I'm sorry to hear about your scrapbook misprint, jenleahlynn!
Hopefully they'll get it fixed for you soon.
Adorable doll clothes, as always, gaudiknight! I love the last one in particular, it's very autum-y.
Nice re-purpose of the sweater, Antidigger! I'm sure your insoles will keep your toes cosy. I really like the notice boards, too!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense Against the Dark Arts class
Project Name: Makeshift Chicken Pot Pie
Brief Description: It occurred to me after I made this that most people don't bother with the bottom crust and just put a top crust on their pot pies...Ingredients
refrigerated pie crust (just one)
1 can mixed veggies
1 can chicken broth
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Set your pie crust out to warm to room temperature. Preheat oven to 450*F. Boil a chicken breast until it's done (usually 15 to 20 minutes). Drain the mixed veggies and put them in a bowl with the can of chicken broth, onion, and spices and mix it all together. When the chicken is done, shred it into the bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of water from the chicken pot at a time until it's the consistency you want. Unroll the pie crust and line an 8"x10" baking dish with it. Cut off and save the excess. Pour in the chicken mixture and piece together the crust bits on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrid's 12 Christmas Trees - Bells
Project Name: Calzone-ish
Brief Description: This was a "let's see what I can make with whatever odds and ends we've got because I don't want to go shopping" kind of dish. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but as soon as my girlfriend walked in the door she went "It smells amazing in here!" It ended up being delicious, too, appealing to both smell and taste.Ingredients
2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
5 sticks of string cheese, chopped into small bits (or you could use shredded mozzarella)
1 large bratwurst, chicken/spinach/feta flavor, also chopped into small bits
1 tablespoon Highlands Italian Cheese Sprinkle spice mix from Savory Spice in Franklin (optional, but OMG that stuff's tasty)
1 refrigerated pie crust
Set out your pie crust to warm to room temperature. Preheat oven to 450*F. Mix all your ingredients (except the pie crust) together. Lay out the pie crust on a pizza stone and pile the cheese mixture onto half of it. (I actually got nervous and took part of the mixture out because I wasn't sure if it would fit, but once it baked it all fell down flat so I think it would've worked out if I'd squished everything in a bit.) Fold the other half over the top and pinch the edges together. Flatten with a fork to make it pretty. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1 can tomato sauce
Heat the olive oil and spices in a pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, until your calzone comes out of the oven (or until warm).
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies class
Project Name: Painted Pennies
Brief Description: Inspired by the Muggle saying "It's better to give than to receive," I painted these pennies to leave in small Geocaches that don't have any trade items in them. It's always more exciting to find caches with goodies in than ones with just a log book to sign, so we like to add a penny to log-only caches when we can.
I used acrylic paint and painted each one white before adding the stripes, since not all of my colors are completely opaque.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes class
Project Name: Minecraft Cake
Brief Description: My girlfriend's nephew runs our Minecraft server, and it was his birthday last week so Kim wanted to do something special for him. She came up with the idea of a virtual cake with a maze inside, and I came up with the design. We both helped build it. It took a LOT of thought and concentration first to come up with a maze design that would work in Minecraft (since I had to consider the fact that the walls as well as the passageways were a block wide) and then to translate that 2-D maze into the 3-D world of the game. At the end of the maze I made a room that plays the Happy Birthday song (on redstone-powered note blocks) when you walk in, and a chest containing a cake (a food item in Minecraft) and a card that I made using a book & quill. Also when he flipped the lever to open the door to go out, it started a fireworks show.
Finished product (the sign on the wall where the slice is cut out says "Hope your birthday is a-MAZE-ing!")