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151  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Baby Quilt from Last Minute Gifts on: August 13, 2008 12:38:58 PM
WOW - gorgeous! What a beautiful quilt!!  Grin
152  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Beauty Bags For Local Women's Shelters on: August 06, 2008 07:40:47 PM
Erm - guess I should have stated (although obvious).. this isn't so much a craft.. Though, I do personalize a lot of the bags and decorate them myself  Tongue
153  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Baked Chickpeas - one of the easiest and tastiest snacks! on: August 06, 2008 07:34:27 PM
These are amazing, I put nutritional yeast on mine, or garlic and salt, or cumin.

What is nutritional yeast exactly? I just know a bit about it b/c my mom has used it in the past, but don't have much background info. on it.  Isn't it a supplement almost that vegans and the like use.. and even as a condiment sometimes? Does it have much flavor? You spiked my curiosity!  Grin
154  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Self-Contained Craft Packets--need ideas on: August 06, 2008 07:29:57 PM
Def. check out local 1$ stores and see what jumps out at you. The possibilities are probably endless.

I saw someone said something about a card making kit.. that is a great route to go. And easy.. just throw some embellishments in a bag, card-stock and a bit of double sided tape (so you don't get into buying tons of glue) and there you go. Tags are another route in that dept.

What about mini scrapbooks.. they are all over the place and def. at dollar stores.. just cut paper to fit the scrapbooks (cardstock, graphic paper, etc.) and put ribbons, embellishments, stickers, etc. into a bag as well. That is something that takes a bit of time to make (even with all the gear in front of you) and something they could add to when or if they wanted.. and it is easy cheesy to put together. Mostly just paper!

What about small paint by numbers? I see those a lot.. and some are really detailed and cool. Could be a bit messy, but eh.

Personal journals are great too.. bookmark making kit.. hm.. really this list could go on forever. Friendship bracelets are easy to put together too.. make an instruction sheet and all you really need is thread or threading floss. Sachets, anything you can do with tissue paper (b/c it is so inexpensive).. such as cover/decorate a tealight holder, make faux stained glass, yada yada yada. OHH I did this recently for a bunch of friends - I found these great "decorate it yourself" travel mugs at the dollar store and instead of coloring the pattern inside I used it and cut out some really cute and funky fabric and monogrammed each for a dif. friend.. you don't have to get that fussy - maybe pre-cut a few pieces of fabric (if you can find the mugs that is.. they were sort of a one off) and they can pick and choose what they would like, or decoupage them, whatever they would like to do! Good luck finding those, though  Sad I should have bought tons while I had the chance.. *sigh*

Anyway hope this helps  Smiley
155  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Beauty Bags For Local Women's Shelters on: August 06, 2008 07:15:58 PM
I have been doing this for about 6-7 years at Christmas and it has become a lot larger than I ever imagined it would! Every year I gather thousands of samples from beauty companies.. yes the ones you can get at counters or Sephora, etc. Some much larger and some not so much..  (Lush, Clinique, M.A.C., etc... you get the idea). I did this for a while when I was a teen and made little gift/goody bags for women in women shelters. They loved it and the feedback was great - so I took it a step further and contacted the companies directly and have recieved so many samples and goodies for the women over the past few years it is unreal! This is a great cause and something a lot of those women don't have access to.. and anything that can pamper them - even if temporary - is worth the smile on their faces. Mostly it is the children in shelters that recieve gifts at Xmas.. so doing something for the mom's and women is really special. Just thought I would share this.. maybe someone else in another city is interested and I could pass on lots of info. I have also donated lots of perfume direct from companies, jewelry, shampoos, creams, polish, candles, art supplies, clothes, shoes, you name it. You would be surprised at how many companies are truly interested once you throw yourself out there!

All the best and keep crafting for a cause!  Wink
156  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Artsy fartsy bento! on: August 06, 2008 03:50:57 PM
OOOO my fav. painting turned into a bento! Doesn't get much better than that (: LOVE IT.. lucky husband.
157  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: New jewelry creations(img heavy) on: August 06, 2008 12:30:26 PM
158  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Baked Chickpeas - one of the easiest and tastiest snacks! on: August 06, 2008 11:59:29 AM
Ohhh your lime juice and garlic powder combo sounds AWESOME! I will have to try that out!
159  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Successful Sushi!! W/Images on: August 05, 2008 07:44:38 PM
oooo that looks so good! I tried my hand at making sushi once.. but it sucked! Great job!  Grin
160  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Fav Desserts Made W/Honey? on: August 05, 2008 05:10:33 PM
Not exactly a dessert - but I know of a really great honey bread recipe. My mom makes this and it is super good!

2 tsps baking soda
2 tsps baking powder
2 tsps salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs
2 teaspoons powdered ginger
2 cups milk
1 cup honey
4 cups all-purpose flour

1. - Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. - mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. 
3. - beat the eggs (w/ electric mixer) until, then add the milk and honey to the eggs and beat them together until thoroughly mixed.
4. - add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and beat well for about 5-10 minutes.. I know it is forever, but my mum swears by it  Smiley
5. - coat two 8-inch loaf pans and divide the batter between them.
6. - bake each for 40-50 minutes. The loaves will be puffed and golden when done.
7. - cool 15-20 minutes and whaaala! Enjoy!

Hope this helps, I too am ADDICTEDDD to honey.. mm. Have you tried making iced tea with honey as a sweetner? You can hardly taste the difference.. just add the honey to a bit of boiled water.. mix that first and then add tea bags to your jug or whatever you may use for ice tea. Great in the summertime! Especially honey w/ jasmine tea.. mm!
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