I'm back, with a new laptop! Mine died so I couldn't easily see or post! Prepare for a massive project dump here. I'll also be catching up my classrooms, and hopefully from now on I'll be able to comment on everyone's projects again!
Headmistress, I noticed that I accidentally submitted my local cookie swap as an Apparition project, but it was actually meant for Arithmancy, which calls for you to do a swap! Is it possible to make that switch? I did make a nice big meal for my family I intended to put for Apparition. I'll submit it on here in case that's OK.
Name: Candy cane macarons
So these macarons required 5 ingredients: egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond meal, and gel food colouring. I made them as a standard french meringue macaron (you don't cook a sugar syrup, just whip the granulated sugar and egg whites at room temperature), then folded in the meal and powdered sugar mixture. The next bit was finicky - I carefully painted three stripes of gel food colouring on the inside of the piping bag, then filled it. As I piped it out on the parchment paper (which I had traced circles onto, on the opposite side, to make even shells) it striped reasonably well! The stripes were rather thick, which meant my first macarons were nearly all red. I also slightly undermixed the batter so it spread more than I wanted and was a bit hollow. But with a bit of cinnamon-nutmeg buttercream they were divine!
Name: Egg yolk dinner
After splitting out the egg whites I needed for the macarons above, I had extra egg yolks, so I decided to make homemade alfredo, a caesar salad, and then we had macaroons (the coconut kind, leftover from some we made for my daughter's daycare) for dessert!
I used this recipe for the alfredo: http://italianchef.com/fettucine-alfredo/
This recipe for the caesar dressing: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/02/my-caesar-salad-part-1/
And I can't remember the one for the macaroons! It was a basic shredded coconut, egg white, and sugar recipe though.
Here's the dinner! It was delicious, though absolutely terrible for us. Good thing it was still BEFORE Christmas
Name: 2015 goals
My friend and I got together to make goals for New Years - not so much resolutions, I'd say, as things for us to do and remember over the new year. It took a good two hours to set it out, assign it priorities, and then think up specifics (ie. WHERE we would go for our Monthly Adventures with the kids, what my husband and I would like to do for dates, etc.) I'm still planning on making some other things to help me plan even better, like maybe calendars. I'm also going to use the beautiful handmade book I won last semester from noodle-bug
to document our monthly adventures with the kids!
Name: Snowman kit
This is definitely a green project, because it uses old pencil crayons (they never really worked well) and thrifted buttons! Our weather has been crazy here, snow then above zero so we could actually build a snowman, then -39C so it froze solid, then another 15cm of snow...anyway, since we don't always get to build a snowman in the middle of winter, and it was so warm our buttons kept falling off, I thought I'd make a kit so we could set those eyes and such into his/her head good and proper
The buttons are all hot-glued on, and the nose is sculpey formed around an aluminium foil armature, then painted orange. We're pretty proud of it.
Class/Challenge: OWL - Charms
Name: Epic Gluten-free Gingerbread House of Awesomeness
It's DONE! And boy am I proud! It was a ton of work, probably over 100 hours if you include the base, and I also reknit and redid some of the pieces I didn't like. Not only that, I follow Anne Wheaton (Wil Wheaton, aka Wesley Crusher's wife) on twitter and had mentioned in reply to something that I was knitting a gingerbread house. She asked to see it when it was done...and she loved it! Loved it, retweeted it, and BAM my inbox was FLOODED with likes and retweets and comments. I felt like a celebrity lol!
Anyway, here's pictures and some descriptions:
Candy canes, wreath, front porch. I'd like to add a dollhouse sconced-style light over the door.
Heart-shaped flowers, window with plum satin drapes
, marshmallows, wrapped hard candies, peppermint candy, and smarties (the UK/Canadian chocolate kind)
Two of my favourite things on here - the wreath with tiny working bells and the Christmas tree, and post box
More roof candies! Also a chocolate button tree, and it was supposed to be a liquorice allsorts bush but I HATE allsorts so I made it a Swedish Berry tree instead!
The chimney was pretty epic, and I need to knit a Santa Claus for it as well. The pattery lady used a playmobil Santa in it, and we will end up with one from next year's Playmobil Advent calendar (I scored it after Christmas for 40% off!) but I think a knitted one would be best.
Hope you liked everything!
I need to think up another OWL now. Probably one of my new year's goals, one of the knitted pieces for my family. You guys will also LOVE the project I'm making for my Mom for Christmas next year - it's a knitted advent calendar, comprised entirely of hand-knit tiny Scandinavian mittens.