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1  Canning: Salsa, Tomato Sauce, Pickles & Relish in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kaz814 on: August 04, 2016 11:13:33 AM
    The past two days have been full of canning the two boxes of cucumber and tomato seconds I got at a local farmer's market.  After weighing, the totals were 31.8 pounds of tomatoes (though there were soft spots I had to cut out) and 24.9 pounds of cucumbers.  I have six cucumbers left (any ideas?), but every other bit was used in the following:

    Fiesta Salsa (7 pints) - used Ball Fiesta Salsa mix

Pickles - 6 quarts of bread and butter pickles, 6 quarts and 1 pint of dill pickles - used Mrs. Wage's mixes for both

Tomato sauce (7 pints) and Cucumber relish (12 half-pints) - Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving recipes for both

Things I learned:
  • you can fit more bread&butter pickles in the jars than you think
  • if using an All American Pro Pressure Canner, make sure you put enough olive oil on the rims so you can get the top off without use of a screw driver for leverage
  • a food mill is SO. MUCH. EASIER. to mush up tomatoes and remove the skins than removing the skins THEN mushing them up
  • it goes faster when you've a second pair of hands
  • I need more counter space and possibly a bigger pantry
  • canning is addictive ... now I want to do bbq sauce, blackberry jam, chicken broth ... Cheesy
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2  October-December 2014 Featured Projects in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kaz814 on: January 11, 2015 07:26:06 AM
In the final quarter of 2014, we had some delicious recipes posted!  Here are the feaatured posts from October-December 2014, as chosen by the 'This Rocks' button and my preference!  They are in no particular order.   

Animal Crossing Cake by pottermouth

Healthier Potato rosti brunch by schnerby

Turkey Cookies by SimplyFabulous!

Fruity Nutty Oaty Breakfast Bars by Ludi

Rice Krispy Jack-o'-Lanterns by GladyMakes

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3  Featured Projects October-December 2014 in PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS by kaz814 on: January 11, 2015 06:40:44 AM
From October to December 2014, we had some amazing projects posted!  Here they are, in no particular order, chosen by the 'This Rocks' button and my own preference.

Trillium Bag by elderflower

Weeping Angel Bag by carolmb

Inspired Placemat Bag by etzatdebz

Military style ACU women's purse/messenger bag by Diver

Faux-leather bag by elsielorpu

"Get Carded" Strawberry Wallet by Mistress Jennie

Petal Drawstring Bag by The Raging Sloth

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4  Christmas tags in Winter Holidays by kaz814 on: November 23, 2014 05:46:38 AM
For the Holiday Tag Swap, I made fifteen tags using paper, stamps, alcohol markers and other bits and bobs.  I really love how they turned out!

The first set:

and the backs:

The second set:

and the backs

The third set:

and the backs

Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 19, 2014 04:15:16 PM
Here are my last ones, from the fab gala_apples!

I love them all, but the cow is ... amazing. Cheesy  Moooorry Christmas!
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6  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 11, 2014 03:50:11 PM
Here are the a-freaking-dorable tag I got from Summer6061! 

They came packaged in that little envelope on the bottom right.

THANK YOU, Summer!
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7  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by kaz814 on: November 02, 2014 11:31:31 AM
Okay, here are the fabulous tags I received from Ginas1gr8mom!


and here are the backs:

I think my favorite is the snowman, though the two seasons greetings one are just my style, too!  Okay, so I can't pick a favorite.  They're all awesome.

Thank you SO much, Ginas1gr8mom!  I love them all!
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8  July-September 2014 Featured Projects in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kaz814 on: October 01, 2014 05:28:41 PM
Here are some of the absolutely delicious edible projects posted to the Cooking boards from July-September 2014, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order. 

Delft China Cookies by najaorama

Dairy Free Bubble Tea (can be vegan-friendly!) by Mistress Jennie

Pumpkin Spice Latte by sweets4ever

Provencal-Inspired Quiche by Margaret van Velthuyzen

"I want him alive..." Han Solo in Carbonite Cake by BenaeQuee

Preserving strawberries 3 ways by Acadian Driftwood

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9  Featured Projects July-September 2014 in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kaz814 on: October 01, 2014 05:08:54 PM
Here are some of the awesome projects posted to the Purses, Bags and Wallets boards from July-September 2014, as determined by the 'This Rocks' button and my own personal preference.  They are in no particular order.  

Upcycled leather backpack by chezlin

Owl Purse and Coin Purse by gozer

Sandwich wrap by Melladh

Mermaid purse by IndigoCharm

Snappy Purses (removable flaps!) by Calabaza

D20 Bags by 13anana

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10  NEW COOKING CHALLENGE (post entries from August 18-24) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by kaz814 on: July 28, 2014 10:55:04 AM

As voted by you, Craftster members, the Cooking challenge is 'New-to-You' Recipe.  Have you had a recipe on your 'to try' list for ages?  Now's the chance to try it out and tell us what you thought of it!

Make one recipe (please include a link/attribution about where you found it) and a picture or two (or more!) of what you made or any in-process steps you'd like to show us.

Additional Rules and Details:

Craft your project during this challenge period (July 28-August 17, 2014) only.  Projects created before this timeframe will be excluded from the voting poll.

Post your entry on the Cooking Challenge board during the period of August 18-24 11:59:59 PDT 2014.  No sooner.  No later.  Do not post your project elsewhere on Craftster.

Voting will happen from August 25-31, 2014.


At the end, I'll set up a poll right here and the first place winner (US or non-US) will get:

Any one item from shop.craftster.org!

Questions?  Ask them here!
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