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1  Re: Fill A Mug Swap Round 3 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Kaissa on: November 16, 2008 04:07:28 PM
I received my awesome package from goodtimegirl last week! I'm sorry it took me a few days to get the pictures up.

She hit my tastes right on and send me a lovely package!!

Here is a darling reversible apron (i love the coffee cup print - and there's coffee beans on the other side!), a cute little book to make gift in bags (going to be using for Christmas), some coffee, and then she made me the best hot choclate mixes, and coffee spice, as well as cider spices (you can see I have already been using it - yummy!):

here are my recipes, my mug (perfect!! it says shhh...I'm reading all over it), some super cute notecards, and some coasters:

and because her embroidery is so gorgeous, I have to show you, here is a close up of one of the coasters! and it's a fall theme - I adore anything autumn related!

thank you so much, goodtimegirl, this was a super fun swap!
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2  Cookie issues - with sad little pictures. in Dessert by Kaissa on: November 01, 2008 01:10:05 PM
Ok, I can't make chocolate chip cookies to save my life. They always turn out looking like the mess below. The pics are kind of dark - the cookies aren't actually that dark - but my issue is - why are they always flat?
I have tried about 10 different recipes; some with butter, some with shortening, different sugar combinations, high altitude directions (I'm about 5000 feet), etc... but I still end up with this:

why why why?   Angry

Any good bakers have tips for me?

Thank you so much in advance!!

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3  Banana split cupcakes *updated to add recipe* in Dessert by Kaissa on: August 09, 2008 01:51:26 PM
I saw these in a book and thought they were totally cute, so I gave it a go Smiley
They taste pretty yummy too - the batter is banana with mini chocolate chips and maraschino cherries in it. The frosting is marshmallow flavored. I can post the recipe if anyone would like it!

Thanks everyone! They are pretty simple to make, since it starts with a cake mix! Smiley
Here's the recipe:

1 package yellow cake mix, divided
1 cup water
1 cup mashed bananas
3 eggs
1 cup chopped and drained maraschino cherries
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 cups vanilla frosting
1 cup marshmallow creme
1 t shortening
30 whole maraschino cherries, well drained

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your muffin pan with paper cups.
Reserve 2 T of the dry cake mix. Combine the rest with the water, banana, and eggs. Mix well. Combine cherries and reserved cake mix and stir into batter along with 1 cup chocolate chips.
Fill your muffin cups 2/3 full and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove to racks and cool completely.
Combine frosting and marshmallow creme in a medium bowl until well blended. (Hint - take the lid of the marshmallow and stick in in the microwave for about 20 seconds - it's much easier to work with that way).
Frost your cupcakes!
Combine the remaining chocolate chips and the shortening in a small bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds then stir. Keep microwaving and stirring at 15 second intervals until it's really melted.  Drizzle over your cupcakes and top with a cherry!  Grin

A side note - if it's hot, keep them in the fridge until close to serving time. Mine have been sitting on the table (pretty warm in my kitchen) and the cherries are wanting to slide off because the frosting is too warm.

and if you find cherries with the stems still attached, that would be even cuter!
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4  Re: July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kaissa on: August 06, 2008 12:35:57 PM
Here is what I got from SalutingMagpies! We were a perfect match - our tastes are so similar. I absolutely love everything she sent to me!!

I already have plans for the orange fabric. And the paisley one - I love it so much I don't even want to cut it! Smiley

scraps: the brown one is super fuzzy and I think i'll use it for an applique of some sort. maybe a furry little animal! Also she sent me some cute ric rac and 2 fabulous buttons

and extras!! Crisps and Crunchies!! You can see I already opened a bag of the crisps... and there's some Crunchie goodness missing as well. Grin

Thank you so much for everything Lou!!! I loved being your partner.
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5  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kaissa on: April 29, 2008 09:41:51 PM
I got my last package from Kyrie on Friday (had camera issues so I just got to take pics). She sent me a fabulous package to spoil me!! Work has just been crazy lately, so she sent me things to relax with! I love love love the bathtub, so she sent me all kinds of yummies for bath time!  Grin When I opened the box my whole house smelled wonderful!

Here is the whole package - on the left is all the gorgeous fabric she used to wrap my presents in, a really pretty layered candle, shower gel, bubble bath, bath fizzies, adorable soaps (one is missing- it's in use), and my very own grow-a-pony!

and here's another picture so you can see the neat layers in both the candle and the bath fizzie. Each layer has a different scent too.

Kyrie, thank you so much for spoiling me! I love everything!
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6  Re: Make-A-Friend Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kaissa on: April 09, 2008 05:34:24 PM
I am so excited to finally be able to post in the gallery!! I got a huge box of stuff from Kyrie today. My partner flaked so Kyrie adopted me - and spoiled me!
Look at all my wonderful stuff!

A swap journal from my wists! It's so pretty I am scared to write in it!

and here's a sample of a page inside the journal, and also a notebook she made me. I love the papers she used!

and stationary with my name on it- as well as gorgeous handmade envelopes. also a CD of pictures that I haven't looked at yet - I'm doing that as soon as I finish posting!

and some pretty paper and a notebook along with awesome fabric! The small fabric rolls are 4 coordinating fat quarters - in my favorite colors!

and finally - the coolest thing ever!! I have been wanting one of the knifty knitter kits for SO long! She must have read my mind.  She also sent me pretty yarn to use with it! As soon as I figure out how to make stuff, I will send her a present made with the black and white yarn!

Kyrie, thank you so so much - I adore everything!

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7  Re: Going Green Swap Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by Kaissa on: April 07, 2008 06:22:26 PM
Here's my awesome loot from mcook!!:

first - a super cute purse knitted from t-shirts! and it has a sheep on it (which is a pocket!omg)!!  Grin I've already transferred my stuff into this bag and have started using it.

Next we have soap, bath salts and an owl! The soap and the salts smell absolutely wonderful. The soap is bergamot mandarin scent and the salts are bergamot ginger. The soap is good for the environment (even wrapped in a recycled magazine page) and the salts are in a  recycled juice container. The owl matches my kitchen perfectly and he's getting hung on the wall tonight! Also in this pic is a card that I can't seem to get a good picture of. It's really cute and handmade.

Then, we have my favorite item - a backpack made of reconned t-shirts! This thing is freakin awesome - it's got a drawstring top and the straps are the drawstring! Amazing. This will be perfect for me since I ride my bike to work all the time and I needed a backpack so bad! And this also appears to be hand-sewn - oh the patience she must have.

and so you can see the drawstring top

and then she also sent me cardboard beer coasters! I am collecting these for when we build our bar!! SO cool!

Thank you again for everything, mcook!! I love it all so much. You were a fabulous swap partner!

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8  tiny martini purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Kaissa on: March 02, 2008 02:36:45 PM
This little bag was a total nightmare to make. It's really too small for the handles, the fabric kept unraveling, my sewing machine hated it and I had to sew a lot by hand (ugh!). But, I think the final result turned out cute!  I needed a tiny black bag for a dinner conference next weekend so of course, I decided to make one! Smiley The finished size of the bag itself is about 8"x5" - just big enough for my ID, lipstick, a compact and some cash.

for some reason this first picture makes it look crooked. I think it's the way it's hanging, because the top really does line up!

and so you can see the liner (it reminded me of martini olives for some reason)

thanks for looking Smiley
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9  Re: I <3 Tea/Coffee/Cocoa Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Kaissa on: February 27, 2008 05:46:14 PM
This has been such an awesome swap!!
I received my package today from shiitake and it's fabulous!! I love everything!

First a brown tote with screen printed birds (my favorite colors) and a zippered bird pouch from my wists:

a bangle that I have been wisting forever!! I wore it all day  Grin

tea goodness!! (and a soap too!) The labels are in Finnish!! SO cool!!

Recipes! I collect recipes!

and finally some awesome hand drawn art. I am amazed by this since I can't draw at all. I love the bunny and sheep! I still haven't decided what to do with it, but I leaning towards framing it all up in a bunch of tiny frames for my craft area!

Thank you, shiitake! You hit my taste right on and I absolutely adore every single thing!

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10  First try with fondant in Dessert by Kaissa on: February 25, 2008 08:38:36 PM
We are having a surprise birthday dinner for my friend tomorrow and I wanted to do a fun cake for her. This is my first try using homemade marshmallow fondant and it was easier than I expected. It's a white cake with strawberry filling. She loves strawberry shortcake, but I couldn't find decent fresh strawberries, so this was the next best thing. Anyway, on to the picture! Smiley

for some reason in the pictures the polka dots look a bit wonky... they don't look that way to me in person..

thanks for looking!
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