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2721  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Fruit Rainbow on: September 06, 2013 05:05:35 PM
Gorgeous and fun!
2722  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Weekend Halloween Trick or Treat on: September 05, 2013 02:40:59 PM
I know!  I think that's one of canning's little known facts. 
2723  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Fig Preserves and Goat Cheese on: September 05, 2013 01:43:16 PM
Aww, thanks you guys!
2724  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Weekend Halloween Trick or Treat on: September 05, 2013 01:42:00 PM
As the site's resident cooking moderator, I feel obligated to comment on home canned pumpkin butter (sorry!).  It's not recommended for a few food safety reasons, even in a pressure canner.  Do a google search and you'll find lots of sources describing why.  Here's an example. 

2725  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Fig Preserves and Goat Cheese on: September 05, 2013 10:47:26 AM
Goat cheese and figs are a classic pairing.  I was gifted some beautiful fresh figs a few days ago and decided to preserve them so we can enjoy them with our homemade chevre and crackers over the next few months. 
This recipe was adapted from the Ball Book of Home Preserving. You'll need:
8 cups of figs
4 cups water
2 2/3 cups sugar
1 lemon sliced thinly and deseeded.

Here's what we were gifted, aren't they gorgeous?

The first step is to pour boiling water over them to cover and let them sit for 15 minutes.  After that, drain and rinse them.

Bring the water, sugar and lemon slices to a boil.  Hold at a boil for 10 minutes then discard the lemon slices.

Working in batches, boil the figs in the syrup in a single layer for 15 minutes. 

See how they shrivel up after boiling?  When the entire batch is done, pour the syrup on the figs, cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature over night.

The next day bring the fig mixture to a boil again.

Process them in sterilized jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes per standard canning instructions.  They will also be terrific on biscuits, and to fancy up cocktails.  Fig Manhattan anyone?   Grin

2726  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap Round 5 S/U CLOSED Send Outs 09/15-09/20 on: September 05, 2013 06:03:04 AM
I just need to figure out if one of my days is done.  Everything else is wrapped an ready to go.
2727  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Where to post tutorials? on: September 05, 2013 05:48:12 AM
Hi Nymla, wherever it makes sense to post it is where you should place it.  For instance, if you have a crochet tute, post it in the Crochet: Completed Projects board and tag it as a tutorial.  A moderator will flag it to be added to the crochet tutorial section and an administrator will add it there. 
2728  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Re: Newbie from Saskatchewan on: September 05, 2013 05:18:21 AM
Hello Stacey!  You'll find this a wonderful place to share, learn and chat about crafts.  Welcome!
2729  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Gallery on: September 04, 2013 03:50:43 PM
Day 1
I am now the very proud owner of one of Ms. kittykill's creations.  She made a headless horseman cross stitch that's just perfect.  Isn't it awesome?

Day 2
Today's goodie is an eyeball candle in a spooky severed skeleton's hand.  Love it!

Day 3
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous (and spooky) embroidery in the most amazing oval frame!  Just wow!

Day 4
Socks!  And they totally go with the jammies I was wearing when I opened them.   Grin

Day 5
Candy Candy Candy!  Can't wait to try the gummie body parts.  We're having company over tonight, I'm going to serve them.   Shocked

Day 6
EEP!  Spider girl!  She's vintage perfection!  I love her!

Day 7
Halloween ornaments!  I am going to have to get a Halloween tree to display these.  I received a few in last year's swap, too, so I think the universe is telling me to get one...  I love them so much.   Smiley

Day 8
The most perfectly stitched 'Trick or Treat' kitchen towel!  Just gorgeous!  

Day 9
It's a box full of fun!  I love the images she chose to embellish it, and the skull on top is fantastic.

Here's another view:

Inside I found this adorable 'snow' globe.   Smiley

and classic monster movie goodies.  Yahoo!

Day 10
I am seriously in love with this key fob.  Dude.  Seriously.  I want to learn how to make these myself because they're so cool!

Day 11
Two gorgeous chunky houses to add to my Halloween chunky house neighborhood.  I love these so much!  If I'm not mistaken I think they are kittykill's first attempt.  She's a pro!  

Day 12
The most darling raven on a fence mug and some yummy tea and chai to try.

Day 13
Boo!  Last day... kittykill sent me the most beautiful, fluffy, warm, amazing throw.  My cat Bindi immediately tried to claim it as her own.  Not so fast there, missy!  Thank you kittykill for the most amazing swap.  It's been wonderful opening my treasures from you every morning.
2730  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Community - The yarn that Craftster Spun on: September 04, 2013 04:57:34 AM
Congratulations, it's just beautiful!  Can't wait to see what you make out of it.
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