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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: E is for Edward on: September 17, 2012 05:36:09 PM
I can't tell you enough how much I envy your partner.  This is sooooo perfect!  The little bed, drawings, striped socks and mattress.  Everything!!
22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bulk Cooking Club on: September 13, 2012 07:50:02 PM
I never heard of marinating the meat before you freeze it - what a great idea! 

I haven't gotten much done yet this week in the way of planning, but did get a quart of tomatoes in the freezer today.  I don't have enough to can yet, but don't want the ripe ones to go bad while I wait for the rest to come in.
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: TroubleT's Adventures in Canning 2012! on: September 10, 2012 07:06:45 PM
I just bought a pressure canner last weekend and am dying to jump in!  Everything looks / sounds so good.

I've been using the boiling method for years to do tomatoes / salsa / pickles and apple stuff.  My favorite thing to date is apple pie filling.  Although instead of making pie, we would eat it hot over ice cream.  I'm really looking forward to apple season now...
24  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bananas! B A N A N A S on: September 10, 2012 06:57:31 PM
Dried banana chips?  I wonder if this could be done in the oven (unless you have a dehydrator). 
Bananas foster?  Pudding?  Just tossing out some ideas here.. Cheesy

I will have to try that banana jam.  That and some peanut butter on toast... 
25  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bulk Cooking Club on: September 10, 2012 06:54:09 PM
Sounds like you're off to a great start! I think the more we do each week, the easier it will be to work up to monthly or at least less often. And each day dinner will be so quick and easy!

Hmm, those treats sound good! Muffins freeze well. Are you going to freeze the baked cookies, or just the cookie dough? I like having cookie dough because fresh baked is so good, and making the dough is what seems to be time consuming (and messy, all those bowls and mixer blades!)

How about breads?  Regular and chocolate zucchini bread, banana bread, plum bread.  You can bake as muffins, mini loaves, or full-size loaves.
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bulk Cooking Club on: September 10, 2012 06:51:36 PM
I don't do this but I have always had good intentions...does that count.  Maybe with some new tips I'll get off my lazy butt.

One thing that my family likes is fruit smoothies.  Rather than using ice we use frozen fruits so we don't end the cup with watery sips.   Preparing and freezing fruits in season would totally drive the costs down.  Especially when we can get the freshest fruits from our farmer's market trips.

I'll be lurking at least, vicariously enjoying your thrifty organization...

We hate watery smoothies too.  I use a cup of yougurt as a basis for mine - add a banana, some berries (I usually freeze them in season), milk and honey.  My DH add protein power or peanut butter to his.  I will add wheat germ to mine if I think of it.  I got this recipe from an old friend who was a complete health nut.  I figured if it worked for her, maybe it would rub off on me.   Cheesy
27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bulk Cooking Club on: September 10, 2012 06:43:39 PM
What a great idea!  I'm one of those people that does this in fits and starts - I'll be great for a week or two, and then just awful for the next 5 or 6.  The only thing we're mostly good about is getting the salad stuff cut up and eggs boiled for lunches.

Last week we cooked and shredded an entire pork shoulder.  We kept 1/3 of it out for dinner and lunches and froze the rest into two containers for future use.  We always make more than we can eat so we have enough to freeze for quick week-night meals.  

We just bought a pressure canner over the weekend so we can make and can a vat of chili this coming weekend.  The weather is threatening to start turning here, so now is the time to get some cold weather food put up.  I've also been freezing tomatoes from the garden (don't have enough yet to can them, but don't want them to go to waste either).  
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Ren & Stimpy on: September 10, 2012 06:27:43 PM
My DH is a huge R&S fan!  I saw the thumbnail and was hoping for a swap notice.  Cheesy
This is very well done - especially if paint is not your favorite / first medium.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Leaf Wall Hanging on: September 09, 2012 10:42:06 AM
I saw the orange leaf in the lower right corner and thought, "FOOTBALL"!  I guess fall has really arrived. Cheesy
This is beautiful.  I understand why you couldn't just stop at just a couple of leaves though.  There are so many differnt ways to make each one special.
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Mechanical Owls on: August 21, 2012 06:20:11 PM
I'm so glad I came out here today and saw these. 
I'm not a fan of owls, but these are stunning!  I liked each one better than the last - you can tell you put your heart into these.  The detail is amazing! 
My DH was looking over my shoulder and guessed either copper paint or real copper.  He didn't know what to think when I told him, "clay".  Grin
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