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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / 3 challah loaves on: May 20, 2008 09:33:23 PM
Hello all! I recently started to make bread for the first time and decided to try making challah, for starters. Here are some of my results. Bigger images are available (all linked to flickr) if you click on the ones below. Please enjoy!

Here is the first loaf of bread I ever baked! I accidentally let it rise an extra hour (or two?) so the braiding effect was lost, but fortunately it was still tasty. For this I used the recipe from chaitimeblog.wordpress.com but halved it.

My second challah was my favorite in appearance and taste. This time I used a recipe from www.bakingandbooks.com/ but used fresh apples (grated, with juice squeezed out) instead of dried ones. I also halved the recipe here. The results were dense, soft, and sweet. I should also point out that both of these blogs either describe or link to helpful tutorials on weaving dough.

This third loaf also uses a recipe from Baking and Books, the apricot chocolate challah. This time I decided to use the exact amounts in the recipe but divided the dough up into 4 loaves. Also, I used white chocolate which makes it hard to see in the picture, but trust me, you could taste it.

So that's what I've done so far on my challah-making adventure... once I've tried baking more of other types of bread I'll have to write a new post here but until then, thanks for looking!

2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: tiny pies :D on: March 12, 2008 09:31:47 PM
Can I eat some? Tasty! That's such a cute idea, who would have thought to make a mini chicken pot pie!
Was it hard to shrink the recipce down?

For the filling? Not at all! Just fill sparingly (some of the blueberry ones did overflow...) and it'll all work out Smiley

sooooo cute! question: did you make the cup part or did you buy it premade? Also, chicken pot pie rules!

We bought premade 9-inch pie crusts and cut cups/tops out using mugs.
3  COOKING / Dessert / tiny pies :D on: March 12, 2008 07:34:53 AM
My first attempt at mini-food, assisted by my good friend Emily:

Some are filled with blueberries and others are filled with peach + rum.

And mini chicken pot pies! These are really delicious.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: New Crocheted Sugary things***big pic*** on: November 30, 2007 08:52:32 AM
beautiful! a combination of two of my favorite things... I am a fan already. also, I'm seconding the question about the flowers on the cake in the middle of the bottom row--is it yarn? felt? looks great Smiley
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Kon (from Bleach) amigurumi on: November 30, 2007 08:45:19 AM
Ah, thank you all Cheesy (Friends of) Bleach fans should definitely try making this! ... since making any other character would be quite difficult, heheh.

6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Kon (from Bleach) amigurumi on: November 26, 2007 11:05:12 PM
This was a birthday present for my brother, who is a big fan of the anime Bleach.

For those unfamiliar with the series, this is Kon (screenshot credit: wikipedia):

And this is my crocheted version!

I used one of Ana Paula's Tiny Ami patterns but reshaped the torso, crocheted the muzzle, and added the hand/foot "pads" and belly button. Thanks for looking!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan stitch question on: October 13, 2007 08:28:45 PM
Thanks to both of you. And yep, I'm seriously considering recreating this so I wanted some second opinions before planning this out.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan stitch question on: October 13, 2007 12:32:55 PM
Hi everyone, I'm wondering about the stitch pattern that is on the front, near the shoulders on this cardigan:

"Long Sleeve Cardigan with Waist Tie"

Is it the same as/similar to the Barbara Walker pattern used in the mug and French press jacket pattern that mk_carroll posted here in craftster? I'm having a hard time deciding because both seem to be this wrapped k2, p2 smocking stitch but the cardigan Xs just seem more compact and different somehow. Any thoughts? Thanks Smiley
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: knitscene's central park hoodie on: September 22, 2007 10:17:53 AM
Beautiful hoodies everyone! Mine's been on the backburner for awhile now. I have the back and about half of one of the fronts done. Seeing everyone's progress has inspired me to put some more effort into it.

I have around the same amount of work finished on my CPH and I think I'm starting to hit a slump... so everyone please keep posting progress pics! Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Calista's Alexander McQueen Knockoff Sweater on: September 21, 2007 03:26:22 PM
hi everyone,

I'm a latecomer to this knitalong... just started Calista's sweater a few days ago. I'm using KnitPicks Swish DK- a washable (yay!!!) merino wool-- in cinnamon. I'm making the sweater in the round, and so far, so good... although I did get a bit too absorbed in Top Chef last night and made a mistake or two that I had to fix!  Tongue

ahh, Top Chef is responsible for so many of my knitting mistakes...

I just bought this pattern today! very excited, just need to get myself some yarn for this.
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