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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I need food ideas in the shape of a house... on: December 05, 2011 02:26:47 PM
Okay, as promised, I tried out my crazy idea - and it worked!  It's long and includes pictures, though, so I made it a separate post here ->  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397793.0

It might look labor-intensive but I swear it was not bad at all. The hardest part was the templates, and you could easily do those in advance when you have a few spare minutes.  Smiley 
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Pizzabread" House for GoatHerder - fun festive lunch or dinner idea! on: December 05, 2011 02:24:56 PM
So, I came up with this in response this post here -> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397714.0

I got so excited to make it that I got a little slapdash in the end - I didn't have proper pizza toppings.  This would be so fun to do instead of a gingerbread house, though, and certainly would be a fun surprise for your kid (or SO, let's be honest)! I promise you it was not very difficult. 

You will need

1 Batch of Bisquick dough (I did 2 1/4 cups with 1/2 cup milk so that it wasn't too sticky; you could also probably use the refrigerated canned dough. I'd guess you'd use 2 or 3 cans for this)

Sharp paring knife
Pizza toppings of choice

1. To make my template, I took a 3x5 card and measured 1/2" in on either side.  From there I cut out rectangles that were 1" long and 1/2" wide.  (See photo below.)  The second piece I made by measuring a 3" square on a piece of paper.  I then drew an 3" equilateral triangle on top of that square to make a "house shape".  Exactly in the middle of each side of the "house" I added notches that are 1/2" wide and 3/4" long (See photo again.)

2. After kneading the biscuit dough to the point where it was no longer sticky at all (add more biscuit mix if necessary), I rolled it out to be nice and thin - between 1/8" to 1/4".  I then placed my template on top and began to cut out the shapes with my paring knife.  Cut 4 rectangles and 2 house shapes.  Reroll dough as necessary - I was able to get one whole house out of this single batch of dough.

3. Place these on a sprayed cookie sheet and top with your toppings.  I had like nothing in the house, so I improvised with some ham and green onion.  Some pepperoni shingles would be so rad, though! 

4. Bake at 450 degrees F until the edges are just browning - it was 6 minutes for me.  Remove from oven and let pieces cool slightly, then assemble! 

Though the back isn't fully secure in the photo, this thing is actually really sturdy.  I'm thinking I'll do this again once I actually get some tomato sauce and better toppings, so maybe I'll get some better pictures up then.  Let me know if you have any questions!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: I need food ideas in the shape of a house... on: December 04, 2011 10:59:09 PM
So, this challenge sounds like a ton of fun to me!  A preliminary Googling turned up this - http://www.flickr.com/photos/9058623@N03/1223347052 - I'm brainstorming some ideas for you right now that I will try and test in the morning and get back to you!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Christmas and Quick! - Edible gifts on: December 04, 2011 10:14:25 PM
For something maybe a little unexpected -

Raspberry Vinegar

4 cups raspberries
4 cups apple cider vinegar (white wine vinegar is also very good to use, just more expensive!)
2 cups sugar

Place washed berries in a large nonreactive bowl (like glass, ceramic, or stainless steel).  Pour vinegar over to cover.  Cover with lid or plastic wrap and keep in a cool place for a week, stirring gently every day.  After a week, pour vinegar through a cheesecloth to strain.  Place strained vinegar in saucepan, bring to a simmer, and add sugar.  Simmer for 10 minutes, then pour into clean jars or bottles.  Makes 4 cups. 

You can use other berries, of course!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Beer Washed Chicken on: December 20, 2010 10:32:01 AM
Oh yum! That looks like some incredible bird.  Too bad it's snowing like crazy outside - a true grilling experience is well out of reach for me!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Die Cut Christmas Cards! + Tutorial! on: December 15, 2010 12:06:38 PM
I love all the sparkly details, and I LOVE that snowman! If I got one of these cards I would definitely save it as part of my Christmas decor each year - they're so festive and cute.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Favorite Comfort Foods? on: December 14, 2010 12:20:59 PM
Amen to the virtues of roast mushrooms - especially with some balsamic vinegar drizzled on afterwards.  Oh my oh my.  Also I once roasted some brussel sprouts and made a sort-of gremolata with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and ground almonds on top.  Scrumptious, I tell you.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Favorite Comfort Foods? on: December 14, 2010 12:04:24 PM
Definitely Thai food: Green curry with chicken, Pad Ki Mao, Som Tham, son-in-law eggs, all of it really.  Also Swedish meatballs and my mom's mashed potatoes, any roast vegetables, German chocolate cake (my mom makes it best, of course), chocolate chip cookies, and Italian subs, which I HAVE to have for my birthday dinner every year.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / simple simple baby quilt on: December 14, 2010 11:43:51 AM
Both of my sisters-in-law had baby boys over the summer (and I had a baby girl in September!) and I wanted to do something special for them, so I decided to make matching quilts with an embroidery detail.  Thing is, I've never quilted or embroidered before!  The results weren't perfect, but they both liked them.  I told them that since they were flawed there was no need to worry about the quilts getting beat up! Smiley

This is essentially what both quilts looked like

Close up on the stitching

WIP on the second embroidery pattern.  I got both patterns online. 

All in all, I'm happy with how they turned out, and I learned a quite a bit, which is great because I'm working on a new quilt!
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Needle Book Swap (SU: 11 Dec '10 - 31 Dec '10, SO: 01 Feb '11) on: December 14, 2010 11:27:04 AM
Must...get...to fifteen...posts!   

Seriously, this swap alone has motivated me to stop all of my shameful lurking so that I can participate. I'll signup just as soon as I have those posts done. Woohoo!
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