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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Hot Cocoa Bar on: December 02, 2019 07:20:07 AM
Hi friends, I have a fun wintery miniature project to share with you.  It was fun dreaming up all the little details to add.

The basket contains polymer clay marshmallows and peppermint cane slices.  I also made poly clay cinnamon sticks and air dry clay pastries.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Unsolved Mysteries Cabinet on: September 21, 2019 11:34:50 AM
Here's a fun piece that features  all of the elements that an investigator of unsolved mysteries would collect.  It's got references to bigfoot, UFOs, the Bermuda triangle, Black Dahlila, mothman, Oumuamua, the Nazca lines, the Voynich manuscript, stolen artwork and lots more.  I even threw in an alien facehugger and Terminator arm because why not?!

More photos and details over at http://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2019/09/unsolved-mysteries-display-cabinet.html
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Israeli Couscous With Roasted Chick Peas and Carrots on: August 26, 2019 01:05:24 PM
This has been my go-to side dish recipe all summer.  Its so good!  Zaatar is a middle eastern spice blend.  If you cant find it at your grocery store, you can make your own.

Zaatar Dressing
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T. Zaatar spice blend (recipe below)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 375.  In a baking dish add:
1 can chickpeas (drained)
3 carrots peeled and chopped
1/4 cup pickled jalapeo slices
Half of the zaatar dressing
Bake for 25 minutes

While that is baking, stir 1 cup of Israeli couscous in a Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat for approx 5 minutes until toasted.  Stir frequently.  Add 1 1/4 cup chicken stock, cover and simmer for 10 min.  Remove from heat and let sit for 10 min.

Combine couscous, vegetables and remaining dressing.  Its good both warm and chilled. 

Zaatar Spice Mixture
1T oregano
1T cumin
1T ground coriander
1T sesame seeds
1T sumac (if you can find it)
1 tsp salt
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Roasted Tomatoes on: July 22, 2019 11:12:02 AM
We are in the lovely position of having too many tomatoes right now.  Every morning I water the garden, pick tomatoes then choose those that are fully ripe and roast them.  I used to can them but once I figured out I could put them aside without all the fuss of sterilizing, boiling, etc Ive never looked back.

I start by washing the tomatoes, removing the stem end and cutting the small ones in half and larger ones into chunks.  I drizzle them with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

They go into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Roasting brings a lot of liquid out of the tomatoes.  After allowing them to cool to room temperature, I use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a freezer bag and pop it right in the freezer. 

It is such a treat to use these for making chili in the winter!  Once defrosted, they smell like summer.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Great British Bake Off Miniature on: July 06, 2019 06:54:19 AM
Finally getting around to posting the miniature workstation I made for the Great British Bake Off swap.  The workstation itself is made from a 1:12 scale bookcase turned on it's side. 

The breads are molded paper clay and the other treats are made from polymer clay.  I always love getting the base of a project finished so I can start making the little finishing details!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Potting Bench Bar on: May 04, 2019 06:08:15 AM
I made a mini version of our potting bench bar.  The cocktails are made from Ice Resin and the lime/lemon slices are cut from a polymer clay cane. 

7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Make Your Own Horseradish on: April 11, 2019 10:22:55 AM
Weve grown horseradish for years next to our potato bed.  My husband plowed a little to close to our horseradish plant last spring and all of the sudden, our entire bed is full of horseradish plants.  Not a bad problem to have!  Horseradish roots are available right now in our grocery store so I thought I would show you guys how to make your own grated horseradish if you are so inclined. 

Here is a bunch of roots we dug this morning.  The stuff you will find in the grocery store will be a lot cleaner. 

Using both a vegetable peeler and paring knife, I removed all of the skin from the roots.  From here, I chopped the peeled roots into small chunks no larger than a half inch each.

For every cup of chopped root, I added a half cup of white vinegar and a quarter teaspoon of salt.  Into the food processor it went and was processed until it looked like the same consistency of the jarred horseradish you can find in the cooler section of your grocery store.

From here I put it into pint jars (I got 5 from this batch) and popped them into the fridge.  There is nothing like fresh horseradish served alongside a steak.  I tried canning a batch I made last year and found that the canning process took most of the bite out of it.  Were just going to share and enjoy this batch.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Miniature Items Swap? on: April 04, 2019 11:07:19 AM
I have duplicates of many tiny things I use when making dioramas and shrines.  I have discovered that a lot of dollhouse scale items are sold in multiples, like jars, plastic animals, skulls, trophies, tableware, etc.  If you also have a stash of tiny things, maybe we could trade some and include a small crafted item featuring miniatures, too?
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bone Earrings on: April 01, 2019 06:05:55 AM
I made earrings from bones. 

Everythings better when it glows in the dark.  Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Victorian Superstitions Shadowbox on: September 01, 2018 04:58:26 AM
I had this gorgeous art deco shadowbox and decided to feature some Victorian superstitions inside.  There are so many to choose from! 

I lined the shadowbox with red vellum scrapbook paper.  The chipboard bat's eyes are bits from the inside of a glow in the dark garden stake that I took apart.  My version of a mourning pendant was made from a snippet of doll's hair held in place with a ribbon, a small metal tin with a clear lid and a scrap of pretty scrapbook paper.  The vapours are just a tiny bit of wool from one of our sheep inside a glass bottle. The 'corpse eye coins' are video arcade tokens. The frog is a toy plastic one and the iron nails came from my husband's toolbox.

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