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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Orange Chicken Recipe I adapted and made my own on: June 22, 2005 07:05:50 PM
ingredients for orange sauce:
5 tsp cornstarch
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder (to taste)
1/2 tsp ginger powder (to taste)
1 1/2 cup water
1 tsp red chili flakes

ingredients for chicken
1/2 to 1lb chicken, cubed/chunked
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp salt
3 tsp black pepper
2-3 tsp peanut oil (for skillet/wok)

In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients for orange sauce. After mixing very well, pour into a sauce pan and set on medium heat on range.

In a bowl or flat plate, combine dry ingredients (flour, salt and pepper).
Cube or chunk chicken and dredge in the flour mixture. Add peanut oil to skillet, allow to heat. Add chicken pieces and cook for 5-8 minutes until 'golden brown' and fully cooked. Then, by this time, your sauce should have been thickening in the sauce pan. Add to the skillet and turn down heat a little bit. Allow to reduce and thicken more for another 3-5 minutes. Serve with sauce over hot white rice, along with plum wine and green tea. Miso soup is also good as a starter. You can also add red or green bell peppers with this. I just didn't have any on hand tonight Cheesy

22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Zombie Birthday Party: Suggestions and Help? on: June 16, 2005 01:40:09 PM
The zombie cake looks AWESOME. I wish I had that kind of skill and patience! I've decided that i'm making a small cake that has half a zombie sticking out of it. I'm definitely going to post about it when I'm done, but I found these funny half-barbie doll things for cakes in the cake decorating section at michaels -- and it dawned on me that it would be hilarious to have a zombie lady sticking out of my cake. The half of the lady consists of a stick that you put into your cake, so that's going to be unpainted, but the top half, which is the barbie part, is going to be painted and sealed (hopefully i can find something nontoxic -- maybe even decoupage might work...we'll see) and hopefully horrify many people. Since that cake is going to be very small (like 5 inches around) i'm supplimenting it with decorated cupcakes with plastic limbs sticking out of it.

I'll remember to take pictures!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Zombie Head Pinata (Small) [Tutorial] on: June 16, 2005 01:35:35 PM
Everyone loves zombies, right? And everyone loves pinatas, right?

So why not put the two together. (I decided to make a tutorial after posting about it on the party planning forum!)

I'm having a zombie birthday party this weekend, and I thought we needed a little fun to go along with the Pin the Limb on the Zombie game.

So, I came up with this:



He's a sassy lil fellow I like to call Jake. I'll tell you how I made Jake:

First, I blew up a medium sized standard balloon and tie it. (Now, I didn't realize at the time that the balloon had a leak, but serendipity is great and probably was what caused the awesome wrinkles in Jake's head. So, I'm not sure how to get that, but we'll get to that later.) Then, rip newspaper sheets into 2 inch wide strips. Can be whatever length, but is usually the length of the paper. Using about a cup of liquid starch in a pie tin, you dip each strip into the starch until its soaked but not enough that its falling apart. Stick it to the balloon. Keep doing it until all of the balloon except the place it is tied is covered. (This "hole" will be where you fill the pinata) I was impatient, as well, so I let it dry in front of a fan (hanging upside down over the pie tray in case it dripped, which it did) for about 1/2 an hour. After that it was still wet but not dripping or annoying. I did another layer of strips. Then dried for another 1/2 hour. Then the final third layer. After that, I hung it in the vanity area of our bathroom, letting it drip into the pie pan. It hung there for about 2 days. (I wish I had pictures of the process! dur i totally forgot!)

On the third day, I brought him out of isolation (heh) and took him to the living room with me. It was then I noticed that the balloon had leaked and had quietly gone its own way (ie. it fell on the floor as empty as they day before it was blown.). So what was left was basically a husk! This is where it gets fun.

First, decide what color you want his skin to be. Some people like flesh tones along with some grey. I chose grey because I like my zombies long dead-alive. I used acrylics (mixing black, white and blue) to make the weird blue-grey color. After painting an entire layer, i let it dry. Acrylics are fast, so I was able to keep working on it after a little while. Then I went straight into painting the face. I used the natural curves of the accidental leaking balloon as a guide and you can sort of see how i did that with the nose and the eyebrows.

I am by no means a good artists, but I did my best in drawing his face and making his mouth look like half of it had been ripped off. At least I hope I did. I used fimo (and painted it) for the eyeball that is falling out. Use a good adhesive, unlike me. My eyeball keeps falling off. I'll probably superglue it right before the party. On the top of his head, I used fimo to add details of 'brains' coming out of his skull. Poor Jake! And then i slathered on the red/blood. After all of that had dried I used acrylic glitter paint to add accents and to make him look a little wet/slimy.

After this, the fun happens. I'll be doing this last minute since i'm putting candies inside, but if you choose little gifts or toys or favors, you can do this step ahead of time.

Insert the gifts/candies/toys.
Use strong masking tape to cover up the hole. Paint over the hole to match the paint job you did. Let try.

When you get ready to hit it, I suggest a nice rope loop through the top of his skull. Just pierce through one side, like you're sewing, and go through the other and then drive through the rope or whatever you're going to use. Not as sophisticated as a regular pinata, but it will have to do. I didn't think ahead enough for that Smiley

So, that's that. It's super easy even though it takes a few days to do. Mostly it just takes patience.

I hope you all enjoyed this!


 Huh Cry
24  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Zombie Birthday Party: Suggestions and Help? on: May 31, 2005 10:20:15 AM
Oooooh. Such good hints and suggestions! Thank you!

One of our plans was for a zombie pinata. I have the head ready to go. The body will be done shortly, if at all. Hitting a zombie head seems kind of fun since you'd be getting "braaaaiiiiiins" as a prize. (ie candy/goodies)



In other news, we are creating "Survival Horror Gift Bags" containing: glow in the dark eyeball superball, cap gun, and gooey 'body parts" candy (if we can find them) and maybe some bones candy.

What else do you think we should put in them?

(My boyfriend and I also found a alcoholic rum-based drink called Zombie that we're gonna try out too!)
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Zombie Birthday Party: Suggestions and Help? on: May 18, 2005 06:47:52 PM
Ok -- so I figured I would post some ideas here from what i've decided to do for my own birthday party next month. But, I would also love new ideas.

Here are mine:
1. Zombie piata (I'm going to try and make this myself)
2. Brain Jello Mold/Brain Cake (I haven't decided yet!)
3. Zombie Fingers (a yummy lady finger's dessert plus red frosting and stuff...)
4. Zombie Punch (fruit punch (probably spiked!) with a frozen punch hand floating in it (made from freezing punch in a washed out latex glove if it is possible...)
5. Pin the Limb on the Zombie (a la Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
6.??

I plan to also have Dawn of the Dead (original) on while the party is going on. But, I am at a loss for other cool things and would love to hear your ideas!! It would be greatly helpful Smiley

Oh, also, I plan on putting together a Jill Valentine costume to wear Cheesy! (If you don't know who Jill Valentine is -- she's an awesome Resident Evil video game character. hehe)
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sylvia Plath helps me organize my jewelry! on: April 07, 2005 07:45:06 AM
I hadn't even thought about upholstery tacks at all! But it sounds like a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it with me!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sylvia Plath helps me organize my jewelry! on: April 05, 2005 09:59:50 PM
hey thanks! Smiley

I have better closer pics in my image directory on my webpage that might be easier to see the poetry on.

http://crafts.belljar.org/images/organizer1.jpg
http://crafts.belljar.org/images/organizer2.jpg
http://crafts.belljar.org/images/organizer3.jpg

I had to resize them too small to fit on the hosting thing. But that's ok Smiley
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sylvia Plath helps me organize my jewelry! on: April 05, 2005 09:32:17 PM
I needed a jewelry organizer for my very small jewelry collection -- I wanted it to be something I hung up on the wall near the door so I can grab whatever I want to accessorize with quickly and without having to hunt for it. I also had a book of Sylvia Plath's poetry that was falling apart and that I had already replaced in my book collection. This is when the lightbulb in my brain went off and I ran to Home Depot. While I was there, I grabbed plain but long nails (in my case, finishing nails), a picture hanging hook thing to attach to the back of it and the most important part -- a particle board circle! And the best part was that this project cost me like 3.50, minus the mod podge which i already had.  I basically just slathered the mod podge on, attached poems, let dry and then nail on nails, then attach the hook at the back. Ta da! I'm probably going to add some edging at some point but I've been too busy to go to joanne's or michaels this week...perhaps later!  Either way, I'm thrilled with the way it came out. Since I'm a big poetry buff, it allowed me to a) spend time being crafty while at the same time watching a morrissey dvd and b) save space and time by being organized and c) save money by not buying a premade item!








I hope I did this right.... Smiley
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scrabble Tile Pillow! on: March 31, 2005 01:47:39 PM
That is absolutely adorable!!

It is a perfect gift for the discerning scrabble player Smiley
30  California / California: Central / Re: Anyone interested in a SF bay area craft group? on: January 31, 2005 01:59:16 PM
I would love to participate, too! I'm in Foster City -- which is halfway between san jose and san fran. Smiley My boyfriend is just getting into crochet and beading -- and i'm into sewing, knitting, crocheting and random craftiness!

Let me know what you guys decide on for sessions! It would be awesome!
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