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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / One day Semi-Formal Dress on: April 29, 2012 10:43:47 AM

It's been forever since I've posted here on Craftster, not that I haven't been sewing constantly over the last few months. I just wanted to get some opinions on a dress I made for my school's semi formal dance a little while ago! This dress was a very last minute sort of project, but I was very happy with the results.  Smiley

Unfortunately this is the only photo I can find from when I was making the dress, but maybe I'll stumble across a few more later! This is the top before I added the "skirt". I also made another separate petal/skirt that you can just see in the next picture. I do kind of wish I had made it more "semi-formal" but I guess super short skin tight dresses that I mostly saw at the dance aren't quite my cup of tea  Tongue

This is at the dance  Smiley I had a lot of compliments from friends when they first saw it, and quite a few more when they heard I had made it! Thank you for looking and I appreciate any comments!

Happy crafting,
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Finally finished short corset! on: February 21, 2010 05:28:00 PM
*whew* I've been working on this forever now. Just one of those projects that are off and on. It's from McCall's 4861.

I love the pattern of the fabric and the fabric's weight, but it's definently not for shaping. Friday was the first time I got the courage to wear it out and the compliments were great! I've started another, fuller corset and hopefully this one won't take a year^.^ Thanks for looking!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegitarian Lentil and Rice Loaf on: June 30, 2009 03:10:02 PM
I have never really done anything much in regards to vegetarian but ever since the doctor said my grandfather had diabetes I have been trying to get him to eat healthier. So, LOW, I started researching. I found a cook book, From a Monastery Kitchen, that has some really great recipes. I tried this one and it turned out delicious!

 1 cup lentils
 1 cup brown rice
 olive oil
 1 large onion, sliced
 2 tomatoes, chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 1/2 peeled diced egg plant
 1 green pepper, diced
 3 Tbs minced parsley
 1 ts thyme
 2 eggs
 1/3 cup milk
 1/2 cup bred crumbs

Time to get cooking!:
     Preheat oven to 350 F

    Rinse lentils. Add the lentils, rice, and 2 Tbs olive oil to 4 1/2 cups water in a heavy sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until they are well done and all the water is absorbed and evaporated.

    In a large skillet heat 4 Tbs oil and gently saute onion, tomatoes, garlic, egg plant and green pepper untill they turn golden. Add parsley and thyme and stire for 1 or 2 minutes.

    Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add milk, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper and beat some more. Add the lentils and sauted vegetables and mix together until all ingredients are completely incorperated. Pour into a well greases loaf pan and bake at 350 F for 40 to 50 minutes. The loaf is done when all liquid is evaporated. Serve hot. 

                                                                              serves 4-6

I hope everyone enjoys this recipe. I know my family loves it and I do believe it is a bit healthier than a big slab of ground beef. However, to make it more like a meat loaf I mixed in some ketchup and dried onion pieces, but I think it only made it tast like sweet vegetables. Other vegetables can be incorperated into this recipe like 10 mushrooms sliced and added to the sauted vegetables. I would stay around softer vegetable.

Happy cooking!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / using up tomatoes on: June 25, 2009 04:34:44 PM
So many tomatoes already in the year! 0.o does anyone have any good recipes thar would use a lot of them up quickly?

5  COOKING / Dessert / My attempt at microwave cake! on: June 11, 2009 04:45:47 PM
 I was skimming along when I saw the recipe for a microwaved chocolate cake earlier and though it looked wonderful I had a few questions about how it turned out. Turns ou many other people had the same questions as me.  so from what I gathered (please don't hate me I am just saying Embarrassed) it is very high calorie and tough. So I wondered if I could come up with a solution. 


I didn't. Not really at least.
   I can up with a recipe that had no oil, no dairy, and wasn't so tough, though!
It is Much smaller because I started my testing from half the original recipe, then only used half of the batter I made each time to try different times in the microwave.

 Mix together in a small bowl:
    1Tbs self rising flour
    1ts sugar
    1/4ts dried egg whites
    1/4ts baking Powder
    1ts cocoa

Mix in a seperate bowl:   
    1/4ts lime juice
    1/2ts vanila
    1Tbs soy milk (but I am sure regular milk would work fine)   

       -Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and barely mix it where there is still quite a bit of the dry mixture visible.

       - Scrape batter into a paper cut.

       -Microwvae on high for 30 seconds

This is the basic recipe I came up with but microwaves are... well, just not ovens. Cry

This recipe is very nice for just a preoccupation than anything, good project for when one may be bored.

    -the paper cup is important: larger, ceramic, cups make for a longer cooking time and     tougher cake
     - chocolate chips, cinnamon, or anyother extra would be wonderful with this recipe.
               I found sugar free chocolate syrup is really good with the little cake.^^
     - I am used to very little sugar so one may want to up the sugar some what just for an extra treat and flavor boost.

       Thank you for reading!^^

                                                                         o.0Mad Baker,

6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Konnichiwa from Clemson, South Carolina! on: June 08, 2009 11:21:38 AM
       Eternally dabbling in any craft that seems worth while and sometimes in
projects that I eventually look back and ask "What was the point?"
     But no matter what I always love having creative fun.

Projects I enjoy:
  Costume sewing
     (favorite types: Elizabethan, Pirates, Lolita)
   Kanzashi (only a beginner)

    How about this, I just love all projects and chances are I have worked with it or am planning on trying it in the near future. I love knowledge exchanging and new Ideas or styles are always welcome. I cannot wait to start sharing some of my projects and get feed back on your thoughts about them!^^

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