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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Grandma's Smoke Salmon Balls on: June 20, 2010 12:35:47 AM
Every year for thanksgiving my Nanna, Sisters, Mom and I make a majority of dinner.
This is one of the super easy, and super YUMMY "appetizers" we make every year. It's normally gone before dinner even begins!!!

1 can of Salmon
1 pkg. Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp. Grated Onion
2 tsp. Horseradish (3tsp if creamed)
1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
1/4 tsp. Salt
walnuts and parsley

1) Drain salmon well- pick out any bones or skin I buy the stuff that says boneless and skinless and I have yet to find any bones or skin. But picking through to make sure also helps break up the salmon a little

2)Mix all ingredients (except salmon, walnuts, and parsley) until creamy

3)Add the salmon and mix well

4)After mixing, set in refrigerater for 1hr to chill.

5)Form into a ball and roll in finely chopped walnuts and parsley

6)Wrap in plastic and place in bowl to hold shape until ready to serve

It's that simple... But the taste is FANTASTIC!!! forming the ball and rolling it can be messy/tricky, most of the time I get lazy and just sprinkle it on top and press it into the sides of the ball leaving the bottom uncovered...

anyways, here's what it should look like:

hope you like it  Wink
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Beefy Nacho Crescent Bake on: June 09, 2010 11:16:20 PM
I found this recipe in a magazine (Favorite Brand Name Recipes Vol. 3, No. 15, April 20th 2010) a few weeks ago and finally tried it!!!
It doesn't look fantastic, but the taste makes up for it!!! I LOVED it!!!

Anyways, here it is!!!

*1 Pound Ground Beef
*1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
*1/4 tsp Salt
*1/8 tsp Black Pepper
*1 Tbsp Chili Powder
*1 tsp Ground Cumin
*1 tsp Dried Oregano
*1 Can (10 3/4 oz) condensed Nacho Cheese Soup, undiluted
*1 Cup Milk
*1 pkg. (8 count) refrigerated crescent roll dough
*1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
*Chopped, Fresh Cilantro (optional)
*Salsa (optional)

I also added Green Onions, Jalapenos, Olives and Sour Cream to mine even though the recipe doesn't call for it.

1) Preheat the oven to 350 Deg. F
2) Cook beef and onion in large skillet over medium-high heat; Drain and return to pan.
3) Stir in the next 5 ingredients.
4) Combine soup and milk in a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish.
5) Separate the crescent dough into 4 rectangles; roll out to 8x4 inches and cut to form 8 (4 inch) squares.
6) Spoon approx. 1/4 cup of the beef mixture into the center of each square; Pull the 4 corners over the filling and pinch to seal.
7) Place in the prepared dish and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool Sprinkle with cheese; melt in oven. This is when I add the green onions, olives and sliced jalapenos
9) Serve with cilantro and salsa if desired. And sour cream/quacamole if you like that stuff lol

Right out of the oven, not the best picture sorry. It tastes much better then it looks.

And this was after I attacked it with Jalapenos, Olives and Salsa lol (a little too much salsa but oh well)

Another quick note, I had a hard time finding "Nacho Cheese Soup"... I found cheddar cheese soup in the normal soup section at the store, but then I found a Nacho Cheese Sauce in the section that has salsas and stuff like that for mexican food. Either one works (i tried it both ways) it just has a very slight taste difference.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Ziploc Bag Book/organizer? on: March 30, 2009 02:04:53 PM
SO, I really wanted to make one of those cool organizers that look like a book but when you unzip the outside, it has a bunch of gallon sized ziploc bags for storing craft supplies in it.

Does anyone have a tutorial for how to do this or know of a website with instructions?
I'm a decent sewer (wouldn't say great) but i have no idea how to look at a picture and recreate something like that..

HELP?!?! lol
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / New BF gift HELP!!! on: January 26, 2009 02:04:44 AM
So, I've been dating my increadible boyfriend Ben for a while now and it's our first vday together...
I really want to make him one of those coupon books but all the ones I look at have things in them I'm not sure about... Benji is a virgin and I'm not and we've been taking things VERY slow but I want to (subtly) move things forward... (dont get me wrong I'm fine with going slow and I'm not trying to pressure him... but all of his friends are saying he's afraid I dont want more because i dont move past what I know he's ok with...) anyways.. any ideas that are fun/flirty and could subtly move things passed kissing would be nice... I've got the usual kisses, massage stuff... but any other ideas would be appreciated...

5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Take Out? on: January 03, 2009 11:45:52 PM
A little back story before I get to the pictures...

Every year my Dad's side of the family gets together Christmas Eve for dinner, a gift exchange, and then an ornament "swap"...
The basic idea behind the ornament swap is to bring a wrapped gift, set them all in the middle of a table and draw numbers... the person who draws number one chooses a gift (not from their household) and opens it, Person two can then open an ornament or steal person one's ornament... the game continues this way until all the presents have been opened... (these aren't all the rules but you get the idea...)

This year i decided to make Chinese Takeout boxes for my family's ornaments, I've been wanting to make them for a while but never got around to it until I got snowed in with over a foot of snow...

I only remembered to take a picture of the first one, but I learned that cardboard boxes are to thick for these lol...

On to the pictures...

I used a plastic takeout box that I had from a Halloween party as a template to make the box, then glued wrapping paper to the outside and used ribbon for the handle...

Because the cardboard was so think, it was hard to shut (note to self, future attempts I wont be using cardboard boxes...)

and the inside wasn't so pretty, but I still thought it was cute and for my first contest entry I think they turned out pretty well...

I'm proud to announce also, the box was faught over even after the exchange was over... the ornament inside as adorable but everyone loved the box more... it made me feel really good  Grin


Comments/Criticism welcome  Grin
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