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21  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: My 2nd mushroom house is finished! Yay! Warning, 9 LARGE photos... on: June 30, 2008 01:33:54 PM
That is absolutely adorable! You could do a whole town of little mushroom houses (It would be so much cool-er than those porcelain Christmas/Halloween towns they sell)

Did you crochet the base will all the flowers and the river? Or did you embellish them on after making the base? (I totally need to learn how to crochet)
22  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My first baby shower cake on: June 27, 2008 10:29:16 PM
Incredibly cute! I don't think I'd like the taste/texture of the fondant (don't think I've ever tried it before) but I'd be willing to try it just to gobble up all those adorable little sea creatures!

Again, incredible work!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felicia form Darkstalkers Hat - my first topic !yay! on: June 16, 2008 08:47:26 PM
So cute! And I love what you did for the background.
24  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / Re: A Midsummer's Night Dream Light - Soooo many pics... on: June 02, 2008 10:10:23 PM
wow, that's amazing.
I can totally see that working as a table lamp as well (complete with grassy base perhaps).
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mermaid jeans(sharpies and bleach pens ahoy!)Pic Heavy! on: May 06, 2008 05:25:46 PM
O.O! Incredible~!

Who knew you could get such cool effects with just a pack of sharpies and bleach.  Very good use of bleach.
I envy your sister's art skills too!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: King Peep diorama on: April 16, 2008 12:34:30 PM
this is SO adorable. I'm amazed at your crafty-ness!
Even though I don't like the taste of peeps, I'm in love with this diorama! Peeps are so cute!
27  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Sunflower Cupcakes on: April 14, 2008 09:56:38 PM
those are incredibly adorable!

I wish I hadn't seen them right now, because I totally want to stop studying for my exams and go whip up a batch of these right now. XD  I'm definitely bookmarking this so that I can try it after exams.

P.S. (I totally envy your piping/icing skills XD)
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shower Curtain Hoodie? on: February 21, 2008 10:05:07 PM
o.O Wow...

That's a really cool looking hoodie/rain jacket (?) I can't believe you made that up WITHOUT A PATTERN. I wish I possessed your crazy freehand patterning skills.

perhaps you should call this a "rain hoodie" XD

29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Colourful felt wallet on: December 18, 2007 02:56:05 PM
WOW~! Great design, and I love how you used buttons for the clouds. Very cute!
30  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Nectarine "rose" Tart on: August 07, 2007 12:05:18 AM
Wow, thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!

Here's the recipe for the filling, along with "condensed" instructions:

1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Chambord or brandy
1/4 tsp salt

1. Make and pre-bake a tart shell according to a recipe of your choice. (The one from the book came out very crumbly for me, but it's probably because I screwed up somewhere when making the dough. I had to add some water to make it stay together enough to roll out. o.O) Set aside to cool completely.

2. Melt butter in small saucepan over med. heat, whisk occasionally until butter solids begin to brown, about 5 mins. Remove from heat, set aside.

3. In med. bowl, whisk egg, sugar, lemon juice, Chambord and salt until light in colour and double in volume, about 2 mins. Add flour and reserved brown butter, whisk until well combined.

4. Slice nectarines into 1/8 inch slices. Make roses by loosely coiling a thin slice of nectarine for the centre, then wraping each additional slice around it, offsetting each slice from the previous one. Make and transfer enough roses to fill tart shell, filling any gaps with extra nectarine slices.

5. Whisk filling briefly, pour evenly over fruit, using a spoon to fill empty spaces. Bake at 375F, rotating tart halfway through, until filling has slightly puffed, about 40 mins. Cool on wire rack. Makes one 9 inch tart.

The recipe called for 8 nectarines, but I ended up only using about 6.
This tart might work well with plums too (as suggested by someone) but they'd have to be firm, or sliced slightly thicker so that they don't turn into mush when working with them (as I learned the hard way with some of the softer nectarines). I've debated if it would be a good idea to try this with apples (for either a tart or single crust pie) but would it be wise to keep the skins on the apples?

Feel free to ask me if you find anything confusing in the recipe!
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