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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Since I'm sick of stirfry...Help! on: August 13, 2008 09:50:47 AM
The dear boyfriend and I together create probably the most difficult couple to cook for ever. So we've been surviving off stir fry, pasta, and stuffed mushrooms.
So now I'm begging for ideas.

I'm: mostly vegetarian (lax about chicken stock, and when I'm starving will eat chicken fingers), don't do eggs, and am the cook.

He's: allergic to onions/shallots/scallions etc, but garlic's okay. He also doesn't like peppers, or celery, and isn't a huge lettuce guy. He won't eat red meat, but white meat's okay (I only have experience cooking chicken breasts, so he's out of luck if it's fancy)

To add to the pain in my side, I'm operating out of his very basic kitchen (ie- he didn't know he had a cookie sheet) so rice cookers, crock pots and my beloved kitchen-aide are not available.

Any ideas? Preferably not starring more stir fry or mushrooms, but beggars can't be choosers Also, calories don't matter, I prefer them low, but he's a twig who can eat about 4,000 a day and still be hungry.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Marilyn Monroe dress pattern sought on: September 07, 2006 07:46:10 PM
I promised my sister (who is about a 14 last i checked) I'd make her a Marilyn Monroe dress, since the ones in stores end at a 12, or shed be squeezing into a 12/14
but as I have no dress form, I'm on the hunt for a pattern that might help, this'll be the first item of clothing I make for a bigger girl, otherwise I'd wing it.
Any help would be AMAZING, thank you girls!

(the 7 year itch dress)
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Meaty manly foods on: September 05, 2006 03:12:09 PM
I'm trying to ensure that my boyfriend's roommates continue to love me by spoiling them with food. However, I'm a vegetarian, and am trying to design a manly dinner for six very meat-loving teenage/early twenties boys (who can eat like it's their job).
I'm good in a kitchen (worked as a cook for a summer, and have been cooking with my chef mum for ages), but have no idea what the ideal young manly man food would be.   
Any thoughts? Even appetizers/desserts would rock.
((I'm thinking some sort of red meat, but chicken would be easier if it was prepared in the right way, i am thinking rosemary seasoning and the like would lose to microwave nachos))
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Coworker needs massive support, i need ideas on: August 27, 2006 07:09:07 PM
Someone who works with my dad and sister just found out (on her tenth anniversary) that her husband is cheating on her with a girl young enough to be her daughter, who she also has to see through work on a regular basis.
She quite understandably is completely devastated, and feels really lost and alone. She called to ask if we could get people to visit, since she needs the support.
I want to make her something to cheer her a tiny bit, since a gift isnt going to heal her, but it may help brighten an otherwise awful day.
I can do pretty much anything but knit/crochet.
About her- she's a nurse, has a 9 year old son, is a definite people person. I dont know her that well, so im not very helpful.
5  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Worcester? (Esp. Clark craftsters!) on: August 23, 2006 06:34:04 PM
Just moved in to Clark, and while I didnt pack my craft stuff, I'm close enough to home that I can justify a weekend to grab it all.
Problem is, I know of nothing in the city, no stores or crafty groups or anything. So, anything would be awesome. And if it's within walking distance, even better! I do have a car, and would be capable of driving places but I have only the faintest how to parellel park  Undecided (thank god for parking garages) so less driving= more happy tardmuffin.
Thank you in advance Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt recon: shortened, patched on: July 25, 2006 12:46:33 PM
I found an AE skirt at the thrift store for about 2 dolla, complete with mystery stain. This isn't really something I'd wear, so I igured I'd change that. After sacricing a pyjama shirt, I came up with this:


Please ignore the belly and pale legs.

I intended for the edges to be rough hewn, it gives it more quirkiness and some of my personality. I stitched the heart and skull on by hand, with embroidery floss. From start to finish, it took me about an hour, and only because I'm flu-ey.


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7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Because I overplan everything... Anniversary help on: July 19, 2006 07:28:29 PM
My boyfriend and I's anniversary isn't until December, but I'm anal and want to start in on gifts now, since I want to dedicate a lot of time to it (and I have his birthday, anniversary and christmas to accomplish in a 2 week period, gah.) He's hinting at a ring for this one, which makes it all the more important to me to give him something wonderful

Initially, we'd wanted to go to where we first met, but going to a pier in the middle of New England December is a really bad idea, let alone in the middle of the night when we had met there. So any plans I'd made around that and "recreating" anything have kind of gone out the window.

He's very much into nerdy things (he stopped kissing me and ran into the bedroom after he'd had an epiphany about his 360 that he had to try for example)  cheesy sci-fi, and computer things, he's studying engineering and loves metal, punk is growing on him. I cant get him computer things, since I'm pretty technologically incompetant and I'd like to make something anyways. We tend not to go to too many shows together either, since despite the fact I'm tiny and break easily, I'm aggressive and usually wind up with some sort of bad injury.

I'd like to make him something romantic, but not too corny, since I'm a giant cornball 99% of the time and want this to be special. If possible, I want to make him something "useful", but he's also pretty nihilistic, so things like a stencilled shirt would be appreciated but never worn, or only to please me.

I can sew, do some light paper crafts, embroider, quilt, work with clay, and do some carpentry.
Any help you guys might have would be fantastic, I'm getting stressed already since he's getting me such a big gift.
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