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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Dyeing with Silk Ties on: April 01, 2011 11:08:18 AM
This rocks!  Wink I will definitely buy up all the ties at the thrift store.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hula Hoop Making Tutorial on: March 14, 2011 02:59:35 PM
So cool! Have you made one that makes noise before?
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Valentine Cookies on: February 13, 2011 12:26:10 PM
These cookies look wonderful. Where did you get the XOXO cookie cutter? Very cute.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Heart-Shaped Bagels for Valentine's Day on: February 13, 2011 10:53:46 AM
So, my Valentine's Day tradition is to make as many foods that I can, in the shape of a heart.
And so these heart-shaped bagels seemed like a good idea.

They were perfect hearts until the boiling step, when the bagels puffed up (They are huge) but I cut a little V into some of them to regain their Valentine's-like looks.

The recipe makes it seem harder than it is and it is especially easy if you have made bread before.

I put some sea salt on most of them, however some have minced onion. Mmm...

They are absolutely delicious and will make a great breakfast tomorrow.
Now to go buy some pink cream cheese. Smiley

I used this recipe, It's Emeril's:
2 cups warm water, about 110 degrees F
2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

Combine the water, yeast, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in the bowl of an upright mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add 4 cups of the flour and the salt, and mix until the mixture comes together.

Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups additional flour 1/2 cup at a time to make a stiff dough, either stirring with the wooden spoon or working with your hands. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, about 5 minutes, adding just as much flour as needed. (Dough should be heavier and stiffer than regular yeast bread dough.)

Grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

Remove from the bowl and punch down the dough. Divide into 12 equal pieces, about 2 to 3 ounces each, measuring about 4 inches across. Form each piece of dough into a ball. Roll each ball into a 4 to 6-inch log. Join the ends and place fingers through the hole and roll the ends together. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place on a lightly greased surface, cover with a clean cloth, and let rest until risen but not doubled in a draft-free spot, 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease a baking sheet with the remaining teaspoon of oil.

In a large, heavy pot, bring 12 cups of water and the remaining tablespoon of sugar to a boil. In batches, add the bagels to the water and boil, turning, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Flip bagels onto the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 5 minutes, turn over and cook for another 30 to 35 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Heart Garland! on: February 07, 2011 11:03:50 AM
Aw, how very sweet of you!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: A dodecathingamabobble...guaranteed to make baby smarter(er)! on: January 26, 2011 07:57:43 PM
I think this is really cool! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: hand decorated furry boots with chain detail on: January 26, 2011 03:29:35 PM
Oh la la! Very sexy boots, and an awesome idea.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Polka Dot Toothbrush Holder From Salsa Jar on: November 22, 2010 10:35:49 AM
Haha, action shot. Very cool.  Cool
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ornament Wreath on: November 21, 2010 03:19:28 PM
What a pretty wreath!  Shocked
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: happy new chair cushions on: November 20, 2010 08:29:29 PM
That is great fabric. Beautiful new chairs. Good work.
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