and continue baking for 25-30 minutes.  Terrific served warm to room temperature with a little whipped cream on top.  Now we're talkin'.

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3  A "What Would Willie Do?" Card for my boss' birthday! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by egg_salady on: July 26, 2009 07:07:37 PM
I'm lucky to have a music junkie for a husband!  He kept all the jewel case inserts from his hordes and hordes of CDs and bequeathed them to me for crafting purposes.....sweet.  My boss' birthday is this week, so I made him a simple, manly Willie card and I'll print something inside like "WWWD?  He would tell you to have a Happy Birthday, hippie!" You can't really tell from the pic, but the background is another insert with a picture of this cool metal grid. I've only used 2 of the thousands of inserts, and they're so much fun to craft with!  Enjoy!

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4  Kawaii-Esque tote made from Ikea nightlight pouch! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by egg_salady on: March 09, 2008 10:16:16 AM
This is my first post in the completed projects section, so I hope I'm posting this in the right spot!  This was really way too easy, and some of the stuff you guys do puts it to shame, but it's pretty cute!  Ikea sells these nightlights for kids (the kind where you push on them, they light up) that look something out of a Japanese video game and they come in this nifty pouch.  Couldn't let such a cute thing remain unuseful, so I knitted some straps out of this rainbow ribbon yarn I had laying around in my stash, attached them with strong embroidery thread and voila!  It doesn't hold much other than my cell, keys, wallet and maybe a little lippie, but I've been liking it!  What do you guys think?  Thanks for any replies and happy crafting!

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