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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Campfire Cake on: July 16, 2008 11:49:00 AM
OK where do I start?
Thanks for all the compliments first off.

*candy flame*
you can melt hard candies by just lining a cookie sheet with foil and then you can break them up (ziplock and a hammer) or just toss them down. I used  butterscotch and cinnamon candies and broke them up...next time I will just plop them down though. Anyhow just put the oven at like 300 or something and place them in....you just want to keep an eye on them. they will melt (one part of mine got kinda burnt (actually I think it was the Cinnamon oil or that) So I just got a tooth pick when it came out and was still hot to swirl it around so I didn't "loose" any of the candy. I wasn't sure how much I would need for the cake you know. I just let it cool and then when it was completely cool i pulled it off the foil and it broke into pieces. It really made a lot

*Caramel*
I just got a can of sweetened condensed milk. Take of the label and get a pot that is tall enough for the can to be sitting in the bottom and be covered with water.
So you place the can in the bottom middle of the pot and cover with water....I would say 2 inches over the top. Then you just turn it on and let it boil.....for 3 hrs (once the water starts to boil)
My can had no problems sitting on the bottom.....it would move a bit (scootch) and I would just move it back with a wooden spoon.
You don't physically have to be there watching it for 3 hrs but I would suggest being in the kitchen or close buy you know. Since you have to keep adding water to the pot when it boils away since it has to be submerged at all times.
When the 3 hrs is up just take it out or drain the water, whatever works for you then let it cool (i just let it cool over night but you can touch the can to check)
When you are done it will be kinda like a thick pudding (that is he best way I can describe it) Yummy but RICH!

*eyes*
The eyes are sugar eyes from the cake store. I just attached them by melting a a tiny bit of the flame candy and using a toothpick to put it on the eye and place it on the flame. it was a great idea hat the little old man at the cake store gave me....I was going to use frosting but I knew by the time we got to the cake his eyes would have slid down you know. It was easy but since the eyes were tiny I ended up burning my fingers a fey times (not bad but not fun)

So I hope that answers any questions out there.
Thanks again for all the kind words!
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / No knead bread on: July 16, 2008 12:25:12 AM
Here is a pict of my first loaf of bread that I made. It was a no knead recipe from here...
http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/09/10/no-knead-bread-revisited/
I really liked the bread. It was great with some butter but also yummy just on its own. Very rustic!

Since then I have tried a few tweaks on the recipe but I keep comming back to the original one.
The only thing that I have learned is on the last resting of the dough I wrap it in saran...it comes off lots easier in the dutch oven. I was always having dough left behind when I would have it rest in a towel...no matter how much flower I used.
also I never uses the parchment....it always stuck to the bottom. If you heat the DO in the oven during the preheat it wont stick though....trial and error I guess.
23  COOKING / Dessert / Campfire Cake on: July 16, 2008 12:16:35 AM
Here is a cake I made for my son's birthday.


It was fun to make but didn't turn out as well as the one I got my idea from (Heidi Kenney) But all the same my son loved it and that is all that matters right?

We made the flames by melting hard candies and swirling them together.


the cake was a dark chocolate and in the middle there was a caramel filling. You biol a can of condensed milk for 3 hrs and it becomes a caramel. Super yummy. But with the deep chocolate cake, Carmel filling and dark chocolate frosting it was a bit rich.....Good but I could only eat a little of it. Next time I think I would  pass on the filling.
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sushi success! on: July 16, 2008 12:08:39 AM
So I hadn't posted in a while and I am going though little by little posting all the stuff I took picts of but never posted.
here is a pict from our sushi night. this was my first attempt so we made a bit of everything.

It was all super yummy!

Here was the whole meal deal.

25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Saving the earth one meal at a time! on: July 16, 2008 12:04:13 AM
We are! For the past few months now.
It started when we got a new kitchen table. Before we had a 50's Formica table that you could do anything on and it would just wipe up. No big deal. But when I got a wood table that all changed. I had the hardest time finding place mats that were fun, interesting and not thick. Well needless to say I never found any that I liked. So I set out to make some for myself and some for the store. While I was at it I made matching napkins too. I hated the fact of buying paper napkins. We were tossing out too many and they weren't even dirty but enough not to put back in the drawer. I was really impressed with how easy they were to make and how well they hold up. We feel like we are super fancy pants too. Well I think they are nice, my son is the one who thinks he is fancy now. And the best part of all...No trash!
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0002-8.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0003-3.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0005-4.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0004-7.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0019-2.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0017-4.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0018.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0007-4.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/sillybyrd/PICT0006-6.jpg
Hope you all like them as much as I do!
26  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Passport Save the Dates! (Picture-Heavy) on: July 12, 2008 11:56:18 AM
I LOVE it.....it came out so well and so original. people will defiantly be talking!
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Ghoul scout sash on: July 08, 2008 09:19:26 PM
The material was kinda a bottom weight polyester. Not too heavy but a nice sturdy weight Not to sure how much material was used for it. I used leftovers from my husbands Darth Maul costume...just measured from one shoulder to the other, winged it from there. Thanks for all the compliments everyone.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: skeleton onesie on: June 25, 2008 09:44:24 PM
this is really cool. Nicely done!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Food With Faces PJs! Simplicity 3971 on: June 23, 2008 04:42:45 PM
Very cute....I LOVE the fabric and contrast. Did you buy the fabric recently? I am so loving it!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hubby says Less Shopping, More Sewing. (pics all over the place!!) on: June 23, 2008 04:38:11 PM
I love them all. They look great. But I really LOVE the blue and black one. Was that a HD pattern? or Vintage?
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