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3331  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 07, 2013 09:56:05 AM
@Ant Bee, OMG, I LOVE the Fruity Oaty Bar square!

@pinkleo, You starfish cloths came out so pretty my dear!  I'm glad to have been inspirational.   Kiss

3332  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Starfish Dishcloths for Christmas Presents on: August 07, 2013 09:43:21 AM
Yay!  They're so pretty dear!  Also, I think I've actually been messing up the pattern slightly.  Yours look exactly like the pattern picture, but I've been having trouble ending them, without a weird little curve-bump thingy.  I made the first 2 sets following the pattern, and then did the rest from memory.  I think my memory became faulty along the way somewhere....  Oh well, they'll still scrub pots just fine!
3333  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 06, 2013 11:31:43 AM
Since I have a few pounds of roma tomatoes left over, I'm going to make another batch of Bruschetta this afternoon.  While I'm at it, I'm going to do a batch of Rhubarb Cordial and a few pints of Pickled Brussels Sprouts.  Wish me luck!
3334  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Harry Potter Recipes Collection on: August 06, 2013 08:31:59 AM
Thanks pinks!  I've added these to the first page.  Cheesy
3335  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 05, 2013 09:27:34 AM
Way to go on finishing your NEWT Abbee!!!!

I wanted to pop in and tell Audania her dimples (and baby!) are too cute and ask jennie just exactly how big is your pantry? I know where I'm headed in case of zombie apocalypse... Cheesy

Actually, I don't even have a pantry.  I live in the world's tiniest little house, and we have absolutely no storage anywhere.  I have idea where I'm going to put all these canned goods between now and Christmas, when many of them will be given away.   Undecided Huh Tongue
3336  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 04, 2013 03:56:35 PM
Ok, off to do a batch of Zucchini Pickles and Bruschetta in a Jar with my friend Amber.  Happy crafting everyone!

Well hours later and my feet are sore, but my kitchen is full!  Amber showed up with a bag of huge zucchini from her garden.  Somehow they got forgotten about, and each one was about 20"-24"  long, and weighed 6-8 lbs.!  They were WAYYYYY too big to make pickles out of so we went in a new direction.  We ended up finding a recipe to make a huge batch of creamy vegan Zucchini Soup, which we did in the crock pot (placed on my living room floor, because the kitchen was soooo full of canning supplies).  Next there was a quick trip to Kroger for normal sized zucchini, which we turned into 8 pints of Zucchini Pickles, flavored with lime, cumin and peppers.  I'm excited about the Mexican inspired flavors, but a little afraid of how hot they'll be when we crack them open! 



After that we did a batch of 8 half-pints of Bruschetta.  There's a bunch of plum tomatoes and garlic left over, so I'm going to do another batch of 8 tomorrow or Tuesday, since both of us have family who will love it as gifts.  After all of that, we still had tons of zucchini left, so we dug through the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, and came up with a recipe for Zucchini & Bell Pepper Relish.  Turns out I had just enough onions and bell peppers in my house from this weeks canning adventures, to make a batch of 5 pints of relish!



Oh, here's a pic of *some* of the Zucchini Soup. There was a whole other huge container because we doubled the recipe.  You can find the recipe here:  Vegan Zucchini Soup 


And after all of that, we STILL had tons and tons of those giant zucchini left over.  There weren't many recipes for them, since apparently they get tougher, and slightly more bitter.  But the internet informed us that we could shred it and either make bread with it, or freeze it already shredded to make bread later.  Thanks to my trusty food processor, we managed to grate over 12 cups of it, and poor Amber went home with about 2.5 more of the giant buggers.   Cheesy
3337  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 04, 2013 07:41:03 AM
@pottermouth: Thanks luv!  I'm even wearing it right now.  Smiley

@Audania1: Thanks for the tip dear!  I'll absolutely try it next time.  I had also read that slicing the onions while they are cold helps, so I refrigerated them first, and even used a mandolin so that the slicing would be as fast as possible.  It was still really rough though.  Sad  I'm just glad I did it at night, not too long before bed.  My eyes hurt so much I couldn't read before sleeping, so I had to lie down with an audio book instead. Cheesy

Ok, off to do a batch of Zucchini Pickles and Bruschetta in a Jar with my friend Amber.  Happy crafting everyone!
3338  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 03, 2013 06:08:26 PM
Just knocked out a batch of Caramelized Red Onion Relish.  Can't wait to try it on some crusty bread or bratwurst.  Cheesy

P.S.  While I followed my recipe exactly, I ended up with 2.75 pints of the Caramelized Red Onion Relish, instead of the 3 pints I should have.  So I broke open the half jar, and put it on some pizza tonight, in place of traditional sauce.  (And added in some heirloom tomatoes, spinach and yellow bell peppers from today's Farmer's Market!)  It is, by far, my new favorite food.  I want to put it on everything.  I even ate a fork-full right out of the jar.  Despite the fact that my eyes hurt for hours after slicing the onions on my mandolin last night, I'm sure I'll be making this recipe again!
3339  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 03, 2013 06:03:22 PM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  



What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!  And while you're there be sure to check out the inspiration projects from all around Craftster.
3340  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* on: August 03, 2013 02:32:58 PM
Just knocked out a batch of Caramelized Red Onion Relish.  Can't wait to try it on some crusty bread or bratwurst.  Cheesy
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