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31  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: February 17, 2013 07:23:29 PM
I made some more pottery!

(Oh, btw, last time someone asked but I got distracted and forgot to reply. Everything I'm making so far has been thrown or at least started on the wheel.)

So yeah, pottery! Unfortunately someone at the studio make a grievous error and something exploded in the kiln and all these things have tiny shards of clay stuck in the bottom and I'm not sure if they're food safe anymore. I have to check. Undecided







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32  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: February 13, 2013 12:50:47 PM
Last night I made Chipotle Steak Salad. It was delicious! I'll definitely make it again. Mr. CT, in particular, absolutely loved it.



Changes: I didn't have any tomatoes, red onion, or cucumber so I just put the steak over some salad greens and added a little cilantro. I marinated the steak overnight instead of just an hour. Also, she tells you to make a ridiculous amount of the chipotle dressing so I just estimated the proportions of peppers and mayo and I think I over did it a little. Next time I'll make it a little less spicy. Also, also, instead of grilling the steak, I seared it in a skillet and finished it in the oven.

Pros:
- super yummy
- pretty easy

Cons:
- recipe makes a veritable eff ton of chipotle mayo. but it would probably be awesome on burgers and other stuff.

Last week I made this Pan-Fried Chicken with Mushrooms. And it was ah-mazing! We'll make again, I'm sure. I love mushrooms... so yeah. (sorry about the picture. I forgot until I was halfway done. Tongue)



Changes:
I doubled it because the recipe is for just one. Also, I pounded the chicken to flatten it before pan frying so it would cook quicker and more evenly.

Pros:
- delicious mushroom sauce!
- pretty easy
- pretty quick

Cons:
- none I can think of
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33  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: February 08, 2013 11:20:21 AM
The pottery studio fired a glaze load this week (finally!) and I got a bunch of stuff back last night.

1. Big olive green bowl.


2. Helmet guy paper weight thingy.


3-5. Pink botanical vases.


6. Tree vase.


7. Piranha bowl.


8. Experimental yellow cup.


9. Experimental green rose cup.
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34  Re: Shop the Swap Spring Market (signup feb 1-March1; claim to April 15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cinnamon teal on: February 04, 2013 09:51:10 AM
Cinnamon Teal's Shop is CLOSED
I live in Tennessee with a very fluffy pup.

Pottery
::: all pottery is food safe and microwave safe unless otherwise specified :::

Speckles & Stencils Yarn Bowl - 3 points
5" wide x 3" tall


Black Sheep Yarn Bowl - 3 points
 5.5" wide x 3.25" tall


Flower Cutouts Yarn Bowl - 3 points
4.5" wide x 3" tall


Speckled Turquoise Bowl with non-functional handle  - 2 points
- black underglaze speckles under turquoise glaze
- handle separated on top during firing
- approx 3" tall, 5" across
- holds about 2 cups


Small Black and White Bowl - 2 points
- holds about 1 cup
- approx. 4.5" wide by 3" tall


Sorrel Mug - 2 points
- sgraffito botanical design, white over brown clay
- holds about 1 cup
- approx. 3 inches tall


Freeform Blue and White Bowl - 1 point
- blue and white glaze on brown clay
- holds about 1.5 cups
- approx. 2.5" tall and 6" wide


Rose Cup - 2 points
- clear glaze over colored underglazes on brown clay
- holds about 12 ounces
- approx. 4.5" tall by 3.5" across


Prints

Linocut Goldfish Print - 2 points
- Paper is approx. 10" x 15" but can be cut down smaller if you want to frame it. The fish itself is about 7" x 11"
- Hand pulled print.
- Limited run.
- Several available.


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Wish List
- doilies, flat lace, and stencils
- wall art
- picture frames
- restaurant sized cotton napkins
- pajama pants
- case for sunglasses

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Points:
Started with: 3

Pending: 3          
Current: 1
TOTAL: 4          

Claims made from me -  
send by February 18th
cinnamon teal to ptarmic wumpus: Little Blue and White Dish made by Mr. CT - 1 point ::: SENT
cinnamon teal to ptarmic wumpus: Small Red Dish made by Mr. CT - 1 point ::: SENT
cinnamon teal to iota1617 - Textured Yellow Cup (2 pts) ::: SENT
Send by March 2
cinnamon teal to thehappycrochetchic: Turquoise Swirl Yarn Bowl  - 3 points ::: SENT
send by March 17th
CinnamonTeal to Loudxmouse - Turquoise and Olive Mug  - 2 points ::: SENT
Send by March 18
Cinnamon teal to avesthel --  Turquoise Yarn Bowl (#2) - 3 points ::: SENT
Send by April 13
cinnamon teal to A@K - Brown Bowl - 3 points

Claims I have made -  
Send by February 28
Lo{ve} to cinnamon teal bamboo dpn's - 1 point for 2 - sizes 6 & 10 ::: RECEIVED
Send by March 1st
thehappycrochetchic to cinnamon teal *Calm Cowl- 2pts. ::: RECEIVED
iota1617 to cinnamon teal Ruffled Floral Bag - 1pt ::: RECEIVED
iota1617 to cinnamon teal - Fall Bunting - 1pt ::: RECEIVED
Send by March 5th
loudxmouse to cinnamon teal -- Antlers: rack #3 (3 points) ::: RECEIVED
Send by March 25
sarahj2001 to cinnamon teal Hand Dyed Rovings 4oz - in Carny's Apron (3 points) ::: RECEIVED
sarahj2001 to cinnamon teal - Sock Yarn (1 point) ::: RECEIVED
Avesthel to cinnamon teal Yarn Ball Art #1 - 1 point ::: RECEIVED
alteredmommy to cinnamon teal - 5 ft of tiny star sequin waste (0.5 points) ::: RECEIVED
alteredmommy to cinnamon teal - New battery operated super mini lites (0.5 points) ::: RECEIVED
LeapFeetFirst to cinnamon teal - Copper Sequin Waste (0.5 points) ::: RECEIVED
LeapFeetFirst to cinnamon teal - Adirondack Ink Pad- Meadow (0.5 points) ::: RECEIVED
Send by April 14
iota617 to cinnamon teal - Sunglasses Case - 1pt ::: RECEIVED
Send by April 21
A2K to cinnamon teal Battenburg lace collar (.5)
                                   Doilies (.5 takes all)
                                   Knitting with Meg Swanson (free with BOGO)
loves2experiment to cinnamon teal SUMMER BERRIES  2 points
thehappycrochetchic to cinnamon teal 4 Small Stamp Sets at .25 points each = 1 point

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35  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: February 01, 2013 01:51:44 PM
A week ago, I made breakfast empanadas for dinner.



The photo isn't very good but they tasted fantastic! They were filled with chorizo, potatoes and scrambled eggs. The only thing I would change is next time I'll add some hot sauce to the filling, because we like spicy food here at casa CT. Oh, also, I used queso fresco instead of the mexican cheese blend the original recipe calls for.

Pros:
- epic amounts of deliciousness
- great as leftovers (reheat in oven)
- the dough was easy enough that even I didn't eff it up (which is saying a whole lot because I officially suck at pie crust)

Cons:
- takes a long time to make them
- probably not diet friendly

And then this week Mr. Cinnamon Teal was out of town so I had to cook for just me. Which I don't love to do. So I spent a little more on yummy ingredients and tried to find easy ways to prepare them. On Monday I made Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze and had an artichoke on the side.



It tasted pretty good. I did guess a little on the ingredient amounts since I was dividing the recipe by 6. But no complaints over all. It was yummy and easy and the clean up was really quick. I will absolutely make it again.

Pros:
- easy
- good for you
- yummy
- easy clean up

Cons:
- can be pricey, especially if you go for the eco friendly salmon.
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36  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: January 24, 2013 03:10:54 PM
The other night I was craving something sweet but we were all out of chocolate. We did, however, have a bag of blueberries in the freezer. Internet in hand, I whipped up this Blueberry Crisp.



And it was delicious! The original recipe calls for mixed berries, but I only had blueberries. Also, I just made a half recipe cuz it's just me and the hubster and we really don't need a whole batch of desserts. Also, also, I drizzled a little cream over it because yum!

Pros:
Super yummy!
Super easy! The recipe calls for frozen berries so you don't have to defrost anything.
Common ingredients that lots of people already have on hand.

Cons:
None.
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37  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: January 19, 2013 05:47:33 PM
Hehe. No, no tart for Caleb. But I did make him some cranberry and peanut dog biscuits for his birthday. It's really fun to bake for him because, well, he's a dog and he'll eat just about anything. So I can just make it up and he'll love them no matter what.  Grin

I made these with canned pumpkin (about 1.5 cups), some peanut butter (about half a cup), honey (2 big spoonfuls), a big handful of craisins and another big handful of peanuts plus an egg. Then I added just enough flour so it came together as a dough and wasn't sticky anymore. Then I just rolled 'em out and cut them with a shot glass and baked them at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. He loves them so much! Oh, and I also put them in the dehydrator afterwards so I could store them on the counter but you could totally just store them in the freezer instead.

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38  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: January 18, 2013 01:35:26 PM
Last night I made a Potato and Leek Tart.



It was crazy delicious! And oh so rich and probably terrible for you. It's full of butter and cream and 2 kinds of cheese. I will definitely make it again but not very often. I think it would be awesome made in mini quiche shells and served as an appetizer. 
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39  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: January 13, 2013 07:29:33 PM
Tonight we tried Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries.



They were easy enough to make though the flavor was pretty bland. If I made them again, I would add extra seasoning. We dipped them in BBQ sauce and the flavor combo was a little strange. Without the BBQ sauce, they were basically just cooked zucchini with a crispy crust. Actually, with a side of ranch, they might be a great way to get picky kids to eat their veggies.
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40  Re: Experimenting in the Kitchen Along in Craftalongs by cinnamon teal on: January 10, 2013 07:41:01 PM
I made some bread today. I used the basic recipe from Ratio and the dutch oven method for baking. It's sort of like the no-knead bread except that the bread dough is kneaded like normal bread. But like the no-knead bread, you bake it in the dutch oven for the first 30 minutes which keeps moisture in and makes the crust awesome.



It came out really well! We ate is with some beef stew for dinner tonight.

The recipe is here, sort of. http://ruhlman.com/2009/12/making-sandwich-bread-with-the-53-ratio/ I mean, the basic ingredients are here, but the book goes into more detail and he gets into the fundamentals a lot more. I found it really helpful. 
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