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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make ur own BUTTER on: July 30, 2010 07:53:51 AM
i love making butter! so fun, so easy, so so sooooo tasty!

almond butter is like peanut butter but made with almonds instead of peanuts. you could make it in a food processor, just process until creamy.

herbs such as chives, rosemary and sage are also good flavorings for butter!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: carrot cupcakes on: July 19, 2009 06:53:04 PM
lemon cream cheese icing is pretty easy - just add some lemon extract or a bit of lemon juice to the icing. if you add extract, you probably don't need more than a drop or two to flavor it. if you add juice, i wouldn't add more than a couple teaspoons because it may make the icing too watery. but it tastes delicious! i also love making chocolate cupcakes with lemon juice in them and lemon icing - lemon is surprisingly refreshing and delicious with chocolate. Smiley have fun!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / pig wallet (oink) on: July 18, 2009 09:41:15 AM
In the winter I made this wallet for my friend who loves pigs (LOVES!).
I used the pattern from here: http://noseynest.blogspot.com/2008/05/piggy-bank-freebie.html
it has a little pig button on the stomach that you loop the string around to keep it closed (the string was supposed to be a loop, but apparently i missed one side when i was sewing the lining in.... oh well, i think the loop would have been too small to fit around the pig button anyway). It also has batting in the nose and feet to give it some 3D qualities.

Thanks for looking! C&C welcome!
4  COOKING / Dessert / carrot cupcakes on: July 18, 2009 09:34:24 AM
last fall i made some fall cupcakes (i know, i've been a terrible craftster who doesn't post...)
i thought they came out pretty well.
these are carrot cupcakes with lemon cream cheese icing.
the carrots on top are made of carrot slivers candied and rolled, with a bit of carrot green sticking out of the top.

and i made thanksgiving pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes with little marzipan pumpkins on top. these also had cream cheese icing on them.

5  COOKING / Dessert / another burger cake! on: July 18, 2009 09:25:37 AM
I know there have been a bunch of these on here lately - but i really had to try.
I'm in grad school and one of the undergrad helpers in the lab that has been here for 4 years (longer than any of the grad students in the lab) is leaving to start his own grad school adventure. We had a little party for him the other night, and when asked what kind of cake he wanted he said "i want a hamburger". well... he got a hamburger Smiley

here are the pics! it's white cake "buns", brownie "meat", red/yellow icing ketchup and mustard, and green tinted coconut for the lettuce. Oh, and sugar cookie fries.

and for size reference, my friend jane with the cake(it's as big as her head!):

6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Summery Solstice Flats! on: July 14, 2009 01:22:27 PM
those are great! i've been thinking that i want to try to make something like these (very bright, colorful, flat, comfortable!) for my wedding. do you have tips/tricks/hints on how i might get started?
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Ties and dyeing on: July 14, 2009 11:32:20 AM
those ties look awesome! was this the first time you'd ever died something? Do you have suggestions on how to do this... i was thinking about doing something similar....
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Strawberry Frosting recipe? on: March 08, 2009 08:52:24 AM
I tried making strawberry buttercream with real strawberries once last summer and it made the icing separate because of all the excess water. A baker friend of mine suggested trying seedless strawberry preserves, if you can find them. or pureeing them and straining would work also.

good luck!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: BEHOLD!!! The Solar Food Dehydrator!(image super heavy) on: October 12, 2008 11:55:54 AM
Is that a single-level frame, or will it take more than one drying rack?

this one takes 2 drying racks that are roughly 2ft wide by 3ft long. One rack holds about 20(ish) peaches once they've been all cut up. but remember the heavier you load a rack, the longer it takes to dry.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: BEHOLD!!! The Solar Food Dehydrator!(image super heavy) on: October 10, 2008 07:13:11 AM
Haha, thanks sactownsue. You reminded me that I should actually update my profile, since I just moved to central pennsylvania (grad school...). Now that you've explained the cold frame, i realize what you meant and I have heard of those but had never thought of using it that way. I will have to make that suggestion - our window frame comes off the top really easily, and there's a vent in the back, so i think it would be pretty easy to vent.

thanks again!
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