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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2017 Gallery on: November 08, 2017 04:32:50 AM
That spider hoopla is so neat!
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Thanksgiving & Friendsgiving Dinner menu ideas? on: November 02, 2017 05:09:07 AM
Ooo, I will have to try that version of green beans. The one I have been using isn't my favorite of the menu, but just sort of worked for the last few years. The walnut stuffing is super amazing. We make a super huge batch and still never have leftovers.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Thanksgiving & Friendsgiving Dinner menu ideas? on: November 01, 2017 03:25:05 PM
Oh oh! You are totally speaking my language. My husband and I have hosted a huge Friendsgiving for the last few years and have about a dozen friends come in from all over (FL, VA, MD, OH) to celebrate with us. I try to do more of a "fresh" non-casserole style dinner and since we have so many people coming for so long, we always plan a menu for a few days worth of entertaining.

For Thanksgiving Dinner, the last few years we have done these recipes. We try to get as much from the farmers market as we can, too:

Sourdough Walnut Mushroom Stuffing - so delicious and different: https://www.marthastewart.com/331736/mushroom-and-walnut-stuffing

Maple-Bacon Carrots and Parsnips: https://www.marthastewart.com/315214/maple-glazed-parsnips-and-carrots

Roasted Brussel Spouts (everyone is always surprised that they actually like these. Why do so many people hate on brussels sprouts?): https://www.marthastewart.com/336119/roasted-brussels-sprouts

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions: https://www.popsugar.com/food/Green-Beans-Caramelized-Onions-Recipe-20542725

And my husband fries a locally raised heirloom turkey!

We use the turkey bones to make a stock and use it for stew the day after Thanksgiving for dinner because the leftovers don't make it passed lunch that day.

Since we have so many people actually staying in our house, we also plan breakfast and lunch. Here's a couple of my favorite breakfast menus. One the morning after Thanksgiving, we break out the griddle and do bacon, eggs, and pancakes - the fun part is that everyone always wants to pour their own pancakes to make shapes (sometimes inappropriate ones). The last day before most people leave, I like to make frittatas just to break out of the the breakfast mold. One is a salmon frittata (I make several times a year), and the other is an asparagus frittata.

Salmon Frittata (I usually add halved cherry tomatoes to this and go heavier on the salmon). My husband usually also smokes the salmon for this so we can afford to use more generous helpings: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/smoked-salmon-and-cream-cheese-frittata-recipe-1916150

Asparagus Frittata: Can't find this recipe right now, so I'll have to look at my printouts when I get home tonight Tongue
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2017 Gallery on: October 26, 2017 01:10:04 PM
Ah! Love that pumpkin girl. She looks so sweet Cheesy
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Spooky the Moth Kid - a needle-felted Halloween sculpture on: October 26, 2017 09:11:20 AM
For the weekend Trick or Treat swap last week, I decided I really wanted to make a new sculpture similar to my "Rusty the Moth Guy" for my partner. Since this was supposed to just be a small item, I had to go as "mini" as possible without losing the ability to incorporate some of the features that I wanted to use (twice wrapped legs, button eyes, felted sweater wings). He wound up being bigger than intended - a problem I have been struggling a lot with on most of my projects Tongue I'm mostly happy with how he turned out. I definitely could have spent more time felting his head and body to firm up the sculpture, and I'll need some lighter gauge wire in the future for such small figures. His armature was really tough to work with on a small scale because it was made with a pretty heavy wire for my bigger projects.

I'd like to now introduce Spooky the Moth Kid! Spooky dressed up as a little devil for Halloween this year!  Grin He wouldn't stop touching his devil horns, so they are a little crooked. You know how moth kids are. Wink

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wet-Felted Jack-o-Lantern Trick or Treat Bag on: October 26, 2017 08:08:07 AM
I love how it turned out too! And I love Spooky the Moth Kid. (He is officially named, now.) Smiley

Thank you again!

I'm so glad you liked it!!

Is Spooky his name?? I figured that was a decent place holder as a cousin of Rusty the Moth Guy Wink
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet-Felted Jack-o-Lantern Trick or Treat Bag on: October 26, 2017 07:03:13 AM
For the Weekend Trick or Treat Swap I decided to make the bag I sent for my partner. I have been wanting to do more experimenting with wet-felting, and this seemed like a fun way to do so. The bag and strap are wet-felted. The face is needle-felted. The bag came out much thicker than I intended because the black wool inside kept slipping down and felting at the bottom when I started. I definitely have some better ideas how to make this next time, but I'm still pleased with how it came out Smiley

And all filled up for the swap! (post for Spooky the Moth Kid coming soon!)

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2017 Gallery on: October 26, 2017 05:56:08 AM
Oh my goodness. Whistley spoiled the crap out of me!! In my excitement, I forgot to take a picture of how jam packed the box was that arrived at my house yesterday. It was so full that it didn't all fit in the trick or treat bag she made.

Also - did anyone know that dinosaur egg whoppers were a thing??? My life has changed. These are the best things ever. Forget Robin Eggs. <3 Also in the goody pile are lots of other candies, some small decorations for my cubicle at work, lots of buttons and the other type of buttons (for pinning on), a self-inflating balloon(!!!), stickers, washi tape, a small selection of woodland craft supplies, a necklace with a hobbit hole door and a little fox (<3) and star, and a garden gnome that will be moving into my garden quite promptly. 

The bag has fun folky Halloween fabric on the outside and funner bright green bats on the inside. This bag is also going to be a perfect lunch bag for the fall - yeah I know Halloween will be over real soon, but this bag is fun!

She also made me a lovely hoopla with a twisting fabric tree and a spooky grave site. I love the fabric she chose - so me. Smiley

(Not sure why that photo shrunk, sorry Sad)

Thanks Whistley and kittykill for the great swap!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Weekend Trick or Treat Swap 2017 Gallery on: October 25, 2017 02:24:19 PM
I'm glad you like everything! I had a lot of fun putting everything together. The little moth guy is a relative of Rusty the Moth Guy (my first weird moth guy sculpture), but I couldn't of anything clever to name him. I hope there's some good suggestions Cheesy

I can't wait to get home and check my mail since I'm supposed to receive today too Grin
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 13 Days of Halloween round 9 on: October 23, 2017 04:36:59 AM
That Halloween advent calendar is fantastic! I am so inspired and kinda want to make something like that now. Smiley
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