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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Healthy Apple Date Bars on: January 10, 2013 06:12:27 PM
Thanks!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bouquets--for me and my MOH, Whimsical Nature Delight! on: October 02, 2012 01:30:50 PM
Post-wedding update: this lasted well in storage and made it through the day quite nicely!  I will have to post more wedding DIYS soon (such as the aforementioned flower girls' bouquets). Smiley
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Cake Topper...Peg Doll Style on: October 02, 2012 01:28:29 PM
For the recently-passed wedding, I went rather DIY, including my cake topper.  Inspired by peg doll toppers, I went to town and created this:



Total cost? Under 10$!

Pretty simple to make, you just need patience and some know-how with a paintbrush.  More detailed DIY is on the blog ( http://positiveponderings.blogspot.ca/2012/09/diy-wedding-cake-topper.html ), but basically: you get peg dolls, paint them to resemble the happy couple, add in a pet or two, and adhere to a wooden base if so desired.

And, a close-up shot:

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You MAY wish to get rid of hot glue strings, unlike me.  Whatevs, it adds charm, I say!



Also, my bouquet and my maid of Honour's are posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405143.msg4771167#msg4771167  if you feel like seeing more kitschy-bitchy wedding DIY.
24  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Golden Cupcakes with Super Dark Chocolate-Coconut Topping (Sugar-Free) on: April 25, 2012 05:28:15 PM
teapotty, where do you live?  Pure chocolate baking squares are usually in the cooking section in the grocery store.  You could also sub cocoa powder for the squares:

"To replace one ounce of unsweetened chocolate, use 3 tablespoons cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon butter, shortening or oil. Dissolve the cocoa in liquid that is already used in the recipe."
--I got the above quote from this site:http://cookingquestions.myrecipes.com/2011/03/can-unsweetened-cocoa-powder-be-used-instead-of-unsweetened.html
25  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Naturally Sweetened Chewy Brownies with Chewy Chocolate Topping on: April 03, 2012 08:26:21 AM
No, you can't taste the coconut...just chocolately delight!
26  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Naturally Sweetened Chewy Brownies with Chewy Chocolate Topping on: April 02, 2012 10:29:27 AM



Naturally Sweetened Chewy Brownies

Ingredients
*1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
* 2 1/2 bars of unsweetened baker's chocolate (4.5 oz)
* 1 tablespoon unsulphered blackstrap molasses (Healthy!  So much iron!)
* 1/2 cup butter (applesauce and coconut oil may work, but I have not tried it)
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 3/4 cup flour (I did a mix of quinoa flour and spelt flour)
* 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
2.  Over medium heat, mix the coconut sugar, chocolate, molasses, and butter until smooth.  Stir continually.
3.  Remove from heat and let cool.
4.  Beat together the eggs and vanilla and add to the cooled mixture.
5.  Mix together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 
6.  Stir in the wet mixture.
7.  Pour into the pan and bake for 25 minutes.
8.  Allow to cool before frosting or cutting.

Chewy Chocolate Topping
My tied, tested, and true topping.  Used here and here.

Ingredients
* 1/3 cup coconut oil
* 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
* 5 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder

Directions
1.  Place the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until the coconut oil is melted.
2.  Pour evenly cooled brownies.
3.  Place in the freezer until firm, about 10 minutes.
4.  Cut into squares.


For more ramblings and an ode to coconut sugar, check out le blog:
http://positiveponderings.blogspot.ca/2012/04/naturally-sweetened-chewy-brownies-with.html
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Masquerade costume on: March 26, 2012 09:33:51 AM
I especially love the wig!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: 50's Inspired Ensemble for Toddler on: March 26, 2012 09:32:10 AM
Yes, I too would like to know how the bolero was constructed!  Your bebe looks too sweet for words!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Four Seasons Embroidered Cushion Cover on: March 21, 2012 09:57:00 AM
So lovely!  I like the idea of all four seasons being on one tree!
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bouquets--for me and my MOH, Whimsical Nature Delight! on: March 15, 2012 07:50:28 PM
I've never heard of that tradition either.  Interesting.

Thanks for the compliments!
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