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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Favorite Cooking "Secret"? on: April 19, 2009 12:58:52 PM
Since this is the board for recipes and tips, why not share some of our handy tips and secrets?  Some of mine:

I've stopped buying brown sugar, I just add molasses to standard sugar; a tsp or so to a cup for light brown, and twice that for dark, though you can adjust to your taste. 


I often use herbal tea bags as impromptu seasoning, especially for rice dishes.  I just toss in a bag or two with the rice, adding salt if I want a savory dish.  Flavors like Orange and Spice and Lemon Chamomile work great.  When I make rice pudding, Celestial Seasonings has this awesome herbal chai called Bengal Spice. I use that along with coconut milk - best dessert ever! 

And speaking of rice...Whenever I've made a dish like roast chicken or pork or any such thing that has bits of caramelized meat or breading stuck to a pan, I get that pan really hot (usually just place it right on a burner if it's metal,) deglaze with a little white wine or chicken broth and scrape off all that yummy goodness, then toss with some cooked egg and rice, and some veggies if I have them.  Add soy sauce, and you guessed it, fried rice is ready for lunch tomorrow! 
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dandy Dandelions! on: July 19, 2006 11:41:09 AM
Just did this today:




I took and old plain canvas bag that needed a facelift and dyed it green, then hand-painted some dandelions on it.  Now it's a quite friendly bookbag!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Blossoms and Herb Tea....yum! (3 pics) on: April 19, 2006 04:59:43 PM
This is a mug I painted at Color Me Mine. (I'd never been there before - it is so much fun!)  Anyway, I had no idea what I was doing, so I just went with the first thing I could think of: cherry blossoms! Not botanically accurate, maybe, but I like it!  

Just the little ole'  mug:

http://images.snapfish.com/34686%3C638%7Ffp339%3Enu%3D3277%3E233%3E366%3EWSNRCG%3D3233667%3B65%3C89nu0mrj

A shot of the plate by itself:

http://images.snapfish.com/34686%3C638%7Ffp342%3Enu%3D3277%3E233%3E366%3EWSNRCG%3D3233667%3B67%3C44nu0mrj

And the inside of the mug:

http://images.snapfish.com/34686%3C638%7Ffp346%3Enu%3D3277%3E233%3E366%3EWSNRCG%3D3233667%3B67%3C45nu0mrj

Yeah, so, I'm all cheery now as I guzzle my gallons of herb tea.  Yay!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Altering sweaters? on: April 07, 2006 11:29:20 AM
My friend gave me her collection of bulky, shapeless sweaters to recon, and I'm trying to think of things to do with them.  I will post pics as soon as I get my camera back from my brother's apartment, (grumble)  but basically, there are three sweaters, all solid colors, and two of them are ribbed.  What to do? 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My first post - Coin art! on: February 17, 2006 02:57:28 PM
So, in a desperate attempt to spruce up my drab dorm walls, I went crazy with some sticky-tack and good ole' spare change.  What do you think?



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