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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Ceramic Santa Man on: December 15, 2012 10:25:53 AM
I made this guy for rackycoo in the HOHOHO swap. I knew I wanted to make something in the ceramics studio and she collects Santa figurines. Ergo...



The base is a hollow ball, thrown on the wheel. I sculpted his arms, legs, and head and added them when the base had stiffened up a bit. He's painted with underglaze and porcelain slip and then some clear glaze to make him shiny.



My influences for this guy include Tim Burton's Santa from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and Neil Gaiman's movie, Coraline, especially in the button eyes.

I don't have an exact measure of his size, but he's around 5 inches tall.
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / uses for hard caramel? on: December 09, 2012 09:54:18 AM
I overcooked a batch of caramels and now I have a giant slab of hard caramel candy instead of the soft chewy variety that I give out at Christmas. I broke up some of it to mix into ice cream, but I still have a lot of it left. Any ideas how to use it?
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / WWI Doughboy Coffee Cup on: October 16, 2012 03:42:58 PM
Here's a little mug I made in a wheel throwing class a few weeks ago. I've taken ceramics classes before but it's been about a decade since my last one. So I'm pretty proud of this mug. It's about 3" tall and 3" in diameter.



14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Shredded Chicken Taquitos with Salsa and Guacamole on: August 02, 2012 01:49:03 PM
Challenge time! Woohoo! This is my first ever challenge submission. I hope you like it!



This is sort of a 4 part-er but it all comes together to make super yummy chicken taquitos. I originally modeled the chicken it after the delicious shredded chicken you can find in burritos from taquerias all over southern California. But over the years it has kind of evolved into my own thing. I like to use it in burritos, enchiladas, tacos and, as you can see, taquitos.

(ps. I also have a yummy margarita recipe. Let me know if you're interested.)

Shredded Chicken:



    olive oil
    1 medium onion, thinly sliced
    3-4 cloves of garlic, smashed
    1 spicy chile, seeded and minced (I've used dried pasillas, fresh seranos and fresh jalapenos. They're all good.)
    1-1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
    1 small can El Pato tomato sauce - the green one (optional but delicious)
    1 tablespoon chile powder
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
    a big pinch of salt
    12 oz of the cheapest beer you have on hand (you can also use chicken broth if beer isn't your thing)



*This chicken freezes nicely, so I often make a double batch and freeze half for later use. That's what I did this time around. Hence the 2 cans of beer, packages of chicken, etc. Next time I think I'll just use one can of beer. It took a long time for the liquid to boil off and my chicken got a little over done and mushy.

In a medium/small pot, pour in enough olive oil to cover the bottom and heat it over medium low heat.

Add the onions, spicy chilies, and garlic. Saute them until the onions soften.

Toss the chicken into the pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir then bring it to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally until the chicken falls apart. If it starts to dry out and stick to the bottom of the pan, add some water or chicken broth.

While the chicken is doing it's thing, work on your toppings and maybe a margarita to reward yourself for all your hard work.

Pico de Gallo:

    1 ripe tomato, diced
    1 jalapeo, minced
    handful of cilantro, chopped
    2 large green onions or 6 skinny ones, white parts only, minced
    lime juice
    salt



Combine the tomato, jalapeno, cilantro and green onions in a bowl. Add a squeeze of lime juice and a large pinch of salt. Stir it all up. And you're done! Easy peasy!



Guacamole:

When it comes to guacamole, I'm a purist. No tomato. No onion. Just some avocado, a little lime or lemon juice, and salt to bring out the flavor. Toss it all into a bowl and mash it with a fork. Give it a taste and add more salt or juice as needed. If you're eating it with salty chips, go easy on the salt.





Once the chicken is all nicely shredded and the liquid has boiled down to a lovely sauce, you can start on the taquitos themselves.

Taquitos:

    corn tortillas
    canola oil (about 1 cup)
    shredded chicken

plus

    toothpicks
    paper towels
    kitchen thermometer

Lay out your tortillas on the paper towels in a single layer. You want them to dry out so they'll fry up better. Stale tortillas work beautifully here. Flip them once or twice over the course of 10-20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan to 350˚F.

Fry the tortillas one at a time, for about 5 seconds on each side. You want them soft and flexible, not crispy.  As you finish each tortilla, transfer it to a paper towel.

Take the pan off the heat. Once the tortillas are cool, place a small amount of shredded chicken in the tortilla, roll it up and secure with toothpicks.





Put the oil back on the heat and bring it back up to temperature. Place the taquitos into the hot oil and fry 8 minutes total turning a quarter turn every 2 minutes (or until crispy and golden brown). Place them on paper towels or a wire rack to drain off the excess oil and let them cool. Then pull out the toothpicks.



Put it all together!

Place 2 or 3 taquitos on a plate. Top with guacamole and salsa. To turn it into a full dinner, add a nice big green salad on the side or some beans and rice.

Enjoy!



15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cabled Pillow Cover on: July 31, 2012 01:49:01 PM
Hi folks! I haven't been on this board for a while. Probably because it's been so darn hot lately. But the other day I thumbed my nose at mother nature and pulled out my knitting needles anyways.



I love the texture on this thing. It reminds me of honeycomb. The cable is very easy and repetitive and where the left and right slants meet, you just wrap the yarn around a few times. The cover has a pretty basic construction, too. It's just a big long rectangle that I wrapped around the pillow form and stitched up the sides. It overlaps to form an envelope style back. Also, only the front is cabled. The back is a k2,p2 rib.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Big Ol' Map Covered Monogram on: April 30, 2012 04:17:57 PM
I love maps and typography and map covered typography, so I made this last week. It's my husband's and my first initials.



It's about 24" tall and 44" wide. The map is an old 1988 world map from National Geographic, complete with East and West Germany and the USSR. I used MDF for the base and spray adhesive to attach the map. Oh, and a jigsaw to cut it out. Because power tools rock.
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Chickadee - My first embroidery! on: April 24, 2012 03:46:08 PM
Aside from some cross stitch on plastic canvas as a kid, I've never really tried needlework before. But a while back I came across these amazing embroidered portraits and was super inspired to try it out. I like how the artist used the floss like Van Gogh uses paint so I tried for a similar effect. My little chickadee isn't anywhere close to Daniel Kornrumpf's portraits, but I think he's cute anyways. Smiley

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / ink drawings and a couple paintings on: April 17, 2012 06:59:22 AM
I haven't posted anything on this board for a while, so here's a whole buncha stuff.

1. Lino Cut Goldfish.


2. Wonky Self Portrait. Ink on watercolor paper.


3. Another Goldfish. Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper. Made for the 4x6 art swap.


4. Little bird plaques. Acrylic on wood. Made for a swap.






5. Caleb McFluffypants. Ink on watercolor paper. (I posted this as a wip before. Here it is all finished.)


6. Elephants. Ink on watercolor paper.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sock-stravaganza! on: April 17, 2012 06:24:19 AM
Here are some socks that I posted on other boards (craftalongs and such), but never here.

First up: Spring Forward socks for my sister. More info here.



Next: Gray Cabled socks for me! Strongly inspired by this pattern.



The next two are really similar. I had a big bag of leftover bits of sock yarn so I made these two pairs of scrappy socks. They're basic Elizabeth Zimmerman socks with a bit of a twist. They were a lot of fun to make though weaving in all the ends was a bit of a pain.





I have more info and photos on my blog. Let me know if you want links for any of them.
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Doily Rug on: March 12, 2012 09:59:08 AM
I'm not usually a crocheter but I kept seeing that adorable doily rug all over pinterest and I just had to make one of my own. It's small - the perfect size to fit in my little bitty bathroom - and made from tee shirt yarn.

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