Greetings everyone! Last Friday I received a lovely package from Edel.
She made me some really awesome pillowcases shaped like chocolate bars:
...as well as a bag that represents the colors of white, milk, and dark chocolate!
Here the lovely mint-chocolate earrings she made me:
Here is a picture of the chocolate
I have already sampled a few and they are deliecious!! The Ritter marzipan is my favorite.
Annnd here is what I send to edel!
A chocolate-mint bag with chocolate pin:
Chocolate cd wallet:
An eye cover for chocolate dreams:
Funky "My name is Chocoholic" nametags:
A set of 4 cards. Here is a picture of the Thank-you cards:
Aaaand, last but not least, the chocolate stash! Edel specifically requested a partner from the US to fulfill her Butterfinger sweet tooth, so I happily obliged! Along with 3 different Butterfinger products I also included Ghiradelli dark chocolate and Russel Stover German Black forest truffle squares:
Now it's my turn to post the lovely items I received from crappiefisher!
This was crappiefisher's first swap and she did an AMAZING job!! She was really tuned in to my likes/dislikes and the end result was fabulous.
As I opened the box I was met with a beautifully-made messenger bag with a picture featuring my beverage of choice, cafe con leche. This is perfect for carting around my school books! The inside has floral print, and the whole item is extremely well made. Denise, you are a much better seamstress than myself Please be assured that is my favorite part of the package!!
Here is an adorable little book made out of recycled coffee cup sleeves! Crappiefisher told me that she found this kit on etsy. It has inspired me to make my own book
She also made me a picture frame in a rich, chocolately color. It's decorated with coffee beans and has the phrase, "A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well-spent" in 4 different languages. This is perfect for me because I'm a Spanish major, linguistics minor who's also studying Italian (hence a word nerd!):
We were on a similar wavelength considering we both made each other boxes! My coffees can now rest easy inside a box decorated with the word for "coffee" in several languages:
In addition to all of these homemade goodies, my partner also included coffee-themed stitch markers, 3 types of coffee ("Foglifter," Costa Rican, and Hazelnut), after-coffee cinnamon breath mints, and chocolate-covered espresso beans (that have already been sampled, yuuuum)!
Here are some of the store-bought goodies along with funky, humorous coasters and a coffee sleeve. All of my suitemates and I will put these to good use!
I recently had a really flavorful, really spicy hummus in a restaurant and have been trying my hand at concocting my own hummus recipes.
I want to hear what kind of spices and other ingredients you clever people use to perk up your hummus!
Here's my latest take on the dish:
I used a can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained), 2/3 cup tahini, 1/4 cup lime juice, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp chili powder, 2.5 tsp cumin, 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes (mild), 4 crushed garlic cloves, a pinch of garlic salt, and a few roasted red pepper pieces. It was a bit thick, so I thinned it with a little bit of virgin olive oil and the liquid from a jar of olives, then garnished the finished product with dried tomatoes, more pepper flakes, and an olive. Yummy!
First of all, thanks for the tutorial! It was very accessible to a new sewer like myself.
Here's my first bag:
After it was sewn I stitched on felt hearts with a blend of hot pink and gold embroidery floss. This cute little sucker is all wrapped up with a candy cane--I'm planning to give it to my cousin at our family get-together later this afternoon.
I am very, very pleased with the second bag, which came out a lot better. I spent a lot more time on it and was a tad more careful because I didn't want to mess up my precious flag fabric. The purse is made out of a t-shirt from my university's International Office. There are 2 inside pockets.
On the reverse side I added a special detail for a country dear to my heart:
I received my package from 3beadgirls this week! It was jam-packed with all sorts of Asian-themed oodies: a newspaper, posters, literature, Pocky, almond cookies, a makeup mirror made with Asian print faric, a cute mini calendar, a shirt, stationary, stickers, oragami earrings, oragami paper, jewelry, tea and coffee, mini paper umbrella drink stirrers, felt pins (which I've already added to my backpack ) and an awesome homeade notebook!
One of my favorite things was the corn necklace. At first I was lost as to what it was exactly, but 3beadgirls explained that "when i saw the corn necklace at the store, i thought 'what a neat and funky colored necklace!' then i thought... 'that it would be a cool and unique necklace to wear with almost any outfit to add a little quirkyness to it.' Cheesy so, it ended up in your package!" Anyway, I love it! Yesterday I wore it to class and to a Christmas party.
3beadgirls, if you have more pictures, please feel free to add them! Thanks again, 3beadgirls!
I received a TON of cool stuff from ClauRose today. Even though I live in the dorms, this is the the first year that I've had access to a "real" kitchen with an oven, a fridge...the "works." Annyway, I told ClauRose that I enjoy baking, and she sent me a ton of baking-related items!
Just look at all these goodies! There is a cake mix, 3 muffin mixes, a dumpling mix, a Yorkshire pudding mix, 4 cookbooks, 1 gormet soup mix, 2 cappaccino mixes (French Vanilla and Hazelnut, yum!), 1 vanilla atole mix, 2 bags of chocolate chips (milk chocolate and semi-sweet), a container of Whoppers, 2 Rice Crispy Treats, 3 cracker snacks, 6 fruit and granola bars, 2 keychains, and a package of sugar-free gum.
I absolutely adore chocolate, so this package is perfect. I am quite curious to try the atole, as I have never had it before. Also, this package will be very useful in the future because I'll be able to use the cookbooks even when I am out of college and living in the "real world."
WOW. Can you guess who will be baking a cake tonight?