While shopping for a pumpkin in order to roast the seeds, I started chatting with the gal at the farm stand. She told me that they had 2 kinds of pumpkins and that one was better for seeds and one was better for pies... or making shepherd's pie. Well, I couldn't let that get by me, so I asked her how...
Get a medium-sized pumpkin and cut off the top (cut a wide opening). Scoop out the seeds and scrape out all of the stringy bits with a strong metal spoon. Sprinkle in some brown sugar (I rubbed it around on the inside, and also sprinkled in a little cinnamon and nutmeg). Then, layer in your shepherd's pie ingredients. I cooked up some ground beef with onion (took about 1/2 to 3/4 pound), put in some frozen corn with a few dots of butter, then added in the frozen carrot/pea mix (which I never usually put in shepherd's pie... but I was leaving out the potatoes, so I needed something). I added a few more dots of butter and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Then, I wrapped the lid in foil, and placed it on top. I put the whole pumpkin in a glass dish (I used a pie plate, but a metal cookie sheet with edges would work just as well), and baked it (make sure it fits in the oven... you may have to adjust the shelves) at 350 degrees until the pumpkin was cooked (it took about 2 hours). When serving, scoop out some of the pumpkin along with everything else. Delicious!!
I think the only thing I might change is to put in a small can of creamed corn (we never used it when I was a kid, it was always just frozen corn), to make it a bit "saucier." Although, when the pumpkin got a bit mashed in, it didn't really need it!
Now, I'm thinking I'd like to try a pumpkin stuffed with some ground turkey and cranberries, topped with a bit of stuffing... I'll have to get another pumpkin (and some stuffing)!
Here are my Granny's Daughters from my wonderful angel, Linda P! She sent a few extra, too! And, she also sent me a mini-dishcloth for cleaning in small places (like inside cups, and stuff) and an angel to carry in my pocket (but she's going in my car, instead ).
Thanks myklia for getting me such an awesome angel!
Oh, man! So many awesome things! I love them all (although that polar bear scarf is extra fantastic, and I don't even wear scarves... but I'd so wear that one).
My item is mostly done- I still need to weave in the ends and stiffen the snowflakes (they look much better that way... see my earlier picture). They are all the same (because it's the only pattern I know how to make ). And, after seeing all of the awesomeness here, I may be tucking in something else, too...
This summer, my uncle was expressing his political views, and he happened to mention that he didn't agree with the teachers' union. When I called him on it (I'm a teacher), he said he meant the NEA (National Education Association). He's also not an Obama fan. So, when I was at the state teachers' union summer conference, I managed to snag a campaign poster. I converted it in to a graph paper notebook using my Bind-It-All. Hopefully, he'll get it tomorrow. I wanted to give it to him myself, but it didn't work out. I hope he knows I'm teasing him...
I did tell my mum that if he really doesn't appreciate it, that I'll take it back...
Yay! I received from Umheried today, and they are awesome! The best things: she wove in the ends for me (big kiss for you!), and she sent me some colors in the same family, but in different shades, so they'll be perfect for my idea of starting with one color and then moving across the spectrum (or around the color wheel). Thanks so much!!
So, for the One For You, One For Me swap, I finally made my first Poppet! I made her for Tanza and she now lives in Australia. The funniest thing is, the one I sent her was supposed to be mine and her name was going to be Celeste. When I realized that I was sending her to Tanza, I mentioned in a post or PM that I had named her Claire (because I was taking Claritin when I was making her). But, when Tanza got her, she decided to name her Celeste, instead!
I still have to finish the "One For Me" part of the swap, but I'll be doing that next weekend...
Here's a pic of her, but I'm also linking to the swap post where Tanza has more pics of her...
Whoo-hoo! My undies arrived and THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I'm bringing the whole lot into school tomorrow so I can show them off (in a decent, school appropriate way ). I totally can't pick a favorite, because I love them all!!
So, on to a large amount of pics...
Monday- Recycle and Save the Polar Bears!!
Tuesday- A robot and a circuit
Wednesday- A T4 Bacteriophage- Also known as the "Lunar Landing Model"
Friday- Spells FRIDAY with amino acids
Saturday- The Big Dipper (and it glows in the dark!!)
(It really is complete...there is a wrinkle that is obscuring one of the stars...)
Sunday- Craftster Day!! With crochet hooks!!
Thanks so much, rhymewithorange!! You couldn't have done a better job!!
And, thanks bsonlytoots for organizing. Can't wait for the next round to get started!!
I received from Tanza! She made me 27 sheets!!! of paper! They are so lovely and I textural- some are bumpy-ish and some are soft. I love them! And, she made them in my favorite colors! They also have a cool speckle pattern to them- I included a close-up to try to show it. She also sent along some green linen squares (no way are they going to be used as napkins... I may make a zipper pouch with them) with an adorable embroidered trio of robots embroidered. Robots = love! And, she included some teas and a couple of samples of Vegemite for me to try. Thanks a bunch, Tanza!!
The whole lot:
Close-up of the paper:
Close-up of the robots:
I'll be using the paper to make one or two hand-bound journals- yay! Thanks again, Tanza!
I'm posting pics- my partner wore her undies right away so they are probably in the wash
I made a set of rainbow tie-dye undies. I stenciled the days on the back side and put a simple graphic on the front- I tried to find 70's style images, if possible. Because I wanted white lettering and images on the dyed undies, and because I knew that with tie-dye there are white areas, I needed to make sure that I had solid areas of color. So, I did the stenciling first. I was very worried that the soda ash that you need to soak things in would eat away the fabric paint, or that the fabric paint would dye heavily and the images and letters wouldn't be clear. The white paint did pick up a bit of color, but it looks pretty cool, so that's okay!!
I really am happy with how they came out and am glad that I made a practice set (w/cami) so I have something to keep