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81  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Banana-PineBerry Bread on: August 01, 2012 09:48:15 PM
Banana-PineBerry Bread

Had some bananas going bad and thought a banana bread might be in store, but then remembered this challenge and decided it was time to make up my own.  Had some pineapple and raspberries in the fridge too and so Banana-PineBerry Bread was born.

Took my favorite Banana Bread recipe....

Banana Bread
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
tsp baking soda
tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
2 slightly beaten egg whites
1 cup mashed banana
cup sugar
cup oil

Mix all wet ingredients, then mix in dry.  Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray.  Bake at 350* for  45-50 minutes.  Makes 1 loaf.

and changed it up where I thought fit.  Then tripled the recipe as I always like to make a bunch to freeze or give away.  Here's what I came up with...

Banana-PineBerry Bread

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs - seperated
2 cups mashed banana
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup raspberries
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup melted butter

Seperate eggs, whip egg whites in one bowl, yolks in your mixing bowl.  In with yolks add banana, pineapple, sugar, and melted butter, mix thoroughly.  Then add both flours, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt.  Mix only until incorporated.  Fold whipped egg whites and raspberries in. Pour into 3 greased loaf pans.  Bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes.  Makes 3 loaves.

Ground the whole wheat.

Pureed the pineapple.  You could just use crushed.

All the ingredients ready to mix.

All nicely mixed. It's okay if you see some streaks of egg white.

Eye the batter evenly into the pans.

You can even cook them in a solar oven!

Straight from the oven.

Cut up.

Tada, gorgeous and delicious.
82  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hogwarts Crest Stamp on: August 01, 2012 11:41:20 AM
Handcarved stamp of the Hogwarts crest seal. 
Got the design from dragonflycurls on etsy.  I love DFC, they were the ones that inspired me to start carving stamps.
Took me a few hours, but was fun to do and I'm happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for looking
83  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Penny Bracelet on: July 15, 2012 06:05:16 PM
Made a bracelet using pennies.  Domed the pennies into a curved shape, drilled holes, then stranded them together with copper colored findings.  Yes, using pennies in jewelry is okay.  Wink


Showing the domed shape:

Wearing.  I love it:

Bracelet went traveling too.  Went to the Golden Spike Museum.

Thanks for looking!
84  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bertie Botts Bean Bracelet on: July 04, 2012 12:57:49 PM
Made a Bertie Botts every flavor jelly bean bracelet for the OT Harry Potter swap.  Made completely from polymer clay, not painted.  It looks good enough to eat!  But I'd imagine they'd be a bit crunchy and probably taste like a bertie botts dirt flavor, lol.

I even carved a teeny tiny Botts stamp to give them that authentic look.

Packaged it up nice and hidden among some real jellybeans in the Botts box.

Was fun!  Thanks for looking.
85  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Mermaid Carved Stamp on: June 07, 2012 07:00:44 AM
I'm new at learning stamp carving.  Been doing it maybe two weeks, and feel more comfortable doing simple things so thought I'd try a challenge.  Lots of details in this one, but I absolutely love how it turned out!  I was worried beyond measure at getting the face right in such small carves, but it looks good enough for me!  This took me around three hours and my neck was killing me leaning over it for that long.  Guess I need to work on my posture while I craft.  Anyway, onto the beauty!

Thanks for looking!
86  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hunger Games Minature Cornucopia on: May 29, 2012 03:01:48 PM
My family has a movie room and we've been massive movie memorabilia collectors.  We've wanted something Hunger Games and when I saw this Cornucopia at the local thrift store we laughed and figured this should be it. 

First we had to paint it a shiny gold instead and I made a bunch of minature goods to fill it with- blanket, sleeping bag, bow and arrows, sword, knife, bag of apples, rope, backpack, first aid kit. 

All piled in the cornucopia

And I love my little bag of apples!

Thanks for looking!
And sorry Hunger Games swap partner, this isnt for you!  lol
87  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Astronomy Bow on: May 25, 2012 10:37:37 PM
Made some bows tonight.  Did my first with a sun/moon/stars theme.

And a matching set for my girl that loves peace signs and always has to have her hair in two pigtails.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
88  COOKING / Dessert / "Deviled" Jello Eggs on: April 15, 2012 01:24:22 PM
So, not sure if this is considered cooking.  I boiled the water for the jello and mixed up some cream cheese frosting at least, LOL.  I made these with this contest in mind so I'm just going to enter anyway.  Up to judges for the rest I suppose.

I got this idea from http://butteryum.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/jello-easter-eggs-with-vanilla-cream.html  When I saw it knew it was going to be something I had to make.

Made my eggs and let them set.  Made up the cream cheese frosting then got everything out and ready. 

Tasted good!  VERY sweet though with the concentrated jello mix.  Next time I'll probably try knox blox with juice or a sugar free variety.  If I did Knox I can control the coloring too.  I wanted pastel colors for Easter, but it didn't work out that way with the red and greens.

Anyway, it was fun to make!
Thanks for looking.
89  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games inspired jewelry on: March 15, 2012 07:38:38 AM
I've been really excited about the Hunger Games movie coming out so I've been crafting up a storm.  Can't wait to show off some of these pieces opening night!  Others have gone out to friends or in swaps.

My favorite piece:  Girl on Fire bracelet.  I received some really neat red and yellow swirled beads from a swap and to me they look like fire! 

Some other charm bracelets.  I made the book frame charms:

This one went out in the OTT Hunger Games swap.  She wanted a cuff type bracelet and really liked this quote. 

Earrings.  Love them!  Just the perfect amount of dangle for me.

Book Hook for the Catching Fire book:

And a non trinket, but neat, stenciled shirt.  I made this and then it didn't fit, next time I should probably try to fit the shirt before I spend the time on it, LOL.

Thanks for letting me share my current obsession with you all!
90  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Harry Potter Snitch Class Valentines & Tute! on: February 03, 2012 06:44:12 PM
Daughter has been obsessed with Harry Potter lately and wanted to do something Potterish for her Valentines this year.  I'm one of the mean moms that make my kids bring something other than candy, so we decided on bouncy balls made into golden snitches.

Aren't they just the cutest! 

Supplies:  Bouncy Balls (6 for a $1 at Dollar Tree), Wing outlines (we did ours on cardstock to be more sturdy), Gold foil squares you can get from the chocolates/candy section of your local hobby store ($3ish), glue gun or could use tape.

Get one gold foil and wrap one around a ball.

Glue a strip in the center and push on your ball (or tape the strip to the ball).


Do it about thirty more times for all the kids in the class. LOL

Here's a template I made to make your lives easier.  Wink

Thanks for looking!  Daughter is so excited for Valentines day and to show off her snitches!
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