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31  COOKING / Dessert / Holiday Baking on: June 23, 2008 11:51:49 PM
We recently celebrated Shavuot...basically, foodwise, it is mostly dairy products.
This holiday the kids converged all at once at home. I had made some dairy cakes for the occasion.

Icebox Cream Cake:

A no bake Cheese Cake...here without the topping

And with the topping:

Then cause it happened to be my eldest birthday,  I made a checkerboard cake cause he used to love those.

I had quickly put the cake together and instead of using regular frosting I tried something new for me.  I tried chocolate ganache.  It was an experience.  I put it all together and put the birthday cake into the fridge to set and went off to take a little nap before everyone got here.  When I woke up not two hours later this is what I found:

Oh well.  I guess that means that it was good.  Lesson learned.  Put up a sign next time.lol.  I usually have something for them to nibble on til real food time.  They thought that since it wasn't a cheese cake it was ok.
Thank you for looking and I hope to sometime get a pic of another checkerboard cake.
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bananas: Going bananas on: June 12, 2008 01:10:09 AM
I apologize if I've put this in the wrong place.  I've been trying to decide for 3 days, uploaded and still another day.  So please forgive and or move.

This is what I've been doing for the past month.  I've been helping to sew costumes (sewing post?)for our annual "Children's Day" (see, holiday).  This year we are doing "Jungle Book"  We all donate our time and skills.  One of the things I was asked to do was 4 felt bananas for the monkey's skirt.  Then they saw them and asked for 10, then they had another idea and asked for,...well you get the idea....they asked for 150 in the end.  So I set up a mini assembly line and went to work.
I got the pattern from a pincushion idea on line  the link is:  http://quamut.com/quamut/sewing_project_silk_fruit_pincushions

Here is the felt on my craft table, the three pieces drawn out and on the way to cut out 450 pieces of banana.

Here they are in the background ready to sew (I did them in groups of 10) and in the foreground the ones already sewn, stuffed and ready to be handfinished.

Finally finished!!!

 Now to make 100 snakes (to through into the audience with the left over bananas)
It's been fun.  I'm not finished yet.  First dress rehearsal is this Friday so probably lots more to do.
Last night my friend and I went to the auditorium with the elephant masks we made and brought them cake that I had left from the holidays.
I'll post more pics later cause now I'm sworn to secrecy.lol
Just thought this was funny.  Thanks for looking. (maybe this should have gone in vents? lol)
33  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Oreo Ball advice! Can it be done? on: June 08, 2008 02:01:21 AM
Can someone tell me please if I make the Oreo Balls, links:

Also with links inside.
If I make these for a picnic type outside celebration will they hold up?  I plan to take them to the party straight from my fridge to the fridge at the outside party (there is a shed with a fridge) then take them out at eating time?  Moderate warm day,lots of humidity.
Or an alternative dessert recipe for Shavuot (The festival of the weeks) in the fields?  Meaning a dairy recipe that will hold up in picnic conditions.  (there is a fridge on site) I'd appreciate any and all help.  Thank you!!
34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / "Adhering" to fabric on: June 03, 2008 11:13:16 PM
I hope I am posting this in the right place.  If not please forgive. 
I am helping with costumes for the annual play here and I need your expertice please!
I need to adhere somehow all sorts of sequins, shinny medallion's, and I just don't know what they're called..I hope the pictures are enough.
Anyway, my problem is....How?  I tried to hot glue last night and the sequins started to melt from the heat.  No I don't have access to a low temp one unfortunately.  These are the shirts for the little Indian girls in the play Jungle Book.  There are 4 shirts.  I need them to stay on for 3 performances and the dress rehearsals.
I would appreciate any and all help (including physical.lol)
Thank you in advance now on to the pics:

this is the last pic,  This is the one that got too "hot".

Thank you!! Hope you can help cause we are just at that stage that we need to do it like now!!!

35  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pita Mits on: May 22, 2008 01:41:53 AM
My son has a birthday coming up and he has been wanting a pita oven for years.  Well the family decided to get him one finally.  Of course, I still had to put my two cents in so I made him a couple of pita mits so he doesn't burn his hands when he turns the platter.

Okay, it was supper simple to do but I still had to add something crafty to this.

Here you can see the "pita's" on the "turntable".  I think they look content.

(I know, I really need to be doing more serious crafting but couldn't resist)
36  COOKING / Dessert / Strawberry Mirror Cake on: May 22, 2008 12:50:10 AM
I have been craving a strawberry "creamy" cake for ages so I've been looking and looking.  Then jennyrobot posted her masterpieces at 
(hope I did that right).  Well, she inspired me to just go ahead and try.  She also was kind enough to post the recipe.
Of course, I had to make alterations cause I am no way near her class so here is my take on the Strawberry Mirror cake
This is the cake in the springform. (Sorry but there is no way I'm gonna show in progress...there was so much mess you couldn't tell anyway...I have a habit of using every dish in the house to cook.lol)

Fresh out of the springform pan

Side view

And the first slice

It was alot of work and alot of dishes and a heck of alot of cleaning up but all in all I enjoyed making it.  Now I get to give it away...I've had my slice.lol
37  COOKING / Dessert / Age old winner:Chocolate Chip Cookies on: May 22, 2008 12:38:15 AM
I got a phone call after 9pm from DS that he needs to bring "something" to a meeting the following morning and they don't have anything at home to make anything. (I won't mention that they live 5 minutes from a great bakery--but Mom is Mom)
Anyway, the only thing I had on hand were chocolate chips so I hurriedly got busy and got goin'.

I didn't even have a proper dish to put them in....
Here I'm mixed and ready for the oven.

Now into the oven til just the right moment...slightly browned edges(otherwise they come out hard)

Take them out....Now!

 Immediately take off the cookie sheet and put on grill for cooling then storage.
At least I got my bowl back even though it just had crumbs in it.lol
Hope you enjoyed.
38  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies on: May 06, 2008 11:14:28 PM
A while back I decided that I wanted to do something with all of those soda bottles that we generate.  I only had green ones so I surfed and found a site (which I now can't find and wouldn't know how to add it here)  Sorry, I don't have any pics of the process.
It is basically cutting the straight part of the bottle with scissors, straightening them with tacks on a board.  Put the pic of a butterfly under and paint over it.  I used faux glass paint (that I had left over from a previous project).  I know it's been done before but if was fun and luckily.. time consuming.
Here are the "butterflies" drying after I put the suction cups on

Here they are on the door of my new craftroom

A bitty close up.

I do apologize for the poor quality of my pictures.  I'll just have to learn.
Anyone else done this?  Thank you for looking.
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reupholstered Computer Chair (4 pics) on: April 28, 2008 02:31:19 AM
I have just recently been "awarded" a craft space of my own. So I've been fixing it up, straightening up, repairing, trying to find a place for everything.  One of those things I've been working on is this chair DH brought me from somewhere.  It was full of dust, torn, just weird.
I took some fabric and...took off.  I have to say though that I was inspired to do so by the people here.
The "gift".

There must have been a million staples in this thing.  Literally rows of them.  I used a screwdriver and small pliers.

Then to be on the safe side I used the old fabric to cut out new pieces.

In the end, came up with this. 

Thank you for looking.

40  COOKING / Dessert / Holly Hobby Birthday Cake on: April 28, 2008 01:24:18 AM
This month my DD celebrated her birthday.  She asked me very politely if she could have two cakes this year.  A cheese cake and a....Holly Hobby cake just like I made her when she was 3.  Well, that gave me about 6 hrs to bake, cool, decorate find my well hidden tools and find something big enough to hold it.  Here is the result.  I didn't find anything big enough to hold it so I put foil on my kitchen wagon...Well it worked.

Oh, BTW, did I mention that my little baby celebrated her 25th?
It's been about 20 yrs. since I've done this cake but it was fun.
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