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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Lazy Lasagna on: July 21, 2015 10:05:02 AM
All right, I cannot seem to take pictures of food. I'm working on it (okay, sort of) but let me assure you this is pretty and tastes good in real life!



You'll need:
lasagna noodles
2 jars of spaghetti sauce
ricotta cheese
mozzarella cheese

Boil the noodles.

Get out your sauce. I use meat sauce made by cooking hamburger and mixing it with spaghetti sauce. I keep some in mason jars in the freezer and pull it out as needed. For this lasagna I used these two plus some sauce straight from a jar. In all, it was about 2 jars of straight-from-the-store sauce.


Mix half of the sauce with half a container of ricotta.


Layer plain sauce, noodles, sauce-cheese and repeat, topping it all with mozzarella.


Pop it in a 375F oven and cook for 40mins-1hour.

Eat!
12  COOKING / Dessert / Orange Ice Cream Syrup on: July 21, 2015 09:49:56 AM
Drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream, this syrup makes it taste just like a creamsicle!



1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh orange juice


Dissolve the sugar in the water in a mason jar then pour in the juice and shake to mix. I didn't do this, but I'm sure you could add some food dye if you wanted more color.

A little goes a long way (Seriously. Just drizzle it, otherwise it is cloyingly sweet.) but it sure goes fast!
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fruit Syrup Soda on: June 29, 2015 05:51:56 PM


Take
1 1/2 cups raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Dissolve the sugar in the water. Puree the raspberries in a blender, mixing them with the sugar water.

Take a spoonful or 2 or more or less to taste...



And add it to sparkling water or another beverage.



That's it! Garnish it if you want. Add in something else if you want (A dash of orange juice?)
I store my syrup in a mason jar in the fridge and it's lasted about a couple of weeks. It gets used up in that time, so I'm not sure how long it'll keep barring that. It's great on pancakes and ice cream too.
14  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free raspberry coconut "ice cream" on: June 23, 2015 08:49:44 PM
There are tons of allergies at my house, but the majority of people here can eat this raspberry-swirl coconut ice cream.



It's definitely not ice cream, but it's definitely a yummy treat!

I found the recipe here.


Right out of the food processor.

I used olive oil instead of coconut oil without any issues that I know of. I also used half normal, white sugar and half maple syrup to sweeten the coconut/cashew mixture and normal, white sugar for the raspberries.



I chilled the coconut/cashew in the fridge overnight. It firmed up a lot! It took about 10 minutes to become firm soft serve in my automatic maker!



I had to do most of the mixing in of the raspberries myself.



It gets very solid in the freezer. I've taken to removing it 15 minutes before scooping so I can actually, you know, scoop it.



Not ice cream, but so good!



15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pizza Pockets/Mini Calzones on: June 19, 2015 11:10:37 AM


Going on a picnic? To work/school? On a day trip?

Make some pizza dough (or buy some) and tear off a ball about twice the size of a doughnut hole.


(I was looking around for something to help show the size and, low and behold, doughnut holes!)
On a surface coated with cornmeal flatten it into a small pizza shape. Try and dent it a little in the middle to fold the filling just a bit better.

Or you can get all neat and roll it out and cut it with a large glass or cookie cutter.



Top it with sauce, cheese (or not if you're vegan or allergic), and whatever other pizza toppings you want. Then fold the round in half, pinching it closed, trapping the filling inside.

Place it on a cookie sheet sprinkled with more cornmeal and bake at the temperature your pizza dough calls for until done. Mine said to bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes for a normal pizza, so I cooked my pocket calzones at that temperature for 10-15 minutes.



Eat them hot, cold, as is, with dipping sauce, in your house, with a mouse, you get the picture  Wink
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Simplest Simple Syrup (for italian sodas and other flavored drinks) on: June 19, 2015 10:55:48 AM
It's a sultry summer day. You think, "Gosh, a nice, cold italian soda sure sounds good." But you're out of syrup and you are so not going to stand by a hot stove on a hot day cooking some more.

You can make syrup without heating up the house!


No stove in sight.

I've been making my own simple syrups for a while, but always cooked them until this batch. I stumbled on a recipe that claimed that the only reason to cook a simple syrup is to kill bacteria so it lasts longer. I don't know if that's true, but considering how fast it goes around here I figured I'd give it a shot.



I squeezed just a tad under 1/2 cup lime juice and added it to 1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of water. (That's 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 1/2 part lime juice. Try 1 1/2 part juice if you're using another type of fruit, like raspberries.)



Pour yourself some sparkling water or whatever and flavor with the syrup to taste. It's good right away but it's even better after sitting a day in the fridge! And a little goes a long way!

Ah, refreshing!

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Moulage to Dress on: May 26, 2015 06:23:48 PM


By-the-book pattern drafting as always fascinated me.

A moulage (left) is like a body-double, a sausage casing made for your body. It's made out of woven fabric. It has just enough ease so you can try it on and not bust it!

Years ago, I was in sewing school (which I had to drop out of due to health reasons. Great sadness. Recommence self-teaching.) and had the opportunity to take a moulage class. So. Much. Fun! And so easy! Getting a sloper to fit had taken days and tears. The class itself took days, but the process was like a breath of fresh air. Instead of multiple fittings I made 1 version, a couple of small adjustments, tried it on to make sure, no adjustments. Yes! I was sold.

Unfortunately, or, rather, mostly fortunately, that moulage no longer fits. It hasn't for a while. I'd been meaning to make another, but it just didn't happen until recent weeks:



Next came the sloper:



And then transferring the results so I can draft and sew!



Yes, there are mistakes. Don't craft tired, folks.



Next up was to try it all out on a real pattern! I picked a really simple design that would have been easier to make by winging it, but instead drafted it by-the-book(ish.)







Princess lined back bodice.




Bound sleeve hems and neck.

I drafted the sleeves too.

There are still a few kinks. 2 I'll work on in the next pattern and 1 I think I'll live with. But, all in all, I think I'm pretty happy!


Even more info here and here.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Take a Baseball Coin Purse out to the Ballgame on: May 19, 2015 09:08:28 AM
I was pretty excited to see my first baseball macaron coin purse/key fob listed for inspiration. I love baseball!
Here's another one:





"Who couldn't love a game where the whole point is to go home?"



When I take a macaron to a ballgame (easy to carry at 1.5" wide) I keep mints safe and secure in it while keeping it clipped safe and secure on my bag.

19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Garlic Aioli on: May 13, 2015 07:33:41 AM


Garlic aioli on chicken burgers. Garlic aioli with fish. Garlic aioli on a ham sandwich. Garlic aioli!

I fiddled with 2 recipes and came up with this combo:

3/4 cup mayo
3 gloves of garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Press the garlic into the mayo and lemon juice. Mix well. Refrigerate at least 30 mins. before serving.
20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / More Exploding Etuis on: February 14, 2015 09:36:38 AM
Christmas was a while ago, but with life and all my friends and I take a while to meet up and exchange gifts.

This exploding etui went to D:










This one went to E:











D. and E. love to craft. I've found these boxes incredibly handy for storing things. I made theirs 4"x4"x2", tall enough to comfortably store thread on its side. The grommet tape works great for storing blunt-tipped needles! The weave is loose enough but not too much so. I'm certain they can think of other uses as well.

Here's a tutorial if you want to try making your own. No sewing required!


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