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11  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / vegetable bouquets or fruit bouquets?? on: February 11, 2008 08:38:05 AM
I want to do something differnt for my Mom & Gram for Valentines day... I ws thinking of  fruit or veggie  bouquests...

I'm not all that good with fancy cutting techiques...

Any suggestion for simple cuts to make them fancy??

I think i really want to do vegies rather than fruit.
I'll make a bouqet & serve with a container of homemade dip.
I hav ea few ideas...

i am using large square clear glass vases.
Fill bottom with water & whole limes (they both use lime slices in water & iced tea, so they will use them limes & it will look pretty too!!)

then i was thinking i'd try some raddish flowers put those in skewers & add to vase

cut a carrot in thin  slices on the diagnal that i can cut into small hearts & flower shapes with tiny cooki cuters then skewer those as well..

any other suggestions??
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / ?? Pirate party for kids? on: February 05, 2008 12:51:44 AM
In the eraly spring we are having a Piatre Party (my nephews request) ofr several kids aged  2 to 12.

I have a few ideas:
Getting a gross of "pirate coins" use some to make necklcaes for the kids then hide a bunch. (we will hide all of these in the back yard. using a sharpie we will color one side of them, a diff color for each kid. the kids will have a certain number hidden, say 8 or so.) I have little wooden chest we will put clues in there leading them to their coins... so a treasure hunt.

Bobbing for duckys: I think I will fill tub with small blue baloons to simulate water, rather than use water for rubber duckys. I have a dozzen pirate rubber duckies.
What other games??

I'll make a big fish bowl o f blue jello w gummy sharks. 
Goldfish crackers  ....
Not sure what else to do for food?


Decorations will be easy, a few pirate flags, black, white & red tablecloths, paltes,cups etc., a stuffed parrot or two.
Not sure what else... What do you think??

13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Costume Ideas needed please... OLD VEGAS theme on: January 27, 2008 05:53:22 PM
Puting this is Halowwen because it is costume realted, if it should go else wehre please let me know!!

It's not till July, but I don't sew so I need to choose a costume, find a pattern & fabric & have some one else sewing so I figured I'd better start now....
The Theme is OLD Vegas, Or Vegas Old School something like that,,,,
It is actully a week long event in Vegas in July (july cripes, it's gonna be hot.)
I'm a big girl so I don't want anytihng too revealing....

So no showgirl costumes...

I was thking MAYBE a Ciggarette Girl (not sure what they are caleld) with the tray selling Cig & Mints (they usually wore short shorts & a fitted jacket, but figured I could have the jaket be longer & wear a skirt.
Also thought of a Gun slinger, but I don't know, was hoping for sometihng a little sexy... but not real revaling... Please give me some ideas!!!

THANKS!!!!
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / RECYCLING FOOD!! What do you do with you left overs?? on: January 26, 2008 02:46:23 PM
What do you do with you left overs??     What are you favorite food recycles??

I listed a few things I like to do with packets from fast food places on another post. 
here are a few.
Taco Bell Sauce, Arby's Sauce, Honey packs (from KFC, etc.), prob any of the McD's nugget sauces too make a marinade for chicken.

Small side servings of tomato sauce are great spread on toasted Italian bread.



I think i read it on here use the packet of spice mix from ramen to make burgers, I think it was 1 pack per pound of meat? (I usually only use abt 1/3 of the spice pack if at all, but the sodium won't be so bad when you make a few burgers rather than just one bowl of noodles.)

When ever I make tomato sauce I always take a small amount (abt 4 cups) &  add a couple of good glugs of red wine then simmer it down very thick I use for a stew starter or freeze in smaller portions to add to meatloaf or to make a simmer pot.

What I call a simmer pot use 1 cup of the very thick tomato sauce add whatever diced veggies you want. Brown some meat then toss it in w veggeies & tomato. Add some roasted garlic & let it simmer. Really good over rice, potatoes or noodles.


I'm always looking for different ways to prepare leftovers.
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What are you serving (taking to) New Years Party?? on: December 30, 2007 08:30:59 PM
Just asking.. always like to hear new & differnt ideas....

We are having a Mommie (or Auntie) & Me sleep over... all girls ages 5 to 12 for the kids & 28 to 38 for the adults.  =)

Keeping food simple & abundandt.

Crock Pot sweet & sour Kilbasa ( the saice has brown sugar, soy saice & vinigar. I really don't like it but it was requested.)
Crock pot of chicken noodel soup.   rolls & butter
baby carrots, crakers, cucumber slices, pretzles & dip
sparkling cider & sparkling flavored water
kababs with grapes, cheese, & pineapple bites.
kababs with pickles, olives & cheese

air popped popcorn

breakfast will be apples, grapes & ypougurt.





16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / chunky yarn?? on: November 26, 2007 07:09:04 PM
I am looking for the chunky twisted yarn. Like my Mom used to tie in my hair in the early 70's ...
It's very thick yarn 2 or 3 strands twisted ... looking for red & green  or red, white & green.
I remember seeing them last year on a web site for sale...it was sold on a large cone ...
Help??
TIA
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / chunky yarn? on: November 24, 2007 08:40:14 AM
I am looking for the chunky twisted yarn. Like my Mom used to tie in my hair in the early 70's ...
It's very thick yarn 2 or 3 strands twisted ... looking for red & green  or red, white & green.
I remember seeing them last year on a web site for sale...it was sold on a large cone ...
Help??
TIA
18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / What's you favorite chicken marinade? on: November 17, 2007 08:11:49 AM
My Dad hs ben in the hospital, he is home now but on a restricted diet. (he eats way to much junk!)
I think each week I am going to make a couple differnt batchews of maerinated bonless sknless chiken breat & thighs.
  bron them in a skillit & keep in fridge for my folks to have over salad for lunch. ( they own  a bunies & have a grilin thew back, a toaster oven & a microwave there  so they can heat it up it they want)

I have to keep merinades low fat, low sugar & trig to keep all nautral.

Any suggestion??

This week I made 2 diff batches one with th jce for madarine oranges with some chopped giner.
 the second with a little olive oil, pepper, oragan & lots ofparsely.
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Asian Slaw ... on: November 03, 2007 11:00:06 AM
I think the basic salad is veg, poss vegan. (minus the chicken on top)

1 Bag Slaw Salad Mix (keep refrigerated)
1 package ramen noodles
3 Tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 Cup shaved almonds
1/2 Cup oil
1/4 Cup  white vinegar or rice vinegar 
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1/3 cup sugar  ( I use 2 Tablespoons sugar & 2 Tablespoons Splenda)
1 teaspoon onion powder
 
Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Heat to medium heat. Break up noodles, slowly brown noodles  then add almonds  till brown then add sesame seeds.
stir constantly, sesame seeds brown very fast. once browned let cool.
Combine oil, vinegar, sugar & soy sauce in a bowl & chill.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & chill at lease 15 minutes before serving.
 This is actually better if chilled over night
 
EXCELLENT with chopped cooked chicken & Mandarin oranges. (add those just before serving.)
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Q Snap for embroidery? on: November 03, 2007 05:31:30 AM
I want to make a really big piece.. well really big fpor me up till now the biggest single design I have done has been abt 4 by 4 on a tea towel.
I have a very large piece that I want to try. I have looked at Q SNAP frames online ... Il ike hte look of the fllor model. Are the snaps tigh enough to hold just one layer of fabric? THey are made for quiliting, os that would suggest that they are made to hold mulitple layers. ...
Thanks for any help you can give me!!
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