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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Making Mayonnaise on: May 15, 2015 08:09:31 AM
Got this great and easy recipe for making mayonnaise from a friend. It takes about 2 - 4 minutes from start to finish.
Ingredients:
2 eggs
3/4 tsp. salt
1 T. vinegar
2 cups of oil

Take your first 3 ingredients, and put them into a food processor with the large steel 'S' blade. Process for 30 seconds. With processor going, slowly poor oil into feed tube in a steady stream. When oil is all gone process for about another 5 seconds, and you're done!


You will have 2 1/2 cups rich creamy mayonnaise with no sugar, preservatives, or anything you cannot pronounce. It will last 2 weeks in your fridge in a closed container.


The cost of a jar of mayonnaise in my area is about $4.00 - 6.00 dollars. This costs about .45 cents to make.  Smiley
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Spinach, Ricotta and Grilled Eggplant over Pasta on: May 04, 2015 06:22:10 PM
This recipe is so yummy, it got me to eat eggplant! Takes all of about 20 minutes from start to eating. Smiley

Ingredients:
1 medium eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick pieces
2 T. olive oil
pasta of your choice
salt & pepper
2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
6 cups of fresh, washed spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ricotta, low fat is fine
onion, sliced thin
sliced bella mushrooms, about 6
can diced tomatoes, or you can use fresh
crushed red pepper, to taste
IMG_6902 by HRSG, on Flickr

Directions:
Heat oil in skillet. Add eggplant, salt, pepper. Cook till tender.  Put on cutting board and cut into bite size pieces. Cook pasta, and drain. Add eggplant spinach, vinegar, tomatoes, salt, pepper and red pepper to hot pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately topped with ricotta.
IMG_6904 by HRSG, on Flickr

Deliciouso! Grin
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Library Card Catalog Restoration on: May 04, 2015 06:05:52 PM
Friend asked me if I could restore an old card catalog. He wanted to surprise his wife, and dear friend, for her birthday. Although I've never done a restoration on this scale, I was excited to give it a go.

It is a Remington Rand card catalog that he found on Craigslist. The person who had it, had painted it this  red, white and blue.
cab1 by HRSG, on Flickr

Once stripped, the wood must have been very dry when they painted. You can see the white paint had soaked into the wood. You can also see there was a change in the hardware from the drawer fronts, where they used wood putty.
cab2 by HRSG, on Flickr

All stripped and sanded, then did some conditioning to the wood before staining.
cab3 by HRSG, on Flickr

Because there was hardware missing I found some similar brass pieces to use on Etsy. Then I started putting it all back together.
cab4 by HRSG, on Flickr

Though the cabinet has flaws in the wood from neglect, paint and whatever, it is still a beautiful piece of history. I really enjoyed doing this project for my friend.
Finished!
cab5 by HRSG, on Flickr

Even found some old library cards to use in one of the drawers.
cab6 by HRSG, on Flickr

This took me a total of about 15 hours to complete. I would like to tackle something similar again sometime. Thanks for checking it out Smiley
4   / GLASS CRAFTS / Best of Glass Wrap-Up for 2014 on: January 05, 2015 05:20:27 AM
These are just some of the amazing projects posted to the glass section in 2014. These were selected by the Craftster members who clicked "This Rocks".

In no particular order, please enjoy these incredible glass projects.

Glass Poppies by bendog


First Fused Coasters by maxxev


First Mosaic Trivet by LimeRiot


Tree Frog by bendog


Bee Happy Mosaic by HSG


Octopus Mosaic by ToRachel

Thank you to all who participate and share here in our little corner of Craftster. Looking forward to seeing new projects, ideas and techniques in 2015 on the glass boards of Craftster!  Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Cross-stitch or Embroidery? on: November 18, 2014 07:59:13 AM
If you had a lengthy quote to stitch and you wanted the font to be elegant, would you do embroidery or cross-stitch?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snarky Honeymooners on: September 20, 2014 06:51:04 PM
Was in the Snarky Housewives swap, and made this for Onyxnox.

She and her husband like the Honeymooners, as well as gin and tonic. from there it was just a mtter of coming up with the perfect way to display my idea. Then I found these two tiny canvases (3x3), with easels. The tiny Barbie phones were from Etsy.
IMG_6829 by HRSG, on Flickr

Side views
IMG_6834 by HRSG, on Flickr

IMG_6833 by HRSG, on Flickr

This was a lot of fun, and I was pleased it came out as I had pictured it.  Thank you for checking it out. Smiley
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Silhouettes on: September 12, 2014 08:48:43 AM
In the IYP pottermouth asked me to swap, exciting! As soon as I agreed I decided not to do anything Potter. I've never read the books or seen the movies, and would not know what was appropriate. Well, that flew out the window. Cheesy

Saw this technique on Pinterest and decided to try it with silhouettes of a picture I found on the interwebzzz.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/112308584428942920/

Here is the resulting hoop:
IMG_6817 by HRSG, on Flickr

And a close-up of the stitching:
IMG_6818 by HRSG, on Flickr

For the back I tried a new technique from the tutorial here. It did not come out as well as I had hoped. Next time think I will try a different kind of stitch.
IMG_6821 by HRSG, on Flickr

There was a learning curve with the technique, but it was fun. Will definitely be using it again.
Thank you all for checking it out. Smiley
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Piet Mondrian-esk Tardis Mosaic on: September 12, 2014 08:40:22 AM
Made this mosaic for Pottermouth in the IYP swap. She had pinned the image on Pinterest, and with a few adjustments here it is.
IMG_6825 by HRSG, on Flickr

My daughter is a huge Dr. Who fan, and almost talked me into giving it to her. But I told her I would make her one of her own. Don't often make duplicates, but for her I will make an exception. Cheesy

Thank you for looking. Smiley
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Bee Happy Mosaic on: September 12, 2014 08:36:33 AM
For one of my partners in the IYP swap I made this mosaic. Found the frame in a thrift store, and the details caught my eye.
IMG_6816 by HRSG, on Flickr

The details on the bee wings and body were done with my Dremel. The substrate was also painted blues so there would be sky throughout. Then I tinted the grout in blue, too.
flower by HRSG, on Flickr

Tinted the grout around the flower center to accent the orange.
IMG_6814 by HRSG, on Flickr

Thanks for checking it out.  Smiley
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Quinoa Stuffed Onions on: August 18, 2014 06:44:05 AM
Quinoa is so yummy and good for you, upon seeing this recipe, knew I had to try it. Did however make one change, to try something even more new. Instead of green stuffed peppers I used large vidalia onions.

Quinoa Stuffed Onions
Ingredients:
1 medium onion, finely chopped (actually used the onion from scooping out onions to be stuffed, 1 cup)
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
cup quinoa
3 large carrots, grated (1 cups)
4 - 6 large onions, peeled and hollowed out
QSO1 by HRSG, on Flickr

For a little kick I added Sriracha sauce, about 2 Tbs.
QSO1a by HRSG, on Flickr

To hollow out the onions:
First slice off the top to create an opening. The cut off the bottom enough to make it flat but not all the way through. Then peel off the first layer. Now using a small spoon scoop out the inner most parts leaving about 2 - 3 outer layers. Then salt and pepper inside with a touch of olive oil.
QSO2 by HRSG, on Flickr

Directions:
-Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and saut 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.
QSO3 by HRSG, on Flickr

-Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
QSO4 by HRSG, on Flickr

-Preheat oven to 350F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.
-Fill each onion with quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover.
QSO6 by HRSG, on Flickr

Bake 15 - 20 minutes more, or until tops of onions are browned and soft. You can also add cheese to the top at this time if you like.
QSO7 by HRSG, on Flickr
Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed onions to serving plate, and pour pan juices on top before serving.

My family loved this for dinner, and it reheats well for leftovers. Bet it could also be frozen and reheated.

So that is my new recipe for the challenge. Smiley

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