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21  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cookie issues - with sad little pictures. on: November 01, 2008 09:29:33 PM

- chill your pans before and between use - limits spreading
- chill dough before baking - same

Agreed! Everything must be super cold- don't freeze the dough balls or anything, but chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour. If you can wait 2-3 days that would be best, the flavors meld and you get a much deeper, more complex flavor. Use 2 - 3 cookie sheets and scoop out your cold dough, and put it in the freezer. Make another pan, and put the one from the freezer into the oven, and the new pan in the freezer. While the cookies are baking, make another pan, and switch everything out until you run out of dough. This always works best for me. I also will sometimes lower the oven temp 25 degrees, and I always under cook them so they come out chewy.

I use the basic Tollhouse recipe with the following exceptions:
3 tsp of vanilla instead of 1
Use half baking powder and half baking soda- instead of the full amount of powder

Good luck!
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am not an artist. Help with easy art? on: October 23, 2008 01:29:40 PM
thanks for the ideas. I'll try them both.
23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / I am not an artist. Help with easy art? on: September 13, 2008 12:47:04 PM
I want to put art around my house- but I'm really broke. I'd like to do it myself, but I can't draw. At all. I might be able to sorta splatter paint around on a canvas, and draw geometrical shapes.
So anyways, I'm looking for easy art that I can do that looks decent. I don't want to do portraits or anything, or anything that looks real, but more abstract and geometrical stuff. Are there any styles of art that I can do? Or does anyone know of a teaching website that can REALLY teach? (I really really suck, lol)
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Coman schnala! [A Sims Costume] on: September 07, 2008 01:40:07 PM
That's brilliant. I think I just found what I'm going to be for halloween, thanks! It looks really good.
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / chicken tomato spinach alfredo pizza on: September 07, 2008 01:36:48 PM

Luckily I remembered to take the picture before the rest got eaten... lol.

We usually get this pizza from Papa Johns, but lately they never have the ingredients to make it. (What kind of pizza place runs out of tomatoes?!?!?) So, in rebellion of the unprepared pizza shop, we've decided to make our own. This was the first experiment.

Whenever I cook chicken on the stove, it always comes out really dry. So this time I sorta boiled it- but get this- in lemonade. It was really good, I don't remember where I got the idea, but I saw it in a recipe once. So anyways, I added some kosher salt and italian seasonings, don't ask how much, I just wing it, probably about 1/2 tsp italian seas. and 1 tsp kosher salt for 1 chicken breast.
While I was cooking that, I defrosted (cooked?) the spinach in boiling water. I didn't use much of the spinach, probably 1/3- 1/4 of a cup, and we'll use less next time. I strained the spinach, and mixed it with some alfredo sauce. I used classico creamy alfredo, and I think I'm going to make it from scratch next time, it didn't taste like good alfredo sauce.
So I thinly spread the alfredo spinach mixture on the precooked Boboli pizza crust, and put a generous helping of mozzeralla cheese over that. Then I cut up a tomato into slices, and put that on the pizza too. Then the chicken, drained out of the lemonade, put on decoratively. Into the oven at 375 (although the crust said 450, I thought that was a bit high for my old-usually-burns-stuff oven. 8-9 minutes later and it was really really good. Even though it will be better when I use a better alfredo sauce next time.

Anyways, this was good and you should try it!
26  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Oreo balls/bombs/delicious bits of bliss on: September 02, 2008 12:44:11 PM
I usually just put them in a plastic zip top bag and take my meat pounder and pound them. It works well.
27  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / [ACCEPTED] link to pic hosting in profile? on: August 23, 2008 08:44:16 PM
A link to a person's craftster picture hosting page in their profile would be totally useful. Also- in the picture hosting, I'm unable to click on the craftster logo to go back to the home page, and the links in the "my craftster" drop down are blue instead of black like everywhere else.

I use Mozilla firefox v3.0.1 on windows XP Version 2002 with service pack 2.
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / painted clock on: August 14, 2008 10:55:43 AM
Just a new paint job- I got this old clock from goodwill for $3.75. It was nice and all, but it didn't match the living room. So I painted the wood bit black, and the gold bit silver. I even took it apart and painted the second hand too.

And here is the before, I realized I hadn't taken a picture of it after I started to paint.
29  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Re: A Bite to Eat! on: August 11, 2008 01:39:13 AM
Thought you might want to see this... it only just got on digg, two years after you've done it.
They even put their watermark on your photos and didn't link. People on the internet are so inconsiderate. But I guess it's cool that people are seeing it, and at least they left in the pic where you can somewhat read the craftster tray liner.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help finding a pattern to match this dress on: August 08, 2008 11:36:03 PM
Looking at that picture.. I'm considering making a dress similar now. It looks like you might be able to just skip the darts and have the dress boxy, almost, until it connects to the skirt, and sew in some elastic there to get the bunching, and sew on a bit of velcro to put the belt on. then you could sew a pretty bow for the back and not have to worry about tying it properly or putting in a zipper. (I don't like zippers... lol) I don't particularly like the actual mermaid style bit of it, I would prefer to do a bit of tulle on the underside of the dress instead, so sorry I'm not much help there.

If anyone has any ideas about why my reasoning wouldn't work, please do tell, I think I am going to make this and I haven't had too much experience yet.
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