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3531  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 11, 2014 09:34:48 AM
Happy new year everyone!

Class - runes
House - slytherin
Project name - bbq ribs
Nothing says joy and hope like bringing in the new year with friends and the people i love most. I hosted a potluck to celebrate and made some ribs for the main dish.
My recipe.
Sauce -
Orange juice
Brown sugar
Soy sauce
Chilli powder
Mix it all together. Pour sauce over the ribs. Cook at 350f for 2 hours

@Coulsenl: Your ribs look delish, but I'm sorry to say that a list of ingredients does not constitute a recipe.  A recipe would allow someone to recreate what you made themselves.  You must either include a recipe or a link to the specific recipe you used, in order to have your entry count.  Please edit your post to include amounts, and I'll go back and add House Points for this entry. 

Happy New Year everybody! Hope everyone is well and warm !

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Shield Charm
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: fingerless gloves....

@butterflyangel: Your fingerless gloves look amazing dear!  I wouldn't have the patience to knit fingers.  I'm quite certain I'll stick to sewing and crochet instead.  While recording House Points though, I noticed that you haven't completed the Join the DA challenges from Fall Semester yet.  The Join the DA Challenge series indicates that you must complete the challenges in the order they are assigned, in order to move on with the series.  It looks as though you did the Fear of a Name Challenge, then skipped the Drink at the Hogs Head and Sign the Parchment Challenges.  In order for you to get points for your gloves, and your Reducio Charm project, you'll need to complete those two other challenges.  You can find all the details in the Challenge Post in the Deputy Headmistresses Office
3532  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 11, 2014 08:12:42 AM
Challenge: Join the DA - Stunning Spell
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Ultimate Doctor Who Necklace

Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430739.0#axzz2q6VUOQ5Q
Brief Description: For this challenge, I decided to go with something that would stun the eyes.  It's a Doctor Who charm necklace, the the 39 charms are quite shiny.  Certain to dazzle any eye, Whovian or not.
Project Picture:

Challenge: Join the DA - Impediment Jinx
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Frozen Burritos

Brief Description: For this challenge I decided to go with something that literally freezes.  As I reported earlier, my DH just got a new job just outside Nashville, and we'll be moving there over the course of the next 2 months.  He's currently commuting, but we take possession of our new apartment Monday. Soon he'll be sleeping there a few nights a week, and coming home on Friday for the weekend.  Later I'll move down, then commute to my job in Kentucky for a few weeks.  All this driving and being apart means there are sure to be nights when one or the other of us needs a quick, easy, and somewhat healthy dinner at the ready.  So in order to stock up on easy dinner options, I made a freezer full of burritos!  10 for each of us, making a total of 20 meals tucked safely in the freezer.

One of the best parts of this is that I could make them customized for each of us.  I'm trying to eat more vegetarian meals, and I'm highly lactose intolerant, so mine include vegetarian refried beans, black beans, Spanish rice, and lactose-free cheese.  Jim's have chorizo refried beans, chicken, Spanish rice and real cheese.

Project Picture:

Freezer Burritos - Makes 20
(Use the smaller amounts for meat for 10, the large amounts for meat for 20)
2 packages of burrito style tortillas
2 cans refried beans, your preference on flavor
1-2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1-2 lbs ground chicken, beef or turkey
1-2 T olive oil
1 large diced onion
2 tsp - 2 T. chili powder
1-2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp Mexican oregano
1-2 tsp smoked paprika
1-2 8oz cans tomato sauce
Several dashes of hot sauce, if desired
salt & pepper to taste
1 batch Spanish Rice (I used this recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/rice/spanish-rice/)

Start by heating a large skillet with the olive oil.  Add in the onion and cook until translucet.  Add the ground meat, and break up into smaller pieces.  Season with the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, Mexican oregano paprika, and cumin.  Once the meat is cooked through, add the tomato sauce and hot sauce, reduce heat and simmer till the sauce is thicker and there is little liquid running around the pan.  

Meanwhile, set up a little burrito-making station.  Made a stack of 20 pieces of foil to wrap them in, and lay out all your toppings.  Warm up some tortillas, abut 5 at a time, inside 2 sheets of damp paper towel, for 10 seconds per tortilla.  Once your rice & meat are done, start making burritos!

Spread some of the refried beans on the tortilla, add on the other toppings, and fold up the burritos, wrapping them in the foil underneath.  Carefully label them, if they are all different.  Allow to cool for a few minutes, before putting them into the freezer.  To reheat, remove from foil, wrap in moist paper towel, and microwave for 2 minutes.  Flip and microwave another 1 minute.  Allow to rest 2-3 minutes before eating.  Cheesy

Challenge: Join the DA - Help the Room of Requirement
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Slippers for Jim

Project Page Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430738.msg5143652#msg5143652
Brief Description: While we will be moving soon, our current house is freezing.  I mean really-freakin-cold.  The basement is unheated and there's little to no insulation in the floors, making the whole house feel colder, even with the heater and two space heaters going.  (It also doesn't help that the house has only one heat grate, which is in a hallway.)  So, I decided a pair of slippers was vitally needed to help keep DH warm.  They are the Opa House Slipper Pattern by Mamachee on Etsy.  And while these were truly needed to keep DH warm, I also desperately required help on their construction.  Fortunately the Room of Requirement lent me pinkleo, who helped me through the pattern by making me a tutorial!!!  What a lucky girl I am to have such a good friend!  Kiss
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Witchy Earrings Set

Brief Description: I try hard to show my Gryffindor Pride, even when out among the muggles.  I frequently use subtly geeky jewelry to help me with that.  This is 3 new pairs of earrings I made myself to keep the magic alive.  Cauldrons, the Sorcerer's Stone(s), and Winged Keys!
Project Picture:

Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mooless Chocolate Pie

Project Page Link (if available): Alton Brown's Moo-less Chocolate Pie
Brief Description: As previously mentioned, I'm really lactose intolerant.  If I accidentally ingest milk, I generally lay around wanting to die for several hours.  This has cut into the amount of treats I'm able to enjoy out in the world as well.  (Seriously, you have no idea how awful it is when your friends want to go out for ice cream or pizza, and you either tell them you can't go, or that you will all have to go to an expensive restaurant that offers a vegan alternative because you can't digest that spicy milk.)  I don't miss ice cream, yogurt or milk, but I do miss desserts like tiramisu, Boston cream pie, and chocolate pie.  And chocolate in general.  Dark chocolate is okay on occasion, but sometimes you really just want creamy milk chocolate, and not some intensely dark bitter bar instead.  And vegan candy which has faux milk chocolate is freakin expensive!  This is one of my favorite ways to indulge, and share my desert with my friends, who can't even tell that it's not full of milk.

The recipe uses Ghiradelli chocolate chips, honey or agave, coffee liqueur and some silken tofu.  I also usually add an extra tablespoon of dried coffee crystals to up the mocha flavor.  Even if you think you don't like tofu, I really recommend you give the recipe a shot.  It's light, flavorful and indulgent, and no one will know what's in it!
Project Picture:

(Sorry, only got a before shot....)
3533  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Charm Necklace on: January 11, 2014 07:36:12 AM
I've been toying with the idea for this project for a while, and finally put one together.  It's a necklace version of one of my charm bracelets.  I was worried about the chain turning around while wearing it, and the charms therefore getting turned around and tangled.  Using the heavier and wider curb chain seems to have helped a lot, as did keeping the charms centered on the front, and not too far up the sides of the necklace.

It contains 39 charms and 12 bead pins.  The charms include: Hope disk, Dinosaur, Stetson, Caduceus for Martha Jones, Gas Mask, Fob Watch, Paint Palette for Vincent van Gogh, The Impossible Astronaut, Handy Spare Hand, Sword for Rory the Roman, Teabag, Leaf for Clara, the Bad Wolf, Rose for Rose Tyler, Big Ben, Union Jack, River Song's Diary, Banana, Weeping Angel, Police Box, Dalek, Key to the TARDIS, Two Hearts, Red Converse Sneaker, Stethoscope, Planet for Raxacoricofallapatorius, Clockwork Lady, an odd Ood, Bow Tie, Fish for Fish Fingers and Custard, Coat: for Captain Jack Harkness, Wedding Dress for Donna Noble, Giant Wasp, the Earth, Television for Mr. Magpie, the Sun, Amy's engagement ring, Egg for Margret the Slitheen, and of course a Sonic Screwdriver.

3534  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Opa House Slippers for DH on: January 11, 2014 07:26:21 AM
The weather has been extremely cold here in Kentucky, as it has in much of the nation.  For the past few years we've had very mild winters, but it looks like this one is going to be worse than usual.  Add to that a very poorly insulated house, and you end up with freezing cold floors.  My poor husband has taken to putting his feet directly in front of the space heater to keep his toes warm.  So I finally got around to making him a nice warm pair of slippers to hopefully help keep him warm.  

The pattern is the Opa House Slipper Pattern from Mamachee on Etsy.  They yarn is Vanna's Choice in Black and Brick.

Also, I have to give a big huge shout out and THANK YOU to pinkleo, who helped me with these from afar.  I was having a great deal of trouble getting the soles to work out, based on reading the pattern, so she hooked up a pair too, and created a photo tutorial for me over on ravelry.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me dear!!!   Kiss Kiss Kiss
3535  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 10, 2014 09:13:58 AM
@Mistress Jennie: ...I loved your post cards too! I was super excited when I got mine...I started inspecting it immediately (my husband gave me some rather funny looks)...I couldn't figure out whether you made it or bought it somewhere but now I know! What kind of printer/paper did you use? It looks like a professional post card on the front.

Honestly, I can't remember what kind of paper it was.  My color printer was acting up, so I after I Photoshoped the images onto 8.5"x11", I had them printed at Kinko's.  It was whatever their glossy cardstock was.  Then I brought them home, sliced them up, and did the stamping.  Cheesy
3536  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Artist Trading Block Swap (ATBS): CLOSED!!! SO 1/31/14 on: January 09, 2014 02:23:56 PM
I have two very similar ones, both about 50% done, sitting on my work table. Once they're done I'll decide which one to send to Mistress Jennie!

I just sqeeed a bit....
3537  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 - CLOSED; Sendouts Jan 8th on: January 08, 2014 06:31:51 PM
Organizer Note:  Today was Sendouts!  So far I have 6 confirmed senders and 1 person who will be sending late. Thank you all for being so good with communication so far.  Let's keep it up as packages are received!   Cheesy
3538  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 - CLOSED; Sendouts Jan 8th on: January 08, 2014 05:37:30 AM
Reminder:  Today is Sendouts!   Roll Eyes 

Amazingly enough half of our swappers have already sent out. (4 of the 8.) If you are going to be late sending for ANY reason, you must notify both your partner(s) & myself as soon as possible today, as well as give us both an estimated ship date.

Can't wait to see what you all get!  Cheesy
3539  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2013/2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* on: January 07, 2014 01:01:23 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 Deputy Headmistresses Office 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.  Neither the Headmistress or I will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you love.
3540  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 - CLOSED; Sendouts Jan 8th on: January 07, 2014 07:09:51 AM
Right now the weather channel is reporting that it's -15 degrees outside with a wind chill of -35ish where I'm at...*whimper* I'm not looking forward to having to defrost my car in a few...wish me luck!

Good luck and stay safe dear sheepBlue!
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