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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 22, 2017 08:18:00 AM
I love those bunnies!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 19, 2017 12:14:44 PM
I love this group- such inspiration!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: Yes! Donating to the Shaw Nursing home
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Lapghan
Brief Description: The prompt calls for something inspired by ancestors or is physically comforting and I think this is both. This is a blanket sized for draping over one's legs while seated. I made it to be useful for wheelchair users (small enough to cover but not get caught in wheel mechanisms) and used bright colors for spring. New England is finicky (70 degrees F. 2 weeks ago, snowing again today) so Spring colors aren't such a silly thing for a blanket around here. My goal is that it will go to a resident who needs it, perhaps one who doesn't have visitors or local family.
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Over on the career board I am in training for a profession in "Pub/shopkeeping" so food related posts are required work. Here are a few I have been working on this semester:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Slytherin
Project Name: "'zat? Splash!" Soup
Brief Description: Highlighting the "Hodgepodge" definition within the prompt this recipe is akin to "Pantry Suprise" meals. How do you make it? Well, you start with a cauldron (or crockpot/soup pot if muggles are nearby) and you go rummaging about in the cupboards and fridge to see what's on-hand. Decide how many bowls you'll need and start with your broth, then throw a bunch of things into the cauldron, wave your wand and boom! soup.

More info from my current example:

Generally I use 6-8 cups of liquid. Chicken, beef or veggie broth (or a mix of them) and you can supplement with water if you don't have enough on-hand.

This version included: left-over veggies and some chicken from previous dinners, a cup of frozen cut veggies, a cup of dry Barley from the cupboard and some Mrs. Dash all purpose seasoning. (About a Tblspoon.)

If you are using the crockpot/cauldron I go 3 hours on High.
If using a pot on the stove then bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer about 30 minutes.
If using raw meats please follow suggested time/temp goals for said meats for food safety.
If you make this, know the risks: Pantry Surprise meals are an adventure: Sometimes you win, and sometimes your brother is scarred for life and gets a panicked look whenever you invite him to dinner.  

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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Kreacher's French Onion Soup
Brief Description: Hygge is a way of life that is seeing a surge in popularity (Especially on Pinterest). I have embraced the basic goals of such a lifestyle (Cozy, friends and family centered, unplugged) for many years and only this winter did I see that it was a movement with a name. After Kreacher told Regulus's tale and was given the replacement locket as his own keepsake the house elf completely embraced keeping house and making it homey for his new master. This soup recipe is from Dinah Bucholz and can be found in her book The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards (Unofficial Cookbook).  While I don't agree with her interpretation of cauldron cakes (She went pancake I went  cupcake) I like her cottage pie recipe a lot so I thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't sure if Himself would like onion soup so I halved the onions for this go-around and used English Toasting Bread for the crouton bc I waited too long to make the soup and my baguette turned on me so I tossed it to the garden gnomes.
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And finally, a detention:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: February Detention
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Valentine's day dinner
Brief Description: For Valentine's Day I made a pot roast in the cauldron with carrots and potatoes and a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The cake was a package mix and I made 2 layers. I used an orange marmalade in between the two thinking that orange and chocolate go together well. I don't recommend it. Stick with the frosting. This time around the frosting was also store bought. It doesn't diminish the time it took to make it and have it look good, though. I put a simple peanut butter cup shaped like a heart at the center of the cake.
For the dinner:

olive oil
coarse salt
seasonings of choice
2 Bay leaves
3-4 lb pot roast
3 large carrots peeled and chopped
2 large celery stalks chopped
4-6 red potatoes (depending on size) washed and quartered.
8 oz Pumpkin beer

(I also made some asparagus on the side as it is his favorite vegetable.)

Brush the roast on all sides with the olive oil and then sprinkle the seasonings and coarse salt. I don't give measurements for these because I judge by eye and how we feel. Place the roast into the cauldron (crock pot) and place the veggies around it. Pour the beer over the veggies and splash some onto the meat being careful not to knock away all the seasonings. cover and cook on high for 4 hours or so, low for 8-10 hours. Be sure to check the temperature of the meat to be sure it is cooked through. (Or, do what I do and cook it until it falls apart.)

Warm up your dishes (I microwave mine for 1 minute and test. Be sure to check that your plates are safe to put in the microwave before you do the same.) and plate the meal in an attractive manner. Serve the meal the way your intended prefers. (In my case: In front of TV with an episode of ST:DS9 cued and ready. so romantic. haha). Wherever you eat be sure that the cake is visible so you both get to anticipate it's sugary goodness!

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3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 12, 2017 03:56:16 PM
Way to go, NoodleBug!!
*shoots blue, bronze, and silver sparks from her wand*
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 07, 2017 11:02:04 AM
seeuudee, that hoop is lovely!  What a lucky swapper, I can see how it would be hard to send it away.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: March 06, 2017 06:22:54 AM
We absolutely ADORE our cloaks, Audania1!

It's funny, just a few hours before I saw this I was looking at my project bag (A swap gift from Chughes225 ) with my scissors and fob (from MistressJennie) under the table with the Burrow-inspired table runner (from NoodleBug) and thought about how cool it is that so many of us have little daily reminders of our friends from Hogwarts. I'm really glad to be a part of our magically creative community.

Happy crafting and sharing, everyone!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: February 10, 2017 06:30:02 AM
Thanks, HM! It was quite the snow! But I did get to some yarning...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: FLOO: Corner Shop
House: Slytherin
Project Name: pillow cover
Brief Description: This colorful cover is for a floor pillow to make free-time game nights more comfortable for the person sitting on the floor. It is crochet and it is about 26 inches square. I didn't have a pattern so I made it up as I went along. It's a bit funky because of that, but it does work so I'm calling it a success. Smiley Eventually I want to add a strip of elastic cording to the eyelets across the bottom edge to snug it up to the pillow, but in the meantime I found some random garter straps from i don't-even-know-what and they work for now.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Charms
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Chicken and barley soup in the crockpot
Brief Description: The slow cooker (in my case the crockpot brand) is a wonderful muggle invention. Essentially, it is an electric cauldron! Those ingenius muggles think of so many wonderful ways to live without magic. As we live in a predominantly muggle area my husband and I must make choices in accordance with the Statute of Secrecy and so I use a muggle kitchen and implements to make most meals- you never know when a neighbor will pop in for sugar!

This recipe is for a basic chicken soup and is perfect for a snow day, or any day when you'd rather do other things than hang around in the kitchen for hours. Simply plop everything in the crock, turn it on, and you're free to go play with yarn or get some other chores done. (Sadly, that laundry won't clean itself in a muggle home!)  Note: This recipe is the easy-peasy version: frozen veg! You can certainlyt chop up your own veggie choices and toss them in as well. I had a terrible garden this year- I got one lonely cucumber and it was spiny and a weird shape. I suspect nargles.


2 good sized boneless chicken breasts
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups any veg you like- recommend carrots and celery. I also use the bagged frozen "mixed veg" from the grocers.
4 garlic cloves minced. (feel free to adjust to your preferred garlic levels.)
2 bay leaves
8 cups of chicken stock.
2 Tablespoons of Mrs. Dash original blend spices  (This is a mix of basic herbs and spices. Different brands exist or you can choose to mix your own if you are knowledgeable in such things.)
1 cup Barley

NOTE: I use no sodium chicken stock or broth (depending on sales) and add salt to taste. Sometimes I add no salt and we salt to taste bowl-by-bowl but this time I added 1 Tablespoon of rough sea salt and it was ample for our taste buds without being too salty. Use your discretion here.

Set up the crockpot in a well lit area with easy access to an electric outlet. Make sure no one will trip or pull on the cord. Into the crock put all the ingredients except the barley. Cover the crock, plug it in and turn it on. cook on high for 3-4 hours, on low for 6-8 checking on the early end for if your chicken is cooked all the way through and judge your time from there. I usually do 3 hours on high and my chicken is cooked.

Once chicken is cooked carefully remove the breasts from the cock and put then on a plate. Let it cook a smidge and then either take 2 forks and shred it up or you can cut the chicken into bite sized bits, your choice. put the chicken back in and give it a stir with a wooden spoon.  Add the cup of barley and cover. Cook for another hour or so until the barley is plump.  Remove Bay leaves and discard. Serve as desired- My husband loves way too many crackers and a hot roll of crusty bread on the side.

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7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! on: February 09, 2017 08:35:00 AM
Lovely work so far, everyone! We are having a snow day in my neck of the woods so hopefully a few projects will get posted later today. The muggle weathermen are predicting possibly 18" of snow falling between 11am and 10pm tonight. The poor Krupp will have a devil of a time getting out to the garden for potty breaks!

Well, time for more coffee and some yarn!

Have a wonderful day, wherever you are!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ CLOSED! on: February 02, 2017 07:11:27 AM
Well done, Everyone!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 31, 2017 12:43:33 PM
House: Slytherin
Project Name: "Rawr" wristers
Brief Description: My sister's blood is boiling! (Well, not just hers, as I'm sure you've noticed.) And while she was marching against the latest Educational Decrees of her personal Umbridge Regime she needed some powerfully pink accessories. Enter these wristers- I made two for her and one each for her sons who were marching along-side her keeping their eyes out cat plates!
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House: Slytherin
Project Name: Pussyhat
Brief Description: More obvious than the D.A.'s communication coins (and much easier to magic up!) this hat let others know that my sister was "In the club" as she Marched in the Women's March in Boston, Massachusetts. Knitted as a simple rectangle then stitched up on 2 sides this was fast enough to make on short notice. Helpful Hint should you like to make one yourself: the thicker the yarn the faster the hat shapes up!
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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! on: January 14, 2017 06:20:28 PM
Moon Flame! I have no words... well, I have these words: amazing! Imaginative and wonderfully detailed! Wow!

I also have these words: Dude, make that it's own project post.
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