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361  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flocked Tshirts on: February 15, 2008 12:29:07 PM
I made these for a personal swap.  I'm a little crazy over flocking at the moment... Cheesy

Layered floc

Flock and applique

362  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Thanksgiving Turkey Tutorial on: February 15, 2008 10:40:18 AM
I surprised hubby with one of his favorite foods for Valentine's Day -- a turkey, of course!  He loves when I make turkey (I think it was a deciding factor before he proposed to me), so I knew it would be a great Valentine surprise for him.

I took pictures as I was preparing it and maybe they'll help someone on their next turkey-making mission. Smiley

Warning!  If you are offended by images of raw meat, please do not view the remainder of this thread. Smiley

First, the basic bird.  This fellow here is a 24-pound Butterball birdie. Grin  Next to it you'll see my herb dressing, which will be used in the following steps.  It's been rinsed inside & out and patted dry with paper towels (be sure to remove any bags inside -- CHECK in the neck, too! Cheesy).  

The herb concoction is very random measurements of:
Melted butter
White wine

For the best (and most disgusting part) of preparing the bird, separate the skin from the breast so that you can moisten and season under the skin.  This step makes it SO delicious and ridiculously moist.

Make sure you take any rings off your fingers! Cheesy  No... really, other than obvious reasons, they will tear the skin of the bird, which you want to avoid if at all possible.  Move your hand around as much as possible to create space for the dressing.

I couldn't photograph this step with one hand, but you'll get the idea.  Lift the skin and using a baster or ladle, apply generous amounts of the dressing.

Apply the dressing all over the outside of the bird as well.

Massage the dressing into the bird.  It looks ridiculous, but it will press some of the herbs into the skin.

For this step, many people will use stock or water.  I prefer to use more of the wine that was used in the dressing.  Pour a little in the bird...

And a little around the bird Grin...

Don't forget to tuck your legs before baking!

Cover it loosely with foil and bake per "package instructions/pounds."  Bake...bake...bake...  I'll usually baste one or two times during the cooking period.  During the last 30 minutes, I remove the foil so that the skin can golden.

Remove from oven and let REST!  It needs to rest.  Leave it alone.

30 - 45 minutes of resting later...

Num!  Cheers! Smiley
363  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blue/Green Melted Bead Lampshade on: February 14, 2008 07:33:27 PM
I made this for a personal swap and it turned out to be one of my favorites!! Smiley  It cast a really neat blue/green hue on the wall.

Made from strands of Mardi Gras beads and loose clear beads as filler.

No overhead light...

Overhead light...
364  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stencilled craft organizer on: February 14, 2008 07:16:20 PM
I haven't stencilled much before, but I really enjoyed this. Smiley

I bought these plain black organizers around Christmas time.  I stencilled this one for a friend.  Simple, but I like it.  I hope she does, too. Smiley

I got the stencil at Jo-Ann Fabrics just for this project.

365  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Blue/green necklace and earrings on: February 14, 2008 07:11:26 PM
I made these for a friend.  I really hope she likes them! Smiley

366  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine Pineapple Upside-Down Cake on: February 14, 2008 06:59:07 PM
Happy Valentine's Day to my hubby!

This is my hubby's favorite cake, so I had to put a twist on it for Valentine's Day. Smiley  It's regular pineapple cake mix, but I always add cinnamon and honey to the batter to give it a little something extra (shh...that's my secret Grin).

I usually use pineapple slices, but I wanted to make the cherry heart, so I used crushed this time.

Num! Smiley

First layer...

Stacked and ready to go! Smiley

367  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery February 2008 on: February 02, 2008 05:43:27 PM
Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community!   Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each month a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, within the month, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
368  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Important Notice! Lurking posts will be deleted. on: February 02, 2008 01:43:38 PM
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369  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Takeout boxes full of treats! (complete w/ photos) on: January 06, 2008 03:28:57 PM
In 2005, I made my boyfriend's department 14 gel candles https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69356.0
In 2006, I made my fiance's department 24 mugs of treats https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140952.0
And then, in 2007, I made my husband's department 28 of these boxes full of sweet goodness... Smiley

This year hubby will be in a new department with only 4 employees - hallelujah! Grin  I can't wait!

Peanut butter chocolate Oreo bark! (recipe below)

World's easiest peppermint bark

Chocolate-covered cashews


mr.sweets4ever wrote out all of the cards and filled the boxes!! Smiley

Here are the supplies (plus some supplies for other projects I worked on that night)...

We also slipped each person a scratch-off ticket in a cute little felt holiday pouch, some peanut butter cups and left over starlite mints.

I got the boxes, felt pouches, mints and cards from Dollar Tree.

Edit for recipe add! Smiley Smiley
Some of my measurements are guesstimates because I tend to just be crazy in the kitchen (i.e., I eat the supplies...). Smiley

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo Bark

1 package or so Oreo cookies
1 bag or so semi-sweet baking chocolate (chips, chunks, whatever works for you!)
1 bag or so white baking chocolate
2 - 3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used JIF...nummy!)
Wax paper & cookie sheet

  • Melt chocolate in separate bowls (microwave or double boiler)
  • Add peanut butter to melted white chocolate
  • Crumble cookies and distribute into both chocolate bowls
  • Spoon globs of chocolate mixtures onto wax paper covered cookie sheet (alternating colors...very important!)
  • This is the fun part!  Use the tip of a butter knife to swirl through the mixture...blending some of the dark into the white and vice versa.  Have fun & swirrrrl, swirl, swirl!
  • Chill until firm (30 minutes maybe?)
  • Break into pieces/chunks with your hands
  • Gobble Grin
370  COOKING / Dessert / Oreo balls/bombs/delicious bits of bliss on: January 05, 2008 06:29:21 PM
I've noticed a few recipes for these around Craftster, so I'll include the links to as many as I can locate. Smiley Smiley

I didn't follow either recipe precisely because, by the time I got to these, I was too tired to measure anything. Cheesy  Here's what I did, though...

  • Crumble a bag or a bag and a half of Oreos into a bowl.  I used my Kitchenaid mixer for this project.
  • Drop one or two packages of softened Philadelphia cream cheese into the bowl.
  • Let the mixer to do alllll the work.  I let it mix until it was thoroughly blended into a disgusting bowl of thick mud-like sweetness.
  • At this point it was bedtime, so I let the bowl chill in the fridge overnight. Grin
  • In the morning, I rolled out all of the balls onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.
  • Chill the tray of balls (until lunchtime when I had another break Cheesy).
  • Melt chocolate in double boiler (glass bowl on top of a metal sauce pan with simmering water on the stove).
  • Take the chocolate off the stove and rest on a hot pad.
  • Throw (not really...more like a gentle toss) a few balls in the chocolate bowl at a time and flip around with a spatula until thoroughly coated in chocolate.
  • Remove balls, one at a time, from the chocolate bowl to their final resting place on the wax paper cookie sheet.  I used a wooden skewer for this.  It worked GREAT!
  • After all the balls are coated and resting the sheet, let them cool again in the fridge.

That's it!

For fun and to make them look a bit more like evil bon bons, I decorate them with melted white chocolate.
  • Melt white chocolate in double boiler.
  • Pour into Ziploc bag
  • Snip teeny tiny corner in the bottom of bag (to serve as a piping bag)
  • Drizzle, drizzle, drizzle

I don't like to waste supplies, so I drizzled out the extra white chocolate onto wax paper to make fun plate garnishes.

  • All of the chilling might seem excessive, but it's really necessary.  After mixing, the goo will be too soft to roll into balls and after rolling the balls, the balls will be too soft to dip.  Chilllll!
  • I tried using a toothpick to fish my balls out of the chocolate (erm...uh...), but it was too flimsy and breakable.  The wooden skewer was fabulous.
  • Don't try to eat too many at once!  They are VERY rich.  I ate half of one at a time with tall glass of milk.
  • And lastly... enjoy! Smiley
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