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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Super Easy Calzone on: March 19, 2018 08:46:48 AM
My husband and I were in a rut about what to cook for dinner so I did a little shout out to friends for ideas. One suggested calzone.  I was a little stressed about making them but they are SO easy. The best part is that each person can make their own so no worries about not liking the meal. This is a simple recipe for the crust and a basic "stuffing".

Calzone Crust (this is a basic pizza crust, so if you don't want calzone, make a pizza)

1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all flour
1 packet of pizza dough yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup hot water
3 tablespoons oil

Start with 1 cup of flour and add the other dry ingredients. Mix and then add the oil and water. The dough will be very sticky. Add more flour until the dough no longer sticks to your fingers. Usually 2 cups is enough. You do not need to wait for the dough to rise when you use the pizza crust dough. Just mix and you are ready.

Ingredients for the stuffing
1 cup pizza sauce (approximately)
mozzarella cheese
Italian seasonings
veggies or meats you want

Cut the dough into 4 equal parts and roll out the dough to a flat roundish shape.
On one side of the dough, spread the pizza sauce, the cheese and any toppings you want. Add more cheese on top and sprinkle the seasonings.
Fold the side without all the stuffings over to make a pocket.
Crimp the dough ( I did a little fold over with the crimping-like a pie crust)
Spread a little olive oil with garlic powder or Italian seasonings to the top of the calzone.

Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes (until top and bottom are golden brown)


When I first made this, I made two huge calzones. It was way too much food for just my husband and I. The next time I made them, I broke it down to 4 and froze the other 2 so I could make them for lunch or a quick dinner.

I can not believe how easy this was and I'm excited about trying different ingredients like summer veggies. I think I might even make some dessert ones when strawberries and raspberries come into season.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Inspiring/Strong Women swap on: March 07, 2018 09:03:30 AM
I just finished stitching a Frida Kahlo pillow and it was mentioned by Alwaysinmyroom about maybe doing a Frida swap or even an inspiring women swap. Anyone up for it?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Frida Kahlo Pillow on: March 07, 2018 08:05:12 AM
When  I first saw this pattern, I knew I had to stitch it up. I decided to make a pillow for the living room so each day I can see her and get inspired. Now I want to do an entire series of strong inspiring women.

Close up of stitching
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Craftster Quickies: Marbleizing Polymer Clay on: March 05, 2018 08:48:01 AM
I fell in love with marbleizing polymer clay. It was so easy and so much fun! Let me show you how to do it with this month's Craftster's Quickie.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tempest in a Teacup Embroidery on: February 26, 2018 08:35:37 AM
Cause Mistress Jennie is SO awesome I had to stitch this up for her. It was a fun stitch and I'm happy with the way it turned out.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hand with a Rose on: February 26, 2018 08:31:36 AM
I wanted to make Mistress Jennie something special cause she is so awesome. This is one of two pieces I stitched up for her.

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bath Bombs and Salts on: February 23, 2018 01:20:55 PM

So....I tried making bath bombs and had a little bit of a fail. I had to try again because I LOVE baths. I am so glad I did. I made two different types of bombs and then some scented bath salts. This was more of a trial run. Next time I plan on making the colors of the bombs much brighter.

The light green ones have a green chakra scent:(Lemon, lavendar, geranium, bergamot, palmarosa, sweet marjoram)

The red ones are red chakra scent( Bergamot, vetiver, patchouli, nutmeg)

The bright blue salts are scented with Santa Baby (balsam fir, sugar cookies and spices)

The recipe I used for the green hearts:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Citric Acid
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
lots of drops of bath specific coloring
2 1/2 T. Melted Coconut Oil
2 tsp Essential Oils of your choice
3/4 tsp. water
Witch Hazel to spritz
Mix all the dry ingredients together  Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Epsom Salt & Corn Starch!
Melt your coconut oil, add the essential oil and water
Slowly mix your wet ingredients with the dry. Mix it with your hands.
Add coloring and mix
Grab a handful, begin to mold.  I spritz it a little with Witch Hazel to make it easier to mold.
Let them dry for 1-3 days

If you are using a metal bath bomb mold, remember-do not leave it in there to dry. Just mold and remove (I learned this the hard way)

The red bath bombs I made were made the exact same way but instead of corn starch I used 2 cups of baking soda and no water.

The bath salts were made with soap/bath specific coloring (won't dye the bathtub), scent and Epsom salts. You can add more like corn starch, baking soda or powdered milk to soften the skin.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Year of the Dog on: February 16, 2018 08:07:59 AM
I am so excited about the Chinese New Year. It's the Year of the Dog! I can handle an abundance of puppies! I stitched this up yesterday for my mantle.

I collect puppy ceramics and other things so I decided to decorate my entire mantel with some of my collection.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Add a Little Confetti on: February 15, 2018 09:09:27 AM
Every day should be a party and we should celebrate! I stitched this up for Limeriot for the positive affirmation swap. The colors make me so happy.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Enjoy the Ride on: February 15, 2018 09:03:27 AM
I stitched this up for Limeriot for the positive affirmation swap. Yahoo for puppies riding bikes!

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