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1  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: April 10, 2018 09:19:05 AM
Prompt: April- Randomizer
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Ajvar
Brief Description: My husband's newly discovered allergy of no alliums (onion, garlic, shallots, chives, etc..) has made me look at different things. He has very much been missing dips and sauces. I decided to give this a try it is roasted eggplant and red peppers. I believe it is Serbian in nature or at least that area. Usually made with garlic, but obviously left out. It is odd to us, but we've embraced it a bit. We've mixed it with cream cheese and made an awesome bagel schmear, we've mixed it with pasta, eaten it on bread...
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2  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: April 10, 2018 09:12:39 AM
Prompt:  April- Fandom
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Crochet Coin Purse
Brief Description: Granny square coin purse. The kiss clasp was very new to me, so I am quite pleased with how this turned out. The way it fits the prompt- I chose the trope beauty equates good, while ugly equates bad. This is beautiful to me and is really good
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3  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: April 10, 2018 09:06:40 AM
Prompt:  Red alert- month of geek
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Scones for a hobbit day
Brief Description: About once a year we have a hobbit day where we binge Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit Movies and eat like hobbits that day. There is a finesse to this day. Getting all of us together with scheduling, minor decorations/mood settings, and making/planning/timing the food is a feat of its own. Our breakfast includes scones. These are my go-to scones. Love them! This year blueberry.
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Prompt: April Wordy
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Scotch Eggs
Brief Description: As mentioned above our eat like a hobbit day also included scotch eggs. Any hobbit would love to carry these on a quest or adventure so they would fit grandly in a fantasy world. These were a bit more work than normal as I had to make my own sausage because of my hubbys newly found allergy, but they turned out well. (PS I prefer mine gooey, but the men in this house want them overcooked, so that is why there is no gooey shot)
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4  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: March 26, 2018 01:52:55 PM
Prompt:  March Cooking V Baking
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Raspberry Pavlova
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454593.0)
Brief Description: I made a raspberry and cream pavlova for my son's birthday celebration. It was crispy and marshmallowy with the tartness of raspberry sauce/curd.
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5  Raspberry Pavlova- Recipe in Dessert by Ezri_B on: March 26, 2018 01:46:53 PM
My middle son was turning 19, and I have always made them their birthday cakes/desserts. Well, this son doesn't like pie and he just informed me he didn't want a cake. My brain was churning and I landed on a pavlova. He loves meringue and he likes raspberries.

I made 2 of these

6 egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp corn starch
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat the Oven to 250˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

1. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat 6 egg whites and 1 1/2 cups sugar for 6 to 7 minutes on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. The mixture will be smooth and glossy.
2. Add 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp corn starch and continue mixing another 15 seconds or until well blended. Transfer immediately to a large sheet of parchment paper and use spatula to form a 10″ round ring, making a deep indent in the center to accommodate the cream and curd later.
3. Bake at 250˚F for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then turn off the oven and with door closed, let it sit inside the oven another 1 hour until cooled. Remove pavlova from oven and let cool completely to room temp then cover and let stand in a dry, room temp room up to 2 days or assemble and serve right away.

Raspberry Sauce

12 oz frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

1. Thaw raspberries.
2. With a fine wire strainer, use a spoon to press the raspberries so that the seedless pulp falls into a bowl below, (or use a few layers of cheese cloth and squeeze the heck out of it).  Strain enough pulp to get between 1/3 - 1/2 cup of pulp (I usually get close to the 3/4 cup). Add enough water to equal 3/4 cups.
3. In a small saucepan, combine raspberry juice/water, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens (remember it will continue to thicken as it cools).  Remove from heat, set aside.
4. Cool and place in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Whipped cream
1-1/2 c heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp real vanilla
1/2 tsp cornstarch (optional helps to hold the cream longer)
Put all ingredients in mixer and beat until slightly stiff peaks form (over beat and you will get sweet butter)

Right before serving I layered a pavlova, the sauce, the cream then repeated and topped with fresh raspberries.
It was so good! Crunchy, marshmallowy, raspberry! We'll definitely make again. Maybe with mini ones next time.
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6  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: March 19, 2018 01:33:22 PM
Thank you to everyone for  your concern about my burn. It's pretty gnarly looking, but isn't hurting too badly anymore.

gozer those necklaces are gorgeous! I can think of so many things that could perfectly fit in them.
And your un-paper towel, you'll see I think we thought alike a bit

Prompt: March Sewing v quilting
Team: multimedia
Project Name: Paperless paper towel
Brief Description: I sewed up these towels to use for cleaning without always relying on paper towels. They have a plastic canvas core (re-purposed) so I can hang them next to my sink in my kitchen
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7  Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes in Dessert by Ezri_B on: March 13, 2018 06:01:01 AM
I am on a quest. A desperate quest to find the perfect banana cake recipe. I want it to have real banana flavor (not imitation) but I also want it to be light. These are packed with banana flavor, but I still need to adjust them because they aren't super light yet, a bit denser than I prefer. But super yummy!

2 eggs separated (whites and yolks)
Beat whites until soft peaks form, set aside.

10 T butter, softened
1 c sugar

cream together until fluffy, add
2 t real vanilla and reserved yolks

In a separate bowl sift together dry ingredients
1-2/3 c flour
1-1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

In a separate bowl combine;
3 medium very ripe bananas*
1/2 c yogurt
2 T water

Alternate adding dry mix and banana mix until all combined don't overmix. Fold in egg whites keeping it light and airy.
Line muffin tin with parchment liners. Bake 325 degrees F 17-19 minutes or until lightly brown and a toothpick comes out with minimal crumbs. Makes about 18 cupcakes
Cool before filling. To fill I cut a little core out of the top.

*I like to toss my extra bananas that are over ripe in the freezer still in their skins. Then when I'm ready to use I microwave them on a plate until they are soft (1 minute or so depending on how many bananas I have. Then I pop off the bottom knob and discard that weird bottom dark pin like thing at the bottom. I squeeze it out like a tube of toothpaste. Don't discard the liquid, that stuff is super banana flavor gold!

I have done this 2 ways; 1 easy, 1 not as easy.
Easy way make Jello brand vanilla pudding with 1 cup milk and 2/3 c heavy whipping cream (reserve 2-3T T of pudding for frosting)

Less easy way
Creme Anglaise

1 cup whole milk
1 cup whipping cream
6 large egg yolks
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

-Combine milk and cream in a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring milk mixture to simmer. Remove from the heat.

-In a medium mixing bowl, vigorously whisk the egg yolks and sugar until thickened and light in color. Gradually whisk a quarter of the hot milk mixture into yolk mixture. Return the yolk/milk mixture back to the saucepan.

-Stir with a wooden spoon over low heat until custard thickens, about 5 minutes. Do not allow the custard to boil. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, then stir in vanilla extract. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard and cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. I put in a ziploc and clip the end off to pipe into my cupcakes (you will probably have extra but it is so good you won't mind.
Reserve 3 T of anglaise for frosting


I like it light and simple and not too sweet.

Reserved anglaise or pudding (this helps it hold for longer than normal whipped cream)
1/4 c granulated sugar ( you can use more if you want it sweeter or less if you want it less sweet)
1 pint of heavy whipping cream

Beat this together until light and fluffy and holds a peak (if you over beat it a little it's ok, it gives it a little bit more of a butter-ish texture. If you overbeat it too much, you have sweet butter. Who knows, maybe that is what you like  Wink

You can garnish with a banana chip or whatever you like.
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8  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: March 09, 2018 07:24:04 AM
Prompt:  March Battle Royale- Personal Swap
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Swapped f bomb
Brief Description: I did a personal swap. I made another fbomb and she made me some hair bobs for my niece
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Prompt: March knitting v crochet
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Dark Mark Arm Sleeve
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Brief Description: I burned myself pretty badly on my arm, then I scratched it in my sleep. I kept getting the bandage caught on things so I crocheted myself a dark mark sleeve to cover it and protect it. My husband pointed out when he got home I could have just cut a long sock (which then made me remember we actually have a sleeve from a previous injury) but none would be as awesome as my dark mark sleeve.
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Prompt:  March Journaling v scrapbooking
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: recycled origami gift box
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Brief Description: I don't really work with paper much, but I ordered some items and received them wrapped in this beautiful paper. I needed to do something with it, so I made a little origami gift box. I'm super pleased with it, but it took forever to make, so I will probably never do that again.
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Prompt: Red Alert- Birthday/Celebration
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454479.0
Brief Description: I baked these delicious banana cream pie cupcakes for my Step-mother-in-law's birthday. Banana cake, custard filling, whipped frosting topped with a banana chip. I need to work on the cake a bit more, they were denser than I prefer but the flavor was amazing!
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Prompt:  Free Range 1
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points:
Project Name: Beef Jerky
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Brief Description: I made my hubby a huge batch of beef jerky without garlic or onion. It turned out quite well. I would prefer more spice, but he loves it.
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9  Re: Harry Potter Advent Calendar in Winter Holidays by Ezri_B on: March 01, 2018 07:26:52 AM
So a little follow up, nearly everything went well. the last week is always more difficult because we have celebrations and such going on.

I didn't get many pictures, but I do have the new snowmen.

The one in the back left is supposed to be Chewbacca like, there is a penguin next to that, the one next to it (I'm not sure, someone mentioned fraggle rock), There is poo on the right, BB-8 next to the poo, and the front left is a snowman that has been run over by a car.

They'll be added to the ones from previous years, I keep debating if I should give them a thin layer of white paint to even them out, but my husband fears it will mute the subtle dips and grooves.

If anyone else tries this, please let me know.
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10  Re: Winter Nerd Battles 2017-2018: December 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 in Craftalongs by Ezri_B on: February 27, 2018 11:32:42 AM
Prompt:  January Battle Royale Les Miserables
Team: multimedia
Bonus Points: meme
Project Name: flat bread
Brief Description: I made some flat bread for some flat bread pizzas and gyros. They turned out really well and were super soft and pillowy!
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