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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Jager Nurse Needs an Evil Manly Idea on: October 16, 2006 11:04:46 AM
So, this Halloween I'm going to be a Jager nurse. Instead of white with red accents my outfit is black with orange accents (ala the Jager bottle). The symbol for Jager is perfect and I'll be using that in place of the traditional first aid cross on my hat, apron, etc. I also have 60 cc syringes to administer Jager 'shots' all evening as well as a saline bag with IV I'll be rolling around filled with, you got it, Jager. My dilemma is getting my boyfriend a equally kick ass and themed costume and I know you, dear craftsters, have brilliant ideas. Shower me. I was thinking maybe something like an evil doctor (Dr. Sauza perhaps?). He could carry a tray with syringes, limes and tequila...and if you're wondering why the emphasis on liquor, I'm a bartender and will be working on Halloween. We're also lushes so it works well for us. Smiley
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Rasta-Bot Birthday Bash on: March 28, 2006 10:55:02 AM
Hey fellow craftster/party planners!

I am, once again, in need of your help. We are throwing a huge birthday bash (my bf and I are both turning 25). We've combined two of our favorite things, reggae music and robots and come up with the the party theme, Rasta-Bots! We have some good ideas and have the food, music covered. I'm here to ask you for decorating and activity advice....whatchyou got craftster community?

I'll reward with event pictures and virtual hugs.

Thanks in advance!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Need your input: Oversized, huge, Mardi Gras beads on: March 06, 2006 09:19:45 AM
Okay, okay, I know Mardi Gras was last week but we're already planning for next year. I have a friend who wants to decorate her bar for next year's festivities and came up with the idea to have extra large beads hanging down from the roof, swagging over the front and facing the street. I have included a crappy sketch. We're having a hard time deciding on material and I was hoping you could help. We discussed styrofoam but a) you can't spray paint it and b) it's too light and will probably blow around too much. We also discussed beach balls but can't figure out how to attach them to each other. Anybody have any brilliant ideas? We sure woudl appreciate it. Thanks in advance!
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Calling all crafty cooks! You got a vegetarian gravy recipe I want. on: November 18, 2005 09:24:29 AM
I'm cooking my first Thanksgiving meal and need a vegetrain friendly gravy. Any tried and true recipes out there?

10 bonus points if it's vegan.
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Please help me create a creepy bathtub on: October 14, 2005 08:40:56 AM
We're having a Halloween extravaganza. The decorations thus far have all come out fabulous and creepy. The one thing I really need help with is creating a scary bathtub and I'm sure some of you have created your own terrifying bathrooms. Some info that may help:

  • I can't use dye in water because it will stain the tub.
  • We tried red cellophane on top of the water but it didn't achieve the desired affect.
  • The mini-theme already going in the bathroom is voo-doo as we have shrunken heads hanging and a lovely altar planned.
  • I was tossing around the idea of doing a silhouette behind the curtain, maybe a man with a knife backlit, but I'm not sure how to execute

Any grisly ideas for the ol' tub?
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Spicy Pineapple Tilapia on: October 10, 2005 08:12:39 AM
My boyfriend and I whipped this up last night after he expressed a yearning for fish. We bought some Tilapia and had the rest in the fridge. The result was delicious and healthy so I thought I'd share here.

Spicy Pineapple Tilapia

1 pound of Tilapia (any white fish would work just as well)
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 plum tomato, diced
Half of a red onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of your favorite spicy salsa (we mixed a mild red salsa with a spicy verde sauce)
1 cup of pinapple, mashed

Dry rub for fish. We actually used a Cajun dry rub from the store but you could make your own with:
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne

Preheat oven to 350. In one tablespoon of olive oil, saute onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes.Toss in green peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for a minute longer. In bowl, mix together salsa and pineapple. Stir salsa into vegetable mixture and contiue to cook just until warm.

Rub a small amount of dry rub on both sides of fish. In a frying pan over high heat briefly sear each side of the tilapia. Lay fish on foil and top with salsa mixture and cover with more foil. Bake for 20 minutes.

I served this on a bed of brown rice and a side of garlicy, tomato zuchinni.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dia de los Muertos meets Night of the Living Dead Fiesta on: October 06, 2005 08:28:20 AM
Yes, that is this year's Halloween party theme. I'm just wondering if you crafty craftsters have any 'must-do' decorations, games, general suggestions. We already have lots of great ideas but I wanted to see if there was any more input out there. We're pretty good on the Dia de los Muertos part of it (altar, food, flowers, etc.) but I need more Night of the Living Dead/zombie ideas. I've already looked through the other zombie party ideas on here and have gotten some good stuff but always want more.

I X-posted this on the Party planning Board.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dia des los Muertos Costume. I need your help. on: September 20, 2005 07:51:14 AM
Okay crafty craftsters, lemme hear your ideas on this one. We're having a Day of the Dead meets Night of the Living Dead party (to satisfy both our Mexican food/drink/costume obsession and our roomate's zombie fetish). My girlfriend and I are dressing as Day of the Dead skeletons and I need some advice. A fellow craftster, bopalena, has helped me with the skeleton part (white felt bones on black). Has anyone done this costume before and have any suggestions? I'm also thinking that I may do a paper mache mask (or half mask ala Phantom of the Opera so that I can still drink and eat freely) but the rest of my face, neck, chest will be painted. Any ideas on how to keep the face paint on all night long?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Post Secret Swap Round II on: September 06, 2005 11:54:54 AM
Here's the swap this gallery is showing off. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=47174.0

Post 'em if ya got 'em.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Creative Vegan Camping Recipes, give 'em up! on: August 29, 2005 08:56:21 AM
Quite a request I know. I searched through the topics we already have going and yes, I did come across the Vegetarian Camping thread which has some great ideas but I'm greedy and want more from all you crafty chefs out there.  I have a special camping excursion coming up this weekend (the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival) and some vegan friends will be joining our otherwise meat eating crew. I'm trying to diversify the menu so everyone's bellies can be full of tasty camp fire cooked food. I already have stuffed bell peppers and portablla burgers and am looking for more suggestions. I think premade hummus will travel well in the cooler so that'll make the list as well. I especially need breakfast ideas as eggs are my old standby. Thanks in advance.
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