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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bubble Tea on: July 18, 2010 04:33:07 PM
there is a recipe at the food network canada:
I haven't tried it so I'm not sure how good it is.... there are lots of recipes and even videos showing you how to make it if you search on google. I'm sure you'll find one that matches the drink you had in Montreal. Good luck Smiley
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where did you learn to crochet? And make your own patterns? on: July 18, 2010 08:29:22 AM
I learned about 30 years ago (no I'm not totally old, I learned when I was 10) and I generally modify patterns I like. Once you get the hang of the basics (increasing/decreasing, stitches etc.) you can start to plan your own projects. For example, granny squares are basically all the same steps but changing the stitches changes the look and size. The key is to write it down as you go. It's really easy to forget to write down a step, then wonder why you can't replicate it again!
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Baby Boy Invitations & Paper Bunting <3 on: July 10, 2010 01:18:54 PM
Cute! It looks great and I loved the invitations and little bibs! Hope you had a great time and best wishes for the little one Smiley
24  COOKING / Dessert / Re: 4th of July Cupcakes! on: July 04, 2010 07:12:17 AM
These look great! I too recently discovered the deliciousness of the angel food cupcake! It's great that you don't have to wash the angel food pan anymore if you make cupcakes instead! The strawberry jam idea was very smart... I'll have to remember that for next Canada Day Smiley Have a great 4th of July!
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: ~My daughter's babyshower~ on: July 01, 2010 10:46:55 AM
Yep, you can tell that you are excited to be a grandma! The shower looked beautiful and so well coordinated! I love the colours and the decorations. You can tell that you put a lot of thought and effort into throwing a GREAT shower that everyone enjoyed. I'm sure that she have wonderful memories of her shower. Congratulations, Grandma and best wishes for your daughter and her twins.
26  COOKING / Dessert / Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream for Canada Day! on: July 01, 2010 10:09:16 AM
I was trying to think of a nice treat for Canada Day (that is red and white of course!) and thought that homemade Cherry Vanilla ice cream would hit the spot! Homemade ice cream is so easy to make and tastes so good! Here's the recipe:

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream
NOTE:This makes 2 batches of vanilla ice cream in a standard size ice cream maker! You can half the recipe if you want.

4 cups of whole milk
1 3/4 cups of sugar
3/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of vanilla
4 cups of whipping cream

Heat half of the milk until just lukewarm. Add the sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved then add the remaining milk. Chill thoroughly.(I usually chill it overnight) Just before freezing add the vanilla and whipping cream. Stir well then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

You can take this basic recipe and make any type of ice cream that you'd like.  If you want to make orange ice cream you can use frozen orange juice concentrate. Thaw the can of juice and add about 1/2 of the can to a batch of vanilla before you put the mix into the machine. Do NOT dilute the juice with water. The concentrate will add all the flavour without ruining the ice cream mix. It will taste similar to a creamsicle! Add some drained crushed pineapple (in light syrup) and you'll have the best orange pineapple ice cream ever!
You can puree any type of fruit (adding about 2 tablespoons of sugar per cup) to flavour your ice cream. Adding the sugar is important for any fruit (pureed, sliced or whole fruit) added to ice cream. Always add any addition of fruit or other items (chocolate chips, nuts etc.) when the ice cream is frozen but still soft unless instructed otherwise by the manufacturer of the ice cream maker.  Remember to store it in a freezer safe container.

One batch of basic vanilla ice cream
One jar of maraschino cherries

Add one jar of well drained maraschino cherries to the basic vanilla mix after the ice cream is almost done or when your ice cream maker's instructions say to add optional ingredients.

Have a Happy Canada Day and enjoy the recipe!

27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: HELP!! Desperate - need idea for baby gift, Dr Seuss theme, done Jul 10 on: June 24, 2010 05:48:41 PM
If the nursery is going to be decorated in Dr Seuss, how about decorative wall art featuring Dr. Seuss characters or quotes? You could make them out of canvas, mdf or wood and paint or make them out of fabric (quilted).
Generally, moms need practical stuff... diaper bags, onesies (especially for a summer baby), diapers, towels etc. You could add a Dr Seuss touch to anything practical and it will be appreciated Smiley
28  COOKING / Dessert / Re: End of school cake and cupcakes on: June 24, 2010 05:30:37 PM
These are super cute! I love the apples and the cake is great. I never would have thought of turning cupcakes into apples. I'm sure the kids loved the treats. Great job!
29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: premade babyshower kits..... opinions on: June 16, 2010 07:10:20 AM
First let me say that you have an interesting idea. From your post, I'm visualizing these kits in four (or more) different boxes: pink (for a girl), blue (for a boy), green (neutral theme), yellow (neutral theme)  each with a different theme. All the party supplies (plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, tablecloths), invites, room decor, party planning checklist, games, thank you cards, and general party planning instructions would be inside each box. Right?
The main issue that I can see is that it will be really hard to beat the prices at the dollar store. Party stores are expensive but in Canada you can get great deals at dollar stores on party supplies. I can pick up 20 thank you cards or invites at the dollar store for $1 plus tax. If you design and print your own (or have a CD of printables) you'd really have to try to price out the cost and make sure it is cost effective. A lot of party planning resources are on the web including evites so why would someone pay for this?
My advice would be to price out how much each kit would cost, including your time. Do a little research and figure out if you can buy things wholesale to reduce costs.  Put one together and figure out the total cost and get some advice from friends on whether or not they would buy the kit. Find friends who will give you an honest opinion. Try to find out if you would have any competition in your area.
I would say that your target market would be someone who is really time strapped but has money. It might be a better approach to offer a full service baby shower (where you organize all the details, do the shopping and set up). They would only have to worry about the food and you would handle the rest. On the day of the party, all they have to worry about is hosting.
I'm like you- I like to do all the planning and shopping for a party and people like us don't buy kits! Generally, people who aren't into the effort of planning a party want more than a kit- they want it done for them. The kit might not be enough help- it's generally not hard to walk the aisle of a party store and pick up cups and decorations so buying a kit saved them one trip but offering party help (invites, shopping or decorating) might be more attractive. You could charge according to each service or offer a package. It sounds like you have lots of friends who could help spread the word at their work etc.
Overall, it seems like a great idea as long as you approach it as a business. If you decide to go ahead, see if you have any small business training in your area (we have government agencies that offer free courses for small business owners (like writting a business plan, etc) and take advantage of them.  Good luck!
p.s. I'd love to see a mock up of your kit on Craftster once you have one done!
30  COOKING / Dessert / Re: My first attempt at a wedding cake on: June 03, 2010 06:32:50 AM
How did you like the Cricut machine? I've seen it at Michaels- it looks cool but expensive if you just do cakes for a hobby.
Your cake turned out great! I really liked the braided fondant to cover where the layers join. Great idea!  I'm sure your friends loved it. And I agree- Food Network makes everything look so easy! Thanks for sharing Smiley
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