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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Stitching on Belfast Linen on: October 06, 2011 07:36:24 AM

I ordered myself the incredibly amazing Crypt Club pattern from Prairie Moon.  I didn't take into account the size of the cloth.  I only thought about the incredible gray color called, Thunderstorm.  Seriously, it is gorgeous.  This is how I find myself on verge of tears of terror as I contemplate starting.  But I am also excited.   

Anyone her conquered Belfast Linen?
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Oops! Misspelled Project on: October 06, 2011 07:23:46 AM
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I ran into a little problem when making my latest counted cross stitch pattern.  This is what happens when you do counted cross stitch by the pool.  

A wrote a quick blurb about my flub, if you care to read it.  http://chicaenglish.blogspot.com/2011/09/pride-goes-before-misspelled-fall.html

No worries.  I was able to correct my mistake.  Phew!
13  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Brunch for Vegetarians! - Eggs Bendicto on: July 24, 2011 08:50:37 AM
I miss brunch.  So I am thrilled to have invented Eggs Bendicto.  My hubby and stepson chomped it down with lots of gusto.  It felt great to have a real brunch style dish that didn't feel like a vegetarian compromise. 

My pet peeve is food that is really just an afterthought intended to give the vegetarians whatever.  So I spend a lot of time trying to invent yummy vegetarian dishes that are meant to be delicious, nutritious and very satisfying.  With this dish, I feel like I really did it.

The recipe is at http://chicaenglish.blogspot.com/2011/07/sunday-brunch-or-what-to-do-with.html 


14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tropical Vanilla Mango Jam (Pic Heavy) w/bonus homemade vanilla recipe on: July 23, 2011 07:43:12 AM
I bought a crate of mangoes from a roadside fruit stand for $5.  It was enough to fill a a laundry basket.  I made lots of goodies but the best was the Tropical Vanilla Mango Jam.  

I used my homemade vanilla extract...yet another goody purchased here in Costa Rica.  Along with raw sugar and good ol' H2O to make sunshine in a jam jar.  

FYI - to make your own vanilla. Simply buy 2 pods, split them and add to a small bottle of vodka.  Let sit for 3 months.  Then enjoy the tastiest vanilla.  Or make drinks with it!

It was super easy and even let me break out my precious immersion blender.  I feel like a some kind of culinary badass whenever I use it.    

 Then viola homemade jam!  I gifted a few jars to friends and then kept the rest for myself.  Delish!

More details about the recipe can be found at herehttp://chicaenglish.blogspot.com/2011/07/tropical-vanilla-mango-jam.html http://chicaenglish.blogspot.com/2011/07/tropical-vanilla-mango-jam.html
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Enamel Supplies on: January 07, 2011 08:10:22 AM
I am starting to play with enameling and loving the results.  Today I ordered mica from Thompson Enamel and found them to be incredibly helpful. 

Anyone else have any other suppliers they may care to recommend?
16  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Homemade Pizza Night w/Non-Vegetarian Friends on: December 30, 2010 06:38:57 AM
Since we went vegetarian a year ago our neighbors/friends have been a bit nervous about dinner invitations.  A few months ago, I had them over for Ratatouille with ricotta herbed dumplings.  They love it.

Tonight is homemade pizza.  I make the sauce and the dough.  Then I put a buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and bake.  Once out of the oven I top with arugula.

The salad will be a veggie salad with the Three Herb Dressing from Vegetarian Planet.

And for dessert an apple pie made totally from scratch (right down to my freshly ground cinnamon) with ice cream for those who want it. 

I also have started serving a great little juice cocktail when guests arrive.  Tonight will be blackberries with rosehips.  Delish.  If you drink you can add a little vodka. 

And that is how you feed non-vegetarians so they can't complain that they are starving because there was no meat. 
17  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Pesto Recipes Variation on: December 28, 2010 09:18:58 AM
I make a lovely pesto but am looking to expand my rpertoire.  So tell me your pesto secrets.....if you are willing to share.
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gorgeous Flower Brooch on: December 28, 2010 08:51:01 AM
It is easier than getting into ASU to make this lovely little flower brooch. 

Just pick a flower then cut the back to make as flat as possible.  Then secure the last few layers with glue. 

Then glue a pin back on, let dry and voila!!!!!

Here is an action shot

You can read a more detailed tutorial at http://www.chicaenglish.com/my-blog/2010/12/make-your-own-flower-brooch-.html
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Offered Spot to Sell as Consignment at a Resort - Do I Do It? on: October 27, 2010 06:02:05 AM
This year I am finally getting aggressive and looking for places to sell my pieces.  I have been able to secure a spot a luxury resort but it would be consignment.  In other words, I can display my stuff and then see how it goes. 

Any advice from anyone on this?
20  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Party Ideas for A Party Outside the US on: October 03, 2010 05:02:09 PM
I am in living in Costa Rica and have limited access to all the amazing Halloween goodies available in the US.  I am having my annual Halloween party but it has grown to include several non-Americans who I want to introduce the incredible traditions of this fun fun holiday. 

I am going to make popcorn balls and witch finger cookies.  The party has a True Blood theme though costumes will be all over the map. 

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