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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Corners don't meet and I don't care! on: December 26, 2012 02:24:20 AM
I love your attitude.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Glitter Ornaments (lots of pics) on: December 14, 2012 01:26:15 AM
So simple, yet so pretty.  May I ask why floor cleaner?

Floor cleaner is supposed to remove the static on the inside of the ornament to allow the glitter to stick to the walls. The tutorial (there are various ones) is on Pinterest, but this pretty much sums it up.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 03, 2012 04:22:49 AM
Well, if the oven wasn't hot enough to melt your chocolate, than it certainly wouldn't have been hot enough to boil your toffee.  As with all candy making, the toffee has to get to a specific temperature in order to harden.  I would get an oven thermometer and turn your oven on to see if it's actually heating to the temperature on the dials.

Well, the oven was hot enough to cook the chocolate... but I think you're right. I think it's something to do with the oven. Last year the toffee was at least hard. This year, however, I am using a Japanese oven and I think the conduction in it is different than American ovens. I was using parchment paper in the oven the other day and the flow of the air kept flapping it around. Maybe I will try my boyfriend's American oven at his house.
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 01, 2012 11:45:17 PM
I made this last year and it worked out well, except I had to keep it refrigerated or the chocolate would become too soft and messy in your hands. This year I made a trial version before I started making it at Christmastime, but I used white chocolate chips. I remembered that last time the heat from the toffee wasn't enough to melt the chocolate chips so I went ahead and put it in the oven for 1.5 minutes to melt but it still didn't melt. So I put it in for another 3 minutes and it STILL wasn't melted (and the white chocolate chips were slightly browned and when I squished them they looked gritty as when you microwave chocolate too long), so I think they cooked but I'm not sure why they didn't melt at all. :/ Any ideas?

The toffee didn't harden either. :|
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Pioneer Braid quilt on: October 17, 2012 04:41:19 PM
I love the way the light shining through it makes the colors show through on the back. Like a suncatcher.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Let's sail away on: October 17, 2012 04:22:11 PM
So tiny!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Little paper snowflake ornament (and a larger one too!) - 8 Big images on: October 16, 2012 04:18:45 AM
You're crazy! But I love those snowflakes, too Smiley. I am making a bunch of smallish-medium size ones to hang in my clinic at the hospital this year.
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Vampire on: October 15, 2012 04:37:47 AM
Beautiful! Many props to you! Smiley
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Starlite Mint Trays on: October 15, 2012 01:19:29 AM
Looks like a great idea.  Thanks for sharing your progress and the problems you had along the way. Would baking parchment have been less likely to stick to the mints than wax paper?  Tries Two and Three look very nice anyway. How long did you leave it in for in the end?

I think that parchment paper would have worked better. The linked tutorial did say that parchment paper was what the original person used, but it was quicker for me to pick up wax paper than search for parchment paper at the Commissary (Hubby is sick, didn't want to keep him too long at the store!)

cute idea, and I can see why you wanted to try it!  Perhaps parchment would help, and what if you baked it in a round, square, or rectangular pan (cutting the parchment to fit) instead of a cookie sheet?  I wonder if it would prevent odd shapes?  It might even make for a slightly thicker (and therefore sturdier) tray as well.  I may have to give this one a try!  Wink

Using a tray to fit would be a good idea, thicker is better but the trays were actually sturdier than I thought they'd be. You have to use some force to crack them.

In the end, I sat in front of the oven and kept an eye on them while I worked on other things. The tiny tray was about 4 minutes, and the final tray was 8, maybe?

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Starlite Mint Trays on: October 14, 2012 12:59:28 AM
I saw this DIY tray tutorial on Pinterest: http://tuttobellablog.com/2011/12/19/diy-serving-tray-2/

I thought I'd try my hand at it. Seemed easy enough and I was at the store anyway so I picked up some Starlite mints. I got a medium sized bag for a little more than $2 at the Commissary.

Try one:

Looks terrible. I think I left it in too long. 10 minutes was too long for this one. The wax paper sticks to the bottom of the tray too, so unless you don't mind a little paper in your mouth, it's not edible. Not even if it turns out badly like this one did.

Try two:

Better. I only used four because I thought I should use a few less and watch it more closely to see how it melted.

Try three:

Much better, but still not as nice as the original poster, I think. The lonely Starlite off to the side was because my Japanese oven blows air through when it is running and kept folding the wax paper over onto my tray. Btw - If I were you I would just cut the wax paper around the edges of the tray rather than try to take it off. This would also help to keep the bottom from being sticky on your hands if you carry it without anything else under it (the top of the try is slightly sticky as well).

Thanks for looking!
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