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1  Holiday Family Favorites Cooking Challenge in Cooking: Challenge Entries by HSG on: November 15, 2015 11:50:28 AM
Holiday Family Favorites

Is your turkey drool worthy? Is your pumpkin pie the thing of dreams? What about your ham, is it something the pigs volunteer for? Does the smell of your Snickerdoodles make the neighbors come knocking? Do you have a dish that is something everyone talks about all year? That one special dish you only make during a holiday time? If you answered yes to any of these, then Craftster has just the challenge for you!

Make that one recipe that your family and friends dream of, rave about, or beg for all year. Take pictures of what you made and any in-process steps you'd like to share with us. You must also post a list of ingredients.  

The recipe you are making for the holidays this year (2015). It's probably impossible to share a recipe that is 100% original, or that has never been posted on Craftster.  So, if your project was definitely inspired by something you've seen before, please give credit to that project.

  • Post one recipe that was created during the challenge period (November 16, 2015 - January 1, 2016) only, on the Cooking Challenge board. Projects created before this time frame are not eligible.
  • The recipe you enter, must have been made by you.
  • You must post a complete list of ingredients
  • Your entry cannot have been previously posted on Craftster.
  • Post your entry on the Cooking Challenge board during the period of January 2 - 8, 2016.  No sooner.  No later.
  • Voting will happen from January 9 - 14, 2016.

Once the poll is over the winner will be announced.

(1) their project in the Featured Projects area
(2) their project in the Craftster Blog
(3) and this Craftster prize (winner can receive prize in U.S. or non-U.S.):
Food Gift Love
An exciting, inspiring, and beautiful food-gift guide for crafty cooks and food-DIY fans.

In Food Gift Love, Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning photography.

Good luck and make something delicious!  Smiley
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2  Painted Coil Bowl in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by HSG on: November 09, 2015 02:02:36 PM
This is a new - to - me twist, on an old favorite. If you check the tag cloud for coil, you will see loads of bowls and other coiled creations. alwaysinmyroom taught a bunch of the mods how to make these addictive projects. Smiley

This one is created using the cotton clothes line and acrylic paints. The colors were just to try out the technique. You can also use inks, and dyes.
IMG_7365 by Helen, on Flickr

IMG_7363 by Helen, on Flickr

IMG_7370 by Helen, on Flickr

The paints cannot be too thick or the needle will break. More than once. Roll Eyes I thinned mine just with water, and that was good. You can also paint after the bowl has been created. Using stencils or whatever you can imagine.

I found the idea on this blog:

Thank you for looking.  Smiley
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3  Zoodles, Sundried Tomatoes & Fish = Good in Recipes and Cooking Tips by HSG on: August 16, 2015 02:08:23 PM
Couldn't really come up with a better name for this recipe. Still tasty nonetheless Cheesy
Zoodle by Helen, on Flickr

4 zucchini zoodled
1 package of sundried tomatoes
1/2 jar of capers
1 - 2 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp basil
salt & pepper to taste
2 - 4 boneless skinless fish filet, grilled ( Tilapia is what I used, but you can use what you like)
zoodle3 by Helen, on Flickr

After grilling fish filet, place zoodles in pan with garlic to warm, tossing lightly. Plate and place fish on top. Now place tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil in pan to warm all ingredients and spoon over fish and zoodles. Serve immediately. So yummy and quick.

Could even use chicken or some other simple protein if you like.

Even zoodle man agrees!
zoodle1 by Helen, on Flickr

And mustache zoodle man!
zoodle2 by Helen, on Flickr

Thanks for looking, and hope you give it a try. Smiley
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4  Re: Window Pane Cushion Cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by HSG on: August 12, 2015 05:20:37 AM
This pillow is one of the many treasured crafted items I've gotten from Craftster members. alwaysinmyroom has honored me with more than this, but this remains a favorite. I do indeed use it daily. It has worn well.

This is the one time ever, Ella has been allowed to be near it. Even she is shocked.

Thank you so much for being my angel. Smiley
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5  Chia Pudding Recipe in Vegetarian / Vegan by HSG on: July 21, 2015 05:17:27 PM
Been seeing recipes for chia pudding and got curious. Now this is something that is great for breakfast, and was hopping it might be a good switch for the hubby and his oatmeal obsession. Also if you're craving something sweet, but don't want to blow your healthy habit, this is a good alternative.

Though chia seeds got are most popular for these guys:

Chia Seeds are packed with heart healthy benefits, high in fiber, high in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Once you look there are loads of recipes for using them with other foods, too.

Chia Pudding Recipe
2/3 cup chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
1 - 2 T. light agave nectar
fresh or frozen fruit (for mine I used bananas and blueberries)

Mix first 5 ingredients on a bowl. Dish half full into refrigerator safe cup. Place fruit on top of that layer, put in more chia mix and add fruit to top off. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate overnight. Eat!

This pudding is filling and yummy. There are many variations online, but this was my mix of the ones I read.  Smiley
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6  Spiral Veggie Chicken Dinner in Recipes and Cooking Tips by HSG on: July 16, 2015 06:51:20 AM
This is an easy and delicious dinner for during the week. Or whenever. Smiley

Spiralized veggies are a thing of beauty, and taste even better than they look.

Dish Ingredients:
2 large carrots, spiralized or julienne
1 small onion,  spiralized or julienne
1 English cucumber,  spiralized or julienne
Chicken breasts, grilled and shredded with fork
Sunflower seeds, optional

2 tsp. Lime juice
3T. soy sauce
1 T. Worschester
1 tsp. chili flakes
1 T. honey
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp. Coriander
Add fresh mint, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Once all veggies are prepped place in large bowl and stir. In small bowl make dressing. Pour over veggies and stir well to coat. Plate veggies on individual plates, top with chicken. Add sunflower seeds if you like. Eat! Grin
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7  Lumbar Pillows: Velvet Stamping in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by HSG on: July 12, 2015 11:02:17 AM
Friend of mine asked for help re-decorating her dining room. When I was hemming the curtains, which are grey velvet, there was enough leftover to make lumbar pillows for the head chairs.

There is an old technique I've used before called, velvet stamping. Since she has a large tree art piece I wanted to make trees on the pillows to match.

Here are some in progress and one of the chairs with the lumbar pillow.

Stamp used is about 3-4 inches, and this is how it looks when first done.

Did a random pattern on the fabric.

Chair with pillow, although hard to see trees with this picture.

The dining room turned out gorgeous, and the little touch from the velvet stamped pillows turned out to be a good accent.

Thanks for looking. Smiley
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8  Two Great Summer Salad Recipes in Vegetarian / Vegan by HSG on: July 12, 2015 10:52:24 AM
Found these two salad recipes and tried them both yesterday. So yummy! Both are vegan, healthy and super easy.
First up is my favorite.
Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 T. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch of kale, washed, ribs removed and chopped into bite size pieces
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. thyme
Preheat oven to 400. Put sweet potatoes into a gallon zipper bag with 2 T.olive oil, and shake. Salt and pepper to taste. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.

Heat 1 T. olive oil with garlic and onion. Caramelize onions, about 15 minutes. After onions are caramelized, turn off heat and add kale to pan with lid on. Leave for only about 8 minutes. Just to slightly tender and brighten in color. Refrigerate till ready to serve. Mix vinegar and thyme toss over salad, EAT!

This salad is so delicious and with so few ingredients you will be surprised.

Second is another easy but crazy good salad.
Curried Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
1 tsp. curry powder
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1 can chickpeas, washed and drained
thin sliced 1/4 purple onion
salt and pepper to taste
Cook quinoa according to package, but add curry before cooking. Once cooked remove from pot to cool in bowl. Add carrot, cranberries, onion and chickpeas. Salad and pepper to taste, EAT!

Eating healthy is easy when the food is this good. Enjoy! Smiley
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9  Re: Mandala Band Wagon in Crochet: Completed Projects by HSG on: July 05, 2015 11:59:22 AM
Have to say I enjoy these daily. They hang by my sewing machine and brighten the space so much. Smiley

Thank you again, alwaysinmyroom
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10  Re: Abandoned Art Craftalong in Craftalongs by HSG on: July 01, 2015 01:56:27 PM
Been along time since this craftalong had any love, so I made a wreath to leave. Since July 4th is this weekend I combined the two. Smiley

It's one of the wreath made with tulle wrapped around a pool noodle. Super easy and fun.
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