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1  Re:Fabric Scrap Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by yami mcmoots on: January 08, 2004 10:30:36 PM
Okay, here's my take on it:

Now I have to buy some batting and figure out this whole "quilting" thing - eep! Smiley
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2  cheesy christmas clearance lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by yami mcmoots on: January 06, 2004 11:03:22 PM
I picked up about half a dozen strands of white Christmas lights on "sale" at the local dumpster - a few broken ones on each strand, but no matter:

I feel like I've got a zillion Tinkerbells locked in a jar, all passed out drunk.

Can anyone think of similarly quick things to do with the other strands? I think hanging them would just make my walls look emptier, and I'm out of bottles...
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3  pansy candy in Dessert by yami mcmoots on: November 19, 2003 07:10:47 PM
So I picked a patch of pansies on Sunday. Following a recipe for violet syrup, I washed the flowers, put them in a little mason jar, poured boiling water over them and let 'em steep for 24 hours. Monday, the liquid was a slightly disturbing dark-Windex blue (the pansies were a purplish variety - "Dynamite Wine Flash"). I put it in a pan.

Also in the pan were two cups of sugar, one cup of light corn syrup, and a dash of artificial vanilla. Stirred until the sugar dissolved, and then let it alone until my trusty candy thermometer registered near the "hard crack" stage (300 F). At this point, a spoonful of bubbly sugar-liquid dropped in cold water will make hard, brittle threads, like the one on my candy thermometer:

I had to lick it clean when I was done.  Tongue

Last step was to pour off the mixture into a pie pan (liberally sprayed with Pam beforehand, natch), leave it in the fridge to cool and harden, and smash it into pieces with the butt of a knife.

Pansies have a rather subtle, delicate flavor, so the finished product tastes mostly of corn syrup. I've bought another couple flats of plants, though, so next time I might be able to make a more concentrated solution.

Also next time... I want molds, and individually wrapped pieces! I think it'd be way cool to have a pansy (or viola, to keep it bite-sized) embedded in translucent hard candy - good as little Christmas package-toppers. Has anyone ever made hard candy in molds before? And what kind of paper can I use to wrap the candies?

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