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71  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Eleventh Hour Parsnips on: October 30, 2015 04:29:29 PM

Got called at the last minute to dogsit for a few hours. Grabbed the first thing I saw in my room to bring for supper, a bunch of parsnips. When I arrived at the place, I was starving and had to use what was in this dude's house.
so I angle-sliced them, heated some olive oil, and pan fried them for five minutes. Then I added celery salt and onion powder.

Next I poured a small measure of tamari over the whole thing, turned the heat off, covered them, and let them stew for another five.
Oy, were they good!!  I was no longer hungry but could not resist making a second batch. Now I am too full.
72  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Zucchini Brick on: October 29, 2015 02:20:36 PM

So, I had one remaining giant zucchini in the garden. I chose to make zucchini bread. I preheated the oven, put together all ingredients, then reached for the baking soda (that was suddenly not there.) I researched how to create my own. No luck. I could have tried super-whipped eggwhites but my last three went into the batter. Oven chimed, "I'm ready" so I had no choice but to put 'er in.

I kinda knew I was creating a brick. My fears were realized.

My question now..... have any of you been able to actually USE this heavy object for something besides a doorstop?  I am wanting to rescue it as a food item. Should I fry up pieces? Should I soak it in milk and eat it for breakfast? I have eaten some as-is but it is not particularly pleasant.  I really need help!!

73  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It fell off the roof...what was I SUPPOSED TA do with it? on: October 04, 2015 08:15:27 AM
I found a narrow slate, still with ye olde naile hole in it. The roof of the barn out back donated it.
I painted one of my daughter's favorite themes on it....birch trees... and fastened a rope lip along the outer edges and two handles for it to become a tea server. Decorated two mugs to go with it.

Every step of the way proved difficult (swear words abounded) so it was over 10 days late for her birthday. But she loved it!
Here is a straight-on pic of the art...

One side of the mugs

and the other

first cleaned thoroughly (slate) then did green background in acrylics. Trees were next layer and they were freehanded. Left bare edges all 'round because I was going to do one continuous black rope loop all around, with two areas of looping up/not glued, to be handles. The adhesive I so carefully researched (then went out and bought) boasted in teeeny tiiiny letters at the bottom "not to be used on polypropelene" which is what the rope was. Dang.

So I switch glues but it did not hold strongly enough to be used as a handle with hot cups of tea.
Looked all over creation for two antique handles that someone on my property had rescued for me months ago off an armoire. He knew I could use them in crafting. The last words I heard from him as I slinked away at the end of a three-hour search were "Now, where DID I put those things??!!"

So I went out and bought two handles (got the last white ones in the whole store) and glued them on. Adhesive said clearly it worked on stone and metal. Woo hoo, my problems were at an end!  Until I picked it all up and one handle came off. I was busy ranting to a neighbor about it when he pointed out that the glue held just fine and that I should reconsider suing the Bulldog Cement company.  He showed me that the slate, as old slates will do when they have fallen from a great height off the barn where they have been happily living for a century -or even at any point in their life whatsoever if they so choose-, had simply 'sloughed off' a layer of itself. Woooooooe is meeee!!

so, on to plan B or perhaps I should say plan Q at this time, drill tiny holes in the slate, dangerously near the edges I will point out (!!) and thread a sturdy stringythingy thru both slate and existing screw holes in the handles.
I drilled without breathing. Apparently that should be included on every set of drilling instructions on the internet, because it worked. I threaded the sturdy cord thru , tied it off, and glued the BaJingos out of it so it would not even consider coming undone.

If you have actually read all that info instead of just glancing at the enchanting photographs, you are entitled to a prize. simply enter your name on the back of a twenty dollar bill and mail it to me and you will receive your prize in ten to fourteen business years.
thanks for looking!!!
74  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Green Tomato Pie on: September 11, 2015 10:48:48 AM

Originally I wanted to find a recipe for Tomatillo Pie to use all the wee roundies in my garden. Then I decided to save them for grilling and use my abundance of green tomatoes.

I absolutely cannot do pie crust, so I purchase that and precooked them, pricking and baking for 12 minutes at 350.

Goop inside....
Peeled sliced green tomatoes, used about 10 medium ones and 15 small pear-shaped ones. Drained overnight because they were pretty darn juicy and I did not want mush at the bottom of the pie. I also mixed in a half cup of breadcrumbs to assist in keeping the juice thing tolerable. It worked.
Mix with a cup of grated swiss cheese, 20 fresh chopped basil leaves, a half cup of uncooked red onion, and a quarter cup of parm cheese. I used the last 2 or so tablespoons of the parm to sprinkle over the top.  All of the above ingredients made two pies.

baked at 475 for 30 minutes.

I am sooooo not a cook so as amazed and thrilled that this came out great, slices came out of the pie without falling apart, and it tastes wonderful!

75  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Inchie House... looks like recess time!! on: August 11, 2015 01:35:35 PM

above is the link to the gallery where lindyv321 posted what I created for her. Theme was Winter inchie houses.

I created a li'l pink schoolhouse in the snow.

There is a very thin pink thread hanging down from the bellfry. One lad builds a snowperson while the rest of the gang does ring around the snowsy.

my favorite kid in the ring is completely off the ground due to his shortness. the pic does not show him and my own pics of this creation are on a camera card that died. Thank you, lindyv321 for the photos!

inner parts of house...

At this time, the ragamuff.... er, the students are learning languages and geography.

thanks for considering such a wee project for this challenge!

76  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Gallery for Around the World July Dotee swap on: July 22, 2015 05:47:27 AM

status of participants....

sending late with comm
see me after school
feedback given

- dulcet
whatthepuck- [color=green]Wile E [/color]Songdog[/s]
Ludi- LadybugsandBumblebees[/s]
Smmarrt- Sarasmile

spookygrrrly - cmarion3
The Raging Sloth- alwaysinmyroom[/s]
Acadian Driftwood - blupaisan

77  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Seriously 3D ATC gallery on: June 18, 2015 05:36:14 PM

sent to second partner
sent and received
sending late with communication (probably because she is sipping soup)
contact me immediately if you please...
feedback given

rockingbearanch (both mailed) creates for cmarion3
artsycandice (both mailed) creates for rockingbearranch
and bunny1kenobi
cmarion3 creates for rockingbearranch
bunny1kenobi (both mailed)creates for artsycandice and chrmisha
chrmisha makes for bunny1kenobi
milkeway creates for blupaisan
blupaisan creates for milkeway

78  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Curious about why recrafting has a link instead of a thread on: June 18, 2015 12:53:11 PM
I love seeing the reuse recraft ideas and projects. I find it odd that stuff is sort of hidden, like "show us what you made by linking here." Why it is this way?  As far as I know, this is the only thread/gallery like it. Right?  Have always wondered about that.  And because of that, I will never see an interesting photo of a recraft from this section in the 'hot new projects' area that always gets me to easily discover something new

thanks for reading
79  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / This tree grows books on: June 09, 2015 04:07:33 AM
Designed this hoop for the Summer Activities swap. My partner likes to read a book under a tree during this season.

tried two times to stitch on her Tshirt  I <3 Books but there was not enuf room. so it reads I <3 Book.  Oh well...

Some of the 'fruits'...

If I were a skier, I would be headed toward the beginner trails.  Same here. So it took me a loooong time to finish this. But after gluing tiny bits of book pages on the hoop...

I realized that the gluing took as long as the stitching did!

Used my fave childhood  book to cover the back. did not have a real saw, so used a small drywall saw.

thanks for looking!  I Heart Book!
80  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / oddly enuf, this is the only site on the whole WWW that my computer now refuses on: June 03, 2015 01:38:40 PM
unable to get my computer to open Craftster. Message is always 'timed out' and try again later, which I do, multiple times a day, shut down my computer, try a different venue other than mozilla, pray, throw a tantrum, beg to use neighbor's computer, then wonder what fate has in store for me that I cannot go to the one site that upholds my sanity.   Huh

Anyone else?  Router is fine, as the guy downstairs can get the site on his computer. 


Currently at the 'liberry'  ha ha
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