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81  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Faux Girl Scout cookies on: November 19, 2008 07:38:32 PM
lol, true!  It's just less like the real Thin Mints... depends on whether your goal is authenticity or deliciousness.  I vote for deliciousness =D  Heck, I would skip the crackers and go for the pretzels!  yummer.
82  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Maternity Bras...On the Cheap on: November 19, 2008 07:33:42 PM
I'd actually been thinking about doing this myself... I don't need maternity bras for another what, 8 years?  But the pill has caused me to require a cup size that is difficult to find with the band size I need (as in, anything reasonably priced assumes that with my cup size, my ribcage should be bigger... grr).  They don't advertise that side effect, but I've compared notes with friends, and it seems common.
83  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: U.S. Food Banks, hunger and crafting for good. or not . on: November 17, 2008 03:59:19 PM
A little nugget to keep in mind:

(I live in the greater Richmond area in VA, but I'm sure this happens all over.)

Pretty much EVERY food drive I ever see in Richmond is collecting for the Central Virginia Food Bank.  When I was working on my Girl Scout Silver Award, I spent hours and hours volunteering with a smaller local food bank.  The smaller food bank would get some donations itself, but what it didn't get, it would have to BUY from the CVFB.  I think it was 17 cents a pound, which is inexpensive compared to off the shelf, but still.  The CVFB doesn't do hardly any actual distributing of food to the people who need it, it just supplies all the smaller food banks, which are the ones that actually get it to families.  But it CHARGES the smaller banks MONEY for the food YOU DONATED, when these small banks have very limited resources as it is.  (Especially because most of the monetary donations in the area are sent to the CVFB also.)

Now, I'm not saying that the CVFB doesn't have a valid reason for doing this.  What I'm saying is, help the smaller banks out and donate straight to them, because that way the bank can get the food without spending the money, and can therefore use the funds on other important expenses like bills.
84  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Famous Butt Apron (With Tutorial) on: November 17, 2008 03:27:49 PM
lol, I've got a pair of jeans that just died pretty recently, and I thought, "Oh good, I can use them for this!" and then I remembered that those jeans have a giant hole in the butt, and that's why I had to stop wearing them out in public.

There are old jeans at my parents' house, though, and that's where I'll be when Santa brings me my sewing machine =D  (I'm 20, my parents have 2 kids in college and a 15 yr old... but Santa still comes!  yay!)
85  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Faux Girl Scout cookies on: November 16, 2008 12:41:01 PM
If you could find inexpensive chocolate cookies to use with that recipe that are the same as the outsides of Oreos (without filling), then those might end up more "authentic" than using Ritz.
86  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Ideas for Recipes in Jars? on: November 15, 2008 04:20:25 PM
The craft store I work at when I'm at home (as opposed to at school) sells the Gift-in-a-Jar books... there's a book of soups, one of muffins, one for kids... there's a whole series.  I've got the soups one at home, and over the summer I halved a bunch of the recipes so they'd fit in some pint jars I had (and so they were more appropriate amounts for feeding myself and my boyfriend in the dorms). 

I've got those halved recipes on my computer, so I can post them if you'd like, but the book is currently an hour away at my parents' house.
87  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: One Piece DIY Cloth Menstrual Pads *Tutorial* on: November 14, 2008 03:48:13 PM
I think that it's great that so many people are either using or planning to use these. I prefer tampons as I dislike the feeling of something kinda bulky down there, but it's a great tutorial and I do love the monkeys. Tongue

If you still want to jump on the "save money and save space in landfills" wagon, a menstrual cup is the way to go if you're a "tampon girl".  =D  I've had a DivaCup for over a year and LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  (and I'm very open about it and will enthusiastically answer questions)
88  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: hoodie + tutorial [image heavy] on: November 14, 2008 02:28:39 PM
Aha!  I'd been struggling with what to get my best friend for xmas... I'll make her one of these out of a thrifted quilt/comforter...

VA was too cold for her... so what did she do?  Go to Cornell University!  Last year I made her a microwaveable teddy bear.
89  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Faux Girl Scout cookies on: November 12, 2008 06:14:16 PM
Girl Scout cookie season is roughly Feb-April, with the first few weeks of that being pretty much just order-taking before the truck comes in.

They have a nut sale in the fall with yummy chocolate toffee almonds, too =D  Just nobody really knows about that because it gets so overshadowed by the cookies.

(Going on 15 years as a GS... I'd better know this kind of stuff lol)

So if you need cookies now, this is the time of year where you gotta make your own... or go digging through the back of my momma's freezer  Wink  I pretty much don't eat GS cookies anymore though... I've gotten tired of them over the years!  My house was the one everyone else picked their cookies up from, so we had thousands of boxes of cookies in our garage every spring and we basically just grazed on them for weeks.
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