There are tons of recipes on the web that use nuts and stuff. Just search it. I make mine with those recipe crumbles or TVP.
I kinda wing it because I'm familiar with making meaty meatballs. All you do is saute some onion, garlic and the recipe crumbles in a pan. After it's done, let it cool a little so you don't burn your hands. Add some egg and some italian breadcrumbs until you get the consistency you want (it sticks altogether and easily forms balls.) Grease a pan, form the mixture into balls and stick them in an oven preheated to 350F.
I've been making them for years and nobody can tell the difference. I eat them with pasta and on sandwiches with some mozzarella and a bit of pasta sauce.
Capes are relatively easy to make patterns for. You can actually do them just like you would do a circle skirt, except instead of a waistband you have just a neckhole, so instead of the hole being your waist size it is your neck measurement. Oh, and you cut the front open.
I just assisted in a production of RHPS. We made a lot of corsets...and funky tailcoats...and tophats. We put columbia in a fuschia tutu covered in sparkles and rollerscates...maybe I'll post pictures...
ground beef or veggie crumbles, tastes good with both, 2 cans chop suey vegetables, hoisin sauce
both of those items are usually by the taco stuff in the grocery store
Basically you brown the beef, drain (mostly) the chop suey vegetables and add hoisin to taste, to make a sort of gravy. I like a lot of hoisin. You could get fancy and add a little fresh garlic or other deliciousness, but this recipe is good as is and cheap as hell. I am still in college and make it all the time. I eat mine over rice.
This one is something I save for special occasions, though it's still extremely cheap and easy to make, just takes a bit more effort:
tortillas, "mexican" cheeses, vegetable oil or whatever you use, taco seasoning, whatever you like on mexican food ie: black olives, tomato...
Heat up the oil, throw a tortilla in there and fry it until it crisps up nicely, set it aside on a plate stacked up with paper towels, repeat until you have enough for how many pizzas you are making and save some for dessert--they are excellent with cinnamon sugar. Brown your beef and add seasoning, following the directions on the packet. Preheat your oven to about 350F. On a pizza tray or stone or whatever you use pile the fried tortillas, meat, cheese and whatever other toppings on there and bake until the cheese is melty. You can make them double decker, too, if you like that sort of thing.
I use oatmeal too...they have that pirate's booty stuff that's gluten-free. I think they make a plain kind too but I'm not so sure...on a side note, I think that potato chips would make the most wonderful addition to meatloaf EVER. Oh, but so fattening. But it's a cake, right?
I think your art project would be vandalized. I remember when I was in high school, one of the art students' projects was to recreate a famous painting on the walls of the hallways of our school...since I've been back some of those paintings they so painstakingly recreated on the walls have gum and marker on them. It's all very sad, yes...but I totally expect it. I think it's an awesome idea, though I think it's too mature a subject for high schoolers, though it's sad to say. Sadder, even since I'm in college I think something like that would vandalize it.
They make TONS of writing books that feature a gagillion writing prompts. I took ONE creative writing class since college, but some of these prompts are really great to get my artwork going when I have a drought of ideas. I'm looking through the book to that class right now... Lots of the prompts involve taking something you already know, stories from your life, and having them happen to someone else. I remember in class the professor had us right about the first experience we had with swimming...since this is Florida.