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41  Mawmaw's Banana Bread (recipe included) in Dessert by FreakieGeekie on: November 06, 2015 12:24:29 PM

I'm pretty sure that this recipe is exactly like my Mawmaw used to make because I didn't have any chopped walnuts on hand (it still tastes good). And because I was working from memory and haven't made an attempt at making banana bread her way since she passed away, which was in 1998.
But November and December are always filled with thoughts of my maternal grandma because for my family, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about family and food. And because November and December are generally the coldest months in Louisiana, which means we do a LOT of baking, and not just for the holidays Smiley
Since I was in a particularly nostalgic mood this morning and had some over ripe bananas, I decided it was a perfect day to make an attempt at her banana bread.

I'm not sure all of my measurements are 100% exact because she often didn't measure, but here's the recipe I came up with:

1/2 to 1 cup of sugar (my grandma typically used 1/2 because she was diabetic but you can use up to 1 cup if you want it sweeter)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
3 large over ripe bananas (if you have smaller bananas, use 4)
1 pinch salt (which I've learned is roughly 1/16 of a tsp)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp Watkins* vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350F and spray or butter a 9" x 4.5" or similar sized loaf pan.
Peel your bananas and, using a fork, mash them up in your mixing bow until they're relatively smooth.
Stir in the butter, egg, baking soda, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar.
Add the nuts and flour then gently mix until the batter is a light brown but don't stir too much or it will make your bread turn out harder (my aunt typically has this issue).
Pour into loaf pan and allow to bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan then turn out onto a wire rack (or a plate if you don't have a wire rack).
It will keep for about a week in the fridge when wrapped in plastic wrap, if it lasts that long Smiley

*My mawmaw would only use Watkins brand real vanilla extract and refused to buy any other brand but you can use whatever brand you have on hand
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42  Re: Letter Quest Grimm + v2.0 in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by FreakieGeekie on: November 03, 2015 02:55:10 PM
Here's the newest version of Grimm:


He's more detailed than the original and even has his scythe and skull decoration (which is why my hand is in the second picture).
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43  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 08:43:59 PM
This is one of my more recent projects:

His name is Grimm and he's the main character of my favorite word game.
He has his own thread here with a few progress photos. I'm currently reworking the pattern to make him more proportional and if he turns out right, I'll clean up my notes and share the pattern.
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44  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 03:50:07 PM
This is the last one for a while, I swear! Tongue
Prompt: October - Brahma/Vishnu/Shiva
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Gloves (for my aunt and cousin)
Another case of the second pair of gloves just being there.
Shiva is sometimes depicted as a slayer of demons and the deep red of my aunt's gloves look like blood-soaked earth.
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45  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 03:31:18 PM
Prompt: September - Raven/Wolf
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Gloves (for my brother and sister-in-law)
A good camouflage serves to help break up one's outline and trick the observer's eyes so that they don't perceive the wearer. (The pink gloves just happen to be in the photo because I sent this picture to my brother. It takes about an hour to make one pair of gloves so they fit the time frame.) I promise it's not the same pair as from the other photo: these gloves were made by altering the pattern for the others so that this pair would be much larger because my brother is a very big guy with large hands.
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46  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 03:19:57 PM
Prompt: October Battle Royale - Sasquatch vs Yeti
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Gloves (for my cousin and dad)
I should have put these together for one photo but I didn't Tongue
My favorite yeti, Abbey Bominable, is the same shade of blue as these gloves for my cousin, which aren't showing up the proper color in this photo. However, a traditional yeti has white fur so that it blends in with its surroundings, which means it has a natural camouflage.


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47  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 03:07:52 PM
Prompt: October - Lochness Monster
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Hat and gloves sets
My older sister sent me a link to these hats and asked if I could make hats like that for her kids if she got their head measurements. Since it looks really cute, I decided to give it a shot by making hats for my cousin's kids, whose measurements I already had on hand. The hats pictured here don't have skulls on them for two different reasons: the red one doesn't have a skull because my cousin said if I put a skull on the hat his son wouldn't be allowed to wear it to school and the little girl is two and very picky about what's on her hat so I left it as it is so she'd actually wear it.

This picture, which is a better shot, is what I sent my sister to show her that I had worked out a pattern for the hats.
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48  Letter Quest Grimm + v2.0 in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 02:45:05 PM
I am obsessed with word games and one of my favorites is "Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey".
In the game, you take the role of Grimm, an adorable little grim reaper who is on a journey to find a pizza place and you fight ghosts along the way by spelling out words. Since I think that he's just the most adorable little grim reaper ever, I decided I just had to have one of my own so I set about making up a pattern for him. He's made of quite a few pieces and was a LOT of work, but he was worth it.
I'm currently working on another one, tweaking the pattern as I go to make him more proportional. If it turns out right, I'll try to clean up my notes and share it. My mom wants this one because she also plays the game and thinks he's adorable Smiley


The little string at the back of his hood is to attach a skull bead. Grimm has a skull on his hood but I can't find my skull beads so the string is just there for now.

Here's some photos to show the progress before I sewed him together (I wish I had taken more):



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49  Re: Fall Nerd Battles 2015 --September 1 - November 30, 2015-- ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: October 27, 2015 02:07:13 PM
Prompt: October - Jersey Devil
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: Community
Project Name: Letter Quest Grimm
Project Link: Here
I am obsessed with word games and one of my favorites is "Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey". In the game, you take the role of Grimm, an adorable little grim reaper who is on a journey to find a pizza place and you fight ghosts along the way by spelling out words. Since he's just the most adorable little grim reaper ever, I decided I just had to have one of my own so I set about making up a pattern for him. He's made of quite a few pieces and was a LOT of work, but he was worth it. I'm currently working on another one, tweaking the pattern as I go to make him more proportional. If it turns out right, I'll try to clean up my notes and share it. My mom wants this one because she also plays the game and thinks he's adorable Smiley


The little string at the back of his hood is to attach a skull bead. Grimm has a skull on his hood but I can't find my skull beads so the string is just there for now.
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50  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by FreakieGeekie on: September 30, 2015 07:22:07 PM
Here's my Halloween costume:


It's simple but my boyfriend and I are taking his friend to San Antonio for a Magic: The Gathering Regional PTQ. While he's gaming, my boyfriend and I are going to be having a little fun around town, possibly visiting a couple craft shops along the way Grin
It has its own thread here with a pattern for the horns and a basic guide for the tail.
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