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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Super light bath/shower oil? on: December 28, 2009 10:54:25 PM
Hola --

I've been a  fan of neutrogena rainbath and nivea bath and shower oils for a long time. Now that I live in Denver, I really love the stuff. I need it. My skin gets so incredibly dry in the winter, mere lotion doesn't do the trick.

It also seems to do the deed for my love's psoriosis. His flares up in the winter. The oils seem to really help.

So here's the rub. This stuff is EXPENSIVE to buy. 10-15 bucks for a bottle that lasts us maybe a month on a good month.

So I know the neutrogena is light sesame. Nivea has avacado oil i believe.

I'd like to buy bulk. Maybe even add my own fragrance, maybe even make a nice blend.

Any suggestions of the best light, leave on, in shower oils? I like light, light oil. I want moisturization, not french fry skin.

I am asking the experts here....also, where to buy?
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Eastern Religions Swap (Signups to 8/15/09, send date 10/22/09) on: October 22, 2009 11:50:11 AM
Hi Morg --

I just got back from Indiana. Sorry I haven't shipped yet.  I will have your package in the mail first thing tomorrow morning.  Had a lot to do in IN. with my dad's estate and stuff.

Thanks again for your patience
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Eastern Religions Swap (Signups to 8/15/09, send date 10/22/09) on: October 12, 2009 10:51:35 PM
I won't be able to ship until I return from Indiana. It may be a few days, but I'll get it to you asap. Had to go out of town for family issues.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Scrappy Square Quilt on: October 05, 2009 08:42:22 PM
I still absolutely love this and wish I could do something like it. Did you get it quilted yet? if not, what kind of encouragement do you need? There is a woman on this board somewhere who does AMAZING quilting. Look for the egypt quilt. She did the quilting. Talk to her. I bet you two could work out an amazing quilting stitch pattern.

CarlaFibers....check out her work. I bet if you talk to her, she could do something amazing with this. I hope I'm not overstepping by suggesting her, but I'll tell you, with all the work you put into this, she is pretty amazing from what I have seen.
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: International day of felt! - post your pictures here on: October 05, 2009 11:20:20 AM
Reminds me of those crazy color fruit roll ups =).
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Say No to (scary) drugs x-stitch on: October 03, 2009 08:55:32 AM
I love it!

I take abilify, FWIW. When you have delusional mania, the side effects outweigh the risk of not taking meds. (Not taking my meds will almost certainly lead to death, or worse.) You want a really scary one? Effexor. That shit is the worst thing I have ever had to put in my body. It works great when you take it, but coming off it or missing a dose...OMG. Makes swine flu feel pleasant.

I love anything that goofs on pharma. I have been diagnosed bipolar type 1 since I was 11 years old. Pharma and I go waaaay back.  But when you live with a demon you can't control, it's better to take your meds than not to ;-)
7  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Batik dragonfly on: October 01, 2009 10:59:43 AM
+1 for quilt and hang on wall.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Eastern Religions Swap (Signups to 8/15/09, send date 10/22/09) on: September 24, 2009 10:06:41 PM
buying supplies to finish this weeekend! YAY!
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Pretzels! on: September 24, 2009 09:45:19 PM
I've taken to keeping this dough in the fridge.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / An ambitious recipe for this weekend....Poached pears over pecan phyllo crisps on: September 24, 2009 09:44:15 PM
Ok peeps...

A long time ago, I worked at a tapas restaurant in Orlando, FL.

They had an amazing dish, called roasted pears over pecan crisps.  This is my own recipe, with my own twists.

I am just working out the recipe, so I will be making them saturday.


Poaching liquid -

2 cups Reisling wine
Zest + Juice of one orange
1 tbls honey
4 slices of fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 cloves

Bring to a simmer

Peel two pears, slice in half and core.

Simmer pears until al dente. Not quite done. Finish pears in oven at 350 until fork tender.

Phyllo pecan crust:

3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans

Process in blender or food processor until pecans are a meal like consistancy, like corn meal or a little larger

Brush 1 layer of phyllo with softened butter, sprinkle with pecan mixture, put another layer of phyllo on, press down enough to make a difference...repeat 4 layers.
Bake at 350 until phyllo is browned and crisp

Balsamic reduction glaze:

1/4 cup balsamic
1 tbsp honey
3 cloves
1 slice fresh ginger
Juice of 1/2 orange

Simmer until reduced to coat back of spoon


Cut phyllo crisps into rectangles. Place one on plate. Top with a small amount of arugala or watercress, very lightly dressed with EVOO, salt and pepper (very lightly dressed). Top with 1/2 pear, sliced pretty, like a fan. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, top with 1 tsp -1.5 tsp gorgonzola cheese.

Serve warm or chilled.

Should be amazing with a Pinot Gris, or other amazing white wine, or CHAMPAGNE.

I'll post pics after I cook it this weekend and let you know how it goes.

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