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1  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: December 03, 2017 08:38:34 AM
Hi All!!

I'm so sorry for the delay in getting up the new Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge!! I'm still getting into the swing of things with our newest family additions in addition to all the holiday-time craziness going on. Thank you all for being a little patient with me this month!

And now, the Secret Ingredient for the December Iron Chef Hogwarts Challenge is...


Make a garlic spread appetizer for a holiday party, or stay warm as temperatures drop with a roasted garlic soup, or maybe mix up dessert with an apple spice cake with roasted garlic!
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2  Re: Back to Hogwarts - Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: November 15, 2017 05:51:04 PM
I received an AWESOME angel package from Ladybugsandbumblebees!! Behold all the goodies!!

She sent items for my son as well, which he LOVED. He enjoyed opening everything ("It's like Christmas!"). Here are some shots:

HP notebook and pen set (on point for kiddo):

TWO scarves:


AND, she sent these adorable fleece HP blankets for kiddo's new twin baby sisters:

Here are some close ups of the items...including some awesome things for ME as well:

Kiddo's Gryffindor Scarf:

A very cute pouch that my son would love to claim...Barbara, the packaging on this said to read the note before opening, but I know you didn't have time to include a note, so I hope this is ok!

A two-sided hot pad with this awesome HP fabric (sorry, didn't realize the pic of the one side was blurry til I uploaded!

AND, this AMAZING Gryffindor market bag for ME!

She also sent some extra of the HP fleece:

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Barbara, it is all very loved! Cheesy
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: November 02, 2017 07:45:22 AM
Awesome squash recipes Fiber and patty_o! I love butternut squash, and now I'm totally craving some!

I've also updated your OWL proposal in the OWL post on the first page of this thread, patty_o, no problem!

So sorry for the delay in posting the new Iron Chef challenge, yesterday was a little crazy with work and a PTA meeting that ran long, but better late than never!

The Iron Chef Challenge for Oct is CLOSED! Awesome entries everyone.

The Secret Ingredient for November is...


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4  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 27, 2017 06:28:59 AM
That squash pie looks great elliot_anne! I am with jenleahlynn...pie crust is intimidating! I've tried several times, but it's always very hit or miss with me. Baking is not my strong suit, haha.

I made a few Stranger Things inspired projects recently and they've made it to their swap home, so here they are...JUST IN TIME FOR SEASON 2 TODAY!! AH! Do I really have to WORK all day before I can watch?? Maybe I can use a floating holiday day... Wink

Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dustin Portrait TM Patch
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: My partner in the recent ST swap and I share a love for the character Dustin. I knew I had to stitch up his likeness. All the stitching on this patch make the surface quite bumpy.
Project Picture:

Bumpiness close up:

Class: Frog Choir
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dustin TM Patch #2
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Also inspired by Dustin from ST, this patch combines a very busy Star Wars themed backing/wrap around fabric (SW is an underlying reference throughout ST) with a neutral gray front and a simple homage to our fave character.  I was going to fill the patch with stitches (like the other Dustin patch), but found I really liked how the combination of patterns/images came together in this patch as is. I think it captures a very 80's feel that fits the show.
Project Picture:

Class: Transfiguration
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Demogorgon Necklace
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: One last thing made for the ST swap. I found this awesome inspiration piece online and adapted the idea to create an embroidered pendant, which is a much familiar medium for me. Seeing the inspiration piece again, I probably should have made the center of the pendant black. Oh well. It's still a creepy subtle nod to the ST demogorgon!
Project Picture:

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5  Re: Stranger Things Swap in The Swap Gallery by Abbeeroad on: October 23, 2017 02:06:42 PM
LOVE that light up hoop!! Awesome work, fatewineroses! Smiley

And...I received an awesome package from gala_apples today!!

First, I requested TM patches, and boy did she deliver...I got 4!!!

Love the waffle...and Mouthbreather...and Contemplate...haha...I really just love them all. Smiley

She also sent me tassel necklaces inspired by the upsidedown:

Very cool concept and the two complement each other nicely!

Thanks so much, gala! Hope your package arrives soon!
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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 13, 2017 12:10:37 PM
That shawl is gorgeous, tiamatfire!

Kicking of the Yule term here - yay!

Class: Herbology
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Patronus Mug Rug
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for the Back to Hogwarts swap, this mug rug will allow one to enjoy a nice steaming cup of hot cocoa AND protect their furniture. Smiley
Project Picture:

Challenge: House Unity
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Wood Burned Ravenclaw Spoon
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Made for the Back to Hogwarts Swap, I wood-burned a spoon with some Ravenclaw sentiment for my partner, even though I'm solidly a Gryffindor! Wink
Project Picture:

Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fantastic Beasts Mini Book
Project Page Link: Tutorial
Brief Description: My partner in the Back to Hogwarts swap mentioned that she had a Luna poppet that would appreciate some reading material. What better than a miniature copy of Fantastic Beasts? Lots of text in this project - I populated each page with a different beast and a brief description.
Project Picture:

This group shot is the only pic I got of the cover, unfortunately:

And an inside shot:

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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: October 02, 2017 01:39:37 PM
Sorry for the delay all...here's the info for October's Iron Chef Hogwarts secret ingredient!

The secret ingredient for October is...


Put an autumn twist on an old favorite with this butternut squash stuffed shells recipe, or stuff the squash itself with this sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash dish, or even use yellow squash to make a squash pie!
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: September 29, 2017 07:45:18 AM
Excellent Iron Chef entries, ladies!

I love chowder, Jennie! Yours looks delicious.

The fresh tomato salsa with corn looks delicious, too, tiamatfire!

I actually have an iron chef entry this month as well! And a couple last minute class prompts...

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Dyed and stitched prayer flag
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: Sometimes, in between crafting for swaps, I get a little stuck for inspiration. This little prayer flag came out of an attempt to keep crafting even when I don't have a swap deadline looming and to reignite inspiration for some upcoming swaps. The background is dyed and the mandala is stitched - two skill sets coming together in one project.
Project Picture:

Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Tie-Dyed Fat Quarters
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I had a bunch of dye left over from recent projects and decided to just try to use it up with these fun little scraps of fabric. Each was done with a random scrunching and haphazard dye application, which made for rather irregular design results!
Project Pictures:

Close up of one, to showcase the irregularity. Smiley

Challenge: Iron Chef Hogwarts - Corn
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Chicken Salad with Corn
Project Page Link: Based on this recipe
Brief Description: This dish was born from leftovers! One leftover chicken breast from the crockpot (from last night's dinner) and a leftover ear of corn (from Tuesday night's dinner) came together in a slightly different take on chicken salad (for me, anyway). I used the above recipe for guidance, but mostly just used what I had. I used paprika instead of chili powder for a milder flavor and left out the mustard and parsley. I guess I didn't really follow the recipe all that well, lol! We'll see how it tastes at lunch today, anyway. Wink
Project Picture:

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9  Gryffindor Common Room in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: September 28, 2017 09:55:16 AM
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10  Kitchen Elf in Craftalongs by Abbeeroad on: September 28, 2017 09:54:50 AM

Hogwarts will once again host "Iron Chef Hogwarts" this semester! Each month a new secret ingredient will be revealed. All Hogwarts students who prepare a dish containing the secret ingredient will earn the secret ingredient badge displayed below and receive points for your house!

Iron Chef Hogwarts challenges now earn House Points ON THEIR OWN!  That's right. You no longer have to combine them with another prompt in order to earn points. Just submit them as a normal class or challenge, making sure to include the challenge food in the header. Here's an example:

Challenge: Iron Chef - Lentils
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Lentil Salad
Brief Description: I made this fantastic lentil salad to take to a bonfire on the beach...

*Thanks to Mistress Jennie for providing this awesome example!

In addition to earning house points, I will continue to run the Iron Chef Hogwarts giveaway! Each time you make a dish containing the secret ingredient, you are entered for a chance to win a end of term prize! If you make a dish with the secret ingredient each month, your name will be entered into the drawing at the end of the semester THREE times for THREE chances to win!

The Secret Ingredient for November is...


Previous Iron Chef Challenges


NOTE: All secret ingredients are chosen at random from a list of ingredients that have been actual Iron Chef secret ingredients on the US muggle television show. That being said, if you are allergic to any ingredient posted, you may still enter and earn your badge IF you choose a recipe that is traditionally made with the secret ingredient but substitute that single ingredient with an allergy-safe version. Please call out any substitutions in your post. Only substitutions based on allergy or other health-related dietary restrictions will be accepted. Thank you for your cooperation!
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