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31  Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Stew in Recipes and Cooking Tips by PixieVal on: August 31, 2012 04:25:45 PM
Creamy Chicken Stew

This is my familys favorite recipe I make, and it is sooooo yummy! It can easily be made with or without chicken! The vegetables I have listed are ones I never make the soup without, though I add a bit of other things if I happen to have them fresh on hand needing to be used up like: green beans, spinach, or bok choy, but the sky is the limit!
Soup Mixture
5 cups of Vegetable(or chicken) broth
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts boiled and shredded
2 cups peeled cubed potatoes
3 large carrots cut into roughly into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups of sliced bell peppers(sometimes I use frozen, sometimes I use fresh, sometimes minis)
1 cup diced celery
1 medium diced red onion
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Thickening Mixture( if you dont want to do this part, it still tastes good, just not as creamy)
2 cups vegetable(or chicken) broth
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour

Place all ingredients of soup mixture into large pot and bring to boil. When it is at a rapid boil, turn down to simmer, cover, and let set for 20 minutes.

When your timer goes off, set the setting back so it will boil, while you are waiting for it to boil again make the thickening mixture if desired.

In a pan melt butter, slowly whisk in flour 1/4 cup at a time until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth and bring to a higher temp, stir for roughly 2 minutes until thick.

Pour thickening agent into stew, and when it is all mixed in, remove from heat and let cool.

Serve over biscuits for optimal yumminess!
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32  Re: Toybox Tuesday 8/28/12 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PixieVal on: August 28, 2012 12:46:26 PM
I was trying to make a few baby shower gifts, so I made a little bunny, however, I have the worst issues with faces, and I made her look not so baby friendly, so Im going to gift it to my daughter instead, lol!

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33  Toybox Tuesday 8/28/12 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PixieVal on: August 28, 2012 12:45:58 PM

What toys have YOU been working on the last week?  Please share!  If you've already posted a project thread for them, just post a picture here with a link to the full thread.  Fill the toybox, please!! Smiley

To see previous Toyboy Tuesday threads, check out the Toybox Tuesday Tag here.
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34  Voting:Toys, Dolls and Playthings Challenge: Tutorials Open through Sept 12 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by PixieVal on: August 21, 2012 02:50:20 PM
Toys, Dolls, and Playthings Tutorials
Announcing the new Toys Dolls and Playthings Challenge:

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.
   Your tutorial must consist of at least 5 photos and 5 steps.
   Completed project photo(s) do not count toward your 5 tutorial photos. So if you are making a very simple tutorial, get creative with your photos. Perhaps you could share the step/photo of you gathering your supplies as one of your 5.
-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme.
- Must be a doll, toy or plaything

-It has to be a current piece. It cannot be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of August 21, 2012 through September 12, 2012

Start a new topic on this board: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=338.0

-Voting will be posted from September 12, 2012 through September 19, 2012

-On September 20, 2012

And now the good part!

The Prize:

Donated by Suncatcher Craft Eyes a 5 pack of craft eyes!
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35  Pillowcase or How I saved THE blankie in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by PixieVal on: August 19, 2012 12:33:07 PM
This may just look like another simple pillowcase, but to me it is the most important craft Ive ever made. It is made with 4 years of memories.
My daughters baby blanket finally bit the dust last night, after 4 solid years of sleeping with, the tears and other damage was just beyond repair. We agreed that since she is starting preschool next week, it was time to say goodbye to her security blanket. After getting her to sleep with tears (both from me and her) I decided white blankie was just too much a part of the family to be laid to rest in a junk yard, and so I decided to save part of it.
After doing this type of edges for the pillowcases, I dont think Ill ever make a pillowcase another way.

The satin side of the blanket has always been my daughters favorite, and so that was the side I saved to use for one side of the pillowcase. It is so worn out that it is pretty wonky now, and I have about ten tiny holes stitched up. In reflection, I should have fused this to a cotton to make it sturdier. Maybe one day when she is at preschool I will resconstruct this part.

The other side is made from an antique embroidered pillowcase that I have been holding onto forever. The embroidery chose the theme for the rest of the fabrics.

A closeup of the embroidery, again, not my work here, I just found it this way:

I surprised her this morning with it, I think I have a very satisfied customer:

And this is what the baby blanket originally looked like:

And since Im feeling all sentimental, here we are first day back from the hospital with the blanket.

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36  Closed: Challenge: Leftover Craft Supplies Enter through September 10 in What the heck can I do with THIS? by PixieVal on: August 13, 2012 09:03:39 AM

You voted for the great theme "Leftover craft supplies"

The Rules:-
 Create anything with any media of crafting from leftover craft supplies.

-you can use any materials you want and make whatever  you want with whatever you want, BUT the FOCUS of the project should be leftover craft supplies.

-This challenge is open to all Craftster members.

-Each participant may enter one project, it may be a set or a single piece.

-It can be any style or made out of any material as long as it fits the theme

-It has to be a current piece. It can not be something that you have already made and posted.

-Post your craft during the period of August 13, 2012 through September 10, 2012

-Voting will be posted from September 11, 2012 through September 20, 2012

-On September 21st the winner will be announced

How to post your project:

Go to: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=408.0
Create a New Topic and post your project there

-Name your project something memorable, starting with "RRR Challenge 1

-Post pictures: from different angles and close-ups that help us see what you made clearly

-Post the story of your project, that could be your inspiration, how you made it, something to let us know how your project came to be.

-Please don't beg for votes.

And now the good part!  

The Prize:
The winner will have a choice of one of these books:
Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed and Organic Materials

Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle your Wardrobe

CraftCycle: 100+ Earth Friendly Projects and Ideas for Everyday Living

Who's Your Dada?: Redefining the Doll Through Mixed Media

Any Questions? Feel Free to ask in this thread!

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37  Drawstring Backpack from Star Wars t-shirt in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by PixieVal on: July 31, 2012 05:26:05 PM
I have a friend who LOVES Star Wars and I ran across 3 Star Wars shirts at the thrift store for super cheap, and decided to make her a bag from one, and just gift her the other two for wear/crafting. I just taught her how to crochet(correction, a friend of mine taught her how to chain, I taught her how to single crochet, and the basics of reading a pattern) recently and now she LOVES that too! So I made her a WIP bag. She rides her bike to crochet/knitting night, so I figured it had better be a backpack.

I was kindve bummed, and hope she doesnt mind, but I didnt notice how high up the graphic was, so I ended up sewing through his head a little bit.
 Sad (I stuffed the bag with yarn and a crochet book, so I think shell forgive me)  Wink

I used this tutorial I found online http://justfacs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Drawstring-Backpack-Project.pdf the only things I changed were I used a t-shirt instead, and I used parachute cord because that was all I could find at Michaels, and didnt feel like driving to Joanns for regular cord.  My husband did melt the cord ends for me so the knot wont slip out though.
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38  Closed Challenge in Where To Find Things To Recycle by PixieVal on: July 29, 2012 03:31:40 PM
Challenge is at: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412778.0

It's time for another challenge! Vote for your favorite challenge idea for Recycling, Reusing, and Recrafting!
Voting closes August 3rd, the rest of August will be crafting time, and challenge entries to be posted the first week of September.
More word to come on the prize!
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39  Wontonless Wonton Soup Recipe in Recipes and Cooking Tips by PixieVal on: May 19, 2012 01:10:41 PM
I got the broth tasting just like wonton soup, but didn't have any wrappers in the house, so it's wontonless! lol

today I made:

I loosely based this off an online recipe just using what I had
Bring to boil:
10 cups chicken or veggie broth
1 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 TBsp minced garlic
Add most of a chopped medium spring onion
Add snap peas to taste
Let boil another 5ish minutes
Rip up and add spinach to taste and toss in, stir and take off burner. Let rest for 2 minutes, then serve!

We have a local farm you can buy a harvest box from on fridays, I think it is their overstock of vegetables, but they are beautiful and delish and organic! The ladies up here take turns driving to the farm and then delivering fresh veggies to your door, got my first box yesterday, that is where I got the fresh veggies from! :

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40  stuffed mini bell peppers in Recipes and Cooking Tips by PixieVal on: April 19, 2012 04:33:20 PM

I was just invited to Bunco at a friend's house and had to whip up a snack to bring. Smiley Mini bell peppers, rinsed and tops chopped off, and then I mixed low sodium turkey bacon in a bowl with laughing cow wedges and just a squirt of relish. I haven't got to try them yet, but hubby says they are delicious!
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