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1  Re: Favorite Recipes Mini Swap Gallery of Goodies in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: July 21, 2008 09:53:36 AM
My Awesome Package from RedMenace

Thank you soo much RedMenace!
My Recipes

"Faux" Crabcakes

I swear these taste exactly like crabcakes only you don't have to go through the hassle of picking crabs!  A great dish for vegetarians too!

2 Large Zucchini
1 Egg, beaten
1 TBSP Mayonnaise
1 TBSP Dijon Mustard
2 TSP Old Bay Seasoning
~1 CUP Plain Bread Crumbs
Vegetable Oil

1. Grate the zucchini into thick shreds and drain using paper towels. 
2. Mix together the grated and drained zucchini, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay and bread crumbs in a large bowl adding bread crumbs as needed, until you have mixture that will easily hold together.
3. Form the mixture into patties and set aside
4. Pour ~1/4 inch of vegetable oil into a deep skillet (cast iron is best) and heat on medium high
5. Fry the zucchini cakes for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
6. Drain the oil off the cakes on a papertowel and serve warm with either seafood of tarter sauce.

Mountian Dew Cake
Kinda like serendipity_sarah's Bundt cake only lemony.

1 box of lemon cake mix
1 3.4oz box of lemon pudding mix
1 12oz. can of Mountian Dew
3/4 cup of oil
4 eggs

Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a well greased bundt or tube pan and bake in an oven preheated to 350 for 45 to 50 minutes

Eggplant Rollatini

By far my most favorite meal!

1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 Bay leaf

2 cups plain dried bread crumbs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 large eggplants, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1.  Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant and lightly browned. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season with Bay leaf,Italian seasoning, salt, sugar, and pepper. Simmer covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large shallow dish, stir together the bread crumbs and flour. In a separate dish, whisk together the eggs and cream with a fork.
3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip each eggplant slice into the egg mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs. Fry each slice until golden brown in the hot oil, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
4. Spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture onto one side of each slice of eggplant. Roll up, and place in the baking dish seam side down. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the rolls. Cover the baking dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
5. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.

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2  Re: Make-a-Friend Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: June 19, 2008 03:18:46 PM
Awesome Gallery of Goodies from crescentfresh

Package Numero uno!
crescentfresh is one dog-gone talented girl and her first package really showed it! 
First off she combined the letter and the scrapbook into one really cool little book. The cover is made of a map of her home state (look for the circle)

Check out the first page, all hand drawn!

Her favorite things are:
Nag Champa (so thats what smelled so good!) and Dominic by William Steig.  The book arrived separately the day before and kinda freaked me out a little bit because old lady (now dead) who used to live in the house I'm moving into read alot (there are thousands of her old books in my shed) and I thought it might have been some sort of message from the grave.

Crescentfresh also sent me the cutest little tin of curry powder and her recipe for Kablam's Curry Bliss

Crafty Goodness:
I cannot stress enough what a talented and creative gal my partner is.
She sent me a bitchin' polymer clay pendant of "rasta asteroids" and a river stone painted with teeny tiny little eyes on it.

A groovy purple knit bracelet that looks like it was done on itty-bitty needles.  I have now officially fallen in love with the purple yarn she used.

An amazing lino print of a bus which she mounted on a card for me.  The other card is a print by a local artist in the Olympia area.  I'm seriously considering framing both of them.

Local Items:
Crescentfresh sent me a her bf's CD which is yet to be released yet so I got one of the first copies!  It's so awesome that I didn't get picture of it because I was listening to it. She also sent an educational card of the species of invertebrates native to the pacific northwest including the geoduck which is her school mascot.

In closing, my first package from crescent fresh was THE COOLEST and I'm super stoked to have her as my friend!

Package #2 !
I have been wanting to learn/get better at PC for a very long time so crescentfresh sent me an AWESOME starter kit that included clay (duh!), a really cool how to book with the cutest projects, tinting powder and really pretty molds.  She also sent me awesome bracelet that highlights all the cool stuff you can do with PC. I'm going to try my hand at it today!

She added some really fun yarn and a pair of circs to my stash.  I'm a complete sucker for yarn and loved the SWS so much that I had to start knitting with it immediately hence the WIP in the pic! Grin

Thank you sooo much crescentfresh!
Package # 3 of AWESOMENESS!
So here is the first taste of goodness a needle-roll!  I've lusted after one of these for along time and now I've got one!  This was the first needle roll crescentfresh ever made and I must say she did a damn good job of it.  She incorporated a mandala which had been part of favorite things that I sent her.

Next up some bleepity awesome vintage inspired PC buttons taken straight from my wists!  I love these way too much and have already begun replacing the buttons on my favorite cardigan with these guys!

A totally neato PC jar with beads that match the macrame bracelect crescentfresh sent me in package numero dos and the coolest Day of the Dead necklace ever!  I've had the necklace on ever since this photo was taken and received several compliments on it.

A coffee container for my precious, precious coffee beans containing the tastiest Cadbury Flake bar and crescentfresh's favorite strawberry hardcandy.

And last but not least, some delish tea (one has already been drunk) and a truly inspiring ATC!

Thank you sooooo much crescentfresh, I have truly enjoyed becoming your friend!
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3  Re: Crafty Detective Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: May 23, 2008 07:50:39 AM
Here's pics of the kick a%#  package I received from silverlining 86! 
First off, a super cute note/ recipe card box and matching note cards.

An awesome fabric covered bulletin board that matches my blue sewing machine perfectly.

The most adorable little chinese take-out box full of Rolos and Snickers (my favorites)!

An absolutely beautiful framed paper bird art piece that I just adore and am going to hang in my sewing room.

Here's a pic of the whole haul.

Thank you sooo much silverlining86, I LOVE everything!
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4  Re: Magic Yarn Ball Swap Round 8: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: May 07, 2008 05:33:28 AM
Woot!  Woot!  I got my MYB from mcook on Monday but I've been slammed lately so I'm just popping from work to post a few pics!
MYB before:

MYB after:

MY awesome new felted purse:

Unwrapping this ball was one the funnest things I've done in while (besides wrapping the MYB I sent out)!  It had lots of little goodies including chocolate skittles (which I actually had been curious about trying, so my partner must've had esp), strawberry lip balm, seeds, some really cool kitty flannel, crocheted flowers, a crocheted wash cloth, teeny-tiny emory boards in a matchbook thingy, super fruity gum, some hella cool wine charms, really cute daisy buttons, an awesome macrame necklace, a really cute kitty patch and scrap book doo-dad, and last but not least the yummiest smelling soap and handmade lotion EVER!  My medium was way awesome too!  For a novice knitter, mcook did a damn fine job on that purse.  It is seriously cute.

PS Please excuse the run-on sentence, I've had six cups of coffee this morning and an feeling verbose Tongue
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5  Re: FOUND Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: April 10, 2008 06:57:16 PM
Okay everybody, behold all the FOUND goodies I got!

A beautiful vintage apron that was found at a yard sale and hand stenciled.  I cook all the time and love aprons!  This one might be too pretty to get dirty though.

A paper mache bowl crafted out of old dictionary pages from one that was found in a parking lot. So creative and unique!

Stitchmarkers and a necklace made using found letters that were printed on shrinky dinks and then colored in with sharpies.  These are too cool for words!  I love stitch markers and am starting a collection to which these are the perfect edition.  Also, I can't wait to show off my new necklace.

I also got some rad vintage circular needles in their original paper package along with some really nice yarnall found in a "thrifty" way.

Everybody remember the creepy 'Eyes Wide Shut'/Vestal Virgin beehive hairdo photo and the ultra complementary love letter about Dug?  Well, they made their way into a bookmark.  I really needed a bookmark to, currently I'm using the doggy ear method of marking my place and I think the library might frown upon this practice...

Scatter stenciled this patch on a piece of the scarf she found embedded in the snowbank.  If I get time this weekend I'm going to stitch it to my knitting bag.

And last but not least, a stenciled card with a note!

I truly LOVED everything and am highly impressed with the creative efforts of my partner (and everyone else for that matter) in crafting found objects for this swap!
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6  Re: Something to B*tch About Swap (aka The Deb Stoller Swap) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: March 17, 2008 06:18:51 PM
I got my package from PJHerbert today and I just LOVE IT!  She made me a purse and a wallet in my favorite colors that are just to cute!  My "Happy Hooker" book is loan right now so any if any of the crocheters can give the name of the pattern please do. 
A group shot:

Look at the great job on the lining!

P.S. Excuse the cat parts in the pics I had just come home when I took the pics and he was craving attention! Tongue
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7  Re: TRIPLE KITTY SWAP Gallery in The Swap Gallery by the franz on: March 05, 2008 05:11:22 PM
I got my package today! Grin   Isabella000 really spoiled me and I LOVE all of it! 

First here's a shot of the unopened package which she decorated with blocks of colorful paper.  The cats were all over it the minute I brought it in the house:

The thrifted items were an awesome carved wooden cat figurine and a really beautiful milk glass cat shaped bottle. The wooden kitty now adorns my side table and I can't wait until tomorrow to go cut daffodils to put in the milk glass cat bottle/vase!

She made my boys the most wonderful cat bed out of a recycled sweater.  RayRay has already claimed it and smacked/hissed when the other cats got near him while he's been laying in it.

An action shot:

He's still asleep in the bed as I type Cheesy

I also received to super cute kitty patches which I plan on sewing to my backpack very soon.

And last but certainly not least, a GORGEOUS hot water bottle cover with a hot water bottle.  The stitching and craftman(woman)ship on this absolutely spectacular and I'm highly impressed. 

Isabella000 really out did herself on this swap and I truly adore and appreciate all her efforts! Grin Grin

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8  Re: TRIPLE KITTY SWAP (Signups CLOSED; Sendout 2/28) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by the franz on: February 23, 2008 11:00:37 AM
Alright this took a bit of cat wrangling but I finally got a triple kitty pic thanks to dear BF!

Anyway,  I'm still waiting on one teeny tiny thing to come in the mail to finish off before I can send.  Hopefully it will arrive today!
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9  Re: FOUND Swap (Send Outs 3/31/2008) <CLOSED> in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by the franz on: February 23, 2008 10:53:20 AM
The whole anthropology/sociology/pathology behind graffiti is completely interesting.  I also think the idea of graffiti, i.e. the world is your canvas is pretty dang interesting and awesome too!  Anyway. I digress...

Okay, here are a few of my found objects.  A beautifully odd piece if river glass, two sets of dragonfly wings and a Chinese fortune that I found last night on the ground outside of the takeout joint.  I thought the message to be rather poignant and slightly poetic but I guess whoever ate the fortune cookie from whence it came didn't...
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10  Re: TRIPLE KITTY SWAP (Signups CLOSED; Sendout 2/28) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by the franz on: February 10, 2008 06:11:36 AM
I finished the crafty kitty stuff for my partner yesterday and today it is supposed to be really cold and windy outside so it will be the perfect day to stay in a make stuff for my partner's cats!  I'm done with my thrifting too, I just want to "pimp" my thrifted item a bit and I'll be ready to go!  What's really been fun about this swap is that I've rediscovered crafts that I haven't done in years and tried some new things too! Grin

PS Meats says "Good Morning Triple Kitty crafters!"
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