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1  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 11, 2014 12:18:56 AM
I had a busy crafting day today!

Prompt:  August Battle - Fire
Team:  Wordy
Event:  Foodology
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Vegetarian Curry
Project Link: 
Description: When I think fire, I think spice, and what better than a nice curry.

Recipe:
Curry Sauce

Ingredients
yellow onion (finely minced)
1 clove garlic (finely minced)
1 inch fresh ginger root (grated)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. turmeric
1 can of coconut milk (about 16 oz. of milk)



Instructions
1.Add olive oil to a skillet and bring to medium heat.
2.Saute and sweat the onion and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes.
3.Combine all of the other ingredients (except for the coconut milk) in the hot oil to saute and sweat for about 5 minutes until it forms a paste--do not burn or brown the mixture.
4.Add the coconut milk and bring to boil while whisking for about 2-3 minutes.
5.Lower heat and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Other goodies:
1 onion
2 apples (I use granny smith)
handful of raisins
handful of green beans

Slice the onion and apples, and saute in skillet. Add in the raisins and green beans. Add the sauce and mix all together.

I eat this with brown rice or some kind of noodle.




Prompt:  August Rhinestone Cowboy
Team:  Wordy
Event:  Craftology (beads)
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Beaded Wrist Cuff
Project Link: 
Description: I wanted to try a knit piece with some beads sewn on, so I came up with this. It didn't turn out quite right, but I'll happily wear it anyway.


Prompt:  August Red Alert
Team:  Wordy
Event:  Craftology (beads)
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Beaded Bracelet
Project Link: 
Description: Beads are a kind of rock, so I made a second bracelet and added the beads in a different spot.


Prompt:  August Flash Mob
Team:  Wordy
Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Knit Doll
Project Link: 
Description: This was an experimental piece, but I was very happy with how it turned out. My niece found it and was even happier as she claimed it for her own.
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2  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 09, 2014 10:37:39 PM
Challenge/Battle: August Taste The Rainbow
Team: Wordy!
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: It's edible!
Project Name: Caramel Banana Cake
Brief Description: I really enjoy browns, whites and creams, so the shades of brown on the cake and caramel, and the white of the banana are perfect for this!

Recipe
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2cup butter
1/4cup sugar

Caramel:
1/2cup butter
1/2cup sugar
2tbl light corn syrup
1 can condensed milk

1 banana

Combine the butter and sugar and mix until creamy.
Add the flour and baking powder.
Spread the mixture in a cake pan, should be spread evenly.
Bake at 325F for 15 mins or until golden.

For the caramel sauce:
Melt the butter with the sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a medium saucepan on a low heat, stir constantly.
Bring to a boil and then let simmer gently for 5 mins.
Remove from heat and let cool.

Spread the caramel on the cake base. Then I added sliced banana around the outside.

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3  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 09, 2014 01:05:29 AM
Challenge/Battle: July - Midnight Opening
Team: Wordy!
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Mr Potato Head stew
Brief Description: I've always liked the movie Toy Story. I made a stew out of Mr Potato Head.
Recipe:
6 potatoes, peeled & sliced
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic
3 carrots, peeled & sliced
3 parsnips, peeled & sliced
1 can of corn
1 can of cream of asparagus soup.

Saute the onion and garlic, and then add the cream of asparagus soup.
Layer the potatoes along the bottom of the slow cooker. A layer of carrots and parsnips, and then another layer of potatoes.
Pour the corn into the slow cooker, top with another layer of carrots and parsnips, and then another of potato.
Pour the onion soup mixture over top.
Low setting for 6-8 hours.



Challenge/Battle: July - User Manual
Team: Wordy!
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Giver bonus (donating to sister's fundraiser bake sale)
Project Name: Chocolate dipped meringue
Brief Description: My sister asked me if I could make some meringue cookies for her to donate to her fundraiser bake sale. I've never made it before, but I did my best.
Recipe:1 batch)
2 egg whites
2/3 cup of sugar

Beat the egg whites until frothy.
While still mixing, gradually add in the sugar. Keep beating until it changes to a white color and stiff peaks start to form.
Spoon generous mounds onto a baking tray covered in parchment paper.
Bake at 250F for 90 mins.

For the chocolate dip, I melted 8 squares of semi sweet melting chocolate, and then dipped one edge of the meringue into the chocolate.


Challenge/Battle: Brownie Points
Team: Wordy!
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Lemon Finger Cookies
Brief Description: I made these lemon cookies for the same bakesale fundraiser.
Recipe:
1/2cup sugar
1/2cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbl grated lemon zest
1 egg
3/4cup plain flour

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
Add lemon zest and the egg, and beat until combined.
While still mixing, gradually add the flour. Beat until all mixed in.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 min or until firm enough to cut without it being squidgy
Cut the dough into finger sized cookies.
Bake at 375F for 10-15 mins until golden.


Challenge/Battle: August Version 2.0
Team: Wordy!
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Giver bonus, donating to the bake sale fundraiser
Project Name: Orange Finger Cookies
Brief Description: I used the same recipe I used for the lemon ones to create orange flavour ones too.
Recipe:
1/2cup sugar
1/2cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbl grated orange zest
1 egg
3/4cup plain flour

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
Add orange zest and the egg, and beat until combined.
While still mixing, gradually add the flour. Beat until all mixed in.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 min or until firm enough to cut without it being squidgy
Cut the dough into finger sized cookies.
Bake at 375F for 10-15 mins until golden.
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4  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 07, 2014 09:09:16 PM
The orange peel paper is just fascinating. It looks like it has a gorgeous texture. Now I just have to convince myself that I do not want to get into papermaking.

I've been destashing away. I've knit up some cat toys to donate to the animal shelter. In total, I made 20 to donate. I used up scrap pieces of the pinky shades of yarn, the end of a white skein, and 2 sheets of felt.


I've also started (finally!) on my Christmas gift making, so that will help me a lot. I've promised myself that I am only going to use what is currently in my bedroom.
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5  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 07, 2014 11:37:42 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Keeper
SPEW: Yes, Donation to a local animal shelter
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sushi cat toys
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: These knit cat toys require lots and lots of practicing of garter and stockinette knit stitches. I've donated them to the local animal shelter for their kitties to play with.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bean, Casserole
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Felt baby carrots
Brief Description: These baby carrots used up some pieces of felt and sewing thread from my stash.
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 05, 2014 10:28:24 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.) n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Chinese Dragon Inchie
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: The number 9 is strongly associated with the chinese dragon. To complete my arithmancy homework, I embroidered a chinese dragon onto a 1x1inch piece of felt. I also used 9 shades of embroidery floss to make up my dragon and his background of fire.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: (If your item is for charity, enter that here; if not leave blank or add n/a.) n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: A Bevvy of Bookmarks
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: I'm always disorganized when it comes to making christmas gifts, and usually I end up spending most of December pulling all nighters to get everything finished. For my astronomy homework, I got organized and start early, so I knit up these bookmarks to gift at christmas time.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Cheering/Spirit
Spew: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Team Bulgaria Loom Bracelet
Brief Description: The team colors for Bulgaria are black and red, so to show my support, I made myself a black and red loom bracelet to wear when I attend the match.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch - Chaser
Spew: Donation to a local animal shelter
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Sushi cat toys
Brief Description: These knit sushi rolls are pretty quick to knit up. I will be donating them to the local animal shelter. Each sushi roll contains a jingle bell to entertain the cats.
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7  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 05, 2014 01:01:58 PM
Got a  better pic of my Chinese dragon
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8  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by calliemae on: August 05, 2014 11:47:32 AM
I love the frozen shirt. The snowflakes are perfect.

I have a few things to post.

Battle/Challenge: July - Wee Bit
Team: Wordy!
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Chinese Dragon Inchie
Brief Description: An embroidered inchie is a small piece of art, and this one uses a lot of embroidery floss. I embroidered a chinese dragon surrounded by a background of fire.


Battle/Challenge: July - Geography
Team: Wordy!
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Giver Bonus (donation for local animal shelter)
Project Name: Sushi Cat Toys
Brief Description: There is a fantastic japanese restaurant where I live, and they do delicious sushi there. I've always wanted to go to Japan, but so far this is the closest I've gotten. I knit up these sushi roll cat toys to donate to the local animal shelter.


Battle/Challenge: August - String Theory
Team: Wordy!
Event: Yarnology
Bonus Points: Giver Bonus (donation for local animal shelter)
Project Name: Sushi Cat Toys
Brief Description: I have a lot of yarn, so I decided to use some of it to knit up some sushi roll cat toys to donate to the local animal shelter.


Battle/Challenge: August - Stash Buster
Team: Wordy!
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Baby Carrots
Brief Description: I have a ton of felt and sewing supplies so I used them to make some felt baby carrots.
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9  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by calliemae on: July 08, 2014 08:15:59 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: House Unity
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Gryffindor & Ravenclaw Bracelets
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: I made a Gryffindor and Ravenclaw rainbow loom bracelet for my little sisters.


Class/Challenge/House Pride: July Detention
SPEW: N/A
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Boots
Project Page Link (if available): N/A
Brief Description: I knit one boot a while back, and finally got round to doing a second one to make up the pair
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10  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by calliemae on: July 08, 2014 08:10:22 PM
Prompt:  July Flash Mob
Team: Wordy
Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points: UFO
Project Name: Boots
Project Link:
Brief Description: I made one boot a few months back, but ran out of grey yarn before I could start the second one. I picked up some more and finished the pair
Project Picture:


Prompt:  July Battle - Cats
Team: Wordy
Event:  Yarnology
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Cat Hat
Project Link:
Brief Description: Since I know had a fair amount of grey yarn leftover, I knit this cat hat to match.
Project Picture:
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