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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Green tea latte recipes?!? on: October 30, 2011 05:52:30 PM
So I figured out how to make foamy milk (I KNOW!!!! awesome. so much cheaper than starbucks), and I've made the regular lattes with espresso, but I acquired some matcha recently! Unfortunately it's super expensive, so I want to make sure I have the right ratio of water to powder. Does anyone have a fail-proof ratio for green tea lattes? There doesn't seem to be many recipes on the interwebs. Thanks for reading, all!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / LOPSIDED BAGELS!!!!!!!!!! on: September 28, 2011 04:09:44 PM
I made them :] I know they are ugly but I have yet to perfect my roll technique!

Recipe here: http://johndlee.hubpages.com/hub/Homemade_bagel_recipe_Make_great_nadrolled_water_bagels__its_as_easy_as_baking_a_loaf_of_bread

I have a question that's probably going to seem ridiculous (especially after the fact haha-- whoops!): but what exactly is the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin Scones Experimentation! on: September 11, 2011 03:00:45 PM
Hey all! I've been craving pumpkin SO BADLY recently and one of the things that I hadn't (until now, of course) attempted to make from scratch is scones! So I found a good lookin recipe on the interwebs:
http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2010/09/27/pumpkin-scones/ and I modified it so I could add a bit more pumpkin (2/3 of a cup instead of 1/2). Unfortunately, I didn't realize how much more wet that would make them, so I ended up adding about a cup more flour! Which totally sucked, because even though my scones still tasted a little bit like pumpkin, they were dryer than I would've liked and were more yellow than orange. Not festive at all, although still delicious!

Then I decided that experimentation was necessary. I still wanted 2/3 cup pumpkin, because I just did. So, using that same recipe, I substituted 1 cup white whole wheat flour for 1 of the all-purpose cups (because whole wheat is supposedly dryer), and kept my 2/3 cup pumpkin ratio. I still needed to compensate a little for the wetness in the dough (+another 1/3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour), but I decided I gave less of a crap about how wet it was because i floured EVERYTHING. Which I think is the key. So tada! More orange, more pumpkin-ish scones! PLUS part whole wheat! Yay! Anything to justify an addiction to sugary carbs!

This last picture is the truest to the color... yum :]

My only other modification to the recipe (both times), is the freezer thing. My freezer (and refridgerator, for that matter) right now is laughably small, so chilling my dough is totally out of the question.

I also have a question for the experienced scone makers out there: how sticky should my dough be? I read somewhere that it's okay for it to be a little bit sticky, but to make sure not to handle the dough in general too much because otherwise the scones will be tough (probably also what happened in my first batch).
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Migas! on: September 10, 2011 08:13:04 AM
My favorite comfort food :] My mom is from San Antonio and she would always make this for me. I'm now a couple hundred miles from her :[ COMFORT FOOD TIME

Homemade guac (another mama recipe)
Not-homemade salsa (trader joe's corn chili)

Fry up the tortillas, add the eggs to the frying pan. When they are almost done, add some cheese and allow it to melt on the eggs. When the cheese is completely melted, plate the shiz, and add guac and salsa to taste! You can also add salsa in between frying the tortillas and eggs if you want a more omelet feel to it, but this is how my mom always makes her migas :]
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Addicted to Reupholstering! on: September 05, 2011 02:58:17 PM
This is my first reupholstering project! Now I want to cover everything I see in pretty fabrics... ah!

My parents gave me our old dining room table and chairs that I grew up with when I moved into my new apt a couple weeks ago. I decided that they needed new life :]
The fabric:

A couple of the chairs at my table!

This is what the base of my chairs looked like before:

You can see the details and the chronology of the table/chairs on mah blog[\url].
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crochet Earrings. on: August 30, 2011 05:26:40 PM
Saw a bunch of these on Etsy a while ago. And decided to make my own! I have all sorts of crafty materials and randomly had on hand some of those wire earring things? Not sure what they're called, because I'm more of a knitter /crocheter than a jewelry maker. But I thought I'd share!

They are big-ish and bohemian :]

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / First pizza using bread flour! Plus a question about thin crust pizza on: August 29, 2011 03:45:08 PM
I used to just use a betty crocker mix and ever since I received a high quality pizza stone for my birthday this year I have been itching to try out a legit recipe! Voila! Here it is baking. I rarely get pictures of my food right after it is made because I devour them so fast. So sorry for the horrible lighting and quality!

It feels like a success... but I still have questions! I really love thin crust pizza but most of the recipes I've seen call for honey. Can this be substituted with white granulated sugar? I rarely have honey on hand... I just don't use it. Although I suppose I could obtain it if I knew what it was for specifically? Thank you in advance!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Mirror and Frame on: August 29, 2011 03:33:58 PM
I'm really reallyyy new to this board, so maybe this should be posted elsewhere (recycling/reusing?), but I wanted to share a mirror and picture frame for my new apartment that I repurposed!

The mirror and frame USED to look like this:

and NOW! They look like this! I know it's not a huge difference in terms of the picture frame, but the pinecones on the mirror were really difficult to remove.

Extra details on my blog: ellipsus.blogspot.com
I realize that it is a simple project, but it had such great results :] haha I'm just proud of myself and needed to brag.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / MITTENS yay on: February 06, 2010 05:00:05 PM
This pair is one that I've finished most recently. I looooove them. I'd been wearing a pair of mittens recently that I made last year but they seem to have developed what my brother and dad like to call "air conditioning" aka stretch holes. So anyways! I added a teeny tiny bit of colorwork (because I am scared crapless of REAL colorwork), because these two colors were so pretty and wintry together. I forget what the yarn is called but it's by Berroco and it's an alpaca/wool blend (so soft).

Enough about me! Hope ya enjoy em

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sniper Mittens! on: January 28, 2010 06:59:24 PM
I knit these about a year ago, but i hadn't gotten around to posting about them. Anyways: sniper mittens in all their glory! Ps. Sorry about the lone picture, but the photo elitist/boyfriend decided to only keep one out of a thousand that I took.

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