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441  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 06, 2015 03:21:41 PM
Challenge: Quidditch - Portkey
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Sisterhood of the Traveling Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: My portkey was created as a commission for noodle-bug's sister who is quite the world traveler. It's filled with reminders of her many travels to places like Turkey, Mallorca, the Alps, and even the great state of New Jersey!  In order to use it as a portkey, I visited a local park and searched for the best location to place it in.  I figure even Ludo Bagman won't be able to miss it hanging from the climbing wall of a children's jungle gym.  In order to keep Muggle children from discovering it, I've hit it with a disillusionment charm, and a muggle repelling charm.  Can't wait to head to the game!
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Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Jennie's Basic Risotto

Brief Description: For some reason, I had never made risotto.  I heard that it was a pain to make at home, and to just enjoy it out at restaurants.  But since so many restaurants add cheese, cream or other dairy to it, that's out of the question for my lactose intolerant tummy.  Finally I broke down and decided to try making it myself.  Now I'm hooked!  I make it about once a week, and am always adding whatever veggies we have on hand to it.  It feeds DH & I a very hearty dinner, and usually 1-2 more lunches for me.
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Risotto (with shallots, yellow carrots, sweet onion, peas, chives and thyme) & Seared Tuna

Jennie's Basic Risotto (Vegan friendly!)
1 T olive oil
1 large shallot or small onion
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine (optional, but adds great depth of flavor)
1 quart (4 cups) vegetable stock
1/2 - 1 cup frozen peas (which I dislike on their own, but love in the rice)
1/2 - 1 cup additional vegetables such as zucchini, spinach, or carrots, cut very small
1-2 T fresh herbs like parsley, chives, cilantro or thyme
1 T butter or margarine

Place the vegetable stock in a small sauce pan, and heat till near boiling.  Reduce heat to simmer and cover to keep warm.  Drizzle olive oil into a skillet, over medium heat.  Mince the shallot , and add to the pan, stirring as needed until it just begins to take on color.

Add the rice to the pan, and stir so that each grain is coated with the olive oil.  Keep stirring for 1-4 minutes, until the rice is completely coated and has just begun to toast.  Pour in the 1/2 cup of white wine, and stir.  This will cook off very quickly.  Once the wine has boiled away and the pan is nearly dry, (3-5 minutes), add in 1/2 cup of the vegetable stock to the pan, and again stir.  Continue adding vegetable stock 1/2 cup at a time, as the liquid is absorbed and the pan begins to get dry.  Stir each time you add liquid.

Meanwhile, thaw the frozen peas in the microwave, and begin to slice, dice, shred, or ribbon your other vegetables.  The time to add these veggies depends on how much they will need to cook.  Keeping them very thinly sliced will reduce cooking time.  Spinach and peas will need only a few seconds and can be added once the risotto comes off the heat. Try stacking the spinach leaves and cutting them in a chiffonade like you would basil leaves, which will result in them virtually melting into the rice. Minced carrots or grated zucchini will need about 3-5 minutes of cooking in the rice while it is simmering.

When you have approximately 1 cup of liquid left in the sauce pan, pause to check the rice for doneness.  If it is done, remove from heat.  (This will take anywhere from 25-45 minutes, depending on the heat of your pan.  It takes me 35-40 on average.)  If not, add another 1/2 cup liquid, and continue.  Keep back your last 1/2 liquid, and remove the finished rice from the heat.

Add your last 1/2 cup liquid & 1 T butter (or margarine) to the pan, along with the thawed peas, and fresh herbs.  Stir gently.  Serve immediately, either alone or topped with something simple like seared salmon, tuna, scallops, or a fried egg.  Or alongside a fresh salad.

Some of my favorite variations are:
Bacon & Egg Risotto, in which you cook the bacon, then use the bacon fat to cook the onion & rice.  Add in some sliced green onions and fresh chives and you have a riff on 'breakfast for dinner'.
Green Veggie Risotto & Salmon, in which I use shredded zucchini, spinach, and peas, a dash of lemon or lime juice as the rice comes off the heat, and top it with pan seared salmon.
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442  One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 02, 2015 09:24:07 AM
One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (OAHPT) - Round 2 Gallery


Mistress Jennie * ---> noodle-bug
noodle-bug * ---> Mistress Jennie

elliot_anne * ---> jillybeans
jillybeans * ---> elliot_anne

Inselaeffchen ---> seeuudee
seeuudee ---> Inselaeffchen

Audania1 * ---> jenleahlynn
jenleahlynn * ---> Audania1

FiberAlchemist ---> Abbeeroad
Abbeeroad * ---> FiberAlchemist

amc- ---> moriarT
moriarT ---> amc-

StaciRose  ---> puzzled-penguin (Angel package sent by Inselaeffchen!  Kiss)
puzzled-penguin * ---> StaciRose (pics posted by sender)

Megz1027 * ---> chughes225
chughes225 (Sent 7/17) ---> Megz1027 (pics posted by sender)


Status Color Codes
SENDING:
Green = Sent
* = Sent Early
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Maroon = No Communication, Howlers will be sent!

RECEIVING:
Purple = Received & Pictures Posted
Blue = Received & Pictures NOT Posted
Kiss = Picture Posted by Sender (THANK YOU!)

FEEDBACK:
Strikeout = Feedback Given
Temporary Negative= per Craftster swap rules
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK (please, oh please, no glowy red peeps)

~*Portkey to Original Discussion Thread*~
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443  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 28, 2015 06:24:38 PM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's Bean - Curry
House: Gryffidnor
Project Name: Fawkes Dreamcatcher
Brief Description: For this project the exotic material that I used was yarn made of silk saris.  It was inspired by Fawkes the Phoenix.
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444  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 28, 2015 06:20:35 PM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Bertie Bott's Bean Bag to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love. 
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445  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 27, 2015 09:14:23 AM
The new Summer Quidditch Challenge has been posted! 
Go down to the Quidditch Pitch to check it out. 

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446  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 24, 2015 11:26:16 AM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Gypsy Fortune Teller Bracelet

Brief Description: I have been revisiting a few of my older charm bracelet designs recently.  This is version 2.0 of my Gypsy Fortune Teller Bracelet.  The bright colors of the beads are reminiscent of fireworks.
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Challenge: Library - June
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Wingardium Leviosa
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Page Link: Celtic Tea Infuser

Brief Description: I currently live over 1,000 miles from my parents.  Therefore I was not able to be home with my dad to celebrate Father's Day.  My dad & I are very close, and love to stay up late watching Jane Austen movies, and whatever other BBC historical or period dramas we can find on PBS.  One night when I was in college, after mom went to bed, we even got though the first 10 episodes of The Duchess of Duke Street with Gemma Jones (who you all know as Poppy Pomfrey from the HP movies).  I was so upset at the end of each episode, worried for the main character, that I couldn't sleep.  So we made pot after pot of tea, and nearly finished the entire series before collapsing into bed around 5:00 am.  So for this Father's Day I sent dad a bunch of little goodies, including a tea infuser so he can think of me when he's up late reading or watching some Pride & Prejudice.  Furthermore, for this challenge I am recommending the book Just One Damned Thing After Another, by Jodi Taylor.  It is a celebration of two of the things my dad & I love best, history and tea!  Some of you may think you aren't interested based on the covers, but I assure you they are fabulous!  (Scavenger hunt: the beads on this piece catch and reflect the light in a rainbow of shades.)
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Challenge: Quidditch - Preseason Studies
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Dueling Wizards
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Page Link: America Bookmark

Brief Description: Did you know that the American National Quidditch Team plays in a Victorian Era stadium in New England?  Or that their stadium has a bewitched sky so it always appears to be night?  Or that their signature move is called the Harlem Shuffle and was inspired by the Muggle Harlem Globetrotters?  There's just so much to learn about the history of Quidditch in America!  For that reason, my home work reflects the team's colors, and the American celebration of freedom.  This was another one of dad's goodies this year.  (Scavenger hunt: This craft was a last minute addition to the box I was sending dad. As I had to get it out before the mailman arrived in 45 mins, it had to be done FAST!)
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447  Re: CLOSED! ~ HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 14, 2015 05:47:02 AM
Note from the Headmistress...
Finally, there are a few more last minute honors to bestow.  Some of your fellow Craftsters have donated their time and prodigious skill to create PRIZES for you students.  

HPC Participant Prize
Our first two prize winners were pulled out of the Sorting Hat, from among ALL of the people who participated in this semesters magic.  

Ms. elliot_anne of Ravenclaw House,  who has won a set of 4 wooden coasters with either a vinyl logo or quote of the winner's choice, created by Inselaeffchen!



Ms. FiberAlchemist of Ravenclaw House, who has won a set of wine charms in her choice of theme, from Mistress Jennie's Etsy!


And so everyone knows the drawing was done fairly, here are thumbnails of the student lists and numbers drawn on Random.org.



Detention Drawing
Next, the award for the student who has reformed their behavior best in Detention.  This semester's winner (randomly drawn from all those who posted a Detention project) is...

Ms. jellybean89 of Ravenclaw House, who has won a handmade miniature art journal from noodle-bug!
 

And so everyone knows the drawing was done fairly, here are thumbnails of the student lists and numbers drawn on Random.org.



Award for Special Services to the School
Each semester we draw prizes from among those who attained their OWLs and NEWTs.  This semester's winner is...

Ms. noodle-bug, of Ravenclaw House, who has won a a Time Turner Tea Infuser!


And so everyone knows the drawing was done fairly, here are thumbnails of the student lists and numbers drawn on Random.org.



Congratulations to each and every one of you on your hard work this semester!
***For each of you who have won a prize, please PM your mailing address to me, so I can have the correct prize sent on to you.***

For anyone who is curious about how prize drawings are done, please check out this post.
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448  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 14, 2015 05:39:22 AM
A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Bertie Bott's Bean Bag to find out!


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love. 
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449  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 11, 2015 11:18:18 AM
Madam Hooch blows her whistle...

Announcement!  The first Quidditch challenge of the summer has just been posted!  Head on over to the Quidditch Pitch for all the details.  Please note that this is a 2 week challenge, and will close on June 25th.


As always, please remember that you are welcome to do any, all, or none of these challenges as they arise through the summer.  No one can complete all the challenges, and no one expects you to do so.  So just relax, and craft what you love.
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450  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Summer Semester June 1-August 31, 2015 ~ Join Anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 09, 2015 04:11:10 PM
Ok, so I knew I had been busy so far this semester, but it wasn't until I went to post my first batch of completed projects that I realized just HOW MUCH I have already done in the last 9 days!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: California Dreamin' Charm Bracelet
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Bloody Baron

Brief Description: This bracelet was created for my friend Lisa, who has dreamed of moving back to the "home of her heart", California.  A place she certainly associates with grace, love and her own inner brightness, and a place which lives within the American consciousness as a place dreams can come true..
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Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: World Travel Bracelet
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Potion Perfect

Brief Description: This bracelet was a special request for a woman who has traveled to over 30 countries around the world. It includes many individual charms and many individual bead pins within the whole of the bracelet.  
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Challenge: Bertie Botts Bean - Earthworm
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Grey Tee Shirt Yarn
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Finders Keepers

Brief Description: I recently received a pile of tee shirts that neither DH or I can or would wear.  Since we don't know anyone who would want them either, I decided to turn them into some tee shirt yarn.  Once the shirts are sliced and diced and stretched, the resulting yarn becomes tube shaped!  The four shirts became 4 large balls, and 4 mini balls.  (The yarn tends to split at the point where the tag was inside, resulting in 1 large and 1 small ball per shirt.)
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Challenge: DADA
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Take Me Out to the Ball Game Bracelet
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Buddy System

Brief Description: This design was very unusual for ME.  I've never been much into sports, but wanted to create a bracelet for all the ladies who do.  It contains balls, bats, mitts, hats, players, peanuts, and popcorn, surrounded by acrylic ball beads, and Czech glass beads in shades of grass green, sand, and clear.
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Challenge: Detention in the Dungeons - June
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Hot Chef Charm Bracelet

Brief Description: This project was inspired by fire, and one of it's most basic uses, cooking!  It's filled with some really adorable and detailed charms, and the beads are a mix of sandstone and Czech glass in shades of red, orange, yellow and jet black.
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Challenge: House Unity
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Ravenclaw Blue Tee Shirt yarn
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: That is NOT our Color

Brief Description: More tee shirt yarn!  This time 2 large and 2 small balls in Ravenclaw blue.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Bright Blue Tee Shirt Yarn
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Vanishing Cabinet

Brief Description: And more tee shirt yarn...  Four balls of bright blue.
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Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor
Project Name & Link: Green Tee Shirt yarn
Slytherin Scavenger Hunt: Parseltongues Unite

Brief Description: And finally, the last batch of 3 balls of grass green tee shirt yarn.  (Seriously, my hand hurt by the time I got the last of it done.)
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